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CDC Confirms Rare Case of Woman-to-Woman HIV Transmission

The CDC confirmed a case of sexually transmitted HIV from one woman to another.  Though rare, this should remind all of us that safer sex remains important.

The CDC confirmed a case of sexually transmitted HIV from one woman, who was diagnosed previously but stopped receiving antiretroviral treatment in 2010, to her female partner. While rare, this case should remind all of us that safer sex remains important.

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Former Gosnell Employee Sherry West Sentenced

West, a former medical assistant at Kermit Gosnell's "house of horrors" clinic in West Philadelphia, has been sentenced to five to ten years.

West, a former medical assistant at Kermit Gosnell’s “house of horrors” clinic in West Philadelphia, has been sentenced to five to ten years.

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Revised Child-Care Block Grant Program Passes Senate

Sponsored by Maryland Democrat Barbara Mikulski, the bill updates the federal child-care and after-school grant program with requirements for professional development, education guidelines, and criminal background checks.

Sponsored by Maryland Democrat Barbara Mikulski, the bill updates the federal child-care and after-school grant program with requirements for professional development, education guidelines, and criminal background checks.

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Louisiana Plan B ‘Database’ Fears Are Overblown, But Threat to Clinics Is Real

Contrary to some news reports, a new bill introduced in Louisiana is unlikely to create a state database of all women who have taken emergency contraception—but reproductive rights experts are more concerned that the bill could close three out of Louisiana’s five abortion clinics using regulations similar to those that have shuttered more than one-third of clinics in Texas.

Contrary to some news reports, a new bill introduced in Louisiana is unlikely to create a state database of all women who have taken emergency contraception—but reproductive rights experts are more concerned that the bill could close three out of Louisiana’s five abortion clinics using regulations similar to those that have shuttered more than one-third of clinics in Texas.

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Mississippi Senate Amends 20-Week Abortion Ban, Making It an 18-Week Ban

The Mississippi Senate amended a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks' gestation to move the cutoff two weeks earlier, to 18 weeks. The bill will now return to the state house for consideration.

The Mississippi Senate amended a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks’ gestation to move the cutoff two weeks earlier, to 18 weeks. The bill will now return to the state house for consideration.

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Anti-Abortion Political Group to Target Vulnerable Democrats in ‘Toss-Up’ States

The Susan B. Anthony (SBA) List will go after vulnerable Democratic senators in conservative Southern states during this mid-term election season.

According to the Associated Press, the Susan B. Anthony List’s political action committee plans to spend around $10 million on this election.

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Abortion Care Network Announces 2014 Honorees

At its 2014 conference this week, the Abortion Care Network honored "outstanding individuals and organizations whose support and care for women in the abortion experience is exemplary," including RH Reality Check President and Editor in Chief Jodi Jacobson.

At its 2014 conference this week, the Abortion Care Network honored “outstanding individuals and organizations whose support and care for women in the abortion experience is exemplary,” including RH Reality Check President and Editor in Chief Jodi Jacobson.

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Advocates Ask Ninth Circuit to Reinstate Challenge to Arizona Race- and Sex-Selection Abortion Ban

Two groups have appealed the dismissal of their challenge to an Arizona anti-choice restriction that they argue unconstitutionally relies on harmful racial stereotypes to discriminate against and shame Black and Asian American and Pacific Islander women who decide to end their pregnancies.

Two groups have appealed the dismissal of their challenge to an Arizona anti-choice restriction that they argue unconstitutionally relies on harmful racial stereotypes to discriminate against and shame Black and Asian American and Pacific Islander women who decide to end their pregnancies.

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Oklahoma Legislature Advances Admitting Privileges Bills Inspired by Texas Law

A pair of bills that would require abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinics where they perform abortions are working their way through the Oklahoma legislature.

A pair of bills that would require abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinics where they perform abortions are working their way through the Oklahoma legislature, with lawmakers apparently influenced by a provision of the omnibus anti-abortion bill in neighboring Texas.

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In 20-Week Abortion Ban, West Virginia Lawmakers Relied on Discredited Doctor

Dr. Byron Calhoun

As West Virginia’s governor considers whether to sign that state’s new 20-week abortion ban, he might also consider how the work of discredited doctor Byron Calhoun influenced the bill’s passage.

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