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Abortion Bill Fails in Idaho, But Many Women Still Cross State Lines to Seek Abortions

The state's department of health has released new numbers showing that many Idaho women seeking abortions are leaving the state to receive them.

An attempt to regulate medication abortion in the state failed when lawmakers ran out of time on the legislative calendar, but a considerable number of Idaho women are still leaving the state in search of safe abortion access.

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What North Dakota and Mississippi Reveal About Anti-Choice NIMBYism and Hypocrisy

anti-choice rally signs

Make no mistake, efforts to ban abortion have nothing to do with fetal life but are simply a symbolic gesture to enshrine fundamentalist piety about sex and gender roles into law, and punish those who don’t obey.

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Why Are Anti-Choicers Celebrating the Death of the Idaho 20-Week Ban?

United States District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill

A federal judge ruled the Idaho “fetal pain” ban unconstitutional. So why are the anti-choice activists celebrating? It’s a combination of optimism and a misunderstanding of how the judicial process works.

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Legal Wrap: A Big Win in Idaho, and Companies Fighting Contraception Coverage

A federal court strikes a bunch of abortion restrictions in Idaho, while another for-profit company tries and fight the birth control benefit.

A federal court strikes a bunch of abortion restrictions in Idaho, while another for-profit company tries and fight the birth control benefit.

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Federal Court Strikes Idaho’s 20-Week Abortion Ban

The criminal charge against McCormack was dismissed for lack of evidence, but the judge left open the possibility that prosecutors could re-file should they find more evidence.

A sweeping decision hands reproductive rights activists one of their strongest victories yet.

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Idaho Legislator Equates a Woman’s Right to Choose with Being a Prostitute

Rep. Ron Mendive. (The Spokesman Review)

If you are going to choose whether or not to carry a pregnancy to term, why not getting paid for sex?

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State-Level 2012 Retrospective: Second-Highest Number of Abortion Restrictions Ever

Reproductive health and rights were once again the subject of extensive debate in state capitols in 2012. Over the course of the year, 42 states and the District of Columbia enacted 122 provisions related to reproductive health and rights. One-third of these new provisions, 43 in 19 states, sought to restrict access to abortion services.

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They Are Coming for Your Birth Control: How Do You Know Your Man Really Loves You Unless He Abstains?

Relationship guides and purity pledges are a cottage industry in evangelicalism, but the influence reaches far beyond just evangelicals.

Why can’t you horny couples take a week off from sex, for pete’s sake?

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Was Idaho Searching For a Test Case to Prosecute Pregnant Women?

Jennie Linn McCormack with her attorney, Richard Hearn. Photo: LA Times.

A federal court decides there is no precedent for charging a woman with a criminal abortion.  At least, not yet.

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Finally a Limit Is Reached: Ninth Circuit Rules McCormack Can’t Be Prosecuted For Her Abortion

photo courtesy of Connor Tatar via Flickr

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals finds a limit to what states can pass in the name of restricting abortion access: criminal prosecutions of terminated pregnancies.

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