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Legal Wrap: Lawsuits Against Birth Control Benefit Continues, and Texas GOP Wants to Subsidize Businesses that Break the Law

(pent.ca.gov)

The federal government may be moving forward with the birth control benefit, but the real action in reproductive rights remains in the states.

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Forty Years After Roe, “Choice” No Longer Means Much in Michigan

Protesters outside the Michigan Capitol in June. (Rick Pluta/Michigan Public Radio Network)

The meaning of “choice” here in Michigan—as in many other states in the country—has eroded a great deal since that day 40 years ago when the Roe decision was handed down. How did we end up here? And more importantly, how do we move forward?

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Michigan Lawmakers Continue Onslaught of Anti-Choice Legislation in the New Session

Rep. Mike Shirkey. (wrongformichigan.org)

Clearly not content with the recent passage of one of the most extreme pieces of anti-abortion legislation in the country, Michigan lawmakers are already hard at work pushing for still more barriers to abortion access.

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Trends in Union Membership Indicate Weak Job Prospects for Women

(Politico)

The narrative of the American worker, and by extension women’s economic status, continues to take a troubling turn in the United States, with the decline of stable public-sector positions as well as weakening labor unions.

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Response to Time: The End of Right to Lies

(breitbart.com)

Time Magazine recently said, abortion-rights activists won a victory 40 years ago with the Roe v. Wade decision, and have been losing ever since. What they didn’t say is that 2012 is the year we TOOK A STAND, organized via social media, and used it to STOP this madness!

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With Muskegon Clinic Closure, Access to Abortion In Michigan Just Got Harder

(Wood TV 8)

A break in and subsequent set of violations has shut down one of the few Michigan clinics outside the larger metro areas.

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Looking Forward for the Court, and Michigan’s New Anti-Choice Laws

Scott Lemieux breaks down 2012 and lays out what to expect in 2013 in the Supreme Court. Michigan passes a grotesque anti-abortion law, and Philadelphia high schools install free condom dispensers.

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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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Michigan Governor Synder Signs Abortion Superbill into Law

Gov. Snyder holds news conference in Lansing, Michigan on 12/11. Photo: Rebecca Cook/Reuters via Yahoo! News.

Despite public outcry, the massive omnibus anti-abortion superbill will now become law.

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Synder Vetos Gun Bill. Will Omnibus Anti-Choice Bill Be Next?

Governor Rick Snyder. Photo: Detroit Free Press.

The Republican governor may be hoping to revamp his image as one of the most unpopular governors in the country.

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