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Gay Marriage Opponents Get Minnesota Secretary of State Ousted From Speaking At Catholic Church

Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie. Daily Globe/Pioneer Photo/Scott Wente.

It appears that Ritchie’s new ballot title language has some gay marriage opponents looking for retribution.

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The Last Clinic In Mississippi

A lawyer from the Center for Reproductive Rights fills us in on what’s going on with the last clinic in Mississippi. A new HIV prevention drug has limited uses and pregnancy testing in bars is a really bad idea.

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State Legislative Trends in Reproductive Health Law and Policy: Mid-Year 2012 Analysis

In the first half of 2012, states enacted 95 new provisions related to reproductive health and rights. As was the case in 2011, issues related to abortion, family planning funding and sex education once again were significant flashpoints in many legislatures .

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Who’s That Lady? A Look At Mitt Romney’s Potential Female V.P. Picks

Ann says her husband is considering a woman as a running mate.  So who does that mean is on the list?

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Minnesota Citizens Concerned For Life Takes Credit For Declining Abortion Rate Despite Lack of Evidence

Scott Fischbach. Scott Fischbach/MPRNews.

The anti-choice group claims that the Positive Alternatives Act is convincing more women to have their babies versus have abortions.  So why is the birth rate declining, too?

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“Women’s Care Center” Crisis Pregnancy Center Building Clinic Across From “Women’s Health Center.” But You Shouldn’t Be Confused

Parking lot where health clinic will be built. Clint Austin/caustin@duluthnews.com

Anti-choice activists are excited to announce they have secured a prime spot right across the street from the only abortion provider in Northern Minnesota.

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MN Gov. Dayton Vetoes RU-486 Restrictions, Calling It “Ideology Driven;” Senator Says Viagra is a “Drug for Life”

The pro-life drug. [img src]

Governor Mark Dayton vetoes another piece of anti-choice legislation, while the sponsor of a bill to ban RU-486 calls Viagra a “drug for life.”

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Minnesota Governor Vetoes Medically-Unnecessary TRAP Law

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton. [img src]

Governor Mark Dayton vetoed the bill saying it unfairly targeted abortion clincis.

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Minnesota House and Senate Pass New Rules On Telemed Abortions and Clinic Licensing

The Republican controlled legislature wants to make it a felony if a doctor is not in the room when RU-486 is dispensed, and create new licensing requirements for clinics that provide abortions.

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Passionate Engagement: Two Doctors Speak About Their Activism for the Right to Safe Abortion

I suggest that that these doctors’ statements point to a paradox of the abortion conflict in the United States; whether abortion provider or supporter, engagement with this issue introduces these clinicians to a diverse group of allies, with a shared sense of mission, that is rare elsewhere in medicine.

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