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State Policy Trends 2013: Abortion Bans Move to the Forefront

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Unlike in recent years, when the thrust of legislative activity was on regulating abortion, this year legislators seem to be focusing on banning abortion outright.

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Mississippi Board of Health Nomination Stalls, But Bill Targetting Medication Abortion Progresses (UPDATED)

On Thursday, the Mississippi house passed a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks, without exceptions for rape or incest, even though the state's only remaining abortion clinic only performs abortions up to 16 weeks.

Anti-choice activist Terri Herring will not be added to the state board of health, but not because she’s completely unqualified.

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Mississippi Anti-Choice Activist Nominated for State Medical Board

Now, with the appointment of Herring it appears clear that "qualified doctors" are no longer needed on the board, as Herring reportedly has no medical background.

The same administration once dismissed a fully-qualified doctor for having ties to an abortion clinic. Now it wants an anti-choice activist with no medical background to serve.

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

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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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Should We Call it a ‘Cure’? The Mississippi Child Who’s No Longer HIV-Positive

HIV-infected T cell.

Do we do more harm than good when we bandy about the word “cure” in a case like this?

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Behind the HIV ‘Miracle Cure,’ a Broken System Lurks

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There’s been much talk this week about the “miracle cure” of a child with HIV. But what about the unjust health-care system that failed her mother?

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Mississippi Personhood: They’re Baaaacccckkkk!

With several abortion restrictions on hold, anti-choice activists are using their down time to prepare for a new push to grant legal rights to fertilized eggs via a "personhood" measure.

Mississippi wants to take granting legal rights to fertilized eggs back to the voters, even though the voters already resoundingly said no.

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Amendment to Mississippi Medication Abortion Ban Infuriates Anti-Choicers

Mississippi Senator ("Judas") Wiggins.

Mississippi amends backdoor medication abortion ban, anti-choice activists call new version “gutted.”

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Mississippi Legislature Seeks Backdoor Ban to Medication Abortions

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Add an extra doctor visit and cut off two weeks to use the drug? Looks like the legislature is trying to backdoor ban RU-486 by closing down the window when it can be used.

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HPV and Things That Go Bump: Time for Action on Genital Warts

The Human Papillomavirus (HPV).

While we await the expected and demonstrated good news of few cervical and other cancer deaths among person immunized against HPV, a recent study from Denmark already shows us that vaccination can significantly reduce genital warts.

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