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Legal Threats in North Dakota and Mississippi and a Contraception Mandate Update

An interview with Tammi Kromenaker of North Dakota about legal threats to her clinic. Also, a new round of flurry about the contraception mandate in the news and the last Mississippi clinic continues to battle for survival.

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Mississippi Heartbeat Ban Doomed Again this Year, By Its Own Sponsor

Committee Chairman Andy Gipson (R-Braxton). (Daily News)

Much as we predicted, the Mississippi ban on abortions after an embryonic heart tone can be discerned will never make it to a full vote.

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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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Mississippi Argues Forced Closure of Last Clinic Will be the Fault of Providers and Patients

Outside the Jackson Women's Health Organization. (See more pics here)

Public health officials tell the court women will still find abortion care should the state’s only clinic close but can’t identify anyone who can provide that care.

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Women Bear Burden of Extremist Effort to Undermine Roe v. Wade

Nancy Keenan, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America, talks with Rachel Maddow on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade about the hardships women are forced to endure in some states to exercise their right to an abortion because of state laws designed to undermine that right.

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Wyoming Kills Heartbeat Bill While Arkansas Proposes Their Own

Senator Jason Rapert. (Arkansas Times)

If you strike one down, two more shall grow back in its place.

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When it Comes to Legislation in Mississippi, the Lieutenant Governor Calls the Shots

Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves. (Clarion Ledger)

Filling the entire legislature with politicians who support reproductive rights may be a a huge task, but there is one position to focus on first. The lieutenant governor.

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Dispatches from Jackson: Teens Having Sex is a Fact, Not Fiction, In Mississippi

(Robin Marty)

Unintended pregnancies, especially teen pregnancies, are a large contributor to the many other challenges that plague the families in Mississippi, such as high rates of maternal and child mortality, a broader health crisis, and skyrocketing poverty levels.

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The Road to Roe: Paved with Bodies of Women of Color and the Legal Activism of African Americans

(Favianna Rodriguez, www.favianna.com)

Every year when the anniversary of Roe v. Wade rolls around, I am troubled by the loud silences in our triumphant tales of struggle. As a history doctoral student who researches African Americans and abortion, the story I tell is quite different.

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Jackson Women’s Health Center Remains Calm on the Fortieth Anniversary of Roe

(Politico)

The afternoon may have literally turned into a circus, but the morning was mostly calm and full of supporters at the only public clinic in Mississippi.

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