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Missouri Lawmakers Introduce Bills to Increase Subsidies, Enshrine Protections for CPCs

Among the bills recently introduced are HB 1132 and SB 638, which would raise the cap on total tax credits for contributions to all CPCs in the state from $2 million to $2.5 million.

Among the bills recently introduced are HB 1132 and SB 638, which would raise the cap on total tax credits for contributions to all CPCs in the state from $2 million to $2.5 million.

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Missouri Legislators File Waiting Period, Forced Ultrasound Bills

State Sen. David Sater filed SB 519, which would increase the state's current 24-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion to 72 hours, while state Rep. Ron Hicks filed HB 1148, which would make ultrasounds 24 hours prior to an abortion mandatory.

State Sen. David Sater filed SB 519, which would increase the state’s current 24-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion to 72 hours, while state Rep. Ron Hicks filed HB 1148, which would make ultrasounds 24 hours prior to an abortion mandatory.

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‘RH Reality Check’ State of Abortion Database Updated With Responses From Nearly Every State

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Our searchable tool has been updated to include final responses from 48 state attorneys general and 41 state health departments about a wide range of issues involving abortion. The additional responses support our earlier analysis—that abortion in the United States is overwhelmingly safe and highly regulated.

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Maryville Rape Case, Girl Scout Hate, and ‘How to Lose Your Virginity’

This week on Reality Cast, I talk to Therese Shechter about her film, How to Lose Your Virginity. In another segment, I discuss a new case in Maryville, Missouri, which sheds more light on what we’re talking about when we talk about rape, and I look at why anti-choicers are threatened by the Girl Scouts.

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Daisy Coleman, Survivor of the Maryville Rape Case, and Her Mother Interviewed on CNN

Daisy and Melinda Coleman are interviewed on CNN about the Maryville rally organized by Anonymous, rape culture, her case, and the recent controversial article written by Emily Yoffe in loose response to Daisy’s situation for Slate about date rape and alcohol. [via CNN]

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We Have a Rape Problem. First Step: We Have to Admit It.

Too many boys think it is OK to have sex with girls who have not consented. They think it is OK to have sex with girls who are so drunk they could not possibly consent. They think it is OK to have sex with girls who are completely unconscious. And we let them do it. It's time to admit we have a problem.

Too many boys think it is OK to have sex with girls who have not consented. They think it is OK to have sex with girls who are so drunk they could not possibly consent. They think it is OK to have sex with girls who are completely unconscious. And we let them do it. It’s time to admit we have a problem.

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Missouri Lawmaker Files Suit Seeking ‘Individual Exemption’ From Contraception Coverage

Rep. Paul Wieland (R-Imperial).

Should Republican state Rep. Paul Wieland’s lawsuit succeed, it would create precedent for other individuals to sue as a way to opt out of contraceptive coverage under Obamacare.

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Missouri Governor Refuses to Veto Bill Restricting Medication Abortion, Allowing it to Become Law

Democratic Missouri Governor Jay Nixon.

Without the governor’s veto a bill to restrict access to medication abortion will go into effect.

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New York Likely to Offer Labor Protections for Child Models

The New York fashion industry, which employs 165,000 people, was until now the only industry in the state excluded from child labor protections under the Department of Labor.

New York has been on the forefront of some of the most cutting-edge labor movements, but when it comes to child models, New York is behind more than 20 states that include child models in their state labor codes. That may soon change.

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End of Missouri 2013 Legislative Session Leaves Women Even Worse Off (CORRECTED)

Less access to quality preventive care, more money heading to deceptive crisis pregnancy centers? The 2013 legislative session was another tough one for women.

With less access to quality preventive care, and more money heading to deceptive crisis pregnancy centers, the 2013 legislative session was another tough one for women.

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