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New Version of Missouri Bill to Restrict Medication Abortion Heads to Governor’s Desk

A new bill that will allow employees, and not just patients, file complaints against abortion clinics via the Department of Health and Human Services is on its way to the desk of Delaware Governor Jack Markell for signature.

An amended bill has clarified that women seeking medication abortions would only need to make three trips to a clinic, not the potential four trips bill opponents feared.

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Missouri Bill Banning ‘Telemed’ Abortions Could Limit Access to Medication Abortions Altogether

A new ban on "telemed" abortions could make accessing all medication abortions much more difficult for patients in Missouri.

A new ban on “telemed” abortions could make accessing all medication abortions much more difficult for patients in Missouri.

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State Policy Trends 2013: Abortion Bans Move to the Forefront


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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Fast Moving Missouri Bill Expands the “Right to Deny” Care

Arkansas and Alabama are both "defending the freedoms" of employers and others by introducing bills that can block access to birth control either by allowing a pharmacist to refuse to fill a prescription or by allowing an employer to deny coverage in employee health plans.

It’s not just an issue of conscience, it’s an all out emergency!

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Eighteen For-Profit Companies Fighting to Eliminate the Birth Control Benefit

18 for-profit companies have filed lawsuits against providing birth control coverage for their employees as part of employee health care under the Affordable Care Act. Here's a brief introduction to those companies.

Eighteen for-profit companies have filed lawsuits to overturn the birth control benefit in the Affordable Care Act, which requires that all insurance policies cover birth control without a co-pay as part of preventive care. These companies argue that including insurance coverage for birth control “violates their religious freedom.” Here’s a brief introduction to those companies and their cases.

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Could Same-Sex Spouse Benefits Be on the Way for Missouri Citizens?

Major Alan G. Rogers holding hands with his partner on the left at a same-sex wedding ceremony on June 28, 2006.

The Missouri Supreme Court could follow Kansas’ lead in recognizing legal protections for same-sex partnerships.

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Missouri Rep: Spousal Consent Bill Exists But “Has Too Many Loopholes”

English's endorsement from MO Right to Life.

Missouri Rep. Keith English’s bill is a new upgrade to the state’s informed consent law, which would require a person seeking safe abortion care to take a printout of an ultrasound home during the 24-hour waiting period. According to English, who is anti-choice, this would be a more effective form of “spousal consent” because it would allow a husband more access to convince his wife to continue a pregnancy at his request.

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Chipping Away at Exceptions: Forced Birth for Fetal Anomalies

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They say it’s about compassion, eugenics, diversity. But in reality, isn’t it just about chipping away at abortion rights any way that they can?

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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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Federal Court Temporarily Blocks Missouri Law Excluding Insurance Coverage for Birth Control


As states pass their own laws allowing employers to discriminate in insurance benefits, federal courts must wrestle with how those laws interact with the federal contraception mandate.

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