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State-Level 2012 Retrospective: Second-Highest Number of Abortion Restrictions Ever

Reproductive health and rights were once again the subject of extensive debate in state capitols in 2012. Over the course of the year, 42 states and the District of Columbia enacted 122 provisions related to reproductive health and rights. One-third of these new provisions, 43 in 19 states, sought to restrict access to abortion services.

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Judge Rules North Carolina Can’t Sell “Choose Life” License Plates Without Offering Pro-Choice Option

photo courtesy of Madeleline_H via Flickr

A federal judge ruled the state’s “choose life” license plates violate the First Amendment since there is no option in support of abortion rights.

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In the the Reddest of Red States, One Legislator May Turn the Tide on Anti-Choice Legislation

Ernie Chambers. Photo: Kent Sievers/Omaha World-Herald.

Nebraska, the home of the “fetal pain” movement, may be surprisingly abortion-restriction free in 2013.

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Let’s Remind Election Winners: Reproductive Coercion is Wrong

We can all agree that forcing women to undergo abortions or sterilizations is wrong — but so is forcing women to gestate and give birth to children they don’t want. It’s time we considered both sides of reproductive coercion.

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Original Author of First “Fetal Pain” Ban to Run for Governor of Nebraska

Mike Flood. Photo: KVNO News.

Speaker of the House Mike Flood will run to replace the current governor of Nebraska.

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“Non-Partisan” National Organization for Marriage and Susan B. Anthony List Know How to Party

On election night, it was steak and cable news stations for the “family values” groups.


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ELECTION 2012: With Historic Number of Women, Senate Will Look a Little Bit More Like America

Next year will have an historic number of female senators, and that could be very good for women.

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Pro-Choice, Anti-Choice Groups Do Last Minute Campaign Push

Emily's List members, endorsing Maggie Hassan. Photo: Emily's List.

Both sides focus on key campaigns as get out the vote efforts increase.

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Nebraska Mental Health Screening Law Now Officially, Finally Over

Photo: Alamy via the Huffington Post.

Remember that bill that would require women who wanted an abortion to be screened for mental health issues?  That’s finally blocked for good.

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Supreme Court Refuses Appeal by Nebraskans United for Life

photo courtesy of steakpinball via flickr

The Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of a group that tried to intervene and defend an anti-abortion law the state had given up on.

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