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States Continue to Enact Abortion Restrictions in First Half of 2014, But at a Lower Level Than in the Previous Three Years

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So far this year, 13 states have adopted 21 new restrictions designed to limit access to abortion, about half the number (41) of similar restrictions that had been enacted by this point last year.

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Advocates Urge Eighth Circuit to Revisit Viability Standard in ‘Roe’

Arkansas is the latest state to see a direct attack on Roe v. Wade as fetal "personhood" advocates ramp up attacks on reproductive autonomy.

Arkansas is the latest state to see a direct attack on Roe v. Wade as fetal “personhood” advocates ramp up attacks on reproductive autonomy.

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Arkansas Tells Federal Appeals Court 12-Week Abortion Ban Is Constitutional

Arkansas is the latest state to claim a law banning abortions after 12 weeks' gestation is not an unconstitutional ban, but simply a "regulation."

Arkansas is the latest state to claim a law banning abortions after 12 weeks’ gestation is not an unconstitutional ban, but simply a “regulation.”

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Lindsey Graham to Make Renewed Push for 20-Week Abortion Ban in Senate

Sen. Graham is expected to try to force a vote Tuesday on legislation that would ban abortions after 20 weeks nationwide.

Sen. Graham is expected to try to force a vote Tuesday on legislation that would ban abortions after 20 weeks nationwide, but Senate Democrats are unlikely to let his attempt move forward.

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South Carolina 20-Week Abortion Ban Advances to Senate Floor

The ban was amended to address some of the most pressing concerns from critics, but opponents of the bill say it is still an unconstitutional restriction on women's health.

The ban was amended to address some of the most pressing concerns from critics, but opponents of the bill say it is still an unconstitutional restriction on women’s health.

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TRAP Laws and the Emptying of ‘Roe’

What does "choice" mean in an age of targeted restrictions on abortion providers?

What does “choice” mean in an age of targeted restrictions on abortion providers?

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South Carolina State Senator Compares Planned Parenthood to Hitler

"I have no more confidence in Planned Parenthood than I do in Adolf Hitler," said state Sen. Mike Fair in response to a new poll showing public support for legal abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

“I have no more confidence in Planned Parenthood than I do in Adolf Hitler,” said state Sen. Mike Fair in response to a new poll showing public support for legal abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

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Mississippi Passes 20-Week Abortion Ban, Governor Promises to Sign

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant said Tuesday that he looked forward to quickly signing the bill.

On Tuesday, the Mississippi legislature approved a ban on abortion at 20 weeks after a woman’s last menstrual period, with no exceptions for rape or incest, despite the fact that the state’s only abortion clinic only performs abortions up to 16 weeks.

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Court Orders Trial in Challenge to Alabama TRAP Law

The decision acknowledged that while there is "substantial" evidence to question the state's motive in passing an admitting privileges law under the guise of maternal health, a trial is still necessary to determine if the law is constitutional.

The decision acknowledged that while there is “substantial” evidence to question the state’s motive in passing an admitting privileges law under the guise of maternal health, a trial is still necessary to determine if the law is constitutional.

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Missouri Republicans Introduce Dozens of Anti-Choice Bills While Rejecting Medicaid Expansion

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No state has seen as many anti-choice bills introduced this year as Missouri, where Republican lawmakers are simultaneously resisting an expansion of Medicaid that could improve health outcomes for hundreds of thousands of residents.

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