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NYT: The Courts Stand Up for Access to Reproductive Health Care

In an editorial today, the New York Times discusses the vital role the courts have played in recent weeks in blocking viciously regressive laws seeking to deny women access to both self-determination and to basic reproductive health care.

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The Triumph Over Racist Billboards in Oakland: We Did It Together

On behalf of all of us who have worked on the campaign to remove the racist, anti-choice billboards in Oakland, I want to say thank you for all you did. There’s more work to do, but the billboards are gone. And we did it together.

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Judge Blocks New York City Law Requiring Crisis Pregnancy Centers to Divulge Bias

The Associated Press reports that a federal judge has blocked New York City from enforcing a new law designed to force pregnancy centers to disclose what services they offer.

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States Enact Record Number of Abortion Restrictions in First Half of 2011

In the first six months of 2011, states enacted 162 new provisions related to reproductive health and rights.

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What Does the Casey Anthony Case Have To Do With Abortion? Nothing, Unless You Are an Anti-Choice Fanatic

Answer: nothing. Except for anti-choice fanatics, who must realize on some level that Casey Anthony gives lie to their whole argument that every sexually active woman is ready to be a mother, and just needs a little force to see it. 

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New Hampshire Defunds Planned Parenthood, Leaving Thousands Without Primary Care

A vote by New Hampshire officials not to renew with Planned Parenthood has left thousands of women without no access to birth control and other primary reproductive health care. And as the statement of one councilor reveals, the real agenda is not (just) about abortion services, but to punish women for sex

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In Wisconsin, Radical Rules and Regulations Promise to Harm Women and Families

Governor Scott Walker, along with Wisconsin’s anti-abortion, anti-choice and anti-birth control action groups, are jeopardizing physicians’ ability provide necessary medical care to patients with complicated pregnancies.

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Michele Bachmann’s Miscarriage and the Miscarriage of Justice

If the personal is political, it seems it would extend that women’s own experiences with miscarriage would lead to sympathy for those facing similar losses.  But as Bachmann talks about her miscarriage, she promotes policies that result in miscarriages of justice.

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How Betty Ford’s Death Illustrates What Has Been Lost in Our Political Culture

Betty Ford’s tenure as First Lady was the last time in American politics someone in that role could inspire bi-partisan admiration—even while expressing her own political views. Her passing reminds us of what has been lost in our political culture.

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Brownback Nominates Operation Rescue Attorney to Kansas Board of Healing Arts

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has nominated Operation Rescue defense attorney Richard Macias to the Kansas Board of Healing Arts, which is tasked with licensing and disciplining Kansas physicians.

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