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South Carolina Considers 20-Week Abortion Ban

The bill, HB 4223, was introduced last May and has 34 Republican co-sponsors. Committee members reportedly expect the bill to advance after they reconvene to hear more testimony, possibly as early as next week.

The bill, HB 4223, was introduced last May and has 34 Republican co-sponsors. Committee members reportedly expect the bill to advance after they reconvene to hear more testimony, possibly as early as next week.

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South Dakota Bill a ‘Backdoor’ Attempt to Ban Abortions Near 20 Weeks

A bill introduced in the South Dakota house would restrict abortion services in the state by targeting second-trimester abortions with never-before-used legislative language.

A bill introduced in the South Dakota house would restrict abortion services in the state by targeting second-trimester abortions with never-before-used legislative language.

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Missouri 72-Hour Abortion Waiting Period Bills Move Through Committee

If any of the bills passed, Missouri would join Utah and South Dakota as the only states with 72-hour waiting periods.

If any of the bills passed, Missouri would join Utah and South Dakota as the only states with 72-hour waiting periods.

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Anti-Choice Bills Move Forward in Indiana

A senate bill could target doctors for anti-choice protests, while a house bill would ban private insurance coverage of abortion.

A senate bill could target doctors for anti-choice protests, while a house bill would ban private insurance coverage of abortion.

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‘Personhood’ and ‘Fetal Homicide’ Legislation Introduced in Colorado Legislature

Anti-choice state lawmakers have introduced legislation in Colorado that defines life as beginning at conception, reflecting "personhood" ballot initiatives defeated overwhelmingly in 2008 and 2010.

Anti-choice state lawmakers have introduced legislation in Colorado that defines life as beginning at conception, reflecting ”personhood” ballot initiatives defeated overwhelmingly in 2008 and 2010.

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Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant: ‘My Goal Is to End Abortion in Mississippi’

In his “state of the state” speech, Bryant said, “On this unfortunate anniversary of Roe v. Wade, my goal is to end abortion in Mississippi.”

The governor reiterated his anti-choice intentions last week as state legislators introduced several extreme anti-choice bills.

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McAuliffe Reappoints McDonnell’s Secretary of Health

Virginia Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe has announced his selection of Dr. Bill Hazel as secretary of health and human resources, calling him an "invaluable asset."

Virginia Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe has announced his selection of Dr. Bill Hazel as secretary of health and human resources, calling him an “invaluable asset.” Hazel was selected for that cabinet post in 2010 by Gov. Bob McDonnell, and has supported the outgoing governor in the implementation of several anti-choice policies.

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North Dakota Has Spent Hundreds of Thousands of Taxpayer Dollars Defending Anti-Choice Laws

North Dakota is one of a handful of states racking up huge legal bills defending unconstitutional anti-choice legislation.

North Dakota is one of a handful of states racking up huge legal bills defending unconstitutional anti-choice legislation.

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Legal Wrap: Michigan Ups the Ante in Statewide Abortion Restrictions

Michigan lawmakers push through an anti-democratic new abortion restriction, while the Senate actually gets some work done.

Michigan lawmakers push through an anti-democratic new abortion restriction, while the Senate actually gets some work done.

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New Model Laws Would Let Third Parties Sue for Emotional Damages From Abortions

Two groups have appealed the dismissal of their challenge to an Arizona anti-choice restriction that they argue unconstitutionally relies on harmful racial stereotypes to discriminate against and shame Black and Asian American and Pacific Islander women who decide to end their pregnancies.

Americans United for Life has offered model legislation designed to “expand enforcement” of existing abortion restrictions.

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