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‘You Don’t Always Get To Be at the Table’: Virginia Democrat Champions ‘Conscience Law’

Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston)

A recently signed law to license genetic counselors in Virginia includes a sweeping “conscience” provision that is the direct result of a partnership between an anti-choice group and a prominent Democrat who just two years ago was held up nationally as a hero and champion for reproductive rights.

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Colorado Bill That Would Have Banned Nearly All Abortions Defeated in Committee

Scales of justice and gavel on book

As expected, a bill banning most abortions in Colorado was killed in the state legislature Tuesday. The state house majority leader, a Democrat, called the Republican house majority leader’s sponsorship of the anti-choice legislation a move to “pander to the right wing of their party.”

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20-Week Abortion Ban Advances in West Virginia Senate

The West Virginia Capitol building in Charleston

The controversial measure was softened somewhat with an amendment, but advocates decry its chilling effect on medicine and its unconstitutionality.

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Two Texas Reproductive Health Clinics Close, a Harbinger of a Coming Access Crisis

The McAllen Whole Woman's Health clinic, which closed its doors this week.

Two clinics in underserved areas of Texas—one an abortion provider—closed their doors this week, as the effects of the omnibus anti-abortion access bill passed last summer with the support of conservative lawmakers continue to unfold across the state.

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Georgia State Senate Passes Abortion Coverage Ban

Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta (interior).

If SB 98 becomes law, Georgia will become the 25th state to forbid health plans on the insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act from covering abortion care.

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West Virginia House Passes 20-Week Abortion Ban

West Virginia House of Delegates

The West Virginia House of Delegates Tuesday night passed a controversial bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy in the state.

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South Dakota Legislature Tables Bill That Could Have Banned Abortion at Seven Weeks

Two South Dakota bills that would have imposed severe restrictions on abortion procedures as well as penalties on abortion providers, including possible life in prison, will not move forward in the legislature.

Two South Dakota bills that would have imposed severe restrictions on abortion procedures as well as penalties on abortion providers, including possible life in prison, will not move forward in the legislature.

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20-Week Abortion Ban Likely to Pass West Virginia House

West Virginia House of Delegates

After passing a second house committee vote on Friday, a 20-week ban looks poised to pass the West Virginia house and could potentially pass the senate as well.

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South Dakota Spends $170,000 Defending Anti-Choice Law

The state has spent $170,000 in taxpayer money since 2011 defending a single anti-choice law, according to new figures from the state attorney general obtained by RH Reality Check.

The state has spent $170,000 in taxpayer money since 2011 defending a single anti-choice law, according to new figures from the state attorney general obtained by RH Reality Check.

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Alabama Lawmakers Propose Near-Total Abortion Ban, Other Severe Restrictions

New bills in Alabama would ban abortion as early as six weeks, make it extremely difficult for minors to obtain abortions, make all women wait longer to get one, and force women with fatal fetal anomalies to hear about perinatal hospice options that may not even exist in Alabama.

The new bills would ban abortion as early as six weeks, make it extremely difficult for minors to obtain abortions, make all women wait longer to get an abortion, and force women carrying fetuses with fatal anomalies to hear about perinatal hospice options that may not even exist in the state.

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