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State Policy Trends 2013: Abortion Bans Move to the Forefront

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Unlike in recent years, when the thrust of legislative activity was on regulating abortion, this year legislators seem to be focusing on banning abortion outright.

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“Personhood” Back in Oklahoma Legislature

State Representative Mike Reynolds. (News on 6)

Last year’s attempt to pass a “personhood” bill through the Oklahoma legislature was a disaster. Now, it’s a second try.

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Virginia Gives Up on “Egg-as-Person” Bill, For Now

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With three days left to bring the bill up, the senate appears content to let it die.

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Life Begins At Conception. That’s Not the Point

The development of a potential human life requires conception as a first step. But that is not the same as either pregnancy or personhood. You can’t reduce complex reality to a slogan, and when you try to do so, you actually minimize the personhood of women.

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U.S. Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Personhood Oklahoma Appeal

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The high court turned back the anti-abortion group’s plea to put the issue of personhood on the Oklahoma ballot without comment.

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Which Personhood Endorser in Colorado Will Be Ryan’s Role Model?

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Romney running mate Paul Ryan, who’s endorsed personhood at the federal level, will have to decide whether to un-endorse the measure or stand behind it.

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Why Is Former Personhood Supporter, Congressman Mike Coffman, Ducking Questions About the New Ballot in Colorado?

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Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) has supported Colorado personhood amendments, which would ban all abortions and some common forms of birth control. Now, he’s announced he will not endorse a personhood measure this year. Why not?

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“Personhood” Movement Not About Outlawing Birth Control?

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In a Newsweek puff piece on Keith Mason, the leader of Personhood USA, the article lets himget away with a few whoppers.

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Three Lessons on Religious Freedom from North Dakota

With the rejection of the “Personhood Amendment” in Mississippi and the rejection of Measure 3 in North Dakota, we see proof that Americans have a profound respect for religious freedom as the founders intended it.

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Ohio’s Push For Fertilized Eggs As People Appears Doomed

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The state has less than two weeks to gather 95 percent of their necessary signatures.

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