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New Laws Restricting Abortion Take Effect in Mississippi and Florida

New laws that will further restrict access to abortion care later in pregnancy went into effect Tuesday in Mississippi and Florida.

Mississippi’s new law is a 20-week ban, while Florida’s creates additional restrictions on abortions performed in the third trimester, and bans abortion at any point in a pregnancy if a doctor determines the fetus could survive outside the pregnant person’s body.

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Florida Governor Signs Bill Further Restricting Later Abortions

Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed HB 1047 into law on Friday.

The law, which will go into effect on July 1, places additional restrictions on abortions performed in the third trimester, and bans abortion at any point in a pregnancy if a doctor determines the fetus could survive outside the pregnant person’s body.

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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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Texas Republicans’ New Anti-Gay, Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Abortion Platform

The 2014 Texas GOP platform endorses "reparative therapy" for gay and lesbian Texans, removes a call for new pathways to citizenship, and thanks lawmakers for "pro-life" legislation.

The 2014 Texas GOP platform endorses “reparative therapy” for gay and lesbian Texans, removes a call for new pathways to citizenship, and thanks lawmakers for “pro-life” legislation.

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Vague Louisiana Bill Would Force Brain-Dead Pregnant Women to Serve as Incubators

It seems grotesque that a woman's lifeless body can be commandeered by a state and used as a petri dish in which to grow a baby. But that's what is going to happen to women in Louisiana should Gov. Bobby Jindal sign HB 1274 into law.

It seems grotesque that a woman’s lifeless body can be commandeered by a state and used as a petri dish in which to grow a baby. But that’s exactly what happened to Marlise Munoz in Texas, and that is what is going to happen to women in Louisiana should Gov. Bobby Jindal sign HB 1274 into law.

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Legal Wrap: 49 Years After Griswold, Legal Contraception Still Up for Debate

The 49th anniversary of Griswold v. Connecticut shows how little progress we've made in the fight for reproductive autonomy.

The 49th anniversary of Griswold v. Connecticut shows how little progress we’ve made in the fight for reproductive autonomy.

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Louisiana Lawmakers Pass Bill to Keep Pregnant Women on Mechanical Support Against Their Wishes

The Louisiana legislature passed a bill to require physicians to keep brain-dead women on life support if they are pregnant, if the physician determines there is any chance that the fetus is viable.

The Louisiana legislature passed a bill that requires physicians to keep brain-dead women who are pregnant on mechanical support if the physician determines there is a chance the fetus is viable.

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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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Louisiana Committee Passes Bill That Would Keep Pregnant Women on Mechanical Support Against Their Wishes

After emotional testimony given by opponents of a bill that would allow the state of Louisiana to invalidate any advance directives when a patient is pregnant, regardless of the viability of the fetus, a committee voted to pass the bill and send it to the full senate.

After emotional testimony given by opponents of a bill that would allow the state of Louisiana to invalidate any advance directives when a patient is pregnant, regardless of the viability of the fetus, a committee voted to pass the bill and send it to the full senate.

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Attorneys for North Dakota Argue Viability Begins at Conception

In the appeal of a lower court ruling permanently blocking the state's "heartbeat" ban, attorneys for the state lay out their argument as to why Roe v. Wade should be overturned.

In the appeal of a lower court ruling permanently blocking the state’s “heartbeat” ban, attorneys for the state lay out their argument as to why Roe v. Wade should be overturned.

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