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Challenge to Florida VBAC Ban Intensifies

A coalition is challenging a VABC ban by Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration, charging among other things that it is intervening in the activities of licensed providers and overriding “informed consent” standards.

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Roundup: On Waivers, Prenatal Care, Personhood and Slavery

Stupak’s stance could deny prenatal care for his own suffering district, the rhetoric of abortion waivers and slavery, and other stories.

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Roundup: Eight States, Fifteen Bills, One Big Pea

Much like a marathon, this roundup covers 20% of the states in the country, then rewards you with a giant pea suit.  Ok, not so much like a marathon…

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Roundup: Last One to The Supreme Court Is a Rotten Egg

It’s a race to see who can get in front of the Supreme Court first. Plus, parallel realities in the mini roundup.

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Bill In Florida House Outlaws Abortion, Direct Challenge to Roe

A bill has been filed in the Florida House that would ban all abortions with the sole exemption to save the life of the mother, a direct constitutional challenge to Roe vs. Wade.

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Can the State Turn You Into An Incubator?

Can the state turn you into a legal incubator? The First District Court of Appeal in Florida heard arguments that asked that very question after the state ordered a woman confined to a hospital bed, against her wishes, when she was 25 weeks into her pregnancy.

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Roundup: Massachusetts Parents Fight Availability of Birth Control for High School Students

Massachusetts Parents Fight Availability of Birth Control for High School Students; Anti-Abortion Actvitist Starts Tour in Roanoke; More Protests at Florida Planned Parenthood

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Teen Pregnancy in the Spotlight

There is much controversy over shows such as “16 and
Pregnant” on the MTV network and the media coverage of high-profile
teen pregnancies, like that of Jamie-Lynn Spears or Bristol Palin. The
dilemma: Is this sort of attention bringing awareness of the harsh
realities of teen pregnancy – providing a teachable moment on an issue
that should matter to the American public? Or, does this attention
serve only to romanticize the concept of giving birth in one’s teen
years… and normalizing it in the process?

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Reproductive Justice Spotlight: Northeast Florida

Dawna Cornelissen investigates access to abortion in Northern Florida, only to discover that her home county has no abortion provider—just a crisis pregnancy center.

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How Far Will Ideologues Go? Rep. Harris On Church, State and “Legislating Sin.”

If there was any shred of doubt left about where Rep. Katherine Harris (FL) stands on the political spectrum, there is none now. She has moved beyond conservative, beyond even far right, and set up camp somewhere in the exurbs of funny fringe land. She, the woman who presided over one of the great election debacles in all of US history, damaging people's faith in democracy, now says the founding fathers never intended for church and state to be separate.

She said that the separation of church and state is, "so wrong because God is the one who chooses our rulers. And if we are the ones not actively involved in electing those godly men and women," then "we're going to have a nation of secular laws (like abortion). That's not what our Founding Fathers intended, and that certainly isn't what God intended."

Let's check in with Thomas Jefferson on that:

Almighty God hath created the mind free … No man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship or ministry or shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief, but all men shall be free to profess and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of religion …

Rep. Harris' comments are evidence of a larger rift within the nation, and in particular the Republican Party, as social conservative ideologues are increasingly being held accountable for their reckless rhetoric.

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