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Afternoon Roundup: Is There An Abortion Statistics ‘Cover-Up’?

The first FDA approved drug to reduce the risk of preterm birth; Egyptian women are empowered by the protests; the abortion statistics controversy that isn’t; more anti-choice maneuvering in Minnesota.

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Morning Roundup: Smith Will Modify Rape Definition in Horrible Bill

Chris Smith will remove the word “forcible” from his bad anti-abortion bill, NRTL says Medicaid doesn’t pay for the abortions of unbattered rape victims anyway, will contraceptives become free preventative medicine, don’t try to read RH Reality Check on a ferry in Canada, and the Senate does not repeal the health care law.

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Back-Alley Abortions in 2011: How Anti-Choice Zealots Force Women to Go to Dangerous Clinics

The Medicaid ban on abortion funding and state restrictions requires poor women in Philadelphia and around the country to face horrific choices when they need an abortion.

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The Hyde Amendment: Denying Women’s Civil Rights

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said a “right delayed is a right denied.” The Hyde Amendment delays and sometimes entirely denies poor women access to abortion.

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For Low-Income Women, Lack of Coverage Leads to Anxiety, Unnecessary Delays in Terminating Pregnancies

Low-income women–even many ostensibly covered by Medicaid–face numerous obstacles to obtaining early, safe abortion services, leading to higher costs and later abortions than need be the case. The DC Abortion Fund is struggling to close the gap.

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