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11 Pro-Choice Successes of 2013

There were a number of reasons for pro-choice allies around the country to be proud this year.

Though 2013 might have brought an array of new abortion restrictions and other setbacks for reproductive rights, there were also a number of reasons for pro-choice allies around the country to be proud this year. The staff of RH Reality Check notes some of the top pro-choice successes of 2013.

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Study: No Increased Risks Associated With Second vs. First Trimester Medication Abortions

A Pennsylvania nurse has been accused of “performing an illegal abortion on a 16-year-old girl,” according to a local report out of Montour county.

To be published in the journal Contraception, the research concludes women having second trimester medication abortions face no increased risk of future premature birth, miscarriage, low birth weight, or placental complications when compared to first trimester medication abortions.

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Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Challenge to Decision Blocking Oklahoma Ultrasound Law

Gov. Pat McCrory said that "costly and drawn out litigation" would not be worth the trouble over the one provision that was struck down, which would have forced all women seeking an abortion to receive and be shown a narrated ultrasound before their procedure.

The U.S. Supreme Court turned away another challenge to an Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling in favor of abortion rights.

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Legal Wrap: Dark Money in Politics Is Bad for Reproductive Rights

What's the link between big money donors like the Koch brothers and the wave of anti-abortion restrictions?

What’s the link between big money donors like the Koch brothers and the wave of anti-choice restrictions?

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Judge Blocks Enforcement of Iowa Telemedicine Ban

The decision stays an Iowa Board of Medicine rule that threatened to end access to medication abortion for rural patients.

The decision stays an Iowa Board of Medicine rule that threatened to end access to medication abortion for rural patients. The decision will allow Planned Parenthood to continue offering medication abortions at 15 rural clinics while the court challenge proceeds.

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The Texas HB 2 SCOTUS Petition: What It Means, and What Happens Next

Texas is shutting down abortion clinics, driving privileged women to travel far for abortion, and forcing lower-income women to endure forced pregnancy. This is where the entire country is headed, if the anti-choice movement prevails in the courts.

What does Monday’s Supreme Court filing mean for the legal battle over Texas’ omnibus anti-abortion law?

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Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Decision Striking Oklahoma Medication Abortion Ban

Reproductive rights advocates scored a win as the Supreme Court let stand an Oklahoma ruling striking that state's medication abortion ban.

Reproductive rights advocates scored a win as the Supreme Court let stand an Oklahoma ruling striking that state’s medication abortion ban.

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Attorneys for Indiana Defend TRAP Law in Federal Court

Two groups have appealed the dismissal of their challenge to an Arizona anti-choice restriction that they argue unconstitutionally relies on harmful racial stereotypes to discriminate against and shame Black and Asian American and Pacific Islander women who decide to end their pregnancies.

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller insists the law is necessary for patient safety, as conservatives in the state continue their attacks on Planned Parenthood.

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Decision Reinstating Texas Anti-Choice Law Heavy on Judgment, Light on Reasoning

Under current state law, only a small subset of rape survivors qualify for such orders.

On Thursday, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals showed it won’t let law and procedure get in the way when it comes to restricting abortion access.

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Federal Judge Declares Hospital Admitting Privileges Provision of Texas Abortion Law Unconstitutional (Updated)

A federal judge has declared part of Texas' abortion law to be unconstitutional, blocking a provision that requires abortion providers to secure admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of where they perform abortion procedures.

A federal judge has declared part of Texas’ abortion law to be unconstitutional, blocking a provision that requires abortion providers to secure admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of where they perform abortion procedures.

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