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North Dakota Medicated-Abortion Hearing On Hold Until 2012

Once more the hearing is being moved down the calendar.

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What New Legal Obstacles to Safe Medication Abortion in Ohio Mean for Women

The new regulations on medication abortion are definitely bad law and bad medicine. But on a cultural level, how much of a woman’s decision re: whether or not to get an abortion — medication or otherwise — is influenced by societal shame and stigma surrounding the procedure?

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Study Shows Telemedicine Abortion is Safe and Effective; Politics Intervenes Nonetheless

New research indicates that telemedicine abortion is safe, effective, and expands access to women in rural areas without an abortion provider. But laws based on ideology are increasingly limiting this promising new use of communications technology.

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Injunction Sought Against North Dakota Law Banning Medication Abortion

The Center for Reproductive Rights has filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction blocking implementation of a new North Dakota law that would ban medication abortion.

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Roundup: Georgia Eliminating State Funds for Domestic Violence Prevention

Georgia will use federal TANF money for domestic violence shelters which could eliminate services for women without children, what do state ant-abortion bills say about women, Arizona enacts more anti-abortion legislation, and Starbucks selling a maternal health benefit CD.

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Morning Roundup: Texas House Passes Ultrasound Bill with No Rape Exception

Texas House passes mandatory ultrasound bill without a rape or incest exception, 40 Days of Harassment starts tomorrow, Minnesota introduces fetal pain bill, and will internet-procured medication be the new back alley abortion?

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The Launch of ella: A New Way to Prevent Pregnancy, Another Anti-Choice Controversy

A new form of emergency contraception, ella, is now available to women in the United States. And predictably, the far right is up in arms.

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Thanks to Medication Abortion, An Increasing Share of Abortions Take Place By or Before Nine Weeks

Ten years ago tomorrow (September 28th, 2010) the United States Food and Drug Administration approved the use of mifepristone along with misoprostol for early term abortions. Data from the Centers for Disease Control show that while the incidence of abortion has remained steady, the share of those performed very early in pregnancy has increased.

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A Pioneering Effort to Increase Rural Women’s Access to Safe Abortion in Iowa

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland deserves a medal for seeking to address the geographic (and often economic) disparity in access to abortion in a smart and safe way.

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Roundup: TIME Analyzes Government Role in Abortion Access in Health Reform Proposals

TIME examines government’s role in facilitating abortion access in health care reform proposals; medication abortion has not expanded access as expected; Australian provider refuses to prescribe RU-486 until legal protections are enacted.

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