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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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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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Roundup: Oklahoma’s Abortion Reporting Law “Not About Women”

A revived anti-choice Oklahoma bill that would require women to report their life story is, apparently, not about women at all.

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Roundup: Ultrasound Bills Across States Fare Different Fates

Louisiana, Oklahoma legislatures take steps towards requiring women seeking abortions to view ultrasounds and hear a description. Meanwhile South Carolina considers a compromised version of their “ultrasound bill” which wouldn’t require an ultrasound at all.

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Roundup: Block Those Racist, Sexist Women Seeking Abortions

The new reason to “ban” abortion: because the potential abortion seeker (aka, the woman who is pregnant) is a racist? I’m not sure how else to read new proposed laws in Georgia and Oklahoma that seek to ban “reasons” for abortion.

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Roundup: All About the Benjamins

Silver linings: Oklahoma blocks an intrusive abortion reporting bill, and Senator Nelson learns 60 is the loneliest number. Plus, an adoption mini roundup.

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Roundup: NYT Editorial Takes On Oklahoma Law Forcing Women to Put Medical Info on Public Website

In an editorial published yesterday, Oklahoma vs. Women, the New York Times takes on efforts by the state of Oklahoma to force women to put their private medical information on a public website. The Las Vegas Sun suggests an egg-as-person initiative in Nevada could be a “gift” to Democrats.

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