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Roundup: Out With the Old, and In With the… Old

Here comes the new year, same as the old year. It may be 2010 on the calendar, but it looks like a lot of legislators are still replaying 2009 in their sessions. Also, probably the only time you’ll hear me say, “Go, Wisconsin!”

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A Promising First Step in Protecting Illinois Teenagers’ Health and Safety

An Illinois state court issued an emergency order yesterday blocking a law that prevents teens from having an abortion unless they notify a parent or go to court.

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Illinois Judge Issues Temporary Restraining Order on Enforcement of Parental Notification Law

An Illinois judge has issued a temporary restraining order delaying enforcement of a law requiring doctors to notify parents of teens who are seeking an abortion. The order was issued in response to a request by the American Civil Liberties Union, and will remain in effect until hearings on why the law should not be put into effect.

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Illinois Enforces Parental Notification Law

After 14 years of legal battles, a law in Illinois requiring girls 17
and under to notify their parents of the choice to have an abortion
will soon actually be enforced.

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Alaska Ballot Initiative Targets Minors

For some girls, parental notification is not an option. Self-induced abortion is.

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2008 Top Ten Wins for Women’s Health

From Connecticut to Colombia, here are the International Women’s Health Coalition’s top ten wins for women’s health in 2008.

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Will Anti-Choice Forces Take Advantage of Bush Legacy?

Even with victories on anti-choice initiatives, and even with this election, individual state legislatures remain dangerous arenas in which we struggle to preserve every woman’s rights.

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“Who’s Going To Watch An Entire Show About Abortion?”

Last night the television show Boston Legal attempted to address parental consent laws for abortion. Let me just say that to root a story about abortion on the perspectives of two older men is, well, interesting.

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Roundup: A Final Look at Poll Results on Abortion Related Ballot Initiatives

Abortion related ballot initiatives will be decided in California, Colorado and South Dakota today; Jill at Feministe offers up a nice voter guide; Why Catholics shouldn’t be afraid to support a pro-choice candidate; New York Times looks at the demographics of women who have had an abortion.

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Proposition 4: Constitutional Amendments for Sale

Two wealthy Californians have bank-rolled this year’s parental notification ballot initiative as well as the two nearly identical prior measures, corrupting the ballot initiative process and putting teens at risk.

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