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Legal Wrap: New Year, Same Old Anti-Abortion Tricks From the GOP

January started off with conservatives across the country focusing legislative efforts on—what else—curbing abortion rights.

January started off with conservatives across the country focusing legislative efforts on—what else—curbing abortion rights.

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Men’s ‘Abortion Regret’ Stories Are More About Controlling Women

Anti-choice websites now promote male "abortion regret" stories—which are mostly an exercise in encouraging men to try to control women's bodies, even with bullying.

Anti-choice websites now promote male “abortion regret” stories—which are mostly an exercise in encouraging men to try to control women’s bodies, even with bullying.

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Losing My Lege: Cupcakes and Open Carry Kick Off 84th Texas Legislature

The 84th Texas Legislature convened this week, with a new batch of lawmakers, lobbyists, and elected officials poised to defend some of Texans' most cherished freedoms: baked goods and the public possession of unlicensed handguns.

The 84th Texas Legislature convened this week, with a new batch of lawmakers, lobbyists, and elected officials poised to defend some of Texans’ most cherished freedoms: baked goods and the public possession of unlicensed handguns.

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Kansas Legislators Expected to Introduce Bill That Would Effectively Ban Abortion at 14 Weeks

The legislation targets a procedure called dilation and evacuation (D and E), which is often used during second-trimester abortions. Depending on the language of the bill, it could ban all surgical abortions in the state past 14 weeks' gestation, or even earlier.

The legislation targets a procedure called dilation and evacuation (D and E), which is often used during second-trimester abortions. Depending on the language of the bill, it could ban all surgical abortions in the state past 14 weeks’ gestation, or even earlier.

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Report Card: U.S. Receives ‘D’ for Abortion Care Access in 2014

Though the number of anti-choice laws enacted in states across the United States fell to 27 last year, from 52 in 2013, the country still deserves an overall "D" grade for access to abortion services, according to a report released Wednesday by NARAL Pro-Choice America.

Though the number of anti-choice laws enacted in states across the United States fell to 27 last year, from 52 in 2013, the country still deserves an overall “D” grade for access to abortion services, according to a report released Wednesday by NARAL Pro-Choice America.

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Combating Abortion Stigma Requires More Than Just Storytelling

Certainly, sharing abortion stories can be a powerful act and may reduce self-stigma. But I fear that it distracts from the structural inequalities of race, poverty, age, and education by placing too much emphasis on the individual. And I worry that it lets our politicians and policymakers off the hook.

Certainly, sharing abortion stories can be a powerful act and may reduce self-stigma. But I fear that it distracts from the structural inequalities of race, poverty, age, and education by placing too much emphasis on the individual. And I worry that it lets our politicians and policymakers off the hook.

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Attorneys Urge Federal Appeals Court to Take First Step in Overturning ‘Roe’

Tuesday's oral arguments in legal challenges to two pre-viability abortion bans show anti-choice advocates are more empowered than ever to gut constitutional protections for legal abortion.

Tuesday’s oral arguments in legal challenges to two pre-viability abortion bans show anti-choice advocates are more empowered than ever to gut constitutional protections for legal abortion.

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Mississippi Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Extend Forced Waiting Period

Sen. Phillip Gandy (R-Waynesboro) has introduced SB 2138, which would increase the minimum waiting period before a woman can have an abortion from 24 to 72 hours.

Sen. Phillip Gandy (R-Waynesboro) has introduced SB 2138, which would increase the minimum waiting period before a woman can have an abortion from 24 to 72 hours.

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Following Well-Worn Scripts, State Lawmakers Renew Assault on Access to Abortion Care

Anti-choice lawmakers across the country have in recent weeks filed barrages of laws that would restrict access to safe and legal abortion.

As state legislative sessions gear up for what could be one of the worst years on record for reproductive rights, anti-choice lawmakers across the country have in recent weeks filed barrages of laws that would restrict access to safe and legal abortion. Many of these laws are identical, or nearly so, to laws that have repeatedly failed in the same states where they are being reintroduced.

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Indiana Lawmaker Introduces New Abortion Ban

The Indiana legislature began its 2015 session on Tuesday, and while state lawmakers have yet to file any bills to revise an anti-choice state law struck down by the courts, at least one bill has been filed to further restrict reproductive rights in the state.

The Indiana legislature began its 2015 session on Tuesday, and while state lawmakers have yet to file any bills to revise an anti-choice state law struck down by the courts, at least one bill has been filed to further restrict reproductive rights in the state.

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