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GOP Introduces ‘Sham’ Birth Control Access Bill

Women’s health advocates are harshly criticizing a new bill sponsored by Sens. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) that is intended to help make birth control available over the counter, calling it a cynical move that would actually make birth control less affordable.

Women’s health advocates are harshly criticizing a new bill sponsored by Sens. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) that is intended to help make birth control available over the counter, calling it a cynical move that would actually make birth control less affordable.

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Losing My Lege: ‘Jane Doe’ Seeks Abortion Care at the Texas State Capitol

"Jane" could only assume, from the debates held in the state legislature over the past several weeks, that since anti-choice lawmakers apparently believe they're in the best position to tell Texans whether they can, or should, access legal abortion care, "Jane" would just go straight to the source.

“Jane” could only assume, from the debates held in the state legislature over the past several weeks, that since anti-choice lawmakers apparently believe they’re in the best position to tell Texans whether they can, or should, access legal abortion care, “Jane” would just go straight to the source.

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Obamacare’s Birth Control Benefit Notches Another Legal Win

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to reconsider an earlier decision that ruled the process for accommodating religious objections to the birth control benefit of the Affordable Care Act did not burden the group's rights.

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to reconsider an earlier decision that ruled the process for accommodating religious objections to the birth control benefit of the Affordable Care Act did not burden the group’s rights.

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Missouri Fines Aetna for Not Charging Women Enough for Abortions

Aetna, one of the largest insurance companies in Missouri, agreed to pay $4.5 million in fines for violations of state law that include paying for elective abortions and failing to cover certain autism benefits.

Aetna, one of the largest insurance companies in Missouri, agreed to pay $4.5 million in fines for violations of state law that include paying for elective abortions and failing to cover certain autism benefits.

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Baltimore, Detroit ‘Criminalizing’ Low-Income People, Shutting Off Their Water

Baltimore's water shutoff crackdown focuses on households, while businesses, government offices, and nonprofits accounted for the vast majority of the unpaid water fees.

Baltimore’s water shutoff crackdown focuses on households, while businesses, government offices, and nonprofits accounted for the vast majority of the unpaid water fees.

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Impact of Admitting Privileges Case Before Supreme Court Extends Beyond Mississippi

The Roberts Court will consider stepping into the fight over Mississippi's admitting privileges requirement for abortion providers in a case that could make it harder for abortion rights advocates to combat restrictions based in junk science.

The Roberts Court will consider stepping into the fight over Mississippi’s admitting privileges requirement for abortion providers in a case that could make it harder for pro-choice advocates to combat restrictions based in junk science.

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Combating Trafficking Takes Much Longer Than Eight Minutes

There are ways in which we can support survivors of trafficking and address the systemic challenges that those vulnerable to trafficking face. None of those tactics require a camera crew and a viewing audience.

There are ways in which we can support survivors of trafficking and address the systemic challenges that those vulnerable to it face. None of those tactics require a camera crew and a viewing audience.

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Anti-Choice Groups Try ‘Texas Playbook’ in Attempt to Block Health-Care Access in California

The fight to open a Planned Parenthood health-care clinic in El Centro, California, shows that national anti-choice groups are intent on rolling back reproductive health care gains in even the most progressive parts of the country.

The fight to open a Planned Parenthood health-care clinic in El Centro, California, shows that national anti-choice groups are intent on rolling back reproductive health care gains in even the most progressive parts of the country.

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Virginia Clinics Navigate Changing TRAP Law: ‘I Feel Like I’m Digging a Hole Just to Fill It Back In’

The burden of TRAP regulations in Virginia was lightened in early May, when Attorney General Mark Herring clarified that existing clinics can be grandfathered into the law's architectural component. Still, challenges persist.

The burden of TRAP regulations in Virginia was lightened in early May, when Attorney General Mark Herring clarified that existing clinics can be grandfathered into the law’s architectural component. Still, challenges persist.

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Admitting Privilege Laws: A Solution in Search of a Problem

Twelve states have enacted such policies, which require doctors to obtain admitting privileges at a local hospital, and they are in effect in five states. But the seminal questions are: Does this requirement benefit women? And what are the costs to women and providers?

Twelve states have enacted such policies, which require doctors to obtain admitting privileges at a local hospital, and they are in effect in five states. But the seminal questions are: Does this requirement benefit women? And what are the costs to women and providers?

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