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Losing My Lege: So Long, Farewell (We Hope)

Gov. Greg Abbott has promised to sign any gun deregulation bill that comes across his desk. If he can't pull it off in the regular session, his failure to call a special session to appease the gun crowd could very well come back to haunt him in the 2018 election.

Sine die—the official end of the regular legislative session—here in Texas is set for Monday, and if the fates are willing, we won’t be facing a special legislative session. That would mean another cruel start to the summer for Texans who believe in freedom and progress and justice

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Texas Abortion Provider Launches Program to ‘Shift’ Abortion Stigma: A Q&A With Amy Hagstrom Miller and Amanda Williams

Amy Hagstrom Miller and Amanda Williams at ChoiceWorks speak about their vision for their new nonprofit Shift, why they’ve chosen to launch in Texas, and what the end of abortion stigma might look like in red states.

Amy Hagstrom Miller and Amanda Williams at ChoiceWorks speak about their vision for their new nonprofit Shift, why they’ve chosen to launch in Texas, and what the end of abortion stigma might look like in red states.

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New Texas Bill Would Dramatically Increase Hurdles for Abused and Neglected Teens Seeking Abortion

Senators gather to consult Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and the senate
parliamentarian on a point of order during debate on HB 3994.

On Memorial Day 2015, the Texas Senate passed an anti-abortion bill that would make it far harder for abused, abandoned, and neglected minors who rely on “judicial bypass” to obtain an abortion. The bill would also require doctors who provide abortion care to demand government ID from their patients.

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Texas Republicans Retake Abortion Vote After Near-Fistfight on House Floor

The debates in the Texas house on Sunday reportedly drove Rep. Jonathan Stickland (R-Bedford) to take to the floor and "almost" fistfight his colleague, Rep. Byron Cook (R-Corsicana).

State conservatives volleyed their constituents’ access to reproductive health care back and forth on Sunday in a series of last-minute deals, ultimately resulting in a late-night vote, taken without Democrats and moderate Republicans, to reopen debate on a bill that would ban insurance coverage for legal abortion.

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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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