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Why Are Alameda County Jails Forcing Women to Take Pregnancy Tests?

No one can say for exactly how long Alameda County jails have been forcing arrested women to take pregnancy tests, and no one can really explain why.

For at least several years, Alameda County sheriffs and medical personnel have routinely conducted pregnancy tests on thousands of prisoners, old and young, fertile and sterile, willing or not. It’s a practice that isn’t shared by any other jails in California. No one can say for exactly how long Alameda County jails have been forcing arrested women to take pregnancy tests, and no one can really explain why.

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Abortion Provider Expands to New Mexico in Response to Texas Anti-Abortion Law

The Whole Woman's Health clinic in McAllen, Texas, which recently reopened, bringing legal abortion care back to the Rio Grande Valley.

As a lawsuit challenging Texas’ highly restrictive abortion access law winds its way through the federal court system, one Texas abortion provider announced Wednesday that she would expand services into neighboring New Mexico.

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Federal Appeals Court: Texas Cannot Yet Enforce Abortion Law

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that Texas' highly restrictive omnibus anti-abortion law—which would have closed all but eight legal abortion facilities in the state—must remain blocked, for now.

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that Texas’ highly restrictive omnibus anti-abortion law—which would have closed all but eight legal abortion facilities in the state—must remain blocked, for now.

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National Right to Life President: Texas Abortion Bill Intended to Shutter Clinics

National Right to Life President Carol Tobias on Sunday's episode of This Week on ABC.

The leader of a national anti-choice lobby group said Sunday that Texas’ omnibus anti-abortion law was always intended to shutter legal abortion clinics.

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Excuses for Anti-Choice and Misogynist Harassment Grow Flimsier

The circle of victims of misogynist harassment is getting bigger, and the Supreme Court is playing a role.

The circle of victims of misogynist harassment is getting bigger, and the Supreme Court is playing a role.

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Judge Temporarily Blocks Enforcement of Louisiana Admitting Privileges Law

The order prevents authorities in Louisiana from enforcing the law while clinics and providers continue to try and secure hospital admitting privileges.

The order prevents authorities in Louisiana from enforcing the law while clinics and providers continue to try and secure hospital admitting privileges.

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Federal Court Blocks Part of Texas Abortion Law Preceding Immediate State Appeal

Without the court's injunction, HB 2 could have reduced the number of Texas abortion providers to eight.

Without the court’s injunction, HB 2 could have reduced the number of Texas abortion providers to eight.

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Feds Approve Pennsylvania’s Medicaid ‘Expansion,’ But Concerns Remain (Updated)

While pleased that they may no longer have to refer to Pennsylvania as “the island of the uninsured,” advocates still have serious concerns with the Healthy PA plan.

While pleased that they may no longer have to refer to Pennsylvania as “the island of the uninsured,” advocates still have serious concerns with the Healthy PA plan.

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Another Choice Lost: HB 2 Targets Most of Texas’ Independent Abortion Providers (Updated)

In a matter of days, five of Texas’ eight legal abortion providers will operate under the Planned Parenthood banner, a special irony in light of state lawmakers’ professed hatred for the provider. Above, a poster hangs in the waiting room of Whole Woman's San Antonio, an independent abortion provider in Texas.

In a matter of days, five of Texas’ eight legal abortion providers will operate under the Planned Parenthood banner, a special irony in light of state lawmakers’ professed hatred for the provider.

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More Than ‘Just Women’s Issues’ in Moral Week of Action

Moral Week of Action demonstrators gather in front of the office of North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory.

August 26 was Women’s Equality Day. But true to the spirit of Moral Mondays leader Rev. William Barber’s “moral fusion movement,” the discussion of “women’s issues” wasn’t limited to abortion or birth control.

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