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Missouri Poised to Re-Introduce Abortion Clinic Inspection Bill

Anti-choice Missouri legislators are primed to continue their assault on reproductive rights by planning to introduce a bill in January that would require health inspections of abortion clinics. There was, as of January 2014, only one abortion clinic in the state.

Anti-choice Missouri legislators are primed to continue their assault on reproductive rights by planning to introduce a bill in January that would require health inspections of abortion clinics. There was, as of January 2014, only one abortion clinic in the state.

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Will Congress Budget for Women’s Health in Lame-Duck Session?

Planned Parenthood Federation of America circulated a memo last week calling on Congress to fund four key women’s health issues, using both an omnibus appropriations bill and the annual defense authorization bill.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America circulated a memo last week calling on Congress to fund four key women’s health issues, using both an omnibus appropriations bill and the annual defense authorization bill.

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Has the Affordable Care Act’s Contraception Benefit Been Saved?

In a key win for the Obama administration, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Nina Pillard authored an opinion that should put to rest any remaining legal threats to the contraception benefit.

In a key win for the Obama administration, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Nina Pillard authored an opinion that should put to rest any remaining legal threats to the contraception benefit.

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The Ban on Federal Funding for Needle Exchanges Puts Poor Women in Danger

Thanks to restrictive laws and limited health-care options, halting the spread of HIV and hepatitis C is often a losing battle—one that puts women substance users in particularly high danger.

Thanks to restrictive laws and limited health-care options, halting the spread of HIV and hepatitis C is often a losing battle—one that puts women substance users in particularly high danger.

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New York City Commits $35 Million to Test Rape Kits Nationwide

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday that it has committed up to $35 million to fund the clearance of rape kit backlogs across the country. The initiative, which was launched in partnership with the Joyful Heart Foundation’s End the Backlog program, is the single largest-ever financial contribution towards ending the rape kit backlog.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday that it has committed up to $35 million to fund the clearance of rape kit backlogs across the country, in partnership with the Joyful Heart Foundation’s End the Backlog program.

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Alabama Attorney General Tries to Delay Lawsuit Challenging Abortion Restrictions for Minors

Rather than respond to the merits of a lawsuit claiming the law is unconstitutional, attorneys for the State of Alabama claim they can't understand the allegations in the complaint.

Rather than respond to the merits of a lawsuit claiming the law is unconstitutional, attorneys for the State of Alabama claim they can’t understand the allegations in the complaint.

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Backlash Continues Against Right-Wing Legislation Mill ALEC

There’s been a sea change in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the right-wing lobbying group that crafted some wide-ranging legislation proposed and enacted by conservative legislatures across the country.

There’s been a sea change in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the right-wing lobbying group that crafted some wide-ranging legislation proposed and enacted by conservative legislatures across the country.

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Obama Plans Deportation Protection for Five Million as Many in GOP Call for Government Shutdown

President Obama will announce an executive order as early as next week that will protect up to 5 million unauthorized immigrants from deportation and allow them to obtain work permits, the New York Times reported Thursday.

President Obama will announce an executive order as early as next week that will protect up to 5 million unauthorized immigrants from deportation and allow them to obtain work permits, the New York Times reported Thursday.

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Asylum-Seeking Women and Children Are Treated Like Dangerous Criminals When They Arrive

Nayely and Sara Beltran

Thousands of women and children fleeing violence or abuse will soon be detained in American facilities run by profit-driven private prison companies—at the instruction of the Obama administration.

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Anti-Choice ‘Science’: The Big Tobacco of Our Time

The issues might have changed, but the techniques now widely used by conservatives to distort science and, with it, public policy, remain the same.

The issues might have changed, but the techniques now widely used by conservatives to distort science and, with it, public policy, remain the same.

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