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Texas GOP Passes ID Requirement for Abortion Care

The Texas house voted to pass a bill requiring physicians who provide abortion care to assume that every one of their patients is younger than 18 unless those patients can present "valid government record of identification" showing otherwise.

The Texas house voted to pass a bill requiring physicians who provide abortion care to assume that every one of their patients is younger than 18 unless those patients can present “valid government record of identification” showing otherwise.

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In ‘Fixing’ Medication Abortion Ban, Kansas GOP Seeks to Control Who Can Use IVs and When

An anti-choice bill passed Wednesday by a Kansas legislative committee could have broad implications for how all health care—not just reproductive care—is provided.

An anti-choice bill passed Wednesday by a Kansas legislative committee could have broad implications for how all health care—not just reproductive care—is provided.

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Federal Court: Challenge to Louisiana Admitting Privileges Law Can Proceed

The ruling dismisses a portion of the challenge to the law but lets the underlying challenge to its constitutionality proceed.

The ruling dismisses a portion of the challenge to the law but lets the underlying challenge to its constitutionality proceed.

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New York Governor Circumvents GOP Senate, Moves to Boost Fast-Food Worker Wages

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) will take executive action to raise the minimum wage of fast-food workers in the state, after state Republican legislators refused to go along with the wage hike.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) will take executive action to raise the minimum wage of fast-food workers in the state, after state Republican legislators refused to go along with the wage hike.

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Maryland Legalizes Home Births With Midwives

The number of births that take place outside of a hospital setting spiked by 60 percent between 2004 and 2012, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R) is expected to sign a bill Tuesday that will license direct-entry midwives and make it legal for them to attend to home births.

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20-Week Abortion Bans: Still Unconstitutional After All These Years

With his announcement that he would sign a 20-week abortion ban should one reach his desk, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker  joins a slate of fervently anti-choice Republican presidential candidates who support a flatly unconstitutional law.

With his announcement that he would sign a 20-week abortion ban should one reach his desk, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker joins a slate of fervently anti-choice Republican presidential candidates who support a flatly unconstitutional law.

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New Survey: Texans Struggle to Pay for Reproductive Health Care

Researchers found that a third of Texas women using a contraception method other than sterilization "would like to be using a more effective method."

More than half of Texans who were surveyed in a new university study said that they have faced at least one barrier to accessing cervical cancer screenings, family planning care, or other reproductive health services.

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Supreme Court Limits Judicial Campaigning—Sort Of

A decision at the end of April to uphold a Florida ban on judges directly soliciting campaign funds should be a win for progressives. But like almost everything from the Roberts Court, the ruling still favors conservatives.

A decision at the end of April to uphold a Florida ban on judges directly soliciting campaign funds should be win for progressives. But like almost everything from the Roberts Court, the ruling still favors conservatives.

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Oregon Bans ‘Conversion Therapy’ of LGBTQ Youth

The Obama administration took a public stance against "conversion" therapy in April.

Mental health care practitioners in Oregon can no longer try to “convert” LGBTQ youth to heterosexuality, under a law passed last week by the state legislature.

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Anti-Choice Laws Continue to Move Through Tennessee Legislature

Tennessee’s 2015 anti-choice proposals have become commonplace in Republican-controlled state legislatures that have served as pipelines for abortion regulations.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) quietly signed a bill into law Friday afternoon that will impose new regulations on clinics that provide abortion care.

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