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Minnesota Law Protects Incarcerated Pregnant Women From Shackling, Provides Doulas

Among other things, the new law requires that inmates have access to mental health assessments and treatment during pregnancy and postpartum, and mandates that correctional facilities offer pregnancy and STD tests to inmates.

Among other things, the new law requires that inmates have access to mental health assessments and treatment during pregnancy and postpartum, and mandates that correctional facilities offer pregnancy and STD tests to inmates.

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States Continue to Enact Abortion Restrictions in First Half of 2014, But at a Lower Level Than in the Previous Three Years

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So far this year, 13 states have adopted 21 new restrictions designed to limit access to abortion, about half the number (41) of similar restrictions that had been enacted by this point last year.

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Colorado Program Increases Access to Affordable Contraception, Teen Birth Rates Plummet

In 2009, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment began providing long-acting reversible contraceptives such as IUDs through family planning clinics in the state.

According to Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, around 70 percent of pregnancies in the state are unintended.

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Georgia Law Banning Insurance Coverage of Abortion Takes Effect

A new Georgia law that bans insurance coverage of abortion for both state employees and anyone buying coverage via the state exchange that was established as part of the Affordable Care Act took effect last week.

A new Georgia law that bans insurance coverage of abortion for both state employees and anyone buying coverage via the state exchange that was established as part of the Affordable Care Act took effect last week.

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Pennsylvania’s ‘Revenge Porn’ Bill Heads to Governor’s Desk

The Pennsylvania Women’s Health Caucus is poised to celebrate its first legislative victory: On Wednesday, the state house passed a law criminalizing “revenge porn.”

The Pennsylvania Women’s Health Caucus is poised to celebrate its first legislative victory: On Wednesday, the state house passed a law criminalizing “revenge porn.”

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Learning Intersectionality: A Process

Although the reproductive rights movement and the broader feminist movement have become increasingly intersectional, there is still much work to be done in centering the issues faced by women who are not white, economically advantaged, heterosexual, and cisgender.

Although the reproductive rights movement and the broader feminist movement have become increasingly intersectional, there is still much work to be done in centering the issues faced by women who are not white, economically advantaged, heterosexual, and cisgender.

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National Right to Life Director Admits Pregnancy Is Riskier Than Abortion

Mary Spaulding Balch, state legislative director of the National Right to Life Committee, speaking at a Roe v. Wade anniversary press conference in 2009.

At last weekend’s National Right to Life Committee’s convention, Mary Spaulding Balch criticized the legislative strategy used by other anti-choice groups to pass 20-week abortion bans by claiming the procedure is dangerous to women. The proper approach, she said, is to base the argument around the unborn.

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New Laws Restricting Abortion Take Effect in Mississippi and Florida

New laws that will further restrict access to abortion care later in pregnancy went into effect Tuesday in Mississippi and Florida.

Mississippi’s new law is a 20-week ban, while Florida’s creates additional restrictions on abortions performed in the third trimester, and bans abortion at any point in a pregnancy if a doctor determines the fetus could survive outside the pregnant person’s body.

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The Supreme Court Should See What I See As an Abortion Clinic Escort

Clinic escorts outside a Planned Parenthood facility.

I have seen countless women reduced to tears and shaking, just for trying to access the health care to which they are constitutionally entitled. That isn’t peaceful assembly. That is harassment, hiding behind the First Amendment.

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Bill Requiring Condoms in Porn Narrowly Passes Out of California Senate Committee

A bill that requires adult film stars to wear condoms on set is one step closer to becoming law in California, despite pleas from porn performers.

A bill that requires adult film stars to wear condoms on set is one step closer to becoming law in California, despite pleas from porn performers.

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