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Michigan Lawmakers Propose ‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Ban

Legislation introduced in Michigan this month would ban abortion after the detection of a fetal heartbeat.

A package of legislation introduced in the state this month would ban abortion after the detection of a fetal heartbeat, which can occur as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, and would severely criminalize doctors by making it a felony to perform such a procedure.

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Texans Tell Their Hospitals: Abortion Is Health Care

Which doctors are qualified to provide legal abortion care? Hospital boards are now the last word on that in Texas, and one Austin woman wants to make sure they know that Texans support legal abortion.

Which doctors are qualified to provide legal abortion care? Hospital boards are now the last word on that in Texas, and one Austin woman wants to make sure they know that Texans support legal abortion.

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Senate Candidate Proposes Over-the-Counter Sale of Birth Control Pills

Colorado GOP senatorial candidate Cory Gardner proposed on Thursday that oral contraception be available for over-the-counter purchase. Critics point out that Gardner's position runs counter to his record of votes in favor of restricting access to contraception.

Colorado GOP senatorial candidate Cory Gardner proposed on Thursday that oral contraception be available for over-the-counter purchase. Critics point out that Gardner’s position runs counter to his record of votes in favor of restricting access to contraception.

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Pennsylvania Tightens Loophole in Rapist-Fathers’ Rights Law

The Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg

A bill that would amend Pennsylvania law to tighten—but not close—a loophole enabling rapist-fathers to obtain custody and visitation rights over a child conceived in rape unanimously passed the Pennsylvania house.

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Virginia Governor Moves Forward on Medicaid Expansion Without Legislature

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe

During a press conference, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced vetoes of portions of the state budget, and laid out his plan for addressing Medicaid expansion.

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Legal Wrap: Supreme Court Gives Susan B. Anthony List Legal Challenge New Life

The high court hasn't yet ruled on buffer zones or Hobby Lobby, but it did say a legal challenge to an Ohio elections law can proceed.

The high court hasn’t yet ruled on buffer zones or Hobby Lobby, but it did say a legal challenge to an Ohio elections law can proceed.

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New York Assembly Passes ‘Boss Bill’

The New York State Assembly Chamber

The New York Assembly passed a bill Wednesday that would prevent employers from discriminating against their employees for their reproductive health-care decisions.

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In Louisiana, a New Law, and a Worsening Reproductive Health-Care Crisis

New Orleans City Council member LaToya Cantrell (left) speaks to a volunteer at the Rosa Keller Library and Community Center health-care fair in May.

Access to reproductive health-care services in Louisiana is limited. There are only five clinics that provide abortion care in the state—and that number is soon expected to fall to two once a new law signed by Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal goes into effect.

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Paging the ‘Orange Army’: Submit Your Wendy Davis Filibuster Memories

Wendy Davis

Were you a member of the “orange army” that showed up last summer at the Texas capitol to defend reproductive rights? We want to hear from you!

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Florida Governor Signs Bill Further Restricting Later Abortions

Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed HB 1047 into law on Friday.

The law, which will go into effect on July 1, places 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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