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Sorry, Anti-Choicers. Abortion Stigma Doesn’t Lower the Abortion Rate

Anti-choicers want to take credit for the lower abortion rate, claiming that their efforts at stigmatizing it have caused women to choose to have babies instead. Unfortunately for them, the evidence suggests otherwise.

Anti-choicers want to take credit for the lower abortion rate, claiming that their efforts at stigmatizing it have caused women to choose to have babies instead. Unfortunately for them, the evidence suggests otherwise.

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South Dakota Bill a ‘Backdoor’ Attempt to Ban Abortions Near 20 Weeks

A bill introduced in the South Dakota house would restrict abortion services in the state by targeting second-trimester abortions with never-before-used legislative language.

A bill introduced in the South Dakota house would restrict abortion services in the state by targeting second-trimester abortions with never-before-used legislative language.

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Bills Repealing Virginia Anti-Choice Laws Pass Senate Committee

The reorganization of the Virginia senate's education and health committee under Democratic control has given a boost to pro-choice legislation. Bills repealing mandatory ultrasound and insurance coverage restrictions will now move to the full senate.

The reorganization of the Virginia senate’s education and health committee under Democratic control has given a boost to pro-choice legislation. Bills repealing mandatory ultrasound and insurance coverage restrictions will now move to the full senate.

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Kentucky Senate Passes Ultrasound Bill

The bill would require a woman seeking an abortion to hear a description of the fetus over her objections.

The bill would require a woman seeking an abortion to hear a description of the fetus over her objections.

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Judge Temporarily Blocks Alaska Medicaid Abortion Restrictions

The new rules would drastically redefine what constitutes a "medically necessary" abortion for purposes of Medicaid coverage.

The new rules would drastically redefine what constitutes a “medically necessary” abortion for purposes of Medicaid coverage.

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North Carolina Governor Opposes Appeal of Ultrasound Ruling

Gov. Pat McCrory said that "costly and drawn out litigation" would not be worth the trouble over the one provision that was struck down, which would have forced all women seeking an abortion to receive and be shown a narrated ultrasound before their procedure.

Gov. Pat McCrory said that “costly and drawn out litigation” would not be worth the trouble over the one provision that was struck down, which would have forced all women seeking an abortion to receive and be shown a narrated ultrasound before their procedure.

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Philadelphia Tightens Pregnancy Discrimination Laws

Following the amendment of the Philadelphia Fair Practices Ordinance, city employers are now required to provide “reasonable” workplace accommodations for pregnant employees, such as access to water and bathroom breaks.

Following the amendment of the Philadelphia Fair Practices Ordinance, city employers are now required to provide “reasonable” workplace accommodations for pregnant employees, such as access to water and bathroom breaks.

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‘Personhood’ and ‘Fetal Homicide’ Legislation Introduced in Colorado Legislature

Anti-choice state lawmakers have introduced legislation in Colorado that defines life as beginning at conception, reflecting "personhood" ballot initiatives defeated overwhelmingly in 2008 and 2010.

Anti-choice state lawmakers have introduced legislation in Colorado that defines life as beginning at conception, reflecting ”personhood” ballot initiatives defeated overwhelmingly in 2008 and 2010.

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Rand Paul Is Here to Micromanage Your Family Size, Ladies

Rand Paul

In the same week, Rand Paul praised his sister for having six kids but denounced a hypothetical woman on assistance who has only five. The contrast lays bare the hypocrisy and prejudice of the anti-choice movement, and shows how conservatives use children as weapons against women.

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‘Philomena’ Reminds Us That the ‘Baby Scoop Era’ Affected Millions

Philomena Lee, the namesake character of the Oscar-nominated film Philomena (starring Judi Dench, above).

The Oscar-nominated film Philomena tells the tale of an Irish Catholic mother separated from her son by one of Ireland’s infamous 20th century Magdalene Laundries. But this adoption system wasn’t limited to mid-century Ireland; there are millions of Philomenas out there.

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