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State Policy Trends: More Supportive Legislation, Even as Attacks on Abortion Rights Continue

While witnesses on both sides of the issue claimed to be in favor of protecting women’s health, anti-choice witnesses relied heavily on debunked science and distorted interpretations of the bill to make many of their claims.

Some 64 provisions have been introduced so far this year to expand or protect access to abortion, more than had been introduced in any year in the last quarter-century.

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The Story of HB 2: How Multiple Failed Bills Became One Bad Law

While HB 2 leapt to national attention with Davis’s filibuster in June, our research shows that the road to HB 2 actually began long before the 83rd legislative session was called to order.

Until now, attempts to track the legislative journey that ultimately led to the passage of one of the most restrictive anti-choice laws in the country would have been a daunting task. With the launch of RH Reality Check’s interactive database, however, a picture of the long road to HB 2 begins to emerge.

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How Virginia’s ‘Conscience Clause’ for Genetic Counselors Could Set a National Precedent

Genetic counselors in Virginia who object to abortion may now prevent women from learning the results of their genetic tests before their pregnancies progress to a point when legal abortion is impossible to obtain.

Genetic counselors in Virginia who object to abortion may now prevent women from learning the results of their genetic tests before their pregnancies progress to a point when legal abortion is impossible to obtain—and the practice could become legal in other states as well.

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Murder Charges Dismissed in Mississippi Stillbirth Case

Rennie Gibbs' "depraved heart murder" charge related to a 2006 stillbirth was dismissed, but prosecutors said they plan to try and re-indict the young woman this summer.

Rennie Gibbs’ “depraved heart murder” charge related to a 2006 stillbirth was dismissed, but prosecutors said they plan to try and re-indict the young woman this summer.

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Alabama Extends Waiting Period for Abortion, Advances Other Anti-Choice Bills

The Alabama state legislature gave final approval on Wednesday to a bill that would extend the waiting period for having an abortion from 24 to 48 hours, and three other anti-choice bills could see a senate floor vote before close of session Thursday.

The Alabama state legislature gave final approval on Wednesday to a bill that would extend the waiting period for having an abortion from 24 to 48 hours, and three other anti-choice bills could see a senate floor vote before close of session Thursday.

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Successful Home Visit Program for Mothers and Infants Lacks Long-Term Funding

(left to right) Chrystal Towne, RN; her former client, Sheren Sucilla, and Darcy Lowell, MD, testify on the effectiveness of the Maternal, Infant and EArly Childhood Home Visiting Program in the hearing room of the House Ways and Means Committee.

A hearing on the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program revealed impressive results for the low-income families it serves, and the money it saves taxpayers. But its funding runs out in six months.

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Abortion as a Blessing, Grace, or Gift: Changing the Conversation on Reproductive Rights and Moral Values

If we want Americans to understand and distance themselves from the moral emptiness of the “pro-life” movement, we will have to challenge the patriarchs on their home turf, in their position as moral guides.

If we want Americans to understand and distance themselves from the moral emptiness of the “pro-life” movement, we will have to challenge the patriarchs on their home turf, in their position as moral guides.

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Louisiana House Passes Omnibus Abortion Bill

Louisiana State Capitol Building

HB 388 would require abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic where they provide abortions, impose a 24-hour waiting period on surgical abortions, and require physicians to register with the state if they perform just five abortions within a year.

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FDA Panel Considers Replacing the Pap Test

Current recommendations suggest Pap tests be used as primary screening tools for cervical cancer, but some experts would like to see newer DNA testing used more often.

Current recommendations suggest Pap tests be used as primary screening tools for cervical cancer, but some experts would like to see newer DNA testing used more often.

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When It Comes to Teen Pregnancy, Support Is Prevention

Groups that believe preventing teenage pregnancy is achievable through expensive public service campaigns fail to realize that they would do much better to support teen parents and their families.

Groups that believe preventing teenage pregnancy is achievable through expensive public service campaigns fail to realize that they would do much better to support teen parents and their families.

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