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Texas Spends Nearly $650,000 Defending Anti-Choice Laws

The State of Texas has spent nearly $650,000 in taxpayer money underwriting state efforts to roll back abortion access over the past two years, according to public records obtained by RH Reality Check.

The State of Texas has spent nearly $650,000 in taxpayer money underwriting state efforts to roll back abortion access over the past two years, according to public records obtained by RH Reality Check.

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House Judiciary Committee Passes Sweeping Anti-Choice Bill

Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), co-chair of the House Pro-Choice Caucus

The bill marked up today has next to no chance of passing the Senate in this session, but that doesn’t mean House passage poses no threat.

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NARAL Takes Pro-Choice Battle to the States

NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue announced a new electoral strategy at the group's news conference on its annual report: "go deep, go early" into state races that send a pro-choice message.

NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue announced a new electoral strategy at the group’s news conference on its annual report: “go deep, go early” into state races that send a pro-choice message.

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Catholic Bishops’ Allies Dominate Hearing on Sweeping Anti-Choice Bill

Helen M. Alvaré, Susan Wood, and Richard Doerflinger.

The newest version of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act would place tax penalties on women who seek abortion, and permanently forbid the District of Columbia from helping poor women pay for abortions.

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Vermont Introduces Bill Affirming Right to Abortion

The bill would officially repeal pre-Roe v. Wade statutes that criminalize abortion.

The bill would officially repeal pre-Roe v. Wade statutes that criminalize abortion.

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Senate Moves Closer to Vote on Unemployment Extension

When Senate Democrats overcame a threatened filibuster of a bill to extend unemployment compensation, even they were surprised. But they're not out of the woods yet.

When Senate Democrats overcame a threatened filibuster of a bill to extend unemployment compensation, even they were surprised. But they’re not out of the woods yet.

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2014 Starts With a Flurry of Judicial Nominations and Threats of More Delays

Despite a change to Senate rules designed to speed along judicial nominations, Republicans appear ready to pick up 2014 where they left off 2013: obstructing nominees.

Despite a change to Senate rules designed to speed along judicial nominations, Republicans appear ready to pick up 2014 where they left off 2013: obstructing nominees.

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Just Why Is Terry McAuliffe Thinking of Renominating Bill Hazel?

Dr. Bill Hazel, secretary of Health of Human Resources under Gov. Bob McDonnell.

Dr. Bill Hazel, secretary of health and human resources under Gov. Bob McDonnell, represents the insidious face of an apparatchik advancing, supporting, and rubber stamping a war on women that Terry McAuliffe promised to end.

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Gillibrand’s Sexual Assault Measure Slated for Stand-Alone Vote

The senator says she's not going away.

When the Senate votes on the annual defense appropriation, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s Military Justice Improvement Act won’t be part of it. But the senator says she’s not going away.

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Budget Deal Reached, Leaving Koch Brothers Seething

Pro-choice Democrats in vulnerable U.S. Senate seats are under attack as never before by Americans For Prosperity, the flagship organization of the Koch brothers' sprawling network of spending groups.

The Koch brothers are pressuring members of Congress not to vote for the federal budget deal worked out by Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Paul Ryan.

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