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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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Ex-CIA Chief Dismisses Damning Report as Work of ‘Emotional’ Woman

Retired Gen. Michael Hayden told Fox News Sunday that Sen. Dianne Feinstein's Senate committee report on the CIA's "enhanced interrogation" program was driven by her emotions.

Retired Gen. Michael Hayden told Fox News Sunday that Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s Senate committee report on the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation” program was driven by her emotions. But a look at the backstory reveals a very emotional former CIA director.

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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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Mississippi Passes 20-Week Abortion Ban, Governor Promises to Sign

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant said Tuesday that he looked forward to quickly signing the bill.

On Tuesday, the Mississippi legislature approved a ban on abortion at 20 weeks after a woman’s last menstrual period, with no exceptions for rape or incest, despite the fact that the state’s only abortion clinic only performs abortions up to 16 weeks.

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How a Pennsylvania Domestic Violence Bill Became Anti-Worker and Anti-Survivor

The seemingly non-controversial bill got derailed earlier this month when state legislators approved an amendment preventing local governments from passing new work leave policies.

The seemingly non-controversial bill got derailed earlier this month when state legislators approved an amendment preventing local governments from passing new work leave policies, which could threaten the livelihood of survivors of domestic violence, crime, or abuse.

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Fact-Checking a Texas Republican’s Claims on Women’s Health ‘Advances’

Texas state Sen. Jane Nelson

Texas state Sen. Jane Nelson took to the editorial page of the Austin American-Statesman this week to tout “advances” in women’s health care under Republican leadership. But Nelson fudged the facts on her, and her party’s, anti-woman voting record.

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Two Anti-Choice Candidates in Colorado Rescind Support for ‘Personhood’

Days after Rep. Cory Gardner (left), who's hoping to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Udall, dropped his longstanding support of the amendment, Rep. Mike Coffman (right), who also had long supported the measure, backed off it as well.

Days after Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO), who’s hoping to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Udall, dropped his longstanding support of the amendment, Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO), who also had long supported the measure, backed off it as well.

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In Unprecedented Assault, Koch Brothers Aim for Anti-Choice Senate in 2014

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.

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.

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Iowa Telemedicine Abortion Ban Dies in Senate

A bill that would have banned telemedicine abortions died in the Iowa legislature Friday after failing to meet a legislative deadline.

A bill that would have banned telemedicine abortions died in the Iowa legislature Friday after failing to meet a legislative deadline. Senate Republicans had called on Democrats, who currently hold the majority in the state senate, to bring legislation to the floor for a vote.

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Senators Reach Agreement on Emergency Unemployment Assistance Extension (Updated)

Senate leaders from both parties arrived at an agreement last week to restore emergency unemployment assistance to the long-term jobless. Even if the Senate votes yes, there's no guarantee it will pass the House.

Senate leaders from both parties arrived at an agreement last week to restore emergency unemployment assistance to the long-term jobless. Even if the Senate votes yes, there’s no guarantee it will pass the House.

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