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Hot News Stories (8/29/14)

The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA)
Officials with three Louisiana abortion clinics went into a Baton Rouge federal court Thursday morning seeking to delay new state anti-choice restrictions slated to go into affect Sept. 1. Here are some interesting facts resulting from the legal proceedings over the new abortion law:

St. Louis Post Dispatch (St. Louis, MO)
The Obama administration’s latest attempt to end the contentious battle over contraception coverage is facing resistance, as expected, from some of the most vehement opponents of the federal health law requirement.

New York Times (New York, NY)
“Women in this country should not be fooled into thinking that efforts to restrict access to abortion and reproductive health services are a Texas problem or a “Southern” problem. In fact, there have been several moves to pass federal “personhood” bills by conservative House members.”


Hot News Stories (8/28/14)

Dallas Observer (Dallas, TX)
On September 1 the most stringent portion of House Bill 2, the anti-choice legislation passed by the Texas Legislature last year, is scheduled to go into effect. Any healthcare clinic in the state that provides abortions will be required to be an ambulatory surgical center.

Breitbart News (USA)
The “personhood” fight has come to Colorado again this year and – with little chance of passing – threatens to swamp the chances of Republican Cory Gardner’s being elected to the U.S. Senate and therefore of the GOP retaking the Senate.

Shreveport Times (Shreveport, LA)
A lawsuit challenging an anti-choice Louisiana law in federal court today may temporarily stall the closure of most Louisiana abortion clinics.


Hot News Stories (8/27/14)

RH Reality Check (USA)
Eight: the number of legal abortion providers that, barring a federal court’s intervention, will remain in Texas as of Monday, September 1, when the final provision of Texas’ omnibus anti-abortion law goes into effect.

Bayou News (Baton Rouge, LA)
Louisiana family planning facilities that provide abortion services have filed a lawsuit against officials in the state to challenge a new anti-choice hospital admitting privileges law that some believe will shutter at least three, if not all of the five facilities.

The Hill (Washington, DC)
Republican Senate candidates are staying silent on President Obama’s latest changes to the birth control coverage mandate, even as the policy catches flak from the religious right.


Hot News Stories (8/26/14)

The Hill (Washington, DC)
An anti-choice group wants Pope Francis to declare Planned Parenthood an “enemy of the Church.”

Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, CA)
With minimal fanfare, California state officials have nixed an underhanded effort by two anti-choice Catholic-affiliated universities and their insurers to deprive the universities’ employees of insurance coverage for abortions.

National Journal (USA)

The Obama administration released new plans Friday to soften Obamacare’s contraception mandate in response to the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling.


Hot News Stories (8/25/14)

NBC News Local (Rochester, NY)
The City of Rochester, New York’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention program has received a $1.4-million federal grant. The program works to make sure medically accurate, age-appropriate programs are available at the local level in an effort to prevent teen pregnancy.

Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, CA)
The Obama administration issued a new rule Friday aimed at winding down its years-long fight with religious groups over the requirement in its landmark healthcare law that companies provide insurance that covers contraceptives.

The Shreveport Times (Shreveport, LA)
A pro-choice organization has filed the first court challenge to an anti-choice Louisiana law that would require doctors who perform abortions to be granted admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. Similar laws have resulted in clinic closures around the country as hospitals purposefully deny physicians this privilege.


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