Hot News Stories (2/25/15)

KUNC News (Greeley, CO)
A bill attempting to reduce teen pregnancies and provide state funding for intrauterine devices has passed its first test at the Colorado capitol. House Bill 1194 would provide $5 million for clinics across the state that offer long-term reversible contraceptives to low-income women and teenagers. 

Reuters (USA)
When women who are family planning experts need to pick a birth control method for themselves, what do they generally choose? Not the same thing the average woman chooses, a new study found.

The Indy Channel (Indianapolis, IN)
Indiana state lawmakers approved an anti-choice bill that will prohibit doctors from performing certain abortions, intruding into families’ personal decision-making.

Hot News Stories (2/24/15)

KVNF News (Denver, CO)
A Colorado bill aimed at preventing teen pregnancy and keeping kids in school cleared the state House late last week. Republican state Representative Don Coram who’s co-sponsoring the measure, said the pilot program has been running for over a decade.

USA Today (USA)
Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs) like IUDs and implants, are the most effective methods of reversible birth control and are rapidly gaining popularity among U.S. girls and women, a new report shows.

The Baltimore Sun (Baltimore, MD)
Baltimore’s teen pregnancy rate dropped by nearly a third from 2009 to 2013, far surpassing the city’s goal for reducing the rate. While public health officials cheered the reduction, the city’s rate remains twice as high as the state’s and significantly higher than the national average, which experienced a similar drop, according to government statistics. 

Hot News Stories (2/23/15)

Kansas Star-Tribune (Topeka, KS)
An anti-choice group’s push to outlaw a safe and legal abortion procedure and redefine it in inflammatory terms advanced Friday in Kansas, with the state Senate’s approval of what could become the nation’s first ban of the practice.

KFYI Arizona News (Phoenix, AZ)
The Arizona Senate has given initial approval to an anti-choice bill barring women from using their own money to buy health insurance policies  in the federal exchange that include abortion coverage.

KOB News (Santa Fe, NM)
A New Mexico legislative committee has voted to advance two anti-choice bills that would restrict women’s access to reproductive health services including abortion.

Hot News Stories (2/20/15)

ABC News (USA)
An anti-choice group’s push to redefine and outlaw a safe and legal abortion procedure advanced Friday in Kansas, with the state Senate’s agreement to ban the practice.

Washington Times (Washington, DC)
A Pennsylvania Catholic university is making plans to drop all abortion coverage in its health insurance on the basis of claims of ‘faith’. The new anti-choice proposal is more stringent than federal law, which permits federal funding of abortion in cases of rape, incest and when the mother’s life is endangered.

Fox News (USA)
A Nevada County School District’s Sex Education Advisory Committee on Thursday night discussed the results of a recent parent survey with community members. About 5,000 people took the 49-question survey, and 75% of parents surveyed said they want the district to have a sex education curriculum.

Hot News Stories (2/19/2015)

RH Reality Check (USA)
A trial is underway in Alaska to determine if anti-choice administrative attempts to drastically cut off family planning and abortion access for low-income people in the state violates the Alaska Constitution.

Hawaii News Now (Honolulu, HI)
The House Health Committee crossed out a controversial requirement in a pro-choice sex education bill. Language in HB 459 would have mandated parents to opt their public school kids out of taking sex ed classes. Instead it will remain opt in; under opt in policies fewer public school students will learn about abstinence, birth control and disease prevention.

Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)
A new bill introduced in New Mexico is aimed at making sure New Mexico women continue to have adequate insurance coverage for gynecological and family planning services. HB 504 would amend language in state law to make it clear that health insurers must cover gynecological and obstetrical services, contraceptive methods and related counseling without a cost-sharing payment.


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