RH Reality Check (USA)
Last week, the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) released its new survey, How Race and Religion Shape Millennial Attitudes on Sexuality and Reproductive Health. The report suggests that millennial attitudes about reproductive and sexual health are promising, especially around sexual health education, contraception, and abortion.
The Tennessean (Knoxville, TN)
An anti-choice measure that would require all reproductive health clinics in Tennessee that offer abortion services to be licensed as ambulatory surgical treatment centers is headed for a vote in the House. This requirement includes a long list of building, medical, staff and inspection specifications that would likely force most family planning clinics to close.
The Tampa Tribune (Tampa, FL)
An anti-choice bill that would require women to wait 24 hours before having abortions in Florida continued moving forward Wednesday and is poised for a hearing on the House floor.
Bay News 9 (Tallahassee, FL)
A Florida Senate panel approved an anti-choice measure Tuesday to take a vote on the bill that would require women to suffer a medically unnecessary waiting period of 24 hours before having an abortion.
Phoenix Times (Phoenix, AZ)
The Arizona Governor’s approval of a new anti-choicelaw that would force doctors to inform women that a medication-induced abortion can be reversed has the healthcare community roiling. The American Congress of Obstetricians Tuesday declared that administering progesterone in an attempt to reverse abortion is “not supported by the body of scientific evidence” and is “not recommended.”
Raleigh News & Observer (Raleigh, NC)
An North Carolina House bill filed Wednesday includes a number of anti-choice restrictions on women’s access to reproductive healthcare including abortion. It would ban certain healthcare facilities from performing the procedure, mandate an informed consent provision, and increase the required waiting period before an abortion can be performed from 24 hours to 72 hours.
Texas Observer (Houston, TX)
The Texas state House budget, which hit the floor yesterday for what’s likely to be a spirited debate over funding for state programs, includes approximately $20 million more for women’s health services over the next two years than lawmakers originally proposed in January.
Time Magazine (USA)
A majority of young Republicans believe every woman should have access to affordable birth control, according to a new poll by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.
New Hampshire Leader (Concord, NH)
New Hampshire’s new abortion clinic buffer zone law, meant to protect all women trying to access reproductive health services, is as controversial now as it was a year ago when it was adopted, just before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled a similar Massachusetts law unconstitutional.
RH Reality Check (USA)
On Monday, the State of Indiana sentenced Purvi Patel to 41 years in prison for feticide and neglect of a dependent for experiencing a pregnancy loss; the concurrent charges mean Patel will serve 20 years. Patel’s fate is a glaring reminder of the fact that abortion’s legal status in the United States does not mean such prosecutions can’t happen here.
THV 11 (Little Rock, AR)
Anti-choice Arkansas lawmakers have given final approval to changing the required information a woman receives from a physician before an abortion and to create one of the longest waiting periods in the nation.
CBS Local (Miami, FL)
The Florida Legislature is considering several new anti-choice measures which would restrict access to abortions.
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