Hot News Stories (5/16/13)

New York Times (New York, NY)
The running battle over the regulation of abortions entered a North Dakota courtroom on Wednesday, as the state’s sole abortion clinic sued to block a new law that it says could force it to shut down

The Houston Chronicle
 (Houston, TX)
In 2011 Texas lawmakers cut family planning funds by two-thirds – from $111 million to $37.9 million.  The overall loss of access has translated into troubling health statistics, unplanned pregnancies and STD transmissions are already up, especially among poor rural women.

ABC News (USA)
A federal judge said Wednesday that a challenge to Arkansas’ new law banning most abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy can proceed, rejecting the state’s attempt to get the lawsuit dismissed.

Virginia-Pilot (Richmond, VA)
Democrats are targeting thousands of socially moderate Republican and independent voters with a new robocall focused on Ken Cuccinelli’s anti-choice views days before he accepts the GOP gubernatorial nomination.

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