Hot News Stories (6/17/13)

Politico (Washington, DC)
In the wake of extremist Rep. Trent Franks’s (R-AZ) offensive remarks about rape and pregnancy, the House quietly made some changes to the nationwide abortion ban. The bill now includes an exception for rape and incest– and Franks has been replaced by equally extreme Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). 

Houston Chronicle
 (Houston, TX)
Anti-choice legislation to ban abortion at 20 weeks and impose other regulations advanced in Texas Friday with a vote by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. The measures next go to the full Senate.

WGBH Boston
 (Boston, MA)
In Boston, STDS are on the rise among youth while only eight of the city’s 32 public high schools taught the district’s sexual health education curriculum this year. The Boston Public School committee will vote on a new wellness policy this month, and administrators hope to expand comprehensive sex education.

Arizona Republic
 (Phoenix, AZ)
Extremist Rep. Trent Franks is now using his recent anti-choice remarks dismissing pregnancies from rape, as a fundraising promotion, claiming to be under attack from the “abortion lobby.”

Washington Post
 (Washington, DC)
Op-ed examines anti-choice comments from Virginia’s Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli and GOP candidate for Lt. Gov, E.W. Jackson, says both men “play it fast and loose with the facts on abortion.” 

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