Hot News Stories (3/7/14)

Politico (Washington, DC)
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) came up short Thursday in her yearlong campaign to overhaul military sexual-assault policies, falling five votes short of the 60 needed to overcome a filibuster. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME)supported the bill but also  supports moving forward with consideration of the competing but less-sweeping bill written by Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO).

Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, CA)
New study results find that providing women no-cost access to contraceptives does not increase their number of sex partners or their risky behavior, and does reduce unintended pregnancy and abortion rates.

New York Times (New York, NY)
There were 44 family planning facilities that performed abortions in Texas in 2011, abortion providers said. After the two closings on Thursday, there are now 24, they said. When the law is fully implemented in September, that number is expected to drop to six.

KSPR News (USA)
Among a list of “wasteful spending” that the President would slash if he gets his way on the budget is the current funding for abstinence only education.  By cutting the abstinence grant, the country would save $5 million.

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