Hot News Stories (3/18/14)

Des Moines Register (Des Moines, IA)
Nine anti-choice Iowa state lawmakers called upon the Iowa Senate’s leadership on Monday to permit a vote on a bill that would prohibit so-called “telemedicine abortions,” saying the procedure is unsafe. Telemedicine abortions are in fact considered safe by medical professionals and increase access to the procedure for those in rural areas with limited access to reproductive health facilities.

The Hill (Washington, DC)
Restrictions on abortion coverage remain in the president’s recent 2015 budget proposal. While it doesn’t come as a surprise, the inclusion of ongoing restrictions on abortion funding in the federal budget is evidence of an unfortunate truth in American politics today: we’ve come to accept that the reproductive health is little more than a bargaining chip and compromise we’re willing to make in service of short term political victories.

RH Reality Check (USA)
Last week at the Susan B. Anthony List’s Campaign for Life Summit in Washington, D.C.,  anti-choice advocates urge GOP male candidates to ‘speak humanely’ about abortion, to not opine on the female body’s abilities if you’re not a doctor, and to not mislead voters on your intentions to criminalize abortion.

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