Hot News Stories (4/17/14)

Time (USA)
A federal judge has overturned the most severe anti-choice law in America – a North Dakota law banning abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy and before many women know they’re pregnant. U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland on Wednesday ruled that the law is “invalid and unconstitutional.” 

Post and Courier (Charleston, SC)
A South Carolina Senate panel’s concerns over an anti-choice bill that would largely ban and criminalize abortions performed past 19 weeks stalled the measure on Wednesday, as senators say that the bill may have more wide-ranging impacts than the ban itself.

The Times Picayune (New Orleans, LA)
An anti-choice bill that would ban reproductive health providers and their employees or affiliates from speaking in public schools or distributing information about health issues passed the Louisiana House with little resistance Wednesday.

Washington Post (Washington, DC)
The issue isn’t being discussed at all by Washington prognosticators these days. But you can bet that some of the most hard fought Senate races this fall will feature big fights over “Personhood” measures, which have declared that full human rights begin at the moment of fertilization.

Pew Research Center (USA)
A new survey asked people in 40 countries about what is morally unacceptable, morally acceptable or not a moral issue.  In the U.S. there were little partisan differences on contraceptives, generally seen as morally acceptable or not a moral issue by Republicans, Democrats, and independents. The poll found only 8% of Republicans find contraception “morally unacceptable.”

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