Hot News Stories (8/14/14)

The Hill (Washington, DC)
This week, U.S. experts from the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) and SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective will testify before the United Nations’ Committee to End Racial Discrimination in Geneva, sharing a report that describes the experiences of American women of color and immigrant women who pay with their health and even their lives for the race and gender discrimination that tirelessly persists in our health system.

New York Times (New York, NY)
Mississippi is asking a federal appeals court to uphold an anti-choice state law requiring doctors at abortion clinics to obtain privileges to admit patients to local hospitals. Such laws have targeted family planning clinics for closures. Only one remains open in the state.

Portland Press Herald (Portland, ME)
Anti-choice activists won their fight to have the city of Portland, Maine lift its 39-foot no-protest zone around a family planning clinic that provides abortions, but several who sued the city over the buffer say that is not enough and want a federal court to award them money in “damages.”

Austin News (Austin, TX)
Legal teams on both sides of the abortion issue made their closing arguments Wednesday in the latest legal battle over abortion. “There’s no purpose in enacting a requirement like this other than to eliminate safe and legal abortion services from Texas,” Stephanie Toti, an attorney representing the Center for Reproductive Rights, said.

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