Hot News Stories (10/10/14)Posted: October 10, 2014
Texas Tribune (Austin, TX)
The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday refused to reconsider an anti-choice March ruling that allowed Texas to require physicians who perform abortions to obtain admitting privileges. This rule has resulted in the closure of the majority of Texas’ family planning clinics that offer the service.
RH Reality Check (USA)
In July, anti-choice lawmakers in the Alabama radically amended a law requiring minors seeking abortions to either obtain their parents’ consent or go through “judicial bypass,” and will now allow the court to appoint a guardian for a minor’s fetus, and to allow the district attorney to cross-examine the minor and to oppose her request for an abortion.
Boston Globe (Boston, MA)
The Emergency Contraception Access & Education Act of 2014 would require any hospital receiving funding through Medicare and Medicaid to provide unbiased information about emergency contraception to sexual assault survivors and then provide the pill to those who request it. The bill mimics a law enacted in Massachusetts in 2005 that has been overwhelmingly successful.