Hot News Stories (2/19/2015)

RH Reality Check (USA)
A trial is underway in Alaska to determine if anti-choice administrative attempts to drastically cut off family planning and abortion access for low-income people in the state violates the Alaska Constitution.

Hawaii News Now (Honolulu, HI)
The House Health Committee crossed out a controversial requirement in a pro-choice sex education bill. Language in HB 459 would have mandated parents to opt their public school kids out of taking sex ed classes. Instead it will remain opt in; under opt in policies fewer public school students will learn about abstinence, birth control and disease prevention.

Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)
A new bill introduced in New Mexico is aimed at making sure New Mexico women continue to have adequate insurance coverage for gynecological and family planning services. HB 504 would amend language in state law to make it clear that health insurers must cover gynecological and obstetrical services, contraceptive methods and related counseling without a cost-sharing payment.

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