Hot News Stories (5/18/15)

New York Times (New York, NY)
For the second time in two years, the House voted last week to pass legislation that would ban almost all abortions 20 weeks or more after fertilization. The bill claims that “an unborn child is capable of experiencing pain at least by 20 weeks after fertilization,” though medical evidence does not support this.

ABC News Local (Baton Rouge, LA)
The Louisiana state House has agreed to prohibit abortions based on gender, despite questions about whether provisions in the bill that allow for lawsuits and damage claims go too far, and despite no evidence that this is an existing problem. 

WGME News (Augusta, ME)
Maine women’s groups are urging lawmakers to reject two new anti-choice proposals aimed at restricting women’s access to reproductive health services.

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