Tennessee moves to make access to birth control easier – check out this and other breaking news.

The Tennessee Legislature takes steps to allow women to access birth control directly from their pharmacists in the state.
Three other states, California, Oregon and Washington have similar laws on the books. Hawaii, New Mexico and Alaska are expected to follow suit. Making birth control more readily available is an important part of a larger effort necessary to reduce unintended pregnancies. Another key and very effective tool is greater access to Long Acting Reversible Contraception known as LARC’s. As you read here before LARC’s are quickly proving to be safe and even more effective than contraceptive pills.

Choice News:

Boston Globe (USA) Editorial – Stakes are high for ruling on Texas abortion law. From the moment that the US Supreme Court issued its Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, sustained attacks have been leveled at women’s reproductive rights by anti-abortion activists.

The Republic (Charleston, WV) Rebuking the governor’s veto, West Virginia lawmakers put a ban on a common second-trimester abortion method into law Thursday.

CBS Minnesota (Pierre, SD) South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed a law prohibiting most abortions beyond 19 weeks of pregnancy.

Cosmopolitan (Indianapolis, IN) The Indiana state Legislature has passed an anti-abortion bill so egregious that even ardent anti-abortion lawmakers are concerned about the effect it will have on women in the state.

Of Note:

CNN Politics (USA) Retired neurosurgeon and former Presidential candidate Ben Carson endorsed Donald Trump. Carson used the opportunity to call on the Republican Party — as Trump has been doing in recent days — to unify around whoever the leading candidate and “let the political process to play out.”

Politico (Tallahassee, FL) According to a memo obtained by Politico, a group of Republican donors and strategists has been working to persuade former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to make an independent bid for President.

Washington Post (Miami, FL) The Fix highlights key points from the 12th Republican presidential debate.

Wall Street Journal (Palatine, IL) John Kasich has vowed to win the GOP primary in his home state of Ohio next week and took umbrage when asked about recent polls that show him lagging behind front-runner Donald Trump.

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