Hot News Stories (5/20/15)

San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco, CA)
A Republican-backed bill allowing women to access birth control without a doctor’s prescription is once again moving through the Oregon Legislature after stalling in committee.

Wall Street Journal (New York, NY)
A federal court again denied the University of Notre Dame’s challenge to the health law’s contraception provision, saying a compromise arrangement offered by the Obama administration appears adequate to meet the Catholic institution’s religious objections to covering birth control for students and staff.

RH Reality Check (USA)
A Texas senate committee heard testimony Monday on a proposed anti-choice law that could shuffle more abused children and teenagers into Texas’ troubled foster care system, on the same day witnesses gave heartbreaking committee testimony about the deadly failures of that same system.


Hot News Stories (5/19/15)

Washington Post (Washington, DC)
Women seeking an abortion in Tennessee will soon have to wait 48 hours before the operation can begin, longer than in all but five other states.

Texas Star Telegram (Fort Worth, TX)
Proposed restrictions on minors seeking abortions without parental consent could put the state at risk of a lawsuit, a Senate Democrat said Monday.

Alabama News (Mobile, AL)

In the four years since it received a $4.2 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control in 2011, the Mobile Alabama health department’s ThinkTeen initiative has achieved its goal of decreasing the teen pregnancy rate by 10 percent, from 38.3 percent in 2010 to 28.3 percent in 2013.


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.


Hot News Stories (5/15/15)

Deming News (Santa Fe, NM)
In recognition of May as Teen Pregnancy Awareness Month, the New Mexico Department of Health is encouraging parents and teens to get involved in preventing teen pregnancy.

Reuters (USA)
U.S. women face harder path to abortion as states extend mandatory waiting periods for women seeking the service. The push for more restrictive waiting periods comes amid a wave of anti-abortion laws passed by conservative lawmakers over the past few years seeking to chip away at the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 decision to legalize abortion in Roe v. Wade.

The Times Picayune (New Orleans, LA)
Louisiana legislation banning sex-selection abortions could create a litigious environment surrounding abortions — or attempted abortions — in Louisiana, one lawmaker worries.


Hot News Stories (5/14/15)

US News (USA)
Anti-choice Republicans won House approval Wednesday for a ban on abortion after 20-weeks after modifying rape provisions that provoked a rebellion by female GOP lawmakers, forcing party leaders into an embarrassing retreat.

ABC News Local (Denver, CO)
Health officials are scrambling to find funding for a birth control program credited with a steep decline in Colorado’s teen pregnancy rate, after state legislators failed to pass a $5 million bill to keep the program going.

The Des Moines Register (Des Moines, IA)
Iowa House lawmakers fought a spending bill Wednesday that would stop the state from accepting federal matching dollars for family planning services. Instead, the state would create its own program and would use different federal block grants to fund it.


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