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July 19, 2013

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   "Back Off DC Women Already!" Vania Leveille, American Civil Liberties Union's "Washington Markup": The House Appropriations Committee on Thursday voted down an amendment to remove a provision that goes beyond restrictions on federal abortion funding and "prevent[s] the District of Columbia from using its locally-raised revenues to provide abortion care to women enrolled in Medicaid," writes Leveille, of ACLU's Washington Legislative Office. She adds that the measure will worsen "the health disparities that women of color face and could bar many from accessing safe, legal health care from a high-quality medical provider." Congressional lawmakers "who seek to negate the will of the District's residents or leaders aren't accountable to the people of the District," Leveille notes, concluding, "What they couldn't do in their own home districts, they do with impunity against us. Shame on them" (Leveille, "Washington Markup," ACLU, 7/18).

What others are saying about the D.C. abortion coverage ban:

~ "House Committee Advances D.C. Spending Ban on Abortion," Adele Stan, RH Reality Check.

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 "Ob-Gyns Slam North Carolina's Proposed Abortion Restrictions: 'Get Out Of Our Exam Rooms,'" Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress": As states continue to pass "more extreme" abortion restrictions, "women's health experts have weighed in to warn about the potentially disastrous effects of coming between a woman and her doctor," Culp-Ressler writes. The latest example is in North Carolina, where the state chapter of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the North Carolina Obstetrical and Gynecological Society issued a statement "against the proposed abortion restrictions currently moving through the GOP-controlled legislature," she explains. Unfortunately, "medical professionals' opinions haven't typically done much to sway politically motivated legislative pushes," Culp-Ressler writes. However, she notes, "North Carolina's OB-GYNs do happen to be backed by public opinion," as only 34% of the state's voters support the proposed restrictions, while "a full 80% think it's inappropriate to tack abortion-related amendments onto totally unrelated bills" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 7/17).

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"How Pro-Choice Activists Are Fighting Back Against Texas' Abortion Restrictions," Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress": Even though an antiabortion-rights bill (HB 2) in Texas "ended up winning final approval early on Saturday morning," abortion-rights supporters "aren't giving up the fight," Culp-Ressler writes. She outlines various tactics advocates are using to dismantle the legislation. For example, the American Civil Liberties Union is considering legal challenges to the law, while the Planned Parenthood Action Fund has launched a voter mobilization drive to carry over the "momentum that began in Texas …to the ballot box." Abortion-rights supporters also are challenging what it means to be "pro-life" by proposing amendments to antiabortion-rights legislation that would nullify the death penalty and promote comprehensive sex education (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 7/17).

What others are saying about Texas:

~ "Texas Lawmaker Introduces Bill To Block Abortion Restrictions Until the Death Penalty Is Abolished," Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress."

~ "Yes, Women Do Need Abortions After 20 Weeks," Katie McDonough, Salon.

~ "Texas Legislators File Radical 'Fetal Heartbeat' Bill To Ban Abortion After Just Six Weeks," Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress."