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March 28, 2013

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 "Kansas Moves To Defund Planned Parenthood and Force Doctors To Report Every Miscarriage," Amanda Marcotte, Slate 's "XX Factor": While "conservative attacks on insurance coverage of contraception have been garnering a lot of attention," Marcotte notes that "it's important to remember that this is just one small part of a larger push from the right to do as much damage as possible to women's reproductive rights." She explains, "A couple of stories out of Kansas demonstrate this [push] quite well." For example, she cites a recent federal appeals court's decision to allow "lawmakers to deprive low-income women of access to contraception and other reproductive health services by allowing Kansas to immediately start defunding" Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri. Marcotte also points to a "bill [HB 2613] winding its way through the state's legislature," with an amendment that "would require doctors to report all miscarriages to the state health department, no matter how early they occur in a pregnancy" (Marcotte, "XX Factor," Slate, 3/26).

What others are saying about abortion restrictions:

~ "Federal Court Extends Order Temporarily Blocking Alabama Admitting Privileges Law," Jessica Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check.

~ "Fact-Checking a Texas Republican's Claims on Women's Health 'Advances,'" Andrea Grimes, RH Reality Check.

~ "Federal Appeals Court Refuses To Overturn Texas' Stringent New Abortion Law," Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress."

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"Two Anti-Choice Candidates in Colorado Rescind Support for 'Personhood,'" Jason Salzman, RH Reality Check: Two Republicans from Colorado -- U.S. Reps. Cory Gardner and Mike Coffman -- who are running for the state's "most hotly contested congressional seats have withdrawn their support for a 'personhood' amendment," Salzman writes. Gardner is trying to unseat U.S. Sen. Mark Udall (D), while Coffman is running for re-election against Democrat Andrew Romanoff. In the blog post, Salzman explains the amendment "would ban all abortion and give legal rights to fertilized human eggs, also called zygotes." According to Salzman, a Coffman spokesperson has said that "this year's [ballot] measure, which would redefine the definition of 'child' in the Colorado criminal code, isn't as broad as previous personhood measures, depending on how it would be interpreted by the courts." Meanwhile, Salzman notes, Gardner "has yet to clarify what his new abortion stance is" and whether "he supports an abortion ban, Roe v. Wade, or another policy" (Salzman, RH Reality Check, 3/26).

What others are saying about politics and elections:

~ "In Unprecedented Assault, Koch Brothers Aim for Anti-Choice Senate in 2014," Adele Stan, RH Reality Check.

~ "We Need an Act of Congress to Get More Women in Congress," Crystal Shepeard, Care2.