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May 2, 2014

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 "Gov. Brownback Doubles Down on Attacking Reproductive Rights," Ali Tweedt, NARAL Pro-Choice America's "Blog for Choice": Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) "already signed a bill that manipulates Kansas' tax code to limit abortion care, and now he's poised to sign two more bills that would severely restrict women's access to affordable health care," Tweedt writes. Tweedt notes that one measure, the state's budget bill, includes "a provision that would effectively defund reproductive-health clinics," while the second "would extend unnecessary tax penalties on reproductive-health clinics for making renovations or even holding fundraising events." Tweedt notes that Brownback has a "long anti-choice resume" and that he has already "spent roughly $1 million in taxpayer dollars to defend these unconstitutional laws in the courts" (Tweedt, "Blog for Choice," NARAL Pro-Choice America, 4/30).

What others are saying about abortion restrictions:

~ "Planned Parenthood Files Appeal Against Ruling in Case Challenging Iowa Telemedicine Abortion Ban," Jessica Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check.

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"Tennessee Governor Signs Bill Criminalizing Pregnant Women," Emily Crockett, RH Reality Check: "Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam [R] signed a bill [SB 1391] Tuesday that will allow criminal charges against women who struggle with drug dependency during their pregnancy," Crockett writes. She writes that reproductive-rights advocates have "called on Haslam to veto the bill because it will discourage addicted pregnant women from seeking treatment, and is written in such a broad way that it could allow criminal charges for any poor pregnancy outcome, even if a woman is not addicted to drugs." Crockett adds that the bill runs counter to White House drug policy czar Michael Botticelli's comments that addiction be treated as a disease rather than a crime. It also goes against previous measures passed in Tennessee that "incentivized women to get into treatment programs by guaranteeing that they would not lose custody of their children by doing so" (Crockett, RH Reality Check, 4/29).

What others are saying about criminalizing pregnant women:

~ "For Tennessee Lawmakers, Punishing Pregnant Women is More Important Than Protecting Fetal Life," Dusenbery, Feministing.