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December 9, 2014

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"Repro Wrap: Activists Celebrate Victories in Clinic Access and Other News," Robin Marty, Care2: Marty cites several recent victories for abortion-rights supporters, including a ruling against an antiabortion-rights law in Indiana, the likely failure of Ohio's latest "heartbeat ban" (HB 248) to get sufficient support from the state House and the Virginia Board of Health's decision to review "onerous, medically unnecessary abortion clinic regulations passed in 2012." Despite these successes, Marty also notes that 2015 will "be another year of massive anti-abortion legislation in states across the country," including a potential parental notification measure in Nevada, a debate in Colorado about whether to continue funding "a teen contraceptives grant," a slew of pre-filed antiabortion-rights bills in South Carolina and possible legislation in Tennessee. The overall "message is clear," Marty writes, noting that the successes in Ohio, Virginia and other states "show that as long as activists stay engaged in battle, there is always a chance that bad laws can be fought, blocked, changed or reversed" (Marty, Care2, 12/5).

What others are saying about abortion restrictions:

~ "GOP Majority in New Mexico Legislature Leaves Reproductive Rights in Doubt," Teddy Wilson, RH Reality Check.

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"The Newest Crisis Pregnancy Center Offer: 'Abortion Reversals,'" Amanda Marcotte, Slate 's "XX Factor": "[S]ome anti-choice activists are ... actively encouraging women to take what could be a very serious risk to their health," writes Marcotte, highlighting a Vocativ report on "a crisis pregnancy center in Iowa" that "is offering 'abortion reversals' to women who are halfway through a medication abortion." Marcotte explains that the procedure involves injecting medication abortion patients with progesterone after they have taken the initial dose in the two-dose medication abortion regimen, adding that "there's no real information available on the safety or efficacy of this largely untested procedure" aside from a 2012 paper published by the developer of the technique. Further, Marcotte cites Daniel Grossman of Ibis Reproductive Health and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, who has expressed concern "that the advertising of this procedure could mislead the public about the prevalence of abortion regret" though "regret after an abortion is really rare" (Marcotte, "XX Factor," Slate, 12/8).