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Court Blocks Miss. Law Threatening State's Sole Abortion Clinic
A federal appeals court on Tuesday blocked a Mississippi law (HB 1390) that would have shut down the state's only abortion clinic, ruling that it illegally shifted Mississippi's constitutional obligations to other states, the New York Times reports.

Mass. Gov To Sign Bill Strengthening Security Around Abortion Clinics
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) on Tuesday said he will act quickly to sign a bill that would improve security surrounding the state's abortion clinics, the AP/Worcester Telegram reports.

Pa. Bill Aims To Protect Provider-Patient Relationship
Two Pennsylvania lawmakers on Monday introduced a bill (HB 2303) that aims to prevent government policies from impeding on patient-provider relationships, the Pittsburgh Business Times reports.

One of Four Remaining Abortion Clinics in Kan. Closes
A Kansas reproductive health center that provided abortions closed on Saturday after its physician and manager both retired, leaving only three abortion clinics in the state, the AP/Lawrence Journal-World reports.

States Slow Pace of Antiabortion-Rights Legislation, But Restrictions Up Overall, Guttmacher Report Shows
States passed fewer abortion restrictions in the first half of this year compared with the same time period in any of the past three years, but state laws restricting abortion access continue to vastly outnumber those expanding access, according to a new report from the Guttmacher Institute, Vox reports.

Admitting Privileges Laws Threaten Abortion Access in Large Swaths of U.S.
State laws requiring that abortion providers have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals threaten to leave women in broad areas of the country without abortion access in their region, particularly in rural and low-income parts of the South and Midwest, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.