Recent Headlines

Calif. lawmakers pass bill lifting sales tax on feminine hygiene products
The California Assembly on Tuesday unanimously approved a measure (AB 1561) that would exempt feminine hygiene products from a state sales tax, Reuters reports.

Ky. Supreme Court denies appeal in clinic licensure dispute
The Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday denied an appeal that sought to reverse a lower court ruling that blocks a Lexington-based physician's office from providing abortion care pending the outcome of a lawsuit regarding the facility's licensure, the AP/Lexington Herald-Leader reports.

Blogs comment on role of abortion care in Colo.'s 'universal' health coverage proposal; Irish abortion-rights advocate and more
Read the week's best commentary from bloggers at Huffington Post blogs and Bustle.

Report: Black women in Texas experience disproportionately high rates of maternal morbidity, mortality
The Texas Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force last week released a report finding a disproportionate rate of maternal mortality and morbidity among black women in the state between 2011 and 2012, ProPublica reports.

Ohio AG appeals decision granting clinic standing to challenge abortion restrictions
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine (R) on Monday asked the state Supreme Court to review a state appeals court ruling that held a Cleveland-based abortion clinic has standing to challenge abortion restrictions included in a 2013 state budget bill (HB 59), AP/WFMJ reports.

Abortion-rights opponents file lawsuit against Chicago buffer zone
Abortion-rights opponents have filed a federal lawsuit against a 2009 Chicago ordinance that establishes an 8-foot "bubble zone" around individuals within 50 feet of a health care facility, the Chicago Tribune reports.