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A number of states have made or are considering significant cuts to family planning services. Some states have also barred family planning funds from going to clinics that are affiliated with providers that offer abortion services, such as Planned Parenthood. These restrictions limit access to important preventive health services such as contraception, cervical and breast cancer screenings, and STI testing and treatment, simply because the facilities also provide abortion care or referrals. States also prohibit facilities that receive state funds from hiring doctors who provide abortion care, even if not at that facility, causing them to lose medical staff.

Lawmakers Should 'Get Behind Teen Pregnancy Prevention Efforts,' Editorial Argues
The teen pregnancy rate is at a historic low because teenagers have access to "more complete sex education and better access to and use of contraceptives" than in the past, according to a Charlotte Observer editorial.

Supporters, Opponents of Abortion Rights Disagree Over Potential Effects of Colorado 'Personhood' Amendment
Opponents of a proposed "personhood" amendment (Amendment 67) in Colorado say the ballot measure could further restrict abortion rights, contrary to the claims of many supporters of the measure, Colorado Public Radio reports.

NYT Weighs In on State Antiabortion-Rights Ballot Measures
Voters in three states next month will consider "ballot measures aimed at ending or severely limiting abortion rights," a New York Times editorial states, referencing referendums in Colorado, North Dakota and Tennessee.

Wash. Lawmakers Plan Bill To Protect Contraceptive Access
Washington state Democratic lawmakers plan to introduce legislation next year aimed at protecting women's access to contraception in response to the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling, the Seattle Times' "Healthcare Checkup" reports.

Calif. Gov. Signs Bills To Address Contraceptive Coverage Gaps, End Inmate Sterilizations
California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Thursday signed a bill (SB 1053) into law that requires health plans in the state to cover contraceptive methods and services without out-of-pocket costs, delays or other restrictions, the Los Angeles Times reports.

N.D. Voters To Consider 'Personhood' Amendment
Voters in North Dakota will consider a personhood amendment (SCR 4009) that would change the state's constitution to protect "the inalienable right to life of every human being at any stage of development," Mother Jones reports.

Colo. Voters To Weigh 'Personhood' Amendment for Third Time
Voters in Colorado will consider a "personhood" amendment (Amendment 67) that would change the state's constitution to protect "pregnant women and unborn children by defining 'person' and 'child' in the Colorado criminal code and the Colorado Wrongful Death Act to include unborn human beings," Mother Jones reports.

Featured Blog
"Texas Planned Parenthood Clinics Rebrand in Hopes of Public Funds," (Grimes, RH Reality Check, 9/15).

Planned Parenthood Launches Video Service for Contraceptive Consultations
Planned Parenthood recently launched an online service that allows Minnesota and Washington residents to receive contraceptives after a video appointment with a health care provider, the Huffington Post reports.

Featured Blog
"Doctors Aren't Dummies: Support the Patient Trust Act," (Michelman, Huffington Post blogs, 9/10).

Mich. Lawmakers Propose Contraceptive Coverage Disclosure Bills
Michigan lawmakers are proposing legislation that would require employers in the state to provide information about contraceptive coverage options to all current and prospective employees, the AP/Washington Times reports.

Ill. To Work With Catholic Providers Over Concerns About Medicaid Birth Control Referrals
Illinois Medicaid officials are working out the details of a plan to raise provider reimbursement rates for certain contraceptives while ensuring that patients at Catholic hospitals can obtain referrals for contraceptive services, the AP/CBS News reports.

Wash. Hospital Revises Policies on Catholic Directives After Pressure From ACLU
Providence Health and Services, a Catholic-affiliated health care system, has agreed to change provisions of its partnership with Washington State University to remove restrictions on certain health care services that go against Catholic doctrine at a new clinic, Modern Healthcare reports.

Featured Blogs
"Illinois Commits To Protect Pregnant Workers," (Martin, "Womenstake," NWLC, 8/26); "'Hobby Lobby' Aftermath: Illinois Seeks To Expand Birth Control Access," (Wilson, RH Reality Check, 8/26).

Ill. Revises Medicaid Rules To Boost Access
The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services on Wednesday proposed a plan that aims to increase access to long-acting contraceptive methods by raising Medicaid provider reimbursements for contraceptive services, the Chicago Tribune/Kaiser Health News reports.

Washington Post's 'Storyline' Examines Colo. Policies for Pregnant Teens
The Washington Post's "Storyline" examines how Colorado's family planning policies have improved teens' access to long-acting reversible contraceptives and helped to lower its teen birth rates.

State Lawmakers Mobilize To Protect Contraceptive Access After Hobby Lobby
State lawmakers are working to protect women's access to contraception in response to the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling, which allows some for-profit companies to exclude contraceptive coverage from their employer-sponsored health plans based on their owners' religious objections, Politico Pro reports.

States' Abortion Restrictions Used as Wedge in Senate Races
While this year's Senate races lack abortion-related disputes on the scale of former Rep. Todd Akin's (R-Mo.) "legitimate rape" comments, candidates from both parties are using state abortion measures to attack their opponents, Politico reports.

Calif. Bill Aims To Protect Contraceptive Coverage
A California Assembly committee is considering a bill (SB 1053) that would require health plans to cover all FDA-approved contraceptive methods, Capital Public Radio reports.

Texas Rule Aims To Increase IUDs, Implant Access for Low-Income Women
A change to Texas' Medicaid program and the state's Women's Health Program aims to increase access to long-acting reversible contraceptives, including intrauterine devices and implants, Kaiser Health News/Texas Tribune reports.

N.Y. Will Allow Medicaid Reimbursements for Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives for New Mothers
New York has joined five other states in making it easier for new mothers in the Medicaid program to access long-acting reversible contraceptives after giving birth, NPR's "Shots" reports.

Ohio Democrats To Propose Bill Mandating Employers Cover Contraceptives
Ohio Democrats in the House and Senate plan to introduce a bill that would require small and mid-sized companies in the state to cover all FDA-approved contraceptives, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

Wis. Will No Longer Enforce State Contraceptive Coverage Requirements for Companies With Religious Objections
In light of the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling, Wisconsin officials will no longer enforce a state law that requires insurers to cover prescribed contraceptives for companies that have religious objections to such medications, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Texas Considers How To Streamline Reproductive Health Services for Low-Income Women
Texas lawmakers are weighing how to restore gaps in health care access for low-income women in the state, three years after they cut the state's family planning budget and rejected a federally funded women's health program in favor of a state-operated program, the Texas Tribune/New York Times reports.

N.Y. Officials Propose Contraceptive Coverage Notification Bill
New York's attorney general and a top Democratic lawmaker have proposed legislation that would require employers to notify employees 90 days before changing their contraceptive coverage policies, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Colo. Family Planning Program Linked to Lower Teen Birth Rate
Women participating in a Colorado family planning program accounted for about three-fourths of a 40% drop in the state's teen birth rate between 2009 and 2012, according to state figures, Vox reports.

Ill. Gov. Approves Contraceptive Coverage Ballot Question
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) on Sunday approved a ballot measure that will ask state voters whether employer-sponsored health plans should be required to cover birth control, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Featured Blogs
"Celebrating 10 Years of Paid Family Leave in California -- Now Let's Get the Word Out!" (Shriver, Huffington Post blogs, 7/2) and "While You Were Paying Attention to Hobby Lobby, it Got Harder To Get an Abortion" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 7/6).

Column: Mich. Legislature Funds CPCs While Ignoring 'Public Health Needs'
The Michigan Legislature "hasn't shown much interest in the state's shockingly high rate of unplanned pregnancy, and infant and maternal death," but it recently "approved an $800,000 contract in the 2014-15 budget 'to promote childbirth,' alternatives to abortion and abstinence education at crisis pregnancy centers," Detroit News columnist Laura Berman writes.

N.Y. Bill Would Protect Contraceptive Coverage
A New York Senate committee on Tuesday unanimously advanced a bill (S 6578) that would prohibit employers from denying reproductive health coverage in employee health plans, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Ohio House Weighs Bill Barring Abortion Coverage
The Ohio House on Tuesday considered a bill (HB 351) that would ban public and private health plans in the state from covering nearly all abortions, including in cases of rape, incest and danger to a woman's life, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

Contraceptive Coverage Question Proposed for Ill. Ballot
The Illinois Senate last week approved a referendum that would ask state voters whether health insurers should be required to cover contraceptives, the Belleville News-Democrat reports.

Kan. Planned Parenthood Center To Close After State Blocks Federal Funding
Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri announced Friday that it will close its health center in Hays, Kan., to ensure a larger clinic in Wichita can remain open in light of a recent appeals court decision, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Poverty, Family Planning Cuts Tied to Rising Abortion Rate in Detroit
An increase in Detroit's abortion rate since 2001 likely is tied to increased poverty and reduced access to contraception, according to city public health officials, the Detroit News reports.

Future of Kan. Planned Parenthood Clinics Uncertain
U.S. and Kansas health officials said Monday that they would ensure family planning services remain available in areas served by two Planned Parenthood clinics that could close under a state law, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Calif. Bill Would Expand Contraceptive Coverage Beyond Federal Law
The California Senate is considering a bill (SB 1053) that aims to expand access to contraception by bolstering insurance coverage, the Sacramento Business Journal reports.

Planned Parenthood Ordered To Pay Kansas' Legal Costs for Appeals Case
A federal appeals court on Wednesday ordered a Planned Parenthood affiliate to pay Kansas $1,350 to cover legal costs from the organization's appeal of a state law that blocks federal family planning funds from Planned Parenthood clinics, the AP/Topeka Capital-Journal reports.

Alaska Bill Restricting Medicaid Abortion Coverage Heads to Gov.
An Alaska bill (SB 49) that would define "medically necessary" abortions that are covered under the state's Medicaid program cleared its final legislative hurdle this week after lawmakers stripped language to expand family planning funding, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports.

Okla. House Panel Advances Abortion Clinic, Emergency Contraceptive Restrictions
An Oklahoma House panel on Tuesday advanced two bills that would impose strict regulations on abortion clinics and restrict access to emergency contraception, the Tulsa World reports.

Featured Blog
"5 Simple Strategies To Reduce Teen Pregnancies That Worked in This Rural South Carolina Town" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 3/31).

Featured Blogs
"Kansas Moves To Defund Planned Parenthood and Force Doctors To Report Every Miscarriage," (Marcotte, "XX Factor," Slate, 3/26); "Two Anti-Choice Candidates in Colorado Rescind Support for 'Personhood,' (Salzman, RH Reality Check, 3/26).

Appeals Court Sides With Kan. in Planned Parenthood Case
A federal appeals court on Tuesday ruled that Kansas may enforce a state law that blocks federal family planning funds from Planned Parenthood clinics while a case over the merits of the law proceeds, the AP/ABC News reports.

Okla. Bill Would Set Age Limits on Emergency Contraception
The Oklahoma Senate on Wednesday approved a bill (SB 1219) that would prohibit individuals younger than age 17 from purchasing emergency contraception without a prescription, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Blogs Comment on Abortion Clinic Closures, 'Birth Control Truthers,' More
"Three More Abortion Clinics Forced To Close in Texas: 'This is a State of Emergency,'" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress); "Alabama Report Makes it Clear How Brutally Women Are Treated in Prison," (Marty, Care2, 3/5); "Nation's First Birthing Center/Abortion Clinic Opens in Buffalo. This Is Huge," (Marcotte, "XX Factor," Slate, 3/6).

No Indication of Wrongdoing by Planned Parenthood in La., Audit Finds
There is no evidence that Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast improperly billed Medicaid or recommended abortions in Louisiana, according to a state legislative auditor's review, the Baton Rouge Advocate reports.

Supreme Court Rejects Bid To Revive Ariz. Law Targeting Planned Parenthood
The Supreme Court on Monday declined without comment Arizona's appeal of an overturned state law (HB 2800) that barred organizations that provide abortions from offering other services through the state's Medicaid program, the Arizona Daily Star reports.

Featured Blogs
"Could This Be the Year the Pro-Choice Movement Goes on the Offensive?" (Dusenbery, Feministing, 2/24), "Supreme Court Turns Away Arizona Planned Parenthood Funding Ban" ((Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 2/24) and "Repro Wrap: Here Come the Personhood Bids Again and Other News" (Marty, Care2, 2/21).

Advocates Dispute Texas' Claims on Women's Health Access
Texas lawmakers and health policy advocates have presented contrasting views of the state's progress in ensuring women's access to reproductive health services, the Texas Tribune reports.

Featured Blogs
"Texas Judge Rules Brain Dead Pregnant Woman Must Be Taken Off Life Support" (Robin Marty, Care2, 1/24), "Bill Regulating Certified Professional Midwives Needs a Push" (Judy Norsigian, Our Bodies Ourselves' "Our Bodies, Our Blog" 1/27) and "New Law Could Force All of Louisiana's Abortion Clinics To Close" (Zoe Carpenter, The Nation, 1/27).

Featured Blogs
"Judge to Texas Women: Living 150 Miles From an Abortion Clinic is No Big Deal if You Drive Fast" (Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress," 1/7), "Salon's Guide To Convincing Free-Market Ideologues To Support Reproductive Rights" (Katie McDonough, Salon, 1/9) and "REPORT: The United States Scores a Measly C- on Reproductive Health Care" (Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress," 1/9).

Six-Year Fight Over Wash. Emergency Contraception Law Could Hinge on Upcoming Supreme Court Cases
A six-year legal battle over a Washington state rule requiring pharmacies to dispense emergency contraception when requested is in limbo until the Supreme Court rules on challenges to the Affordable Care Act's (PL 111-148) federal contraceptive coverage rules, the Olympian reports.

Calif. Family Planning Clinics Grapple With Shrinking Reimbursements
Funding changes and the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (PL 111-148) are compounding financial challenges for California's family planning clinics, the California Report reports.

Featured Blogs
"More Abortion Restrictions Were Enacted From 2011 to 2013 Than in the Entire Previous Decade" (Gold/Nash, RH Reality Check, 1/6); "Fifth Circuit Judges Hear Arguments on Texas' Omnibus Anti-Abortion Law" (Grimes, RH Reality Check, 1/6); "Texas Family Describes 'Pure Hell' of Being Forced To Keep Their Loved One on Life Support" (McDonough, Salon, 1/6); and As Abortion Providers Are Under Attack, Fake Anti-Choice Clinics Are Gaining Ground" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 1/2).

Enrollment, Claims Drop After Texas Launches State-Run Women's Health Program
Enrollment in the Texas Women's Health Program, as well as claims for birth control services and wellness exams, have declined since the state prohibited Planned Parenthood clinics and other affiliates of abortion providers from participating in the program, according to data from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, the Texas Tribune reports.

Supreme Court Review Sought for Ariz. Law Restricting Medicaid Payments to Women's Health Providers
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne (R) on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to review a federal appeals court's ruling blocking a law (HB 2800) that would bar organizations that provide abortions from participating in the state's Medicaid program, the Arizona Republic reports.

Next Va. Gov. Will Decide Abortion Clinics' Fate, Washington Post Editorial States
Two of Virginia's busiest abortion clinics have already closed, and if state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) were elected governor, "most of the remaining 18 clinics are likely to shut their doors within months," a Washington Post editorial states.

Va. AG Cuccinelli's 'Moderate' Stance in Governor's Race Belies Past Actions, Editorial States
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's (R) recent efforts to cast himself as a moderate in the state's gubernatorial election run counter to "his past positions on abortion and birth control," which include supporting a "personhood" measure when he was a state senator, a Washington Post editorial states.

Upcoming Ky. Rally Aims To Show Support for Reproductive Rights
Reproductive-rights supporters in Kentucky are staging a Nov. 2 rally at the state Capitol to gain attention from state legislators, WFPL reports.

Calif. Gov. Brown Signs Bills Expanding Abortion Access, Ensuring Same-Sex Couples Receive Coverage for Assisted Reproduction
Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Wednesday signed into law a bill (AB 154) that aims to expand abortion access by allowing certain non-physician health care providers to perform first-trimester abortions, the Sacramento Bee reports.

Ohio Women Rally Against State Budget's Abortion Restrictions
Women's rights advocates rallied at the Ohio Statehouse on Wednesday against state budget provisions that they said are threatening women's health and rights, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

Featured Blogs
"Cline Symposium: Oklahoma Law Could Force Doctors To Provide Substandard Medical Care to Women Using Medications To End a Pregnancy" (Jennifer Blasdell/Nancy Stanwood, SCOTUSblog, 9/20) and "California Governor was Right To Veto Bill Allowing Researchers To Pay Women for Their Eggs" (Marcy Darnovsky/Susan Berke Fogel, Our Bodies Ourselves' "Our Bodies, Our Blog," 9/5).

Ohio Democrats Say Antiabortion Budget Provisions Among 'Most Aggressive' in U.S.
Four Ohio House Democrats last week heard testimony on concerns regarding abortion restrictions in the state budget that will take effect at the end of September, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

Next Va. Gov. Will Decide Abortion Clinics' Fate, Washington Post Editorial States
Two of Virginia's busiest abortion clinics have already closed, and if state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) "is elected governor in November, most of the remaining 18 clinics are likely to shut their doors within months," a Washington Post editorial states.

Va. AG Cuccinelli's 'Moderate' Stance in Governor's Race Belies Past Actions, Editorial States
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's (R) recent efforts to cast himself as a moderate in the state's gubernatorial election run counter to "his past positions on abortion and birth control," which include supporting a "personhood" measure when he was a state senator, a Washington Post editorial states.

Judge Blocks Okla. Emergency Contraception Law
An Oklahoma judge on Monday issued a temporary injunction to block enforcement of a state law that imposes age and other restrictions on access to emergency contraception, the New York Times reports.

Lawsuit Challenges Okla. Emergency Contraception Restrictions
Reproductive-rights advocates on Thursday filed a lawsuit seeking to block an Oklahoma law that limits access to emergency contraception, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Texas Family Planning Funding Remains Inadequate as Clinics Struggle Under Restrictions
Although Texas lawmakers have restored family planning funding in the 2014-2015 state budget, clinics continue to struggle from drastic cuts in 2011 and a state law that bars "abortion affiliated providers" from receiving the money, the Texas Tribune/New York Times reports.

Texas Women's Health Program Sees Fewer Claims Since Excluding Planned Parenthood
The number of medical and family planning services claims filed for Texas' Women's Health Program has declined since state lawmakers prohibited Planned Parenthood clinics from participating in the program, according to figures from the state's Health and Human Services Commission, Kaiser Health News/Texas Tribune reports.

California Health Providers Haven't Seen Uptick in Contraception Demand Related to New Laws
Demand for contraception has not increased in California, despite the enactment of several state and federal laws aimed at increasing access to birth control, HealthyCal reports.

Featured Blogs
"Federal Court Blocks North Dakota Law That Would Ban Abortion as Early as Six Weeks" (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 7/22); "Solutions in Search of a Problem: Texas Is Latest to Enact Rules Aimed at Shutting Down Abortion Providers" (Cohen, RH Reality Check, 7/19); "Legal Wrap: States Ramp Up Anti-Abortion Activity, Again" (Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 7/22); "Despite North Carolina's Attack On Abortion Clinics, Planned Parenthood Pledges To Stay Open" (Culp-Ressler, "Think Progress," Center for American Progress, 7/19); and "Thanks To Better Sex Ed, California's Teen Birth Rate Has Plummeted By 60 Percent" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 7/19).

Emergency Contraception Offered Through NYC Schools Long Before Plan B Decision
Although the Obama administration just last month agreed to allow over-the-counter sales of the emergency contraceptive Plan B One-Step to minors, a program in New York City schools has put the idea into practice for several years, the New York Times reports.

Featured Blogs
"The Texas Spring: How Wendy Davis Is Taking on the Good Ole Boys" (Norris, Huffington Post blogs, 6/28) and "Ohio Simultaneously Makes It Harder To Prevent a Pregnancy and Harder To Terminate One" (Marcotte, "XX Factor," Slate, 7/1).

Ohio. Gov. Kasich Signs Budget Restrictions on Abortion, Family Planning Funding
Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) on Sunday signed a two-year, $62 billion state budget (HB 59) that includes new abortion restrictions and a provision that will essentially block federal family planning funding from Planned Parenthood, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

Mo. Law Allows Pharmacies To Not Stock Emergency Contraception
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (R) last week signed a bill (SB 126) that allows pharmacy owners to refuse to carry certain drugs, such as emergency contraception, AP/KSDK reports.

Fetal Heartbeat Provision Added to Ohio Budget; Gov. Noncommittal on Signing
An Ohio joint conference committee on Tuesday approved a budget bill after adding a provision that would require women seeking abortions to undergo an ultrasound to try to detect a fetal heartbeat, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

Ohio Budget Bill Would Cut Funding To Family Planning Clinics
The Ohio Legislature is advancing a budget bill with language that would place family planning clinics last in line for federal and state funding, NPR's "All Things Considered" reports.

Featured Blogs
"Supreme Court Considers Entering Mandatory Ultrasound Debate" (Jessica Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 6/18) and "Now That Plan B is Available to all Women, Conservatives Want To Restrict it on the State Level" (Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress," 6/19).

N.J. Senate Committee Passes Bill To Restore Family Planning Funding
The New Jersey Senate Budget Committee on Tuesday passed legislation (S 2825) that would restore $7.5 million for family planning services for low-income women, the North Jersey Record reports.

Appeals Court Expresses Skepticism Over Ariz. Law Barring Planned Parenthood Funding
Two federal appeals court judges on Wednesday were skeptical of a challenge to a February ruling that struck down an Arizona law (HB 2800) barring the distribution of family planning funds to organizations that provide abortions, the Seymour Tribune reports.

Featured Blogs
"Thousands of North Carolinians Protest GOP Overreach at State Capitol" (Marty, RH Reality Check, 6/11); "The Nationwide Attacks on Reproductive Rights" (Bodine, Huffington Post blogs, 6/12).

Featured Blogs
"Doctors' Group Slams Anti-Abortion Laws for 'Imposing a Political Agenda on Medical Practice'" (Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress," 6/10) and "Nonsurgical Abortion Access To Return to Planned Parenthood in Wisconsin" (Jessica Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 6/7).

CMS Rejects Appeal of Indiana's Request To Block Planned Parenthood From Medicaid
CMS on Friday denied Indiana's appeal of a 2012 administrative ruling prohibiting the state from withholding Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood of Indiana and other abortion providers, the AP/Huffington Post reports.

Wis. Bill Would Limit Abortion, Contraceptive Coverage
The Wisconsin Assembly Health Committee on Wednesday heard from critics and supporters of a bill (AB 216) that would restrict health insurance coverage of abortion and contraception, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Featured Blogs
"Shh: NY Catholic Church Quietly Paying for Birth Control, Abortions" (Egan Morrissey, Jezebel, 5/28); "ACLU Challenges Arizona's Race and Sex Selection Abortion Ban" (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 5/29).

Ruling Against Ind. Planned Parenthood Law Stands After Supreme Court Declines Case
The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to consider Indiana's appeal of a lower court's injunction against a state law prohibiting the distribution of Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood of Indiana, NPR's "The Two-Way" reports.

All 24 Antiabortion-Rights Bills Failed During Texas Legislative Session
None of the 24 abortion-related bills filed in the Texas Legislature this session reached the Senate or House floor, which Democrats view as a successful turnaround from Republicans' attacks on family planning funding and abortion rights in recent years, the San Antonio Express-News reports.

Featured Blog
"Oklahoma Legislature's Wrong Priorities During Crisis" (Cox, Huffington Post blogs, 5/22).

N.C. Comm. Approves Parental Consent for Birth Control, STI Treatment
The North Carolina House Health and Human Services Committee on Tuesday passed a bill (HB 693) that would require minors to obtain notarized parental consent to receive treatment for various reproductive and mental health services, the Huffington Post reports.

Texas Lawmakers Broker Quiet Agreement on Women's Health Funds
Democrats and Republicans in the Texas Legislature are "quietly" working together to restore women's health funding, marking a sharp contrast from the "high-octane drama" over cuts to women's health services in recent years, the Texas Tribune/New York Times reports.

Ariz. Gov. Shifts Stance on Planned Parenthood Restrictions Under Medicaid Expansion
In a reversal, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) on Thursday said she would support an amendment to her Medicaid expansion plan that would prohibit Planned Parenthood from receiving funds through the program, the Arizona Daily Sun reports.

Hawaii Gov. Signs Bill To Ensure Emergency Contraception Access at Hospitals
Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) on Monday signed into law a bill (HB 411) that requires hospitals to provide sexual assault survivors with accurate information about emergency contraception, as well as access to it, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports.

Editorial Criticizes Mo. Bill That Could Hinder Emergency Contraception Access
Although a federal judge recently "overturned an Obama administration rule preventing girls younger than 17 from buying emergency contraceptive pills over the counter, ... in Missouri, a bill [SB 126] already had passed the state Senate to prevent pharmacists from having to stock such medication," a St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial states.

Mont. Senate Advances Bill To Reinstate Family Planning Funding
The Montana Senate this weekend advanced a budget bill that would restore $4.6 million in family planning funds, the Billings Gazette reports.

Mo. Attorney General Declines To Appeal Ruling on State Contraceptive Coverage Law
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster (D) on Thursday said he will not appeal a federal ruling that struck down a state law (SB 749) allowing employers and health plans to refuse to cover contraceptives on moral, ethical or religious grounds, KCUR reports.

Ariz. Gov. Blocks Amendment Defunding Planned Parenthood
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) has blocked an amendment to her Medicaid expansion plan that aimed to prohibit Planned Parenthood of Arizona from receiving public funds, Salon reports.

Opinion Piece Explores Impact of Family Planning Funding Cuts in Texas
Last week, the Texas House took an important step toward restoring 2011 budget cuts that "caused more than 55 family planning clinics across the state to close and left remaining providers with less funding and more patients in need of care," Joseph Potter -- a professor at the University of Texas-Austin -- writes in an opinion piece in the Austin Statesman.

Debate Over Ariz. Medicaid Expansion Draws Amendment To Block Planned Parenthood Funding
A conservative Arizona lobbying group is seeking to attach an amendment to Gov. Jan Brewer's (R) Medicaid expansion plan that would prohibit Planned Parenthood of Arizona from receiving public funds, the Arizona Republic reports.

Mo. Attorney General Requests Clarification in Ruling on State Contraceptive Coverage Law
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster (D) on Thursday asked a federal judge to clarify the scope of a federal ruling that struck down a state law (SB 749) allowing employers to refuse to offer health plans that cover contraception because of moral objections, the AP/KTTS reports.

Mich. Senate Bill Would Allow Insurers, Providers To Deny Contraception, Other Services
The Michigan Senate Health Policy Committee on Thursday approved a bill that would allow health care providers and insurers to refuse to cover or provide contraceptives and other services for moral, ethical or religious reasons, Interlochen Public Radio reports.

Mo. House Speaker Urges Appeal in Ruling on State Contraceptive Coverage Law
Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones (R) on Wednesday urged the state's attorney general to appeal a federal ruling that struck down a state law (SB 749) allowing employers and health plans to refuse to cover contraception on moral or religious grounds, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Mont. House Budget Deal Excludes Plan To Restore Federal Family Planning Funds
As part of a last-minute budget deal with the Republican majority, Montana House Democrats on Tuesday did not attempt to restore $4.6 million in federal family planning funds to a state spending bill, The Missoulian reports.

Idaho House Rejects Amendment Banning Emergency Contraception From Health Exchange Plans
The Idaho House on Wednesday voted 38-32 to reject an amendment that would have prohibited health plans offered in a state-based health insurance exchange from covering emergency contraception, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Mont. House Panel Rejects Motion To Restore Family Planning Funds
The Montana House Appropriations Committee on Monday voted 11-10 against a motion that would have restored $4.6 million in federal family planning funds that flow through the state to local health clinics, The Missoulian reports.

Hawaii Senate Approves Emergency Contraception Bill, Rejects Religious Refusal Provision
The Hawaii Senate on Tuesday approved legislation (SB 1109) that would require hospital emergency departments to provide emergency contraception to sexual assault survivors, the AP/Garden Island reports.

Neb. Committee Hesitant on Refusal Bill, Hears Testimony on Abortion Information Bill
Lawmakers on the Nebraska Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday gave a "skeptical reception" to a bill (LB 564) that would expand protections for health care workers who refuse to participate in medical services they personally oppose, including those related to abortion and contraception, Omaha World-Herald reports.

Okla. House Indefinitely Delays Bill Banning Medicaid Coverage of Emergency Contraception
The Oklahoma House on Thursday indefinitely delayed a bill (HB 2039) that would ban the state's Medicaid authority from covering emergency contraception, after the bill's sponsor raised concerns that the bill might jeopardize the state's federal Medicaid funding, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Featured Blogs
"Mandatory Ultrasound Removed From Indiana TRAP Law, but Will Probably Still Close Lafayette Clinic" (Marty, RH Reality Check, 2/25) and "Arizona Federal District Court Blocks Efforts To Defund Planned Parenthood" (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 2/22).

Ala. House Passes Contraceptive Coverage Refusal Measure
The Alabama House on Tuesday voted 67-28 to approve a bill (HB 108) that would allow employers to opt out of the federal contraceptive coverage rules, the Montgomery Advertiser reports.

Funding Cuts Force Closure of Four Planned Parenthood Wisconsin Affiliates
Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin on Monday announced that state budget cuts will force the closure of four family planning clinics that are the sole reproductive health care providers in their areas, the Huffington Post reports.

Featured Blogs
"State Funding Cuts and Anti-Choice Policies Cited for Closure of Four Wisconsin Planned Parenthood Clinics" (Robin Marty, RH Reality Check, 2/18), "North Dakota Attorney General Says Sex Ed Program Can Move Forward" (Jessica Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 2/18) and "State Legislatures Increasingly Provide Tax-Payer Funding of Non-Medical Crisis Pregnancy Centers" (Marty, RH Reality Check, 2/15).

Texas Health Care Providers Call for Boost in Women's Health Funding
On Wednesday, a coalition of health care providers called for additional funding to support the Texas Women's Health Program after the state blocked participation by Planned Parenthood and other providers who offer abortions, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Ariz. Law Barring Funding to Planned Parenthood
A federal judge on Friday struck down an Arizona law (HB 2800) that barred distribution of family planning funds to organizations that also provide abortions, Reuters reports.

Colo. County Prohibited EC at Family Planning Clinics, Despite Health Department's Testimony
The 2010 decision by commissioners in Weld County, Colo., to prohibit Title X family planning clinics from dispensing emergency contraception went against expert testimony stating that it does not cause an abortion, according to an investigation by the Colorado Independent.

Va. House Opts Not To Vote on Legislation Restricting Contraceptive Coverage
The Virginia House Commerce and Labor Committee on Monday declined to vote on a trio of bills (HB 1314, HB 1315, HB 1417) that would have allowed state health insurers to deny contraceptive coverage to women, the Washington Post's "Virginia Politics" reports.

Featured Blogs
"Which State Will Ban Abortion First?" (Elissa Berger, American Civil Liberties Union's "Blog of Rights," 2/2) and "New York City Public Schools Handed Out 'Morning-After Pill' To Thousands More Than Reported" (Sara Gates, Huffington Post blogs, 2/4).

Emergency Contraception Access, Other Women's Issues on Hawaiian Legislative Agenda
Hawaii's Women's Legislative Caucus on Thursday announced support for 17 bills on a range of women's issues, including breastfeeding in the workplace and access to emergency contraception, Pacific Business News' "PBN Biz Blog" reports.

Questions Raised About University's Decision To Freeze Grant for Sex Education Research
North Dakota State University is drawing scrutiny over its decision to freeze a federal grant awarded to two professors for research on a sex education program run by Planned Parenthood, Mother Jones reports.

Texas Removes Nearly a Thousand Providers From Women's Health Program Website
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission has re-launched an online database of providers who participate in the state Women's Health Program, but 965 fewer doctors and clinics are included, the Texas Tribune reports.

Featured Blogs
"Women Spoke -- Will Lawmakers Listen?" (Marcia Greenberger, Huffington Post blogs, 1/24).

Texas Democrats Raise Concern Over Availability of Women's Health Providers
Texas House Democrats are questioning whether the state Health and Human Service Commission has a sufficient network of providers to serve low-income women enrolled in the state's Women's Health Program, the Texas Tribune reports.

Ill. Judge Blocks State Coverage Law
DuPage County, Ill., Circuit Court Judge Terence Sheen granted Triune Health Group, a for-profit company based in Illinois, a temporary restraining order against a state requirement that employee health plans include contraceptive coverage, the AP/State Journal-Register reports.

Texas Wasting Money, Hurting Women's Health Services With Planned Parenthood Ban, Editorial Argues
Texas' decision to exclude Planned Parenthood from the state's Women's Health Program because it provides abortions "fixed a problem that didn't exist, and now, the fix is spawning worse problems," according to a Dallas Morning News editorial.

Va. Lawmakers Reportedly Consider 'Grand Bargain' on Abortion Legislation
Virginia legislative leaders have met behind closed doors to discuss a "grand bargain" on abortion-related legislation, an anonymous Democratic aide told the Huffington Post.

Judge Denies Planned Parenthood's Request To Stay in Texas Women's Health Program
A Texas judge on Friday denied Planned Parenthood's request for a temporary injunction against a Texas law barring the organization from participating in the state's Women's Health Program because it provides abortions, Reuters reports.

Planned Parenthood Returns to Court Over Texas Women's Health Program
A federal judge on Friday is scheduled to hear the latest arguments from Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas and the office of Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R) about whether the organization should be allowed to participate in the state's Women's Health Program, Bloomberg reports.

Featured Blog
"Texas Has Created a Costly Roadmap for Defunding Planned Parenthood" (Molly Redden, New Republic's "The Plank," 1/11).

Texas Officials Say Women's Health Program Can Meet Demand Without Planned Parenthood
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission on Monday announced that a recent survey shows that the state's Women's Health Program has enough providers to absorb Planned Parenthood's caseload, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Excluding Planned Parenthood From Texas Program Leaves Women 'In the Lurch,' Editorial Says
A judge's recent decision to allow Texas to exclude Planned Parenthood from its Women's Health Program "has little -- if anything -- to do with abortion and a lot to do with women's health," an Austin American-Statesman editorial states.

Judges Block Planned Parenthood From Texas' Women's Health Program, Deny State's Request for Federal Money
Visiting Texas District Judge Gary Herger on Monday ruled that the state may move forward with plans to exclude Planned Parenthood from its Women's Health Program because the organization provides abortions, The Hill's "Healthwatch" reports.

Judge Allows Okla. To End WIC Contract With Planned Parenthood
A federal judge on Dec. 24 rejected Planned Parenthood's request to stop the Oklahoma Department of Health from terminating its contract to provide services through the federal Women, Infants and Children program, Reuters reports.

Colo. County Ends Planned Parenthood Grant
The Garfield Board of County Commissioners on Monday voted to remove $5,000 in funding from the local Planned Parenthood clinic in Glenwood Springs, Colo., the Glenwood Springs Post Independent/Aspen Times reports.

Texas Lawmakers Could Reverse Family Planning Cuts in Light of Expected Rise in Births
Texas lawmakers are considering ways to restore funding for family planning services in light of new state data indicating a potential rise in births to low-income women, the Texas Tribune/New York Times reports.

Mich. Lawmakers Push Antiabortion Legislation Package in Lame-Duck Session
Michigan lawmakers are attempting to pass a package of bills that would impose several new restrictions on women's access to abortion care and coverage during their lame-duck session, the Huffington Post reports.

Featured Blogs
"Michigan Lawmakers are Trying To Sneak Through Extreme Abortion Restrictions in Lame Duck Session," (Tara Culp-Ressler, RH Reality Check, 12/6).

Featured Blogs
"5 States Where GOP Extremists Still Rage Against Women," (Sarah Seltzer, Salon, 11/30).

Featured Blogs
"The Election is Over, but the Fight Goes On" (Kate Michelman, Huffington Post blogs, 11/27).

Ohio Senate Halts Plans for Bill Targeting Planned Parenthood
An Ohio Senate leader on Tuesday said he will not move forward with a bill (HB 298) that would place Planned Parenthood last in line for public family planning funds, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Texas Abortion Opponents Lobby for Antiabortion Bills in the 2013 Session
Texas antiabortion-rights groups are pushing several antiabortion measures for the 2013 session, the Texas Tribune/New York Times reports.

Texas Bill Would End Ban on Affiliates of Abortion Providers in Women's Health Program
Texas Rep. Lon Burnam (D) last week filed a bill (HB 58) that would remove language from a 2011 law that bars abortion providers or their affiliates from participating in the state's Women's Health Program, the American Independent reports.

Featured Blogs
"Reflections on the 2012 Election and Abortion" (Carole Joffe, ANSIRH Blog, 11/16).

Featured Blogs
"Ohio is the Latest Battlefield in the War on Contraception," (Amanda Marcotte, RH Reality Check, 11/18) and "How Video Technology has Improved Abortion Access for Women in Rural Iowa," (Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress," 11/16).

Ohio House Panel Approves Bill To Block Funding to Planned Parenthood
The Ohio House Health and Aging Committee on Wednesday voted 13-9 to approve a bill (HB 298) that would reprioritize distribution of federal family planning money to effectively block funding to Planned Parenthood, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

Texas Bills for 2013 Include Medication Abortion Restrictions, Women's Health Program Changes
Texas lawmakers on Monday pre-filed more than 200 bills for the 2013 legislative session, including one that would restrict medication abortion and another that would allow affiliates of abortion providers to continue participating in the state's Women's Health Program, KVUE reports.

Judge Extends Injunction Against Texas Law on Affiliates of Abortion Providers
A U.S. District Judge in Texas on Thursday extended a temporary restraining order that allows 49 clinics operated by Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas to remain in the state's Women's Health Program for the time being, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.

Featured Blogs
"STUDY: Women Rely on Publicly-Funded Health Clinics Like Planned Parenthood for Their Primary Care" (Annie-Rose Strasser, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress," 11/18) and "ELECTION 2012: Florida Voters Defeat Amendment 6, the 'No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion' Amendment" (Robin Marty, RH Reality Check, 11/6).

Texas Official Acknowledges Problems With Database of Women's Health Providers
Texas' health commissioner acknowledged last week that errors and duplicate entries in a database to help low-income women find health care providers are "a real problem," the American Independent reports.

Featured Blogs
"Texas Will Continue Funding to Planned Parenthood, For Now" (Andrea Grimes, RH Reality Check, 10/31) and "Heartbeat: My Involuntary Miscarriage and 'Voluntary Abortion' in Ohio" (Tamara Mann, Huffington Post blogs, 11/1).

Texas Delays Launch of New Women's Health Program, Continues Payments to Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood will continue to participate in Texas' Women's Health Program for the time being, despite the state's promise to exclude affiliates of abortion providers beginning on Nov. 1, state officials announced on Wednesday, the AP/Washington Post reports.

Judge Allows Planned Parenthood To Stay in Texas Program for Now After New Lawsuit Filed
A Texas state judge on Friday granted a temporary restraining order that allows Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas to continue participating in the state's Women's Health Program for the time being, the Texas Tribune reports.

Appeals Court Rejects Request to Reconsider Texas Law on Women's Health Program
A federal appeals court on Thursday declined to reconsider a ruling that allowed Texas to exclude affiliates of abortion providers, such as Planned Parenthood, from its Women's Health Program, Reuters reports.

Featured Blogs
"The Sinister Motives Behind Challenges to Medicaid Funding of Planned Parenthood," Jessica Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 10/24) and "New York City Launches Clinic Escort Program, Anti-Choicers Offended by 'Government Interference,'" Robin Marty, RH Reality Check, 10/24).

Battle Over Planned Parenthood Funding Becomes National Issue
Lawmakers' efforts to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood in Arizona, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee and other states have helped propel the organization to the forefront of national political debates, the Washington Post reports.

Judge Temporarily Blocks Ariz. Law Barring Funding to Planned Parenthood
U.S. District Judge Neil Wake on Friday issued a temporary injunction prohibiting Arizona from enforcing a state law (HB 2800) barring public family planning funding to organizations that also provide abortion services, Reuters reports.

Texas To End Women's Health Program if Court Overturns Ban on Affiliates of Abortion Providers
Texas intends to end its Women's Health Program if a court strikes down the state's move to exclude affiliates of abortion providers from the program, according to new rules released on Thursday by the state health and human services department, the AP/Longview News-Journal reports.

Ariz. Antiabortion Group Opposes Sales Tax Ballot Initiative
The Center for Arizona Policy, a conservative Christian group that opposes abortion rights, is fighting a state ballot measure (Proposition 204) related to sales tax because of concerns that it could fund family planning or Planned Parenthood, the Phoenix Business Journal reports.

CNN Opinion Piece Supports NYC Program Offering Contraceptives to High School Students
"Among the 7,000 girls ages 15 to 17 who got pregnant last year in New York City, nine out of 10 pregnancies were unplanned, and almost two out of three resulted in abortions," writes Laura Sessions Stepp, an author and journalist, in a CNN opinion piece.

Judge Weighs Ariz. Law Blocking Family Planning Funding to Planned Parenthood
A federal judge on Friday seemed skeptical of Arizona's defense of a state law that bars public family planning funding to organizations that also provide abortion care, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Featured Blogs
"A Wink and a Nod: Anti-Choice Laws Invite Anti-Choice Harassment and Terrorism" (Jen Russo, RH Reality Check, 10/1), "Missouri Fines Insurance Provider $1.5 Million for Not Letting Employers' Personal Beliefs Dictate Contraception Coverage" (Amanda Peterson Beadle, ThinkProgress, 9/28) and "Why we Should all Care That Texas is 'Dismantling' Women's Health" (Thanh Tan, Seattle Times ' "Ed Cetera," 9/28).

Texas Women Try To Access Services Amid Changes To Women's Health Program
Tens of thousands of low-income Texas women will soon lose access to family planning services through Planned Parenthood because the state has excluded affiliates of abortion providers from its Women's Health Program, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.

New England Journal of Medicine Details Impact of Texas Family Planning Cuts
More than 50 Texas clinics that provide family planning services have closed as the result of state cuts to family planning funding, according to a report in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Texas Tribune reports.

Featured Blogs
"Why are New York's Teen Pregnancy Rates so Much Lower Than Mississippi's?" (Amanda Marcotte, Slate 's "XX Factor," 9/24) and "Rick Perry Wants To Replace Planned Parenthood With Crisis Pregnancy Centers That Don't Provide Health Services" (Amanda Peterson Beadle, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress," 9/21).

Calif. Gov. Brown Signs Bill on Access to Contraception
California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Saturday signed 25 health related bills, including one bill allowing registered nurses to dispense contraceptives, the Los Angeles Times reports.

New York City Pilot Program Offers Contraceptives to High School Students
Contraception, including emergency contraception, is available to thousands of high school students in New York City through a pilot program that launched last year, and officials say few parents have objected, the New York Times reports.

Religious Coalition Announces Opposition to Fla. Antiabortion Ballot Measure
A group comprising members of the Catholic, Jewish and Unitarian faiths is speaking out against an amendment on Florida's November ballot that would constitutionally ban public funding for abortion care or coverage, News4Jax reports.

Impact of Mo. Refusal Law Unknown in Face of Legal Challenge
It is unclear how women in Missouri will be affected by a new law (SB 749) allowing employers and health plans to refuse to provide insurance coverage for contraception, abortion or sterilization for religious or moral reasons, the Springfield News-Leader reports.

Featured Blogs
"Sad Day For Science and Women's Health," (Talcott Camp, American Civil Liberty Union's "Blog of Rights," 9/14) and "Where do Women Turn When Planned Parenthood is Gone?" (Jessica Pieklo, Care2, 9/15).

Featured Blogs
"In Texas, the Numbers Reveal Just How Dire Things Will Be for Medicaid Patients Without Planned Parenthood" (Andrea Grimes, RH Reality Check, 9/11).

Columnist Urges Calif. Gov. Brown To Sign Women's Health Bill
A Contra Costa Times column called for California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) to sign a bill (AB 2348) that would allow registered nurses to dispense contraceptives.

Tenn. County Sees Sharp Decline in Title X Access After Planned Parenthood Dropped From Program
There has been a drastic decrease in the number of people accessing services through the federal Title X family planning program in Tennessee's neediest county since officials awarded the funding to Christ Community Health Services instead of Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region, the Memphis Flyer reports.

Texas Doctors Worry New Rules Will Restrict Abortion Discussions
Doctors in Texas are raising concern that the state's takeover of the program will restrict their ability to discuss abortion with patients, KUHF reports.

New Hearing Requested Over Texas' Women's Health Program
Planned Parenthood on Tuesday requested that a federal appeals court revisit a ruling that would allow Texas to exclude its clinics from a health program for low-income women, Reuters reports.

Federal Judge Dismisses Wheaton College's Contraceptive Coverage Lawsuit
A federal judge has dismissed an evangelical university's lawsuit against the federal contraceptive coverage rules because the school does not face an immediate threat of having to offer the coverage, UPI reports.

Texas Law Limits Health Care Services for Women, Washington Post Editorial States
Because of a federal appeals court's decision allowing Texas to enforce a state law blocking funding to Planned Parenthood, "[h]undreds of thousands of poor Texas women are likely to be denied a health-care provider because of their state's ideological zeal," a Washington Post editorial states.

Featured Blogs
"Abortion Rights and Judicial Bias in Texas Planned Parenthood Decision" (Jessica Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 8/27) and "Our Bodies, Our Votes" (Judy Norsigian, WBUR's "Cognoscenti," 8/30).

Texas Planned Parenthood Clinics Brace for Funding Cutoff
Planned Parenthood on Wednesday said that its Texas clinics are operating normally for the time being, despite an appeals court's ruling allowing the state to enforce a law that blocks funding to the organization, the AP/U-T San Diego reports.

New York Times Editorial Blasts Court Ruling on Texas Law
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision to lift a temporary injunction against a Texas law that bars affiliates of abortion providers from participating in the state's Women's Health Program gave a "green light" to Perry and the Texas Legislature to "endanger the general health and welfare of low-income women to further their agenda of eroding abortion rights," a New York Times editorial states.

Appeals Court Allows Texas To Block Planned Parenthood Funding Until Trial
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday lifted a temporary injunction against a Texas law that bars affiliates of abortion providers from participating in the state's Women's Health Program, the AP/New York Times reports.

Featured Blogs
"Texas GOP Strives To Make the State Contraceptive-Free" (Jessica Pieklo, Care2, 8/20) and "TRAP Laws and Intimidation has its Intended Effects on Clinics" (Robin Marty, RH Reality Check, 8/20).

Five Dozen Texas Family Planning Clinics Forced To Close Since State Cuts Were Enacted
In passing drastic family planning cuts aimed at Planned Parenthood, Texas lawmakers also defunded many clinics that are not affiliated with the organization and do not offer abortion services, the Texas Observer reports.

Featured Blogs
"Virginia Forced Ultrasound Law Interferes With Health Services, Clinic Director Says" (Reilly Moore, RH Reality Check, 8/16) and "Attacks on Planned Parenthood in Texas Forced at Least 50 Unaffiliated Health Clinics To Close" (Tara Culp-Ressler, ThinkProgress, 8/16).

Texas' Plans for Women's Health Program Raises Questions About Medicaid Expansion, Opposition From Medical Groups
Texas Gov. Rick Perry's (R) plan to end the Medicaid Women's Health Program as a way to prevent funding from going to Planned Parenthood conflicts with his decision to opt out of the Affordable Care Act's (PL 111-148) Medicaid expansion, The Hill's "Healthwatch" reports.

Recent Court Rulings Fail To Preserve Women's Constitutional Rights, New York Times Editorial States
"At a time when abortion rights and women's access to affordable contraception are threatened by political attacks, judges in three newly decided federal cases failed to preserve constitutional protections for women," a New York Times editorial states.

Ariz. To Delay Enforcement of Planned Parenthood Funding Ban While Lawsuit Proceeds
Arizona will defer enforcement of a new law barring public family planning funding to organizations that provide abortion services, in order to give the state more time to respond to a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood, the Arizona Daily Star reports.

Protecting Abortion Rights Requires Vigilant Defense, Los Angeles Times Editorial States
"[A]n aggressive campaign to curtail [women's reproductive] rights is being waged across the country as opponents seize every opportunity to deny women long-established constitutional protections," a Los Angeles Times editorial states.

Planned Parenthood Files Lawsuit Over Ariz. Funding Ban
Planned Parenthood Arizona on Monday filed a federal lawsuit that seeks to block an Arizona law barring public family planning funding to organizations that also provide abortion services, Reuters reports.

Mo. Gov. Nixon Vetoes Contraception Coverage Refusal Bill
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) on Thursday vetoed a bill (SB 749) that would have allowed employers and health plans to refuse to provide insurance coverage for abortion, contraception or sterilization if the services conflict with their religious or moral beliefs, the AP/Washington Times reports.

CMS Made Correct Decision on Ind. Request To Block Planned Parenthood Funding, Editorial States
A recent decision by a CMS hearing officer in a dispute over Indiana's Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood, "[i]n effect, .. sets aside the abortion argument," a South Bend Tribune editorial argues.

Federal Hearing Officer Recommends Rejecting Ind. Request To Block Medicaid Funds to Planned Parenthood
CMS should uphold its decision to reject Indiana's request enforce a state law that would bar Medicaid funds for Planned Parenthood, a CMS hearing officer stated in documents released on Friday, the AP/CBS News reports.

'Women Would Be Hurt' if N.C. Planned Parenthood Cuts Take Effect, New York Times Editorial States
"The conservative assault on Planned Parenthood that began a year ago when the Republican-led House of Representatives tried to cut off any federal aid to the organization has been followed by a slew of similar attacks at the state level," a New York Times editorial states.

Federal Family Planning Grant Offsets State Cuts for Tenn. Planned Parenthood
HHS has awarded Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region a three-year grant to provide family planning services, which will help offset a move by state legislators to block the distribution of Title X funds to the organization, The Tennessean reports.

N.C. Legislature Overrides Veto of State Budget That Strips Funding From Family Planning Providers
North Carolina lawmakers on Monday evening voted to override Gov. Bev Perdue's (D) veto of a state budget that defunds private providers of family planning services, including Planned Parenthood, Huffington Post reports.

N.J. Gov. Christie Vetoes Bill To Restore Women's Health Funds
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Friday vetoed a bill (S 788) that would have provided $7.5 million for women's health programs, the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

N.C. Law Barring Family Planning Funds to Planned Parenthood Struck Down
A federal court on Thursday struck down a North Carolina law that blocked distribution of family planning funds to Planned Parenthood clinics because the organization offers abortion care, BNA reports.

Kan. Law Blocking Family Planning Funds Remains on Hold
A federal judge on Friday continued an injunction blocking Kansas from enforcing a law that cuts off family planning funding to clinics in the state, the AP/Kansas City Star reports.

Kan. Family Planning Clinics Seek Injunction To Prevent Funding Cut Off
Kansas family planning clinics this week asked a federal judge to issue an injunction to prevent the state from enforcing a law that would cut off their funding, the AP/Topeka Capital-Journal reports.

N.J. Gov. Christie Likely To Veto Bill To Restore Women's Health Funds
he New Jersey Legislature has approved a bill (S 788) that would provide more than $7.4 million for family planning services and women's health programs that have seen drastic budget cuts under Gov. Chris Christie (R), NJ Today reports.

Federal Appeals Court Reviews Texas Law Barring Planned Parenthood Funding
An attorney representing Planned Parenthood clinics in Texas on Thursday urged a federal appeals court to uphold an injunction against a state law that excludes affiliates of abortion providers from participating in the state's Women's Health Program, the AP/Austin American-Statesman reports.

N.H. Legislature Abandons Effort To Amend Contraceptive Coverage Requirements
A New Hampshire legislative conference committee last week agreed to drop a provision (SB 356) that would have allowed certain employers to bypass a state contraceptive coverage law, the Manchester Union Leader reports.

N.C. House Upholds Amendment To Withhold Funds From Planned Parenthood
The North Carolina House on Wednesday voted to retain a budget amendment that would bar distribution of family planning funds to organizations other than local health departments, the Blue Ridge Times-News reports.

N.H. Senate To Negotiate With House on Contraception Bill
The New Hampshire Senate on Wednesday agreed to negotiate with the House on a bill (SB 356) that would allow certain religiously affiliated employers to exclude contraceptive coverage from their health plans, the AP/Google News reports..

Refusal Provisions | In the Courts

This section provides a brief overview of significant cases impacting reproductive rights and health related to Refusal Provisions.

Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri v. Brownback
Challenge to a Kansas law eliminating Title X funding for women's health clinics that provide abortion care.

Stormans, Inc. v. Selecky
Washington enacted a law in 2007 that required all pharmacies to carry and delivery prescription drugs, including emergency contraception.

Missouri Insurance Coalition v. Huff
Challenge to a law requiring insurers to offer plans to that do not include contraception.

Texas v. Sebellius
Challenge to the US Department of Health and Human Services' Center for Medicare and Medicaid's decision to end funding of Texas' Medicaid Women's Health Program because Texas violated the law by refusing to allow any of the money to go to Planned Parenthood or other entities that are affiliated with abortion providers.

Morr-Fitz, Inc. v. Quinn
Challenge to an Illinois law brought in state court by anti-choice pharmacists that requires pharmacists to fill prescriptions for contraception.

Balquinta v. Texas Department of State Health Services
Challenge in state court to Texas rule prohibiting Planned Parenthood affiliates and other entities affiliated with abortion providers from participating in Texas' Medicaid Women's Health Program as violating state law.

Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice v. Oklahoma State Board of Pharmacy
The Center for Reproductive Rights filed a suit in Oklahoma state court to block a provision in Oklahoma HB 2226 that would require women 17 and older to show identification to a pharmacist in order to obtain Plan B One-Step and generic emergency contraceptives and requiring those under 17 to have a prescription to obtain them.

Planned Parenthood of Montana v. State
Challenge to Montana law prohibiting coverage of prescription contraceptives under Montana's CHIP program, a component of the Healthy Montana Kids program.

Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina v. Cansler
Challenge to a North Carolina law that prohibits the state's department of health and human services from providing state or state-administered funds to Planned Parenthood affiliates.

Planned Parenthood Arizona v. Betlach
Challenge brought in federal court to Arizona law that prohibits public family planning funds from going to abortion providers or entities affiliated with abortion providers.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana, Inc. v. Commissioner of Indiana State Department of Health
Challenge to an Indiana state law that aimed to defund family planning programs in Indiana on the basis that state taxpayer money could be used to support abortion services.

Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas v. Janek
Challenge in federal court to Texas rule prohibiting Planned Parenthood affiliates and other entities affiliated with abortion providers from participating in Texas' Medicaid Women's Health Program as violating plaintiffs' constitutional rights.

Planned Parenthood Association of Hidalgo County Texas, Inc. v. Suehs
Challenge in federal court to Texas rule prohibiting Planned Parenthood affiliates and other entities affiliated with abortion providers from participating in Texas' Medicaid Women's Health Program.

Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas Family Planning and Preventative Health Services, Inc. v. Texas Health & Human Services
Challenge in state court to Texas rule prohibiting Planned Parenthood affiliates and other entities affiliated with abortion providers from participating in Texas' Medicaid Women's Health Program.