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Unfortunately, the long list of provisions states are passing and considering to restrict women’s access to reproductive health care is not comprehensive. State legislatures are constantly coming up with new and creative ways to impose obstacles between women and high-quality health care.

States Mull Surrogacy Regulations
In the absence of federal rules on surrogacy, many states are considering their own regulations for the practice and seeking a "middle ground" on the sometimes politically sensitive issue, the New York Times reports.

Reproductive Health Coverage, Parental Leave Have Strong Support in W.Va. Poll
A majority of West Virginia voters support comprehensive Medicaid coverage of reproductive health services, as well as paid parental leave, according to a poll commissioned by the women's health advocacy group WV Free, the Charleston Gazette reports.

More States Protecting Pregnant Workers Through Legislation
Delaware Gov. Jack Markell (D) on Tuesday is expected to sign a bill (SB 212) that would bolster accommodations for pregnant workers, making Delaware the most recent on a growing list of states and localities to increase workplace protections during pregnancy, Brigid Schulte writes in the Washington Post's "She The People."

Featured Blogs
"Abortion Rights Aren't Safe in the South," (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 9/2); "Montana Charges Woman With 'Criminal Endangerment' at Just 12 Weeks Pregnant," (Marty, Care2, 9/2).

Ill. Gov. Signs Anti-Discrimination Law for Pregnant Workers
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) on Tuesday signed a bill (HB 8) into law that improves protections against job-based discrimination for pregnant workers, the AP/Rockford Register Star 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).

Featured Blog
"Pennsylvania Law Requires Doctors To Read Scripts to Pregnant Patients With Prenatal Down Syndrome Diagnoses (Updated)," (Murtha, RH Reality Check, 7/25).

Four Organizations, Including Two on Women's Health, Should Be Exempt From N.Y. Donor Disclosure Rules, Judicial Hearing
New York's Joint Commission on Public Ethics must reverse its earlier ruling that forced New York abortion-rights advocacy groups to disclose information about their financial contributors, the North Country Gazette reports.

Featured Blogs
"How Bad Medicine is Sweeping the Country, One State at a Time," (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 7/14); "Tennessee Arrests First Mother Under Its New Pregnancy Criminalization Law," (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 7/11).

Featured Blog
"Minnesota Law Protects Incarcerated Pregnant Women From Shackling, Provides Doulas," (Liss-Schultz, RH Reality Check, 7/8).

Portland, Maine, Repeals 'Buffer Zone' Law After Supreme Court Ruling
The Portland, Maine, City Council on Monday voted to repeal an ordinance that created a protest-free "buffer zone" around clinics that offer abortions, the AP/Washington Times reports.

More Men Taking Time Off Under Calif. Family Leave Law
Since California began offering paid family leave to new parents 10 years ago this month, there has been a significant increase in the number of fathers taking time off of work under the law to care for a new child, the Sacramento Bee reports.

Texas Lags Behind Other States in Lowering Teen Birth Rates
Texas has been less effective than other states at lowering the birth rate among teenagers, the Texas Tribune/New York Times reports.

New California Law Expands Paid Family Leave
A new California law expands paid family leave in the state, the Sacramento Bee reports.

Featured Blog
"What Today's Supreme Court Ruling Means for Other Laws That Protect Clinic Patients," (Flatow, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 6/26).

N.C. Efforts Address Improper Sterilizations
Advocates in North Carolina are urging the state Legislature to extend the deadline for a program designed to compensate survivors of the state's former eugenics program, which forcibly sterilized thousands of residents, Reuters reports.

Calif. Efforts Address Improper Sterilizations
A California Assembly committee on Tuesday unanimously advanced a bill (SB 1135) that would prohibit sterilization surgeries on the state's inmates, Reuters reports.

La. Gov. Signs Bill Mandating Care for Brain-Dead Pregnant Women
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) has signed into law a bill (HB 1274) that requires physicians to continue medical support for brain-dead pregnant women until childbirth, WWNO reports.

Fla. Gov. Signs Bill Creating Separate Crime for Harming Fetus
Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) on Friday signed into law a bill (HB 59) that makes it a crime to kill or otherwise harm a fetus at any stage of development, regardless of whether the perpetrator is aware of a woman's pregnancy, Reuters reports.

N.Y. Women's Equality Act Fails as Session Ends
The New York Legislature ended its session last week without passing a 10-bill package known as the Women's Equality Act for the second year in a row, the Albany Legislative Gazette reports.

Featured Blogs
"Democrats Fight To Repeal Michigan's New 'Rape Insurance' Law" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 6/20) and "This Week in the Supreme Court Could Be Make it or Break it Time for Women's Rights" (Marty, Care2, 6/23)

Portland, Maine, 'Buffer Zone' Case Could Hinge on Supreme Court Ruling
A federal judge said her eventual decision in a challenge to a Portland, Maine, "buffer zone" ordinance will likely hinge on the Supreme Court's ruling over a similar law in Massachusetts, the Bangor Daily News reports.

N.Y. Lawmakers Pass Contraceptive Coverage, Some Women's Equality Bills
The New York Assembly on Wednesday passed a bill (A 8769) aimed at protecting employees from discrimination because of their reproductive health choices, the AP/Washington Times reports.

Editorials Urge N.Y. Legislature To Take Action on Women's Equality Act
Editorials in three New York newspapers called for the state's lawmakers to act on the Women's Equality Act before the legislative session ends.

Featured Blog
"Louisiana Proposes Using Brain-Dead Women as Incubators" (Smith, Care2, 6/16).

Featured Blog
"New Hampshire Approves a Buffer Zone Around Abortion Clinics" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 6/10).

Time Running Out for Action on N.Y. Women's Equality Act
With their legislative session ending next week, New York lawmakers are weighing their options for considering a package of 10 bills, together called the Women's Equality Act, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Women's Groups Commend N.H. 'Buffer Zone' Law
Women's rights groups are applauding New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) for signing a bill (SB 319) that will impose a 25-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics in the state, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Tenn. Dems Ramp Up Efforts Against Antiabortion-Rights Amendment
The Tennessee Democratic Party has hired a veteran campaign strategist to coordinate its efforts to defeat Amendment 1, a ballot measure that would decrease abortion-rights protections in the state's constitution, the Tennessean's "In Session" reports.

La. Gov. Jindal Signs Abortion Pamphlet, Anti-Trafficking Bills
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Monday signed into law a bill (HB 1262) that mandates certain counseling prior to an abortion, as well as various measures designed to stem human trafficking in the state, the Washington Times reports.

Featured Blogs
"New Study Exposes Sex-Selective Abortion Bans for What They Are: Just Another Way To Restrict Abortion" (Bazelon, "XX Factor," Slate, 6/3),"Louisiana Lawmakers Pass Bill to Keep Women on Mechanical Support Against Their Wishes" (Wilson, RH Reality Check, 6/3) and "Pennsylvania Women's Health Caucus Unveils Second Package of Bills" (Murtha, RH Reality Check, 6/3).

ACLU Sues Calif. Sheriff Over Forced Pregnancy Tests at Jails
Three women sued a California sheriff on Monday for being forced to undergo pregnancy tests at Alameda County jails, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

More Abortion Restrictions Head to La. Gov.
The Louisiana House on Thursday passed a bill (HB 1262) that would require women seeking abortions to be given a pamphlet on the potential impact of the procedure, human trafficking and the illegality of coerced abortions, the AP/Alexandria Town Talk reports.

More Abortion Restrictions Head to La. Gov.
The Louisiana House on Thursday passed a bill (HB 1262) that would require women seeking abortions to be given a pamphlet on the potential impact of the procedure, human trafficking and the illegality of coerced abortions, the AP/Alexandria Town Talk reports.

N.Y. Dems, Women's Rights Groups Urge Vote on Entire Women's Equality Act
New York Senate Democrats and women's rights groups are urging legislative leaders to hold a floor vote on a package of 10 bills, together called the Women's Equality Act, before the session ends, the Albany Legislative Gazette reports.

Okla. Admitting Privileges Bill Heads to Gov.
The Oklahoma House on Friday passed a bill (SB 1848) that would require abortion providers in the state to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, among other provisions, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

La. Senate Advances Bill Restricting Pregnant Women's End-of-Life Care
The Louisiana Senate approved in a 36-2 vote a bill (HB 348) that would require health care providers to maintain medical care for pregnant women who are brain dead until birth if an obstetrician determines that a woman's body "can reasonably be maintained in such a way as to permit the continuing development and live birth of the unborn child," the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Featured Blogs
"Repro Wrap: Here a Clinic, There a Clinic, Soon Nowhere a Clinic, and Other News," (Marty, Care2, 5/23); "Louisiana Committee Passes Bill That Would Keep Pregnant Women on Mechanical Support Against Their Wishes," (Wilson, RH Reality Check, 5/23).

'Buffer Zone' Bill Passes N.H. Senate, Heads to Gov.
The New Hampshire Senate on Thursday voted 13-10 to approve the state House's changes to a bill (SB 319) that would create a "buffer zone" of 25 feet around reproductive health clinics, the AP/Portsmouth Herald reports.

Featured Blog
"Louisiana's War on Women: The 5 Worst Attacks on Reproductive Rights Launched This Year," (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 5/22).

N.Y. Democrats Reintroduce Women's Equality Act
New York Senate Democrats on Tuesday reintroduced a package of 10 bills, together called the Women's Equality Act, that was derailed last year amid GOP resistance to an abortion provision, the AP/Staten Island Advance reports.

'Moral Monday' Rallies Resume in N.C. With Silent Demonstration
Demonstrators on Monday initiated another round of "Moral Monday" rallies at the North Carolina Capitol, protesting legislation passed by the Republican majority, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.

'Buffer Zone' Bill Clears N.H. House
The New Hampshire House last week approved a bill (SB 319) that would create a "buffer zone" of 25 feet around reproductive health clinics, the AP/Boston Globe reports.

'Stand Your Ground' for Fetuses Advances in S.C.
A South Carolina Senate panel considered legislation (SB 527) that would expand the state's "stand your ground" self-defense law to apply to fetuses, the Columbia State's "The Buzz" reports.

Minn. Gov. Expected To Sign Parental Leave, Workplace Protections Bill
The Minnesota Senate on Thursday approved a bill (HF 2536) that would expand parental leave and improve workplace protections for pregnant and breastfeeding women, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Ind. Medicaid Ends Coverage for Early Elective Deliveries
Indiana's Medicaid program on July 1 will stop paying hospitals and physicians for delivering infants before 39 weeks of pregnancy unless there is a medical reason or labor starts naturally, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Featured Blogs
"Gov. Brownback Doubles Down on Attacking Reproductive Rights" (Tweedt,"Blog for Choice," NARAL Pro-Choice America, 4/30) and "Tennessee Governor Signs Bill Criminalizing Pregnant Women" (Crockett, RH Reality Check, 4/29).

Tenn. Bill Criminalizing Drug Use During Pregnancy Signed into Law
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) on Tuesday signed into law a bill (SB 1391) that will allow the state to prosecute women suspected of using illicit drugs while pregnant, the Tennessean reports.

Featured Blogs
"Mississippi's Lone Abortion Clinic Goes to Court Today," (Dusenbery, Feministing, 4/28); "Louisiana Committee Passes Bill Preventing Removal of Mechanical Support From Pregnant Women," (Wilson, RH Reality Check, 4/25).

N.H. Senate Rejects 'Fetal Homicide' Bill
The New Hampshire Senate last week rejected legislation (HB 1503) that would have allowed criminal charges for killing a fetus during a criminal act against a pregnant woman, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Abortion Clinic Rules, Stem Cell Research Ban Advance in Okla. House
The Oklahoma House last week passed a bill (SB 1848) that would place increased restrictions on abortion clinics and doctors and bar embryonic stem cell research in the state, the AP/Washington Times reports.

La. Bill Mandating Care for Brain-Dead Pregnant Women Advances
A Louisiana House committee on Wednesday advanced legislation (HB 348) that would require health care providers to continue medical support for pregnant women who are brain dead in order to maintain their bodies' functions until birth, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Fla. Bill Making Fetal Harm a Crime Heads To Gov.
The Florida Senate on Wednesday approved legislation (HB 59) that would make it a crime to injure or kill a fetus at any stage of development, the Bradenton Herald reports.

Lawsuit Over Antiabortion-Rights Campaign Ad Reaches Supreme Court
A case being heard before the Supreme Court Tuesday morning will decide whether an antiabortion-rights group has legal standing to challenge an Ohio law prohibiting false statements in political ads, Politico reports.

Featured Blogs
"Florida Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Pregnant Workers" and "Dallas Hospital Revokes Privileges, Tells Abortion Providers They Damage its 'Reputation'"

Pressure Mounts for Tenn. Gov. To Veto Bill on Drug Use During Pregnancy
Reproductive-rights and women's rights groups continue to pressure Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) to veto legislation (SB 1391) that would allow the state to prosecute women who use illicit drugs during their pregnancies, CNN reports.

'Counterproductive' Tenn. Bill Bad for Women, Families, NYT Editorial Argues
A bill (SB 1391) recently approved by Tennessee's Legislature would give the state "the dubious distinction of being the first state to specifically authorize the filing of assault charges, carrying up to 15 years in prison, when a fetus or newborn is deemed to be harmed by illegal narcotics," a New York Times editorial states.

Colo. Dems Back Away From Reproductive Health Freedom Act
Colorado Senate Democrats on Wednesday said they will no longer pursue a bill (SB 175) that would block government entities from enacting policies that deny or interfere with reproductive health care, the Denver Post reports.

Hawaii Considers Proposal To Expand Fertility Treatment Coverage
A Hawaii House Committee has advanced a resolution (SCR 35) calling for the state auditor to study a proposal that would expand coverage of fertility treatments, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Groups Urge Veto of Tenn. Bill Allowing Criminal Charges Over Pregnancy Outcomes
Medical and women's rights groups are urging Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) to veto legislation (SB 1391) that would allow the state to file criminal charges against women suspected of misusing drugs during pregnancy, the New York Times reports.

Featured Blogs
"It's Time To Pass the NY Women's Equality Act, Tenth Point Included," (Ruoff, Huffington Post blogs, 4/11); "While One State Wants To Criminalize 'Bad' Pregnant People, Another Goes After 'Bad' Mothers," (Marty, Care2, 4/11); "America's Abortion-Free Zone Grows," (Marty, Daily Beast, 4/14); "Is Preventing Surrogacy Feminist? No, It's Anti-Choice," (Matson, RH Reality Check, 4/11).

Colo. Reproductive Health Freedom Act Advances
A Colorado Senate committee has advanced a bill (SB 175) that would prohibit government entities from enacting policies that deny or interfere with reproductive health care, Fox31 Denver reports.

Featured Blogs
"Rick Perry Dodges Measures To Address the Prison Sexual Assault Crisis," (Knefel, RH Reality Check, 4/8); "The 5 Most Surprising Things About My Abortion," (Stewart, Huffington Post blogs, 4/9); "Colorado Lawmakers Introduce an Ambitious Bill To Protect Reproductive Rights," (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 4/10); "Missouri Lawmaker Compares Getting an Abortion To Buying a New Car or Re-Carpeting," (Dusenbery, Feministing, 4/10); "It's Time To Repeal State Advance Directive Laws That Discriminate Against Women," (Taylor/Paltrow, RH Reality Check, 4/10).

Record Number of State Bills Favor Abortion Rights
Although state lawmakers have continued with an onslaught of antiabortion-rights bills this year, a record number of states are considering measures aimed at protecting abortion rights and access, according to a new report from the Guttmacher Institute, the Christian Science Monitor's "DC Decoder" reports.

Ariz. Sends Surprise Abortion Clinic Inspections Bill to Gov.
The Arizona Senate on Wednesday approved a bill (HB 2284) that would allow the state to conduct unannounced abortion clinic inspections without a warrant, Reuters reports.

Calif. Hospital Allowed To Continue Abortion Ban With Stipulations
The California attorney general's office and a Catholic-affiliated hospital have reached an agreement that allows the facility to continue a ban on most abortions as long it refers women elsewhere, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Featured Blogs
"Repro Wrap: Everyone Hates National Right to Life (Even Abortion Opponents) and Other News" (Marty, Care2, 4/4) and "Murder Charges Dismissed in Mississippi Stillbirth Case" (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 4/4).

La. House Approves Measure Regulating Surrogacy
The Louisiana House in a 79-14 vote on Tuesday approved a bill (HB 187) that would regulate surrogacy contracts between married couples and women who bear their children, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

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).

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Fla. City Ordinance Banning 'Targeted' Picketing
In a case spurred by antiabortion-rights protests outside the home of a Planned Parenthood official, a federal appeals court upheld a Winter Park, Fla., ordinance that prohibits "targeted" picketing within 50 feet of a city resident's home, but it struck down another rule that more broadly banned loitering in the 50-foot zone, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Featured Blogs
"A Mississippi Teen is Facing Life in Prison for Using Cocaine During Her Pregnancy" (Dusenbery, Feministing, 3/19), "One City's 6 Month Quest To Take Its Sidewalks Back from Anti-Abortion Protesters" (Marty, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 3/19) and "Louisiana House Committee Passes Admitting Privileges Bill" (Wilson, RH Reality Check, 3/20).

N.J. City Adopts 'Buffer Zone' Rules
The Englewood, N.J., City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved new regulations that would bar individuals from protesting within eight feet of any health care facility in the city, including abortion clinics, the North Jersey Record 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).

Ariz. House Advances Bill Authorizing Unannounced Abortion Clinic Inspections
The Arizona House on Tuesday approved a measure (HB 2284) that would allow the state to conduct unannounced inspections of abortion clinics, the New York Times reports.

Featured Blog
"Who's to Blame When a Woman Experiences Abortion Regret?" (Marcotte, RH Reality Check, 3/3).

New 'Buffer Zone' in Madison, Wis., Quickly Draws Lawsuit
A coalition of antiabortion-rights groups has filed a federal lawsuit against a new "buffer zone" ordinance in Madison, Wis., arguing that it violates First Amendment rights, the Wisconsin State Journal reports.

Abortion-Rights Supporters Go on Offensive at State Level
State legislators this year have introduced more bills supporting abortion access than any time since the early 1990s, according to Elizabeth Nash, state issues manager at the Guttmacher Institute, Bloomberg 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).

N.H. Senate Passes 'Buffer Zone' Law; House Approval Expected
The New Hampshire Senate on Wednesday passed a measure (SB 319) that imposes a 25-foot buffer zone around the state's abortion clinics, New Hampshire Public Radio reports.

Hospice Notification Bill Advances in Okla.
The Oklahoma House on Thursday unanimously approved a bill (HB 2685) that would require abortion providers to notify women whose fetuses have fatal defects that they may seek out perinatal hospice care instead of abortion, even though the services are not available in the state, the AP/Oklahoman reports.

Colo. Will Not Sanction Catholic Hospital Over Abortion Dispute
Colorado health officials will not sanction a Catholic hospital that allegedly admonished a physician for a conversation he had with a patient about considering an abortion, the Durango Herald reports.

S.D. House Advances Bill on Prenatal Care for Undocumented Immigrants
The South Dakota House on Monday passed a bill (HB 1158) that would allow the state to offer prenatal care to low-income, undocumented immigrants, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Featured Blog
"GOP Candidates in Texas Say Pregnant, Brain Dead Woman Should Have Been Kept on Life Support" (Rivera, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 1/29).

Legislative Changes Proposed in Wake of Texas Life-Support Case
Both Republicans and Democrats in the Texas Legislature want to clarify a state law on end-of-life care after a hospital sparked a national debate by refusing to end life support for a brain-dead pregnant woman, WFAA 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).

Hospital Removes Brain Dead Woman From Life Support After Court Order
A Texas hospital has removed a brain dead pregnant woman from life support after a judge ruled that it was misapplying a state law that bars withdrawing "life-sustaining treatment" from a pregnant patient, the New York Times reports.

Appeals Court Partially Reinstates NYC Crisis Pregnancy Center Disclosure Law
A federal appeals court on Friday reversed part of a ruling that barred New York City from enforcing a law that requires crisis pregnancy centers to disclose more information about their services, the AP/Wall Street Journal reports.

Ethicists: Texas Life Support Law 'Unconstitutional'; NYT Columnist Blasts 'Cruel' Policy
Although a Texas law barring hospitals from ending life-sustaining treatment for pregnant patients "is almost certainly unconstitutional," it does not apply to a controversial case in which a pregnant woman is being kept on life support against her and her family's wishes, according to a Los Angeles Times opinion piece by Arthur Caplan, director of medical ethics at NYU Langone Medical Center, and Thaddeus Pope, director of the Health Law Institute at Hamline University School of Law.

Justices Appear Divided Over 'Buffer Zone' Law During Oral Arguments
The Supreme Court justices on Wednesday seemed "evenly divided" over the constitutionality of a Massachusetts law that prohibits protests within 35 feet of abortion clinics, although Chief Justice John Roberts -- likely the decisive vote -- remained silent, the New York Times reports.

Midwives Gain More Autonomy Under New Calif. Law
A new California law (AB 1308) gives midwives more autonomy and lifts a requirement that a doctor be present during childbirth, KQED's "The California Report" reports.

Half of States Fail Reproductive-Rights Report Card; Some Show Promise on Pro-Choice Laws
On Tuesday, two groups on opposite sides of the abortion-rights debate released reports grading states on abortion-related legislation, Politico Pro reports.

Family Sues To End Forced Life Support for Pregnant Texas Woman
The husband of a pregnant woman being kept on life support against her family's wishes has sued the hospital involved and asked a judge to strike down the state law the facility cites in the case, the New York Times reports.

New York Times Editorial: Supreme Court Should Uphold Buffer Zone Law
A New York Times editorial on Monday discussed the Supreme Court's involvement this week in a case involving a Massachusetts law that creates a protest-free buffer zone around abortion clinics.

Justices Revisit Clinic 'Buffer Zones' This Week; Op-Ed Defends Mass. Law
The Supreme Court on Wednesday is scheduled to hear oral arguments in a case challenging a Massachusetts law that prohibits protests within 35 feet of abortion clinics, the AP/Modern Healthcare reports.

NYT: Complex Debates Intersect in Dispute Over Life Support for Pregnant Texas Woman
A case of a pregnant Texas woman being kept on life support against her and her family's wishes is sparking debate about the intersection of medical, legal and ethical issues involving abortion and end-of-life care, the New York Times reports.

States Shift Tactics on Abortion Restrictions for 2014
Facing legal challenges to sweeping antiabortion-rights laws, conservative state lawmakers are shifting focus to incremental measures that regulate clinics, physicians and abortion methods, Politico 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).

Featured Blogs
"When Pro-Life Goes Frankenstein: The Case of Marlise Munoz" (Morgan Guyton, Huffington Post blogs, 12/31/13) and "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Women's Rights in 2013" (Alexander Sanger, Huffington Post blogs, 12/30/13).

Pa. Lawmakers Unveil Women's Health Package
The Pennsylvania Legislature's Women's Health Caucus this week unveiled a package of seven bills related to women's health, WESA reports.

American Prospect Piece Suggests Focus Areas for Reproductive-Rights Advocates in 2014
Facing an "ever-growing maelstrom of incursions on abortion rights, pro-choice politicians have stayed on the defensive, clinging to the standards established by Roe v. Wade even as conservatives whack relentlessly at their foundations," writes Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux, an American Prospect writing fellow, in an opinion piece.

Featured Blogs
"Pennsylvania's New 'Women's Health Caucus' Unveils Package of Pro-Active Bills" (Tara Murtha, RH Reality Check, 12/11) and "After Lawmaker Discloses Her Own Sexual Assault, Michigan Approves 'Rape Insurance' Bill Anyway" (Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress," 12/12).

La. Appeals Court Reverses Ruling Against Abortion Provider, Says State Lacked Authority To Fine Clinics
A Louisiana appeals court has thrown out fines levied against a New Orleans abortion provider, ruling that the state's health agency lacked the legal authority to impose the penalties, the Baton Rouge Advocate reports.

Pa. Suspends Abortion Clinic for Undisclosed Link to Prohibited Provider
The Pennsylvania Department of Health has suspended the registration of a abortion clinic in the state after it failed to disclose its affiliation with Steven Brigham, an abortion provider who is prohibited from operating in the state, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Featured Blogs
"On Abortion, the People Keep Speaking. Is Anyone Listening?" (Jacobson, RH Reality Check, 11/20); "Maine City Approves a Buffer Zone Around Planned Parenthood To Prevent Anti-Abortion Harassment" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 11/20); "A Dark Day for Texas Women. A Dark Day for Justice" (Amiri, "Blog of Rights," ACLU, 11/20).

Mass. AG Files Supreme Court Brief in Defense of 'Buffer Zone' Law
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley's (D) office on Friday filed a U.S. Supreme Court brief defending a state law that prohibits protests within 35 feet of abortion clinics, the AP/Springfield Republican reports.

Portland, Maine, City Council Approves Buffer Zone Around Planned Parenthood Clinic
The Portland, Maine, City Council on Monday unanimously passed an ordinance creating a buffer zone around a Planned Parenthood clinic to protect clients from protesters outside the facility's entrances, the Portland Press Herald reports.

Wis. Assembly Approves 'Choose Life' License Plates After Republicans Drop Compromise Plan
Wisconsin's Assembly last week approved legislation (AB 206) that would create "Choose Life" license plates and funnel proceeds from the plates to an antiabortion-rights organization, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Legal Fights Over State Laws Offer Ample Chances for Supreme Court Intervention
It is "only a matter of time" before the Supreme Court decides to hear one of several ongoing challenges to state-level abortion restrictions, USA Today reports.

Calif. Referendums Could Block Laws That Expand Abortion Access
Opponents of new California laws (AB 154, AB 980) that aim to expand abortion access have launched referendum efforts that would block the state from implementing the laws, City News Service/Los Angeles Daily News reports.

New L.A. County Ordinance Against Maternity Hotels Unnecessary, Report Finds
A new Los Angeles County ordinance requiring stronger oversight of so-called maternity hotels will not be necessary because the facilities already are illegal under existing law, according to a report released last week by the county's Department of Regional Planning, the Los Angeles Times' "L.A. Now" reports.

Ala. Abortion Clinic Regulations Debated at Public Hearing
Alabama abortion-rights opponents last week urged state health officials to go further than an existing proposal to regulate abortion clinics, the AP/Huffington Post reports.

Law Pitting 'Fetal Protections' Against Pregnant Women's Rights Faces First Federal Lawsuit
A lawsuit filed this month is the first test in federal court for a 1998 Wisconsin law (Act 292) allowing child-welfare officials to forcibly confine pregnant women who allegedly use illegal drugs or alcohol "to a severe degree" and refuse to accept treatment, the New York Times reports.

Calif. Bucks National Abortion Restriction Trend, Stirs Debate
While other states are moving to restrict abortion, California has passed two new laws expanding access to abortions, the Washington Times reports.

Coloradans Will Vote on 'Personhood' Measure for Third Time on Nov. 2014 Ballot
Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler announced on Monday that a proposal to amend the state's constitution to redefine "personhood" will be on the November 2014 ballot, KWGN reports.

Featured Blog
"The Gold Standard: Safe, Licensed Professional Abortion Care" (Taylor, ANSIRH Blog, 10/11).

ACLU Files Lawsuit Over Antiabortion Provisions in Ohio Budget; NYT Examines State's Incremental Strategy
The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio on Wednesday challenged three abortion-related provisions in Ohio's current budget, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Portland, Maine, City Council Panel Unanimously Advances Buffer Zone Proposal
A Portland, Maine, City Council committee on Tuesday voted unanimously to endorse the creation of a buffer zone around a Planned Parenthood clinic to protect clients from protesters outside the facility's entrances, the Portland Press Herald reports.

Proposed Rule in Ala. Would Make More Physicians Register as Abortion Providers
A proposed rule by the Alabama Department of Health could require more physicians in the state to register as abortion providers, AP/WTOK reports.

Featured Blogs
"Nebraska Supreme Court Won't Let 16-Year-Old in Foster Care Get an Abortion" (Jos Truitt, Feministing, 10/7).

Docket for Supreme Court's New Term Includes Mass.' Buffer Zone Law
In the new term that begins today, the Supreme Court's docket includes a case involving a Massachusetts law that prohibits protests within 35 feet of abortion clinics, the New York Times reports.

Featured Blogs
"Under Texas' New Restrictions, More Than 22,000 Women May Be Denied A Safe Abortion Next Year" (Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress," 10/3); "Telemed Abortion Ban Isn't About Women's Safety, Says Planned Parenthood" (Robin Marty, Care2, 10/2) and "Advocacy Group Seeks Immediate Release of Involuntarily Detained Pregnant Woman" (Jessica Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 10/3).

Indiana AG's Comments Spark Debate Over Mandatory Drug Testing for Pregnant Women
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller (R) is facing criticism over comments suggesting that he supports mandatory drug testing for pregnant women as a way to reduce exposure to prescription drugs, the Indiana Star reports.

Featured Blogs
"Texas Birth Centers Face Increased Scrutiny From Lawmakers, Bureaucrats" (Grimes, RH Reality Check, 9/25), "NYC Shows the Way on Pregnant Workers' Rights" (Bakst, Huffington Post blogs, 9/25).

Ohio Dems Launch Effort To Repeal Women's Health Restrictions in State Budget
Democratic Ohio Reps. John Carney and Kathleen Clyde plan to introduce legislation that would repeal state budget restrictions they say will harm women's health care, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

New York City Approves Workplace Protections for Pregnant Women
The New York City Council has passed the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which aims to better protect the rights of pregnant women in the workforce, the New York Times' "Motherlode" 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).

Appeals Court Upholds La. Abortion Malpractice Law
A federal appeals court has reversed some parts of a lower court ruling that struck down a 1997 Louisiana law (R.S. 9:2800.12) that allowed lawsuits against abortion providers to proceed without a prior review process, the Louisiana Record reports.

Portland, Maine, City Council Moves Forward With Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone Proposal
Portland, Maine, City Council members are moving forward with a proposal that would create a buffer zone around a Planned Parenthood clinic to protect clients from protesters outside the clinic's entrances, the Portland Press Herald reports.

Featured Blog
"Paid Family Leave in California: All is not Well" (Rose, Ms. Magazine blog, 9/5).

Editorial Applauds Calif. Bill Allowing Non-Physicians To Provide Abortions
A California bill (AB 154) that would allow certified nurse-midwives, nurse practitioners and physician assistants to provide abortions is a "necessary measure to ensure women have access to safe procedures," a Los Angeles Times editorial states.

USA Today Opinion Piece Urges States To Follow N.C. in Compensating Eugenic Sterilization Victims
North Carolina recently became the first state to enact a measure "to compensate living victims ... who were sterilized under 20th Century eugenic laws," according to a USA Today opinion piece by Paul Lombardo, an author and professor of law at Georgia State University College of Law, and Peter Hardin, who wrote about eugenics as a reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Ann Arbor, Mich., Settles Free-Speech Lawsuit With Antiabortion Protester
City officials in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Monday agreed to pay $7,000 to settle claims that the city violated the free speech rights of an antiabortion-rights protester, Ann Arbor reports.

Gov. Brown Vetoes Bill on Compensation for Egg Donors in Research
California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Tuesday vetoed a bill (AB 926) that would have allowed women to receive financial compensation for donating their egg cells to medical research, the Sacramento Bee reports.

Featured Blogs
"Parental Notification: What to Do?" (K. Sujata, Huffington Post blogs, 8/13) and "Mississippi Supreme Court Dismisses Manslaughter Indictment in Stillbirth Case" (Jessica Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 8/13).

Latest Effort To Close Wichita Clinic Falls Flat
Wichita City Council members on Tuesday showed no interest in considering a request from antiabortion-rights activists to stop an abortion provider from operating in its existing location, the Wichita Eagle reports.

Planned Parenthood Lawsuit Over Kan. Antiabortion Law Narrowed to One Provision
U.S. District Judge Kathryn Vratil on Monday approved an agreement to narrow a Planned Parenthood lawsuit against a far-ranging Kansas law restricting abortion, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Featured Blog
"Legal Wrap: Finally Some Justice for Bei Bei Shuai" (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 8/6).

N.C. Lawmakers Approve $10M To Compensate Victims of Forced Sterilization Program
North Carolina's General Assembly on Wednesday approved a two-year, $20.6 billion budget that includes $10 million in compensation for victims of a forced-sterilization program that is no longer in operation, AP/Raleigh News & Observer reports.

Calif. Midwives Back Legislation To Ease Restrictions on Home Births
California midwives and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologist are supporting legislation (AB 1308) that would loosen restrictions on home births, the Sacramento Bee reports.

R.I. Passes Family Leave Law Granting New Parents, Temporary Caregivers Benefits
The Rhode Island General Assembly passed a bill (S 231) in the final hours of its legislative session that would provide up to four weeks of "temporary wage replacement benefits" to workers who take time off to care for a new child or sick family member, Rhode Island Public Radio's "The Pulse" reports.

Kan. Judge Blocks Some Parts of Antiabortion Law, Others Take Effect
A Kansas judge on Friday temporarily blocked provisions of a state law that require abortion providers to post certain information on their websites and redefine medical emergencies in a way that critics say could restrict abortion access, the AP/Washington Post reports.

Supreme Court To Hear Appeal of Mass. Clinic Buffer Zone Law
The Supreme Court on Monday announced it will hear an appeal of a lower court ruling that upheld a Massachusetts law prohibiting protests within 35 feet of abortion clinics, CNN reports.

Planned Parenthood Seeks Immediate Hold on Kan. Antiabortion Law
Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri on Monday requested a temporary injunction blocking enforcement of a Kansas antiabortion-rights law while a lawsuit determining its constitutionality is resolved, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

La. Gov. Jindal Signs Bill Making 'Coerced Abortion' of a Minor Equal to Child Abuse
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Friday signed into law an antiabortion bill (HB 278) that makes "coerced abotion" of a minor equal to child abuse, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Proposal on Abortion Clinic Inspections Moves Forward in Ariz. House
A proposal that would allow the Arizona Department of Health Services to conduct unannounced inspections of abortion clinics without a warrant is advancing in the state House after being added as an amendment to another bill (SB 1069), the Arizona Republic reports.

Ariz. Antiabortion-Rights Group Calls for Unannounced Clinic Inspections
An Arizona antiabortion-rights group is pushing lawmakers to pass legislation that would allow the state Department of Health Services to conduct unannounced inspections of abortion clinics without a warrant, the Arizona Republic reports.

Featured Blogs
"How Banning Abortion After 20 Weeks Endangers Women" (NARAL Pro-Choice America's "Blog for Choice," 6/5), "Restoring New York as a Leader in Women's Rights" (Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), Huffington Post blogs, 6/4) and "Austin May Become First Texas City With Paid Parental Leave" (Andrea Grimes, RH Reality Check, 6/5).

Calif. Bill Would Require Coverage of Fertility Treatments for Cancer Patients
The California Assembly on Wednesday advanced a bill (AB 912) that would require insurers to cover procedures to preserve fertility for individuals with cancer or other serious diseases, the AP/U-T San Diego reports.

Calif. Assembly Passes Bill Allowing Non-Physician Clinicians To Perform Abortions
The California Assembly on Tuesday approved a measure (AB 154) that would allow nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and physician's assistants to perform aspiration abortions during the first trimester of pregnancy, AP/San Jose Mercury News reports.

Miss. Case Could Set Precedent for Criminalizing Miscarriages, Stillbirths
A case being considered by the Mississippi Supreme Court could result in women in the state being charged with manslaughter if they experience a miscarriage or other unintentional pregnancy loss, Salon reports.

Maine Legislature Rejects Bill on Crimes Against Pregnant Women
A Maine legislative committee on Friday rejected a bill (LD 1193) that would have allowed a family to file a wrongful death lawsuit if a fetus is killed during a crime against a woman who is at least 12 weeks pregnant, the Bangor Daily News reports.

La. House Bill Would Categorize Coercing Minor's Abortion as Abuse
A Louisiana House committee on Wednesday approved a measure (HB 278) that would add coercing a minor into an abortion to a list of acts that constitute child abuse, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Iowa House Budget Bill Would Bar Medicaid Coverage for Abortions, Elective C-Sections
The Iowa House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday approved a budget bill that includes provisions that would end Medicaid coverage of abortions in any circumstances, as well as elective caesarean-section deliveries, Radio Iowa reports.

Kan. Gov. Brownback Signs Sweeping Bill With Several Abortion Restrictions
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) on Friday approved a far-reaching antiabortion-rights bill (HB 2253) that restricts access to the procedure, penalizes entities associated with abortion providers and declares that life begins "at fertilization," the AP/Topeka Capital-Journal reports.

Fla. House Passes Bill Criminalizing Death of Fetus in Violent Crimes
The Florida House on Thursday approved a measure (HB 759) that would make the death of a fetus a separate offense from a crime committed against the pregnant woman, the Miami Herald reports.

Fla. House Passes Bill Requiring Care for Infants in Failed Abortions
The Florida House on Wednesday unanimously approved a bill (HB 1129) that would require physicians to provide emergency care if an infant is born alive after a failed abortion, the Miami Herald reports.

Texas House Comm. Considers Revisions to State Booklet on Abortion
A Texas bill (HB 2364) that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy drew sharp responses from advocates, doctors and lawmakers at a House State Affairs Committee hearing on Wednesday, the San Antonio Express News' "Texas Politics" reports.

N.D. Lawmakers Build 'Litigation Fund' To Defend Antiabortion Laws as Residents Petition for Repeal Votes
The North Dakota Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday unanimously approved a budget amendment that would set aside money to defend against potential legal challenges to the state's recently enacted abortion restrictions, the AP/Dickinson Press reports.

Kansas Lawmakers Send Governor Sweeping Abortion Bill Declaring Life Begins 'at Fertilization'
Kansas lawmakers late Friday granted final passage to sweeping antiabortion legislation (HB 2253) that would ban certain abortions, penalize entities associated with abortion providers and define life as beginning "at fertilization," The Hill's "Blog Briefing Room" reports.

Fla. House Panel Approves Bill on Parental Rights
The Florida House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday approved a bill (HB 887) that would permit a woman who became pregnant through rape to go to court to terminate the rapist's parental rights, the AP/Miami Herald reports.

Fla. House Panel Approves Bill on Failed Abortions
The Florida House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday approved a bill (HB 1129) that would permit misdemeanor charges if a person does not provide or seek medical care for an infant born after a failed abortion, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Fla. House Panel Approves Bill on Crimes Against Pregnant Women
The Florida House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday advanced a bill (HB 759) that would create a separate offense for criminal acts that result in the death of a fetus during an attack on a pregnant woman, the AP/Miami Herald reports.

Sweeping Kan. Antiabortion Bill Heading to Gov. Brownback; Wichita Clinic Opening for First Time Since Tiller's Death
The Kansas Senate on Tuesday voted 29-11 to pass a far-reaching antiabortion-rights bill (HB 2253) that restricts access to abortion care and penalizes entities associated with abortion providers, the AP/Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Increased Polarization Among States Leaves Little Middle Ground in Abortion Debate, Advocates Say
Advocates on both sides of the abortion-rights debate say that states are rapidly becoming more polarized on the issue as they enact an increasing number of laws governing the procedure, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Neb. Committee Votes To Continue Funding Prenatal Care for Undocumented Immigrants
The Nebraska Legislature's Health and Human Services Committee last week rejected a bill (LB 518) that would have ended public funding of prenatal care for pregnant undocumented immigrants, the Omaha World-Herald reports.

Neb. Lawmakers Advance Bill Expanding Access to STI Treatment
Nebraska lawmakers on Wednesday advanced a bill (LB 528) on a 32-3 vote that would allow health care providers to prescribe antibiotics to the sexual partners of patients infected with chlamydia or gonorrhea without the partner having to visit the doctor, the AP/Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports.

Fla. House Subcommittee Advances Three Antiabortion Measures, Delays a Fourth Bill
Florida House subcommittees on Wednesday approved three antiabortion-rights measures, while a fourth bill -- which would effectively ban most abortions -- appears to have stalled, the Sunshine State News reports.

Utah Gov. Signs Into Law Measure Requiring State To Collect Abortion Data
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) on Friday signed into law a measure (SB 60) that requires the state to collect and retain data on the number of abortions in the state, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

Md. Bill Would Strengthen Workplace Protections for Pregnant Workers
A bill before the Maryland General Assembly would require companies to adjust the duties of employees who cannot perform their normal tasks when pregnant, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Fla. Bill Would Create New Offense for Death of Fetus During Violent Crimes
The Florida Senate Health Committee recently passed a bill (SB 876) that would create a separate offense for violent acts against pregnant women that result in the injury or death of the fetus, the AP/St. Augustine Record reports.

Utah Data Collection Bill Heads to Gov. Herbert
The Utah House on Tuesday voted 56-17 to pass a measure (SB 60) that would require the state to collect and retain abortion data that it currently reports to the federal government, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

Ind. Case Raises Questions About Criminal Charges Against Pregnant Women
Prosecutors in a case against an Indiana woman who attempted suicide while pregnant have asked that the judge ban defense attorneys from asking certain questions and bar courtroom spectators from wearing buttons with opinions about the case -- a move that critics say could limit jurors' sympathy for the woman, USA Today reports.

Kan. House Committee Approves Sweeping Abortion Bill
The Kansas House Federal and State Affairs Committee on Thursday approved a broad antiabortion-rights bill (HB 2253) with several provisions aimed at restricting access to the procedure, the Lawrence Journal-World/Kansas City Kansan reports.

S.D. Lawmakers, Gov. Close To Agreement on Expanding Prenatal Care
The South Dakota Senate Health Committee on Monday rejected a bill (HB 1214) that would have provided prenatal care to undocumented immigrants, but lawmakers and Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R) are working on a deal to attach the measure to the state budget, which lawmakers expect to pass this week, the AP/Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports.

Colo. Lawmakers Consider New Charges for Crimes Against Pregnant Women
The Colorado House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday voted 10-1 to approve a bill (HB 1154) that would create a new category of felony charges for crimes against pregnant women that result in the death of the fetus, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Featured Blogs
"Anything But Delicate: Alabama's Solution to Substance Abuse During Pregnancy" (Josie Sustaire, Law Students for Reproductive Justice's "Repo Repro, 2/20) and "Something To Celebrate: Philadelphia Board of Health Calls for Public Funding, Insurance Coverage for Reproductive Health Care" (Claire Cooper, RH Reality Check, 2/21).

Utah Senate Advances Bill To Collect Data on Abortion Patients
The Utah Senate on Tuesday voted 21-2 to advance a bill (SB 60) that would require that the state collect data about women who obtain abortions, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

N.D. Senate Approves Bill To Prohibit Embryo Destruction, Expand Medicaid Abortion Coverage
The North Dakota Senate on Monday voted 24-23 to pass a bill (SB 2303) that would prohibit the destruction of embryos and expand Medicaid coverage for abortions, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

New NARAL Leader Poised To Stop 'Playing Defense,' Reclaim Repro Rights Agenda
NARAL Pro-Choice America will stop "playing defense all the time" and work to create a more proactive abortion-rights movement, new NARAL President Ilyse Hogue said in an interview with the Huffington Post.

Featured Blogs
"From the Ground Up: Restoring Insurance Coverage for Abortion Care" (Sweeney/Baden, RH Reality Check, 2/13).

Second Attempt at Kan. Antiabortion Bill Seeks To Resolve Dispute Over Medical-Student Training
Kansas lawmakers on Wednesday introduced a bill (HB 2253) that aims to place several new restrictions on abortion while resolving a dispute from last year over medical-student training, the Lawrence Journal-World reports.

Featured Blogs
"It's Up to Us To Defend Abortion Rights" (Mary Lou Greenberg, RH Reality Check, 2/5) and "State Politicians May Force Me to Turn Away Patients" (Stephanie Dahl, American Civil Liberties Union's "Blog of Rights," 2/6).

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.

Iowa Bill Would Allow Felony Charges Against Women If Newborns Test Positive for Drugs
An Iowa House subcommittee on Wednesday advanced legislation (HSB 49) that would allow felony charges against a woman if her newborn tests positive for illicit drugs, the Muscatine Journal reports.

Six Months After Neb. Prenatal Care Law, More Women Seek First-Trimester Care
Six months after Nebraska enacted a law restoring prenatal care coverage for low-income women, health clinics are reporting a rise in the percentage of pregnant women seeking first-trimester care, the AP/Omaha World-Herald reports.

Featured Blogs
"Where Abortion Bans Lead" (Juliet Lapidos, New York Times ' "Taking Note," 1/28) and "The Alabama Supreme Court Decision: Will it Make Delivering Appropriate Health Care to Pregnant Women More Difficult?" (Sarah Roberts, ANSIRH Blog, 1/25).

Catholic Hospital Argues in Malpractice Case That a Fetus is not a Person
A Catholic hospital in Colorado is arguing in court documents that it is not liable for the deaths of two seven-month-old fetuses because fetuses are not people, USA Today reports.

Neb. Lawmaker Offers Measure To Repeal Prenatal Care Law
Nebraska Sen. Charlie Janssen on Wednesday introduced a bill (LB 518) that would repeal a state law that restored prenatal care coverage for low-income women, including undocumented immigrants, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Neb. Bill Would Require Abortion Providers' Websites To Link to Ultrasound Videos
A Nebraska lawmaker on Thursday introduced legislation (LB 300) that would require abortion providers' websites to include a link to a state website showing ultrasound videos of fetuses, the Omaha World-Herald reports.

Ala. Supreme Court Rules Child Endangerment Law Applies to Pregnant Women
The Alabama Supreme Court on Friday upheld a lower court ruling that a state law prohibiting the chemical endangerment of children can be used to charge a woman for allegedly endangering her fetus during pregnancy, the AP/Columbus Republic reports.

Mont. Antiabortion Groups Push New Restrictions After Last Year's Ballot Victory
Bolstered by last year's approval of a parental notification ballot measure (LR 120), antiabortion-rights groups in Montana are pushing a bill (HB 104) that would criminalize the killing of a fetus, the AP/Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports.

Forty Years After Roe v. Wade, Pa. Abortion Clinic Remains Battleground
On the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade, activists on both sides of the issue at a Pennsylvania abortion clinic are drained by the decades-long fight, the Washington Post's "Wonkblog" reports.

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Mass. Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone Law
A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld a Massachusetts law that prohibits protests within 35 feet of abortion clinic entrances and driveways, the Boston Globe's "MetroDesk" reports.

Ind. Feticide Case Draws Attention of Women's Rights, Health Advocates
Women's rights advocates and mental health groups are seizing on the ongoing legal case involving a woman who attempted suicide while pregnant and has been charged with murder and attempted feticide, the Indianapolis Star/USA Today reports.

N.C. Plans To Appeal Ruling Against 'Choose Life' License Plates
North Carolina officials intend to appeal a federal judge's ruling that it is unconstitutional for the state to offer license plates with the message "Choose Life" without also offering plates that support abortion rights, the AP/Raleigh News & Observer reports.

Judge Hears Arguments Over Denied WIC Contract in Planned Parenthood Case
At a hearing on Thursday, Planned Parenthood argued that political motives prompted the Oklahoma Department of Health's decision to terminate the group's contract for providing services through the federal Women, Infants and Children program, the Tulsa World reports.

Neb. Antiabortion Group Seeks Legislation To Display Ultrasound Images on State Website
Nebraska Right to Life said Tuesday that it will pursue legislation that would require detailed ultrasound images to be posted on the state Department of Health and Human Service's website, the Lincoln Journal Star reports.

Ariz. Launches Website With Abortion Information Amid Legal Battle Over Law
The Arizona Department of Health Services last week launched a website about the risks of abortion, as required under a controversial new law (HB 2036) that also bans abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, the Arizona Daily Sun reports.

Mich. Lawmakers Delay Debate on Bills That Would Create Tax Credit for Fetuses
Michigan lawmakers last week decided to put off consideration of two bills (HB 5684, HB 5685) that would have allowed state residents to claim fetuses as dependents on their tax returns, MLive reports.

Planned Parenthood Files Suit Over Terminated WIC Contract in Okla.
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland on Friday filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Oklahoma Department of Health's decision to end its contract for providing services through the federal Women, Infants and Children program, the Tulsa World reports.

Other Issues | In the Courts

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

Hope Medical Group for Women v. LeBlanc
Challenge in federal court to a Louisiana law that exposes abortion providers to legal liability and exempts them from medical malpractice suit restrictions.

Planned Parenthood v. Iowa Board of Medicine
State court challenge to a rule prohibiting the use of telemedicine to provide medication abortion to patients.

Planned Parenthood Arizona Incorporated et al v. Humble
Federal court challenge to Arizona statute and implementing regulations that impose restrictions on medication abortion and force abortion clinics to administer medication in an outdated manner.

Pre-Term Cleveland, Inc. v. Kasich
State court challenge to abortion restrictions passed by the legislature as part of the state's 2014-2015 budget bill.

Reddy v. Foster
Federal court challenge to a New Hampshire law prohibiting protests within 25 feet of abortion clinics.

McCullen et al. v. Martha Coakley
Federal court challenge to a Massachusetts law prohibiting protests within 35 feet of abortion clinics.

Mahoney v. Kliebert
State court case against the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals demanding access to mandatory reports detailing each pregnancy termination performed in the state.

ACLU of North Carolina v. Conti
Federal court challenge to North Carolina decision to issue a pro-life license plate, while refusing to approve a pro-choice license plate

Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region and Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee v. Dreyzehner
Challenge to Tennessee decision to stop allocating federal disease prevention funding to Planned Parenthood

Hodes & Nauser MDs, P.A. v. Schmidt
State court challenge to the provisions of a Kansas law, HB 2253, which limit the medical emergency exception in Kansas abortion restriction laws.

Planned Parenthood of Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma v. Cline
Challenge in federal court to Oklahoma Department of Health decision to exclude Planned Parenthood from the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, which provides food and resources to low-income pregnant women, new mothers, and children.