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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.

Nearly 75% of Seventh-Grade R.I. Students Vaccinated Under State HPV Vaccine Mandate
Rhode Island health officials have announced that, as of Sept. 1, a majority of seventh graders in the state have been vaccinated against the human papillomavirus, the Providence Journal reports.

Featured Blogs
"Parental Notification an Issue Once More for California," (Omara, American Prospect, 11/17); "Women Want Over-the-Counter Birth Control," (Bricker-Caplan, "DoubleX," Slate, 11/23); "Alabama May Back Off Its Policy of Treating New Moms Like Meth Cooks," (Andrews, Mother Jones, 11/20).

Wis. Lawmakers Announce Bill To Protect Reproductive Rights
Two Wisconsin lawmakers have announced a bill that would increase access to abortion care and other reproductive health care in the state, Wisconsin Public Radio reports.

Okla. Gov. Seeks To Defund Planned Parenthood
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) on Thursday said she is calling for the state's Health Care Authority to end its Medicaid provider agreements with Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma, the AP/San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Investigation Finds Md. Health Marketplace Directory Includes Outdated Information on Ob-Gyns
Consumer advocates have found that many specialists, including ob-gyns, who are listed on the provider directory of insurers participating in Maryland's health marketplace are not available to provide care, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Featured Blogs
"The High Cost of Reproductive Coercion" (Omara, American Prospect, 11/17); "Anthony Kennedy's Right to Choose" (Lithwick, "Jurisprudence," Slate, 11/17); "The Rise Of Self-Abortions In Texas Prove We're Now Fighting a Pre-Roe Battle" (smith, Bustle, 11/19).

Study Finds at Least 100K Texas Women Have Attempted Self-Induced Abortion
At least 100,000 Texas women have attempted to terminate a pregnancy without medical assistance, according to a study released on Tuesday by the Texas Policy Evaluation Project, the Austin Chronicle reports.

Investigation Affirms Wash. Planned Parenthood Affiliates Free From Wrongdoing
Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson (D) on Monday announced that an investigation into Planned Parenthood clinics found no evidence that the organization broke any laws prohibiting certain types of abortion procedures or the sale of fetal tissue, The Hill reports.

Op-Ed: Mo. Sen. Targeting Student Researcher Is Attack on Academic Freedom, Free Speech
Columnist Jessica Valenti in an opinion piece for The Guardian writes about a Missouri senator's efforts to block research on a mandatory delay law (HR 1307) in the state, noting, "Apparently it's no longer enough for [conservatives] to try to stop women from getting abortions. Now they want to stop us from writing about them, too."

Featured Blog
"The Sneaky Way Arizona Is Crippling Planned Parenthood With a Tactic You've Never Even Heard Of" (Stoddard, Bustle, 11/13).

Experts Refute Texas Officials' Claims About Improved Family Planning Access; CPCs on the Rise as Abortion Clinics Close
Independent health experts disagree with Texas officials' claim that the number of patients who accessed family planning services in the state last year is at the same level as it was prior to funding cuts to Planned Parenthood, Reuters reports.

Editorial Voices Support for Maine Lawsuit Against Disruptive Antiabortion-Rights Protester
A Morning Sentinel/Kennebec Journal editorial applauds "the state's decision to sue a Lisbon man for his recent high-volume anti-abortion protests outside Planned Parenthood in Portland," noting, "Those who oppose abortion have the right to make their case -- but not when doing so crosses the line from free expression to disruption."

Clinic Escort Describes Protesters' Ongoing Harassment Outside Texas Clinic
In an opinion piece for the Texas Observer, reproductive-rights advocate Melissa Arjona describes her experiences volunteering as a clinic escort for "Whole Woman's Health, the last remaining legal abortion clinic in the Rio Grande Valley."

NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin Launches Housing Program for Women Traveling for Abortion Care
NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin has launched a pilot program that provides women who are traveling long distances to access abortion services in the state with free housing and food, the Madison Capital Times reports.

Maine AG Sues Antiabortion-Rights Protester for Disruptive Behavior
Maine Attorney General Janet Mills (D) on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against an abortion-rights protester, stating that the protester's disruptive behavior outside of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Portland, Maine, violates the state's Civil Rights Act, Reuters reports.

Ark. Pursues Hearing on Planned Parenthood Request for Class-Action Status
The state of Arkansas last week asked a federal judge to reject Planned Parenthood's request for class-action status in its lawsuit against the state and asked for a hearing on the issue, AP/THV 11 reports.

Featured Blog
"GOP-Led Planned Parenthood Defunding Effort in Colorado County Prompts Fundraising Campaign" (Salzman, RH Reality Check, 11/6).

Op-Ed: Feticide Laws, Bans on Abortion Used To Criminalize Asian-American and Immigrant Women
"Across the country, Asian American women's reproductive rights are being challenged and their family-planning decisions are being policed based on racial stereotypes held by anti-choice activists and officials," Miriam Yeung, executive director of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum, writes in a Washington Post opinion piece.

Pelosi Picks Abortion-Rights Supporters To Join Special Committee Investigating Planned Parenthood
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday announced the six legislators she has selected to join a special House subcommittee investigating abortion providers, The Hill reports.

Fla. Supreme Court To Review Property Dispute Over Abortion Clinic
The Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday said it would review a lawsuit over whether Planned Parenthood can offer abortion services at its clinic in an Osceola, Fla., medical park, the Orlando Sentinel's "Political Pulse" reports.

Featured Blog
"Anti-Choice Protesters Still Fighting To Knock Down Pittsburgh Buffer Zone" (Women's Law Center blog, 11/5).

Ariz. Cuts Planned Parenthood from State Employee Charitable Campaign
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's (R) administration on Tuesday announced that it cut Planned Parenthood from the list of organizations to which state employees can donate via the state government's charitable campaign, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Colo. County Ends Planned Parenthood Funding
Garfield County, Colo., commissioners on Monday pulled $1,500 in grant funding that would have gone to Planned Parenthood's Glenwood Springs Health Center in 2016, the Glenwood Springs Post Independent reports.

Investigation Finds Neb. Abortion Clinic Did Not Violate State Abortion Laws
State health inspectors on Tuesday said their investigations into a Nebraska abortion clinic have found no evidence that the facility violated the state's 20-week abortion ban (LB 1103) or mishandled fetal tissue, Omaha World-Herald/Live Well Nebraska reports.

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Backs Ballot Measure To Revise District-Drawing Process
NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio has endorsed a ballot measure (Issue 1) that would revise the process for drawing legislative districts, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Federal Judge Issues Preliminary Injunction Against La. Over Planned Parenthood Medicaid Funds
A federal judge on Thursday issued a preliminary injunction that extends a temporary restraining order barring Louisiana from cutting Planned Parenthood from the Medicaid program, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Calif. County Sheriff's Office Will End Policy That Mandates Pregnancy Tests for Inmates
The Alameda County Sheriff's Office in Northern California agreed to a settlement announced on Wednesday that will end a policy requiring women who are arrested and booked into the county jail to take a pregnancy test, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Federal Judge Orders Ala. To Reinstate Planned Parenthood Medicaid Agreement
Alabama must reinstate its Medicaid provider agreement with Planned Parenthood, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday, the AP/Oregonian reports.

Two N.C. Lawmakers Question Patient Protections Under Mandatory Reporting Law
Two North Carolina lawmakers have voiced concerns about a state law (SL 2015-62) requiring providers to give the state data on abortions, saying that several recent data breaches raise questions about the state's ability to keep patient data secure, the Asheville Citizen-Times reports.

Ohio Woman Forced To Travel 300 Miles To Obtain Out-of-State Abortion Care
At a news conference on Tuesday hosted by abortion-rights groups, an Ohio woman shared how she had to travel 300 miles to Chicago to obtain an abortion for her unviable fetus after she was unable to access the services in Ohio, the Newark Advocate/USA Today reports.

ACLU Files Legal Challenges Against Catholic Hospitals for Treatment of Pregnant Patients
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed several different types of legal challenges against Catholic hospitals that have applied the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' religious directives when treating pregnant patients, Modern Healthcare reports.

Okla. Supreme Court Issues 30-Day Injunction Against Antiabortion-Rights Law
The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Monday put a 30-day hold on a state law (SB 642) that imposes multiple restrictions on abortion providers and patients, AP/KTUL ABC 8 reports.

Judge Rejects Two Motions Filed in Resentencing Case for Man Who Killed Abortion Provider
Sedgwick County, Kan., District Court Judge Warren Wilbert has rejected two motions filed on behalf of Scott Roeder, the man who shot abortion provider George Tiller, in his resentencing case, the Wichita Eagle reports.

Texas OIG Subpoenas 'Hundreds of Documents' From Planned Parenthood
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission on Thursday subpoenaed Planned Parenthood clinics in four cities, requesting Medicaid records and data on billing and personnel, the Texas Tribune reports.

Mich. Woman Denied Tubal Ligation Has Procedure at Non-Catholic Hospital, Maintains Complaint Against Catholic Hospital
After giving birth and obtaining a tubal ligation at a non-Catholic hospital, a Michigan woman who was denied the procedure by a Catholic hospital will move forward with her complaint against the Catholic facility, the Washington Post's "Post Nation" reports.

Featured Blog
"Abortion Clinics Are Burning, But No One Seems To Care" (Beusman, Broadly, 10/20).

Ohio Senate Passes Bill To Defund Planned Parenthood
The Ohio Senate voted 23-10 on Wednesday to advance legislation (SB 214) that would defund Planned Parenthood clinics in the state, Reuters reports.

N.H. Planned Parenthood Clinic Vandalized
An intruder on Wednesday vandalized a Planned Parenthood clinic in Claremont, N.H., the AP/New York Times reports.

Calif. Implements Policy for Transgender Inmates To Receive Sex-Reassignment Surgery
California prison officials on Tuesday implemented the first guidelines under which transgender inmates can receive sex-reassignment surgery funded by the state, AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Former Kansas AG Sues State Supreme Court Over Suspended Law License
Former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline (R) on Sunday filed a lawsuit against the Kansas Supreme Court, alleging the court acted arbitrarily and unconstitutionally when it suspended his license in 2013, the Kansas City Star reports.

Utah Ordered To Continue Federal Funding for Planned Parenthood
A federal judge on Thursday said Utah must continue sending federal payments to Planned Parenthood, FOX 13 reports.

Featured Blogs
"How 'Best Practices' in Neonatal Care Endanger Mothers Seeking Drug Treatment and Their Babies" (de la Cretaz, RH Reality Check, 10/13); "California Becomes the First State To Crack Down on Misleading 'Crisis Pregnancy Centers" (Zielinski, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 10/13).

Wis. Lawmakers Advance Bill Banning Fetal Tissue Research, Two Antiabortion-Rights Measures
A Wisconsin Senate committee in separate votes on Tuesday approved a ban on fetal tissue research and two funding measures targeting Planned Parenthood, Madison Capital Times reports.

Federal Judge Issues Preliminary Injunction Against Ohio TRAP Law
A federal judge on Tuesday issued a preliminary injunction blocking the enforcement of an Ohio antiabortion-rights law being challenged in court by two abortion clinics, the Hamilton Journal-News/WCPO reports.

Stakeholders Voice Concerns About Ind. Health Dept. Contract With Antiabortion-Rights Organization
Several stakeholders have expressed concern about a recent decision by the Indiana Department of Health to grant a one-year, $3.5 million contract to an antiabortion-rights organization that counsels women against abortion and provides misleading information about the procedure, the Indianapolis Star reports.

Calif. Gov. Signs Bill To Rein In Crisis Pregnancy Centers' Misinformation; CPCs File Lawsuit
California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) last week signed a bill (AB 775) that aims to prohibit crisis pregnancy centers from disseminating certain misleading information, the Sacramento Bee reports.

Ark. Supreme Court Overturns Ruling Criminalizing Woman for Drug Use During Pregnancy
The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday overturned a conviction in a case in which a woman had been given a 20-year prison sentence after she delivered an infant who had methamphetamine in his system, AP/WREG reports.

Federal Judge Rejects Request To Delay Hearings in Ariz. Medication Abortion Challenge Case
A federal judge on Friday rejected a request to delay hearings on a challenge to an Arizona law (SB 1318) that requires doctors to provide medically unproven information to women about medication abortion, AP/ABC 15 Arizona reports.

Op-Ed Blasts Efforts To Ban, Restrict Fetal Tissue Research Following CMP Videos
"Fetal-tissue research is collateral damage in the war against Planned Parenthood, and it has already been banned or severely restricted in six states," Katha Pollitt writes in an opinion piece for The Nation.

Featured Blogs
"Arkansas Urges Roberts Court To Rethink 'Roe'" (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 10/9); "One State Finally Cracked Down on Deceptive Anti-Abortion Pregnancy Centers" (Redden, Mother Jones, 10/12); "Jailed for Using Drugs While Pregnant" (Calhoun, The Atlantic, 10/12).

Featured Blogs
"Alabama Hospitals Are Quietly Drug Testing New Mothers -- Without Their Consent" (Martin/Yurkanin,, 10/7); "Why a Group of Clergy Are Blessing an Abortion Clinic" (Zielinski, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 10/8).

Report Notes Wide Price Variation for Certain Women's Health Care Services
The price of certain women's health care services for women covered through employer-sponsored health insurance varies significantly within metropolitan areas, according to a new report by Castlight Health, Modern Healthcare reports.

District Lawmakers Propose 16-Week Paid Family and Medical Leave Program
Members of the Council of the District of Columbia on Tuesday introduced a measure that would grant almost all individuals who live or work in the District 16 weeks of paid family and medical leave, the Washington Post reports.

Planned Parenthood Asks Judge To Expand Ark. Medicaid Ruling
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland on Monday asked a federal judge to broaden a ruling that temporarily prohibits Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) from blocking Medicaid reimbursements for three Planned Parenthood patients to include all current and future Planned Parenthood patients covered by Medicaid, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Calif. Planned Parenthood Clinic Reopens After Arson Attack
A Planned Parenthood clinic in Southern California where a case of arson is being investigated reopened Monday, Los Angeles Times' "L.A. Now" reports.

NYC Health Dept. Launches Campaign To Raise Awareness of Contraception Options
The New York City Health Department recently announced the launch of "Maybe the IUD," a public education campaign to increase awareness of the intrauterine device and other contraceptive methods, NPR's "Shots" reports.

Featured Blogs
"South Carolina Mom Shows Homophobic Sex Education Isn't a Thing of the Past" (Kempner, RH Reality Check, 10/5); "Republican Legislators Coming for Universities After Planned Parenthood" (Mathews, Care2, 10/5); "Planned Parenthood Clinics Targeted With Vandalism and Arson in the Wake of Released Videos" (Zielinski, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 10/2); "The Institutionalization of Abortion Stigma: What Care at an Ambulatory Surgical Center Can Look Like" (Mukherjee, RH Reality Check, 10/2);

Ark. Advances Plans To Block Most Medicaid Funding for Planned Parenthood After Court Ruling
Arkansas will cut almost all of Planned Parenthood's Medicaid funding after U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker issued a preliminary injunction ordering that Arkansas must continue Medicaid payments for three women who challenged Gov. Asa Hutchinson's (R) original decision to block the funds, Reuters reports.

Utah To Continue Sending Federal Funding To Planned Parenthood Through Year's End
Utah officials on Friday said Planned Parenthood would continue to receive federal funds from the state through the remainder of 2015, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports

Law Enforcement Investigating Arson at Calif. Planned Parenthood Clinic
Law enforcement is investigating a case of arson against a Planned Parenthood clinic in southern California late Wednesday night, the Los Angeles Times' "L.A. Now" reports.

Mich. House Committee Approves Antiabortion-Rights Bills Criminalizing Abortion Coercion
A Michigan House committee on Tuesday approved legislation (HB 4787, HB 4830) that would criminalize coercing a woman to have an abortion, WDET 101.9 reports.

Federal Judge Blocks Utah's Effort To Defund Planned Parenthood
A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) from ending federal funding for Planned Parenthood Association of Utah, Reuters reports.

Mo. Investigation Affirms Planned Parenthood Did Not Break State Law
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster (D) on Monday announced that the state's investigation into Planned Parenthood following CMP's videos has not found any evidence of wrongdoing.

Planned Parenthood Challenges Utah Over Defunding
Planned Parenthood of Utah on Monday filed a lawsuit against Gov. Gary Herbert (R) for his decision to end the organization's Medicaid funding after the release of misleading videos targeting Planned Parenthood, AP/Modern Healthcare reports.

Mich. Lawmakers Propose Antiabortion-Rights Bills To Criminalize Abortion Coercion
Michigan House lawmakers reintroduced legislation (HB 4787, HB 4830) to criminalize coercing a woman to have an abortion, MLive reports.

Utah Moves To Cut Planned Parenthood Grants
Utah on Friday took steps to end four grants to Planned Parenthood of Utah that provide comprehensive sexuality education, and testing and monitoring for sexually transmitted infections, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

Federal Judge Orders Ark. To Reinstate Planned Parenthood Medicaid Funding
Arkansas must temporarily reinstate Planned Parenthood's Medicaid contract, a federal judge ruled on Friday, AP/Modern Healthcare reports.

University of Missouri Cancels 10 Contracts for Student Training at Planned Parenthood
University of Missouri officials canceled 10 contracts with Planned Parenthood amid an investigation by state lawmakers into a series of misleading videos targeting the organization, the Columbia Missourian reports.

15th Anniversary of Mifepristone Approval Highlights Varying Access to Medication Abortion in U.S.
Fifteen years after the approval of mifepristone in the U.S., disparities in access to medication abortion persist for women throughout the country, according to U.S. News & World Report.

ACLU Threatens Legal Action Against Mich. Catholic Hospital for Denying Medically Advised Tubal Ligation
The American Civil Liberties Union on Friday sent a letter to a Michigan Catholic hospital threatening legal action for denying a woman a medically advised tubal ligation, the Washington Post reports.

Featured Blogs
"Catholic Bishops Play Doctor with Pregnant Woman with Brain Tumor" (Steinberg, "Speak Freely," American Civil Liberties Union, 9/14); "Immigrant Woman Could Face Deportation After She Tried To Go to the Doctor" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 9/14).

La. Bolsters Planned Parenthood Defunding Efforts
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's (R) administration on Friday said it will move to end its Medicaid provider agreement with Planned Parenthood "for cause" rather than continuing its effort to cut the organization's Medicaid funding without providing a reason, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Planned Parenthood Clinic in Arson Case To Remain Closed Longer Than Anticipated
Tanya Riordan, a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and Northern Idaho, said extensive damage sustained after an arson at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Washington state will keep the clinic closed for longer than previously expected, the Spokane Spokesman-Review reports.

Wis. Conservative Lawmakers Prepare Antiabortion-Rights Bills
Conservative lawmakers in Wisconsin are preparing to move several bills in the fall legislative season that target Planned Parenthood, including two measures aimed at restricting funding for the organization, the AP/Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Planned Parenthood Files Lawsuit against Ark. Medicaid Decision
Planned Parenthood on Friday filed a lawsuit against Arkansas' decision in August to block Medicaid funding for the organization, The Hill reports.

S.C. Health Department Suspends Two Clinics' Licenses, Threatens Closure
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control on Friday suspended the licenses of two of the three clinics in the state, WLTX 19 reports.

Wis. Lawmakers Advance Bill Banning Fetal Tissue Research
The Wisconsin Assembly's Criminal Justice Committee on Wednesday voted 7-4 to approve a bill (AB 305) that would ban fetal tissue research in the state, the AP/Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Wash. School-Based Health Centers Providing LARCs Help Quell Critics' Concerns
The success of school-based health centers that offer contraception in certain Washington state public schools debunk many concerns voiced by critics of the services, The Atlantic reports.

Calif. Senate Approves Workers' Comp Gender Parity Legislation
The California Senate on Tuesday voted 24-15 to approve a bill (AB 305) that would prohibit medical issues primarily affecting women from being considered pre-existing conditions when calculating workers' compensation benefits, the AP/Santa Cruz Sentinel reports.

Law Enforcement To Investigate Arson, Threats Against Planned Parenthood and Affiliates
Investigators with the Pullman, Wash., Fire Department have determined that a fire early Friday morning that caused serious damage to a Washington state Planned Parenthood clinic was arson, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Judge Delays La. Medicaid Funding Decision; Demand for Health Care in La. Shows Need for Planned Parenthood
A federal judge on Wednesday postponed Louisiana's decision to end Planned Parenthood's Medicaid contracts until Sept. 15 and questioned the reasoning behind the state's actions, Bloomberg News/Los Angeles Times reports.

Texas Gov. Supports Additional Abortion Restrictions
In August, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) endorsed several proposed laws that would impose additional restrictions on abortion and fetal tissue donation in the state, the Texas Tribune reports.

Planned Parenthood Files Lawsuit To Block Ala. Medicaid Cuts
Planned Parenthood Southeast in August filed a lawsuit in federal court to block Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley's (R) decision to cut Medicaid funding for the organization, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Ohio Clinics Sue Over Abortion Regulations; New Clinic Departs From Clinic Closure Trend
Operators of two abortion clinics in Ohio last week filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the constitutionality of abortion regulations included in the two most recent state budgets, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Featured Blogs
"D.C. Judge Says Employers Can Exercise 'Moral' Objections to Birth Control Coverage" (Marcotte, "The XX Factor," Slate, 9/1); "Texas Abortion Clinics Take Their Appeal to the Supreme Court" (Dusenbery, Feministing, 9/4); "The Planned Parenthood Arson is an Outrage Because We Could Have Seen it Coming" (Allen, Daily Beast, 9/5).

Colo. LARC Program Receives $2M in Temporary Funding
Several organizations have pledged a total of about $2 million to temporarily fund a Colorado program that helps low-income and uninsured women access long-acting reversible contraception, state officials announced on Tuesday, the Denver Post reports.

Featured Blogs
"Lawmakers Are Convinced That Women Are Having Abortions For The Wrong Reasons" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 8/25); "Catholic Hospital Caves Under Threat of Lawsuit and Approves Woman's Procedure" (Gill, "Speak Freely," American Civil Liberties Union, 8/25).

R.I. School Committee Asks Governor To Rescind HPV Vaccine Requirement
A Rhode Island school committee on Tuesday voted to send a resolution to Gov. Gina Raimondo (D), asking her to rescind a state requirement mandating that students entering seventh grade be vaccinated against the human papillomavirus, NBC 10 News reports.

Conservative in Iowa Request Investigations Following Misleading Videos
Conservative lawmakers in Iowa's House and Senate on Monday asked state Attorney General Tom Miller (D) to investigate abortion clinics in the state following the videos' release, the Cedar Rapids Gazette reports.

Conservative Lawmakers in Tenn. Request Investigations Following Misleading Videos
Conservative lawmakers in Tennessee on Monday asked Gov. Bill Haslam (R) to impose several emergency rules regarding the disposal of fetal tissue, including an investigation into Planned Parenthood, following the release of misleading videos about the organization, the Tennessean reports.

6th Circuit Affirms Ruling for Contraceptive Coverage Rules
he 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday affirmed its prior judgment that accommodations to federal contraceptive coverage rules for not-for-profits that hold themselves out as religious do not violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (PL 103-141), the AP/Franklin Daily Journal reports.

10th Circuit Stays Contraceptive Coverage Ruling While Challengers Seek SCOTUS Review
The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday granted a request to stay its earlier ruling upholding the accommodation while opponents of the contraceptive coverage rules ask the Supreme Court to consider their case, Reuters reports.

Featured Blogs
"Michigan Republican: Ban Common Second-Trimester Abortion Procedure" (Wilson, RH Reality Check, 8/21); "Federal Appeals Courts Unanimous in Support of Obamacare's Birth Control Accommodation," (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 8/24); "No, Defunding Planned Parenthood Wouldn't Make Colorado Better" (Salzman, Huffington Post blog, 8/21).

Calif. Lawmaker Proposes Bill To Repeal Law Targeting Women Who Give Birth While on Welfare
California Senator Holly Mitchell (D) has proposed a bill (SB 23) that would repeal a California law limiting payments to women who give birth while on the state's welfare program, CalWORKS, in certain instances, Capital & Main reports.

Ark., Utah Take Aim at Federal Planned Parenthood Funding
The governors of Arkansas and Utah on Friday separately announced plans taking aim at Planned Parenthood funding, following the recent release of misleading videos targeting the organization, The Hill reports.

Calif. To Extend Full Medi-Cal Coverage to Pregnant Women
CMS has approved California's waiver to extend state comprehensive Medicaid coverage to pregnant women, Modern Healthcare reports.

Featured Blogs
"Is Defunding Planned Parenthood Against The Law? These States Better Watch Out," (Barbato, Bustle, 8/13); "Alabama, Jane Doe, and the Dangers of Fetus-First Laws," (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 8/12).

Majority of Voters in Three Swing States Oppose Efforts To Defund Planned Parenthood
Nearly 70% of voters in New Hampshire, Ohio and Pennsylvania oppose a push by lawmakers who do not support abortion rights to defund Planned Parenthood, according to a poll released by Planned Parenthood on Monday, The Hill reports.

Wis. Lawmakers Push for Ban on Fetal Tissue Research; S.D. Finds No Evidence of Fetal Tissue Sales
Conservative lawmakers and medical groups in Wisconsin during a public hearing Tuesday debated a proposed bill (AB 305) that would ban fetal tissue research in the state, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Ariz. Health Official Files Emergency Rule on Fetal Tissue Donation
Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, has submitted an emergency rule to the state attorney general's office that would require abortion clinics in the state to report on how they handle fetal tissue, Capitol Media Services/Arizona Capitol Times reports.

Calif. Agrees To Cover Sex-Reassignment Surgery for Transgender Inmate
In a settlement reached Friday, California for the first time agreed to cover sex-reassignment surgery for a transgender inmate, the Los Angeles Times' "L.A. Now" reports.

Ala. To Defund Planned Parenthood
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) on Thursday said the state would cut Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood, making it the third state to defund the organization following the release of a series of misleading videos targeting Planned Parenthood, CNN reports.

Chicago To Include Gender Affirmation Coverage in City Health Plans
Chicago intends to include coverage for gender affirmation services in its city employee health plans as of Oct. 1, the mayor's office announced on Wednesday, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Ala. Lawmakers Introduce Two Antiabortion-Rights Bills
Alabama lawmakers on Monday filed two antiabortion-rights bills during a special session on the state's General Fund budget, the TimesDaily reports.

La. Gov. Blocks Medicaid Funding for Planned Parenthood
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) has ended a state contract under which Planned Parenthood received state Medicaid funds, citing CMP's secretly filmed videos, The Hill reports.

Federal Judge Dismisses Ala. Inmate's Abortion Request After Inmate Opts To Continue Pregnancy
A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit brought by an Alabama inmate seeking access to abortion care after the inmate said she had decided to continue the pregnancy, the New York Times reports.

Rhode Island To Require HPV Vaccine for Seventh Graders
Rhode Island this fall will begin requiring that all seventh grade students in private and public schools be vaccinated against the human papillomavirus, the Providence Journal reports.

Mich. Lawmakers Propose Legislation To Reduce Unintended Pregnancies
Lawmakers in Michigan on Wednesday unveiled multiple bills aimed at reducing unintended pregnancies in the state, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Featured Blogs
"Federal Court Blocks North Dakota Heartbeat Ban, Calls on the Supreme Court To Overturn 'Roe'" (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 7/22); "Women's Law Project Files Amicus Brief in Pittsburgh Buffer Zone 3[r]d Circuit Appeal," (Murtha, Women's Law Project blog, 7/22).

8th Circuit Order Allows Mo. Lawmaker To Challenge Contraceptive Coverage Rules
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday reversed a lower court ruling that dismissed a Missouri legislator's challenge to the federal contraceptive coverage rules, the National Law Journal reports.

Texas Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program Funding Uncertain
Several Texas not-for-profits are slated to receive about $9 million in federal funding for teenage pregnancy prevention, though whether the groups will continue to receive the funding in years to come is uncertain, the Medill News Service/Texas Tribune reports.

Ark. Legislature Sends Parental Involvement to Governor
The state Senate on Thursday voted 24-1 to approve a measure that would increase parental involvement restrictions for minors seeking abortion care.

Colo. Family Planning Program Linked to Lower Teenage Pregnancy, Abortion Rates
A program designed to increase access to long-acting contraceptives in Colorado has had "startling" results, with the state's teen birth rate dropping by 40% between 2009 and 2013, the New York Times reports .

Ore. Governor Signs Another Bill To Improve Contraceptive Access
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) has signed a bill (HB 2879) into law that permits women to obtain contraception without a prescription from a physician, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Featured Blogs
(Usova, "Speak Freely," American Civil Liberties Union, 6/26); Culp-Ressler, ("ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 6/29); (Denniston, SCOTUSblog, 6/29).

Guest Columnist Urges Abortion-Rights Supporters To 'Push Back' Against 'Anti-Choice Violence'
While the sentencing of "an anti-choice vandal" last week "sends a strong message that anti-choice violence will not be tolerated in" Montana, abortion-rights supporters "cannot end the conversation here," columnist Maggie Moran writes in a Bozeman Daily Chronicle opinion piece.

Planned Parenthood Launches STI Testing Apps in Three States
Planned Parenthood Federation of America this month rolled out mobile applications that allow individuals in California, Minnesota and Washington state to purchase at-home tests for two sexually transmitted infections, Reuters reports.

Featured Blogs
"The Fifth Circuit Just Stuck a Knife in Roe v. Wade" (Millhiser, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 6/9) and "Women Are Being Arrested and Jailed for Self-Abortion" (Goldberg, The Nation, 6/10).

Ore. Senate Passes Patient Privacy Bill
The Oregon Senate on Monday voted 17-12 to pass a patient privacy bill (HB 2758) that would help women keep their contraceptive choices private, OPB reports.

Calif. Assembly Passes Bill Making Pregnancy a Qualifying Event for Insurance Enrollment
On Thursday, the California Assembly in a 59-8 vote approved a bill (AB 1102) that would make pregnancy a qualifying event to purchase health coverage through California's insurance marketplace outside of the exchange's open enrollment period, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Featured Blogs
"One of the Strictest Abortion Bans in the Country Was Just Stopped in its Tracks" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 5/27); "Is Anti-Choice Ideology Driving Malpractice Lawsuits?" Byron Calhoun and the Phantom Fetal Skull" (Gandy, RH Reality Check, 5/26); "California Lawmakers Vote To Make it Harder for Crisis Pregnancy Centers To Lie to Women," (Kutner, Salon, 5/27); "Texas Abortion Provider Launches Program To 'Shift' Abortion Stigma: A Q&A With Amy Hagstrom Miller and Amanda Williams," (Grimes, RH Reality Check, 5/27). "Colorado Is Shuttering the Birth Control Initiative That Made it A National Leader & Here's What 5 Horrified Health Professionals Have To Say" (Fields, "Repo Repro," LSRJ, 5/28).

Ore. House, Senate Advance Measures To Improve Birth Control Access
An Oregon House committee on Wednesday voted 7-0 to advance legislation (HB 2879-7) that would permit women to obtain contraception without a prescription from a physician, AP/KOIN News reports.

Featured Blogs
"Texas Lawmakers Want Women To Present IDs Before They Get Abortions" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 5/15); "Exploiting the Black Family: A Divisive Campaign of the Anti-Woman, 'Pro-Life' Movement" (Scott, RH Reality Check, 5/15).

N.Y. AG Launches Training for State Hospital Staff on Transgender Individuals' Care
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D) has announced that his office will train state hospital employees on how to ensure transgender individuals have equal access to health services, Modern Healthcare reports.

Featured Blogs
"Tennessee's New Abortion Law Could Leave the State With Just Four Abortion Clinics" (Barbato, Bustle, 5/9); "Oregon Bans 'Conversion Therapy' of LGBTQ Youth" (Liss-Schultz, RH Reality Check, 5/11).

Op-Ed Examines 'Systematic Failures' of U.S. Reproductive Health Care Behind Feticide Cases
The case of Purvi Patel has spurred "the expected anti-abortion and pro-choice debates," but it also can be used to evaluate women's access to reproductive health in the U.S., columnist Sharmila Rudrappa writes in an American Prospect/Public Voices Fellowship opinion piece.

N.Y. Assembly Passes Women's Workplace Protections; Advocates Continue To Push Bill To Codify Roe
The New York state Assembly on Tuesday passed two bills aimed at protecting women in the workplace, the AP/Miami Herald reports.

Colo. House Committee Rejects Fetal Homicide Bill
The Colorado House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee on Monday voted 6-5 to reject a bill (SB 15-268) that would have allowed prosecutors to bring murder charges against an individual who unlawfully ends a woman's pregnancy, the Durango Herald reports.

D.C. Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Law Takes Effect
A Washington, D.C., reproductive health non-discrimination law (Act 20-593) took effect on Saturday despite attempts by House conservatives to block the measure, the Washington Post/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Mont. Governor Rejects Three Antiabortion-Rights Bills
Mont. Gov. Steve Bullock (D) this week vetoed a telemedicine abortion ban (HB 587) and an antiabortion-rights measure (SB 349) targeting health insurers, the AP/Belleville News-Democrat reports.

House Votes To Block D.C. Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Law
The House on Thursday voted 228-192 on a measure (HJR 43) to block a reproductive health non-discrimination law (Act 20-593) passed by the Washington, D.C., Council, the AP/New York Times reports.

Op-Ed: Texas Bills Would Help 'Protect the Patient-Provider Relationship'
Two measures introduced in Texas "would protect the patient-provider relationship from inappropriate political interference in personal decisions that should be [made] by women and their trained health care providers," family physician Bich-May Nguyen writes in a Houston Chronicle opinion piece.

"Michigan Continues Trend of Investigating Miscarriages as Murder"
"Michigan Continues Trend of Investigating Miscarriages as Murder" (Marty, Care2, 4/28).

''Marlise's Law' Could Give End-of-Life Rights to Pregnant Texans'
"'Marlise's Law' Could Give End-of-Life Rights to Pregnant Texans," (Grimes, RH Reality Check, 4/15)

Colo. Senate Passes Fetal Homicide Bill
The Colorado Senate on Monday passed a bill (SB 15-268) that would allow prosecutors to bring murder charges against an individual who ends a woman's pregnancy, the AP/Colorado Springs Gazette reports.

Fla. Legislature Approves Bill Prohibiting Discrimination Against Pregnant Women
The Florida Legislature on Friday passed a measure (SB 982) that would amend the state's current civil rights law to include pregnant women, the AP/Miami Herald reports.

Abortion-Rights Opponents Target Roe Protections with Fetal Homicide, Criminalizing Pregnancy Laws
Abortion-rights opponents are pursuing legislation that grants legal rights to fetuses as part of "a much broader national campaign ... to overturn Roe v. Wade," Rolling Stone reports.

Featured Blogs
"Colorado Pro-Choice Advocates: Giving Legal Rights to Fetuses Doesn't Protect Pregnant Wom[e]n" (Salzman, RH Reality Check, 4/23); "A 'New Low'? GOP Tries To Block D.C.'s New Reproductive Health Law" (Crockett, RH Reality Check, 4/22).

Advocates: Funding Restrictions on Women's Health Providers in Texas Budget Proposals Would Endanger Access
Women's health advocates warn that a Texas state budget proposal intended to prioritize funding for a women's cancer screening program for groups that do not provide abortion services could reduce women's access to health care, CQ News reports.

Texas House Panel Hears Testimony on Bill Regarding End-of-Life Care for Pregnant Women
The Texas House State Affairs Committee on Wednesday heard testimony on legislation (HB 3183) that would clarify state law on end-of-life care for pregnant women, the Kaiser Health News/Texas Tribune reports.

Featured Blogs
"California Bill Would Require Crisis Pregnancy Centers To Discuss Abortion Options," (Liss-Schultz, RH Reality Check, 4/16); "'Marlise's Law' Could Give End-of-Life Rights to Pregnant Texans," (Grimes, RH Reality Check, 4/15); "Anti-Choicers Are Going To Take Away Second-Trimester Abortion Without Much Notice," (Marcotte, RH Reality Check, 4/16).

NYT Op-Ed: Law Must Address How Violence Against Pregnant Women Harms Reproductive Freedom
The risk of legislation aimed at criminalizing fetal homicide in Colorado and other states is that, "without statutory reform, the pregnant woman as a category of victim will remain overlooked, while the fetus gets special protection," Deborah Tuerkheimer, a law professor at Northwestern University and former assistant district attorney in Manhattan, writes in a New York Times opinion piece.

Featured Blogs
"Arkansas Will Force Doctors To Tell Women Abortions Can Be Reversed" (Redden, Mother Jones, 4/7); "The New Extremes of the Anti-Abortion Movement" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 4/8); "Miscarriage of Justice: Asian-American Women Targeted -- and All Women Threatened -- by Feticide Laws Like Indiana's" (Jorawar, The American Prospect, 4/3).

Featured Blogs
"When It Comes to Abstinence-Only Education Battles, Let's Fight Anecdotes With Anecdotes," Amanda Marcotte, RH Reality Check (Marcotte, RH Reality Check, 4/3); "Repro Wrap: It's Not 'Motorcycle Vagina,' But North Carolina's at It Again," Robin Marty, Care2 (Marty, Care 2, 4/3); "Losing My Lege: Transgender Visibility Lobby Day Sparks Surprising Response From Capitol Staffers," Andrea Grimes, RH Reality Check (Grimes, RH Reality Check, 4/3).

Colo. Senate Leader Plans 'Fetal Homicide' Bill
Colorado's Senate president has announced plans to propose a "fetal homicide" bill that would allow prosecutors to pursue murder charges against an individual whose actions end a woman's pregnancy, the Daily Beast reports.

Featured Blogs
"Here's What Happens When Pregnant Women Lose Their Rights" (Ronan, "The Cut," New York Magazine, 4/2); "New York Legislators Move To Strengthen Abortion Rights," (Liss-Schultz, RH Reality Check, 3/31).

Tenn. Lawmaker Withdraws Mandatory Ultrasound Bill
A Tennessee bill (HB 2) that would require a women seeking an abortion to receive a mandatory ultrasound and have the images displayed to her by the provider has been withdrawn for the year, the AP/Lexington Herald-Leader reports.

Featured Blogs
"Judge Strikes Down Scott Walker's Anti-Abortion Law," (Volsky, Center for American Progress' "Think Progress," 3/21); (Liss-Schultz, RH Reality Check, 3/20).

Federal Judge Hears Arguments in Ala. Parental Involvement Case
The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday argued in federal court that a judge should halt an Alabama parental involvement law (Act 2014-445) for minors seeking abortions, while the state argued that the lawsuit should be thrown out, the AP/Hartford Courant reports.

Plaintiffs Drop Some Claims To Appeal Pittsburgh 'Buffer Zone' Ruling
Five abortion-rights opponents have dropped allegations that city officials selectively enforced a Pittsburgh "buffer zone" ordinance in order to facilitate an appeal of a federal ruling that found the ordinance is constitutional, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

N.Y. Assembly Splits Up Women's Equality Act Amid Impasse Over Pro-Choice Provision
The New York Assembly plans to advance components of the Women's Equality Act without an abortion-rights measure that has faced opposition in the state Senate the past few years, the Buffalo News reports.

Texas Reps. File Opposing Bills on End-of-Life Care for Pregnant Women
Competing bills filed in the Texas Legislature aim to address who has authority to make decisions for pregnant women during end-of-life medical care, the Texas Tribune reports.

Featured Blogs
"Pro-Choice Win: Federal Court Upholds Pittsburgh Buffer Zone" (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 3/10); "'Marlise's Law' Would Give Pregnant Texans Advance Directive Rights" (Grimes, RH Reality Check, 3/12).

Texas Appropriators Reconsider Certain Funding Restrictions on Women's Health Providers
A Texas House budget panel on Tuesday approved a measure that would eliminate a provision in a state budget proposal that would create a tiered system for allocating money to clinics for a women's cancer screening program, the Texas Tribune reports.

Sens. Urge Calif. To Make Pregnancy a 'Qualifying Life Event' for Insurance Enrollment
Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on Wednesday sent a letter urging officials with California's insurance marketplace to allow women to sign up for coverage outside of the open enrollment period if they become pregnant, KQED's "State of Health" reports.

Calif. Bill Aims To Support Breastfeeding Among Teen Mothers Attending School
A California lawmaker has introduced legislation (AB 302) that aims to make it easier for teens with infants to breastfeed while attending school, KQED's "State of Health" reports.

Ore. Lawmakers Announce Comprehensive Women's Health Bill
A group of Oregon lawmakers on Friday announced legislation aimed at closing gaps in reproductive health care coverage for women in the state, the Portland Business Journal reports.

Ky. House Approves Pregnant Workers' Fairness Act
The Kentucky House on Thursday voted 95-0 to approve a bill (HB 218) that would require businesses to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees, the AP/Lexington Herald-Leader reports.

Featured Blogs
"Oklahoma Bill Would Make Couples Prove They Don't Have STDs Before Getting Married" (Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress," 2/20); "Lawsuit: Washington Public Hospitals Aren't Complying With Reproductive Privacy Act" (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 2/23).

Report: Incarcerated N.Y. Women Face 'Assaults on Their Basic Human Dignity and Reproductive Rights'
New York state prisons have illegally shackled inmates during childbirth, despite a law against the practice, and failed to provide inmates with sufficient reproductive health care services and supplies, according to a report released Thursday by the Correctional Association of New York, the Huffington Post reports.

Featured Blogs
"Hobby Lobby 2: Inside Republicans' Plan To Kill America's Most Effective Anti-Teen-Pregnancy Program" (Baumann, Mother Jones, 2/11); "Report Finds 'Shockingly Substandard' Reproductive Health Care in New York Prisons" (Greenberg, RH Reality Check, 2/13); "Repro Wrap: D&E Bans are Just Grandstanding and Other News" (Marty, Care2, 2/13).

Texas Lawmaker Plans Bill To Appoint Legal Representation for Fetuses
Texas lawmaker is planning a bill that would require the state to provide legal representation for fetuses when a pregnant woman is incapacitated, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Featured Blog
"New Texas Plan Would Assign Lawyers to Fetuses," (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 2/9).

Plaintiffs Argue Okla. Medication Abortion Restrictions Illegally Delegate Authority to FDA
Abortion-rights supporters in Oklahoma last week filed a motion for partial summary judgment in a case challenging the state's medication abortion restrictions, arguing that the law (HB 2684) illegally delegates authority to FDA, the Courthouse News Service reports.

Featured Blog
"Criminalizing Pregnancy: Indiana Woman Found Guilty of Feticide and Neglect for Having a Miscarriage" (Dusenberry, Feministing, 2/5).

Nev. Bill Would Require HPV Vaccination Before Enrolling in School
Nevada lawmakers on Monday introduced a bill (SB 117) that would add vaccinations against human papillomavirus and meningitis to the list of inoculations children must receive prior to enrolling in daycare, public school or private school, the AP/Miami Herald reports.

Featured Blog
"Lawyers for Fetuses? Yes, It's Absurd, But It's Worse Than You Realize," (Ainsworth, RH Reality Check, 1/30).

Texas Budget Proposal Would Cut Funding for Cancer Screenings at Planned Parenthood
The Texas Senate's proposed 2016-2017 state budget released Tuesday could reduce or eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood to participate in the state's Breast and Cervical Cancer Services program, the Dallas Morning News' "Trail Blazers Blog" reports.

Opinion: Bipartisan Pa. Agenda Improves Women's Health Through Policy Changes
The Pennsylvania Agenda for Women's Health -- "an ongoing, pro-choice campaign that addresses women's equality, safety and economic stability" -- is shaped around policy measures that embrace an "inclusive definition of women's health [that] recognizes that women and their families cannot be healthy if they are financially insecure, physically unsafe, or otherwise subjected to gender bias and discrimination," Amal Bass of the Women's Law Project writes in the Pennsylvania Legal Intelligencer.

Featured Blogs
"Virginia Lawmakers Roll Out Pro-Choice Legislative Agenda," (Liss-Schultz, RH Reality Check, 1/19); "Fetus Lawyers, Baby Daddies and 'Legitimate Rape': America's Craziest Abortion Bills," (Zadrozny, Daily Beast, 1/20); "'The Daily Show' Slams Appalling Alabama Law That Appoints Lawyers for Fetuses," (Gray, Salon, 1/16).

Va. Gov., Women's Rights Coalition Outline Legislative Agendas
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) on Monday unveiled his Equal Opportunity legislative agenda, which includes legislative proposals that range from protections for abortion rights to addressing college sexual assaults and domestic violence, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

N.Y. Senate Passes Women's Equality Bills, Excludes Abortion-Rights Measure
The GOP-controlled New York Senate on Monday unanimously approved eight out of nine remaining bills in the package known as the Women's Equality Act but did not take up an abortion-rights measure, setting up another potential stalemate with the state Assembly, the AP/Auburn Citizen reports.

More States Improving Workplace Protections for Pregnant Women
After an Illinois law (HB 8) improving protections against job-based pregnancy discrimination took effect on Jan. 1, 12 states and five cities now have laws in place to clarify employers' obligations to provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant workers, Governing's "Stateline" reports.

Women's Equality Act Likely To Resurface on N.Y. 2015 Legislative Agenda
The New York Legislature in the 2015 session is expected to again consider Gov. Andrew Cuomo's (D) Women's Equality Act, which failed to pass in its entirety in previous sessions, the Buffalo News reports.

Featured Blogs
"The Good, the Bad, and the Truly Appalling: What Happened to Reproductive Rights in 2014" (Easter, "Womenstake," NWLC, 12/31/14); "Federal Court Agrees: Women Can't Be Forced To Have an Ultrasound Before an Abortion" (Mathews, Care2, 12/23/14); "New Jersey Supreme Court: Methadone Treatment While Pregnant Not Child Abuse" (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 12/23/14).

Groups Converge To Back Proactive Reproductive Health Agenda
bout 60 women's health organizations have formed a coalition to urge state lawmakers to back policies supporting women's health and reproductive rights, the Latin Post reports.

NYT Editorial Applauds N.Y. Policies Protecting Transgender Health
A New York Times editorial praises Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) for "advanc[ing] the cause of civil rights last week" by barring insurers from denying coverage for medically necessary gender dysphoria treatments, thus "declaring an end to a routine form of discrimination against transgender New Yorkers."

Ark. Legislators Plan More Abortion Restrictions in 2015
Several Arkansas legislators plan to propose additional abortion restrictions when lawmakers begin their 2015 session next month, the Arkansas News Bureau reports.

20-Week Abortion Ban, Other Bills on Wis. Anti-Choice Groups' Legislative Agendas
With conservatives retaining control of Wisconsin's Legislature, antiabortion-rights groups intend to push proposals that failed last year, as well as introduce new measures, the AP/HTR News reports.

Featured Blogs
"Pregnant Wisconsin Woman Jailed Under State's 'Personhood'-Like Law," (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 12/12); "California Parents Outraged Their Kids Are Learning About Consent, Gender Identity," (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 12/12).

Laws Criminalizing Pregnancy 'Subsume Women's Rights' to Those Granted to Fetuses, Columnist Writes
At both the state and federal level, courts are "impos[ing] additional punishments on women by dint of the fact they were pregnant" when their actions occurred, Daily Beast columnist Emily Shire writes.

N.Y. Advises Insurers To Cover Gender Dysphoria Treatments
New York's Department of Financial Services on Thursday released guidelines advising commercial health insurers in the state to cover medically necessary treatments related to gender dysphoria, the AP/NBC New York reports.

Featured Blog
"What's Next? Prosecuting a Pregnant Woman for Working Full Time?," (Kolbi-Molinas, "Blog of Rights," American Civil Liberties Union, 12/11).

Federal Judge Delays Final Ruling in Pittsburgh 'Buffer Zone' Lawsuit
A U.S. District Court judge earlier this week gave attorneys until Dec. 19 to reach an agreement on a lawsuit challenging a Pittsburgh ordinance that created a 15-foot "buffer zone" around abortion clinics, the AP/WTAE News reports.

Featured Blogs
"Activists Are Already Trying To End Legal Abortion City by City," (Marty, Care2, 11/28); "Alabama Anti-Choicers Want To Regulate Abortion Clinics Like Sex Predators," (Marcotte, RH Reality Check, 12/1).

Bar Exam Board Agrees To Accommodate Breastfeeding Women During Ill. Test
In a reversal, the board that oversees the Illinois bar exam will allow a lawyer taking the test next year to take breaks to pump breast milk, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Pa. Gov.-Elect Must Act To Improve 'Deplorable' Status of Women's Health in State, Op-Ed Urges
Pennsylvania Gov.-elect Tom Wolf's (D) pledge to expand Medicaid coverage to 500,000 state residents "is a good place to begin improving the health and economic security of Pennsylvanians," but he also should back the Pennsylvania Agenda for Women's Health, Kate Michelman and Carol Tracy, both of WomenVote PA, write in an opinion piece in the Scranton Times-Tribune.

Featured Blogs
"New York City Commits $35 Million To Test Rape Kits Nationwide" (Liss-Schultz, RH Reality Check, 11/14); "Repro Wrap: Indiana Woman Charged With Feticide After Miscarriage and Other News" (Marty, Care2, 11/14).

Calif. Insurance Marketplace Leaves Coverage Gaps for Some High-Risk Pregnant Women
Covered California -- the state's health insurance marketplace -- does not provide sufficient maternity care coverage for high-risk pregnant women, according to a study by George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health, Medical Daily reports.

Featured Blogs
"Will Colorado and North Dakota Voters Criminalize Abortion on Tuesday?," (McClain, The Nation blogs, 10/31); "Medicaid Expansion in North Carolina? Let's Talk About Infant Mortality and Maternal Health," (Akpan, RH Reality Check, 11/3); "North Carolina is Fighting To Enact One of the Country's Most Condescending Abortion Laws," (Culp-Ressler, "Think Progress," Center for American Progress, 10/31).

Featured Blog
"New Report Shows How the 'Pregnancy Penalty' Drives Economic Inequality," (Dusenbery, Feministing, 10/20).

NYT Column: City's Pregnant Workers Fairness Act 'A Big Step Forward,' But Issues Remain
New York City's Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (Int 0974-2012), signed into law one year ago, "represents a big step forward for working women," but "pregnant women are still being pushed out of jobs they desperately need," New York Times columnist Rachel Swarns writes.

Pittsburgh Approves Workplace Protections for Pregnant City Employees
Pittsburgh's City Council last week passed a measure (Ordinance 2014-0809) that will expand workplace protections for city workers who are pregnant, the Pittsburgh City Paper reports.

Featured Blogs
"Polling Confirms That Voters See Abortion Access as an Economic Issue for Women," (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 10/16); "Pregnant Texans are Being Charged With Crimes That Don't Exist," (Grimes, RH Reality Check, 10/16).

Featured Blog: 'Pregnant Texans are Being Charged With Crimes That Don't Exist'
Despite Texas' "fetal homicide" law clearly stating that a "pregnant person cannot be charged with injury to [her] own fetus," prosecutors in West Texas have not stopped "charging women with reckless child endangerment for ingesting controlled substances while pregnant," Andrea Grimes writes at RH Reality Check.

Featured Blog: 'Polling Confirms That Voters See Abortion Access as an Economic Issue for Women'
A majority of voters see abortion "as a mainstream policy that's inextricably linked to women's financial stability," according to a poll released by the National Institute for Reproductive Health, Tara Culp-Ressler writes for "ThinkProgress."

Many States Fail To Meet Women's Health Needs, Disparities Persist
Massachusetts ranks as the best state in the U.S. for meeting women's health needs, while Mississippi is the worst state, according to the Alliance for a Just Society's 2014 Women's Health Report Card, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Featured Blogs
"Tennessee Sentenced a Woman to Six Extra Years in Jail Simply Because She Was Pregnant," (Marcotte, "XX Factor," Slate, 10/13); "Pittsburgh Passes 'Reasonable Accommodations' for Pregnant Workers," (Murtha, Women's Law Project blog, 10/13).

Featured Blog
"We Heart: California's Adoption of Affirmative Consent" (Lindsay, Ms. Magazine blog, 9/30).

Calif. Enacts 'Affirmative Consent' Standard for Campus Sexual Assault, Anti-Trafficking Bills
California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Sunday signed a bill (SB 967) into law that will require colleges and universities that receive state funds to determine whether active consent occurred when investigating or adjudicating alleged sexual assaults, the New York Times 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.

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

Planned Parenthood of Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma v. Cline
Federal court challenge to an 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.

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