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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Antiabortion-rights group intensifies efforts to collect more abortion data
The Charlotte Lozier Institute on Wednesday released a report calling on states to collect more data on abortion care and women who obtain abortion care, spurring privacy concerns among abortion-rights advocates, Politico Pro reports.

Legal challenge to Ariz. medication abortion 'reversal' law concludes
A federal court has formally concluded a lawsuit challenging an Arizona policy that required doctors to tell women medically unproven information, the Arizona Republic reports.

Planned Parenthood announces clinic closure in Wis.
Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin (PPW) on Monday announced that it would permanently close down its clinic in Grand Chute, Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Featured blogs
"Judge permanently blocks Florida's attempt to defund abortion clinics" (Stern, "XX Factor," Slate, 8/19); "This Florida community may unleash genetically modified mosquitoes to fight Zika and Dengue" (Langston, Mother Jones, 8/22).

Study: Spike in pregnancy-related deaths in Texas coincides with cuts to family planning in state budget
Texas' maternal mortality rate spiked unexpectedly in 2011, the same year the state significantly cut funding for Planned Parenthood and other women's health programs, according to a study published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Huffington Post reports.

CDC issues new Zika advisory following local cases in Fla.; NIH official: Zika could 'hang around' for one to two years
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday released new guidelines that advise pregnant women to avoid a part of Miami Beach where officials have confirmed local transmission of Zika virus, the New York Times reports.

Federal judge issues permanent injunction against certain Fla. abortion restrictions
A federal judge on Thursday issued an order that permanently blocks certain provisions in a Florida antiabortion-rights law (HB 1411) from taking effect, Reuters reports.

Calif. teenage birth rate down; rate higher than average in Central San Joaquin Valley
California's teenage birth rate has fallen to a historic low, but regional disparities remain, according to a >report released last week by the state Department of Public Health, the Fresno Bee/Merced Sun Star reports.

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"Anti-choicers get even weirder: After losing in the Supreme Court, abortion foes turn to desperate distortion" (Marcotte, Salon, 8/17); "After Texas slashed its family planning budget, maternal deaths almost doubled" (Caplan-Bricker, "XX Factor," Slate, 8/18).

NYC reports 49 Zika cases among pregnant women
Officials reported that since April, 49 pregnant women in New York City have tested positive for the Zika virus. One infant has been born with microcephaly linked to the virus, AP/Modern Healthcare reports.

Federal judge permanently blocks Ohio law that cut Planned Parenthood funding
A federal judge on Friday issued a permanent injunction blocking Ohio from enforcing a state law that sought to cut public funding from Planned Parenthood, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Man accused of Colo. Planned Parenthood shooting remains incompetent for trial
Citing a report from a Colorado hospital, a state judge on Thursday said the man accused of a shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic last year remains mentally incompetent to stand trial, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Featured blogs
"A new documentary puts women's voices at the center of the abortion debate" (Felsenthal, Vogue, 8/11); "Progress for Purvi Patel, but targeting of women of color continues"(Chowdhry/Zhou, "ACS blog," American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, 8/11).

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"Pregnant in Miami with Zika on the loose" (Tracy, The Atlantic, 8/5).

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"With more abortion laws blocked, have we turned a corner on access?" (Marty, Care2, 8/2); "Florida tried to shut down women's health clinics. Then Zika came along" (Liss-Schultz, Mother Jones, 8/5).

CRR: Texas fetal tissue proposal is unconstitutional
The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) in a letter sent Monday to Texas health officials wrote that a proposal to require burial or cremation of fetal tissue resulting from abortion "will almost certainly trigger" a legal challenge, the Texas Tribune reports.

Federal judge extends order preventing Ohio from cutting Planned Parenthood funding
A federal judge on Tuesday extended an order that blocks Ohio from cutting public funding from Planned Parenthood through Aug. 12, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Ind. will not appeal preliminary injunction on antiabortion-rights law
The Indiana attorney general's office on Tuesday said the state will not appeal a federal court order that bars enforcement of an omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HEA 1337) while a lawsuit challenging the measure continues, the AP/Seattle Times reports.

CDC issues Fla. travel warning for pregnant women over Zika concerns
CDC on Monday issued an advisory directing pregnant women to avoid a Miami neighborhood where officials believe mosquitoes might be transmitting the Zika virus, the New York Times reports.

Featured blogs
"Texas Planned Parenthood receives big donation to help cover birth control, STD tests" (Zielinski, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 8/1); "Texas health department pamphlet on abortion is full of bullshit" (Marten, Broadly, 7/29).

Featured blogs
"Victory for Purvi Patel, but still a loss for reproductive rights" (Marty, Care2, 7/26); "Patients deserve their doctor's best medical judgment, but Texas bureaucrats think they know better" (Johnson, "Speak Freely," American Civil Liberties Union of Texas/ACLU, 7/28).

Fla. confirms local Zika transmission; FDA asks blood centers in two Fla. counties to cease collections
Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) on Friday announced that four cases of Zika reported in Miami-Dade and Broward counties were likely transmitted by local mosquitoes, although no mosquitoes in the state have yet tested positive for the virus, CNBC reports.

LA Times op-ed: Ginsburg's warning about Hobby Lobby decision plays out in other contraceptive coverage challenge
In a Los Angeles Times opinion piece, columnist Michael Hiltzik highlights a challenge to the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) (PL 111-148) contraceptive coverage rules in which the plaintiffs "assert that [the ACA's] contraceptive mandate tramples on their family's religious rights even if they don't make use of it."

PPNYC launches Tumblr campaign to reach young audience, celebrate 100th anniversary
Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) on July 9 launched a new campaign aimed at young people to commemorate the organization's upcoming 100th anniversary on Oct. 16, the New York Times reports.

N.Y. gov. signs legislation to eliminate sales tax on feminine hygiene products
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) last week signed legislation (A 7555, S 7838) to eliminate state and local sales taxes on feminine hygiene products, The Hill reports.

Ind. appeals court overturns feticide conviction
The Indiana Court of Appeals on Friday ruled 3-0 to overturn the 2015 feticide conviction of an Indiana woman, the AP/Indianapolis Star reports.

La. agrees to postpone enforcement of abortion restrictions pending court ruling
Louisiana officials on Friday said they would not enforce multiple state abortion restrictions pending a federal court decision on a lawsuit challenging the antiabortion-rights laws, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

PPINK closing, merging clinics in Indiana
Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky is closing two Indiana-based clinics and consolidating four health centers with other clinics, Fox 59 reports.

Sole abortion provider in Northern Mich. to close
The only abortion provider in Northern Michigan is closing her 15-year-old practice the end of the month, Interlochen Public Radio reports.

NYC health system launches social media campaign to promote reproductive health information with adolescents
NYC Health & Hospitals on Monday launched a new outreach campaign to encourage people between the ages 12 to 21 to visit the public health system for confidential sexual and reproductive health care, the New York Times reports.

ACLU, Planned Parenthood challenge Ariz. law targeting funding for abortion providers
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Thursday filed a lawsuit against an Arizona law (HB 2599) that targets Medicaid funding for abortion providers, AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

House approves measure to repeal D.C. reproductive health protections
The House last Thursday voted to approve a fiscal year 2017 financial services appropriations bill (HR 5485) that included an amendment to repeal a Washington, D.C., law (Act 20-593) that protects workers from employer retaliation over reproductive health choices, Rewire reports.

Federal appeals court orders Utah to continue funding Planned Parenthood
A federal appeals court on Tuesday ruled that Utah cannot block the allocation of federal funding to Planned Parenthood Association of Utah (PPAU), AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

House approves measure to repeal D.C. reproductive health protections
The House last Thursday voted to approve a fiscal year 2017 financial services appropriations bill (HR 5485) that included an amendment to repeal a Washington, D.C., law (Act 20-593) that protects workers from employer retaliation over reproductive health choices, Rewire reports.

Kan. abortion providers prepare for full week of abortion-rights opponents surrounding clinics
Law enforcement and abortion providers in Wichita, Kansas, are preparing for abortion-rights opponents' plans to come to Wichita from all over the United States for a large-scale antiabortion-rights week of action spanning July 16 through July 23, the Wichita Eagle reports.

Texas health officials propose fetal tissue regulations
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission proposed new rules that would require fetal tissue resulting from an abortion be cremated or buried, the Texas Tribune reports.

Mo. investigation finds no evidence Planned Parenthood affiliate sold fetal tissue
There is no evidence that a Missouri Planned Parenthood affiliate illegally sold fetal tissue, according to an investigation by conservative state senators, the Columbia Daily Tribune reports.

Federal judge blocks Kan. from cutting Planned Parenthood's Medicaid contracts, funding
A federal judge on Tuesday ruled that Kansas may not cut Medicaid funding from Planned Parenthood, Reuters reports.

Ky. judge dismisses lawsuit against PPINK
A Kentucky judge last week dismissed a lawsuit the state filed against Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports.

Providers challenge La. abortion restrictions
Abortion providers in Louisiana on Friday filed a lawsuit challenging several state restrictions on the procedure before they take effect on Aug. 1, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Featured blogs
"Whole Women's Health: Abortion stigma is sex discrimination" (Lang, American Constitution Society blog, 6/23); "Will the court restrict abortion to the wealthy?"; (Fredrickson, The American Prospect, 6/21); "In June, dig deeper into abortion access for low-income women"; (Newman, "Our Bodies, Our Blog," Our Bodies Ourselves, 6/22).

NYC approves bill facilitating access to feminine hygiene products
The New York City Council on Tuesday voted 49-0 to approve the country's first legislation (1128-A) providing no-cost feminine hygiene products in the restrooms of public schools, homeless shelters and correctional facilities, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Wash. judge rules hospital district must offer on-site abortion care
A Washington state judge on Tuesday ruled public hospitals that provide maternity care must also offer on-site abortion care, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Ohio city passes 'buffer zone' ordinance
The Columbus City Council in a unanimous vote on Monday approved an amended ordinance that will create a 15-foot "buffer zone" around reproductive health clinics and other health care facilities, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

Texas clinic closures limit comprehensiveness of medical residents' abortion care education
Clinic closures and abortion stigma might impede medical residents' ability to learn how to provide abortion care and to garner experience working with women seeking abortion care in Texas, Houston Public Media reports.

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"Abortion stigma and the politics of the closet" (Taylor et al., The Advocate, 6/16).

Federal judge hears challenge to Ind. antiabortion-rights law
A federal judge on Tuesday heard arguments in a case challenging an Indiana antiabortion-rights law (HEA 1337), the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

In NYT op-ed, Texas woman shares difficulty accessing abortion care under HB 2
"Any day now, the Supreme Court is going to decide whether women everywhere have full access to the right to an abortion, or just those who live in the right ZIP code -- and whether any other woman in Texas, where I live, will have to go through what I did last fall," writes Valerie Peterson in an opinion piece for the New York Times.

Investigation highlights how Texas abortion restrictions compromise medical resident training
Medical residency programs in Texas face challenges training OB-GYN residents in providing abortion care amid the state's abortion restrictions and subsequent clinic closures, Houston Public Media reports.

Featured blogs
"Since Texas cut Planned Parenthood's HIV program, Houston hasn't tested a single person," (Cauterucci, "XX Factor," Slate, 6/10); "Oklahoma is siphoning money from schools and pouring it into an anti-abortion curriculum," (Caplan-Bricker, "XX Factor," Slate, 6/13).

Texas judge dismisses one charge filed against CMP founder
A Texas judge has dismissed one of the two charges filed against the founder of an antiabortion-rights group behind the misleading videos targeting Planned Parenthood, Politico Pro reports.

Pa. Senate considers abortion bans
Pennsylvania Sen. Michele Brooks (R) last week introduced a Senate version of legislation (SB 888) that would impose several abortion restrictions, Rewire reports.

Mich. gov. signs bill to criminalize abortion coercion
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) on Thursday signed legislation (HB 4787, HB 4830) that will criminalize coercing a woman to have an abortion, the Detroit News reports.

Federal judge stays recount order on vote for antiabortion-rights amendment to Tenn. constitution
A federal judge last week stayed an earlier ruling that ordered Tennessee election officials to recount the votes cast for an antiabortion-rights amendment added to the Tennessee Constitution under a 2014 ballot initiative, the Tennessean reports.

Ohio city considers 'buffer zone' ordinance
The Columbus City Council last week considered a proposed ordinance that would establish a 15-foot "buffer zone" around reproductive health clinics and other health care facilities, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

Calif. judge says CMP activist may not be removed from lawsuit
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Monday denied a request to remove an abortion-rights opponent from a lawsuit filed against an antiabortion-rights group by a tissue procurement company, City News Service/MyNewsLA reports.

Ky. judge hears arguments in PPINK licensure case
A Kentucky judge on Wednesday heard arguments over Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky's motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the state against the organization earlier this year, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports.

Okla. gov. signs antiabortion-rights bill
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) on Monday signed into law a bill (HB 2797) that mandates public schools promote an antiabortion-rights agenda, KFOR-TV reports.

Federal judge hears arguments in challenge to Kan. effort to defund Planned Parenthood
A federal judge on Tuesday heard arguments in a case challenging Kansas' decision to cut Medicaid funding from Planned Parenthood, the AP/Washington Post reports.

Abortion-rights supporters urge Mo. lawmakers to close investigation into Planned Parenthood
Abortion-rights supporters are calling for conservative lawmakers in Missouri to end an investigation into a Planned Parenthood affiliate, the Columbia Daily Tribune reports.

La. lawmakers send fetal tissue restrictions to gov.
Both chambers of the Louisiana Legislature on Monday unanimously approved a bill (HB 815) that would impose new restrictions on the handling and donation of fetal tissue, the AP/New Orleans Advocate reports.

Most adolescents, young adults have not been tested for STIs, study finds
Abortion-rights supporters are calling for conservative lawmakers in Missouri to end an investigation into a Planned Parenthood affiliate, the Columbia Daily Tribune reports.

Op-ed highlights 'misuse' of Ind. feticide law against Asian-American women
In an NBC opinion piece, Nimra Chowdhry, reproductive justice fellow at the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum, and Lisa Sangoi of National Advocates for Pregnant Women, highlight how Indiana prosecutors have targeted Asian-American women by misusing the state's feticide law "to punish women for their pregnancy outcomes."

Planned Parenthood files federal lawsuit against Fla. antiabortion-rights law
Planned Parenthood on Thursday filed a lawsuit asking a federal judge to overturn and halt enforcement of parts of a Florida antiabortion-rights law (HB 1411), the Tampa Bay Business Journal reports.

La. gov. signs bill targeting funding for abortion providers
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) on Thursday signed into law a bill (HB 606) that would prevent abortion providers from receiving public funding, AP/ABC News reports.

Featured blogs
"Purvi Patel, abortion, and the feticide playbook" (Paltrow, Huffington Post blogs, 5/27); "The rise of the DIY abortion" (Zerwick, Glamour, 5/31).

Federal appeals court allows lawsuit challenging Pittsburgh 'buffer zone' to go forward
A federal appeals court on Wednesday in a 3-0 decision allowed a lawsuit challenging a Pittsburgh "buffer zone" ordinance to go forward, Reuters reports.

Ohio, Planned Parenthood reach settlement in case over vague fetal tissue disposal statute
Planned Parenthood and Ohio have reached a settlement in a case regarding vaguely worded restrictions on fetal tissue disposal, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Featured blogs
"A big win for women who seek care at Catholic hospitals in Illinois," (Smith, "Speak Freely," American Civil Liberties Union, 5/27); "Why women still can't get over-the-counter birth control in California," (Rodriguez, Care2, 5/28); "California minimum wage increase is a win for the reproductive justice movement," (Towne, United for Reproductive & Gender Equity/Huffington Post blogs, 5/27).

Local Planned Parenthood affiliates to merge into Great Plains regional organization
Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri on Wednesday announced plans to merge with the organization's central Oklahoma affiliate in July and open a new clinic, the AP/Colorado Springs Gazette reports.

Featured blogs
"Victims of Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shooting sue clinic for poor security" (Cauterucci, "XX Factor," Slate, 5/24); "Abortion rights at stake: Purvi Patel and the fate of pregnant women in Indiana" (Pandit, Salon, 5/25).

Judge rejects lawsuit claiming Colorado State University, Planned Parenthood violated state constitution
A Colorado judge last week dismissed a legal challenge filed by an abortion-rights opponent who claimed that transactions between Colorado State University and Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains violated the Colorado constitution, the Denver Post reports.

Judge rules Maine noise ordinance cannot be used to curb antiabortion-rights protests
A federal judge on Monday ruled that police in Maine cannot enforce a disruptive noise provision in the state's Civil Rights Act to curb antiabortion-rights protests outside of a Portland clinic, Bangor Daily News reports.

Ind. court hears appeal in feticide case
The Indiana Court of Appeals on Monday heard an appeal from a woman who last year was convicted under Indiana's feticide law, The Guardian reports.

Indiana University plans to file lawsuit against state antiabortion-rights law
Indiana University (IU) plans to file a lawsuit challenging a state antiabortion-rights law (HEA 1337) that the university says will compromise its research efforts, an IU spokesperson said on Tuesday, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Okla. House advances bill to force schools to promote antiabortion-rights agenda
The Oklahoma House on Thursday advanced legislation (HB 2797) that mandates public schools to promote an antiabortion-rights agenda, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Indiana AG's office moves to block Indiana University's motion to join lawsuit against abortion restrictions law
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller (R) on Friday filed an objection to a motion submitted by Indiana University (IU) to join a federal lawsuit against a new antiabortion-rights law (HEA 1337) in the state, the AP/Indianapolis Star reports.

Mo. fetal tissue restrictions bills fail
Missouri lawmakers this session did not act on legislation (HB 1953, HB 2069, SB 644) that would have restricted fetal tissue donation, Missourinet reports.

Mo. fetal 'personhood' bill fails
Missouri lawmakers this session did not advance a measure (HJR 98) that would have granted state constitutional rights to fetuses, Missourinet reports.

Judge finds man accused of Colo. Planned Parenthood shooting mentally incompetent for trial
A Colorado judge on Wednesday found that the man accused of killing three and injuring nine others in a shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado last year is not mentally competent to stand trial, the New York Times reports.

New York City prohibits bars, restaurants from refusing pregnant women alcohol
Citing discrimination concerns, New York City has issued new guidelines that prohibit restaurants and bars from refusing to serve alcoholic drinks to pregnant women, the New York Times reports.

Featured blog
"Alabama's frustrating half measure: Lawmakers to limit drug prosecutions during pregnancy" (Martin, ProPublica/AL.com/Salon, 5/8).

N.H. Senate rejects abortion tracking bill
The New Hampshire Senate on Thursday also voted 12-12 to reject a bill (HB 629) that would have required state officials to compile data on abortion care provided in the state, the New Hampshire Union Leader reports.

Jury finds abortion-rights opponent did not threaten physician with letter
A jury on Friday found that an abortion-rights opponent who sent a letter to a Kansas-based physician suggesting someone might place explosives under the physician's car was not trying to intimidate the physician, the AP/Washington Post reports.

N.H. Senate rejects buffer zone law repeal bill
In a 12-12 vote, the state Senate killed a bill (HB 1570) that would have repealed a 2014 state law (HB 319) that allows a 25-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics, the New Hampshire Union Leader reports.

Featured blogs
"Yes, blue state abortion clinics are closing, but the reason isn't so simple" (Conti, "XX Factor," Slate, 5/4).

Mo. House approves bill easing access to contraception
The Missouri House voted 110-37 on Thursday to advance a measure (HJR 98) that would create a ballot proposal to extend state constitutional rights to fetuses, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's "Political Fix" reports.

Physicians raise concerns over Utah fetal anesthesia law
Several physicians are voicing concerns about a Utah law (SB 234) that requires anesthesia or painkillers be administered to a woman who seeks abortion care at or after 20 weeks of pregnancy, the New York Times reports.

Mo. House gives 'personhood' measure initial approval
The Missouri House on Tuesday voted 112-36 to give initial approval to a measure (HJR 98) that would extend state constitutional rights to fetuses, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's "Political Fix" reports.

La. House panel advances fetal tissue restrictions
The Louisiana House Health and Welfare Committee on Monday advanced a bill (SB 33) that would criminalize the sale of fetal tissue that results from an abortion, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Judge denies motion to dismiss D.C. school's lawsuit against antiabortion-rights protesters
A Washington, D.C., Superior Court judge on Friday rejected antiabortion-rights protesters' motions to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that they harassed students while protesting the construction of a nearby Planned Parenthood facility, Rewire reports.

Jury hears opening statements in case against Kan. antiabortion-rights activist
A jury on Tuesday heard opening statements in a lawsuit filed against an abortion-rights opponent in Kansas who sent a threatening letter to a Wichita-based physician, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Featured blog
"What happened to abortion access while you were watching the presidential primaries" (Wetter, Ms. Magazine blog, 5/2).

Kan. passes bill to cut Planned Parenthood funding
Kansas lawmakers on Sunday passed a measure (SB 248) that would restrict Planned Parenthood from receiving federal family planning funding from the state, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Kan. Legislature passes midwife abortion ban
The Kansas Legislature on Sunday approved a bill that includes a provision that would bar midwives from providing abortion care, including administering medication abortion, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Experts testify in competency hearing for Colo. clinic shooting suspect
A Colorado district court judge on Thursday heard testimony to determine whether the man accused of killing three and wounding nine others in a shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado last year is mentally competent to stand trial, the New York Times reports.

Man who entered Kan. clinic pleads guilty to explosives charge
The Sedgwick County district attorney's office on Monday said a man who brought an explosive device into an abortion clinic in Wichita, Kansas, while allegedly seeking employment has pled guilty to criminal use of explosives, the Wichita Eagle reports.

Federal judge orders Tenn. to recount votes on antiabortion-rights amendment to state constitution
A federal judge on Friday ordered Tennessee officials to recount the votes cast on a 2014 antiabortion-rights amendment to the state constitution, ruling that the method the state originally used to tally the votes is "fundamentally unfair," the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Judge rejects move to dismiss case against Kan. antiabortion-rights activist
A federal judge on Wednesday rejected a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed against an abortion-rights opponent in Kansas who sent a threatening letter to a Wichita-based physician, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Iowa House passes budget cutting abortion providers' family planning funding
The Iowa House on Wednesday voted 56-42 to approve a state Health and Human Services budget (HF 2463) that would prevent abortion providers from receiving Medicaid funding for family planning services, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Mo. Senate, Planned Parenthood CEO reach agreement regarding documents' release
The Missouri Senate and a regional Planned Parenthood affiliate have reached an agreement regarding the release of certain documents, and state lawmakers have halted their contempt proceedings against the affiliate's CEO, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Featured blog
"Culture wars cost red states in more ways than one"; (Benen, "The MaddowBlog," MSNBC, 4/19).

Obama administration warns states that Medicaid cuts to abortion providers could violate federal law
In a letter sent Tuesday, the Obama administration warned officials in every state that efforts to cut abortion providers out of Medicaid could violate federal law, the Washington Post reports.

Iowa House committee advances budget defunding abortion providers
The Iowa House Appropriations Committee on Thursday advanced a state health department budget bill that aims to end public funding for abortion providers, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Ohio House committee approves bills to impose fetal tissue disposal regulations
The Ohio House Health Committee on Wednesday advanced two bills that would impose fetal tissue disposal requirements under a vaguely worded state regulation, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Mo. Senate summons Planned Parenthood CEO
The Missouri Senate on Thursday voted 24-8 to summon the CEO of a Planned Parenthood affiliate to appear before the chamber to defend herself against being held in contempt for refusing to comply with a subpoena spurred by an antiabortion-rights investigation, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Planned Parenthood opens clinic in Queens
Planned Parenthood has opened its first clinic in Queens, New York, the New York Times' "Building Blocks," reports.

Mo. House approves fetal tissue restriction legislation
The Missouri House on Thursday voted 120-34 to advance legislation (HB 2069) that would bar donation of fetal tissue resulting from abortion care, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports. It now proceeds to the state Senate.

Ill. judge says antiabortion-rights group may continue campaign targeting medical waste company
An Illinois judge on Monday rejected a request to block an antiabortion-rights group from continuing a campaign targeting the CEO of a medical waste company while a lawsuit against the group continues, the Chicago Tribune's "Lake Forester" reports.

Mo. House gives initial approval for fetal tissue restrictions bill
The Missouri House on Tuesday in a voice vote gave initial approval to a bill (HB 1953) that would ban fetal tissue donation, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Ala. House committee mulls measure barring abortion clinics near schools
The Alabama House Committee on Health on Wednesday considered a bill (SB 205) that would prohibit the location and licensure of abortion clinics within 2,000 feet of certain public schools,the Montgomery Advertiser reports.

L.A. Times: Utah's fetal anesthesia law 'is a reckless intrusion' into medical practice
A "first of its kind" law (SB 234) in Utah that requires physicians to administer anesthesia to a fetus when providing abortion care at 20 or more weeks of gestation "is a reckless intrusion of a state legislature into the practice of medicine," according to a Los Angeles Times editorial.

Federal judge dismisses suit against Catholic hospital that withheld emergency abortion care
A federal judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan that challenged a Catholic health system for allegedly violating federal law by withholding emergency abortion care for women experiencing pregnancy complications, the Detroit News reports.

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4/11); "Pregnancy, drug use, and why prison is not the solution" (Mollman, Huffington Post blogs, 4/11).

Iowa lawmakers expected to propose state budget defunding abortion providers
Conservative lawmakers in Iowa are expected to propose a state health department budget that aims to end public funding for abortion providers, the Sioux City Journal reports.

Judge releases court documents in Colo. clinic shooting lawsuit
A Colorado court on Monday unsealed documents detailing a shooting incident at a Planned Parenthood clinic last year that killed three people and injured nine others, the New York Times reports.

Tenn. attorneys seek state court interpretation of antiabortion-rights amendment vote
Tennessee attorneys last week asked a state court to interpret constitutional language about how ballot measure votes are supposed to be counted, the Tennessean reports.

Mich. AG files lawsuit to close Detroit abortion clinic
The Michigan attorney general on Thursday filed a lawsuit that seeks to close an abortion clinic in Detroit, the Detroit News reports.

Judge considers motions in resentencing case for man who killed Kan. abortion provider
A Kansas judge on Wednesday considered motions regarding the resentencing hearing for the man who shot and killed abortion provider George Tiller, the Kansas City Star reports.

ACLU files challenge to Ind. antiabortion-rights law; abortion-rights activists plan demonstration
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Indiana on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit challenging a recently signed Indiana antiabortion-rights law (HB 1337), Reuters reports.

Ark. Legislature orders medical board to replace 'fetus' with non-medically accepted terms in abortion regulations
Under orders from the Arkansas Legislative Council, the Arkansas State Medical Board (ASMB) on Thursday voted 9-4 to use the terms "unborn child" and "unborn human individual" rather than "fetus" in its proposed regulations to implement several state abortion restrictions, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Mo. Senate advances budget bill targeting Planned Parenthood
The Missouri Senate on Thursday passed a $27 billion budget that would prohibit abortion providers in the state from receiving Medicaid funding, the St. Louis Dispatch's "Political Fix" reports.

Mo. lawmakers vote to hold Planned Parenthood official in contempt
A Missouri Senate committee on Thursday voted to hold a regional Planned Parenthood official and the owner of a pathology lab that works with fetal tissue in contempt for refusing to comply with a subpoena, the Washington Post's "The Fix" reports.

Federal judge dismisses challenge to N.H. 'buffer zone' law
A federal judge last week dismissed an antiabortion-rights group's challenge to a New Hampshire "buffer zone" law (SB 319), the New Hampshire Union Leader reports.

Ky. gov. appeals ruling allowing abortion provider's office to remain open
Kentucky officials on Monday appealed a court ruling that denied the state's request to close an abortion provider's office pending the outcome of a lawsuit regarding the facility's licensure, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports.

La. House passes provider certification bills
The Louisiana House on Wednesday voted 87-0 a measure (HB 488) that would impose new certification requirements for abortion providers, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Ariz. Senate approves bill targeting funding for abortion providers
The Arizona Senate by voice vote on Tuesday approved a bill (HB 2599) targeting Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood, AP/KTAR reports.

Mo. lawmakers consider holding Planned Parenthood affiliate president in contempt
The president of a Missouri Planned Parenthood affiliate could be held in contempt for refusing to give state lawmakers documents that contain private medical information, The Guardian reports.

Calif. officials search CMP founder's home
The California Department of Justice on Tuesday searched the home of David Daleiden, the founder of the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), an antiabortion-rights group that over the summer released a series of misleading videos targeting Planned Parenthood, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Idaho gov. signs bill banning sale, donation of fetal tissue
Idaho Gov. C.L. Otter (R) on Tuesday signed into law a bill (SB 1404) that bans the sale and donation of fetal tissue, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Ariz. gov. signs donation restrictions bill
rizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) on Thursday signed into law a bill (SB 1485) that codifies a policy removing 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.

Ariz. gov. signs fetal tissue donation restriction
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) on Thursday announced that he had signed into law a bill (SB 1474) that bars abortion providers from selling or transferring fetal tissue for research purposes, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Miss. Senate bill targeting funding for abortion providers
The Mississippi Senate on Tuesday voted 77-37 to pass an amended bill (SB 2238) that would bar the state Division of Medicaid from allocating funds to any entity that provides abortion care in instances other than rape, incest or life endangerment, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports.

Va. gov. vetoes legislation to defund Planned Parenthood
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) on Tuesday vetoed a bill (HB 1090) that would have defunded Planned Parenthood clinics and other reproductive health facilities in the state, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Mo. House committee considers 'personhood,' fetal tissue bills
A Missouri House committee on Tuesday reviewed legislation that would extend constitutional rights to a fetus and ban the donation of fetal tissue, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Penn. residents file legal challenge against Harrisburg 'buffer zone'
Citing a 2014 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, three Pennsylvania residents on Friday asked a federal judge to overturn a Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, ordinance that establishes a 20-foot "buffer zone" around abortion clinics and other medical facilities, PennLive reports.

Mich. House passes bills that would criminalize abortion coercion
The Michigan House on Thursday voted 65-43 to approve legislation (HB 4787, HB 4830) that would criminalize coercing a woman to have an abortion, the Detroit News reports.

Kan. Senate advances bill targeting Planned Parenthood for final vote
The Kansas Senate on Monday advanced for a final vote a bill (SB 436) that would permanently shift Title X funding away from private family planning clinics, such as Planned Parenthood, the Topeka Capital-Journal reports.

Idaho Senate panel advances fetal tissue restrictions bill
The Idaho Senate State Affairs Committee on Friday advanced a bill (SB 1404) that would limit fetal tissue donations, the Boise Weekly reports. According to the Weekly, state lawmakers will now consider amending the bill to resolve "outstanding constitutional concerns."

Judge denies motion to dismiss challenge in Maine antiabortion-rights protest case
A judge on Thursday rejected a motion to dismiss a legal challenge against an antiabortion-rights protester for disruptive behavior outside of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Portland, Maine, the Portland Press Herald reports.

Ky. judge denies state's request to close Lexington abortion provider's office
A Kentucky judge on Friday rejected a request from the state to order EMW Women's Clinic in Lexington to close pending the outcome of a lawsuit regarding the facility's licensure, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports.

Ariz. House panel advances fetal tissue restrictions bill
The Arizona House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday voted 4-2 to advance a bill (SB 1474), that would bar abortion providers from selling or transferring fetal tissue for research purposes, the Arizona Daily Star reports.

Ariz. House panel advances bill targeting Planned Parenthood donations
The Arizona House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday voted 4-2 to advance a bill (SB 1485) targeting Planned Parenthood donations, the Arizona Daily Star reports.

Tenn. woman faces aggravated assault charges for attempted self-induced abortion
A Tennessee woman originally charged with murder for attempting to self-induce an abortion instead has been indicted on an aggravated assault charge, Reuters/Newsmax reports.

Ariz. Senate committee advances bill targeting public funding for abortion providers
An Arizona Senate committee on Tuesday voted 4-3 to approve a bill (HB 2599) that aims to block Planned Parenthood from receiving state or federal Medicaid funding, the Capitol Media Services/Arizona Daily Star reports.

PPINK files motion to dismiss Ky. licensing dispute lawsuit
Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK) on Tuesday filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit the state filed against the organization last month, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports.

Judge hears first arguments in Maine antiabortion-rights protest case
A judge on Friday heard arguments regarding a motion to dismiss a legal challenge against an antiabortion-rights protester for disruptive behavior outside of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Portland, Maine, the Portland Press Herald reports.

Op-ed lambasts failed effort to make abortion a 'hate crime' under Iowa law
"In case you missed it, an Iowa state senator argued on the Senate floor [last] week for a measure to make abortion a 'hate crime' under the Iowa [hate crime] statute," columnist Rekha Basu writes in an opinion piece for the Des Moines Register.

Featured blogs
"The end of real choice in Texas: This is what would happen if SCOTUS doesn't intervene" (Pandit, Salon, 3/14); "Tennessee's war on women is sending new mothers to jail" (Liss-Schultz, Mother Jones, 3/14).

Despite gov. order, Kansas continues to allocate Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's (R) administration has not ended Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri (PPKM), despite Brownback's order to do so, according to PPKM officials, the AP/Colorado Springs Gazette reports.

Federal court reverses previous ruling, allows N.C. antiabortion-rights license plates
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday ruled 2-1 that North Carolina can issue antiabortion-rights license plates without also offering plates featuring messages that support abortion rights, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Utah House passes fetal anesthesia bill
The Utah House on Thursday passed a bill (SB 234) that would require physicians to administer anesthesia to a fetus when providing abortion care at 20 or more weeks of gestation, KSL.com reports.

Ky. abortion clinic suspends services in response to state order
An abortion clinic in Lexington, Kentucky, last week suspended abortion care in response to an order from the state, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports .

Fla. antiabortion-rights measure heads to gov.
The Florida House on Thursday voted 76-40 to pass the final version of a bill (HB 1411) that would impose new restrictions on abortion providers, the News Service of Florida/News 4 JAX reports.

Iowa House passes bill restricting fetal tissue donation
The Iowa House on Wednesday voted 56-43 to approve a bill (HF 2329) that would ban researchers from using fetal tissue resulting from abortion care, the AP/Island Packet reports.

Ala. Senate committee advances antiabortion-rights bills
The Alabama Senate Health Committee on Wednesday approved two antiabortion-rights measures, the Montgomery Advertiser reports.

Ala. Senate committee advances fetal tissue restrictions
The Alabama Senate Health Committee on Wednesday also advanced a bill (HB 45) that would ban fetal tissue sales in the state, the Montgomery Advertiser reports.

Fla. Senate advances broad antiabortion-rights measure
The Florida Senate on Tuesday voted 25-15 to approve a bill (HB 1411) that would impose new restrictions on abortion providers in the state, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Ind. House passes fetal tissue, abortion restrictions bill
The Indiana House on Wednesday voted 60-40 to pass a bill (HB 1337) that would impose several restrictions on abortion care and fetal tissue disposal, the Indianapolis Star reports.

Kan. Senate committee advances bill targeting Title X funding for Planned Parenthood
The Kansas Senate Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday advanced a measure (SB 436) that would permanently shift Title X funding away from private family planning clinics, such as Planned Parenthood, the AP/Raleigh News & Observer reports.

Federal appeals court hears challenge to Utah's move to block Planned Parenthood funding
A federal appeals court on Tuesday heard arguments in a case challenging Utah Gov. Gary Herbert's (R) decision to halt the state from distributing federal funding to the Planned Parenthood Association of Utah (PPAU), the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Planned Parenthood clinic in Ohio vandalized; officials vow to stay open
Unidentified individuals on Sunday vandalized a Planned Parenthood clinic in Columbus, Ohio, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

Va. Senate passes bill to defund Planned Parenthood; gov. pledges to veto
The Virginia Senate on Monday voted to approve a bill (HB 1090) that would defund Planned Parenthood clinics and other reproductive health facilities in the state, the Augusta Free Press reports.

Utah Senate advances fetal anesthesia bill
The Utah Senate on Monday voted 20-3 to pass a bill (SB 234) that would require physicians to administer anesthesia to a fetus when providing abortion care for a woman who is 20 or more weeks pregnant, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

HHS approves Medicaid waiver for children, pregnant women in Flint, Mich.
HHS on Thursday approved a waiver to expand Medicaid coverage to pregnant women and children in Flint, Michigan, where the drinking water is contaminated with lead, The Hill reports.

Ariz. Senate passes fetal tissue bill
On Wednesday, the state Senate voted 18-11 to approve a bill (SB 1474) that would bar abortion providers from selling or transferring fetal tissue for research purposes, Capitol Media Services/Arizona Daily Sun reports.

Ariz. Senate passes donations restrictions bill
The Arizona Senate on Wednesday voted 18-11 to advance a bill (SB 1485) that would cut Planned Parenthood from the list of organizations to which state employees can donate via the state government's charitable campaign, Capitol Media Services/Arizona Daily Sun reports.

Ind. Senate committee amends, advances bill targeting abortion access, fetal tissue disposal
The Indiana Senate Health & Provider Services Committee on Wednesday amended and advanced a measure (HB 1337) that would impose several restrictions on abortion care and the disposal of fetal tissue, the AP/Indianapolis Star reports.

Federal appeals court: La. admitting privileges law may take effect
On Wednesday, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a Louisiana law (Act 620) requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals could take effect while litigation challenging the requirement continues, Reuters reports.

SCOTUS ruling on Texas' HB 2 could have widespread effects
The Supreme Court's ruling in a case challenging parts of Texas' omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) could have implications for scores of medically disputed abortion-rights restrictions across the United States, the New York Times reports.

Idaho Senate committee proposes bill to criminalize fetal tissue sale
The Idaho Senate State Affairs committee on Friday voted 7-2 to introduce a measure (SB 1349) that would criminalize the sale of fetal tissue resulting from an abortion, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Idaho Senate committee proposes bill to criminalize fetal tissue sale
The Idaho Senate State Affairs committee on Friday voted 7-2 to introduce a measure (SB 1349) that would criminalize the sale of fetal tissue resulting from an abortion, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Md. high court rules abortion clinic license applicant names may be protected from record requests
The Maryland Court of Appeals on Monday ruled 7-0 that the names of applicants for abortion clinic licenses may be excluded from public records requests, the AP/Washington Post reports.

Ohio Gov. signs bill targeting Planned Parenthood
Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) on Sunday signed into law a bill (HB 294) that will defund Planned Parenthood clinics in the state, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Texas health official steps down after working on study showing negative effects of targeting Planned Parenthood
A Texas Health and Human Services Commission official will leave his position after being disciplined for working on a study that found Texas policies could have limited low-income women's access to contraception and contributed to an increase in the birth rate, the Texas Tribune reports.

Ariz. Senate panel clears three antiabortion-rights bills
Arizona Senate committees on Wednesday advanced three antiabortion-rights bills, the AP/Arizona Daily Star reports.

Ky. sues Planned Parenthood over clinic licensing dispute
On Thursday, Gov. Matt Bevin (R) said his administration is suing Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK) over a clinic licensing matter, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports

Wis. Gov. signs bills to cut abortion providers' federal funding
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) on Thursday signed two bills that will cut abortion providers' public funding by millions of dollars, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/Sacramento Bee reports.

Fla. Senate committee advances bill to defund Planned Parenthood
A Florida Senate committee on Wednesday passed a bill (SB 1722) that would defund Planned Parenthood, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

La. abortion clinic closes
The Causeway Medical Clinic, one of two abortion care facilities in the New Orleans area, has closed, the New Orleans Advocate reports.

Ga. House passes bill targeting fetal tissue
The Georgia House on Wednesday passed a bill (SB 762) that would criminalize the sale of fetal tissue, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Ind. Senate panel holds hearing on fetal tissue bill
An Indiana Senate committee on Wednesday held a hearing on a bill (HB 1337) that would impose several restrictions on abortion care and fetal tissue disposal, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Ind. fines medical waste company over tissue handling
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has fined MedAssure, a medical waste company, for accepting fetal tissue, the Indianapolis Star reports.

N.M. House committee tables antiabortion-rights memorial regarding regulatory requirements
HM 101) seeking additional monitoring requirements for abortion procedures in the state, according to the NM Political Report.

Federal judge denies motion for stay of preliminary injunction against rules for admitting privileges rule
A federal judge on Tuesday denied the state's motion for a stay of his ruling that Louisiana cannot enforce an admitting privileges requirement for abortion providers while the state appeals a preliminary injunction barring the rule's (Act 620) enforcement, the AP/New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Special House subcommittee investigating abortion providers to subpoena N.M. organizations
A House subcommittee last week announced that it would subpoena two Albuquerque, New Mexico, abortion clinics as part of an inquiry into fetal tissue donation, the NM Political Report reports.

Colo. Planned Parenthood clinic reopens
A Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic where a deadly shooting occurred last November reopened on Monday, the New York Times reports

Featured Blogs
"Lawmaker challenges men to accept health restrictions like they propose for women" (Ford, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 2/13); "Still grateful for my abortion, over 40 years later" (Oppenheimer, Huffington Post blogs, 2/15).

Okla. judge rules admitting privileges law constitutional
An Oklahoma district judge on Thursday ruled that a state law (SB 1848) requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals is constitutional, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

CRR appeals ruling on antiabortion-rights law
An Oklahoma district judge on Thursday ruled that a state law (SB 1848) requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals is constitutional, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Wis. Assembly passes bill targeting Planned Parenthood Medicaid reimbursements
The Wisconsin Assembly on Thursday voted 61-35 to approve a bill (AB 311) that would reduce abortion providers' Medicaid reimbursements for birth control drugs, the AP/La Crosse Tribune reports.

Neb. legislative committee hears testimony on antiabortion-rights license plate bill
The Nebraska Legislature's Transportation and Telecommunications Committee on Tuesday heard testimony on a measure (LB 768) that would allow the state to issue antiabortion-rights license plates, the Omaha World-Herald reports.

Featured Blogs
"Making equal access to reproductive health services a must for 2016" (Howell, Huffington Post blogs, 2/9); "#FlintWaterCrisis is a reproductive justice issue" (Pickens, Ebony, 2/2).

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"#FlintWaterCrisis is a reproductive justice issue" (Pickens, Ebony, 2/2).

Other Issues | In the Courts

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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