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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.

Okla. judge rules admitting privileges law constitutional; CRR appeals ruling on other 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).

Ohio House passes bill to defund Planned Parenthood
The Ohio House on Wednesday voted 59-32 to approve legislation (HB 294) that would defund Planned Parenthood clinics in the state, Reuters reports.

Va. House subcommittee mulls 20-week abortion ban, other abortion restrictions
A Virginia House subcommittee on Monday considered several measures related to abortion rights in the state, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

Colo. Planned Parenthood will reopen next week
A Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado that was the site of a deadly shooting last November will partially reopen on Feb. 15, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Associated Press records request finds close contact between Ohio AG, antiabortion-rights group leader
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine (R) and Ohio Right to Life president Mike Gonidakis have been in close contact regarding antiabortion-rights efforts in the state, AP/Ohio.com reports.

CMP director posts bond in Texas case; court date set for March
On Thursday, the director of the Center for Medical Progress, an antiabortion-rights group that produced misleading videos targeting Planned Parenthood, turned himself in to authorities in Texas, where he faces one felony and one misdemeanor charge, the Washington Post reports.

Kan. officials appeal ruling against abortion ban; state lawmaker seeks amendment saying state constitution does not protect abo
Kansas officials on Wednesday asked the state Supreme Court to review a lower court decision that blocked a law (SB 95) banning a certain abortion procedure and ruled that the state constitution protects abortion rights, KCUR 89.3 reports.

Ind. Senate advances bill banning abortion based on sex, disability diagnosis of fetus
The Indiana Senate on Tuesday voted 35-14 to pass a measure (SB 313) that would ban abortion sought because of the sex of the fetus or due to a fetal disability, such as a diagnosis of Down syndrome, the Indianapolis Star reports.

N.H. panel votes against two antiabortion-rights bills
The New Hampshire House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday voted against recommending the passage of two antiabortion-rights bills, the Concord Union Leader reports.

Abortion-rights advocates criticize Mo. bill to increase abortion regulations; lawmakers consider banning certain abortions
A Missouri Senate committee on Tuesday held a hearing on a mandatory counseling bill (SB 883) that would apply to Missouri women seeking abortion care outside of the state, the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports.

Ky. Senate Approves Bill Targeting Planned Parenthood
The Kentucky Senate on Tuesday voted 33-5 to approve a bill (SB 7) that aims to defund Planned Parenthood, AP/ABC News reports.

Ky. Gov. Signs Mandatory Counseling Measure
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) on Tuesday signed into law an amended bill (SB 4) that would add requirements to a state law requiring women to undergo mandatory counseling prior to receiving abortion care, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports.

Fla. House Panel Advances Bill Imposing Restrictions on Abortion Clinics, Fetal Tissue Donation
A Florida House panel on Tuesday voted 9-4 to advance a bill (HB 1411) that imposes multiple restrictions on abortion clinics and the donation of fetal tissue, the Palm Beach Post reports.

Ariz. Lawmaker Proposes Banning State Employee Payroll Deduction Donations to Planned Parenthood
Arizona lawmakers have proposed two antiabortion-rights bills, AP/AZ Family reports.

Ariz. Lawmaker Introduces Fetal Tissue Restrictions Bill
A bill (SB 1474) introduced by state Sen. Nancy Barto (R) would bar abortion providers from selling or transferring fetal tissue for research purposes, AP/AZ Family reports.

Three Antiabortion-Rights Bill Introduced in Colo. House
Colorado lawmakers have proposed three antiabortion-rights measures in the state House, the Colorado Independent reports.

Featured Blogs
"Someone You Love Has Had an Abortion: It's Time To End the Silence" (Hauser, Salon, 1/29); "The Flint Water Emergency Is a Reproductive Health Crisis" (D'Almeida, RH Reality Check, 1/26).

Planned Parenthood Appeals Ruling Allowing Utah Gov. To Block Funding
The Planned Parenthood Association of Utah in a court filing Tuesday asked the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to extend its emergency hold that prevents Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) from blocking federal funding for the organization, the AP/Cache Valley Daily reports.

Ky. Clinic Halts Abortion Care in Response to Letter From State OIG
In response to a letter from Gov. Matt Bevin's (R) administration ordering the organization to stop offering abortion care at its Louisville clinic, Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky on Sunday released records showing it received authorization from former Gov. Steve Beshear's (D) administration to provide the procedure, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports.

Utah Gov. Rejects Lawmakers' Request To Reverse Funding Decision
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) on Thursday refused a request from four state lawmakers to reverse his decision to cut the funding, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Mo. Appeals Ruling Barring State From Revoking Planned Parenthood Clinic's License
The Missouri Attorney General's Office on Tuesday appealed a federal court ruling that prevents the state from revoking a Planned Parenthood clinic's license to provide abortion care, KCUR reports.

Ohio Senate Passes Bill To Defund Planned Parenthood
The Ohio Senate on Wednesday voted 22-8 to approve legislation (HB 294) that would defund Planned Parenthood clinics in the state, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Ky. Senate Approves Bill Criminalizing Sale of Fetal Tissue; State House Advances Revised Mandatory Counseling Bill
The Kentucky Senate on Wednesday approved a measure (SB 25) that would make selling fetal tissue resulting from an abortion a felony in the state, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Mich. Panel Mulls Defunding Abortion Providers
The Michigan House Appropriations Committee held a hearing on a measure (HB 4145) that would prohibit state money from being used to fund organizations that provide abortion services, including Planned Parenthood, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Featured Blogs
"43 Years After Roe v. Wade, It's Back to the Supreme Court To Block a Dangerous Sham Law Out of Texas" (Northup, Salon, 1/26); "How the Nationwide Crusade Against Planned Parenthood Is Failing, in One Map" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 1/26).

Prosecutor Will Not Ask New Grand Jury To Consider CMP Indictments
An investigation that resulted in a Texas grand jury indicting two abortion-rights opponents involved with secretly recording videos targeting Planned Parenthood will not be presented to a new grand jury, the case prosecutor said Wednesday, Reuters reports.

Indicted CMP Director, Employee Will Turn Themselves In
Two indicted members of the Center for Medical Progress, who helped secretly record videos targeting Planned Parenthood, plan to turn themselves in, their attorney announced Tuesday, the Washington Post's "Post Nation" reports.

NYT: Officials Need To Undo Damage Stemming From Investigations
Investigations into Planned Parenthood repeatedly "have found no evidence of wrongdoing," and "a grand jury in Harris County ... went a step further" on Monday, when "it indicted two members" of CMP, a New York Times editorial states.

Ky. Senate Committee Advances Bill To Cut Funding for Planned Parenthood
A Kentucky Senate panel on Thursday advanced a bill (SB 7) that aims to defund Planned Parenthood, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports.

Texas Grand Jury Indicts CMP Director, Employee
A grand jury in Harris County, Texas, on Monday indicted two members of the antiabortion-rights group Center for Medical Progress who helped secretly record videos targeting Planned Parenthood, the New York Times reports.

CMP Petitions Judge To Allow Inclusion of Recordings in Brief Supporting Texas' HB 2
CMP on Friday asked a federal judge for permission to submit secretly recorded audio of a NAF conference barred from public release to the Supreme Court in an amicus brief supporting Texas' omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2), Buzzfeed reports.

Abortion-Rights Supporters Rally in Ark.
About 200 individuals rallied at the Arkansas Capitol on Saturday to support abortion rights and reproductive health in the sixth annual Arkansas Rally for Reproductive Justice, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports.

Abortion-Rights Advocates Urge Opposition to Restrictions in Mont.
In related news, abortion-rights supporters on Friday gathered in Billings, Mont., to commemorate the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade and call for continued opposition to restrictions on reproductive rights in the state, Helena Independent Record reports.

Featured Blogs
"Women Are Still Being Denied the Full Benefits of Roe v. Wade" (Williamson, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress,1/21); "43 Years Later, Anti-Choice Advocates Continue To Ignore 'Roe'" (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 1/22); "New Poll Finds Public Is Outraged by Anti-Choice Laws Once They Learn About Them" (Dusenberry, Feministing, 1/21).

Wash. Planned Parenthood To Reopen Five Months After Arson
Planned Parenthood on Wednesday announced that its clinic in Pullman, Wash., would reopen on Feb. 1 in the same location, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Neb. Lawmaker Proposes Antiabortion-Rights Measure
Nebraska Sen. Al Davis (R) proposed a measure (LB 990) last week that would bar abortion clinics and providers from offering abortion care if they sell fetal tissue, the AP/Franklin Daily Journal reports.

Okla. Judge Rejects Legal Challenge to Antiabortion-Rights Law
Oklahoma County District Judge Thomas Prince last week rejected a legal challenge to a state law (SB 642) that imposes multiple restrictions on abortion providers and patients, AP/KOCO 5 reports.

Kan. Medical Board Declines To Take Action Against Planned Parenthood
The Kansas medical board will not take action against a Planned Parenthood facility after the board investigated and found no evidence that the organization engaged in improper fetal tissue donation, the AP/ San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Featured Blog
"Preventing the Next Kermit Gosnell," David Cohen et al., Slate's "XX Factor" (Cohen, "XX Factor," Slate, 1/15).

Ohio Billboard Campaign Aims To End Stigma
A Cleveland abortion clinic is using billboards and bus shelter ads to help end abortion stigma, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Judge Denies Preliminary Injunction Against Catholic Hospital That Refuses To Provide Tubal Ligation
In a ruling Thursday, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ernest Goldsmith finalized his decision allowing a Catholic hospital in California to deny a woman's request for a tubal ligation, the AP/San Jose Mercury News reports.

New Orleans Reconsiders Banner Policy Amid Concern Over Antiabortion-Rights Signs
In related news, New Orleans officials will consider the city's policy about the kinds of banners that may be hung on city-owned lampposts following concern about the city's decision to allow the Louisiana Right to Life Federation to hang banners with antiabortion-rights imagery, the Baton Rouge Advocate reports.

S.C. Officials Testify Before Committee Investigating State Abortion Clinics
The South Carolina House Legislative Oversight Ad-Hoc Committee on Monday heard testimony from several state agencies regarding the state's investigation into abortion clinics, WSPA 7 News reports.

Mo. House, Senate Hold Hearings on State Abortion Legislation
On Tuesday, the Missouri Senate and House held hearings, respectively, on a proposed antiabortion-rights bill and state oversight of abortion clinics, KOMU 8 reports.

Iowa Governor Seeks To Include Antiabortion-Rights Language in Legislative Agenda
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) announced he will propose policy language in his 2016 legislative agenda to direct public funding away from reproductive health providers who offer abortion care, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports.

New Abortion Doula Program in Portland, Ore., Aims To Combat Stigma, Provide Support
A new collective in Oregon aims to combat abortion stigma by providing "logistical, physical, emotional and informational support" at no cost to women seeking abortion care, Street Roots News reports.

New Abortion Doula Program in Portland, Ore., Aims To Combat Stigma, Provide Support
A new collective in Oregon aims to combat abortion stigma by providing "logistical, physical, emotional and informational support" at no cost to women seeking abortion care, Street Roots News reports.

Iowa Governor Seeks To Include Antiabortion-Rights Language in Legislative Agenda
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) announced he will propose policy language in his 2016 legislative agenda to direct public funding away from reproductive health providers who offer abortion care, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports.

Judge Declines Emergency Order Against Catholic Hospital for Denying Woman Tubal Ligation
A San Francisco Superior Court judge on Tuesday refused to issue an emergency order that would have blocked a Catholic hospital in California from denying a woman's request for a tubal ligation, the Sacramento Bee reports.

Neb. Lawmaker Introduces Two Antiabortion-Rights Measures
Nebraska state Sen. Tommy Garrett (R) has proposed two antiabortion-rights bills for the new legislative session, the Lincoln Journal Star reports.

Trial Date Set for Abortion-Rights Opponent Who Threatened Kansas Abortion Provider
A federal judge on Wednesday scheduled a May 3rd trial date for a Kansas abortion-rights opponent who sent a threatening letter to a Wichita doctor, AP/KAKE TV reports.

Mo. Lawmaker Proposes Bill To Criminalize Drug Use During Pregnancy
Missouri Rep. Jered Taylor (R) pre-filed a bill (HB 1903) last month that would make it illegal for a pregnant woman to use drugs, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

NARAL Pro-Choice Affiliate Calls on Mass. Governor To Classify Clinic Violence as Domestic Terrorism
In related news, an abortion-rights group is pressing Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) to urge the Department of Justice to consider violence directed toward abortion clinics as acts of domestic terrorism, AP/Daily Journal reports.

Appeals Court Temporarily Blocks Utah's Move To End Planned Parenthood Funding
The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday issued an emergency hold barring Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) from blocking funding for Planned Parenthood, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

N.Y. Gov. Signs Law Making Pregnancy a Qualifying Life Event for Health Insurance Enrollment
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) earlier this month signed into law legislation (A 7836-A, S 5548-A) that would classify pregnancy as a qualifying life event to purchase health coverage on or off of New York's insurance marketplace outside of the open enrollment period, PBS Newshour's "The Rundown" reports.

Judge Says Utah Can Block Federal Funding for Planned Parenthood Amid Ongoing Lawsuit
A federal judge on Tuesday ruled that Utah can end federal funding for the Planned Parenthood affiliate in the state while the organization's lawsuit proceeds, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Woman Pleads Not Guilty to Attempted Murder Charge After Trying To Self-Induce Abortion
On Tuesday, a Tennessee woman who allegedly tried to self-induce an abortion at 24 weeks of pregnancy pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempted first-degree murder, Reuters reports.

Ohio AG Will Not Enforce Unclear Regulation on Fetal Tissue Disposal
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine (R) on Friday said the state would not enforce a vaguely worded regulation governing the disposal of fetal tissue, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

UNM Health Sciences Center Ends Training Program at Abortion Clinic
The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center announced last week that it would no longer send medical residents or fellows to an Albuquerque, N.M. clinic, Southwestern Women's Options, for training on abortion care, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

Featured Blog
"Our Greatest Fear Has Come To Pass: Coat-Hanger Abortions in Tennessee" (Scott, RH Reality Check, 12/18).

Op-Ed Says Tenn. Woman's Self-Inducted Abortion Attempt Signals Return to Pre-Roe Environment
In an opinion piece for The Guardian, columnist Jessica Valenti writes about how the recent indictment of a Tennessee woman who attempted to self-induce an abortion by using a coat hanger signals a return to "the desperation and horror of a time" before Roe v. Wade, "when, lacking all other options, women took matters into their own hands."

S.C. Clinic, Waste Disposal Company Agree To Pay Fines Over Disposal of Fetal Tissue
A South Carolina abortion clinic and a waste disposal company have agreed to pay the state's Department of Health and Environmental Control nearly $8,000 in fines over the disposal of fetal tissue, the AP/Rock Hill Herald reports.

Editorial Urges Tenn. Lawmakers To Sunset Law Targeting Pregnant Women Who Use Drugs
A Los Angeles Times editorial calls on Tennessee lawmakers to sunset a 2014 state law (SB 1391) that "allow[s] women who give birth to babies 'harmed by' illegal drug usage to be charged with misdemeanor assault."

Court Temporarily Blocks Ohio From Taking Legal Action Against Planned Parenthood
A federal judge on Monday issued a temporary injunction preventing Ohio officials from taking legal action against Planned Parenthood over rules for fetal tissue disposal, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Woman Indicted for Attempted Murder After Attempting To Self-Induce Abortion
A Tennessee woman who allegedly tried to self-induce an abortion at 24 weeks of pregnancy has been indicted on a charge of first-degree attempted murder, the Murfreesboro Post reports.

Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas Continues To Receive Medicaid Funds Despite Defunding Threats
Planned Parenthood in Texas is still receiving federal and state funds to provide health care services for low-income women in the state, despite threats and initial actions taken by conservative lawmakers in the state to defund the organization, the Texas Tribune reports.

Mo. Affiliate Declines Conservatives' Documents Request
Planned Parenthood on Sunday filed a federal lawsuit against Ohio, claiming the state's findings in an investigation into the organization violated Planned Parenthood's due process and equal protection rights, AP/Modern Healthcare reports.

Planned Parenthood Sues Ohio Over Fetal Tissue Disposal Allegations
Planned Parenthood on Sunday filed a federal lawsuit against Ohio, claiming the state's findings in an investigation into the organization violated Planned Parenthood's due process and equal protection rights, AP/Modern Healthcare reports.

Ohio Lawmakers Propose Buffer Zone Measure
Ohio lawmakers on Wednesday proposed a bill (HB 408) that would establish a 15-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics in the state, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

Suspect in Colo. Shooting Case Faces Eight First-Degree Murder Charges
A man accused of killing three people and injuring nine others in a shooting incident at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado last month will face 179 felony counts, including first-degree murder, the New York Times reports.

Colo. Health Officials Seek LARC Funding as Part of Broader Family Planning Budget Request
Colorado health officials are seeking to fund a program that helps low-income women access long-acting reversible contraception using money from a general family planning budget request, the Durango Herald reports.

U.N. Women's Group Visits Ala. Advocates To Discuss Abortion, Women's Health
On Friday, three members of a United Nations working group on discrimination against women visited with women's health providers and supporters in Montgomery, Ala., the Alabama Media Group reports.

Nev. AG Ends Planned Parenthood Inquiry, Finds No Evidence of Wrongdoing
Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt (R) on Wednesday announced he was closing an inquiry into fetal tissue donation practices by Planned Parenthood clinics in the state after verifying that the organization had committed no wrongdoing, AP/KTVN reports. Laxalt's office disclosed that lawyers for Planned Parenthood clinics in Las Vegas had confirmed that the facilities do not perform surgical abortions or participate in fetal tissue donation.

S.C. Officials Propose Increased Inspection Fees for Clinics; Planned Parenthood Investigation Finds No Evidence of Wron
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control will propose regulatory changes to increase the fees that abortion clinics in the state have to pay for annual inspections, according to DHEC Director of Health Regulation Shelly Kelly, the AP/Bluffton Island Packet reports.

Fla. Ends Investigation Into Planned Parenthood
Florida officials have closed an inquiry into Planned Parenthood after finding no evidence that Planned Parenthood clinics in the state sold or bought fetal tissue, the AP/San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Gretl Plessinger, spokesperson for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, said the inquiry did not develop into a full investigation.

Planned Parenthood Sues Idaho Over Telemedicine Abortion Restrictions
Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaiian Islands on Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit against Idaho, arguing that two state laws (HB 154, HB 189) restricting telemedicine abortion access are unconstitutional, Reuters reports.

Ala. Drops Effort To Cut Planned Parenthood Medicaid Funding
Attorneys for Alabama and Planned Parenthood Southeast on Monday filed a proposed settlement agreement in federal court that ends the state's effort to defund the organization, the AP/San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Colo. Shooting Suspect To Face Murder Charges; House Speaker Does Not Expect Shutdown Over Planned Parenthood Funding
A Colorado judge on Monday told the man accused of killing three people and injuring nine others at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colo., that he will be charged with first-degree murder, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Featured Blogs
"Anti-Abortion Terrorism Must Be Stopped," (Conti, "Medical Examiner," Slate, 11/28); "Whole Woman's Health v. Cole and the Future of Abortion Rights," (Hill, American Constitution Society blog, 11/25).

Shooting at Colo. Abortion Clinic Kills Three, Injures Nine
A man on Friday opened fire at a Planned Parenthood clinic shortly after 11:30 a.m. MT, killing three individuals and injuring nine others, the New York Times reports.

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).

Ala. Health Task Force Proposes Amendments to State Chemical Endangerment Law
A health task force subcommittee appointed by Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) has proposed amendments to the state's child chemical endangerment statute, AL.com reports.

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.

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.

Colo. Family Planning Program Linked to 48% Decline in Teen Birth, Abortion Rates
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced last week that a program designed to increase access to long-acting reversible contraceptives continues help curb abortion and birthrates for teenagers in the state, although its future funding remains unclear, the Colorado Springs Gazette 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, AL.com/Salon, 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.

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