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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.

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.

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"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.

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"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

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"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; 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.

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"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).

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.

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"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.

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"Florida lawmakers want to make abortion a felony, advance bill citing 'the Creator'" (Caplan-Bricker, "XX Factor," Slate, 1/26).

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"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.

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