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Alabama | In the News

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).

In NYT Op-Ed, Provider Shares Why He Offers Abortion Care
Willie Parker, chair-elect of the board of Physicians for Reproductive Health, explains why he offers abortion care, writing in a New York Times opinion piece, "In public health, you go where the crisis is. If there is an outbreak and you have the ability to relieve suffering, you rush to the site of the need. This is why, a year and a half ago, I returned to my hometown, Birmingham, Ala., to provide abortions."

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.

Planned Parenthood Report Highlights Regional Variation in Patient Access
Patients in some Southern states, including states that are trying to defund Planned Parenthood, already face limited access to Planned Parenthood facilities, according to a report released by the organization, CQ Weekly reports.

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

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Alabama | In the Courts

This section provides a brief overview of significant cases impacting reproductive rights and health in Alabama.

Reproductive Health Services v. Strange
Federal court challenge to an Alabama law that expands the state's judicial bypass provisions of the existing parental notification law.

Planned Parenthood Southeast, Inc. v. Bentley
Federal court challenge to an Alabama law, which would take effect on July 1, 2013, that requires all physicians who perform abortions to have staff privileges at a local hospital.

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