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Mo. Lawmaker Says Abortion Consent Bill Would Not Apply in 'Legitimate Rape' Cases
A Missouri state lawmaker recently said his bill (HB 131) requiring a woman seeking an abortion to get permission from the man involved in the pregnancy would not apply in cases of "legitimate rape," a phrase that drew widespread criticism when used by former Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) two years ago, National Journal reports.

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

Group Seeks Records on Wis. Decision To Not Enforce State Contraception Coverage Law
The Freedom From Religion Foundation on Wednesday filed a lawsuit requesting records related to a decision by Wisconsin officials to not enforce the state's contraceptive coverage law for certain employers, the AP/Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Dominican Lawmakers Move Forward on Decriminalizing Abortion in Some Cases
Lawmakers in the Dominican Republic's Chamber of Deputies on Tuesday approved a bill that would decriminalize abortion in limited circumstances, Dominican Today reports.

Blogs Comment on 2015 Abortion Legislation, Helms Amendment, More
Read the week's best commentaries from bloggers at Mother Jones, Huffington Post and more.

Video Round Up: Conservative State Lawmakers Plan Anti-Choice Bills for 2015
In today's clips, HuffPost Live recaps a slew of recent antiabortion-rights bills pre-filed by South Carolina lawmakers who faced resistance to such measures last session. Meanwhile, a "Melissa Harris-Perry" panel discusses the complex legal and cultural framework that shapes the handling of sexual assault cases at colleges and elsewhere.