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Mass. Enacts New Abortion Clinic Protections; Other States Mull 'Buffer Zones' Changes
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) on Wednesday signed a bill (S 2281) into law to improve security surrounding the state's abortion clinics, the Boston Globe reports.

Bipartisan Senate Bill Would Pressure Colleges To Address Sexual Assaults
A bipartisan group of senators on Wednesday proposed a bill (S 2692) that aims to curb sexual assaults on college campuses by bolstering resources for students who report the crimes and increasing penalties against schools that violate federal requirements, the New York Times reports.

Senate Hearing Spotlights Lack of Paid Family Leave for Many in U.S.
Senate Democrats on Wednesday held a subcommittee hearing to draw attention to the lack of paid family leave for many workers in the U.S., McClatchy/Miami Herald reports.

Review of Va. Abortion Clinic Rules Prompts Thousands of Public Comments
The Virginia Department of Health at midnight Thursday will close the public comment phase of Gov. Terry McAuliffe's (D) order to review strict abortion clinic regulations passed under his predecessor, Gov. Bob McDonnell (R), the Washington Post reports.

Op-Ed: Need To Protect Abortion Rights Continues, Regardless of 'Pro-Choice' Label
Although the term "pro-choice" has fallen out of favor among some abortion-rights supporters, "no one should think for a second that the advocacy to protect abortion rights is no longer a priority," the Los Angeles Times' Carla Hall writes in an opinion piece.

Use of Birth Control Pills for Non-Contraceptive Reasons is Common, Columnist Writes
"In the years since the contraception debate first exploded, the media narrative has remained largely the same: Women rely on birth control to prevent pregnancy, and a handful of women who have more exotic health woes need contraception for something else," Daily Beast columnist Keli Goff writes.

Video Round Up: Mass. Moves To Protect Clinics, Maddow Reports on Clinic Closure, More
This week's videos include an interview with the sponsor of a Massachusetts bill responding to the Supreme Court's "buffer zone" ruling, a report on an abortion clinic closing in Kansas and concerns from HBO's John Oliver about female genital mutilation.