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Appeals Court Maintains Block on Miss. Admitting Privileges Law
The full 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday refused to review a ruling that blocked a state law (HB 1390) that could close the state's only abortion clinic, the AP/Huffington Post reports.

Ohio Lawmakers Advance 'Heartbeat' Abortion Ban
An Ohio House committee on Thursday voted 11-6 along party lines to advance a bill (HB 248) that would ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detectable, which can be as early as six weeks of pregnancy, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

'Abortion Speak-Out' Challenges 'Hierarchy of Good and Bad Abortions'
"Though the majority of people in America ... and so many other places believe abortion should be legal, too many of us still think about reproductive rights as if there's a hierarchy of good and bad abortions -- the kind that women 'deserve', and the kind women should be ashamed of," writes The Guardian columnist Jessica Valenti.

Texas Commission Calls for More Changes to Women's Health Programs
Reproductive health advocates in Texas have raised concern that recommendations from the state's Sunset Advisory Commission could affect family planning services and other preventive care, the Austin Chronicle reports.

Blogs Comment on 'Year of the Abortion Story,' Female Sexual Dysfunction, More
Read the week's best commentaries from bloggers at Care2, Our Bodies Ourselves and more.

Video Round Up: 'Unacceptable' Rape Kit Backlog Addressed, Pollitt Reads From New Book on Abortion Rights
In today's clips, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance explains why his office is providing $35 million to help other cities reduce their rape kit backlogs, while feminist author Katha Pollitt and MSNBC's Irin Carmon talk about the state of abortion rights in the U.S.