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Video Round Up: Anti-Choice Agenda Advancing on State, Federal Level; Abortion Providers Face Ongoing Harassment
In today's clips, Democracy Now's Amy Goodman discusses the 20-week abortion ban that passed in the House last week. Elsewhere, MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry examines the continued harassment affecting abortion providers as they try to do their jobs.

NYT: 20-Week Ban Marks Another Effort 'To Undercut Women's Constitutionally Protected Reproductive Rights'
"For the second time in two years, the House voted Wednesday to pass legislation that would ban almost all abortions 20 weeks or more after fertilization," marking yet "another attempt by conservative [lawmakers] to undercut women's constitutionally protected reproductive rights," a New York Times editorial states.

Abortion Restrictions Vary by ZIP Code, 'Create One Barrier After Another for Women,' Op-Ed States
"[I]f you're a woman counting on a constitutional right to an abortion, your access to one may increasingly depend on your county or zip code, and whether you can drive to the only open clinic in your state or to a nearby state where abortion care is still widely accessible," columnist Rebecca Ruiz writes in a Mashable opinion piece.

Blogs Comment on the 'Worst State' for Repro Rights, New Restrictions in the 20-Week Ban, More
Read the week's best commentaries from bloggers at The Atlantic, the National Women's Law Center's "Womenstake" and more.

Calif. Law Could Improve Birth Control Access; Oregon Considers Similar Measure
A 2013 California law (SB 493) is scheduled to take effect in the next few weeks that will allow pharmacists in the state to distribute contraception without requiring a prescription from a physician, Governing reports.

Blogs Comment on 'Cruel' Texas Judicial Bypass Bill, Debunk Rationale Behind Admitting Privileges Laws, More
Read the week's best commentaries from the Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress," RH Reality Check and more.

Tenn. Governor Signs 48-Hour Mandatory Delay Bill
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) on Monday signed a bill (SB 1222) into law that will impose a 48-hour mandatory delay before a woman can obtain an abortion, Reuters reports.

Moves To Ban Telemedicine Abortion Could Limit Early Access to Abortion
While efforts are underway to advance federal legislation (HR 36) that would ban abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy, several states already have moved to ban abortion via telemedicine, a method that can help women access the procedure earlier in pregnancy, Kaiser Health News reports.

Wave of Mandatory Delay Legislation Imposing Additional Burdens on Women
Several states are "looking to mandate lengthier and stricter delays for abortion," which can limit women's access to the procedure, Reuters reports.

Federal Bills Could Improve Contraceptive Access, Quality of Contraceptive Care for Servicewomen
Congressional lawmakers have advanced House and Senate versions of the annual defense bill (HR 1735) that include provisions designed to improve contraceptive access and the quality of contraceptive care for women in the military, the New York Times reports.