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Supreme Court Upholds ACA Tax Credits
The Supreme Court on Thursday voted 6-3 to uphold the Affordable Care Act's (PL 111-148) tax credits to help U.S. residents purchase coverage through the federal health insurance marketplace, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Advocates Urge Lawmakers To Reject Title X Funding Cuts
Reproductive rights advocates are urging congressional lawmakers to reject proposed budget cuts to the Title X family planning program, contending that the cuts would restrict contraceptive access and increase the teenage pregnancy rate, CQ News reports.

5th Circuit Rejects Texas Clinics' Stay Request; Op-Ed: SCOTUS Should Use HB 2's 'Disingenuous' Purpose To Overturn Law
Abortion providers in Texas asked the Supreme Court to block a lower court ruling that would close several clinics in the state after the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals declined the providers' request for a stay, the Los Angeles Times reports.

LA Times Op-Ed Affirms Push for OTC Contraceptive Access, Cautions Against Conservative Proposal
A proposal (S 1532) that would require insurers to cover over-the-counter access to oral contraceptives would better ensure access and affordability than an alternative conservative proposal (S 1438), Daniel Grossman, a clinical professor at University of California-San Francisco and vice president of research at Ibis Reproductive Health, writes in a Los Angeles Times opinion piece.

Blogs Praise 4th Circuit Ruling Overturning N.C. Ultrasound Law, Blast Sexist Rationale Behind Abortion Restrictions, More
Read the week's best commentaries from bloggers at the National Women's Law Center's "Womenstake," RH Reality Check and more.

Op-Ed: House Budget Proposal Would 'Render Devastating Cuts' to Family Planning, Sexuality Education
A fiscal 2016 budget proposed by a House subcommittee "would render devastating cuts to [the Title X Family Planning] program, along with other health care services currently reaching 4.6 million people," while also "eliminat[ing] nearly all federal funding for teen pregnancy prevention and sex education programs," columnist Stephanie Castillo writes in a Medical Daily opinion piece.

Iowa Supreme Court Strikes Down State Rule Banning Telemedicine Abortion
The Iowa Supreme Court unanimously ruled against a state rule banning the use of telemedicine in abortion services, the Des Moines Register reports.

Guest Columnist Urges Abortion-Rights Supporters To 'Push Back' Against 'Anti-Choice Violence'
While the sentencing of "an anti-choice vandal" last week "sends a strong message that anti-choice violence will not be tolerated in" Montana, abortion-rights supporters "cannot end the conversation here," guest columnist Maggie Moran writes in a Bozeman Daily Chronicle opinion piece.

La. Health Department Rescinds Approval Requirements for Abortion Clinics
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has withdrawn a rule that would have restricted abortion access in the state after Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit against the requirement, the Shreveport Times reports.

Datapoints: Dwindling Abortion Access in Texas, Multistate Repercussions of Ga.'s 20-Week Ban
In today's graphics, we examine how HB 2 has restricted abortion access in Texas and how it could reduce further the number of abortion clinics in the state if a certain part of the law is not blocked by the Supreme Court. We also look at how Georgia's 20-week abortion ban is blocking women's access to abortion care in several states across the U.S.