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Senate Leader Confirms Vote on Measure Targeting Planned Parenthood Funding via Reconciliation Process
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday confirmed that the Senate would move ahead with a vote on a legislation (HR 3762) that would use the budget reconciliation process to defund Planned Parenthood and repeal several of the Affordable Care Act's (PL 111-148) provisions, The Hill reports.

SCOTUS Will Hear Challenge to Texas' Antiabortion-Rights Law
The Supreme Court on Friday announced that it will hear a challenge to parts of an omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) that has already closed about half of the abortion clinics in Texas, the New York Times reports.

In NYT Op-Ed, Provider Shares Why He Offers Abortion Care
Willie Parker, chair-elect of the board of Physicians for Reproductive Health, explains why he offers abortion care, writing in a New York Times opinion piece, "In public health, you go where the crisis is. If there is an outbreak and you have the ability to relieve suffering, you rush to the site of the need. This is why, a year and a half ago, I returned to my hometown, Birmingham, Ala., to provide abortions."

Conservative State Attacks on Abortion Access Affect Access in Liberal States
Abortion clinics in many states considered politically progressive are facing as much hardship as those in politically conservative states amid growing abortion restrictions nationwide, The Guardian reports.

Blogs Comment on Whether Justice Kennedy Will 'Save 'Roe,'' Reproductive Justice for Undocumented Immigrants, More
Read the week's best commentaries from bloggers at RH Reality Check, Feministing/Bitch Magazine and more.

Study Finds at Least 100K Texas Women Have Attempted Self-Induced Abortion
At least 100,000 Texas women have attempted to terminate a pregnancy without medical assistance, according to a study released on Tuesday by the Texas Policy Evaluation Project, the Austin Chronicle reports.

Clinic Escort Describes Protesters' Ongoing Harassment Outside Texas Clinic
In an opinion piece for the Texas Observer, reproductive-rights advocate Melissa Arjona describes her experiences volunteering as a clinic escort for "Whole Woman's Health, the last remaining legal abortion clinic in the Rio Grande Valley."

Op-Ed: Mo. Sen. Targeting Student Researcher Is Attack on Academic Freedom, Free Speech
Columnist Jessica Valenti in an opinion piece for The Guardian writes about a Missouri senator's efforts to block research on a mandatory delay law (HR 1307) in the state, noting, "Apparently it's no longer enough for [conservatives] to try to stop women from getting abortions. Now they want to stop us from writing about them, too."

CDC: Reported STI Cases Increased in 2014
The number of reported cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis all increased in 2014, with rates of chlamydia reaching record levels, according to a CDC report released on Tuesday, the AP/Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Miss. Clinic To Register With Medicaid and Other Insurers, Offer Covered Birth Control
The sole abortion clinic in Mississippi in the next few weeks will become an official health care provider for insurers, including Medicaid, and soon will start providing covered contraception to patients, the Jackson Free Press reports.