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Video Round Up: Conservative State Lawmakers Plan Anti-Choice Bills for 2015
In today's clips, HuffPost Live recaps a slew of recent antiabortion-rights bills pre-filed by South Carolina lawmakers who faced resistance to such measures last session. Meanwhile, a "Melissa Harris-Perry" panel discusses the complex legal and cultural framework that shapes the handling of sexual assault cases at colleges and elsewhere.

Omnibus Includes Peace Corps Abortion Coverage Changes, Rape Kit Funding
The $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill moving through Congress includes a provision that would lift a 35-year ban on abortion coverage for Peace Corps volunteers in cases of rape, incest or danger to a woman's life, National Journal reports.

Supreme Court Declines To Review Ariz. Medication Abortion Restrictions, Leaving Law Blocked for Now
The Supreme Court on Monday declined to consider a federal appeals court's decision that blocked an Arizona law restricting medication abortion, meaning that the law will remain unenforced for now, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.

For-Profit Companies Increasingly Denying Contraceptive Coverage After Hobby Lobby Ruling
While the Supreme Court's Burwell v. Hobby Lobby decision received the most public attention, more than two dozen other for-profit companies have also obtained court rulings allowing them to deny contraceptive coverage to their workers, and about two dozen more are expected to do so soon, the Daily Beast reports.

CDC: LARC Use Up, Contraceptive Use Steady
The percentage of women ages 15 to 44 using long-acting reversible contraceptives doubled between 2006-2010 and 2011-2013, while the overall proportion of women in that age group who used contraceptives remained steady, according to a new CDC survey, the Washington Post's "Wonkblog" reports.

Blogs Comment on Abortion Coverage for Peace Corps Volunteers, Over-the-Counter Birth Control, More
Read the week's best commentaries from bloggers at RH Reality Check, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress" and more.

Reproductive Health Group Launches Website Promoting OTC Birth Control Pills
Ibis Reproductive Health has launched a website, FreethePill.org, to provide information and promote efforts related to making a birth control pill available over the counter, the Huffington Post reports.

Laws Criminalizing Pregnancy 'Subsume Women's Rights' to Those Granted to Fetuses, Columnist Writes
At both the state and federal level, courts are "impos[ing] additional punishments on women by dint of the fact they were pregnant" when their actions occurred, Daily Beast columnist Emily Shire writes.

Coalition Launches Campaign To Spark Reproductive Health Conversation Among Latinas
A coalition of Latina and reproductive health organizations has launched the Yo Soy campaign, which is aimed at creating a dialogue on sexual and reproductive health issues within the Latina community, the Latin Post reports.

FDA Warns Against 'Keepsake' Ultrasounds by Non-Medical Providers
FDA is advising pregnant women to avoid undergoing medically unnecessary "keepsake" ultrasounds and Doppler heartbeat scans by commercial providers because they could pose potential risks if improperly administered, according to HealthDay/U.S. News & World Report.