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Datapoints: A Look at Repro Rights Mid-Year, Teens Continue To Delay Sex
In today's graphics, see where the states stand on reproductive rights midway through 2015. We also look at how U.S. teenagers are continuing to postpone sex and use contraception.

Appeals Court Strikes Down N.D. 'Heartbeat' Abortion Ban
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday affirmed a lower court decision overturning a North Dakota law (HB 1456) that banned abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detectable, AP/CBS News reports.

'Dishonest' Videos Targeting Planned Parenthood 'Latest in a Series of Unrelenting Attacks,' NYT Editorial States
"A hidden-camera video released last week [that] purported to show that Planned Parenthood illegally sells tissue from aborted fetuses ... shows nothing of the sort" and is only "the latest in a series of unrelenting attacks on Planned Parenthood," a New York Times editorial states.

Editorial: Improved Contraceptive Access Helps Combat Income Inequality
Conservative lawmakers' "intransigence on reproductive rights isn't simply a women's battle, but it is [low-income] women and families who bear the brunt of its misguided policies -- policies that deepen the cycle of generational poverty," a Battle Creek Enquirer editorial states.

CDC Report: Decline in Teen Sex Rate Levels; Rate Down Over Long Term
The percentage of teenagers who have sex appears to be leveling off after declining sharply over the past 25 years, according to a CDC report released on Wednesday, the Daily Beast reports.

Blogs Assess State of Abortion Restrictions Mid-Year, Laud Latest Contraceptive Coverage 'Victory,' More
Read the week's best commentaries from bloggers at RH Reality Check, Salon and more.

Wis. Governor Signs 20-Week Abortion Ban
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) on Monday signed a bill (Act 56) that bans abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy, Politico reports.

Kansas Judge Rejects State's Argument in Ongoing Challenge to TRAP Law
Last week brought a development in the Center for Reproductive Rights' ongoing legal challenge against a 2011 Kansas TRAP law (SB 36) when a Kansas judge rejected the state's request to rule that the law is constitutional, the Topeka Capital-Journal reports.

Wash. Hospital Develops Plan To Provide Abortion Services
The hospital board of Jefferson Healthcare on Wednesday unanimously approved a new, comprehensive reproductive health policy that will include abortion care, following a letter of concern from the American Civil Liberties Union, the Peninsula Daily News reports.

Former Texas-Based Abortion Clinic Aims To Decrease Stigma, Misinformation About the Procedure
A Texas-based abortion clinic that a year ago was forced to close its doors under the state's omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) now houses a new not-for-profit aimed at fostering open and factual conversations about abortion and decreasing misinformation and stigma around the procedure, the Texas Observer reports.