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House Passes Abortion Coverage Restrictions After Canceling Vote on 20-Week Abortion Ban
On the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision, the House on Thursday afternoon voted 242-179 to pass a bill (HR 7) that would restrict insurance coverage of abortion, after dropping plans to vote on a 20-week abortion ban measure (HR 36) that some conservative lawmakers had refused to support, the Washington Post reports.

Lawmakers Reintroduce Women's Health Protection Act
Coinciding with this week's anniversary of Roe v. Wade, congressional Democrats on Wednesday reintroduced a measure designed to protect women's access to health care and limit abortion restrictions.

Obama Administration Argues Hobby Lobby Ruling Does Not Apply To Not-For-Profits
The Obama administration on Thursday asked a federal judge not to grant not-for-profits that hold themselves out as religious and oppose contraception any additional accommodations under the federal contraceptive coverage rules, the Washington Times reports

Poll Shows Bipartisan Support for Women's Health
Bipartisan support for women's health initiatives is growing, according to a report released Tuesday by Brigham and Women's Hospital's Connors Center for Women's Health and Gender Biology.

Blogs Comment on State of Abortion Care Access in U.S., Helms Amendment, More
Read the week's best commentaries from bloggers at RH Reality Check, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress" and more.

La. Rejects Planned Parenthood Clinic's Application To Provide Abortion Services
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals earlier this month rejected Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast's application to provide abortion services at a New Orleans health center that is scheduled to open later in 2015, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Abortion-Rights Groups Call on President Obama To Clarify Helms Amendment
Planned Parenthood Federation of America and other abortion-rights groups on Thursday made a new push in their ongoing campaign to encourage President Obama to clarify the interpretation of the Helms Amendment, which restricts U.S. foreign aid funding for abortion, The Hill reports.

Iowa Sen. Introduces Two Antiabortion-Rights Measures for 2015 Session
An Iowa senator has introduced two antiabortion-rights measures for the 2015 legislative session, the Des Moines Register reports.

Ark. Legislators Introduce Bills To Ban Telemedicine Abortion Services
Arkansas lawmakers on Thursday proposed bills (SB 53, HB 1076) that would require physicians to administer medication abortion drugs in person and mandate in-person follow-ups, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports

Blogs Comment on Feminism Past and Present, Va. Abortion-Rights Bills, More
Read the week's best commentaries from bloggers at The Nation, RH Reality Check and more.