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Appeals Court Maintains Block on Miss. Admitting Privileges Law
The full 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday refused to review a ruling that blocked a state law (HB 1390) that could close the state's only abortion clinic, the AP/Huffington Post reports.

Ohio Lawmakers Advance 'Heartbeat' Abortion Ban
An Ohio House committee on Thursday voted 11-6 along party lines to advance a bill (HB 248) that would ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detectable, which can be as early as six weeks of pregnancy, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

Texas Commission Calls for More Changes to Women's Health Programs
Reproductive health advocates in Texas have raised concern that recommendations from the state's Sunset Advisory Commission could affect family planning services and other preventive care, the Austin Chronicle reports.

Federal Appeals Court Hears Oral Arguments Over Contraceptive Coverage Accommodation
A federal appeals court on Wednesday heard oral arguments in a case brought by two Catholic dioceses and an evangelical college in Pennsylvania challenging the government's contraceptive coverage accommodation for not-for-profits that hold themselves out as religious, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Abortion-Rights Opponents Already Pushing New Bills in Several States
With Republicans controlling nearly 70 state legislative chambers nationwide, antiabortion-rights state lawmakers are "not wasting any time" proposing measures designed to restrict abortion access and are expected to introduce more, the Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress" reports.

Pa. Extends Limited Medicaid Program for Women
Pennsylvania will extend by six months a limited Medicaid program that provides family planning and other health care services to low-income women in the state, following criticism from women's groups and state legislators of a plan to end the program, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Blogs Comment on 'Conscience' Rights, Appellate Victory in Contraceptive Coverage Case, More
Read the week's best commentaries from bloggers at the Huffington Post, SCOTUSblog and more.

New Hearing Sought Over Court Ruling That Ended Medication Abortion in N.D.
The only abortion clinic in North Dakota on Wednesday petitioned the state Supreme Court to rehear a case and "resolve any lingering ambiguity" over a ruling that upheld a state law (HB 1297) restricting medication abortion, the AP/Miami Herald reports.

Plan for Campus Climate Survey Fuels Debate Over Addressing College Sexual Assault
Debate is escalating over how to best gauge college sexual assault incidents and students' attitudes about the issue after a trade group for top research universities announced it is developing its own campus climate survey, the Huffington Post reports.

Transgender People Face Obstacles Accessing Reproductive Health Care, Survey Finds
Some transgender individuals face increased barriers to health care services, including those related to reproductive health care, according to a University of California-San Francisco study released earlier this month, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.