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N.C. Abortion-Rights Advocates Urge Officials To Put Aside Politics While Setting Clinic Rules
At a hearing Friday, abortion-rights supporters urged North Carolina health officials to consider scientific evidence while crafting new abortion clinic regulations, rather than basing them on political motives, the AP/ABC 11 News reports.

Mo. Lawmakers Might Not Prioritize Abortion Restrictions
While Missouri lawmakers have already pre-filed several antiabortion-rights bills for the upcoming legislative session, the GOP-led Legislature might not prioritize abortion issues next year, the AP/St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

D.C. Mayor Requests Legal Review of Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Bill
Washington, D.C., Mayor Vincent Gray (D) has asked the district's Office of the Attorney General to review a reproductive health non-discrimination measure (B20-0790) before he takes any further action on it, the Washington Times reports.

Mo. Lawmaker Says Abortion Consent Bill Would Not Apply in 'Legitimate Rape' Cases
A Missouri state lawmaker recently said his bill (HB 131) requiring a woman seeking an abortion to get permission from the man involved in the pregnancy would not apply in cases of "legitimate rape," a phrase that drew widespread criticism when used by former Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) two years ago, National Journal reports.

NYT Editorial Applauds N.Y. Policies Protecting Transgender Health
A New York Times editorial praises Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) for "advanc[ing] the cause of civil rights last week" by barring insurers from denying coverage for medically necessary gender dysphoria treatments, thus "declaring an end to a routine form of discrimination against transgender New Yorkers."

Group Seeks Records on Wis. Decision To Not Enforce State Contraception Coverage Law
The Freedom From Religion Foundation on Wednesday filed a lawsuit requesting records related to a decision by Wisconsin officials to not enforce the state's contraceptive coverage law for certain employers, the AP/Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.