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Threats Against Abortion Providers Have Doubled Since 2010, Report Finds

Abortion clinics nationwide face significant threats of harassment, intimidation, and violence, according to a new report showing that threats of violence against abortion providers have doubled since 2010. Image: Allen Graham - PDImages / Shutterstock.com The post Threats Against Abortion Providers Have Doubled Since 2010, Report Finds appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Restriction on Minors’ Abortion Access Introduced in Connecticut

Two Connecticut state legislators this month introduced identical bills that would require physicians to notify parents or legal guardians 48 hours in advance of giving a minor child an abortion. Image: Shutterstock The post Restriction on Minors’ Abortion Access Introduced in Connecticut appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Texas Latinas Send Reproductive Justice ‘Blueprint’ to Lawmakers

A new report from the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and the Center for Reproductive Rights calls on state lawmakers to increase access to contraceptives, cancer screenings, and abortion care and strengthen the social...Show More Summary

Demanding Chemical Policy Reform Is a Way to Protect Girls’ Health

A bill to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act is likely to be introduced in Congress next week. Given some chemicals' effects on causing early puberty in girls, reproductive health advocates should demand strong regulation that removes...Show More Summary

Virginia Senate Moves Forward With Campus Mandatory Reporting Bill

The Virginia Senate this week moved forward with a bill that would require nearly all full-time staff at public universities to report sexual assault to the police within 24 hours of notification. Image: Shutterstock The post Virginia Senate Moves Forward With Campus Mandatory Reporting Bill appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Study: Evidence-Based Protocols for Medication Abortion Are Safe, Effective

The study debunks the logic of anti-choice efforts to force doctors to use the FDA's outdated standards. Image: Shutterstock The post Study: Evidence-Based Protocols for Medication Abortion Are Safe, Effective appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Another Republican Governor Agrees to Expand Medicaid

Republican Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Tuesday that the state will expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, making him the latest Republican governor to support the expansion of benefits under President Obama's signature health-care reform law. Image: Shutterstock The post Another Republican Governor Agrees to Expand Medicaid appeared first on RH Reality Check.

New Abortion Play Could Spur Difficult Discussions Among Audiences and Activists—and That’s a Good Thing

Perhaps the same thing can take place with abortion rights as has happened with the Vagina Monologues: that, at the least, Out of Silence can act as a jumping-off point for activism that may push even further than abortion storytelling...Show More Summary

San Francisco Making Gains in ‘Getting to Zero’ New HIV Infections

San Francisco Supervisors David Weiner and Scott Campos last week held a hearing to discuss the efforts of a coalition formed to end HIV in a city that was once seen as a center of the epidemic in this country. Image: Shutterstock The post San Francisco Making Gains in ‘Getting to Zero’ New HIV Infections appeared first on RH Reality Check.

The CDC’s Newest Report on Opioids Prioritizes Hypothetical Fetuses Above Living Women

The CDC suggested in a press release that women “of reproductive age”—pregnant or not—should face additional scrutiny when it comes to receiving prescription painkillers, simply because they are biologically capable of hosting a fetus. Image:...Show More Summary

Judge: California Medicaid Backlog Violates Law

Hundreds of thousands of Californians who applied for Medicaid have had their applications illegally delayed, and many have experienced “substantial and irreparable harm” as a result of living without health insurance, an Alameda County...Show More Summary

‘SLUT’ Takes Direct Aim at Stigma About Adolescents’ Sexuality

The book opens with 20 first-person narratives by young people who explore the bombardment of conflicting messages about sexuality that continually besiege them. Later in the text, the play mentioned in the anthology's title—also called...Show More Summary

Iowa’s Wide-Ranging Anti-Choice Bills Include Telemedicine Abortion Ban

Anti-choice lawmakers in Iowa, after a relatively quiet year in 2014, appear to be preparing for an active 2015 legislative session. Image: Shutterstock The post Iowa’s Wide-Ranging Anti-Choice Bills Include Telemedicine Abortion Ban appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Lawmaker Opposes Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program Because IUDs Stop a ‘Small Child From Implanting’

Citing inaccurate science, a leading Colorado lawmaker is signaling he'll oppose providing funds for a state program that, during a five-year privately-supported test phase, reduced teen pregnancies by 40 percent. Image: IUD via Shutterstock The...Show More Summary

Anti-Choice Pennsylvania Lawmakers Push ‘Conscientious Objection’ Bill

Pennsylvania lawmakers on Tuesday introduced two bills that would make it harder for state residents to access abortions as well as a number of other reproductive health-care services. Image: Shutterstock The post Anti-Choice Pennsylvania Lawmakers Push ‘Conscientious Objection’ Bill appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Mandatory Ultrasound, Other Anti-Choice Bills Introduced in U.S. Congress

Republicans in Congress last week introduced three new anti-abortion bills in the House and one in the Senate, one of which would force a woman to have a medically unnecessary ultrasound before receiving abortion care. Image: Shutterstock The post Mandatory Ultrasound, Other Anti-Choice Bills Introduced in U.S. Congress appeared first on RH Reality Check.

The ‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act’ Is Just as Extreme as the 20-Week Ban

To read news coverage of the anti-insurance bill that Republicans passed instead of a 20-week ban on abortion, you'd think the new bill is no big deal. In reality, though, it's just as bad in most ways. Image: Shutterstock The post The ‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act’ Is Just as Extreme as the 20-Week Ban appeared first on RH Reality Check.

In Case You Missed It: Three States Have Proposed 20-Week Abortion Bans in First Weeks of 2015

In the midst of the Republican-controlled Congress’ introduction—and then revocation—of a 20-week abortion ban, along with its introduction of a handful of other anti-choice bills, it can be easy to forget that the fight for abortion...Show More Summary

Rand Paul Takes Inconsistent Stance on Federal ‘Personhood’ Legislation

Sen. Rand Paul marked last week’s anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision by arguing for the urgent passage of his federal ‘personhood’ legislation. But in 2013, he said he was in no rush to pass his own legislation, which, he claimed,...Show More Summary

Too Often, Military Sexual Assault Survivors Must Fight for Disability Benefits

Military rape survivors are being victimized again—by the very agency tasked with helping them. Image: Shutterstock The post Too Often, Military Sexual Assault Survivors Must Fight for Disability Benefits appeared first on RH Reality Check.

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