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Federal Judge Blocks Fetal Anomaly Law From Going Into Effect in Indiana

Judge Tanya Walton Pratt of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana granted a preliminary injunction against the "Dignity for the Unborn Law" on Thursday, just a day before the law was to take effect. The post Federal Judge Blocks Fetal Anomaly Law From Going Into Effect in Indiana appeared first on Rewire.

Anti-Immigrant Bill Advances in North Carolina

The bill may become law by the end of the legislative session Saturday, American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina Acting Executive Director Sarah Preston told Rewire. The post Anti-Immigrant Bill Advances in North Carolina appeared first on Rewire.

Supreme Court Ruling on Texas Law Reverberates Around the Country

"To the extent that similar state laws have different provisions, like those that contain transfer agreements for example, those laws will need to be litigated individually to fall," said Jessica Mason Pieklo, vice president for law and the courts at Rewire. Show More Summary

Democrats in Utah, Colorado Make History as First Openly Transgender Women to Win Congressional Primaries

Though Misty Snow's win may be historic for LGBTQ equality, she has previously noted that it was not the reason she is running for office."I'm not running because I'm transgender. I just happen to be transgender," the Utah candidate said. The post Democrats in Utah, Colorado Make History as First Openly Transgender Women to Win Congressional Primaries appeared first on Rewire.

Colorado Republicans Pick Anti-Choice County Commissioner for U.S. Senate Race

Darryl Glenn, an anti-choice Colorado Springs County Commissioner, defeated a pro-choice GOP rival and three other anti-choice Republicans in the race to take on pro-choice Sen. Michael Bennet in November. The post Colorado Republicans Pick Anti-Choice County Commissioner for U.S. Senate Race appeared first on Rewire.

Missouri Governor Vetoes Sweeping Concealed Carry Bill, Republicans Plan Override

In a four-page letter to Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, Gov. Jay Nixon said that he disapproved of SB 656 because citizens would be able to bypass the training, education, background check, and permit requirements currently...Show More Summary

North Carolina’s Policies Don’t Keep Anyone Safe

Gov. McCrory’s claims to want to protect North Carolinians are not holding water if he and state Republicans continue to ignore policies that will keep all citizens safe and healthy and, instead, show support for legislation that would make it easier for people to access guns. The post North Carolina’s Policies Don’t Keep Anyone Safe appeared first on Rewire.

Oakland Could Outlaw False Advertising by Crisis Pregnancy Centers

California already requires CPCs to post information about free or low-cost abortion care or contraception in their facilities. The proposed ordinance would penalize licensed and unlicensed "limited service pregnancy centers" for making...Show More Summary

Lawsuit: Religious Groups Are Denying Abortion Care to Teen Refugees

The suit accuses the federal government of paying millions to religious grantees that refuse to provide unaccompanied minors with legally required reproductive health services. The post Lawsuit: Religious Groups Are Denying Abortion Care to Teen Refugees appeared first on Rewire.

Advocates: Bill to Address Gaps in Mental Health Care Would Do More Harm Than Good

Advocates say that U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy's "Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act," purported to help address gaps in care, is regressive and strips rights away from those diagnosed with mental illness. This leaves those in the...Show More Summary

“We Stopped the Sham!”: From the Steps of the Supreme Court

On June 27, 2016, the United States Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional the key provisions of Texas’s anti-choice law disputed in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. The 5-3 ruling was a comprehensive victory for pro-choice...Show More Summary

Texas Posts ‘A Woman’s Right to Know’ Pamphlet for Public Comment

The draft version of "A Woman's Right to Know" was published online Tuesday, just a day after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled two provisions of the state’s omnibus anti-choice law are unconstitutional. The post Texas Posts ‘A Woman’s Right to Know’ Pamphlet for Public Comment appeared first on Rewire.

Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Washington Law Requiring Pharmacies to Stock Plan B

On Tuesday the Roberts Court turned away a challenge by a pharmacy-owning family who claimed a Washington state law that requires pharmacies to stock Plan B or other emergency contraception violated their religious beliefs. The post Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Washington Law Requiring Pharmacies to Stock Plan B appeared first on Rewire.

Senate Democrats Object to Contraception Limits in Blocking GOP Zika Agreement

“Republicans don’t want to treat Zika as an emergency and they don’t want to expand access to birth control," Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) said in a statement. "It begs the question: Will they be willing to pay the costs associated with...Show More Summary

Supreme Court Blocks Implementation of Mississippi and Wisconsin Abortion Restrictions

The Supreme Court on Tuesday turned away requests from attorneys in Wisconsin and Mississippi to overturn decisions blocking abortion restrictions nearly identical to those ruled unconstitutional by the Court on Monday. The post Supreme Court Blocks Implementation of Mississippi and Wisconsin Abortion Restrictions appeared first on Rewire.

The Burden Is Undue: What I Have Learned and Unlearned About Abortion

For all 29 years of my life, the right to abortion has been under attack. In early March, I slept at the Supreme Court overnight, waiting for oral arguments, and had time to reflect on the experiences that have made me an advocate. The post The Burden Is Undue: What I Have Learned and Unlearned About Abortion appeared first on Rewire.

The Orlando Massacre Response Must Not Obliterate the Realities of LGBTQ People of Color

Even in the wake of violent death, the reality of our community is erased. Omar Mateen's actual motives, the lives and very names of the dead, and the realities of gay, queer, and trans people of color who yet live are obliterated under...Show More Summary

Supreme Court Strikes Texas Abortion Restrictions

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled 5 to 3 that both the admitting privileges and surgical center requirements of Texas' HB 2 are unconstitutional. The post Supreme Court Strikes Texas Abortion Restrictions appeared first on Rewi...

Advocates: Texas Will Not Be ‘Bending Over Backwards’ to Reopen Clinics

Heather Busby, executive director NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, told Rewire in a phone interview that while the Supreme Court’s decision is a victory for reproductive rights, the damage to reproductive health care in Texas cannot be easily undone. The post Advocates: Texas Will Not Be ‘Bending Over Backwards’ to Reopen Clinics appeared first on Rewire.

Gavel Drop: Despite Supreme Court Victory, Still Work to Do in Texas

Yes, the U.S. Supreme Court announced a victory for abortion access in Texas—and around the country. But it's going to take time to unravel the effects of anti-choice organizing in the state, where abortion opponents have poured resources...Show More Summary

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