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House Legislators Cut Food Stamps for 48 Million Americans

House Legislators Cut Food Stamps for 48 Million Americans

On Thursday afternoon, the US House of Representatives passed a severely reduced version of The Farm Bill. This version of the bill eliminated the food stamp program and the supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP).
Ireland Passes First Abortion Exception Law

Ireland Passes First Abortion Exception Law

Early Friday morning, Irish lawmakers passed a bill allowing abortions if the mother's life is in danger. For the first time the Roman Catholic country approved a bill in the lower house of the parliament (Dail) in a 127 to 31 vote.
Catholic Health Association Agrees with Birth Control Coverage Provision

Catholic Health Association Agrees with Birth Control Coverage Provision

The Catholic Health Association announced that it no longer disagrees with Obama Administration's Contraception Solution, a plan that will allow employees to receive free birth control coverage.
Governor Scott Walker Signs Anti-Abortion Bills into Law

Governor Scott Walker Signs Anti-Abortion Bills into Law

On Friday, Governor Scott Walker (R) of Wisconsin signed into law a bill that would require all abortion providers to attain hospital admitting privileges. In addition, the law will now require women seeking an abortion to first receive an ultrasound before undergoing the procedure. The law is scheduled to take effect July 8.
11-Year-Old Chilean Rape Victim in Jeopardy

11-Year-Old Chilean Rape Victim in Jeopardy

The life threatening pregnancy of an 11-year-old rape victim is sparking debate around abortion in the socially conservative country of Chile. The girl is fourteen weeks into the pregnancy, and doctors are reporting that both she and her fetus are at high risk. The pregnancy is the result of rape by her mother's partner. The...
North Carolina Passes Harsh Last Minute Anti-Abortion Amendment

North Carolina Passes Harsh Last Minute Anti-Abortion Amendment

On Wednesday morning, during the last minute discussion of an anti-Sharia bill, the North Carolina state Senate gave final approval to an amendment restricting abortion access in a vote of 29 to 12.
Obama Administration Delays ACA Provision Until 2015

Obama Administration Delays ACA Provision Until 2015

On Tuesday, the Obama Administration announced that they would delay the implementation of a key mandate from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act until 2015. The provision, which states that all employers with more than 50 employees must provide insurance coverage to their employees or face a monetary penalty was originally supposed to take...
Law Allowing Limited Abortion Passes First Vote in Ireland

Law Allowing Limited Abortion Passes First Vote in Ireland

The Irish Parliament voted to support a bill that would allow a pregnancy to be terminated if the woman's life is at risk. After a vote of 138 to 24 it now faces a second reading and possible amendments. The final vote on the legislation will take place next week.
Roundtable: Our Experiences Buying Plan B

Roundtable: Our Experiences Buying Plan B

"I also bought some Advil and a Dr. Pepper. Made my flight. It should always be that simple."
OH Governor Fails to Veto Harmful Abortion Restrictions in State Budget

OH Governor Fails to Veto Harmful Abortion Restrictions in State Budget

On Sunday night Ohio Governor John Kasich (R) signed a new state budget into law that includes provisions that will severely restrict access to reproductive healthcare across the state. Ohio will now be home to some of the nation's strictest abortion regulations.
Rick Perry Calls Second Special Session on Abortion Restrictions

Rick Perry Calls Second Special Session on Abortion Restrictions

After a marathon filibuster to defeat an extreme anti-abortion bill, Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) has called a second special session in an attempt to pass the anti-choice legislation of Senate Bill 5.
Texas Anti-Abortion Law Defeated In Filibuster

Texas Anti-Abortion Law Defeated In Filibuster

Texas state Senator Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) successfully blocked an extreme anti-abortion measure from coming to a vote by filibustering the bill for over 10 hours until the end of the special congressional session.
House Passes 20 Week Abortion Ban

House Passes 20 Week Abortion Ban

Yesterday, the House of Representatives approved a nationwide abortion ban after 20 weeks gestation in a vote of 228 to 196.
Virginia Healthcare Center Challenges State's TRAP Laws

Virginia Healthcare Center Challenges State’s TRAP Laws

Falls Church Healthcare Center filed an appeal Monday against the Virginia Board of Health, the Department of Health, and Virginia State Health Commissioner Cynthia Romer over the TRAP regulations that were approved in April requiring clinics performing over five abortions a year to meet new building regulations.
WI Senate Advances Transvaginal Ultrasound, TRAP Bill

WI Senate Advances Transvaginal Ultrasound, TRAP Bill

After intense but brief debate, the Wisconsin state Senate approved a bill that could mandate transvaginal ultrasounds before an abortion and impose unnecessary regulations on abortion clinics. The bill, SB 206 [PDF] was approved in a vote of 17 to 15 along party lines.
House Committee Advances Nationwide Abortion Ban

House Committee Advances Nationwide Abortion Ban

Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee voted 20 to 12 along party lines to approve a bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks nationwide. The bill now goes before the full House of Representatives, and could be brought up for debate as early as next week.
Planned Parenthood, ACLU File Lawsuit Against AL TRAP Law

Planned Parenthood, ACLU File Lawsuit Against AL TRAP Law

On Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit to prevent an anti-abortion law that could threaten to close three out of the five clinics in the state from going into effect July 1.
NY Governor Cuomo Officially Introduces Women's Equality Act

NY Governor Cuomo Officially Introduces Women’s Equality Act

"The Women's Equality Act, which I will introduce today, is designed to address gender inequality in our communities, and to restore New York as a leader in women's rights."
Ohio House Committee Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood

Ohio House Committee Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood

On Wednesday, the Ohio House of Representatives’ Health and Aging Committee approved a bill that would prevent Planned Parenthood clinics in Ohio from receiving federal funding. House Bill 298 seeks to redirect $1.7 million of federal funding away from Planned Parenthood to other clinics in Ohio. The predominately conservative committee approved the measure despite testimony...
Planned Parenthood sues Oklahoma over Funding

Planned Parenthood sues Oklahoma over Funding

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland has filed a lawsuit against the Oklahoma Department of Health because it has withdrawn funding from three Tulsa-area clinics that had previously received Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) program funding from the state. The WIC program is designed to provide nutritional food and guidance to low-income families at a reasonable...