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Congress sends short-term spending bill with Zika funding to Obama

September 29, 2016

Congress on Wednesday cleared a short-term spending bill that includes $1.1 billion in funds for Zika response efforts, the New York Times reports.

In op-ed, Rep. Barbara Lee calls campaign to end Hyde 'a battle we must win'

September 29, 2016

In an opinion piece for U.S. News & World Report, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) shares how she has been working to end the Hyde Amendment since its initial passage nearly 40 years ago, writing, "Forty years of Hyde has done terrible harm to women and families, and I'm more determined than ever to finish the work I started so long ago."

Planned Parenthood celebrates grand opening of new D.C. clinic

September 29, 2016

The District of Columbia's sole Planned Parenthood clinic celebrated its grand opening this week, the Washington Post reports.

USPSTF releases proposed preeclampsia screening guidelines

September 29, 2016

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has released new proposed guidelines for preeclampsia screening, Reuters reports.

Senate blocks short-term spending bill over Flint, Mich., concerns

September 28, 2016

Raising concerns about a lack of funding for Flint, Michigan, liberal senators on Tuesday blocked two procedural votes on a measure that would fund the federal government through Dec. 9 and provide money for U.S. Zika virus response efforts, Reuters reports.

Recommendations would expand preventive services offered to women at no out-of-pocket cost

September 28, 2016

A working group with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has proposed new draft recommendations to bolster and expand the list of preventive services women can receive at no out-of-pocket cost, Kaiser Health News reports.

Pa. auditor general launches new investigation into CPC organization

September 28, 2016

Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale this week will launch an audit of Real Alternatives, a not-for-profit that manages a multi-state network of antiabortion crisis pregnancy centers (CPC), the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Op-ed commemorates International Safe Abortion Day by spotlighting study showing disparities in abortion rates

September 28, 2016

In a commentary for Rewire, Ann M. Starrs, president and CEO of the Guttmacher Institute, commemorates International Safe Abortion Day by spotlighting a new study that found while "most developed regions have seen a marked decline in the rate of abortion" over the last 25 years, the rate of abortion in certain developing nations "has barely changed over the same time period."

Calif. gov. signs two reproductive-rights bills into law

September 27, 2016

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Friday signed two measures advancing reproductive health, the Sacramento Bee's "Capitol Alert" reports.

Family physician spotlights state disparities in abortion access under Hyde

September 27, 2016

In a Rewire commentary, Lin-Fan Wang, "a family doctor working in an underserved community," calls for an end to the Hyde Amendment by highlighting the disparate access to abortion care in New York, which allows state funding for abortion care, to Pennsylvania, which does not.

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KWTV's Grant Hermes covers the opening of a new reproductive health center in Oklahoma City, which previously had been the largest metropolitan area without an abortion clinic.

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In this clip, Rabbi Lori Koffman discusses the intersection of her faith and her advocacy work for abortion rights, stating, "I'm a woman, I'm a mother, I'm a rabbi, I'm a Jew, I'm an American. And all those pieces of me call me to do this work."

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In this clip, The Nation profiles Leah Torres, an OB-GYN who shares her "career changing, life changing" work as an abortion provider in Utah, a state that imposes several restrictions on abortion care.

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Deutsche Welle's Carl Nasman spotlights @TwoWomenTravel, a Twitter account documenting the experience of two Irish women who traveled to Great Britain to access abortion care for one of the women.

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In this clip, WKYC's Maureen Kyle covers a recent decision by a federal judge to grant a permanent injunction against an Ohio law (HB 294) that would cut $1.3 million from abortion providers.

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In an interview with AOL Build's Emma Gray, Tracy Droz Tragos discusses her new documentary, "Abortion: Stories Women Tell," which shares women's perspectives on abortion care and abortion rights.

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In this clip, WJHG's Matt Galka discusses Florida's decision not to appeal a federal court order currently blocking parts of a state omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 1411) from taking effect.

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Marissa Silver, a reporter with Coastal Television's "Your Alaska Link," shares the Alaska Supreme Court's decision to strike down a state law that required a minor's parent to be notified of her decision to seek abortion care.

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Richard Besser, ABC News' chief health and medical editor, discusses a case in which a woman in New York City transmitted the Zika virus to her male partner, the first such occurrence reported in the United States.

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Fox 13's Matt McDonald reports on a ruling by a panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that blocks Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) from cutting funding to Planned Parenthood.

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In this infographic, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) outlines data showing that the percentage of Texas women opting for long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) through three state-operated health programs increased between 2012 and 2013.

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In this map, the Population Institute illustrates how many of the states at risk of the Zika virus scored poorly on measures of reproductive rights and health.

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In this infographic, the Guttmacher Institute spotlights the increased proportion of insured visits at 28 Title-X supported family planning centers following the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) (PL 111-148).

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In this infographic, the Texas Observer compiled information from the Texas Department of State Health Services, the Texas Policy Evaluation Project and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide a snapshot of abortion access in Texas.

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In this infographic, the Guttmacher Institute tracks recent trends in state abortion laws.

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In this map, the Guttmacher Institute highlights the effects of the Hyde Amendment, an appropriations rider that bars federal Medicaid funding from covering abortion care except in the limited cases of rape, incest and life endangerment.

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In this gif, Cosmopolitan shares research from the Texas Policy Evaluation Project showing that the average distance a woman in Texas must drive to access the nearest abortion clinic in the state has increased following the implementation of the state's omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2).

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In this map, the Kaiser Family Foundation spotlights five states and Washington, D.C., which have each enacted policies designed to facilitate access to contraception.

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In this chart, Media Matters highlights the findings of a study showing how evening and primetime news programs airing on cable news conveyed more inaccurate than accurate statements about abortion.

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In this map, CDC documents the laboratory-confirmed cases of the Zika virus reported in the United States and U.S. territories.

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At a Glance

"A woman's ability to end her pregnancy too often depends on where she lives, her age and how much money is in her pocket."

— Marcela Howell of In Our Own Voice: National Black Women's Reproductive Justice Agenda, discussing ongoing disparities in women's access to abortion care on the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

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"If women are not free to make decisions about their own lives and health, they are not free. And if women are not free, none of us are."

— Abortion provider Warren Hern, in a STAT News opinion piece on why he continues to offer abortion care despite receiving harassment and death threats throughout his 42-year career.

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"Not since before Roe v. Wade has a law or court decision had the potential to devastate access to reproductive health care on such a sweeping scale."

— Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, on a ruling from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that upheld major portions of a Texas antiabortion-rights law.

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The Editors

Debra Ness, publisher & president, National Partnership

Sarah Lipton-Lubet, associate editor & director of reproductive health programs, National Partnership

Jessi Leigh Swenson, associate editor & senior policy counsel, National Partnership

Lauren McCulloch, associate editor & women's law & public policy fellow, National Partnership

Aliya Bean, assistant editor & reproductive health program assistant, National Partnership

Lauren Sogor, assistant editor & health communications manager, National Partnership

Jennifer Taylor, assistant editor & communications assistant, National Partnership

Marcelle Maginnis, associate editor

Amanda Wolfe, senior director

Joe Infantino, Rachel Schulze, staff writers

Tucker Ball, chief digital officer, National Partnership