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Ky. Supreme Court denies appeal in clinic licensure dispute

August 26, 2016

The Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday denied an appeal that sought to reverse a lower court ruling that blocks a Lexington-based physician's office from providing abortion care pending the outcome of a lawsuit regarding the facility's licensure, the AP/Lexington Herald-Leader reports.

Op-ed highlights need for family planning access in combatting Zika

August 26, 2016

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has urged men and women who have visited Zika-affected areas in the United States, "including Miami, [to] wait at least eight weeks before trying to get pregnant," but "[p]erhaps the CDC hasn't considered what these recommendations mean to people in Florida," columnist Alice Pettway writes in an opinion piece for the Progressive Media Project/Waterloo Region Record.

Calif. lawmakers pass bill lifting sales tax on feminine hygiene products

August 26, 2016

The California Assembly on Tuesday unanimously approved a measure (AB 1561) that would exempt feminine hygiene products from a state sales tax, Reuters reports.

Blogs comment on role of abortion care in Colo.'s 'universal' health coverage proposal; Irish abortion-rights advocate and more

August 26, 2016

Read the week's best commentary from bloggers at Huffington Post blogs and Bustle.

Women's Health Policy Report will not publish Aug. 29-Sept. 5

August 26, 2016

The Women's Health Policy Report will not publish on Monday, Aug. 29, through Monday, Sept. 5. The report resumes publication on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

States, providers challenge federal protections for transgender patients, abortion care

August 25, 2016

On Tuesday, several states and multiple providers that hold themselves out as religious filed a lawsuit challenging regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services implementing a nondiscrimination provision in the Affordable Care Act (PL 111-148), the Wall Street Journal reports.

Abortion-rights opponents file lawsuit against Chicago buffer zone

August 25, 2016

Abortion-rights opponents have filed a federal lawsuit against a 2009 Chicago ordinance that establishes an 8-foot "bubble zone" around individuals within 50 feet of a health care facility, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Ohio AG appeals decision granting clinic standing to challenge abortion restrictions

August 25, 2016

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine (R) on Monday asked the state Supreme Court to review a state appeals court ruling that held a Cleveland-based abortion clinic has standing to challenge abortion restrictions included in a 2013 state budget bill (HB 59), AP/WFMJ reports.

Report: Black women in Texas experience disproportionately high rates of maternal morbidity, mortality

August 25, 2016

The Texas Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force last week released a report finding a disproportionate rate of maternal mortality and morbidity among black women in the state between 2011 and 2012, ProPublica reports.

Legal challenge to Ariz. medication abortion 'reversal' law concludes

August 24, 2016

A federal court has formally concluded a lawsuit challenging an Arizona policy that required doctors to tell women medically unproven information, the Arizona Republic reports.

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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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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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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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WHNT 19 News' Kristen Conner explains what the Supreme Court's ruling striking down two provisions of a Texas omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) could mean for two antiabortion-rights measures in Alabama.

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Ryan Braschler of WEHT's "Eyewitness News" covers Indiana University's (IU) lawsuit against fetal tissue restrictions included in an Indiana antiabortion-rights law (HEA 1337).

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KIRO 7's Essex Porter discusses the Supreme Court's decision not to review a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that upheld a Washington state regulation requiring pharmacies to dispense emergency contraception (EC).

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In this clip, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow speaks with Nancy Northup, the president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, about the ramifications of the Supreme Court's ruling in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt to strike down two contested provisions in Texas' omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2).

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

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In this infographic, the Guttmacher Institute highlights research showing how an increasing proportion of women who obtain abortion care in the United States are lower-income.

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In this map, the New York Times highlights the regions in the United States where mosquitos carrying the Zika virus -- which has been linked to a fetal brain defect -- are most likely to spread during the upcoming spring and summer seasons.

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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

Freya Riedlin, associate editor & reproductive health law fellow, 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