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*Editors' Note: As of January 2017, the Women's Health Policy Report has been discontinued. Below are archived articles for your reference.

Ill. judge grants CPCs' request to block referral rule

December 22, 2016

An Illinois judge on Tuesday ruled that the state cannot require a group of clinics to follow an amendment (PA 099-0690) to the state's Health Care Right of Conscience Act while the group's lawsuit against the amendment continues, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Op-ed outlines AG's role in protecting abortion providers, airs concerns about Sessions nomination

December 22, 2016

In an opinion piece for The Hill, Carole Joffe, professor at the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health at the University of California-San Francisco, discusses the role the U.S. attorney general plays in ensuring the safety of abortion providers and questions whether Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for Attorney General, will provide adequate protections, given his antiabortion-rights stance.

ACOG calls on OB-GYNs to provide sensitive, welcoming care for transgender adolescents

December 22, 2016

OB-GYNs should know how to provide health care for transgender adolescents and create a welcoming environment for them during medical visits, according to a committee statement released on Wednesday by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), Reuters reports.

Media must 'report on the facts, not the sensationalism' of upcoming antiabortion-rights docudrama, op-ed states

December 22, 2016

"In a new docudrama titled Gosnell, ostensibly to be released in early 2017, the [antiabortion-rights] movement seeks to revive a long list of disproven claims and outright lies about abortion care in the hopes, it is assumed, that the growing market for falsehoods, conspiracy theories, and propaganda will help make their case for outlawing abortion altogether," Jodi Jacobson writes in a Rewire piece.

Texas issues final notice to cut Planned Parenthood from state Medicaid program

December 21, 2016

Texas on Tuesday issued a final notice that it will terminate Planned Parenthood's enrollment in the state's Medicaid program, the New York Times reports.

House lawmakers call on Trump to end Hyde amendment

December 21, 2016

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and more than 100 other House lawmakers in a letter sent Monday called on President-elect Donald Trump not to include the Hyde amendment in his fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget, the Los Angeles Times' "Essential Politics" reports.

Op-ed: Ohio 20-week abortion ban will have 'life-altering consequences,' disproportionately affect low-income women

December 21, 2016

An Ohio law (SB 127) that will ban abortion care at 20 weeks of pregnancy "will have life-altering consequences for many families and women, some of whom are seeking abortion for serious health threats," Ushma Upadhyay, an associate professor at the Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health Program at the University of California-San Francisco, writes in an opinion piece for the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Former inmate says Indiana prison postponed abortion access until gestational limit had passed

December 21, 2016

A former inmate at Indiana Women's Prison has filed a civil rights complaint alleging that prison officials postponed and blocked her abortion access until she was past the gestational limit for abortion care, Courthouse News reports.

Texas fetal tissue regulation could foreshadow abortion-rights restrictions to come

December 20, 2016

While a federal judge has temporarily blocked Texas regulations that require cremation or burial of embryonic or fetal tissue, abortion-rights advocates say the Texas measure could be indicative of antiabortion-rights efforts to come, The Guardian reports.

Op-ed lambasts medication abortion 'reversal' bill in Utah, other medically inaccurate abortion restrictions

December 20, 2016

Conservative lawmakers in Utah plan to propose a bill that would require providers to tell women seeking medication abortion that the procedure can be reversed, a claim without any scientific evidence, writes columnist Bethy Squires in an opinion piece for Broadly.

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