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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.

Obama administration finalizes rule barring states from withholding Title X funding from Planned Parenthood

December 15, 2016

The Obama administration on Wednesday finalized a rule that will prohibit states from withholding Title X funding from Planned Parenthood and other health care facilities that provide abortion care, the New York Times reports.

Study: Risk of short-term mental health issues increases when women are denied abortion care

December 15, 2016

Among women seeking abortion care, those denied access to such care are more likely than those able to access it to experience mental health issues in the short term, according to a study published Wednesday in JAMA Psychiatry, the New York Times reports.

ACLU files lawsuit challenging biased counseling provisions in Fla. law

December 15, 2016

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida on Monday filed a new lawsuit against provisions in a wide-ranging state antiabortion-rights law (HB 1411), other parts of which have already been blocked by the courts, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

CDC report finds 6 percent of Zika-infected pregnancies result in fetal anomalies; agency issues travel advisory for Brownsville, Texas

December 15, 2016

About 6 percent of pregnant women infected with the Zika virus had a fetus or delivered an infant with an anomaly related to the virus, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Washington Post's "To Your Health" reports.

Ohio Gov. signs 20-week abortion ban; Judge says Dayton clinic can stay open pending appeal in license dispute

December 14, 2016

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) on Tuesday signed a bill (SB 127) that will ban abortion care at 20 weeks of pregnancy, the New York Times reports.

Okla. Supreme Court strikes down TRAP law; state to require antiabortion-rights signage in many public restrooms

December 14, 2016

The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned a state law (SB 1848) that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic, calling the requirement "an undue burden on a wom[a]n's access to abortion," Reuters reports.

Ill. lawmaker proposes bills to protect, expand abortion rights

December 14, 2016

Illinois Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D) has proposed two measures aimed at expanding abortion access and protecting abortion rights in the state, WTTW's "Chicago Tonight" reports.

Planned Parenthood seeks injunction against Mo. TRAP measures

December 14, 2016

Two Planned Parenthood branches on Monday asked a federal judge to block Missouri from enforcing two abortion restrictions at issue in a lawsuit challenging the restrictions' constitutionality, the Springfield News-Leader reports.

Texas faces lawsuit over fetal tissue burial rules

December 13, 2016

Reproductive-rights advocates on Monday filed a lawsuit asking a federal court to block Texas regulations that will require cremation or burial of embryonic or fetal tissue, the Washington Post reports.

Advocates seek to decriminalize self-induced abortion care

December 13, 2016

Advocates are working to decriminalize self-induced abortion care as women increasingly seek information about such care amid growing limits on abortion access in some areas of the country, Broadly reports.

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