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New bill would nix prohibition against poll workers asking voters for ‘additional information’

By | 11.21.11 | 11:59 am

While civil rights advocates and policy-makers around the country have spoken out against increasingly strict and targeted voting rules levied by GOP-led legislatures, state Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Shalimar, last week introduced a new bill that would allow poll workers to ask voters for “additional information” when they present their mandatory photo IDs.

North Dakota close to becoming first state to establish health insurance exchange

By | 11.11.11 | 3:51 pm

North Dakota is on its way to becoming the first state in the country to have an operating health insurance exchange program. Each state is required by the Affordable Care Act to have some infrastructure in place by January 2013 for an exchange. Florida remains one of the lone states dragging its feet.

Architect of Arizona’s S.B. 1070 immigration law loses recall election

By | 11.09.11 | 1:29 pm

Arizona Sen. Russell Pearce, one of the most recognized architects of Arizona’s immigration enforcement law, better known as S.B. 1070, lost a recall election Tuesday.

Kansas group attacks Health and Human Services secretary for Planned Parenthood case

By | 10.24.11 | 3:35 pm

The anti-abortion group Kansans for Life is taking aim at U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary and former Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius for a 2005 case involving Planned Parenthood.

New ‘fetal pain’-debunking study released

By | 09.16.11 | 11:12 am

A new Current Biology study finds a fetus does not feel pain until 35 to 37 weeks of gestation — yet another piece of evidence that debunks the science behind a set of laws that have made their way through state legislatures that limit access to abortions when the age of the fetus is 20 weeks or more.

2010 and 2011 Exchange Grant Awards from Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Florida one of five states returning grants for health care reform implementation

By | 08.30.11 | 12:23 pm

According to a new map released by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Florida is one of only five states returning grants awarded by the federal government to implement the federal health care reform law.

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Kansas hires Koch attorneys to fight Planned Parenthood lawsuit

By | 07.14.11 | 2:26 pm

The state of Kansas has hired attorneys that work for Koch Industries to fight a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood volunteers in Columbus, Ohio (Pic by ProgressOhio)

Planned Parenthood winning court battles at the state level

By | 07.12.11 | 1:49 pm

According to a recent article from National Journal, Planned Parenthood has recently won three court battles against state-level efforts to restrict access to abortion and to defund the chain of women’s clinics. It also looks like the organization is set to win four more legal challenges.

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Kansas gov. appoints former Operation Rescue attorney to regulate abortion providers

By | 07.09.11 | 4:00 am

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has appointed a former attorney for the anti-abortion rights group Operation Rescue to a position that would have him regulating abortion providers. Operation Rescue has said publicly that they believe there is “no such thing as a ‘safe’ abortion clinic.

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North Carolina Planned Parenthood claims free speech violation in lawsuit against state

By | 07.07.11 | 2:26 pm

Planned Parenthood in North Carolina has followed through on its plans to pursue litigation against the state. North Carolina’s GOP-led state legislature recently defunded the chain of women’s health clinics.

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