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Anti-Choice Bills Flop; 400 Afghans Held in Jail

Anti-choice bills failed in a number of states this week. The Arizona Senate said no to employers dropping health insurance coverage for birth control, reported the AP, although it may come for a vote again this session. Idaho’s state representatives won’t pursue the controversial ultrasound abortion bill, NWCN.com reported. An Oklahoma judge has permanently blocked a requirement for women seeking abortions to have an ultrasound and listen to a detailed description of the fetus before the procedure, reported MSNBC News. Georgia’s House of Representatives rejected the state Senate’s altered version of a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks, after the Senate included exceptions, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

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Health Reform Applauded; Insurers Bill Women More

On March 23, the second anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act –and right before the constitutionality of the individual mandate goes to the Supreme Court next week –women’s organizations were ramping up support and explaining the law to voters. The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health issued a press release explaining how Latinas in particular benefit from the law.