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Anti-Choice Bills Flop; 400 Afghans Held in Jail

Friday, March 30, 2012



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, 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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More News to Cheer This Week:

  • Female beach volleyball players won't have to wear bikinis at the 2012 London Olympics, Yahoo! News reported March 27.

  • Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's pro-democracy leader, may return to the campaign trail after suspending her bid due to illness, The Telegraph reported March 26.
  • Distribution of free female condoms in parts of Washington, D.C., with high HIV rates prevented enough infections in its first year to save over $8 million in future medical costs over and above the cost of the program, according to a study, The Washington Post reported March 26.
  • House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) apologized to committee member Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) for calling her a liar during a February hearing on contraception coverage, The Hill reported March 27.

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