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Senate Blocks Anti-Choice Push; States Keep It Up

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The Senate on Wednesday rejected a bill to defund Planned Parenthood that had energized protests across the country. But at the state level, a steady anti-choice push continues, with Minnesota lawmakers proposing the latest bill.

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Slew of State Anti-Choice Bills

But a slew of other anti-choice bills are moving through state legislatures in…

Oklahoma

Utah

Texas

Ohio

Idaho

North Carolina

South Dakota

Georgia

Iowa

Nebraska

Virginia

Kansas

Montana

Arizona

Wisconsin

Florida

People for the American Way, a progressive advocacy group, provides an overview of these bills and others with facts on their downsides.

For information on choice-related laws, check out an interactive map provided by NARAL Pro-Choice America.

A March 2 Washington Times Op-Ed on alleged wrongdoings of Planned Parenthood, written by Steven Wagner--president of the Renewal Forum, a nonprofit group combating U.S. human trafficking--was criticized sharply in a March 3 report by MediaMatters, the self-described progressive media watchdog.

Wagner cited video footage made by anti-abortion activist group Live Action as evidence that the organization was a party to underage sex trafficking. MediaMatters called this foul play because "before any of the hoax videos were released, Planned Parenthood contacted the FBI to report the possibility that sex trafficking was occurring."

For background coverage by WeNews on the wave of anti-choice initiatives, read a physician's bleak assessment of the outlook for abortion rights; the rise of anti-choice state legislators in the midterm elections; and John Boehner's outlook on Congress. Also bear in mind the threats to Social Security, upon which older women disproportionately depend.





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