"Mandatory Ultrasound Removed From Indiana TRAP Law, but Will Probably Still Close Lafayette Clinic," Robin Marty, RH Reality Check: Marty discusses an Indiana bill (SB 371) that would tighten restrictions on medication abortion. Although lawmakers dropped a provision that would have required women to obtain a second ultrasound as part of follow-up care, the bill still includes requirements that women undergo an ultrasound before a medication abortion and that medication abortion providers become licensed as surgical abortion clinics, even if they do not provide surgeries. As a result, the measure "is still likely to result in the closure of the only medication abortion clinic in the state," according to Marty. The full Senate is expected to vote on the bill on Tuesday (Marty, RH Reality Check, 2/25).
What others are saying about access to abortion:
~ "As Dr. Tiller's Abortion Clinic Prepares to Re-Open, Tightened Security is Top Priority," Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "Think Progress."
~ "Is the South About To Become a Legal Abortion-Free Zone?" Jessica Pieklo, Care2.
"Arizona Federal District Court Blocks Efforts To Defund Planned Parenthood," Jessica Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check: Pieklo highlights a recent court decision striking down an Arizona law that blocked funding to Planned Parenthood, which is "an important victory that comes on the heels of a similar victory in Indiana." The injunction in the Arizona case "guarantees that women in the state will continue to have access to lifesaving cancer screenings, birth control, and STI screenings at Planned Parenthood clinics across the state," Pieklo writes. However, she notes that fights over funding for Planned Parenthood continue in Kansas, North Carolina and Tennessee (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 2/22).
What others are saying about Planned Parenthood:
~ "Republicans Call for Government Study To Justify Their Efforts To Defund Planned Parenthood," Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "Think Progress."
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