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Federal Judge Strikes Mo. Law Exempting Some From Health Law’s Birth Control Mandate

A federal judge has ruled that a Missouri law exempting moral objectors from the health law’s mandate on birth control coverage cannot stand.

The Associated Press/Washington Post: Federal Judge Strikes Down Mo. Law On Birth Control Coverage, Cites Conflict With Federal Law
A federal judge has struck down a Missouri law exempting moral objectors from mandatory birth control coverage because it conflicts with an insurance requirement under President Barrack Obama's health care law (3/18).

In the meantime, South Dakota lawmakers consider a ban on all abortions by defining life as beginning with conception.

The Associated Press/Washington Post: North Dakota Looks At Banning All Abortions By Defining Life As Beginning With Conception
North Dakota lawmakers who approved what would be some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the U.S. are now considering outlawing all abortions. The "personhood" measures would ban abortions by defining human life as beginning with conception. It's drawing opposition from some doctors who say it could cause problems for infertile couples seeking to use in vitro fertilization to conceive, but supporters insist that's addressed in the legislation (3/19).

And an influential anti-abortion group criticizes Republican efforts on abortion in 2012 races --

The Hill: Anti-Abortion-Rights Group Criticizes RNC Reboot
The Republican National Committee has learned the wrong lessons from its 2012 losses, the Susan B. Anthony List said Monday. SBA List, which opposes abortion rights, said the RNC took the wrong approach to abortion and other social issues in its report evaluating the 2012 election and making recommendations for future races (Baker, 3/18).

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