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Summer Camp Pairs ‘Smores And Anti-Abortion Activism

State news on abortion focuses on a summer camp that trains anti-abortion activists and charges against a Kansas City Planned Parenthood that is accused of performing illegal late-term abortions.

Texas Tribune: Summer Camp Focuses On Fight Against Abortion
In its third year, Reveal summer camp is organized by Texas Right to Life, a statewide anti-abortion advocacy organization based in Houston. For $240, high school students can attend a two-week overnight camp that along with the plentiful icebreakers and 'smores, teaches them how to become activists. So far, a spokeswoman said, the only reason the organization turned down a student is because of age, and typically a spot is offered to every student who applies (Smith, 8/3).

The Associated Press: 26 Charges Against Kan. Abortion Clinic Dismissed
A Kansas judge on Thursday dismissed 26 misdemeanor charges against a Kansas City-area Planned Parenthood clinic, honoring a prosecutor's request to further narrow a criminal case over allegations the clinic performed illegal late-term abortions. Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe confirmed Thursday night that District Judge Stephen Tatum signed an order late in the afternoon at Howe's request (Hanna, 8/3).

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Politico Pro: U.S. Company Overreaches On Contraception
The federal government says that the Colorado HVAC company granted a temporary reprieve as it fights the Obama administration's contraceptives policy is now overreaching in its request for further action from the court. After U.S. District Judge John L. Kane awarded the three month temporary injunction, he said the case would move forward quickly. His ruling focused on the company's argument that the policy violates employers' religious freedom, and that's what the DOJ said should be the central issue. But the company that brought the suit has made several other arguments (Haberkorn, 8/2).

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