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Abortion Laws Causing Confusion, Consternation

In Indiana, abortion rights advocates are trying to change a law restricting abortions induced by prescribing a pill. Also in the news, a deadline nears for Planned Parenthood in Texas.

The Associated Press: Legal Language Pivot Of Ind. Abortion Drug Fight
A legal loophole could become the latest weapon in the fight over abortion rights as opponents push Indiana to rewrite a law that defines abortion clinics so it includes facilities offering the procedure without surgery by prescribing a pill. As many as eight other states could face similar battles over semantics. The move would potentially affect women's health providers that previously have been untouched by laws meant to limit access to abortions (Wilson, 9/28).

Bloomberg: Texas Women Ponder Next Steps As Law Cuts Health Options
Losing access to a Fort Worth, Texas, health-care clinic affiliated with Planned Parenthood has Alexis Lohse worried. She's just one among more than 126,000 low-income women who may face the same dilemma by Nov. 1. That’s when funding for services by Planned Parenthood affiliates will end because other operations tied to the nonprofit group offer abortions. ... lawmakers previously cut state family-planning aid by two- thirds, or $73 million, leading dozens of providers to close or reduce hours (Warbelow, 10/1).

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