The Battle Is Heating Up Between Planned Parenthood And At Least 15 GOP-Controlled Legislatures

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In those states, lawmakers are aiming to cut tens of millions of dollars received by the reproductive health organization through Medicaid. Also, abortion-related legislation advances in Indiana, Arizona and Texas.

Arizona Republic: Arizona Abortion Bill May Affect Other Births
A proposal from an Arizona lawmaker to require doctors to do everything possible to save the life of a baby born alive during an abortion could have far broader implications. Senate Bill 1367 would require hospitals and clinics providing abortions at 20 weeks or beyond to have medical equipment on site to care for a fetus delivered alive. If the delivered baby is breathing, has a heartbeat and is moving, doctors must use all available means and medical skills to save its life. But there are concerns that it also would require doctors to perform fruitless medical procedures on a fetus born early due to fatal abnormalities. (Beard Rau, 2/15)

Texas Tribune: Senate Panel Hears Testimony On 3 Abortion-Related Bills 
Senate Health and Human Services Committee members heard emotional testimony from reproductive rights and anti-abortion advocates on Wednesday over Senate Bill 8, Senate Bill 415 and Senate Bill 258. SB 8 and SB 258 would change how providers handle fetal tissue, while SB 415 would ban “dismemberment abortions,” a procedure anti-abortion advocates say involves removing an unborn baby from the womb limb by limb. (Evans, 2/15)

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