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Abortion Restrictions Spread Through South

New state laws and regulations are forcing women in the South to travel hundreds of miles to find a clinic where they can get an abortion. Meanwhile, anti-abortion activists lobby Congress to defund Planned Parenthood and distribute undercover videos accusing the group of failing to report sex trafficking.

The Associated Press: Abortion Doctors Restrictions Take Root In South
From Texas to Alabama, laws are being enacted that would greatly restrict access to abortion, forcing many women to travel hundreds of miles to find a clinic. The laws, requiring abortion doctors to have privileges to admit patients to local hospitals, could have a profound impact on women in poor and rural sections of the Bible Belt (Pettus, 5/28).

The Hill: Activists Renew Fight Over Taxpayer Funding For Planned Parenthood
Abortion-rights opponents are targeting Planned Parenthood with a new report that accuses the organization of a variety of offenses, including a failure to report sex trafficking. Live Action, a group that uses undercover videos to promote its agenda, distributed the report to each member of Congress in an effort to reignite the debate over taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood (Viebeck, 5/28).

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