Keeping Up With Anti-Abortion Attacks in the States

By Rachel Walden |

Following up on the , Republican Gov. Rick Perry has called for a second special session, beginning today, in which he hopes to push through abortion restrictions.

Texas Tribune will once again provide ; here’s a for understanding who’s who in the state Senate.

For continued updates, follow the Twitter accounts of  and  and the hashtag . There’s also a  and a livestream of  outside the Statehouse.

For read good commentary from Texas that helps to put the Davis’s filibuster in context, read these columns from the Texas Tribune: “‘” and “.”

Texas is not the only state suffering from anti-abortion attacks. is implementing a law that will make it much harder for women to have medical abortions. The law requires women to take the necessary pills in the presence of a doctor and schedule a mandatory follow-up a couple of weeks after the abortion.

In Ohio, Gov. John Kasich, flanked by a group of white male legislators,  Sunday evening that included several abortion-related laws, including measures to strip funding from Planned Parenthood, divert money to right-wing crisis pregnancy centers, and defund rape crisis centers that provide women with information about abortion services. (You might recall that the Supreme Court last week decided the U.S. government for global programs that do not take an anti-prostitution pledge; it will be interesting to see if Ohio can block funding for programs that share information about legally available options for rape survivors.)

Meanwhile, North Dakota’s extremely restrictive new laws will go into effect one month from today.

Today’s has read news about other states, including North Carolina. And the Guttmacher Institute has an overview of the and seriously restrict access. It’s going to be one long, hot summer.

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