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California Governor Signs New Abortion Bill

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Finally, while so much of this country is consumed with making women's access to safe, legal abortions harder and harder to find, California leads the way -- again -- in allowing women to be responsible for their own bodies and their reproductive rights. Instead of moving backwards, the Golden State is moving forward. Governor Jerry Brown signed into law abortion provider legislation yesterday.

The gist of the legislation, as reported by Breitbart:

The bill, AB 154, passed both houses of the state legislature withstrong support from Planned Parenthood and pro-choice groups. Planned Parenthood stands to benefit most directly from the bill, as non-physician staff at its clinics would be able to obtain abortion licenses.

The bill permits licensed non-physicians to perform two kinds of abortion in the first trimester--by medication, and by aspiration, which requires the insertion of medical instruments into the uterus.

According to Fox Channel 5 in San Diego, 53% of California counties don't currently have access to certified abortion providers. That meant that a large number of women had the legal right to the procedure, but not the access. With the signing of the bill, a majority of Califorina women will now have a likelier chance of receiving this safe procedure and at a lower cost, easier access and with shorter wait times.

It comes down to this. Women have the legal right to their own bodies. Fair and reasonable access should never be the issue. That will be lessened now in California.

Want to see how important this decision is? Watch this:

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Federal judge blocks North Dakota's "clearly unconstitutional" fetal heartbeat abortion ban, most restrictive in U.S.

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This attempt to control the rights and privacy of women was supposed to go into effect as of August, but now it will be on hold until the court considers the merits. Merits? What merits?

The Hill:

A federal judge on Monday temporarily blocked North Dakota's anti-abortion law, which banned the procedure as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.

Judge Daniel Hovland said the state's anti-abortion law — the most restrictive in the country — is "clearly unconstitutional under an unbroken stream of United States Supreme Court authority.” [...]

“The State has extended an invitation to an expensive court battle over a law restricting abortions that is a blatant violation of the constitutional guarantees afforded to all women," Hovland wrote.

The judge is a GW Bush appointee, by the way.

The Center for Reproductive Rights filed the lawsuit on behalf of North Dakota's only abortion clinic.

One by one, Republican-run states have tried to eliminate women's access to health services by writing laws that result in closing down clinics that can't possibly meet demands laid out in those laws. See: Bye-bye women’s rights: “If you live where the Republican party is in control now, right now, this is your life”:

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Their ultimate goal is to get an abortion rights case in front of our currently very conservative Supreme Court as they use it as a wedge issue politically. In the meantime, women are already turning to "self-abortion," endangering their own lives in order to receive the care they should be getting legally.

And they're also "finding it easier to leave the United States for Mexico in order to pursue health care options."

So these laws aren't stopping women from undergoing procedures; instead they're causing them to pursue unsafe methods that could cut their own lives short.

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VIDEO- Bye-bye women's rights: "If you live where the Republican party is in control now, right now, this is your life."

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So much for reaching out to women in the GOP's increasingly unsuccessful attempts to rebrand the party:

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Rachel Maddow:

Where Republicans have taken the reins of state power across the country, they have used it single-mindedly to shut down women's health clinics just since the last election.

And it is not like we didn't have a national fight about this issue in that election. I mean, for their national ticket in 2012, Republicans picked an anti-abortion hard-liner ticket, a vice presidential contender who said he would even force a rape victims to bear a rapist's child against their will. And a presidential contender who, for his part, pledged frequently to end Planned Parenthood. Said he would cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood, he would end it.

He said he would overturn Roe v. Wade. That's what he hoped for. The Democrats responded to the Republicans' initiatives by  stepping up their support for women's rights....

...In the Republican/Democratic general election races all over the country, saying that Democrats would be the ones to defend women's rights and the abilities to decide their own pregnancies without the government. Democrats warning across the country that a vote for Republicans would be a vote to ban abortion in this country...

Republicans lost the last election nationally really badly. They lost the white house really badly. They lost seats in the Senate. They lost seats in the House. Nationally, in the last election, Republicans lost and Democrats won.

But, national isn't everything. And if Republicans are in control in your state, this is what they have decided to do with state governance now.

Since that election, that is what they have decided state governance is for now. If you live where the Republican party is in control now, right now, this is your life.

Iknow its not a beltway story, doesn't feel like a national story because nobody adds up what happens in the individual states to see how it affects American women, to see how it affects American rights in an aggregate sense, that's not the way we do beltway reporting in this country, but this is a national story that is significant in terms of the way it's going to affect women's health, women's lives, and American families for generations to come.

This is the national story.

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VIDEO: GOP's "overreach around." No. Carolina Senator: "The senators on the floor are only voices that matter."

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This image is posted on the "Setting women free from outdated societal standards" Facebook page, quoting North Carolina Senate Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R). He said this to women in the Senate gallery who were incensed by the surprise attack on women's reproductive rights:

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The GOP has a thing or two to learn about (over)reaching out to women in their increasingly unsuccessful attempts to rebrand the party.

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Rachel Maddow reported on North Carolina's attempt to top Texas in their War on Women:

This evening in North Carolina, the Republican majority in the legislature there made a surprise move against abortion rights in that state.

This came out of nowhere.

At the last minute North Carolina Republicans jammed a brand new previously unseen set of antiabortion measures into an existing bill about Sharia law of all things. The surprise amendments tonight include requirements that are designed to shut down as many clinics as possible in North Carolina.

Some advocates saying they would shut down all but one clinic in North Carolina. They'd force clinics to meet new standards that are supposed to be impossible for them to meet, just like the restrictions Republicans already passed in Ohio and Mississippi and North Dakota and Wisconsin, the ones they're trying to pass in Texas right now.

In North Carolina, today, until this hearing began, Democrats and the public had no idea what Republicans intended to do. It was basically a legislative ambush.

As (mostly) men continue to dictate what women can and can't do with their own bodies-- deciding for them-- and institute more government intrusion while claiming to be for "small government," women all over America will have their eyes opened... opened even wider than in November 2012:

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