• Virginia legislators have revised, but not abandoned, the new state law that would require women seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound before the procedure. While many states have passed or put forth similar bills, Virginia’s received national attention for requiring a more invasive trans-vaginal ultrasound.
  • A battle in Texas over Medicaid funding for women’s health programs may mean the loss of millions of federal dollars that provided cancer screenings. The federal government found attempts to blacklist Planned Parenthood affiliates, which provide 44% of the program’s services, in violation of the Social Security Act.
  • A federal judge has upheld a Massachusetts law banning protests too close to abortion clinics. The judge ruled that the state’s “buffer zone” requirement is constitutional.
  • Kansas and Missouri are unlikely to meet key deadlines set out in the new federal health care law.