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On this episode of Reality Cast, Dr. Tracy Weitz talks about a new bill designed to expand access to safe abortion services in California. In another segment, we discuss how anti-choicers are upsetting people in New Mexico, and there’s some good news about teen pregnancy.

ArtistAmanda Marcotte
TitleCalifornia’s New Bill, Teen Births, and Anti-Choicers at It Again in New Mexico
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On this episode of Reality Cast, it’s going to be a lot of coverage of the biggest story in reproductive rights right now, the fight over a massive abortion bill in Texas. But really, it’s just part of a bigger story of anti-choicers playing dirty because they can’t get their bills passed playing it straight.

ArtistAmanda Marcotte
TitleThe Great Big Texas Podcast
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From our Twitter feed:
BREAKING: House Passes The #GOP Watered-Down Violence Against Women Act. http://ow.ly/aZNLM #VAWA #HR4790 #violence #latina

From our Twitter feed:

BREAKING: House Passes The  Watered-Down Violence Against Women Act.     

My Pro-Choice Politician: Edith Ajello (D - Providence, Rhode Island)

This is the third in an on-going series where you all nominate state- or local-level elected officials who are standing up for reproductive rights in their communities and states, and we all, as a community, thank them for what they do.

We need to keep reminding these hard-working, often unacknowledged state-level politicians that we see the work they are doing and we are incredibly grateful for it.

This idea was inspired by our post a while back for Kentucky State Rep Darryl Owens.

First installment: Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago)

Second installment: Kathy Stein (D- Fayette, Kentucky)

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Today’s Pro-choice Politician is Edith Ajello, a state representative from Rhode Island.

On April 16, Robin Marty reported for RH Reality Check:

The mandatory ultrasound bill introduced by Democratic Rep. Karen MacBeth, who believed Planned Parenthood should have helped her more when she was trying to find resources to support her pregnancy when she was a single mother, wasn’t the only reproductive bill to be heard in the House judiciary committee last week.  The committee’s chairwoman countered with a bill of her own.

The “keep government out of pregnancy” bill.

According to the Providence Journal,"The committee’s chairwoman, Rep. Edith H. Ajello, was the lead sponsor on a bill to ‘prohibit the state from interfering’ with a woman’s decision about her pregnancy."

Let’s thank Rep. Edith Ajello for her working against the forced ultrasound law in her state and for protecting reproductive rights:

Thanks, Rep. Ajello!

If you’d like to nominate someone for our new “My Pro-Choice Politician” series, you can do so on our Facebook page or via Twitter (we’re @rhrealitycheck and use hashtag #prochoicepol).

My Pro-Choice Politician: Kathy Stein (D- Fayette, Kentucky)

This is the second in an on-going series where you all nominate state- or local-level elected officials who are standing up for reproductive rights in their communities and states, and we all, as a community, thank them for what they do.

We need to keep reminding these hard-working, often unacknowledged state-level politicians that we see the work they are doing and we are incredibly grateful for it.

This idea was inspired by our post a while back for Kentucky State Rep Darryl Owens.

First installment: Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago)

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Today’s Pro-choice Politician is Kathy Stein, a state senator out of Kentucky.

Ms. Stein was nominated by Nichole Stark

In January, she fought against Kentucky’s forced ultrasound bill:

Sen. Kathy Stein, a Lexington Democrat, said she believes the measures are not intended to help women who find themselves in a difficult situation.

"I fear they’re both being used as road blocks," she said.

When that bill came up for a vote in February in the Kentucky senate, she was one of 4 who voted against it.

In March, the bill died in a House committee.

All of her fighting on behalf of reproductive rights took place against a re-districting backdrop that targeted Stein specifically. She is such a threat to Kentucky’s GOP that they are going out of their way to get rid of her.

Let’s thank Sen. Kathy Stein for her work in protecting reproductive rights:

Thanks, Sen. Stein!

If you’d like to nominate someone for our new “My Pro-Choice Politician” series, you can do so on our Facebook page or via Twitter (we’re @rhrealitycheck and use hashtag #prochoicepol).