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This update summarizes major developments in the states, including legislation that has passed at least one house of the legislature, executive branch actions and judicial decisions.

These summaries highlight activities in the states this month. As of September 1, nine state legislatures are still in regular session: CA, IL, MA, MI, NJ, NY, OH, PA and WI

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Abortion-Related Restrictions on State Family Planning Funds

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas issued a preliminary injunction blocking enforcement of abortion-related restrictions that the state legislature had placed on family planning funds going through the state treasury. These restrictions, which were enacted in June, would prohibit family planning funds from being distributed to organizations that provide or contract with other groups to provide abortion services. Because Texas does not use state funds for family planning, the only funds that would have been affected by the restrictions were federal funds that pass through the state treasury, such as funding through the Maternal and Child Health block grant.

Expanding Access to Emergency Contraception

The Oregon legislature adopted a measure authorizing the state to reimburse health care providers for emergency contraception when provided to victims of sexual assault; the legislation does not require health care providers to offer the service. The legislation is awaiting the governor's signature.


Requirements Regarding HIV Testing of Pregnant Women

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) signed a measure governing HIV testing of pregnant women and newborns. The new law requires health care professionals to provide HIV counseling and offer HIV testing to pregnant women if they give their informed consent. Within 48 hours of delivery, the parents of a newborn will receive HIV counseling; the infant will be tested for HIV if the mother's HIV status is unknown and if the parents consent.

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