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Hawaii raises age to buy tobacco products, Oregon allows pharmacists to prescribe contraceptives

Vox rounds up several major changes to state law for 2016, including Hawaii’s new requirement that tobacco only be sold to persons aged twenty-one or older, and Oregon’s new law allowing pharmacists to prescribe contraceptives to women.

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Fire at Planned Parenthood’s Pullman health center determined to be arson

Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest’s facility in Pullman, Washington (the home of Washington State University) was severely damaged by fire earlier today. Fire investigators have now concluded the blaze was deliberately set, no doubt by right wing militant extremists who want to destroy the organization. “This is an appalling act of violence towards Planned Parenthood, but unfortunately a predictable ripple effect from the false and incendiary attacks that fuel violence from extremists,” said Karl Eastlund, CEO of Planned Parenthood Washington and Northern Idaho.

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Blue states top list of states where abortions have declined the most, AP survey finds

Research by the Associated Press has found that the number of abortions being performed across the United States has declined over the last five years. The biggest declines actually came in blue states like Hawaii, where access to clinics that perform abortions has not been curtailed. This correlates with a decline in the teen pregnancy rate and improved access to reproductive healthcare.




Republicans have to be careful about not appearing as though they’re anti-contraception. This is a constitutional issue… We have to be very, very cautious as a party.

— Katie Packer Gage, a Republican operative who advises candidates on how to avoid sounding offensive to women, reacting to the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision. Is Gage truly aware of the company she keeps? The Republican Party has made no secret of its opposition to reproductive rights and women’s health.

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In wake of Attorney General’s reproductive rights decision, electoral repercussions.