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Welcome to “The Quickie” — Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s daily tipsheet on the top health care & reproductive rights stories of the day. You can read “The Quickie'' online here.

In today’s Quickie: Nicole Berner’s nomination moves forward, House Republicans attack abortion, and Arizona’s abortion rights ballot initiative hits a key milestone.

NICOLE BERNER’S HISTORIC NOMINATION MOVES TOWARDS SENATE VOTE: Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance the nomination of Nicole Berner to serve as a judge on the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Berner, nominated by President Biden, is a former Planned Parenthood litigator, has spent her career fighting for civil rights and human rights, and would be the first openly LGBTQ+ person on the Fourth Circuit. While at Planned Parenthood, she defended reproductive freedom, including access to medication abortion. Her nomination will now move to the Senate for final confirmation. 

Read more about her background here.


REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS CONTINUE THEIR ANTI-ABORTION CRUSADE: Yesterday, anti-abortion House Republicans showed us once again that attacking abortion is their number one priority. Anti-abortion lawmakers approved H.R. 6914 and H.R. 6918, two harmful bills that purport to bolster support for women and families but in reality, are filled with the anti-abortion rhetoric and provisions we’ve come to expect from these out-of-touch legislators. These are thinly veiled anti-abortion bills that would provide pregnant people with biased and inaccurate information and further shame and stigmatize people for their pregnancy outcomes.

More from HuffPost.


ARIZONA ABORTION RIGHTS BALLOT INITIATIVE HITS KEY MILESTONE: Phoenix New Times reports that the coalition pushing for the Arizona Abortion Access Act, a ballot measure to enshrine abortion rights in the state’s constitution, has gathered 250,000 signatures of the required 384,000 since launching their campaign last September. Molly Gutterud, marketing and communications senior director at Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona, one of several partner organizations spearheading the effort, told Phoenix New Times:

“We’ve still got six months ahead of us to be able to get to where we want to go, but we’re really happy with that start”. Phoenix New Times also notes that Arizona for Abortion Access aims to collect 800,000 total signatures doubling the minimum amount required. 

Read more in Phoenix New Times


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