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A pro-abortion-rights group is gearing up for battle in the most unlikely of trenches

Friday, September 2nd, 2016
By Maxwell TaniBusiness Insider

After years of setbacks in battles with conservative state legislatures, one women’s health group is going back on the offensive.

This month, NARAL, one of the country’s most prominent reproductive-rights groups, launched Tennessee Total Access, the first of a potential series of programs aimed at organizing pockets of pro-choice support in deeply conservative states.

Earlier this month, NARAL dispatched national staffers to the state to help establish a network of potential members and supporters who can be called to action to support like-minded candidates or oppose candidates in the state whom the organization sees as antiabortion.

The group launched the project hoping to capitalize on a favorable ruling in the Supreme Court’s Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt decision, which found that Texas’ laws requiring abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles placed an undue burden on abortion access.

Tennessee has similar laws on the books that abortion-rights activists and groups like Planned Parenthood are looking to challenge.

Groups like NARAL are hoping that June’s high-court decision represented a sea change that will allow them to permanently roll back laws in conservative states that effectively limit the number of abortion providers across the country.

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