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After Benefiting From Voter Furor Over Economy, Conservatives Prioritize Divisive Social Agenda in States

The morning after Election Day, conservative candidates across the country woke up to find themselves the beneficiaries of an historic national wave of voter anger over the state of the economy and record unemployment.  Yet in the first few weeks after this clear voter statement of frustration over the economy, conservative state lawmakers across the fifty states are already making it clear that their legislative priorities next year will include pushing a divisive social agenda - an agenda that remained largely hidden during the campaign.

NJ: Gov. Christie Vetoes Bill Restoring $7.5M Grant for Family Planning

TRENTON — Saying “the state simply cannot fund every worthy program,” Gov. Chris Christie today vetoed a bill that would have restored $7.5 million for family planning clinics that provide birth control and health screenings to thousands of uninsured women.

Christie also cited budget woes to veto measures creating a $100 million home buyer tax credit program and shifting $24.6 million from the hospital charity care fund to enroll 39,000 working poor parents in the FamilyCare health insurance plan.

US: States Try New Tactics to Restrict Abortion

Frank A. Hoffmann, a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, is like many Republicans who hope the federal health care law is overturned. But just in case it’s not, he helped shepherd legislation signed by Governor Bobby Jindal last week that will ban abortion coverage from the one-stop “health exchange” that his state is legally required to create by 2014.

New State Laws Limit Reproductive Rights

Recent laws in Nebraska and Oklahoma highlight how a number of right-wing state leaders are attacking women's reproductive freedom.  These bills range from replacing the viability standard established by the U.S. Supreme Court, to forcing women to watch an ultrasound as their doctors explain the status of the fetus, to precluding women from suing their doctors if the latter misinforms women of the well-being of their fetuses.