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In March, iVillage introduced its list of 50 Best to Worst States for Women, looking at a variety of issues on our minds this election year -- health, economic well-being, female representation in government, parenting, education and reproductive rights. Of course, any list is a snapshot in time, and issues evolve. So as we get closer to Election Day, iVillage will bring you updates on what's happening across the country on the issues that matter most to women.
Florida -- Last week, Florida Governor Rick Scott vetoed $1.5 million in funding for the state's rape crisis centers, claiming that the money was "duplicative" since the state already funds other sexual violence programs. His veto came during April and is being challenged by the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence, which says the current funding is used for education, not for victims' services.
Oklahoma -- In an attempt to define "life" as beginning at conception, some lawmakers in Oklahoma this year introduced a so-called "personhood" bill that would have defined a fertilized human egg as a person. The state Senate passed the legislation, but it will not come up for a vote this year, as the Oklahoma House of Representatives is now refusing to bring it up for vote. However, the question of how to define "personhood" may still be on the ballot there in November for voters to weigh in on.
Alabama -- News reports that a new Alabama law that would require women to take the "morning after pill" in the presence of a doctor, turned out to be false. Alabama law does mandate that a woman must take the RU-486 pill, or the abortion pill, in a physician's office. But the "morning after pill" is a different drug with a different protocol, which prevents pregnancy, rather than terminating an existing pregnancy.
Mississippi -- Legislation being advocated by some in Mississippi that would have banned abortion as soon as a fetal heartbeat is detected (around six weeks) will also not come to a vote this year. News came this week that the head of the state's Senate Judiciary Committee would not allow it to come up for a full vote because state lawmakers are limited in what laws they can and cannot pass regarding abortions in the first trimester of pregnancy.