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The Senate Finance Committee has finished work on health care amendments, and a committee vote is expected next week.

Senator Maria Cantwell’s amendment to allow other states to establish basic health care plans for low-income residents similar to Washington’s program but funded by the federal government was adopted yesterday.

Judy Waxman of the National Women’s Law Center writes that even though Sen. Orrin Hatch’s anti-choice amendments were defeated in committee, access to abortion care is still in jeopardy in the health care reform process.

Right-wing Rep. Michele Bachmann railed against the House health care bill on the floor of the House Wednesday night, arguing among other things that it would establish “sex clinics” in schools providing abortions for teenage girls.

The New York Times editorial board argues that the Alabama Supreme Court ruling upholding a ban on the sale of sex toys, which may be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, has broad implications for the right to privacy.

The Centers for Disease Control issues a reminder that the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu, is particularly dangerous for pregnant women.

Senator Patty Murray introduced the SAFE Act, which would enable victims of domestic violence to take time off from work to deal with leaving their abusers and getting legal help without getting their pay docked.  The legislation also prohibits insurers and employers from discriminating against victims of domestic violence.

The Stranger’s Dominic Holden echoes a concern by blogger Lurleen at Pam’s House Blend that the anti-gay rights campaign to reject Referendum 71 might get a last-minute cash-influx.

A Texas judge ruled that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution.

Monday is the deadline to update voter registration information in Washington in order to be eligible to vote in the November 3 General Election.  First-time registrants have until October 26, but must register in person.

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