Your Nightly Need to Know 8/17/12

After a five year battle that cost the state hundreds of thousands of dollars, Kansas has dropped all charges against Planned Parenthood. (Huffington Post)

An appeals court in Louisiana upholds a law that will make it easier for the state to shut down abortion providers. (NECN)

Three members of the feminist punk collective Pussy Riot were sentenced to two years in prison. (Guardian UK)

A new Obama campaign ad attacks Paul Ryan’s abortion stance. (Talking Points Memo)

The 16 year-old Dominican girl whose chemotherapy was delayed because of her pregnancy, has died. (RH Reality Check)

A woman going to have an abortion hilariously confronts a protester outside of the clinic. (The Frisky)

Contraception costs vary dramatically across the country. (Guardian UK)

A physician explains his motivation in traveling to Mississippi to provide abortion services. (National Partnership For Women and Families)

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