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South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem at the Conservative Political Action Conference  in Dallas, Texas, in July. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) signed an executive order on Tuesday requiring abortion medications to be picked up from a doctor's office.

The big picture: The move comes on the heels of Texas' near-total ban on abortion and other Republican lawmakers pledging to follow suit.

Details: The order mandates that abortion medications can only be dispensed in a doctor's office and require a medical exam.

  • Noem's move cuts off access to abortion services via tele-health, an option that became essential during the pandemic. South Dakota has only one abortion clinic, according to online registries.
  • State law prohibits abortions for women who are beyond 22 weeks gestation. However, Noem's order effectively bars abortions for residents without means to travel long distances for the procedure.

The bottom line: Anti-abortion lawmakers are taking the U.S. Supreme Court's silence on Texas' six-week abortion ban as a green light to cut back access to reproductive healthcare services.

Editor's note: This headline has been updated to correct that Noem is governor of South Dakota.

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Ohio sues Biden admin over reversal of Trump-era abortion referral ban

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost. Photo: Justin Merriman/Getty Images

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration Monday over a Trump-era ban on abortion referrals that President Biden overturned earlier this month.

The big picture: The lawsuit aims to reinstate two measures included in the 2019 legislation that required federally funded family planning clinics to be "financially independent of abortion clinics," and refrain from referring patients for abortions.

Texas House probes school library books dealing with race and sexuality

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Texas state Rep. Matt Krause (R), chair of the Texas House Committee on General Investigating, announced Wednesday that he's initiating a probe into schools' library books, according to a letter sent to the state's education agency and other superintendents.

Why it matters: The probe focuses on books that discuss race, sexuality, or "make students feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress because of their race or sex," Krause wrote in the letter.

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Iran agrees to resume Vienna nuclear talks in November

Ali Bagheri (R) with Enrique Mora in Tehran on Oct. 14. Photo: Iranian Foreign Ministry handout via Getty

Iran's new chief nuclear negotiator said following a meeting in Brussels on Wednesday that Iran would resume negotiations in Vienna before the end of November, with the exact date to be set next week.

Why it matters: The Vienna talks have been frozen since Iran's new hardline president, Ebrahim Raisi, was elected in June. This is the most direct commitment from Raisi's government to return to the negotiating table.