RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal judge has rescinded his own ruling that struck down a Virginia law that said only physicians may perform first-trimester abortions.
ADEL, Iowa (AP) — Kirsten Gillibrand is promising that, if elected president, she'll only appoint Supreme Court justices who will support the Roe v. Wade decision, imposing a key legal litmus test...
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal judge has struck down a Virginia law that says only physicians can perform first-trimester abortions.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that U.S. District...
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a state law restricting access to drug-induced abortions is unconstitutional, the latest decision by the state's highest court...
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi law banning most abortions starting at about six weeks of pregnancy is unconstitutional and will make the procedure "virtually unavailable" in the state,...
Mississippi officials defend ‘heartbeat’ abortion law
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The office of Mississippi's Democratic attorney general filed papers this week defending a law that bans most abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, as early as six...
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An abortion-rights group is asking a federal judge to block a Mississippi law that will ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, about six weeks into...
Mississippi governor signs ‘heartbeat’ abortion law
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Thursday signed one of the strictest abortion laws in the nation — a measure that bans most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected,...
The Latest: Planned Parenthood criticizes abortion law
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on the signing of (all times local):
A physician who is president of Planned Parenthood of America is criticizing a Mississippi law that will...
Kaul pulls support for Indiana, Ohio abortion laws
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul has withdrawn Wisconsin's support for laws in Indiana and Ohio that limit abortion access.
Planned Parenthood rally to be held at SC statehouse
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Planned Parenthood is rallying in Columbia against any additional restrictions on abortions in South Carolina.
The group plans its "Rise Up for Reproductive Rights"...
Rhode Island House approves bill to protect abortion
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Lawmakers in the Rhode Island House of Representatives approved a bill Thursday to enshrine abortion protections in state law.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A reproductive rights organization announced Wednesday that it is filing a federal lawsuit on behalf of a Maine health care provider in an attempt to block new rules for...
High court takes abortion vote, but key tests still to come
Activists on both sides of the abortion debate are reacting cautiously to a 5-4 Supreme Court vote blocking Louisiana from enforcing new abortion regulations. They agree that the crucial tests of the court's stance are still to come.
Depending on the viewpoint, the vote represented a temporary victory or setback — but not proof as to how the court might deal with a slew of tough anti-abortion laws working their way through state legislatures and federal courts.
Kansas judge rules telemedicine abortions can continue
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A judge ruled Monday that Kansas cannot stop telemedicine abortions, thwarting the latest attempt by state lawmakers to prevent doctors from providing pregnancy-ending pills to women they see by remote video conferences.
District Judge Franklin Theis ruled that a law barring telemedicine abortions and set to take effect in January has no legal force. During an earlier hearing, Theis derided the law as an "air ball" because of how lawmakers wrote it.
2 state lawmakers push for bill to protect abortion rights
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Two state lawmakers say they'll once again try to pass legislation codifying the landmark Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade's abortion protections into Rhode Island law.
Democratic state Sen. Gayle Goldin and Rep. Edith Ajello say they've pre-filed the Reproductive Health Care Act for the 2019 session.
Fate of Kansas’ ban on telemedicine abortions uncertain
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas clinics still don't know whether it will be legal for them to offer telemedicine abortions in January even though a state-court judge on Friday derided an upcoming ban as an "air ball" that can't stop doctors from providing pregnancy-ending pills to patients they don't see in person.
- Wisconsin State JournalCynthia Tucker: GOP drags us closer to a 'Handmaid's Tale' futureMay 12, 2019
- San Antonio Express-NewsAnti-abortion does not mean pro-lifeApril 15, 2019
- Today's News-HeraldPlanned Parenthood files abortion suit against ArizonaApril 11, 2019
- The Herald-DispatchMiss. governor signs heartbeat abortion lawMarch 22, 2019
Activist stripped of green card, ordered deported to Mexico
ANNANDALE, Va. (AP) — An Arizona judge has stripped a prominent Washington-area immigration and reproductive rights organizer of her green card and ordered her deportation.
Brooklyn man charged with threatening US senator
NEW YORK (AP) — Federal authorities say a Brooklyn man threatened to murder a U.S. senator for criticizing President Donald Trump and supporting reproductive rights.
Prosecutors said Wednesday that Michael Brogan was charged with threatening to kill a federal official.
Group challenges Kansas ban on telemedicine abortions
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A group that supports abortion rights on Thursday filed a lawsuit challenging a Kansas ban on telemedicine abortions, a practice that allows women in rural areas to get abortion pills without an in-office consultation in a city clinic.
Gubernatorial hopefuls describe differences in 2nd debate
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo and Republican gubernatorial hopeful Allan Fung would take different approaches to protecting abortion rights and enforcing immigration law if elected in November.
The front-runners in the race for governor sought to communicate their differences to voters in their second debate Monday.
Raimondo wants the legislature to codify the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade ruling. Fung says he wouldn't support anything that permits late-term abortions.
1st district hopefuls meet for public radio debate
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Pushing back against both debate moderators and his opponent, Republican congressional hopeful Eddie Edwards said Wednesday that questions about race, reproductive rights and President Donald Trump's behavior serve only to further divide Americans.
Abortion rights group seeks rehearing on Louisiana law
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A group that supports abortion rights wants a federal appeals court to revisit its split decision upholding a Louisiana law that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.
The Center for Reproductive Rights asked in documents filed Friday that the full 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rehear the case. A panel of judges on the appellate court, in a split 2-1 decision last month, upheld the law.
WASHINGTON (AP) — To hear Republicans tell it, Brett Kavanaugh is a skilled and well-respected judge who reveres the Constitution. To Democrats, he's a threat to women's reproductive rights and the Obama health care program.
It's likely to become the most turbulent confirmation fight for a Supreme Court justice in years, with Kavanaugh already being cast as a hero or villain.
Judge issues injunction in abortion provider case
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An advanced practice registered nurse and a certified nurse midwife can provide abortions in Montana — as long as they have the proper training — while they challenge the constitutionality of a state law that allows only physicians and physician assistants to perform abortions, a judge has ruled.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's only abortion clinic is expanding its challenge of a state law that bans abortion after 15 weeks.
The clinic, Jackson Women's Health Organization, filed papers Monday asking a federal court to block state restrictions that have been the law for years, including a 24-hour waiting period that requires a woman to make two trips to the clinic — one for counseling and one to have the abortion.
- Business WireDKT WomanCare Participates with DKT-Egypt/MENA in Africa Health Exposition 2019, Sponsoring the Medical Obstetrics Conference and a Presentation by Reproductive Rights Pioneer Dr. Eddie Mhlanga on Reducing Maternal MortalityMay 15, 2019
- Business WireNational Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH) Announces Honorees for Annual Champions of Choice Awards LuncheonApril 8, 2019
- BusinessWireVagisil® Announces the Launch of Its Preventeza™ Emergency Contraceptive #WeAre1in2 Campaign and Buy-One, Get-One or Give-one (BoGoGo) Promotion to Showcase Solidarity Around Women’s Reproductive RightsJuly 6, 2018
Correction: Abortion-Mississippi story
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — In a story March 19 about abortion legislation, The Associated Press erroneously identified the name of a group involved in legal action opposing the law. It is the Center for Reproductive Rights, not the Center of Reproductive Rights.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Quick court fight as Mississippi sets 15-week abortion ban
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Democrats on Thursday began abandoning what started as a bipartisan effort to reconstruct the state's constitution, with state party leaders calling the proposal an attempt to scale back women's rights across the state.
But chief sponsors of the bills, filed in both the state House and Senate, said the proposal had nothing to do with abortion or reproductive rights and everything to do with fixing an out-of-balance power structure.
Abortion-rights supporters push back against gains by foes
Foes of abortion have pushed through several hundred state laws restricting access to the procedure over the past decade. This year, as never before, abortion-rights supporters are fighting back nationwide with proposals to protect and expand access to abortion and contraception.
If you are like a lot of Montanans, your primary health care provider is an advanced practice clinician, not a doctor. But under Montana law that same clinician may not be able to provide an abortion, a safe and common medical procedure.
Advocacy groups want nurse practitioner to perform abortions
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Two advocacy groups that support abortion rights are challenging the constitutionality of a Montana law that allows only physicians and physician assistants to perform abortions.
The Center for Reproductive Rights and the ACLU of Montana filed a lawsuit in District Court in Helena on Tuesday, arguing that advanced practice registered nurses are qualified to perform the procedure.
HARTFORD — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Monday vowed to fight for women’s reproductive rights, in the face of a pending Senate debate scheduled for later in the day that would outlaw abortions for fetuses that are more than 20-weeks-old.
During a news conference in the State Capitol complex, advocates noted that in many cases of later-term abortions, the life and constitutional protections of women are at-risk. The bill passed the House in October.
The Latest: Austin women’s march features Wendy Davis
HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on women's marches around Texas (all times local):
A women's march in Austin featured former Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis and individuals dressed like characters from the dystopian novel "The Handmaid's Tale."
Davis, who in 2013 garnered national attention for her nearly 13-hour filibuster over new Texas abortion restrictions, spoke at a rally Saturday at the state Capitol.
Gov. Tom Wolf has vetoed Senate Bill 3, the anti-choice legislation that he said would have severely limited women’s reproductive rights and health care options.
Many had called the bill one of the strictest abortion laws in the country.
“This legislation is a disingenuous and bald-faced attempt to create the most extreme anti-choice legislation in the country,” Wolf said in a statement.
Judge narrows challenges to some Louisiana abortion laws
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge this week cut one Louisiana abortion law from a suit filed by an abortion clinic and its doctors, and narrowed challenges to four other laws.
The law no longer in the suit restricts donation of fetal tissue, said attorney Zoe Levine of the Center for Reproductive Rights, which had sued against all seven laws passed last year in the state.
Oklahoma judge again overturns medical abortion restriction
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma judge has again overturned a state law restricting women's access to drug-induced abortions, according to attorneys for the state and for the groups challenging the law.
Oklahoma County District Judge Patricia Parrish on Friday overturned a 2014 state law that banned "off-label" use of medication used for abortions.
Tennessee editorial roundup
Recent editorials from Tennessee newspapers:
The Commercial Appeal of Memphis on abortion in Tennessee:
Forty-four years after women's reproductive rights were confirmed in the landmark Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision, some notable progress is being made against the state-level guerrilla warfare aimed at undermining the decision.
Bill seeks to assure contraceptive coverage in Massachusetts
BOSTON (AP) — Health insurers and advocates for women's reproductive rights agreed Tuesday on legislation that seeks to protect birth control coverage in Massachusetts regardless of future action by Congress or President Donald Trump's administration.
The compromise unveiled at the Statehouse would generally require continued insurance coverage, without co-payments, of contraceptives that are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Polish women march again, year after large ‘black protest’
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Thousands of Poles, mostly women, marched through Warsaw and other Polish cities Tuesday to demand greater reproductive rights and protest what they see as discrimination by the conservative government.
The demonstrations came on the first anniversary of a massive so-called "Black Protest" by women dressed in black that stopped a plan in parliament for a total ban on abortion.
Arkansas appeals judge’s order blocking new abortion laws
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas is appealing a federal judge's order that blocks the state from enforcing four new abortion restrictions, including a ban on a common second-trimester procedure.
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge on Friday filed a notice that she was appealing.
U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker issued a preliminary injunction last month that halted the new abortion laws. The four restrictions were enacted earlier this year. Three were set to take effect on Aug. 1.
Recently, New Mexico’s Rep. Ben Ray Luján, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, told The Hill that there will be no litmus test for Democrats who oppose abortion rights and are seeking financial support from the DCCC. To note, Luján has a strong record of both championing for Planned Parenthood and fighting to protect the Affordable Care Act.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Corruption and a rigged political system are battle cries of both sides in a debate over whether New Yorkers should vote this fall to rewrite the state constitution.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge has blocked Arkansas from enforcing four new abortion restrictions, including a ban on a common second trimester procedure and a fetal remains law that opponents say would effectively require a partner's consent before a woman could get an abortion.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Abortion rights supporters said Thursday four new Arkansas laws they're trying to block would create unnecessary delays for women seeking the procedure and could effectively require a partner's consent beforehand, while the state argued the groups are coming up with problems that don't exist in the new restrictions.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — After court victories against abortion laws in Texas and Louisiana, a reproductive rights group filed a federal challenge on Tuesday of a Louisiana licensing law it blames for more than a thousand burdensome anti-abortion regulations.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on lawsuit challenging Louisiana's abortion clinic licensing laws (all times local):
The Louisiana Attorney General's Office says lawyers are still evaluating a lawsuit challenging Louisiana's licensing laws and regulations for abortion clinics. But in a statement, it says "our office is confident the laws are constitutional."
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Abortion-rights groups asked a federal court Tuesday to block Arkansas from enforcing new restrictions lawmakers approved this year, including a ban on a commonly used second-trimester procedure that the groups say would make it nearly impossible for many women in the state to have an abortion.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the U.N. population agency, Babatunde Osotimehin, who was a global leader in promoting public health and sexual and reproductive rights and services for women and girls, died at his home, the agency announced Monday.
Osotimehin, who was 68, had led the United Nations Population Fund, known as UNFPA, since 2011. The agency said he died Sunday evening.