New Trump administration rules imposing additional hurdles for women seeking abortions can take effect while the government appeals decisions that blocked them, a federal appeals court said...
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Planned Parenthood is building the stage for another possible fight over abortion in Alabama: a large women's clinic that's under construction despite the state's passage...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has given preliminary approval to a $215 million settlement of a federal lawsuit against the University of Southern California stemming from sexual abuse allegations...
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed sweeping abortion protections into law on Wednesday, establishing women's access to the procedure as a "fundamental right" and putting Illinois at...
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal judge in Richmond is being asked to decide whether four Virginia abortion laws create mere inconveniences or undue burdens for women seeking abortions.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentine activists launched a renewed effort Tuesday seeking to legalize elective abortions in the homeland of Pope Francis after narrowly falling short last...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A handful of student protesters lined the sidewalk in front of First Care Pregnancy Center in Prospect Park in late April. One of their signs proclaimed that the clinic behind...
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A doctor testifying Monday in a lawsuit challenging four abortion-restriction laws in Virginia said abortion is "one of the safest medical procedures that exist."
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Inside Mississippi's only abortion clinic, administrator Shannon Brewer has been fielding phone calls from women who want to know whether they can still terminate a pregnancy...
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — As abortion opponents cheer the passage of fetal heartbeat laws and other bans on the procedure, abortion-rights groups have been waging a quieter battle in courthouses around...
ATLANTA (AP) — Opponents of a Georgia law banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected vow to take their fight from the state Capitol to the courthouse.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — It's time for states with leaders who support abortion rights to go on the offensive against Trump administration attempts to restrict abortion that would reduce access to...
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A doctor who worked at a Tacoma women's health clinic has had his medical license suspended after being found guilty of having sex with an underage girl.
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts, led by a Republican governor, has become the first state to approve money to offset the potential loss of federal funding to women's reproductive health organizations...
Speaker pledges to offset cuts under abortion “gag rule”
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo is pledging to offset the loss of federal funding to women's reproductive health organizations due to a new Trump administration rule...
HOUSTON (AP) — An anti-abortion group hired by Texas to bolster women's health services is seeking federal family planning funding after the state cancelled $6 million in troubled contracts with...
Study: About 4 percent of women are pregnant when jailed
WASHINGTON (AP) — About 4 percent of women incarcerated in state prisons across the U.S. were pregnant when they were jailed, according to a new study released Thursday that researchers hope will...
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Democratic Gov. Janet Mills wants to expand access to abortions by allowing nurse practitioners, physician assistants and certified nurse-midwives to perform procedures in...
Gov. Evers pitches $28Mfor women’s health care issues
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers wants to restore funding for Planned Parenthood that his Republican predecessor cut as part of a nearly $28 million plan to expand access to women's...
Pregnancy center vandalized amid late-term abortion debate
CULPEPER, Va. (AP) — Authorities say a Virginia pregnancy center has been vandalized days after a debate over late-term abortion in the state capital sparked controversy nationwide.
Police said in a statement that the vandalism reported early Friday at the Pregnancy Center of Culpeper included spray-painted messages on the building and signs and a broken window. Images from the scene show the messages include "YOU HATE WOMEN" and "FAKE."
Indiana, Kentucky join Planned Parenthood’s western alliance
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Planned Parenthood's affiliate overseeing Hawaii and three western states announced Friday that it was adding Indiana and Kentucky, a first-of-its-kind consolidation based not on geography but on reallocating resources to fight new abortion restrictions in the Midwest and South.
Virginia abortion feud erupts; governor blasted for comments
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A push by Virginia Democrats to loosen restrictions on late-term abortions is erupting into a fierce partisan clash because of a viral video in which a lawmaker acknowledges her legislation would allow abortions up until moments before birth.
Governor says state must act to protect women’s health
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's first female governor vowed Tuesday to fight back against efforts nationwide to make it harder for women to access reproductive health services, including abortion.
Democratic Gov. Janet Mills spoke at a press conference led by Planned Parenthood's Maine lobbying arm. She spoke alongside other Democratic leaders marking the 46th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion.
Surgeons fear pelvic mesh lawsuits will spook patients
SEATTLE (AP) — Doctors who specialize in female pelvic medicine say lawsuits by four states, including Washington and California, over products used to treat pelvic floor disorders and incontinence might scare patients away from the best treatment options — or maybe even push the products off the market.
US appeals court hears New Orleans abortion case
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Planned Parenthood lawsuit accusing Louisiana officials of illegally delaying a license for a new abortion clinic in New Orleans should be dismissed, the state's attorneys told a federal appeals court Wednesday.
The Latest: Louisiana says abortion suit should be dismissed
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on Planned Parenthood's lawsuit alleging that Louisiana officials are violating federal law by delaying action on the health organization's application for a license to perform abortions in New Orleans (all times local):
Louisiana officials have told a federal appeals court in New Orleans that a lawsuit against the state by Planned Parenthood should be dismissed.
Panel rules against proposed South Bend abortion clinic
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A nonprofit group that wants to open an abortion clinic in South Bend was dealt a setback Wednesday after an Indiana health department administrative panel ruled that the agency acted properly when it denied the group a license.
Trump administration finalizes birth control opt-out policy
WASHINGTON (AP) — A day after Republicans expanded their Senate majority, the Trump administration on Wednesday finalized a policy change that allows some employers with religious or moral objections to opt out of providing no-cost birth control for female workers.
3 women claim doctor abused them at Oregon prison
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Three women are suing a gynecologist and Oregon prison officials, claiming they were abused during medical examinations at the state women's prison.
Topeka Veterans Affairs opens new women’s health center
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Female veterans now have their own Veterans Affairs' health center in Topeka.
The Topeka VA opened the new women's center on Friday.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports said nearly 4,000 women veterans use the VA Eastern Kansas Health Center.
VA Eastern Kansas director Rudy Klopfer said that 10 years ago, the organization had one provider for women housed in a small, one-room space.
Texas cancels troubled contract with anti-abortion group
HOUSTON (AP) — Texas is canceling $6 million in troubled contracts with an anti-abortion group hired to bolster women's health services after Republican lawmakers cut off Planned Parenthood, and officials said Friday that more than $1 million in billings are under investigation.
Tulane holding 3rd biennial Black Women’s Health Conference
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tulane University is holding a free conference about black women's health Friday and Saturday. The topic is "Matters of the Heart: Cardiovascular Disease, Health and Healing."
Most sessions of the third Biennial Black Women's Health Conference will be held at Myra Clara Rogers Memorial Chapel, with the keynote luncheon Saturday at the Lavin-Bernick Center.
Judge strikes down Kentucky law in win for abortion clinic
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — In a victory for abortion-rights supporters, a federal judge struck down a Kentucky law that had put the state's last abortion clinic at risk of closing when Gov. Matt Bevin's administration cited it in a licensing fight with the facility.
Governor signs into law women’s health care bills
WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo has signed into law three bills dealing with women's health care issues.
The Democratic governor on Thursday also called on state lawmakers to pass legislation codifying the landmark Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade's abortion protections into Rhode Island law.
She says women's right to seek an abortion is threatened as President Donald Trump has nominated conservative federal appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has ordered the state's Medicaid agency to continue covering "necessary medical care and important women's health and family planning services" but also "to terminate abortion clinics as Medicaid providers."
The executive order, directed at the state Department of Health and Human Services late last week, comes after the Republican vetoed $16 million in family planning funds from the state budget.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Supreme Court striking down a California law related to abortion (all times local):
Abortion-rights supporters say the Supreme Court "turned its back on women" by striking down a California law requiring anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers to provide information about abortion services.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A group of women's health care providers filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking to overturn a number of Virginia's abortion regulations in light of a landmark 2016 U.S. Supreme Court ruling.
The lawsuit filed in federal court challenges Virginia laws, some decades old, that restrict who can provide an abortion and how it can be provided. The plaintiffs argue the laws are unconstitutional obstacles to care that are not supported by medical evidence.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A lawsuit challenging the nation's most restrictive abortion law was filed Tuesday in Iowa, a state that for years was largely left out of Republican efforts to overturn abortion protections and where the Democratic attorney general has refused to defend the law.
For 38 years, EMW Women's Surgical Center has been performing abortions in Louisville, Kentucky.
It's now the last abortion provider in the state, and it's fighting to keep its doors open and to prevent Kentucky from becoming the first state in the nation without an abortion option.
When flying in a plane, the flight attendant reminds passengers to put their own oxygen mask on before helping others. The same analogy is true for women’s health, celebrated nationally in the month of May. Many women prioritize their families, parents or jobs over their own emotional and physical well-being.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Attorneys in Baltimore are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that struck down as unconstitutional an ordinance requiring pregnancy centers notify patients if they don't offer abortion or birth control services.
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in January that the ordinance unconstitutionally compelled speech by Christian-based Greater Baltimore Center for Pregnancy Concerns Inc., which opposes abortion.
Total Women's Care has opened and is seeking appointments geared toward women's health in the Heights.
Total Women's Care of the Heights offers a full range of care for women of all ages and stages of life. Dr. Vonne Jones, a Houston native and obstetrics and gynecology specialist, has practiced in Houston since graduation from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 2008.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The most restrictive abortion law in the United States was in effect less than 24 hours before a federal judge temporarily blocked it Tuesday during what could become a long legal fight between Mississippi's Republican governor and the state's only abortion clinic.
The Latest: Judge to hear request to block abortion law
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on a Mississippi law banning most abortions after 15 weeks (all times local):
A federal judge will consider a request to block a Mississippi law banning most abortions after 15 weeks of gestation less than 24 hours after the law took effect.
U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves late Monday evening set a Tuesday morning hearing to consider the request for a temporary restraining order by the state's only abortion clinic.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge is upholding part of a Mississippi law that says doctors who perform abortions must be board-certified or board-eligible in obstetrics and gynecology.
The 2012 law also says doctors doing abortions must have hospital admitting privileges. However, U.S. District Judge Dan Jordan blocked Mississippi from enforcing that portion of the law in 2012 after the state's only abortion clinic sued.
Murphy reverses Christie, approves $7.5M for women’s health
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's new Democratic governor signed legislation Wednesday setting aside about $7.5 million for family-planning and women's health, reversing course on former Republican Gov. Chris Christie's handling of the issue.
It's the first bill that Gov. Phil Murphy has signed into law since succeeding Christie, who vetoed the spending throughout his two terms.
Lawmakers pass $7.5M in spending for women’s health
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Assembly approved $7.5 million in spending for family-planning and women's health.
The Democrat-led Assembly passed the legislation Thursday. It's a small fraction of the state's nearly $35 billion budget, but the legislation has taken on political significance during the former Gov. Chris Christie's administration.
Christie, a Republican, vetoed similar legislation throughout his two terms, saying the funding circumvented the budget process.