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June 9, 2021, 5:28 PM

Federal appeals court blocks sweeping Missouri abortion law

A federal appeals court panel has blocked Missouri from enforcing a sweeping state abortion law that bans the procedures at or after eight weeks of pregnancy
June 9, 2021, 5:28 PM
June 8, 2021, 11:40 AM

Viral high school graduate on front lines of abortion debate

In her valedictorian speech, 18-year-old Paxton Smith denounced Texas’ new law, which bans abortion after around six weeks. She’s one of many young people getting involved in the nationwide debate.
June 8, 2021, 11:40 AM
Viral high school graduate on front lines of abortion debate
June 4, 2021, 1:01 PM

Valedictorian takes on new abortion law in viral speech

The high school senior changed the subject of her graduation speech without telling her school. ABC News’ Andrea Fujii has the details.
June 4, 2021, 1:01 PM
Valedictorian takes on new abortion law in viral speech
May 25, 2021, 5:31 AM

Mississippi's last abortion clinic at center of US debate

Protesters yell and wave signs outside Mississippi's only abortion clinic on the three or four days it is open each week
May 25, 2021, 5:31 AM
Last abortion clinic in state at center of US debate
1 month ago

Mississippi's last abortion clinic at center of US debate

Protesters yell and wave signs outside Mississippi's only abortion clinic on the three or four days it is open each week
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1 month ago

Cost of care, distance to clinics drives demand for self-managed abortion: Study

A study on self-managed medication abortions found the most common reason to seek one was the cost of in-clinic care.
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Study shows what drives demand for self-managed abortion
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ND governor vetoes penalizing state colleges over abortions

He partially vetoed a bill to penalize the state’s 11 colleges and universities.
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N Carolina GOP advances bill to ban Down syndrome abortions

North Carolina Republican lawmakers have advanced a bill to make it illegal for physicians to perform abortions because of the fetus’ race or a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome
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Erosion of reproductive rights with 28 abortion restrictions signed in 4 days: Report

A new Guttmacher Institute report shows a large number of abortion restrictions were signed this week.
2 months ago
Especially hostile week for abortion rights: Report
2 months ago

Oklahoma governor signs 3 anti-abortion bills into law

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has signed three anti-abortion bills into law
2 months ago
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Tennessee could require fetal remains be buried or cremated

It will now be up to Tennessee's Republican Gov. Bill Lee to decide whether some medical providers will be required to cremate or bury fetal remains from surgical abortions
2 months ago
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US court lifts hold on Ohio's Down syndrome abortion law

A federal court has upheld an Ohio law prohibiting doctors from performing abortions based on a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome
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Anti-abortion bills abound; their fate in court is unknown

At an intense pace, Republican lawmakers consider tough abortion restrictions.
3 months ago
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With Supreme Court in mind, states aim to curb abortion rights

Lawmakers are introducing new bills to restrict abortion rights.
4 months ago
With Supreme Court in mind, states aim to curb abortion rights
4 months ago

Arkansas Senate approves bill banning nearly all abortions

The Arkansas Senate has approved a measure banning nearly all abortions in the state, despite objections to it not allowing the procedure for victims of rape or incest
4 months ago
4 months ago

Request to allow abortion waiting period in Tennessee denied

Court has denied a request to keep Tennessee’s waiting period for abortions.
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Conservatives praise South Carolina win on abortion ban

Some conservatives in South Carolina say a bill that passed the state Senate banning most abortions is a big step for them, but isn't the end of their efforts
5 months ago
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Argentina's abortion law enters force under watchful eyes

Argentina’s groundbreaking abortion law goes into force Sunday under the watchful eyes of women’s groups and government officials, who hope to ensure its full implementation despite opposition from conservative and church groups
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Appeals court revisits Texas ban on abortion procedure

Attorneys for the state of Texas have returned to a federal appeals court to argue that the state should be able to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure
5 months ago
6 months ago

Mass. Legislature overrides veto, expands access to abortion

The Massachusetts Senate has voted to override the Republican governor’s veto of legislation that expands access to abortion in the state, making the measure law
6 months ago
7 months ago

US won't seek death penalty in Planned Parenthood case

Federal prosecutors say they won't seek the death penalty against a man accused of killing three people and injuring nine others at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado in 2015
7 months ago
7 months ago

Spotlight on policy: Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood CEO Alexis McGill Johnson discusses what the organization hopes to see from the Biden administration.
7 months ago
Spotlight on policy: Planned Parenthood
7 months ago

Court: Tennessee can enforce Down syndrome abortion ban

Republican Gov. Bill Lee enacted the so-called “reason bans” earlier this year.
7 months ago
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City repeals noise rule on only Mississippi abortion clinic

Mississippi’s capital city has repealed a local law that sought to restrict noise levels outside the state’s only abortion clinic
7 months ago
8 months ago

Federal appeals court upholds Kentucky abortion law

A federal appeals court has upheld a decades-old Kentucky law requiring abortion clinics to have written agreements with a hospital and an ambulance service in case of medical emergencies
8 months ago
8 months ago

Federal judge rules Tennessee abortion law unconstitutional

A federal judge has ruled that Tennessee’s 48-hour waiting period law for abortions is unconstitutional
8 months ago
10 months ago

Texas renews court effort to ban abortion procedure

Texas officials are trying to get a federal appeals court’s permission to enforce a ban on a commonly used second-trimester abortion procedure, even though the court has not yet ruled on its constitutionality
10 months ago
10 months ago

Georgia appeals ruling that blocked restrictive abortion law

Georgia is appealing a federal judge’s ruling that permanently blocked the restrictive abortion measure lawmakers passed last year
10 months ago
1 year ago

Federal agencies appeal suspension of abortion pill rule

The Trump administration has asked a federal appeals court to reinstate a rule that has required women to visit a hospital, clinic or medical office to obtain an abortion pill during the COVID-19 pandemic
1 year ago
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Christian abortion critics urge Dems to change platform

A group of more than 100 Christian pastors, religion professors and other advocates is urging the Democratic National Committee to adopt a party platform that’s friendlier to abortion opponents
1 year ago
Christian abortion critics urge Dems to change platform
1 year ago

Georgia's 6-week abortion ban officially struck down

A federal judge struck down Georgia's controversial ban on abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.
1 year ago
Georgia's 6-week abortion ban officially struck down
1 year ago

Judge: Women can get abortion pill without doctor visits

A federal judge has agreed to suspend a rule that requires women during the COVID-19 pandemic to visit a hospital, clinic or medical office to obtain an abortion pill
1 year ago
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Tennessee governor signs, court blocks 6-week abortion ban

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has signed one of the strictest abortion bans in the country and a federal judge quickly blocked the measure that includes a ban as early as six weeks into the pregnancy
1 year ago
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Supreme Court's abortion ruling raises stakes for election

Supporters of abortion rights were elated, and foes of abortion dismayed, after the Supreme Court issued its first major abortion ruling since President Donald Trump took office
1 year ago
Supreme Court's abortion ruling raises stakes for election
1 year ago

Abortion rights advocates say Supreme Court ruling is a victory but 'our fight is far from over'

The Supreme Court voted in a 5-4 decision to strike down a Louisiana law.
1 year ago
Advocates say Supreme Court abortion ruling a victory but 'fight is far from over'
1 year ago

Supreme Court hands down major decision reaffirming abortion rights in Louisiana case

The Supreme Court announced its ruling on the Louisiana abortion case June Medical Services v. Russo.
1 year ago
Supreme Court hands down major decision on abortion
1 year ago

WH, Republicans attack SCOTUS abortion decision, Democrats declare victory

The Supreme Court overturned a Louisiana abortion law on Monday.
1 year ago
WH, Republicans attack SCOTUS abortion decision
1 year ago

Supreme Court strikes down restrictive abortion law in Louisiana

In a 5 to 4 vote, the court said the law would place an undue burden on women seeking an abortion.
1 year ago
Supreme Court strikes down restrictive abortion law in Louisiana
1 year ago

Tennessee passes 6-week abortion ban during last-second budget negotiation

The Tennessee state legislature passed a restrictive abortion bill in a closed chamber overnight.
1 year ago
Tennessee passes 6-week abortion ban during last-second budget negotiation
1 year ago

Ruling means Missouri's last abortion clinic stays open

Missouri’s only abortion clinic will be able to keep operating after a state government administrator decided that the health department was wrong not to renew the license of Planned Parenthood’s St. Louis facility
1 year ago
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Doctors sue to block FDA abortion pill rule during pandemic

A group of physicians has asked a federal court to suspend a U.S. Food and Drug Administration rule that requires patients to visit a hospital, clinic or medical office to get an abortion pill
1 year ago
Doctors sue to block FDA abortion pill rule during pandemic
1 year ago

Abortion funds see an increase in calls during the coronavirus pandemic

Abortion funds are reporting an increase in calls since the coronavirus pandemic hit the United States.
1 year ago
Abortion funds see an increase in calls during the coronavirus pandemic
1 year ago

Kentucky's Democratic governor vetoes abortion legislation

Kentucky's Democratic governor has vetoed abortion legislation pushed by Republican lawmakers
1 year ago
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Federal judge: Oklahoma abortion ban can't be enforced

A federal judge says Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt's attempt to ban abortions during the coronavirus pandemic cannot be enforced
1 year ago
Judge: Oklahoma abortion ban can't be enforced
1 year ago

Poles divided on 'draconian' abortion, sex education bills

Polish lawmakers are set to debate draft laws that would impose a near-total ban on abortion, criminalize school sex education and equate homosexuality with pedophilia despite similar bills getting dropped in the past due to a popular outcry
1 year ago
Polish leaders debate controversial bills on abortion, sex ed during virus: Critics
1 year ago

Texas clinics ask Supreme Court to allow certain abortions

They want certain abortions to continue during the coronavirus pandemic.
1 year ago
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Judge blocks ban on some Texas abortions during outbreak

A federal judge has blocked the enforcement, in some cases, of an executive order banning abortions in Texas during the coronavirus pandemic
1 year ago
Judge blocks ban on some Texas abortions during outbreak
1 year ago

Court lifts part of order blocking Texas abortion ban

A federal appeals court has partially lifted a lower-court order that largely blocked the enforcement of a Texas abortion ban during the coronavirus pandemic
1 year ago
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New Zealand passes landmark law to decriminalize abortion

The bill treats abortion as a health issue rather than a crime.
1 year ago
New Zealand passes landmark law to decriminalize abortion
1 year ago

'Last clinic' standing? Critics fear abortion case before Supreme Court could have nationwide impact on abortion facilities

Kathaleen Pittman's clinic is now challenging a Louisiana law that requires doctors to have admitting privileges in nearby hospitals.
1 year ago
Critics fear SCOTUS abortion case could have wide impact on abortion facilities