Judge stays Kentucky’s fetal heartbeat bill, keeping the state’s lone abortion clinic open — for now

Judge stays Kentucky’s fetal heartbeat bill, keeping the state’s lone abortion clinic open —...

A federal judge temporarily blocked a Kentucky law that would effectively ban abortions in the state on Friday — the latest battle site in the right’s ongoing campaign to bring legislation to the Supreme Court that could challenge Roe v. Wade. US District Judge David Hale, who was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2014,…
How Puerto Rico Became The Latest Battleground For Abortion Rights

How Puerto Rico Became The Latest Battleground For Abortion Rights

The most recent version of the bill, which pro-choice advocates have denounced was amended without input from constituents, tones down the restrictions on patients. Instead, PS950 focuses on requiring providers to offer informed consent in writing, be inspected annually by the Puerto Rico Health Department, and posting signs informing patients they can’t be coerced into…
New Arkansas Law Will Automatically Ban Abortion If Roe v. Wade Is Overturned

New Arkansas Law Will Automatically Ban Abortion If Roe v. Wade Is Overturned

On Tuesday night, Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed into law a measure that would automatically make abortion illegal in Arkansas if Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that gave women the right to choose, is overturned. The move makes Arkansas the fifth state with a "trigger law" on the books, after Mississippi,…
The Supreme Court has blocked a Louisiana abortion law — for now

The Supreme Court has blocked a Louisiana abortion law — for now

The Supreme Court issued a stay on Thursday blocking enforcement of a Louisiana abortion law. The case could have implications for abortion rights nationwide. June Medical Services v. Gee concerns a 2014 Louisiana law requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. Abortion rights advocates have long argued that such laws are…
Supreme Court blocks Louisiana’s stringent abortion law — but only for a few days

Supreme Court blocks Louisiana’s stringent abortion law — but only for a few days

The US Supreme Court is asking for more time to consider whether a restrictive abortion law in Louisiana should go into effect — one that challengers say would leave just a single doctor in the entire state eligible to perform abortions. Justice Samuel Alito issued an order late Friday that blocked the state from implementing…
Judge Strikes Down Mississippi’s 15-Week Abortion Law

Judge Strikes Down Mississippi’s 15-Week Abortion Law

Unfortunately, this is no longer a fringe or isolated idea. However, most Americans still support Roe v. Wade, according to polls. "This November, voters elected a record number of governors who will champion reproductive health care. People in states like Ohio that do not have this critical backstop face a heightened threat to abortion access,"…
How Trump helped inspire a wave of strict new abortion laws

How Trump helped inspire a wave of strict new abortion laws

Donald Trump promised during his presidential campaign that he would appoint anti-abortion judges to the Supreme Court and that Roe v. Wade would be overturned “automatically.” It won’t be “automatic,” but with Justice Brett Kavanaugh now serving on the Court, a reversal of that landmark abortion decision looks increasingly likely. And regardless of what happens…
Ohio Legislature Votes To Ban Abortion At 6 Weeks

Ohio Legislature Votes To Ban Abortion At 6 Weeks

The bill now goes to the Ohio Senate. It was also passed by lawmakers in 2016, but Republican Gov. John Kasich vetoed it then, arguing the bill was "clearly contrary to the Supreme Court of the United States’ current rulings on abortion." (Instead, he signed a 20-week abortion ban.) If the new heartbeat bill makes…

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