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The majority of state attacks on reproductive health have targeted access to abortion care. Some efforts are bans on specific procedures or bans based on gestational age or the reasons the woman is seeking an abortion. Insurance coverage for abortion has also come under attack with laws limiting both private and public coverage. Other efforts put barriers between women and abortion care by interfering with aspects of a woman's medical care, for example with medication abortion and TRAP laws. This includes requiring medically unnecessary procedures, such as mandatory ultrasounds, as well as mandatory delays, biased counseling and parental involvement laws, all of which delay or impede women from accessing abortion services and add significant emotional stress and expense to the process. This also includes laws and litigation around crisis pregnancy centers (CPC), which interfere with women's access to adequate health care services.

Ky. Supreme Court denies appeal in clinic licensure dispute
The Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday denied an appeal that sought to reverse a lower court ruling that blocks a Lexington-based physician's office from providing abortion care pending the outcome of a lawsuit regarding the facility's licensure, the AP/Lexington Herald-Leader reports.

Blogs comment on role of abortion care in Colo.'s 'universal' health coverage proposal; Irish abortion-rights advocate and more
Read the week's best commentary from bloggers at Huffington Post blogs and Bustle.

Antiabortion-rights group intensifies efforts to collect more abortion data
The Charlotte Lozier Institute on Wednesday released a report calling on states to collect more data on abortion care and women who obtain abortion care, spurring privacy concerns among abortion-rights advocates, Politico Pro reports.

Legal challenge to Ariz. medication abortion 'reversal' law concludes
A federal court has formally concluded a lawsuit challenging an Arizona policy that required doctors to tell women medically unproven information, the Arizona Republic reports.

Planned Parenthood announces clinic closure in Wis.
Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin (PPW) on Monday announced that it would permanently close down its clinic in Grand Chute, Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Featured blogs
"Judge permanently blocks Florida's attempt to defund abortion clinics" (Stern, "XX Factor," Slate, 8/19); "This Florida community may unleash genetically modified mosquitoes to fight Zika and Dengue" (Langston, Mother Jones, 8/22).

N.C. antiabortion-rights group sues Raleigh for blocking CPC relocation
An antiabortion-rights group on Wednesday filed a federal lawsuit against Raleigh, North Carolina, over the City Council's decision to block the group from operating out of a building next door to an abortion clinic, the AP/Daily Progress reports.

Federal judge issues permanent injunction against certain Fla. abortion restrictions
A federal judge on Thursday issued an order that permanently blocks certain provisions in a Florida antiabortion-rights law (HB 1411) from taking effect, Reuters reports.

Featured blogs
"Anti-choicers get even weirder: After losing in the Supreme Court, abortion foes turn to desperate distortion" (Marcotte, Salon, 8/17); "After Texas slashed its family planning budget, maternal deaths almost doubled" (Caplan-Bricker, "XX Factor," Slate, 8/18).

NYT's Greenhouse: HB 2 ruling marks 'new willingness' by judges 'to call out legislatures for what they are really doing'
"In the face of spurious explanations for public policies that would foreseeably inflict real damage on identifiable groups of people, judges and justices are abandoning the traditional diffidence of the judicial role and expressing a new willingness to call out legislatures for what they are really doing, not just what they say they are doing," Linda Greenhouse writes in a New York Times opinion piece, highlighting a recent Supreme Court decision to strike down abortion restrictions in Texas.

Federal judge reschedules hearing for challenge to Ind. ultrasound requirement
A federal judge in November will hear Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky's (PPINK) challenge to a requirement that pregnant women in Indiana receive an ultrasound at least 18 hours before obtaining abortion care, the AP/Arlington Heights Daily Herald reports.

Featured blogs
"A new documentary puts women's voices at the center of the abortion debate" (Felsenthal, Vogue, 8/11); "Progress for Purvi Patel, but targeting of women of color continues"(Chowdhry/Zhou, "ACS blog," American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, 8/11).

Study: Telemedicine abortion care eases access, expands women's care options
The use of telemedicine has enabled women in Alaska to access abortion care more promptly and expanded their options for preferred method of abortion care, according to a new study in the Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, Vocativ reports.

Op-ed calls for 'evidence-based medicine to meet with evidence-based legislating'
Despite the Supreme Court's decision to strike down provisions in Texas' omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) decision to update the label for medication abortion, Texas health officials in June "published a revised draft of the pamphlet that state law requires physicians to provide to all women seeking abortion services, reminding us that anti-choice politicians are still finding ways to interfere in patient-provider interactions," Liz Borkowski and Amy Allina write in an opinion piece for Rewire.

Featured blogs
"With more abortion laws blocked, have we turned a corner on access?" (Marty, Care2, 8/2); "Florida tried to shut down women's health clinics. Then Zika came along" (Liss-Schultz, Mother Jones, 8/5).

Local Ill. Planned Parenthood clinic expands abortion care services
A Planned Parenthood clinic in Springfield, Illinois, on Thursday started offering surgical abortion care, the Springfield State Journal-Register reports.

Ind. will not appeal preliminary injunction on antiabortion-rights law
The Indiana attorney general's office on Tuesday said the state will not appeal a federal court order that bars enforcement of an omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HEA 1337) while a lawsuit challenging the measure continues, the AP/Seattle Times reports.

Featured blogs
"Texas Planned Parenthood receives big donation to help cover birth control, STD tests" (Zielinski, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 8/1); "Texas health department pamphlet on abortion is full of bullshit" (Marten, Broadly, 7/29).

Fla. will not appeal injunction on abortion restrictions
Florida Gov. Rick Scott's (R) administration will not appeal a temporary injunction on provisions in a state antiabortion-rights law (HB 1411) amid an ongoing lawsuit filed against the restrictions, the Florida Times-Union reports.

Ohio appeals court upholds ruling that transfer agreement is unconstitutional
An Ohio appellate court on Friday ruled 3-0 to uphold a lower court decision that found an Ohio regulation requiring abortion clinics to have a patient transfer agreement with a nearby hospital is unconstitutional, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Featured blogs
"Victory for Purvi Patel, but still a loss for reproductive rights" (Marty, Care2, 7/26); "Patients deserve their doctor's best medical judgment, but Texas bureaucrats think they know better" (Johnson, "Speak Freely," American Civil Liberties Union of Texas/ACLU, 7/28).

LA City Attorney's office issues warnings to three CPCs for violating Calif. FACT Act
The Los Angeles City Attorney's office this month issued notices to three antiabortion-rights crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) in the region, warning them about noncompliance with a new state law aimed at curbing CPCs' misinformation, Rewire reports.

Texas adds additional medical inaccuracies in booklet providers must distribute to women seeking abortion care
Texas' proposed revisions to a packet that abortion providers must give to a woman seeking abortion care fail to address medical experts' concerns about medically inaccurate information and add additional misinformation, the Texas Tribune reports.

Abortion-rights opponent agrees to limit activity outside of D.C. school near Planned Parenthood clinic
One of several abortion-rights opponents named in a lawsuit brought by a Washington, D.C., school next to a Planned Parenthood clinic has accepted an injunction that limits his actions outside of the school, the Washington Post reports.

Texas judge dismisses charges against individuals behind CMP videos
A Texas judge on Tuesday dismissed charges filed against two antiabortion-rights activists who were involved in producing a series of misleading videos targeting Planned Parenthood, the New York Times reports.

Oakland passes measure to deter misleading advertising by CPCs
Oakland, California, last week became the second U.S. city to pass an ordinance deterring antiabortion-rights crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) from engaging in misleading advertising practices that deceptively suggest they provide abortion care, the Huffington Post reports.

Featured blog
"A young woman seeking an abortion needs compassionate care, not unnecessary hurdles" (Decker, "Speak Freely," American Civil Liberties Union, 7/22).

Ind. appeals court overturns feticide conviction
The Indiana Court of Appeals on Friday ruled 3-0 to overturn the 2015 feticide conviction of an Indiana woman, the AP/Indianapolis Star reports.

La. agrees to postpone enforcement of abortion restrictions pending court ruling
Louisiana officials on Friday said they would not enforce multiple state abortion restrictions pending a federal court decision on a lawsuit challenging the antiabortion-rights laws, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Alaska Supreme Court strikes down parental notification law
The Alaska Supreme Court on Friday ruled 4-1 to strike down a state law that required abortion providers to notify the parents of a minor seeking abortion care, Reuters reports.

Pa. lawmaker introduces TRAP repeal legislation
A Pennsylvania lawmaker on Wednesday proposed legislation that would repeal provisions of a state law Rewire reports.

Analysis highlights effects of Texas' HB 2, noting 'disproportionate' effect on Hispanic women
Texas' 2013 omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) disproportionately affected Hispanic women's access to abortion care, according to a Dallas Morning News analysis of state data, the Dallas Morning News/Sacramento Bee reports.

Fla. files document in case challenge new abortion restrictions
The Florida Attorney General's Office on Monday filed a new document in a case brought by Planned Parenthood against provisions in a state omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 1411), the News Service of Florida/CBS Miami reports.

Featured blog
"Arizona: If at first you don't succeed (at interfering with women's health care) try, try, and try again" (Lee, "Speak Freely," American Civil Liberties Union, 7/14).

Sole abortion provider in Northern Mich. to close
The only abortion provider in Northern Michigan is closing her 15-year-old practice the end of the month, Interlochen Public Radio reports.

Change to method of calculating Texas abortion statistics obscured effect of HB 2 on abortion access
A change to Texas' methodology for calculating the length of pregnancy concealed a 27 percent increase in the number of abortions that were provided later in pregnancy following the implementation of the state's 2013 omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2), the Houston Chronicle reports.

ACLU, Planned Parenthood challenge Ariz. law targeting funding for abortion providers
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Thursday filed a lawsuit against an Arizona law (HB 2599) that targets Medicaid funding for abortion providers, AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Liberal Mo. lawmakers to seek repeal of abortion restrictions
Three liberal Missouri lawmakers have announced plans to repeal two antiabortion-rights laws in the state following the Supreme Court's decision to overturn similar restrictions in Texas, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Federal appeals court orders Utah to continue funding Planned Parenthood
A federal appeals court on Tuesday ruled that Utah cannot block the allocation of federal funding to Planned Parenthood Association of Utah (PPAU), AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Featured blogs
"Unconstitutional: The one word that describes Alabama's attempts to block abortion access statewide" ("Speak Freely, American Civil Liberties Union, 7/8); "Even after their court victory, Texas abortion clinics face a long road to rebuilding and reopening" (Hellerstein, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 7/8).

Kan. abortion providers prepare for full week of abortion-rights opponents surrounding clinics
Law enforcement and abortion providers in Wichita, Kansas, are preparing for abortion-rights opponents' plans to come to Wichita from all over the United States for a large-scale antiabortion-rights week of action spanning July 16 through July 23, the Wichita Eagle reports.

Op-Ed: North Carolina's unconstitutional restrictions on abortion 'will not stand'
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) and state lawmakers should take note of the Supreme Court's recent decision holding "that laws that place substantial but medically unnecessary obstacles in the way of a woman seeking an abortion are unconstitutional," Sarah Preston, policy director and acting executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of North Carolina, writes in a Raleigh News & Observer opinion piece.

Ohio appeals court finds clinic has standing to sue over abortion restrictions
The 8th District Ohio Court of Appeals on Thursday ruled 2-1 that a Cleveland clinic's lawsuit over abortion restrictions imposed under a 2013 budget bill (HB 59) may proceed, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Women in Midwestern states increasingly travel to Ill. for abortion care
Women living in Midwestern states increasingly are traveling to Illinois to access abortion care, driven by antiabortion-rights laws in their home states, Crain's Chicago Business/Modern Healthcare reports.

Federal judge blocks Kan. from cutting Planned Parenthood's Medicaid contracts, funding
A federal judge on Tuesday ruled that Kansas may not cut Medicaid funding from Planned Parenthood, Reuters reports.

City Council rejects CPC's request to move next door to N.C. abortion clinic
The Raleigh City Council on Tuesday denied a crisis pregnancy center's (CPC) request to operate from a building located next to an abortion clinic in Raleigh, North Carolina, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.

Texas officials release data showing decline in official abortion rates after antiabortion-rights law took effect
The recorded number of abortions in Texas fell by about 14 percent the year after the state's omnibus abortion law (HB 2) took effect, according to data released Thursday by the Texas Department of State Health Services, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Featured blogs
"Pro-choice groups hope abortion victory leads to domino effect in other states" (Zielinski, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 7/1); "Florida's abortion law is grounded" (Zaremski, Huffington Post blogs, 7/3).

Planned Parenthood to launch repeal campaign against abortion restrictions in eight states
Following the Supreme Court's decision overturning abortion restrictions in Texas, Planned Parenthood on Thursday announced it would launch a campaign to repeal antiabortion-rights laws in eight states, the Washington Post's "Wonkblog" reports.

Featured blogs
"The Supreme Court exposed the anti-abortion sham of 'protecting women's health'" (Cauterucci, "XX Factor," Slate, 6/27); "Hell for abortion providers" (Khazan, The Atlantic, 6/27).

In op-ed, Whole Woman's Health owner celebrates SCOTUS ruling, discusses lingering obstacles to abortion care
"Every day at Whole Woman's Health, we treat our patients with compassion, respect and dignity -- and Monday the Supreme Court did the same by ruling 5-3 to strike down restrictions on Texas' abortion clinics," Amy Hagstrom Miller -- founder and CEO of Whole Woman's Health and lead plaintiff in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt -- writes in an opinion piece for Time.

Texas abortion providers evaluate reopening after SCOTUS ruling; decision could be used to strike down TRAP laws elsewhere
Texas providers who are interested in reopening facilities that closed under the law are determining how to proceed in light of the Supreme Court's ruling, which struck down contested provisions of Texas' omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2), the New York Times reports.

'Trapped' director reflects on 'lasting impression' of stories of women seeking abortion, 'real courage' of providers
In an opinion piece for the Washington Post's "PostEverything," Dawn Porter, director of "Trapped," a documentary about the effects of antiabortion-rights legislation, reflects on her experience "documenting the struggle of the clinics to comply with" targeted regulations of abortion provider (TRAP) laws.

N.D. defense of antiabortion-rights law cost $491K
North Dakota spent almost $500,000 to defend an unconstitutional antiabortion-rights law (HB 1456) in court, according to records accessed by the Associated Press, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Supreme Court strikes down contested HB 2 provisions
The Supreme Court on Monday struck down two contested provisions in Texas' omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2), the New York Times reports.

Texas women increasingly sought out-of-state abortion care after HB 2, analysis finds
The number of Texas women traveling out of state to obtain abortion care has increased significantly since the passage of the state's omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2), according to a recent analysis, Rewire reports (Wilson, Rewire, 6/22). One provision of HB 2 required abortion clinics in the state to meet the same building standards as ambulatory surgical centers, and the other required abortion providers to have admitting privileges at local hospitals.

Texas health dept. source says agency has completed work on abortion data
Officials in the Texas health department have not released data on the number of abortions provided in the state since the implementation of an omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2), even though staffers have completed work on the data, the Texas Tribune reports.

Featured blogs
"Whole Women's Health: Abortion stigma is sex discrimination" (Lang, American Constitution Society blog, 6/23); "Will the court restrict abortion to the wealthy?"; (Fredrickson, The American Prospect, 6/21); "In June, dig deeper into abortion access for low-income women"; (Newman, "Our Bodies, Our Blog," Our Bodies Ourselves, 6/22).

Physician's office asks Ky. Supreme Court to reverse decision ordering it to stop providing abortion care
A Kentucky-based physician's office on Tuesday asked the state Supreme Court to reverse an appeals court ruling ordering it to stop providing abortion care pending the outcome of a lawsuit regarding the facility's licensure, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports.

In op-ed, abortion provider discusses 'political act' of providing care in Texas
In an opinion piece for Time, abortion provider Timothy Spurrell shares why he flies "more than 1,700 miles, each way, every other week, to provide abortion services in Texas, one of the most hostile political environments for abortion care that [he has] ever seen." Spurrell provides care at Whole Woman's Health.

Pa. House approves abortion ban
The Pennsylvania House on Tuesday voted 132-65 to approve legislation (HB 1948) that would impose several abortion restrictions, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

HHS rejects challenge to Calif. abortion coverage rule
The Obama administration on Tuesday rejected a challenge to a California requirement that health insurance plans in the state to cover abortion care, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Wash. judge rules hospital district must offer on-site abortion care
A Washington state judge on Tuesday ruled public hospitals that provide maternity care must also offer on-site abortion care, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Texas clinic closures limit comprehensiveness of medical residents' abortion care education
Clinic closures and abortion stigma might impede medical residents' ability to learn how to provide abortion care and to garner experience working with women seeking abortion care in Texas, Houston Public Media reports.

ACLU of Texas calls on state to release 2014 abortion data
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Texas on Wednesday letter to the Department of State Health Services (DSHS), calling on the agency to "stop concealing" 2014 data on abortion provision in the state, the Texas Tribune reports.

Featured blog
"Abortion stigma and the politics of the closet" (Taylor et al., The Advocate, 6/16).

Ky. appeals court orders physician's office to stop providing abortion care
A Kentucky appeals court on Wednesday ruled 3-0 to order a physician's office to stop providing abortion care pending the outcome of a lawsuit regarding the facility's licensure, Reuters reports.

Federal judge hears challenge to Ind. antiabortion-rights law
A federal judge on Tuesday heard arguments in a case challenging an Indiana antiabortion-rights law (HEA 1337), the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

In NYT op-ed, Texas woman shares difficulty accessing abortion care under HB 2
"Any day now, the Supreme Court is going to decide whether women everywhere have full access to the right to an abortion, or just those who live in the right ZIP code -- and whether any other woman in Texas, where I live, will have to go through what I did last fall," writes Valerie Peterson in an opinion piece for the New York Times.

Investigation highlights how Texas abortion restrictions compromise medical resident training
Medical residency programs in Texas face challenges training OB-GYN residents in providing abortion care amid the state's abortion restrictions and subsequent clinic closures, Houston Public Media reports.

Pediatricians: Ind. antiabortion-rights law is 'bad policy and dangerous medicine'
Noting that they "couldn't stay silent" on a new Indiana law (HEA 1337) that "contains several restrictions on abortion, including a prohibition due to the diagnosis of disability," Tracey Wilkinson and seven other pediatricians in an Indianapolis Star opinion piece write, "Years of research and clinical experience have made it clear to us that access to abortion is part of the spectrum of reproductive health care and must be an option for women."

Pa. Senate considers abortion bans
Pennsylvania Sen. Michele Brooks (R) last week introduced a Senate version of legislation (SB 888) that would impose several abortion restrictions, Rewire reports.

Mich. gov. signs bill to criminalize abortion coercion
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) on Thursday signed legislation (HB 4787, HB 4830) that will criminalize coercing a woman to have an abortion, the Detroit News reports.

Federal judge stays recount order on vote for antiabortion-rights amendment to Tenn. constitution
A federal judge last week stayed an earlier ruling that ordered Tennessee election officials to recount the votes cast for an antiabortion-rights amendment added to the Tennessee Constitution under a 2014 ballot initiative, the Tennessean reports.

Ohio city considers 'buffer zone' ordinance
The Columbus City Council last week considered a proposed ordinance that would establish a 15-foot "buffer zone" around reproductive health clinics and other health care facilities, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

Calif. judge says CMP activist may not be removed from lawsuit
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Monday denied a request to remove an abortion-rights opponent from a lawsuit filed against an antiabortion-rights group by a tissue procurement company, City News Service/MyNewsLA reports.

Featured blog
"I live in the land of DIY abortions. This is why I'm fighting for the right to choose" (Crumpton, Glamour, 6/8).

N.Y. Assembly approves bill codifying abortion rights
The New York Assembly on Tuesday approved a measure (A 6221) that would codify abortion rights established under Roe v. Wade into state law, Syracuse.com reports.

Op-ed highlights 'misuse' of Ind. feticide law against Asian-American women
In an NBC opinion piece, Nimra Chowdhry, reproductive justice fellow at the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum, and Lisa Sangoi of National Advocates for Pregnant Women, highlight how Indiana prosecutors have targeted Asian-American women by misusing the state's feticide law "to punish women for their pregnancy outcomes."

Planned Parenthood files federal lawsuit against Fla. antiabortion-rights law
Planned Parenthood on Thursday filed a lawsuit asking a federal judge to overturn and halt enforcement of parts of a Florida antiabortion-rights law (HB 1411), the Tampa Bay Business Journal reports.

Women increasingly travel out-of-state to access abortion care
Amid a surge of antiabortion-rights laws and clinic closures in the "abortion desert" between Florida and New Mexico and up into the Midwest, women increasingly are forced to travel to other states to access abortion care, the Los Angeles Times reports.

ACLU challenges new Ala. abortion restrictions
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Alabama on Thursday challenged multiple state antiabortion-rights regulations in federal court, Reuters reports.

La. gov. signs bill targeting funding for abortion providers
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) on Thursday signed into law a bill (HB 606) that would prevent abortion providers from receiving public funding, AP/ABC News reports.

Featured blogs
"Purvi Patel, abortion, and the feticide playbook" (Paltrow, Huffington Post blogs, 5/27); "The rise of the DIY abortion" (Zerwick, Glamour, 5/31).

La. Senate advances bill banning abortion based on fetal anomalies
The Louisiana Senate on Thursday voted 29-6 to approve a bill (HB 1019) that would ban abortion care sought because of a fetal anomaly or disability diagnosis, AP/ABC News reports.

Federal appeals court allows lawsuit challenging Pittsburgh 'buffer zone' to go forward
A federal appeals court on Wednesday in a 3-0 decision allowed a lawsuit challenging a Pittsburgh "buffer zone" ordinance to go forward, Reuters reports.

Largest OB-GYN network in Ariz. restricts referrals for abortion care
MomDoc, the largest OB-GYN network in Arizona, restricts the ability of employees to refer or discuss abortion care with patients, Rewire reports.

Mich. Senate passes bills that would criminalize abortion coercion
The Michigan Senate on Tuesday voted 26-11 to give final approval to legislation (HB 4787, HB 4830) that would criminalize coercing a woman to have an abortion, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Commentary: Abortion restrictions threaten the lives and health of undocumented women
"In the US, undocumented women struggle to obtain necessary and sometimes lifesaving reproductive health care -- and things are only getting worse," writes columnist Nandita Raghuram for Broadly.

Featured blogs
"Victims of Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shooting sue clinic for poor security" (Cauterucci, "XX Factor," Slate, 5/24); "Abortion rights at stake: Purvi Patel and the fate of pregnant women in Indiana" (Pandit, Salon, 5/25).

New La. Planned Parenthood clinic will apply for abortion care license
Planned Parenthood intends to seek a license to provide abortion care at a new clinic in New Orleans, despite an effort by Louisiana lawmakers to cut funding for abortion providers, according to Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Judge rules Maine noise ordinance cannot be used to curb antiabortion-rights protests
A federal judge on Monday ruled that police in Maine cannot enforce a disruptive noise provision in the state's Civil Rights Act to curb antiabortion-rights protests outside of a Portland clinic, Bangor Daily News reports.

Ind. court hears appeal in feticide case
The Indiana Court of Appeals on Monday heard an appeal from a woman who last year was convicted under Indiana's feticide law, The Guardian reports.

Indiana University plans to file lawsuit against state antiabortion-rights law
Indiana University (IU) plans to file a lawsuit challenging a state antiabortion-rights law (HEA 1337) that the university says will compromise its research efforts, an IU spokesperson said on Tuesday, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

La Frontera Fund seeks to help South Texas women access abortion care
Abortion-rights advocates in Texas have launched a not-for-profit, called La Frontera Fund, to help women in the Rio Grande Valley afford the travel expenses they must incur when seeking abortion care, the Texas Observer reports.

La. gov. signs mandatory delay, provider certification bills into law
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) on Thursday signed into law two antiabortion-rights bills, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Featured blog
"Oklahoma's nightmarish anti-abortion bill could be the tip of the iceberg" (Corbett, Bustle, 5/19).

Okla. House advances bill to force schools to promote antiabortion-rights agenda
The Oklahoma House on Thursday advanced legislation (HB 2797) that mandates public schools to promote an antiabortion-rights agenda, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Indiana AG's office moves to block Indiana University's motion to join lawsuit against abortion restrictions law
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller (R) on Friday filed an objection to a motion submitted by Indiana University (IU) to join a federal lawsuit against a new antiabortion-rights law (HEA 1337) in the state, the AP/Indianapolis Star reports.

Okla. gov. vetoes abortion ban; bill sponsor mulls whether to pursue override
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) on Friday vetoed a bill (SB 1552) that would have effectively prohibited doctors in the state from providing abortion care, the New York Times reports.

Okla. lawmakers send first-of-its-kind abortion ban targeting licenses of physicians who provide abortion care to gov.
The Oklahoma Senate on Thursday voted 33-12 to give final approval to a bill (SB 1552) that effectively bars licensed doctors from providing abortion care, the New York Times reports.

Abortion-rights opponent taken into custody after alleged harassment at Ark. abortion clinic
An abortion-rights opponent last week was taken into custody after allegedly harassing a patient escort at a Little Rock, Arkansas, abortion clinic, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports.

Mo. fetal 'personhood' bill fails
Missouri lawmakers this session did not advance a measure (HJR 98) that would have granted state constitutional rights to fetuses, Missourinet reports.

Kan. gov. signs bill to bar midwives from providing abortion care
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) on Friday signed into law a bill (HB 2615) that explicitly prohibits midwives from providing abortion care, including administering medication abortion, AP/WIBW reports.

Featured blog
"The big anti-choice lie: Crisis pregnancy centers -- tools of the Christian right -- are only good for making women scared and miserable" (Marcotte, Salon, 5/11).

Fusion spotlights Ala. clinic owner who helps women access abortion care
June Ayers -- the owner of Reproductive Health Services, a clinic in Alabama -- helps women access abortion care in a state that imposes several antiabortion-rights regulations, Fusion reports.

Abortion-rights supporters cite financial pressure in fight against new proposed restrictions in La.
Abortion-rights advocates in Louisiana say several antiabortion-rights bills making their way through the state Legislature could result in costly litigation that the state cannot afford, the AP/Baton Rouge Advocate reports.

La. Senate passes abortion provider certification bill
The Louisiana Senate on Tuesday voted 35-0 to give final approval to a bill AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Ala. clinic owner calls out state's 'relentless attack' on abortion rights
"Alabama politicians are at it again in their relentless attack on women's access to abortion," Dalton Johnson, the owner and operator of Alabama Women's Center for Reproductive Alternatives, writes in an Alabama Media Group opinion piece.

N.H. Senate rejects abortion tracking bill
The New Hampshire Senate on Thursday also voted 12-12 to reject a bill (HB 629) that would have required state officials to compile data on abortion care provided in the state, the New Hampshire Union Leader reports.

Jury finds abortion-rights opponent did not threaten physician with letter
A jury on Friday found that an abortion-rights opponent who sent a letter to a Kansas-based physician suggesting someone might place explosives under the physician's car was not trying to intimidate the physician, the AP/Washington Post reports.

N.H. Senate rejects buffer zone law repeal bill
In a 12-12 vote, the state Senate killed a bill (HB 1570) that would have repealed a 2014 state law (HB 319) that allows a 25-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics, the New Hampshire Union Leader reports.

Featured blogs
"Yes, blue state abortion clinics are closing, but the reason isn't so simple" (Conti, "XX Factor," Slate, 5/4).

Mo. House approves bill easing access to contraception
The Missouri House voted 110-37 on Thursday to advance a measure (HJR 98) that would create a ballot proposal to extend state constitutional rights to fetuses, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's "Political Fix" reports.

Fla. Supreme Court agrees to review temporary injunction in lawsuit challenging mandatory delay law
The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ruled 5-2 to consider a lower court's decision permitting the state to enforce a mandatory delay law (HB 633) while litigation challenging the law continues, the Miami Herald/Tampa Bay Times reports.

Mich. Senate panel approves bills that would criminalize abortion coercion
The Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday voted 3-1 to advance legislation (HB 4787, HB 4830) that would criminalize coercing a woman to have an abortion, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Abortion clinics face challenges, even in states considered 'friendly' to abortion rights
Even in states that are considered "friendly" toward abortion rights, abortion clinics face challenges staying open, FiveThirtyEight reports.

La. Senate advances 72-hour delay
The Louisiana Senate on Tuesday voted 34-4 to approve a bill (HB 386) that would extend the state's mandatory delay before an abortion from 24 to 72 hours, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Jury hears opening statements in case against Kan. antiabortion-rights activist
A jury on Tuesday heard opening statements in a lawsuit filed against an abortion-rights opponent in Kansas who sent a threatening letter to a Wichita-based physician, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Ark. panel approves regulations with antiabortion-rights language
The Arkansas Board of Health on Thursday voted 13-7 to give preliminary approval to regulations that would define abortion using antiabortion-rights terminology, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports.

Group seeks to join state lawsuit over Tenn. antiabortion-rights amendment
A group that opposes abortion rights on Friday filed notice of intent to join a state lawsuit regarding the constitutionality of a vote tallying method used to count ballots cast for an antiabortion-rights 2014 amendment to the Tennessee Constitution, the Tennessean reports.

La. House advances ban on abortion sought because of fetal disability diagnosis
The Louisiana House on Thursday voted 75-1 to advance a measure (HB 1019) that would ban abortion care sought because of a fetal anomaly or disability diagnosis, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Kan. Legislature passes midwife abortion ban
The Kansas Legislature on Sunday approved a bill that includes a provision that would bar midwives from providing abortion care, including administering medication abortion, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

N.C. abortion clinic denounces CPC's effort to move next door
The West Raleigh Citizens Advisory Council last week voted in support of a crisis pregnancy center's (CPC) effort to move into a recently purchased home located next to an abortion clinic in Raleigh, North Carolina, WNCN reports.

Pa. audit presents questions about publicly funded CPC org's activities
A Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) audit of an antiabortion-rights crisis pregnancy center (CPC) organization has prompted questions about how the organization is using money that it has set aside, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Featured blog
"Oklahoma finds an absurd new way to make it impossible to get an abortion" (Cesca, Salon, 4/26).

La. House advances bill that would cut Medicaid funding for abortion providers
The Louisiana House on Wednesday voted 85-7 to approve a bill (HB 606) that would cut Medicaid funding from abortion providers, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

La. Senate panel approves abortion delay bill
The Louisiana Senate Health and Welfare Committee on Wednesday voted 5-2 to approve a bill (HB 386) that would triple the amount of time a woman must wait before she can receive abortion care, the Baton Rouge Advocate reports.

Tenn. will appeal order to recount vote on antiabortion-rights amendment to state constitution
Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery (R) on Tuesday filed a notice that the state will appeal a federal court ruling that orders state officials to recount the vote on an antiabortion-rights amendment to the state constitution, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports.

Ala. Senate advances bill banning medically proven method of abortion
The Alabama Senate on Tuesday voted 30-2 to approve a bill (SB 363) that would ban a medically proven method of abortion, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Ga. gov. signs bill to fund CPCs
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) on Tuesday signed into law a bill (Act 360) that creates a funding program for antiabortion-rights crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs), the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

NYT lambasts 'plainly unconstitutional' Okla. abortion ban
Oklahoma lawmakers "wanted to ban abortion, so they voted effectively to do just that -- without offering any pretense of trying to protect women's health, as supporters of other virulent anti-choice laws in states like Texas have done," a New York Times editorial states.

Okla. House advances bill targeting licenses of physicians who provide abortion care
The Oklahoma House on Thursday voted 59-9 to approve a bill (SB 1552) that would bar physicians who provide abortion care in most cases from obtaining or renewing a medical license in the state, the Washington Post's "Morning Mix" reports.

Fla. Supreme Court halts 24-hour mandatory delay law
The Florida Supreme Court on Friday ruled 5-2 to halt enforcement of a 24-hour mandatory delay law (HB 633) that requires a woman seeking abortion care to make multiple trips to a clinic, the AP/Fort Meyers News-Press reports.

Medical groups voice concern over medication abortion 'reversal' laws
Several states have passed legislation requiring abortion providers to tell women seeking medication abortion the medically unfounded claim that the abortion can be reversed, spurring concerns from medical groups, STAT News reports.

Federal judge orders Tenn. to recount votes on antiabortion-rights amendment to state constitution
A federal judge on Friday ordered Tennessee officials to recount the votes cast on a 2014 antiabortion-rights amendment to the state constitution, ruling that the method the state originally used to tally the votes is "fundamentally unfair," the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Judge rejects move to dismiss case against Kan. antiabortion-rights activist
A federal judge on Wednesday rejected a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed against an abortion-rights opponent in Kansas who sent a threatening letter to a Wichita-based physician, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Ala. House lawmakers advance TRAP bill
An Alabama House committee on Wednesday advanced a bill (SB 205) that would prohibit the location and licensure of abortion clinics within 2,000 feet of certain public schools, AP/ABC 33/40 reports.

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"Culture wars cost red states in more ways than one"; (Benen, "The MaddowBlog," MSNBC, 4/19).

Ariz. antiabortion-rights group proposes amendment to alter medication abortion regulations
An antiabortion-rights public policy group is seeking to change the regulation of medication abortion by amending an Arizona bill (SB 1112), the Arizona Republic reports.

Tenn. judge rules in favor of method used to tally votes on antiabortion-rights amendment
A Tennessee judge on Thursday upheld the method state election officials used to tally votes for an antiabortion-rights amendment to the state constitution, the Tennessean reports.

Planned Parenthood denies complaint alleging staff member violated N.M. law by prescribing medication abortion
Officials with Planned Parenthood of New Mexico (PPNM) on Monday denied claims made in a complaint filed with the state Board of Nursing by an antiabortion-rights group alleging that a PPNM nurse practitioner violated state law by providing medication abortion, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

La. House committee passes bill to ban abortions based on fetal disability diagnosis
The Louisiana House Health and Welfare Committee on Wednesday passed a bill (HB 1019) that aims to limit access to abortion care in the state, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

La. House committee approves bill that would ban medically proven method of abortion
The Louisiana House Health and Welfare Committee on Wednesday advanced a bill (HB 1081) that would ban a medically proven method of abortion, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Following FDA label update, increase in number of Texas women choosing medication abortion, Planned Parenthood official says
FDA's recent update to the label of a drug used in medication abortion has improved medication abortion access for women in Texas, according to an official with Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, KUOW reports.

HBO premieres new documentary spotlighting Mo. women's reflections on abortion
A new HBO film featuring women's personal reflections on abortion premiered on Monday at the Tribeca Film Festival, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Investigation finds six CPCs violating Calif. signage law
Six of eight antiabortion-rights crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) in the Los Angeles area are allegedly violating a state law (AB 775) that aims to prevent CPCs from spreading misinformation, according to a recent investigation, KPCC reports.

Okla. Senate passes bill banning abortion based on fetal disability diagnosis
The Oklahoma Senate on Tuesday voted 39-6 to advance a bill (HB 3128) that would prohibit abortion care sought because a fetus has been diagnosed with Down syndrome or another genetic anomaly, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Fla. clinic agrees to settlement over licensure issue, denies wrongdoing
An abortion clinic in Florida has agreed to pay $3,000 to settle allegations that it provided abortion care in the second trimester without the appropriate licensure, CBS Miami/News Service of Florida reports.

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"Judge tells women who fear they could die if they don't get an abortion to go away" (Millhiser, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 4/12); "Utah doctors are baffled on how to perform new fetal anesthesia requirement" (Marty, Care2, 4/12).

Ala. House committee mulls measure barring abortion clinics near schools
The Alabama House Committee on Health on Wednesday considered a bill (SB 205) that would prohibit the location and licensure of abortion clinics within 2,000 feet of certain public schools,the Montgomery Advertiser reports.

NYT op-ed delves into the proliferation of antiabortion-rights laws, highlights Ariz. medication abortion restriction
"With the exception of the West Coast and most (but not all) of the Northeast, recently enacted abortion restrictions can be found almost everywhere" in the United States, Linda Greenhouse writes in a New York Times opinion piece.

Ala. House committee approves 'personhood' bill
On Wednesday, the Alabama House Committee on Health approved a bill (HB 300) that would effectively ban abortion care in the state, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Kan. Supreme Court to review abortion ban ruling
The Kansas Supreme Court on Monday agreed to review a currently enjoined state law (SB 95) banning a medically proven method of abortion, WIBW reports.

Federal judge dismisses suit against Catholic hospital that withheld emergency abortion care
A federal judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan that challenged a Catholic health system for allegedly violating federal law by withholding emergency abortion care for women experiencing pregnancy complications, the Detroit News reports.

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4/11); "Pregnancy, drug use, and why prison is not the solution" (Mollman, Huffington Post blogs, 4/11).

Pa. House delays vote on antiabortion-rights bill
Conservative leaders in the Pennsylvania House on Monday delayed a vote on a bill (HB 1948) that would impose several abortion restrictions, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Tenn. attorneys seek state court interpretation of antiabortion-rights amendment vote
Tennessee attorneys last week asked a state court to interpret constitutional language about how ballot measure votes are supposed to be counted, the Tennessean reports.

N.H. Supreme Court finds no wrongdoing by counselor who helped minor obtain judicial bypass to parental notification measure
The New Hampshire Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that a school guidance counselor should not have lost her job for helping a student obtain a judicial bypass to the state's parental notification requirements for minors seeking abortion care, the AP/ABC News reports.

Abortion-rights supporters rally against Ind. ban
More than 2,000 people rallied at the Indiana Statehouse on Saturday against a recently signed state antiabortion-rights law (HB 1337), the CNHI/Jeffersonville News Tribune reports.

Mich. AG files lawsuit to close Detroit abortion clinic
The Michigan attorney general on Thursday filed a lawsuit that seeks to close an abortion clinic in Detroit, the Detroit News reports.

Pa. House rejects effort to delay vote on bill with abortion care bans
The Pennsylvania House on Wednesday voted 114-73 to reject an effort by liberal state lawmakers to postpone voting on a bill (HB 1948) that would impose several abortion restrictions, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Op-Ed urges Supreme Court, state lawmakers to 'follow science' on abortion care
FDA last week "updated its 16-year-old guidelines for mifepristone, the drug used in medication abortions, to reflect the latest scientific evidence and reduce potential side effects," Drew Halfmann, an associate professor of sociology at the University of California-Davis and a member of the Scholars Strategy Network, writes in a Sacramento Bee opinion piece.

Federal judge dismisses challenge to N.H. 'buffer zone' law
A federal judge last week dismissed an antiabortion-rights group's challenge to a New Hampshire "buffer zone" law (SB 319), the New Hampshire Union Leader reports.

La. House passes 72-hour mandatory delay bill
The Louisiana House on Wednesday voted 89-5 to advance a bill (HB 386) that would extend the state's mandatory delay before an abortion from 24 to 72 hours, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Ariz. Senate approves bill targeting funding for abortion providers
The Arizona Senate by voice vote on Tuesday approved a bill (HB 2599) targeting Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood, AP/KTAR reports.

Ariz. will appeal ruling that struck down medication abortion restriction
Arizona filed a notice that it will appeal a ruling that struck down a 2012 medication abortion restriction that violated the state constitution, the Phoenix New Times reports.

Federal judge hears arguments in case challenging validity of vote on Tenn. antiabortion-rights amendment
A federal judge on Tuesday heard arguments in a case challenging the way Tennessee tabulated votes on a 2014 ballot measure seeking to amend the state constitution to specify that there is no right to abortion, the AP/Chattanooga Times Free Press reports.

Bill that would ban medically proven method of abortion heads to Miss. gov.
The Mississippi House on Tuesday voted 85-32 to approve a bill (HB 519) that would ban a medically proven method of abortion, AP/ABC News reports.

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"Should states be allowed to defy the FDA? The governor of Arizona thinks so" (Millhiser, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 4/4); "This is what it's like to be an abortion provider in the Bible Belt" (Andrews, Mother Jones, 4/2).

Ariz. antiabortion-rights policy group preparing new medication abortion restrictions
An antiabortion-rights public policy group in Arizona is working on a new proposal targeting medication abortion after the governor last week signed a bill (SB 1324), also proposed by the group, that requires abortion providers to follow outdated guidelines for providing medication abortion, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Women share details about their menstrual cycle to protest Ind. abortion ban
Abortion-rights supporters have launched a social media campaign that urges women to contact the Indiana governor's office with details about their menstrual cycles to express their opposition to a new antiabortion-rights law (HB 1337), USA Today reports.

Pa. House committee advances bill with bans on abortion care
The Pennsylvania House Health Committee on Monday voted 16-10 to advance a bill (HB 1948) that would impose several abortion restrictions, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Pa. bill would impose 20-week abortion ban, prohibit medically proven method of abortion
Pennsylvania House lawmakers on Friday referred to the House Health Committee a bill (HB 1948) that would impose several abortion restrictions, AP/Lancaster Online reports.

OB-GYN: Ind. abortion ban is 'bad medicine,' 'encroach[es] on women's rights'
In an opinion piece in the Washington Post's "PostEverything," Katherine McHugh, an OB-GYN in Indianapolis, writes about the harmful ramifications of a new Indiana law (HB 1337) that "punishes doctors if they perform abortions for women because of their fetus's race or sex, or after a diagnosis of disability.

Texas woman forced to miscarry under HB 2, physicians point to wider pattern of political interference in health care
A 20-week abortion ban included in Texas' omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) forced a woman to deliver a stillborn infant after repeatedly being denied abortion care, the Texas Tribune reports.

Project will investigate making medication abortion available via mail
A "groundbreaking" new project will assess the implications of making medication abortion available outside of a clinical setting, The Guardian reports.

Alaska antiabortion-rights bill likely unconstitutional, Planned Parenthood says
The Alaska Senate Health and Social Services Committee on Wednesday held a hearing on an antiabortion-rights bill (SB 179), the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Ariz. gov. signs medication abortion restriction
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) on Thursday signed into law a bill (SB 1324) that would require abortion providers to comply with outdated FDA protocol for prescribing medication abortion, openly disregarding the FDA's updated medication abortion drug label, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

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"New Utah law mandates anesthesia in certain abortions, defying medical ethics" (Cauterucci, "XX factor," Slate, 3/29).

Abortion-rights opponents mobilize to ban abortion based on fetal disability diagnosis
Abortion-rights opponents are advancing model legislation across the United States similar to the recently signed Indiana law (HB 1337) banning abortion sought because of a fetal disability diagnosis, STAT News reports.

Miss. Senate approves abortion ban
The Mississippi Senate on Tuesday approved two antiabortion-rights bills, the Jackson Free Press reports.

La. House committee advances 72-hour mandatory delay, provider certification requirement
The Louisiana House Health and Welfare Committee on Wednesday advanced two antiabortion-rights bills, the AP/Centre Daily Times reports.

FDA updates medication abortion drug label
FDA on Wednesday approved a new label for a drug used in medication abortion, the New York Times reports.

Mo. House committee considers 'personhood,' fetal tissue bills
A Missouri House committee on Tuesday reviewed legislation that would extend constitutional rights to a fetus and ban the donation of fetal tissue, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Penn. residents file legal challenge against Harrisburg 'buffer zone'
Citing a 2014 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, three Pennsylvania residents on Friday asked a federal judge to overturn a Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, ordinance that establishes a 20-foot "buffer zone" around abortion clinics and other medical facilities, PennLive reports.

Physicians say new Ind. abortion restrictions could harm women
Physicians in Indiana are criticizing a new law (HB 1337) that imposes broad restrictions on abortion care and fetal tissue disposal, saying it could harm women's health, the Washington Post's "Wonkblog" reports.

Federal judge strikes down Ala. TRAP provision
A federal judge on Friday ruled that an admitting privileges requirement for abortion providers in a Alabama law (HB 57) is unconstitutional, the AP/Wall Street Journal reports.

Ind. gov. signs abortion restriction bill; Planned Parenthood vows challenge
Abortion-rights opponents are advancing model legislation across the United States similar to the recently signed Indiana law (HB 1337) banning abortion sought because of a fetal disability diagnosis, STAT News reports.

Mich. House passes bills that would criminalize abortion coercion
The Michigan House on Thursday voted 65-43 to approve legislation (HB 4787, HB 4830) that would criminalize coercing a woman to have an abortion, the Detroit News reports.

Wis. ob-gyn crowdfunds out-of-state abortion care for patient after being barred by state law from providing care
The Oklahoma House on Thursday voted 59-9 to approve a bill (SB 1552) that would bar physicians who provide abortion care in most cases from obtaining or renewing a medical license in the state, the Washington Post's "Morning Mix" reports.

Ala. lawmakers advance bill barring abortion clinics near schools
The Alabama Senate on Tuesday voted 27-6 to approve a bill (SB 205) that would prohibit the location and licensure of abortion clinics within 2,000 feet of certain public schools, the Anniston Star reports.

Op-ed calls on Ariz. House lawmakers to oppose bill to restrict medication abortion
Arizona lawmakers who oppose abortion rights are again trying to require "physicians to prescribe medication [abortion drugs] with an outdated FDA protocol," Ilana Addis, chair of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' (ACOG) Arizona section, and Julie Kwatra, legislative chair of ACOG's Arizona section, write in an Arizona Capitol Times opinion piece.

Okla. Supreme Court strikes down petition to criminalize abortion care
The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that a petition to amend the state constitution to criminalize all abortion care will not go forward, the Tulsa World reports.

Wis. AG petitions U.S. Supreme Court to review lower court decision striking down TRAP law
Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel (R) on Tuesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower court decision striking down a state law (Act 37) that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

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"Two new offensive ways to attack abortion rights" (Marty, Care2, 3/18).

Op-ed: Ind. gov. should veto antiabortion-rights bill
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) should veto a "dangerous piece of anti-women's health legislation" (HB 1337) that would impose several restrictions on abortion care, Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds, legislative affairs chair at the Indiana section of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, writes in an Indianapolis Star opinion piece.

Ky. judge denies state's request to close Lexington abortion provider's office
A Kentucky judge on Friday rejected a request from the state to order EMW Women's Clinic in Lexington to close pending the outcome of a lawsuit regarding the facility's licensure, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports.

Texas women discuss challenges accessing abortion care
Texas women are facing barriers to accessing abortion care following the implementation of an omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2), the New York Times reports.

Women increasingly seek care in N.M.
Physicians in New Mexico increasingly are providing abortion care to women from out of state, according to data from the state Department of Health, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

Abortion | In the Courts

This section provides a brief overview of significant cases impacting reproductive rights and health related to Abortion.