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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.

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.

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"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.

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.

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"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.

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"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.

12K call on Fla. gov. to veto antiabortion-rights bill
Abortion-rights supporters on Thursday urged Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) to veto an omnibus antiabortion-rights bill (HB 1411) that would impose a number of new restrictions on abortion providers, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

Ariz. House panel advances medication abortion restrictions bill
The Arizona House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday voted 4-2 to advance a bill that would restrict medication abortion (SB 1324), the Arizona Daily Star reports.

CRR asks Okla. Supreme Court to review challenge to TRAP law
The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) on Thursday asked the Oklahoma Supreme Court to review a lower court decision upholding a state law (SB 1848) that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Ky. judge hears argument in abortion provider licensing dispute case
A Kentucky judge on Wednesday held a hearing on whether the EMW Women's Clinic in Lexington must close pending the outcome of an ongoing lawsuit regarding the facility's licensure, WKYT reports.

Texas data show number of abortions down amid clinic closures; study highlights access barriers where clinics have closed
There was a 14 percent drop in the number of abortions performed in Texas in the first full year after multiple provisions of an omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) temporarily took effect, according to provisional data from state health officials, the Dallas Morning News/Sacramento Bee reports.

Ind. lawmakers criticize process used to pass antiabortion-rights bill
The Indiana House did not consider committee or public input last week when it passed a bill (HB 1337) that would impose several restrictions on abortion care, drawing criticism from liberal state lawmakers, the Times of Northwest Indiana reports.

S.C. 20-week abortion ban faces House hurdle
A revised 20-week abortion ban bill (HB 3114) could stall in the South Carolina House, WIS TV reports.

NARAL Pro-Choice California investigation finds two CPCs violating signage law
Two antiabortion-rights crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) in California are allegedly in violation of a state law (AB 775) that aims to prevent CPCs from spreading misinformation, according to a NARAL Pro-Choice California investigation, the Sacramento Bee reports.

Fla. appeals court rejects emergency motion to block enforcement of mandatory delay law
A Florida appeals court on Monday rejected an emergency motion to reinstate an injunction against a state law (HB 633) that imposes a 24-hour mandatory delay before an abortion, News Service of Florida/WJXT4 reports.

Abortion-rights advocates urge Ind. gov. to veto abortion restriction bill
Abortion-rights advocates on Monday urged Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) to veto a bill (HB 1337) that would impose several restrictions on abortion care and fetal tissue disposal, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Ga. Senate expands, advances antiabortion-rights reporting requirement
The Georgia Senate on Monday amended and approved a bill (HB 555) that would expand reporting requirements for abortion providers, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Contested HB 2 provisions could 'wipe out' abortion access in Texas' Rio Grande Valley
If the Supreme Court upholds contested provisions in Texas' omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2), abortion access in the Rio Grande Valley would be completely eradicated, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Judge hears first arguments in Maine antiabortion-rights protest case
A judge on Friday heard arguments regarding a motion to dismiss a legal challenge against an antiabortion-rights protester for disruptive behavior outside of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Portland, Maine, the Portland Press Herald reports.

Op-ed lambasts failed effort to make abortion a 'hate crime' under Iowa law
"In case you missed it, an Iowa state senator argued on the Senate floor [last] week for a measure to make abortion a 'hate crime' under the Iowa [hate crime] statute," columnist Rekha Basu writes in an opinion piece for the Des Moines Register.

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"The end of real choice in Texas: This is what would happen if SCOTUS doesn't intervene" (Pandit, Salon, 3/14); "Tennessee's war on women is sending new mothers to jail" (Liss-Schultz, Mother Jones, 3/14).

Ind. abortion clinic to shut down Friday
A longstanding Indiana abortion clinic, which has only offered referral services since last November, will shut down on Friday, the South Bend Tribune reports.

Ga. bill to fund CPCs passes in state House
The Georgia House on Friday passed a bill (HB 308) that would create a funding program for antiabortion-rights crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs), AP/WSAV 3 reports.

S.D. gov. signs 20-week abortion ban
South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R) on Thursday signed a bill (SB 72) that bans almost all abortion care after 20 weeks of pregnancy, the Argus Leader reports.

Ky. abortion clinic suspends services in response to state order
An abortion clinic in Lexington, Kentucky, last week suspended abortion care in response to an order from the state, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports .

W.Va. lawmakers override veto of bill banning medically proven method of abortion
The West Virginia Legislature on Thursday overrode Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's (D) veto of a bill (SB 10) that would ban a medically proven method of abortion, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reports.

Fla. antiabortion-rights measure heads to gov.
The Florida House on Thursday voted 76-40 to pass the final version of a bill (HB 1411) that would impose new restrictions on abortion providers, the News Service of Florida/News 4 JAX reports.

Ky. Senate passes latest in series of antiabortion-rights bills
The Kentucky Senate voted 32-5 on Wednesday to approve a bill (SB 212) that would impose new regulations on abortion providers and clinics, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports. The bill now moves to the state House.

Ala. Senate committee advances heartbeat bill
The Alabama Senate Health Committee on Wednesday voted 7-1 to approve a bill (SB 9) that would ban abortion care as early as five weeks into pregnancy, the Montgomery Advertiser reports.

Ala. Senate committee advances antiabortion-rights bills
The Alabama Senate Health Committee on Wednesday approved two antiabortion-rights measures, the Montgomery Advertiser reports.

Featured blogs
"'Sex-selective' abortion bans are offensive and dangerous" (Zhang, RH Reality Check, 3/8); "A warning to the Supreme Court: The true lesson of Kermit Gosnell is that abortion restrictions get women killed" (Denvir, Salon, 3/8).

S.C. Senate approves 20-week ban
In related news, the South Carolina Senate on Tuesday voted 36-9 to approve a revised 20-week abortion ban (HB 3114), the Greenville News/The State reports.

S.D. lawmakers send 20-week abortion ban to gov.
The South Dakota Senate on Wednesday voted 26-7 to approve a bill (SB 72) that would ban almost all abortion care after 20 weeks of pregnancy, the AP/Centre Daily Times reports.

Fla. Senate advances broad antiabortion-rights measure
The Florida Senate on Tuesday voted 25-15 to approve a bill (HB 1411) that would impose new restrictions on abortion providers in the state, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Ga. House committee advances bill that would create CPC grant program
Georgia's House Health and Human Services Committee on Tuesday approved a bill (SB 308) that would establish a grant program for antiabortion-rights crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs), the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

W.Va. gov. vetoes bill banning medically proven method of abortion
West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) on Wednesday vetoed a bill (SB 10) that aimed to ban a medically proven method of abortion, the AP/Charlottesville Daily Progress reports.

Utah abortion ban bill dies
Utah lawmakers on Tuesday moved not to consider a bill (HB 442), proposed by state Rep. Curt Oda (R), that would ban a medically proven abortion procedure, the AP/Bryan-College Station Eagle reports. Oda said he would propose the measure again during the next legislative session.

Okla. Senate advances bill targeting abortion providers
The Oklahoma Senate on Tuesday voted 40-7 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 AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Lawmakers press Obama admin to finish investigation on Calif. rule on abortion coverage
Conservative lawmakers are urging the Obama administration to act on an ongoing investigation into a California requirement that the state's insurers must provide abortion coverage, Politico Pro reports.

S.D. House approves 20-week abortion ban
The South Dakota House on Monday voted 59-7 to approve a bill (SB 72) that would ban almost all abortion care after 20 weeks of pregnancy, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Idaho bill would ban medically proven abortion procedure
The Idaho Senate State Affairs Committee introduced a bill (SB 1386) that would ban a medically proven method of abortion, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Recalling women affected by illegal abortion care, op-ed calls on Supreme Court to strike down HB 2
In a Washington Post opinion piece, Christine Dinsmore, a writer and editor, calls on the Supreme Court justices to remember women such as her grandmother, who died following an illegal abortion, when they rule on the recent challenge to provisions in Texas' omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2).

Featured blogs
"Of this year's 353 abortion-restriction bills, 70 percent are based on lies" (Cauterucci, "XX Factor," Slate, 3/4); "The future of abortion rights could be decided in this election" (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 3/4).

Utah Senate gives initial approval to fetal anesthesia bill
The Utah Senate on Friday voted 19-5 to give initial approval to a bill (SB 234) that would require physicians to administer anesthesia to a fetus when performing an abortion on a woman who is 20 or more weeks pregnant, KUTV reports.

SCOTUS halts enforcement of La. admitting privileges requirement
The Supreme Court on Friday issued an order temporarily halting enforcement of an admitting privileges requirement in a Louisiana law (Act 620), the New York Times reports.

Google searches show significant demand for self-induced abortion
An analysis of Internet searches "show[s] a hidden demand for self-induced abortion reminiscent of the era before Roe v. Wade," economist Seth Stephens-Davidowitz writes in an opinion piece for the New York Times' "SundayReview."

Utah lawmakers advance bill targeting telemedicine abortion care
The Utah Senate Health and Human Services Committee voted 4-0 to approve a telemedicine measure (HB 340) that a PPAU official says targets abortion care, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

Md. bill aims to facilitate access to contraceptive options
Maryland Sen. Delores Kelly (D) introduced a bill (SB 848) that would expand residents' contraceptive coverage, Delmarva Public Radio reports.

KentuckyOne Health ends transfer agreement with Planned Parenthood
KentuckyOne Health rescinded a patient transfer agreement with Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK), citing pressure from undisclosed sources, according to an attorney for PPINK, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports.

Fla. House passes antiabortion-rights measure
The Florida House on Thursday voted 74-44 to approve a bill (HB 1411) that would impose new restrictions on abortion providers, among other provisions, AP/CBSMiami reports.

Ky. gov. sues clinic over licensing standards
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin's (R) administration on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against an abortion clinic in Lexington, alleging that the facility has not met all of the state's licensing requirements, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports.

Ky. Senate committee advances abortion regulations bill
The Kentucky Senate Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee on Thursday voted 10-1 to approve a targeted regulation of abortion providers (TRAP) bill (SB 212) that would impose additional regulations on abortion providers and clinics, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports. The bill now heads to the full state Senate.

Hearing held on Neb. abortion ban bill
Nebraska lawmakers on Wednesday heard testimony a bill ( LB 767), that would ban a medically proven method of abortion care, the Omaha World-Herald reports.

SCOTUS hears challenge to Texas' HB 2
The Supreme Court on Wednesday heard oral arguments in a case challenging parts of Texas' omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2), the Washington Post reports.

Idaho House passes antiabortion-rights ultrasound bill
The Idaho House on Tuesday voted 56-13 to approve a measure (HB 516) that would require abortion providers to tell a woman seeking abortion care where she could receive an ultrasound at no cost, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Op-ed: Challenge to Texas' HB 2 about 'whether politicians can strip constitutional rights by stealth'
Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, a case challenging parts of Texas' omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2), "asks whether politicians can strip constitutional rights by stealth, using laws that say one thing but do another," and the Supreme Court's ruling in the lawsuit "will echo far beyond reproductive rights," Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR), writes in a USA Today opinion piece. CRR is representing the plaintiffs in the case.

Ky. Senate passes antiabortion-rights ultrasound bill
The Kentucky Senate on Monday voted 32-4 to approve a bill (SB 152) that would require physicians to perform an ultrasound and describe the images to a woman seeking abortion care before the procedure, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports.

W.Va. House passes bill that would ban medically proven method of abortion
The West Virginia House on Monday voted 86-13 to approve a bill (SB 10) that would ban a medically proven method of abortion, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Study: One in three women receives misinformation when seeking abortion care
Thirty-five percent of women who seek abortion care in the United States receive medically inaccurate information about fetal and embryonic development, according to a study conducted by researchers at Rutgers University, Thomson Reuters Foundation reports.

ACOG president on Texas' HB 2: 'Rather than improving patient safety, this law would worsen it'
While "[i]t seems counterintuitive" that ob-gyns would "oppose laws that purport to improve the safety of women," such efforts "too often ... provide no benefit to patients and instead are intended to restrict access to abortion, all under the guise of protecting women's health," writes Mark DeFrancesco, president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, in an opinion piece for The Hill's "Congress Blog."

Miss. House passes bill to ban medically proven method of abortion
The Mississippi House on Friday approved a bill (HB 519) that would ban a medically proven method of abortion, the Natchez Democrat reports.

Utah Senate committee advances fetal anesthesia bill
The Utah Senate Business and Labor Committee on Monday voted 4-1 to advance a bill (SB 234) that would require physicians to administer anesthesia to a fetus when performing an abortion on a woman who is 20 or more weeks pregnant, the Deseret News reports (Chen, Deseret News, 2/29). The bill is based on the medically unfounded claim that fetuses can feel pain at that point in pregnancy.

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Abortion, TRAP laws, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama "Is one-sixth a 'large fraction' when it comes to our constitutional rights?" (Cohen/Bingenheimer, RH Reality Check, 2/29); "Court ruling forces all but one of Louisiana's abortion clinics to close" (Dusenbery, Feministing, 2/26).

Fla. appeals court allows abortion delay law to take effect
A Florida appeals court on Friday lifted an injunction barring a state law (HB 633) from taking effect that imposes a 24-hour mandatory delay before an abortion, Reuters reports.

Op-eds delve into legal challenge to Texas' HB 2
Editorials from the New York Times and MSNBC take a closer look at the questions at issue in the Supreme Court's upcoming case on Texas' antiabortion-rights law (HB 2).

Maine Family Planning to provide medication abortion via telemedicine
Maine Family Planning will offer medication abortion via telemedicine at its clinics throughout the state, the organization announced on Monday, the Bangor Daily News reports.

Idaho House committee passes antiabortion-rights ultrasound bill
The Idaho House State Affairs Committee on Thursday voted 13-4 to approve legislation (HB 516) that would mandate that abortion providers inform patients seeking abortion care where they can receive a no-cost ultrasound, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Utah bill would criminalize medically proven abortion procedure
Utah Rep. Curt Oda (R) on Thursday filed a bill (HB 442) that would ban a medically proven abortion procedure, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

Ariz. Senate passes medication abortion restrictions bill
The Arizona Senate on Thursday voted 18-10 to pass a bill (SB 1324) that would restrict medication abortion, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Government regulation, private sector forces add increasing pressure on abortion clinics
The stigma surrounding abortion care and legislation targeting abortion providers has made it more costly and logistically complicated to operate an abortion clinic in recent years, resulting in the closure of many such facilities, Bloomberg Business reports.

Ind. Senate committee amends, advances bill targeting abortion access, fetal tissue disposal
The Indiana Senate Health & Provider Services Committee on Wednesday amended and advanced a measure (HB 1337) that would impose several restrictions on abortion care and the disposal of fetal tissue, the AP/Indianapolis Star reports.

Featured blogs
"Thanks but no thanks: Women don't need your 'protection'" (Griffin, Huffington Post blogs, 2/25); "'Bad medicine' laws are harming women in a majority of states" (Lipton-Lubet, National Partnership for Women & Families blog, 2/24).

Federal appeals court: La. admitting privileges law may take effect
On Wednesday, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a Louisiana law (Act 620) requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals could take effect while litigation challenging the requirement continues, Reuters reports.

Wis. appeals court overturns medication abortion ruling
A Wisconsin appeals court on Wednesday ruled that Planned Parenthood lacked standing to challenge a 2012 state law (Act 217) restricting medication abortion, the AP/Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

HB 2 lawsuit highlights shifting antiabortion-rights strategy
The issues at question in the Supreme Court case over parts of Texas' omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) highlight a shift in abortion-rights opponents' strategy from basing restrictions on the fetus to basing them on claims about women's health, the Washington Post reports.

Bloomberg: Abortion access diminishing at record rate
Driven by antiabortion-rights regulations, abortion access in the United States is falling at the fastest annual rate ever recorded, according to a Bloomberg News investigation, Bloomberg Business reports.

Ala. House committee mulls fetal heartbeat ban
The Alabama House Health Committee on Tuesday heard testimony on a bill (HB 21) that would ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, the Montgomery Advertiser reports.

Antiabortion-rights bills advance in Okla. Legislature
Three antiabortion-rights bills advanced in the Oklahoma Legislature on Monday, the Tulsa World reports.

SCOTUS ruling on Texas' HB 2 could have widespread effects
The Supreme Court's ruling in a case challenging parts of Texas' omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) could have implications for scores of medically disputed abortion-rights restrictions across the United States, the New York Times reports.

S.D. Senate committee advances 20-week abortion ban
The South Dakota Senate Health and Human Services committee on Friday voted 4-3 to advance a measure (SB 72) that would ban almost all abortion care after 20 weeks of pregnancy, the AP/Bellingham Herald reports.

Md. high court rules abortion clinic license applicant names may be protected from record requests
The Maryland Court of Appeals on Monday ruled 7-0 that the names of applicants for abortion clinic licenses may be excluded from public records requests, the AP/Washington Post reports.

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"Notarized parental consent is about blocking minors from abortion" (Marty, Care2, 2/19).

Report: Application of Catholic directives put five patients in danger
A Catholic hospital's refusal to administer abortion care endangered the lives of five pregnant women over the course of a 17-month period, according to a report released to The Guardian.

Ohio Gov. signs bill targeting Planned Parenthood
Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) on Sunday signed into law a bill (HB 294) that will defund Planned Parenthood clinics in the state, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Ala. bill would require verbal descriptions of ultrasound images before abortion
Earlier this month, Alabama Rep. Kerry Rich (R) introduced a bill (HB 183) that would require clinics to provide a woman seeking abortion care with detailed verbal descriptions of the ultrasound images and information about physicians' income before obtaining the procedure, the Alabama Media Group reports.

W.Va. Senate advances bill that would ban medically proven method of abortion
The West Virginia Senate on Wednesday voted 24-9 to pass a bill (SB 10) that would ban a medically proven method of abortion, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

CRR calls for Kansas Supreme Court review of abortion ban ruling
The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) on Tuesday filed a brief asking the Kansas Supreme Court to review and uphold a lower court decision that blocked a law (SB 95) banning a medically proven method of abortion and held that the state constitution protects abortion rights, Topeka Capital-Journal reports.

Mo. House panel hears testimony on antiabortion-rights parental involvement bill
A Missouri House committee on Tuesday heard testimony on a bill (HB 1968) that would impose stricter parental involvement rules in cases where minors are seeking abortion care, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

N.M. House committee tables antiabortion-rights memorial regarding regulatory requirements
HM 101) seeking additional monitoring requirements for abortion procedures in the state, according to the NM Political Report.

Federal judge rejects CPCs' challenge to Calif. law
A federal judge has rejected a challenge to a California law (AB 775) that aims to prohibit antiabortion-rights crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) from spreading misinformation, Courthouse News Service reports.

Federal judge denies motion for stay of preliminary injunction against rules for admitting privileges rule
A federal judge on Tuesday denied the state's motion for a stay of his ruling that Louisiana cannot enforce an admitting privileges requirement for abortion providers while the state appeals a preliminary injunction barring the rule's (Act 620) enforcement, the AP/New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Va. House committee tables 20-week abortion ban until 2017
The Virginia House Courts of Justice Committee in a voice vote on Friday postponed consideration of a proposed 20-week abortion ban (HB 963) until 2017, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

Ala. Sen. files bill that would ban abortion clinics near public schools
Alabama Sen. Paul Sanford (R) has filed a bill (SB 205) that would prohibit the location of abortion clinics within 2,000 feet of a public school, the Florence Times Daily reports.

ACLU of Okla. challenges ballot initiative petition that would ban abortion care
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Oklahoma on Friday filed a legal challenge against a petition that would amend the state constitution to criminalize all abortion care, the Tulsa World reports.

Okla. House panel advances bill calling for antiabortion-rights instruction in public schools
An Oklahoma House committee on Monday advanced a bill (HB 2797) that would require public high schools to promote an antiabortion-rights agenda, the Tulsa World reports

Scalia's death could affect upcoming SCOTUS rulings on contraception, abortion access
The recent death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia could affect several upcoming decisions from the high court, including rulings on the federal contraceptive coverage rules and abortion access, the New York Times reports.

Colo. House panels reject antiabortion-rights bills
Colorado House committees last week rejected two antiabortion-rights bills, the Durango Herald reports.

Ga. Senate passes bill that would create CPC grant program
The Georgia Senate on Thursday voted 38-16 to approve a bill (SB 308) that would establish a grant program for antiabortion-rights crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs), the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Abortion | In the Courts

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