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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 waiting periods, 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.

Minn. Senate Rejects Abortion Clinic Fee, Licensing Measure
The Minnesota Senate on Friday voted 32-29 to reject an amendment that would have imposed additional licensing fees and inspection requirements on abortion clinics, the AP/Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Texas Lawmakers Backtrack on Antiabortion-Rights Provisions
Texas lawmakers on Thursday added two antiabortion-rights amendments to an unrelated bill (HB 2510) before sending the entire measure back to committee for revision, AP/KXAN reports.

Fla. Senate Sends 24-Hour Mandatory Delay Bill to Governor
The Florida Senate on Friday voted 26-13 to approve a bill (HB 633) that would impose at least a 24-hour mandatory delay before a woman can obtain an abortion, Reuters reports.

N.C. House Approves 72-Hour Mandatory Delay Bill
The North Carolina House on Thursday voted 74-45 to approve a bill (HB 465) that would extend the state's mandatory delay before an abortion from 24 to 72 hours, WNCN News reports.

Ala. Rep. Files Legislation Targeting Northern Ala.'s Only Abortion Clinic
Alabama Rep. Ed Henry (R) on Tuesday filed a measure (HB 527) that would prevent the state's Department of Public Health from licensing abortion clinics or reproductive health care centers that are located within 2,000 feet of a public school, the Huntsville Times reports.

Miss. Clinic Files Brief Urging SCOTUS To Dismiss State's Defense of Admitting Privileges Law
Attorneys representing Mississippi's sole abortion clinic in a brief filed Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to dismiss the state's case in defense of an admitting privileges law (HB 1390), MSNBC reports.

Abortion-Rights Opponents Target Roe Protections with Fetal Homicide, Criminalizing Pregnancy Laws
Abortion-rights opponents are pursuing legislation that grants legal rights to fetuses as part of "a much broader national campaign ... to overturn Roe v. Wade," Rolling Stone reports.

Featured Blogs
"Colorado Pro-Choice Advocates: Giving Legal Rights to Fetuses Doesn't Protect Pregnant Wom[e]n" (Salzman, RH Reality Check, 4/23); "A 'New Low'? GOP Tries To Block D.C.'s New Reproductive Health Law" (Crockett, RH Reality Check, 4/22).

Advocates: Funding Restrictions on Women's Health Providers in Texas Budget Proposals Would Endanger Access
Women's health advocates warn that a Texas state budget proposal intended to prioritize funding for a women's cancer screening program for groups that do not provide abortion services could reduce women's access to health care, CQ News reports.

N.C. House Approves 72-Hour Mandatory Delay Bill
The North Carolina House on Thursday voted 74-45 to approve a bill (HB 465) that would extend the state's mandatory delay before an abortion from 24 to 72 hours, WNCN News reports.

La. Officials Publish Final Version of Revamped Abortion Clinic Regulations
Louisiana's Department of Health and Hospitals this week published the final version of updated licensing standards for abortion clinics, AP/ABC News reports.

Fla. House Advances 24-Hour Mandatory Delay Bill
The Florida House on Wednesday voted 77-41 to advance a bill (HB 633) that would require a 24-hour mandatory delay period before a woman can have an abortion, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

States Increasingly Passing Antiabortion-Rights Bills Based on 'Junk,' 'Unsubstantiated Science'
This year's legislative session "is shaping up to be a primer in what abortion rights advocates call 'junk science,'" with state lawmakers across the U.S. passing measures "based on theories that have been called into question or debunked by the wider medical community," the Los Angeles Times reports.

Tenn. House Passes Two Antiabortion-Rights Bills
The Tennessee House on Tuesday approved two antiabortion-rights bills, with one (SB 1280) heading directly to Gov. Bill Haslam (R) and the other (SB 1222) going back to the state Senate for concurrence, AP/ABC News reports.

Op-Ed: 'Latest Wave' of Antiabortion-Rights Laws 'Based on Bad Medicine'
"The latest wave of state legislation to restrict abortion access is based on bad medicine and would prevent doctors from providing medical care based on their judgment of what's best for each patient," Vanessa Cullins, vice president for external medical affairs at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, writes in an opinion piece for The Hill's "Congress Blog."

Nevada Parental Involvement Measure Unlikely To Advance in State Senate
A bill (AB 405) approved last week by the Nevada Assembly that would require parental notification 48 hours before a minor's abortion is not expected to advance in the state Senate, AP/KLAS reports.

Featured Blogs
"All the 2015 Anti-Abortion Legislation That's Been Passed So Far (Get A Grip, Arkansas!)" (Holter, Bustle, 4/17); "In Some States, Access to Abortion Care Is Expanding" (Hallett, Ms. Magazine blog, 4/20).

Fla. Senate Committee Approves 24-Hour Mandatory Delay Bill
The Florida Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday voted 6-3 to approve a bill (SB 724) that would implement a 24-hour mandatory delay period before a woman can have an abortion, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

20-Week Abortion Ban Advances in S.C. Senate, Now Faces Procedural Block
A South Carolina Senate committee on Thursday voted 9-6 to advance legislation (H 3114) that would ban most abortions in the state after 20 weeks of pregnancy, but a procedural obstacle could block the measure from a full chamber vote, the Palmetto Post and Courier reports.

L.A. Times: Kansas, Okla. Laws Do Not 'Even Bother To Pretend To Protect Women's Health'
New antiabortion-rights laws in Kansas (SB 95) and Oklahoma (HB 1721) that "ban the safest, most widely used method of abortion in the second trimester," do not "even bother to pretend to protect women's health" and go "straight for the drama," a Los Angeles Times editorial states.

Nevada Assembly Advances Parental Involvement Measure
The Nevada Assembly on Friday voted 24-17 to approve legislation (AB 405) that would require parental notification 48 hours before a minor's abortion, the AP/Las Vegas Sun reports.

Featured Blogs
"California Bill Would Require Crisis Pregnancy Centers To Discuss Abortion Options," (Liss-Schultz, RH Reality Check, 4/16); "'Marlise's Law' Could Give End-of-Life Rights to Pregnant Texans," (Grimes, RH Reality Check, 4/15); "Anti-Choicers Are Going To Take Away Second-Trimester Abortion Without Much Notice," (Marcotte, RH Reality Check, 4/16).

Colo. Senate Leader Introduces 'Fetal Homicide' Measure
Colorado Senate President Bill Cadman (R) on Tuesday introduced a bill (SB 15-268) that would allow prosecutors to bring murder charges against an individual who ends a woman's pregnancy, the Washington Post's "GovBeat" reports.

Tennessee Senate Approves Two Antiabortion-Rights Measures
The Tennessee Senate on Wednesday passed a measure (SB 1280) that would require abortion clinics to certify as ambulatory surgical centers and another bill (SB 1222) that would impose a mandatory delay before an abortion and require the physician to give in-person counseling, the Tennessean reports.

Ore. Comprehensive Women's Health Bill Misses Legislative Deadline, Dead for This Session
A bill (SB 894) aimed at closing gaps in reproductive health coverage for Oregon women is effectively dead in the state Legislature, the Salem Statesman Journal reports.

Texas House Panel Hears Testimony on Proposed Changes to Judicial Bypass for Minors Seeking Abortion
A Texas House committee on Tuesday heard testimony on a measure (HB 723) that would tighten a state law that allows pregnant minors to obtain a court's permission to have an abortion instead of obtaining parental consent for the procedure, AP/KVIA reports.

Calif. Lawmakers Propose Bill To Crack Down on Misinformation by Crisis Pregnancy Centers
California lawmakers have introduced a bill (AB 775) that aims to ensure antiabortion-rights crisis pregnancy centers do not provide women with misleading information, the Bay City News reports.

Okla. Governor Signs Law Banning Certain Abortions
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) signed a bill (HB 1721) into law that will prohibit physicians from performing a certain abortion procedure, the AP/New York Times reports.

Op-Ed: Ohio Lawmakers Should Avoid 'Repeat' of Reproductive Rights Violations in Next State Budget
In creating the next state budget, Ohio lawmakers should avoid repeating the "atrocious violations of the Ohio Constitution and of the reproductive rights of women" that are included in the state's current biennial budget (HB 59), Chelsea Tobias, a Mandel Leadership Fellow at Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, writes in a Cleveland Plain Dealer opinion piece.

Nev. Assembly Committee Advances Parental Involvement Bill
A Nevada Assembly committee on Friday voted to advance a bill (AB 405) that would require parental notification 48 hours before a minor's abortion, the AP/Columbia State reports.

Alaska Bill Would Bar Abortion Providers' Participation in Sex Ed
An Alaska Senate committee on Thursday advanced an education bill (SB 89) that includes an amendment that would limit sexuality education in the state, the Alaska Dispatch News reports.

Featured Blogs
"Why This Longtime Abortion Provider May Never Reopen Her Practice," (Marty/Cahill, Cosmopolitan, 4/10); "Alaska Bill Restricts Sexual Health Education in Schools," (Liss-Schultz, RH Reality Check, 4/13).

Mont. House Advances Antiabortion-Rights Health Insurance Bill
The Montana House has voted to advance a bill (SB 349) that would require insurers offering a plan with abortion coverage to also offer a plan without abortion coverage, the AP/CBS Seattle reports.

Federal Judge Holds Hearing on Vt. Man's Concerns About Marketplace Abortion Coverage
A federal judge on Thursday held the first hearing in a Vermont man's lawsuit against the state's health insurance marketplace for not including plans that do not include a fee for abortion coverage beyond cases of rape, incest and life endangerment, the Burlington Free Press reports.

NYT Op-Ed: Law Must Address How Violence Against Pregnant Women Harms Reproductive Freedom
The risk of legislation aimed at criminalizing fetal homicide in Colorado and other states is that, "without statutory reform, the pregnant woman as a category of victim will remain overlooked, while the fetus gets special protection," Deborah Tuerkheimer, a law professor at Northwestern University and former assistant district attorney in Manhattan, writes in a New York Times opinion piece.

Featured Blogs
"Arkansas Will Force Doctors To Tell Women Abortions Can Be Reversed" (Redden, Mother Jones, 4/7); "The New Extremes of the Anti-Abortion Movement" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 4/8); "Miscarriage of Justice: Asian-American Women Targeted -- and All Women Threatened -- by Feticide Laws Like Indiana's" (Jorawar, The American Prospect, 4/3).

Tenn. House, Senate Advance 48-Hour Mandatory Delay, Biased Counseling Bill
Tennessee House and Senate committees this week advanced a measure (HB 989, SB 1190) that would impose a 48-hour mandatory delay before a woman could obtain an abortion and require that she receive in-person counseling from a physician prior to the procedure, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports.

NYT: Kansas 'Ground Zero' in 'War To Criminalize All Abortions'
"During the past four years, the state of Kansas has become ground zero in the war to criminalize all abortions, and in the process to remove a woman's ability to control what happens in her own body," a New York Times editorial states.

Okla. Senate Sends Bill Aimed at Banning Certain Abortions to Governor
The Oklahoma Senate on Wednesday voted 37-4 to pass a bill (HB 1721) that would prohibit physicians from performing a certain abortion procedure, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Ark. Governor Signs Antiabortion-Rights Bill
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) on Monday signed a bill (Act 1086) that will require physicians to share medically unproven information with women seeking medication abortions, the Washington Post's "Post Nation" reports.

Kan. Gov. Signs First-of-Its-Kind Law Banning Certain Abortions
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) on Tuesday signed a bill (SB 95) into law that will ban physicians from performing a certain abortion procedure, the Huffington Post reports.

Abortion-Rights Supporters Express Concern Over 'Surge' of Antiabortion-Rights State Legislation
Abortion-rights advocates have been monitoring a "surge" in antiabortion-rights bills in several states over the last five years, saying that the increase in such measures is linked to conservative lawmakers gaining more seats at the state level, as well as model state legislation developed by Americans United for Life, CQ HealthBeat News reports.

Wis. AG Appeals Ruling Against Admitting Privileges Law
Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel (R) on Monday appealed a federal court ruling that struck down a state law (Act 37) that would require physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Idaho Gov. Signs Telemedicine Abortion Ban
Idaho Gov. C.L. Otter (R) on Monday signed a bill (HB 154) into law that will require physicians to be physically present when administering medication abortion drugs, AP/KTVB reports.

Featured Blogs
"When It Comes to Abstinence-Only Education Battles, Let's Fight Anecdotes With Anecdotes," Amanda Marcotte, RH Reality Check (Marcotte, RH Reality Check, 4/3); "Repro Wrap: It's Not 'Motorcycle Vagina,' But North Carolina's at It Again," Robin Marty, Care2 (Marty, Care 2, 4/3); "Losing My Lege: Transgender Visibility Lobby Day Sparks Surprising Response From Capitol Staffers," Andrea Grimes, RH Reality Check (Grimes, RH Reality Check, 4/3).

Op-Ed: Ohio 20-Week Ban Would Cause 'Needless Suffering,' Waste Taxpayer Dollars
"Ohio's proposed 20-week abortion ban, which has no medical basis," would "cause countless women needless suffering and waste scarce tax dollars on litigation," writes Anita Rios, president of the Ohio chapter of the National Organization for Women and president of the Toledo, Ohio, chapter of NOW, in a Cleveland Plain Dealer opinion piece.

N.C. Bill Would Increase Mandatory Delay to 72 Hours, Enact Other Abortion Restrictions
North Carolina lawmakers on Thursday introduced a bill (HB 465) that would increase the state's mandatory delay before an abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours, among several other abortion restrictions, WNCN News reports.

Ala. Lawmakers File 'Heartbeat' Abortion Ban
Alabama lawmakers have introduced a bill (HB 405) that would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detectable, which can be as early as six weeks, the Alabama Media Group reports.

Collins: Many State Lawmakers 'Legislating Fiction' With Bills Targeting Reproductive Health
The "business of legislating fiction" by state lawmakers passing ineffective or medically unsound bills that target reproductive health "is rather widespread," New York Times columnist Gail Collins writes.

More Than 300 Antiabortion-Rights Bills Proposed in State Legislatures in First Quarter of 2015
Almost 800 reproductive health-related measures were introduced in state legislatures during the first three months of 2015, about 42% of which were antiabortion-rights bills, according to a Guttmacher Institute report released Thursday, Politico's "Pulse" reports.

Featured Blogs
"Here's What Happens When Pregnant Women Lose Their Rights" (Ronan, "The Cut," New York Magazine, 4/2); "New York Legislators Move To Strengthen Abortion Rights," (Liss-Schultz, RH Reality Check, 3/31).

Fla. 24-Hour Mandatory Delay Bill Advances in State House, Senate
A Florida House committee on Wednesday voted 12-5 to advance a bill (HB 633) that would implement a 24-hour mandatory delay period before a woman can have an abortion, Capitol News/WCTV reports.

Half of States Now Bar Abortion Coverage in ACA Marketplaces; Other States Considering Similar Measures
There are now 25 states that bar private health plans offered through the Affordable Care Act's (PL 111-148) insurance marketplaces from including abortion coverage, and lawmakers are set to consider similar measures in other states this year, National Journal reports.

Ark. Senate Approves Bill To Extend Mandatory Delay, Require Biased Counseling
The Arkansas Senate has voted 26-4 to approve a bill (HB 1578) that would extend the mandatory delay period before a woman can obtain an abortion from 24 hours to 48 hours, among other provisions, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Tenn. Lawmaker Withdraws Mandatory Ultrasound Bill
A Tennessee bill (HB 2) that would require a women seeking an abortion to receive a mandatory ultrasound and have the images displayed to her by the provider has been withdrawn for the year, the AP/Lexington Herald-Leader reports.

Texas Lawmakers Propose Budget Amendments To Defund Alternatives to Abortion Program
Texas lawmakers have filed several amendments to the state budget (HB 1) that aim to defund the state's Alternatives to Abortion program, the Texas Tribune reports.

Featured Blog
"Repro Wrap: Abortion Reversals are Apparently a Thing and Other News" (Marty, Care2, 3/27).

Texas Bills Target Judicial Bypass Under Parental Involvement Law
Conservative lawmakers in Texas have filed several bills seeking to increase publicly available information and requirements related to the judicial bypass process under the state's parental involvement requirements, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Ariz. Governor Signs Antiabortion-Rights Bill
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) on Monday signed a bill (SB 1318) into law that will require physicians to share medically unproven information with patients seeking medication abortions, among other abortion restrictions, the AP/U-T San Diego reports.

Ariz. Bill Adds To 'Long List' of Misinformation in Anti-Choice Laws
If signed by the governor, an Arizona bill (SB 1318) requiring physicians to tell women that a medication abortion can be reversed would "join a long list of information that" Arizona physicians "are forced to relay to patients seeking an abortion -- much of which providers know to be misleading and aimed ... at dissuading women from choosing the procedure," Brandy Zadrozny writes in the Daily Beast.

Ark. House Approves Bill To Block Public Funding for Women's Health Clinics
The Arkansas House on Thursday voted 70-8 to approve a bill that would prohibit health centers that offer abortions or provide abortion referrals from receiving state or federal funds, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Ark. Legislature Sends Parental Involvement to Governor
The state Senate on Thursday voted 24-1 to approve a measure that would increase parental involvement restrictions for minors seeking abortion care.

Ariz. Antiabortion-Rights Bill Heads to Gov.
The Arizona Senate on Wednesday voted 18-11 to advance a bill (SB 1318) that would impose several abortion restrictions, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Featured Blogs
"Mississippi Abortion Clinic 'Not Going Anywhere' After Vandalism," (Wilson, RH Reality Check, 3/24); "Arizona May Force Doctors To Tell Women Their Abortion Can Be Reversed," (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 3/26).

N.Y. Assembly Passes Bill To Protect Abortion Rights
The New York Assembly on Wednesday voted 95-51 to approve legislation (AB 6221) that would codify abortion rights established under Roe v. Wade into state law, the AP/Washington Times reports.

Women's Health Advocates Call on Ore. Legislature To Pass Comprehensive Women's Health Bill
Women's health advocates on Wednesday marched to the Oregon Capitol to show support for a measure (SB 894) aimed at closing gaps in reproductive health coverage for women in the state, the Salem Statesman Journal reports.

Kan. House Passes Bill Banning Certain Abortions; Gov. Signature Expected
The Kansas House on Wednesday voted 98-26 to approve a bill (SB 95) that would ban physicians from performing a certain abortion procedure, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Two Antiabortion-Rights Bills Advance in Tenn. House
A Tennessee House subcommittee on Tuesday voted to advance two bills that would place new restrictions on abortion in the state, the Tennessean reports.

Ohio House Passes 'Heartbeat' Bill That Could Ban Abortion as Early as Six Weeks
The Ohio House on Wednesday voted 55-40 to approve a bill (HB 69) that would ban abortion if a fetal heartbeat is detectable, which can be as early as six weeks into pregnancy, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Vandalism at Miss. Abortion Clinic Will Not Deter Services, Director Says
The only abortion clinic in Mississippi is continuing to see patients after the building was vandalized this weekend, according to the clinic's director, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports.

Ariz. House Passes Bill That Would Add Several New Abortion Restrictions
The Arizona House on Monday voted 33-24 to pass a bill (SB 1338) that includes several antiabortion-rights provisions, the AP/Miami Herald reports.

Idaho Senate Approves Telemedicine Abortion Ban
The Idaho Senate on Monday approved a bill (HB 154) that would require physicians to be physically present when administering medication abortion drugs, the AP/KTVB reports.

Ark. House Passes Bill To Bolster Parental Involvement Requirements
The Arkansas House on Friday voted 68-6 to pass a bill (HB 1424) that would impose stricter parental involvement rules for minors seeking an abortion, Arkansas Online reports.

Featured Blogs
"Judge Strikes Down Scott Walker's Anti-Abortion Law," (Volsky, Center for American Progress' "Think Progress," 3/21); (Liss-Schultz, RH Reality Check, 3/20).

N.C. Asks Supreme Court To Consider Ultrasound Law That Was Found Unconstitutional
North Carolina on Monday requested that the Supreme Court consider a federal appeals court's decision to strike down part of a 2011 state law (SL 2011-45) that would require physicians to perform ultrasounds prior to abortions and describe the images to patients, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Wis. Admitting Privileges Law
A federal judge on Friday struck down as unconstitutional a Wisconsin law (Act 37) that requires physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, Reuters reports.

La. Asks Federal Judge To Dismiss Portions of Lawsuit Over Admitting Privileges Law
A federal judge on Thursday heard a request from Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's (R) administration to dismiss parts of a lawsuit against a state admitting privileges law (Act 620), the Shreveport Times reports.

Federal Judge Hears Arguments in Ala. Parental Involvement Case
The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday argued in federal court that a judge should halt an Alabama parental involvement law (Act 2014-445) for minors seeking abortions, while the state argued that the lawsuit should be thrown out, the AP/Hartford Courant reports.

Plaintiffs Drop Some Claims To Appeal Pittsburgh 'Buffer Zone' Ruling
Five abortion-rights opponents have dropped allegations that city officials selectively enforced a Pittsburgh "buffer zone" ordinance in order to facilitate an appeal of a federal ruling that found the ordinance is constitutional, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Featured Blogs
"Louisiana Women May Have To Travel Even Longer Than You Think for an Abortion," (Marty, Care 2, 3/18); "Four States That Are Actually Working To Protect Abortion Rights" (Culp-Ressler, "Think Progress," Center for American Progress, 3/19).

Neb. Senate Comm. Hears Testimony on Two Antiabortion-Rights Measures
A Nebraska Senate committee on Wednesday heard testimony over a proposed measure (LB 114) that would place additional restrictions on the three abortion clinics in the state and a separate bill (LB 187) that would require clinics to post signs with state-mandated information, KETV reports.

Ark. Senate Sends Medication Abortion Restrictions to Governor
The Arkansas Senate voted 26-5 to pass a bill (HB 1394) that would restrict medication abortion, the AP/THV 11 reports.

Ill. Bill Would Require Annual Clinic Inspections
Illinois lawmakers have introduced a bill (HB 3274) that would require all abortion clinics in the state to undergo annual inspections, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

LA Times: State Abortion Restrictions 'Unnecessary' and 'Often Unconstitutional'
State legislatures nationwide are "concoct[ing] new ways to restrict a woman's constitutional right to a legal abortion," a Los Angeles Times editorial states.

Ark. Senate Sends Medication Abortion Restrictions to Governor
The Arkansas Senate voted 26-5 to pass a bill (HB 1394) that would restrict medication abortion, the AP/THV 11 reports.

Mont. House Passes Telemedicine Abortion Ban
The Montana House on Monday voted 54-46 to pass a bill (HB 587) that would prohibit physicians from providing medication abortion via telemedicine, the Great Falls Tribune reports.

Idaho Bill To Ban Telemedicine Abortion Advances to Governor
The Idaho Senate on Tuesday voted 31-3 to approve a bill (HB 189) that would bar the use of telemedicine in abortion services, the AP/Idaho Statesman reports.

N.Y. Assembly Splits Up Women's Equality Act Amid Impasse Over Pro-Choice Provision
The New York Assembly plans to advance components of the Women's Equality Act without an abortion-rights measure that has faced opposition in the state Senate the past few years, the Buffalo News reports.

N.M. 20-Week Ban, Parental Involvement Bills Tabled
A New Mexico Senate panel on Sunday voted 5-3 to table a bill (HB 390) that would ban abortions at 20 weeks pregnancy and a measure (HB 391) that would require parental notification 48 hours before a minor's abortion, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Featured Blogs
"Repro Wrap: Massive Medication Abortion Attacks and Other News" (Marty, Care2, 3/13); CPCs: "Crisis Pregnancy Center' Tells Woman her IUD was a Baby" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 3/13).

NARAL Calif. Leader: Undercover Investigation Shows Prevalence of 'Misleading' CPC Tactics
An undercover investigation by NARAL Pro-Choice California found that antiabortion-rights crisis pregnancy centers provide pregnant women with "false and manipulative rhetoric and much more," Amy Everitt, state director of the group and the NARAL Pro-Choice California Foundation, writes in an opinion piece for the Sacramento Bee's "Soapbox."

Iowa House Passes Mandatory Ultrasound Measure
The Iowa House on Thursday voted 57-39 to pass a bill (HF 58) that would require a woman to undergo an ultrasound before an abortion, Reuters reports.

Fla. House Panel Approves 24-Hour Mandatory Delay Bill
A Florida House panel on Thursday voted 9-4 to approve a measure (HB 633) that would implement a 24-hour mandatory delay period before a woman can have an abortion, News Service of Florida/News 4 Jax reports.

Ind. County Council Rejects Admitting Privileges Measure
A county council in Indiana on Tuesday rejected an ordinance (69-14) that would have required abortion providers to publicly disclose the names of other doctors they work with under a state admitting privileges law, WNDU reports.

Featured Blogs
"Pro-Choice Win: Federal Court Upholds Pittsburgh Buffer Zone" (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 3/10); "'Marlise's Law' Would Give Pregnant Texans Advance Directive Rights" (Grimes, RH Reality Check, 3/12).

State Lawmakers Introduce More Bills Backing Abortion Rights
State lawmakers last year introduced the most measures to expand abortion rights since 1990, Vox reports.

N.M. Senate Rejects Procedural Efforts To Move Antiabortion-Rights Bills
The New Mexico Senate has rejected several procedural efforts aimed at moving two antiabortion-rights measures out of their respective committees to other committees or the full chamber, the New Mexican/Las Cruces Sun-News reports.

Mont. Bill Would Require Use of Fetal Anesthesia in Abortion Procedures
Montana lawmakers are weighing a bill (HB 479) that would require anesthesia to be administered to fetuses before abortions if the woman is at least 20 weeks pregnant, the AP/Missoulian reports.

Iowa Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Challenge to Telemedicine Abortion Ban
The Iowa Supreme Court on Wednesday heard oral arguments over whether a state rule banning the use of telemedicine in abortion services was a legitimate exercise of state authority or an unconstitutional restriction on women's access to abortion, the Cedar Rapids Gazette reports.

Texas Appropriators Reconsider Certain Funding Restrictions on Women's Health Providers
A Texas House budget panel on Tuesday approved a measure that would eliminate a provision in a state budget proposal that would create a tiered system for allocating money to clinics for a women's cancer screening program, the Texas Tribune reports.

States Restrict Medication Abortion by Mandating Outdated Protocols
States are increasingly restricting medication abortion access by requiring that providers follow FDA protocols that differ from current, evidence-based medical practice, NPR's "Shots" reports.

Wash. House Again Advances Abortion Coverage Bill; Senate Passage Unlikely
The Washington House on Tuesday voted 51-46 to pass a bill (HB 1647) for the fourth-consecutive year that would require most insurers that cover maternity care to also provide abortion coverage, the AP/Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports.

Iowa Supreme Court Weighs Challenge to Telemedicine Abortion Ban
The Iowa Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear a case that will decide whether Planned Parenthood can continue a telemedicine program that has enabled more than 7,000 women in the state to access medication abortions since 2008, the Des Moines Register reports.

Ark. Senate Advances Bill To Block Public Funding for Women's Health Clinics
The Arkansas Senate on Monday voted 26-5 to approve a bill (SB 569) that would prohibit health centers that offer abortions or provide abortion referrals from receiving state or federal funds, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports.

Kan. House Committee Considers Bill That Would Ban Certain Abortions
Abortion-rights supporters during a Kansas House committee hearing on Monday raised several concerns about a bill (SB 95) that would prohibit physicians from performing a certain abortion procedure, the AP/Raleigh News & Observer reports.

Federal Judge Denies Request for Injunction Against Pittsburgh 'Buffer Zone'
A federal judge on Friday denied five abortion-rights opponents' request for an injunction to block enforcement of a Pittsburgh "buffer zone" ordinance, the AP/York Enquirer Herald reports. However, the judge permitted the underlying case to move forward.

NPR: States Direct Funding to Antiabortion-Rights Crisis Pregnancy Centers
Some states that are working to cut funding for women's health clinics like Planned Parenthood are also boosting support for antiabortion-rights crisis pregnancy centers, NPR's "Shots" reports.

N.M. House Passes 20-Week Ban, Parental Involvement Bills
The New Mexico House on Friday passed a bill (HB 390) that would ban abortions at 20 weeks pregnancy and a measure (HB 391) that would require parental involvement in minors' abortion decisions, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

Featured Blog
"Judge Upholds Pittsburgh Buffer Zone in First Federal Ruling Since McCullen" (Women's Law Project blog, 3/9).

W.Va. Lawmakers Override Veto of 20-Week Abortion Ban, Allowing Bill To Become Law
A West Virginia bill (HB 2568) banning abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy is set to take effect on May 26 after the state Senate on Friday voted 27-5 to override the governor's veto of the legislation, Reuters reports.

Iowa Abortion Restrictions Fail To Meet Legislative Deadline
Multiple proposed abortion restrictions in Iowa are effectively dead for this legislative session after the measures were not approved by state's Legislature first deadline to advance bills on Thursday, the Des Moines Register reports.

Ark. Senate Panel Advances Bill To Block Funding to Women's Health Clinics
An Arkansas Senate panel on Wednesday advanced a bill (SB 569) to the full chamber that would bar the state from distributing grants to individuals or entities that offer abortion services, counseling or referrals, or that have affiliations with such individuals or entities, the Arkansas News Bureau/Southwest Times Record reports.

Ark. House Approves Medication Abortion Restrictions
The Arkansas House on Thursday voted 61-7 in favor of a bill (HB 1394) that would restrict medication abortion, Arkansas News reports. The bill will now be considered by the state Senate.

Iowa House Panel Advances Mandatory Ultrasound Bill
An Iowa House subcommittee on Wednesday voted 2-1 to advance a bill (HF 58) that would require women to undergo an ultrasound before receiving an abortion, the Davenport Quad-City Times reports.

Featured Blog
"Reproductive Rights Shouldn't Be Just for the Rich," (Amiri, "Blog of Rights," ACLU, 3/3).

Ark. House Committee Advances One Antiabortion-Rights Bill; Another Stalls
An Arkansas House committee on Tuesday approved a bill (HB 1394) that would restrict medication abortion, while a second measure (HB 1421) that would require abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges did not advance, the AP/Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports.

Ohio House Opens Debate on Twice-Rejected 'Heartbeat' Bill
The Ohio House on Tuesday began discussing a bill (HB 69) that would ban abortion if a fetal heartbeat is detectable, which can be as early as six weeks into pregnancy, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

W.Va. House Votes To Override Veto of 20-Week Abortion Ban
The West Virginia House on Wednesday morning voted 77-16 to override a veto of a bill (HB 2568) that would ban abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy, the West Virginia State Journal reports. The bill now heads to the state Senate for an override attempt.

Wis. Gov. Walker Says He Would Support 20-Week Abortion Ban
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) in an open letter on Tuesday said he would sign a measure banning abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy, if such a bill reaches his desk, the New York Times' "First Draft" reports.

Ohio Abortion Restrictions Strain Providers, Limit Access for Patients
Measures that restrict abortion in Ohio have made it harder for women in the state to access the procedure, NPR's "Shots" reports.

Advocates Want Antiabortion-Rights 'Gag' Provision Dropped From N.D. Human Trafficking Bill
Women's health advocates in North Dakota are calling for the removal of an amendment that would bar state funds from being used to "refer for or counsel" human trafficking survivors "in favor of abortion," the Grand Forks Herald reports.

Idaho House Passes Telemedicine Abortion Ban
The Idaho House on Monday voted 55-14 to pass a bill (HB 154) that would bar physicians from using telemedicine in medication abortion care by requiring them to be physically present while administering the drugs, the AP/Idaho Statesman reports.

20-Week Abortion Ban, Parental Involvement Bills Advance in N.M. House
New Mexico's House Judiciary Committee on Friday voted 7-6 to approve two antiabortion-rights measures, sending them to the full chamber, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

Featured Blogs
"Repro Wrap: Babies Aren't in Your Stomach and Other News" (Marty, Care2, 2/27); "Losing My Lege: These Bills are the Icing on the Hate-Cake" (Grimes, RH Reality Check, 2/27).

Ore. Lawmakers Announce Comprehensive Women's Health Bill
A group of Oregon lawmakers on Friday announced legislation aimed at closing gaps in reproductive health care coverage for women in the state, the Portland Business Journal reports.

Okla. House Approves Bill Aimed at Banning Certain Abortions
The Oklahoma House on Thursday voted 84-2 to approve a bill (HB 1721) that would prohibit physicians from performing a certain abortion procedure, the AP/Tulsa World reports.

Va. Budget Compromise Excludes Two Antiabortion-Rights Amendments
Virginia General Assembly budget negotiators over the weekend agreed on a compromise plan that does not include two antiabortion-rights amendments from the state House budget proposal, the Washington Post reports.

Featured Blogs
"Oregon Bill Would Ensure Coverage for Reproductive Health Care, Abortions" (Liss-Schultz, RH Reality Check, 2/26); "The Cost of Getting an Abortion is Higher if You're Poor" (Dusenbery, Feministing, 2/26).

Ark. Gov Signs Measure To Restrict Medication Abortion
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) has signed a measure (SB 53) into law that will require physicians to administer medication abortion drugs in person, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports.

W.Va. Senate Passes 20-Week Ban
The West Virginia Senate on Wednesday voted 29-5 to approve a bill (HB 2568) that would ban abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy, West Virginia MetroNews reports.

Vt. Man Files Federal Lawsuit Over Concerns About Marketplace Abortion Coverage
A Vermont man last month filed a lawsuit in federal court against the state's health insurance marketplace for not including any plans that do not include a fee for abortion coverage beyond cases of rape, incest and life endangerment, the Burlington Free Press reports.

Calif. Permits Signature Collection for Parental Involvement Initiative
California Secretary of State Alex Padilla (D) on Monday gave permission for supporters to begin collecting signatures to attempt to qualify a ballot initiative (14-0014) that would require physicians to notify a parent when a minor seeks an abortion, the Marina Del Rey Patch reports.

Mo. Bill Would Require Annual Clinic Inspections
The Missouri House on Monday voted 119-35 in favor of a bill (HB 190) that would require abortion clinics to undergo annual inspections, the AP/Miami Herald reports.

Federal Judge Upholds San Francisco Ban on Misleading, False Ads by Crisis Pregnancy Centers
A federal judge on Friday rejected a lawsuit challenging a 2011 San Francisco ordinance (212-11) that bars antiabortion-rights crisis pregnancy centers from using misleading or false advertising, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Idaho Telemedicine Abortion Ban Advances; Lawmaker Draws Attention With Unusual Question
An Idaho House committee on Monday voted 13-4 to advance a measure (HB 154) that would bar the use of telemedicine in administering medication abortion, the AP/Idaho Statesman reports.

N.M. House Panel Advances 20-Week Abortion Ban, Parental Involvement Bills
A New Mexico House committee on Friday advanced two antiabortion-rights bills, the AP/Las Cruces Sun-News reports.

Featured Blogs
"Oklahoma Bill Would Make Couples Prove They Don't Have STDs Before Getting Married" (Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress," 2/20); "Lawsuit: Washington Public Hospitals Aren't Complying With Reproductive Privacy Act" (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 2/23).

Kan. Senate Approves Bill That Would Ban Certain Abortions
The Kansas Senate on Friday voted 31-9 to approve a bill (SB 95) that would prohibit physicians from performing a certain abortion procedure, the AP/ABC News reports. The measure now heads to the state House, which has an antiabortion-rights majority.

ACLU of Wash. Sues Public Hospital District Over Access to Abortion Services
The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington on Thursday filed a lawsuit against a public hospital district, accusing it of violating a state law that requires medical facilities in the state that provide maternity care to also offer abortion services, Reuters reports.

Ariz. Bill Would Ban Abortion Coverage in Health Plans Sold Through ACA Marketplace
The Arizona Senate on Thursday voted 17-12 to pass a bill (SB 1318) that would bar women in the state from purchasing health plans that include abortion coverage on the federal insurance marketplace, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Ark. Medication Abortion Restrictions Head to Governor
The Arkansas House on Thursday voted 85-3 to give final approval to a bill (SB 53) that would require physicians to administer medication abortion drugs in person, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports.

Ind. Fetal Disability Bill Moves Forward; State Moves To Revoke Clinic's License
An Indiana Senate committee on Wednesday voted 7-4 to advance a bill (SB 334) that would ban providing an abortion requested because of fetal genetic disorders or the sex of the fetus, the Indianapolis Star reports.

State Seeks To Revoke Ind. Clinic's License
The Indiana Department of Health last month filed a complaint to revoke the license of the only abortion clinic in northern Indiana, after the clinic failed an inspection and the state rejected its correction plan, the South Bend Tribune reports.

Featured Blog: 'Mississippi Asks Roberts Court To Help Close Its Only Abortion Clinic'
"Mississippi Asks Roberts Court To Help Close Its Only Abortion Clinic," (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 2/19).

Miss. Appeals Ruling Blocking Admitting Privileges Law to Supreme Court
Mississippi on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to review a lower court ruling that blocked a state law (HB 1390) that could close the state's only abortion clinic, Reuters reports.

Ohio Lawmakers Propose 'Heartbeat' Abortion Ban Again
Ohio lawmakers on Tuesday introduced a bill (HB 69) that would ban abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detectable, which can be as early as the sixth week of pregnancy, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Idaho Medication Abortion Bill Modified at Physicians Group's Request
At the request of a state physicians group, Idaho lawmakers on Tuesday changed language in a proposed antiabortion-rights bill involving medication abortion regulations, Boise State Public Radio reports.

Tenn. AG: Antiabortion-Rights Measures Could Still Be Unconstitutional, Despite State Amendment
Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery (R) in a legal analysis said that proposed state abortion restrictions could still be found unconstitutional, despite the passage of a ballot initiative (Amendment 1) specifying that there is no right to abortion in the state constitution, the Tennessean reports.

Abortion-Rights Advocates Mull Legal Issues With Proposed Kan. Abortion Ban
Abortion-rights advocates are examining legal issues surrounding Kansas antiabortion-rights legislation that gained approval from the state Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee last week, the AP/Idaho Statesman reports.

Idaho Senate Comm. Introduces Admitting Privileges Bill
Idaho's Senate Health and Welfare Committee on Thursday voted to introduce legislation (SB 1094) that would require physicians who provide abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 20 miles of the facility where they perform the procedure, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

W.Va. House Approves 20-Week Abortion Ban
The West Virginia House last week voted 87-12 to approve a bill (HB 2568) that would ban abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy, the AP/Washington Times reports (Mattise, AP/Washington Times, 2/11).

S.C. 20-Week Abortion Ban Clears House
The South Carolina House last week voted 80-27 to approve a measure (H 3114) that would ban abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy, the Rock Hill Herald reports (Self, Rock Hill Herald, 2/11).

Featured Blogs
"Hobby Lobby 2: Inside Republicans' Plan To Kill America's Most Effective Anti-Teen-Pregnancy Program" (Baumann, Mother Jones, 2/11); "Report Finds 'Shockingly Substandard' Reproductive Health Care in New York Prisons" (Greenberg, RH Reality Check, 2/13); "Repro Wrap: D&E Bans are Just Grandstanding and Other News" (Marty, Care2, 2/13).

Okla. House Advances Mandatory Delay Bill, Ban on Certain Abortion Procedure
The Oklahoma House on Wednesday voted 89-9 to approve a bill (HB 1409) that would increase the state's mandatory delay before an abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

N.H. House Committee Considers Bill To Repeal 'Buffer Zone' Law
Supporters of a New Hampshire "buffer zone" law (SB 319) this week urged state lawmakers to enact other protections for women entering abortion clinics if the law is repealed, the AP/Concord Monitor reports.

La. Planned Parenthood Appeals Denied Application To Provide Abortions at New Orleans Clinic
Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast is appealing a Louisiana department's rejection of its application to provide abortion services at a New Orleans health center that is scheduled to open later this year, the AP/WHLT reports.

Ban on Abortion After Fetal Down Syndrome Diagnosis Among Ohio Proposals
Conservative Ohio lawmakers plan to introduce legislation that would prohibit a woman from obtaining an abortion if the fetus has been diagnosed with Down syndrome, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Abortion-Rights Opponents Invent Incendiary Terminology To Push Abortion Ban
Abortion-rights opponents are using "grisly" language as part of a strategy to enact state legislation that they say would prohibit a specific abortion procedure, Bloomberg reports.

Neb. Sen. Introduces Bill To Expand Medicaid Coverage of Family Planning Services
Nebraska Sen. Jeremy Nordquist has introduced a bill (LB 77) that would expand Medicaid coverage for contraceptives in the state, the AP/Miami Herald reports.

Wash. Medical School Bill Stalls Amid Effort To Ensure Reproductive Health Instruction
A vote on a widely supported Washington bill (HB 1559) to authorize a new medical school was delayed last week after a state lawmaker asked the school to pledge that it would not restrict instruction on certain topics because of partnerships with religiously affiliated hospitals, the Seattle Times' "Politics Northwest" reports.

N.M. Lawmakers Introduce Antiabortion-Rights Bills
New Mexico lawmakers on Friday introduced two antiabortion-rights measures, the AP/New York Times reports.

Conservative, Catholic Groups Urge Congress To Overturn D.C. Reproductive Health Protections
More than a dozen conservative organizations and Catholic groups on Thursday sent a letter to House lawmakers urging them to overturn two Washington, D.C., laws passed last year, including a reproductive health non-discrimination measure (B20-0790), the Washington Post's "District Of DeBonis" reports.

Va. House Panel Withdraws 20-Week Abortion Ban Proposal
A Virginia House subcommittee on Friday withdrew a proposal (HB 2321) that would have banned abortions in the state after 20 weeks of pregnancy, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

Ky. Senate Approves Ultrasound Requirements for Women Seeking Abortion
The Kentucky Senate on Thursday voted 31-5 to approve a measure that would require physicians to perform ultrasounds and describe the ultrasound images to women before an abortion, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Idaho Bill Would Mandate Medication Abortion Protocols
An Idaho House committee on Thursday voted to introduce legislation (H 88) that would require health care providers to follow certain requirements when prescribing medication abortion, Northwest Public Radio reports.

Okla. House Advances 72-Hour Mandatory Delay Bill, Embryonic Stem Cell Restrictions
An Oklahoma House committee on Wednesday voted 6-4 to advance a bill (HB 1409) that would require women to undergo biased counseling with a physician at least 72 hours before an abortion, up from 24 hours under current state law, the Tulsa World reports.

Plaintiffs Argue Okla. Medication Abortion Restrictions Illegally Delegate Authority to FDA
Abortion-rights supporters in Oklahoma last week filed a motion for partial summary judgment in a case challenging the state's medication abortion restrictions, arguing that the law (HB 2684) illegally delegates authority to FDA, the Courthouse News Service reports.

Featured Blog
"Criminalizing Pregnancy: Indiana Woman Found Guilty of Feticide and Neglect for Having a Miscarriage" (Dusenberry, Feministing, 2/5).

Mont. Supreme Court Reverses Ruling on Parental Involvement Laws
The Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday reversed a lower court decision that found the state could not defend two parental involvement laws (LR 120, HR 391) because a prior case had found similar restrictions unconstitutional, the Missoulian reports.

Wyo. Ultrasound Bill Fails in Committee
A Wyoming House committee on Tuesday rejected a bill (HB 156) that would have required abortion providers to tell women at least 24 hours before the procedure that they have an option to view an ultrasound and attempt to listen to the fetal heartbeat, the AP/Casper Star-Tribune reports.

Ark. House Approves Measure To Restrict Medication Abortion
The Arkansas House on Monday voted 83-4 to approve a measure (HB 1076) that would require physicians to administer medication abortion drugs in person, the Southwest Times Record reports.

Mo. House Panel Advances Mandatory Video Bill for Women Seeking Abortions
A Missouri House committee on Tuesday voted 9-3 to advance a bill (HB 124) that would require women seeking abortions to watch a state-created video at least 72 hours before the procedure, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

$1.2M Spent in Final Days of Campaign Over Tenn. Antiabortion-Rights Ballot Initiative
More than $6 million was spent on campaigns for and against a Tennessee ballot initiative (Amendment 1), including about $1.2 million in the final days leading up to the election, the Tennessean reports.

Wash. Parental Notification Bill Sparks Debate
More than 100 advocates on both sides of the abortion-rights debate filled a Washington Senate committee hearing on Monday to weigh in on a bill (SB 5289) that would require parental notification before a minor could obtain an abortion, the AP/Olympia News Tribune reports.

'Heartbeat Bills' Divide Abortion-Rights Opponents
Opponents of abortion rights are divided over whether to pursue state bills that would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detectable, Mother Jones reports.

La. Abortion-Rights Supporters Speak Out Against Clinic Regulations
Abortion-rights advocates on Thursday testified at a Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals hearing that the agency has gone too far in its proposed abortion regulations, the Baton Rouge Advocate reports.

Ark. Bill Restricting Medication Abortion Advances
An Arkansas House committee on Thursday approved a measure (HB 1076) that would require physicians to administer medication abortion drugs in person, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

N.C. Abortion-Rights Supporters Warn Against More Clinic Regulations
North Carolina abortion-rights groups and their legislative allies are urging antiabortion-rights state lawmakers to not make ideologically driven changes to clinic regulations proposed by Gov. Pat McCrory's (R) administration, the AP/Winston-Salem Journal reports.

Ala. Lawmaker Might Try Again on 'Heartbeat' Abortion Ban Measure
Alabama Rep. Terri Collins (R) is considering introducing legislation similar to a bill (HB 490) she proposed last year that would have banned most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detectable, the Florence Times Daily reports.

Mo. State House Weighs Three Antiabortion-Rights Bills
Abortion-rights supporters during a Missouri state House committee hearing on Tuesday raised concerns about several antiabortion-rights measures introduced by state lawmakers, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Antiabortion-Rights Group: Ohio Lawmakers To Introduce 20-Week Abortion Ban Bill
Ohio Right to Life on Tuesday announced that lawmakers in the Republican-led General Assembly will soon introduce legislation to ban abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Colo. Lawmaker Works To Secure Family Planning Initiative
Colorado Rep. KC Becker (D) said she intends to propose a bill that would use $5 million from the state's general fund to continue a program that helps improve access to long-acting reversible contraceptives among low-income women, the Coloradoan reports.

States Likely To Consider 20-Week Abortion Bans, Despite Issues With Federal Bill
Bills that would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy are likely to advance in state legislatures this year, despite the difficulties conservatives faced with similar federal-level legislation last week, the Washington Post's "GovBeat" reports.

Minn. Abortion-Rights Opponents Seek Legislative Support; Gov. Against New Restrictions
Abortion-rights opponents in Minnesota hope that Republican control of the state House could help advance their goals this year, although Gov. Mark Dayton (D) and the Democratic-controlled state Senate are unlikely to be receptive, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Kan. Gov. Says He Would Sign Latest Antiabortion-Rights Bill
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) last week said he would sign pending legislation that would prohibit physicians from performing certain abortion procedures, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Report: Majority of Women Cannot Access Abortion Coverage in ACA Marketplaces
About 60% of U.S. women who qualify for tax credits under the Affordable Care Act (PL 111-148) are unable to access a plan that covers abortion through the law's marketplaces, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation report released on Wednesday, The Hill reports.

Wyo. Bill Would Require Ultrasound, Fetal Heartbeat Information Before Abortion
A bill that would require abortion providers in Wyoming to tell women they have the option to view an ultrasound of the fetus and hear its heartbeat before an abortion was introduced in the state House on Tuesday, the AP/Washington Times reports.

W.Va. Lawmaker Refiles 20-Week Abortion Ban
West Virginia Delegate David Perry (D) on Tuesday reintroduced a measure (HB 2153) that would ban abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy unless the woman is having a medical emergency, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

La. Rejects Planned Parenthood Clinic's Application To Provide Abortion Services
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals earlier this month rejected Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast's application to provide abortion services at a New Orleans health center that is scheduled to open later in 2015, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Iowa Sen. Introduces Two Antiabortion-Rights Measures for 2015 Session
An Iowa senator has introduced two antiabortion-rights measures for the 2015 legislative session, the Des Moines Register reports.

Ark. Legislators Introduce Bills To Ban Telemedicine Abortion Services
Arkansas lawmakers on Thursday proposed bills (SB 53, HB 1076) that would require physicians to administer medication abortion drugs in person and mandate in-person follow-ups, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports

Featured Blogs
"Virginia Lawmakers Roll Out Pro-Choice Legislative Agenda," (Liss-Schultz, RH Reality Check, 1/19); "Fetus Lawyers, Baby Daddies and 'Legitimate Rape': America's Craziest Abortion Bills," (Zadrozny, Daily Beast, 1/20); "'The Daily Show' Slams Appalling Alabama Law That Appoints Lawyers for Fetuses," (Gray, Salon, 1/16).

Judge Rules To Maintain Hold on La. Admitting Privileges Law During Legal Challenge
A federal judge in Louisiana on Thursday said he will not drop a temporary order barring the state from enforcing an admitting privileges law (HB 388) while a legal challenge against the statute continues, the AP/Miami Herald reports.

Mont. Lawmakers Drafting Bills To Restrict Abortion Rights, But Gov. Resists Measures
Various Montana lawmakers are drafting legislation that would increase restrictions on abortion in the state, but Gov. Steve Bullock (D) is not likely to sign such measures, the Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports.

Kan. Antiabortion-Rights Group Introduces Bill To Ban Certain Second-Trimester Abortions
The antiabortion-rights group Kansans for Life is pushing legislation that would prohibit physicians from performing certain abortion procedures, the Wichita Eagle reports.

Ind. Bill Would Ban Abortions Based on Sex of Fetus, Genetic Defects
Indiana Sen. Travis Holdman (R) has proposed a bill (SB 334) that would ban abortions sought because of the sex of the fetus or the diagnosis or "potential diagnosis" of a genetic defect, the Indianapolis Star reports.

Hundreds Rally in Nashville To Support Women's Rights
About 500 to 600 people rallied in Nashville on Tuesday in support of access to women's health services and against proposed abortion restrictions as the Tennessee Legislature convened for its 2015 session, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports.

Appeals Court Hears Oral Arguments Over N.D., Ark. Early Abortion Bans
A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard back-to-back cases on Tuesday over the constitutionality of a North Dakota law (HB 1456) that banned abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected and an Arkansas law (Act 301) that banned the procedures at 12 weeks of pregnancy, the AP/Miami Herald reports.

Va. Gov., Women's Rights Coalition Outline Legislative Agendas
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) on Monday unveiled his Equal Opportunity legislative agenda, which includes legislative proposals that range from protections for abortion rights to addressing college sexual assaults and domestic violence, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

N.Y. Senate Passes Women's Equality Bills, Excludes Abortion-Rights Measure
The GOP-controlled New York Senate on Monday unanimously approved eight out of nine remaining bills in the package known as the Women's Equality Act but did not take up an abortion-rights measure, setting up another potential stalemate with the state Assembly, the AP/Auburn Citizen reports.

Abortion | In the Courts

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