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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.

Alaska Gov. Signs Bill Defining 'Medically Necessary' Abortions Under Medicaid
Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell (R) on Thursday signed legislation (SB 49) to restrict the state's Medicaid program to covering only "medically necessary" abortions, Alaska Public Media reports.

Judge Temporarily Reinstates Admitting Privileges for Two Texas Abortion Providers
A Texas judge on Thursday temporarily reinstated admitting privileges for two abortion providers, the AP/KXAN reports.

S.C. 20-Week Abortion Ban Bill Stalls in Senate
A South Carolina bill (H 4223) that would prohibit most abortions at or after 20 weeks of pregnancy stalled this week in a state Senate subcommittee, the Charleston Post and Courier reports.

Featured Blog
"The Abortion Restriction That's Too Extreme for Most Pro-Lifers" (Thomson-Deveaux, American Prospect, 4/15).

Federal Judge Overturns N.D. 'Heartbeat' Abortion Ban
A federal judge on Wednesday struck down a North Dakota law (HB 1456) that banned abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, the AP/Washington Post reports.

Okla. Medication Abortion Bill Heads to Gov. Fallin
The Oklahoma Senate on Tuesday passed a bill (HB 2684) that would restrict the use of medication abortion drugs, sending the measure to Gov. Mary Fallin (R), the AP/Kansas City Star reports.

Texas Clinic Denied Request To Provide Abortions During Lawsuit
A federal judge on Wednesday denied an El Paso, Texas, abortion clinic's request for a temporary injunction to block a state requirement that its abortion providers have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Ariz. Gov. Brewer Signs Bill Allowing Surprise Inspections of Abortion Clinics
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) on Tuesday signed into law a bill (HB 2284) that allows the state to conduct unannounced abortion clinic inspections without a warrant, the Arizona Republic reports.

Alaska Bill Restricting Medicaid Abortion Coverage Heads to Gov.
An Alaska bill (SB 49) that would define "medically necessary" abortions that are covered under the state's Medicaid program cleared its final legislative hurdle this week after lawmakers stripped language to expand family planning funding, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports.

Backers of Tenn. Antiabortion-Rights Ballot Measure Lead Fundraising Race
A campaign to decrease abortion-rights protections in Tennessee's constitution via a state ballot initiative (SJR 127) has raised over $300,000, while a counter-campaign launched by abortion-rights supporters has only collected around $4,000, according to financial disclosure forms released last week, the Tennessean reports.

Featured Blogs
"It's Time To Pass the NY Women's Equality Act, Tenth Point Included," (Ruoff, Huffington Post blogs, 4/11); "While One State Wants To Criminalize 'Bad' Pregnant People, Another Goes After 'Bad' Mothers," (Marty, Care2, 4/11); "America's Abortion-Free Zone Grows," (Marty, Daily Beast, 4/14); "Is Preventing Surrogacy Feminist? No, It's Anti-Choice," (Matson, RH Reality Check, 4/11).

Ark. Appeals Ruling That Struck Down 12-Week Abortion Ban
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel (D) announced Friday that he will appeal to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals a ruling that overturned a state law (Act 301) banning abortion as early as 12 weeks of pregnancy, Reuters/Chicago Tribune reports.

Colo. Reproductive Health Freedom Act Advances
A Colorado Senate committee has advanced a bill (SB 175) that would prohibit government entities from enacting policies that deny or interfere with reproductive health care, Fox31 Denver reports.

Texas Abortion Providers Ask Full Appeals Court To Review Ruling
A coalition of Texas abortion providers on Thursday asked the full 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review a three-judge panel's decision to uphold two antiabortion-rights provisions in a state law (HB 2), the Texas Tribune reports.

La. House Panel Advance Sex Education, Abortion Bills
A Louisiana House panel on Wednesday advanced two measures, including a bill (HB 305) that would bar certain groups from distributing sex education materials in schools and another (HB 1262) that would require women to review written information before an abortion, the New Orleans Advocate reports.

Featured Blogs
"Rick Perry Dodges Measures To Address the Prison Sexual Assault Crisis," (Knefel, RH Reality Check, 4/8); "The 5 Most Surprising Things About My Abortion," (Stewart, Huffington Post blogs, 4/9); "Colorado Lawmakers Introduce an Ambitious Bill To Protect Reproductive Rights," (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 4/10); "Missouri Lawmaker Compares Getting an Abortion To Buying a New Car or Re-Carpeting," (Dusenbery, Feministing, 4/10); "It's Time To Repeal State Advance Directive Laws That Discriminate Against Women," (Taylor/Paltrow, RH Reality Check, 4/10).

Record Number of State Bills Favor Abortion Rights
Although state lawmakers have continued with an onslaught of antiabortion-rights bills this year, a record number of states are considering measures aimed at protecting abortion rights and access, according to a new report from the Guttmacher Institute, the Christian Science Monitor's "DC Decoder" reports.

Ariz. Sends Surprise Abortion Clinic Inspections Bill to Gov.
The Arizona Senate on Wednesday approved a bill (HB 2284) that would allow the state to conduct unannounced abortion clinic inspections without a warrant, Reuters reports.

Ariz. Medication Abortion Law Blocked Until Hearing
A federal appeals court on Tuesday issued a temporary injunction against medication abortion restrictions in Arizona until the judges rule on a lawsuit over the issue, the Arizona Daily Star reports.

Fla. Bill To Redefine Fetal Viability Advances
A Florida Senate committee on Tuesday advanced a bill (SB 918) that would redefine viability of a fetus and increase restrictions on medically necessary abortions in the third trimester, the Orlando Sentinel's "Central Florida Political Pulse" reports.

Sole N.D. Abortion Clinic Asks for Permanent Block of Fetal Heartbeat Law
Attorneys representing North Dakota's only abortion clinic on Friday asked a federal judge to issue a permanent injunction against a state law (HB 1456) that bans abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detectable, the AP/Bismarck Tribune reports.

Calif. Hospital Allowed To Continue Abortion Ban With Stipulations
The California attorney general's office and a Catholic-affiliated hospital have reached an agreement that allows the facility to continue a ban on most abortions as long it refers women elsewhere, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Featured Blogs
"Repro Wrap: Everyone Hates National Right to Life (Even Abortion Opponents) and Other News" (Marty, Care2, 4/4) and "Murder Charges Dismissed in Mississippi Stillbirth Case" (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 4/4).

Ala. Antiabortion-Rights Bills Head to Gov.
The Alabama Senate last week approved two antiabortion-rights bills (HB 489, HB 494), but the chamber did not vote on two other House-approved abortion-related measures before the legislative session ended on Thursday, Reuters reports.

Ala. Admitting Privileges Lawsuit Will Proceed
A federal judge has ordered a trial to determine the constitutionality of an Alabama law (HB 57) that requires physicians who perform abortions in the state to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, Reuters reports.

Judge Sets Trial Date Over Ala. Admitting Privileges Law
U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson has set a May 19 trial date for a case over the constitutionality of an Alabama law (HB 57) that requires physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, Reuters reports.

Ala. Bills Would Set Some of Nation's Harshest Abortion Restrictions
A package of Alabama bills would create some of the strictest abortion regulations in the nation, including a ban on abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detectable, the Huffington Post reports.

Featured Blog: 'AL HB31: Where Saving a Woman's Life Becomes a Question of Conscience'
An Alabama bill "would allow the entire hospital staff, including but not limited to physicians, nurses, pharmacists, counselors, and social workers, to refuse to provide medical care in situations that would 'violate their conscience,'" Feministe reports.

Kan. Legislature Avoids Debate on Abortion Ban Bill, Advances Smaller Measure
The Kansas Legislature has approved a bill (SB 448) that would make technical changes to existing antiabortion-rights laws, avoiding a more contentious debate this year over a bill (HB 2324) that would ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detectable, the AP/Kansas City Star reports.

Ala. Antiabortion-Rights Bills Head to Gov.
The Alabama Senate this week approved two antiabortion-rights bills (HB 489, HB 494), but the chamber did not vote on two other House-approved abortion-related measures before the legislative session ended on Thursday, Reuters reports.

Reopened Wichita Clinic Serves 1,500 Patients in First Year
The South Wind Women's Center, which opened last year at a facility formerly run by murdered abortion provider George Tiller, has served about 1,500 patients and performed 1,200 abortions during its first year of operation, the AP/Wichita Eagle reports.

Featured Blog
"Texas Abortion Providers Head Back to Court in New HB 2 Lawsuit"(Grimes, RH Reality Check, 4/2).

Ala. Antiabortion-Rights Bills Head to Gov.
The Alabama Senate this week approved two antiabortion-rights bills (HB 489, HB 494), but the chamber did not vote on two other House-approved abortion-related measures before the legislative session ended on Thursday, Reuters reports.

Second Lawsuit Challenges Texas Law Behind Closed Clinics
Several abortion clinics in Texas have filed suit over a provision in a wide-ranging antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) that would require them to meet the building standards for ambulatory surgical centers, the New York Times reports.

Ariz. Medication Abortion Restrictions Temporarily Blocked
A federal appeals court on Wednesday issued a temporary stay to halt new medication abortion restrictions in Arizona in response to a request by Planned Parenthood Arizona and other groups, the AP/U-T San Diego reports.

Okla. House Panel Advances Abortion Clinic, Emergency Contraceptive Restrictions
An Oklahoma House panel on Tuesday advanced two bills that would impose strict regulations on abortion clinics and restrict access to emergency contraception, the Tulsa World reports.

Ariz. Medication Abortion Ruling Appealed as Law Takes Effect
Planned Parenthood of Arizona and Tucson Women's Center on Tuesday asked a federal appeals court to block medication abortion restrictions in Arizona while a lawsuit over their constitutionality continues, the New York Times reports.

Miss. Gov. To Sign 20-Week Abortion Ban
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) on Tuesday said he will sign into law a bill (HB 1400) that would ban most abortions beginning at 18 weeks after a woman's last menstrual period, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports.

La. House Approves Admitting Privileges, Abortion Reporting Bill
The Louisiana House on Monday passed a bill (HB 388) that would require abortion providers to have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles, among other regulations, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Medication Abortion Restrictions Advance in Okla. Senate
An Oklahoma Senate committee has advanced a measure (HB 2684) that would restrict the use of medication abortion drugs in the state, the AP/Oklahoman reports.

Judge Allows Ariz. Medication Abortion Restrictions To Take Effect
A federal judge on Monday refused to block medication abortion restrictions in Arizona, ruling instead that the regulations may take effect April 1 while a case over their constitutionality continues, the New York Times reports.

Judge Orders Trial in Ala. Admitting Privileges Lawsuit
A federal judge on Monday ordered a trial to determine the constitutionality of an Alabama law (HB 57) that requires physicians who perform abortions in the state to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, Reuters reports.

Ohio Abortion Clinic Hopes To Stay Open After Securing Deal With Hospital
The only abortion clinic in Toledo, Ohio, has secured a hospital-transfer agreement that might enable it to stay open under a state law, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

W. Va. Gov. Tomblin Vetoes 20-Week Abortion Ban
West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) on Friday vetoed a bill (HB 4588) that would have banned most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, saying that the bill likely is unconstitutional and would restrict pregnant women's health care, the Charleston Gazette reports.

Planned Parenthood To Complete Texas Abortion Clinic Before Restrictions Take Effect
Planned Parenthood is planning to open a $5 million facility in San Antonio, Texas, that will comply with abortion regulations that are scheduled to take effect in September under a state law (HB 2), Reuters reports.

Appeals Court Upholds Texas Admitting Privileges, Medication Abortion Law
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld two contested provisions in a Texas antiabortion-rights law (HB 2), ruling that the restrictions do not unduly burden women, the New York Times reports.

Ala. Could Consider Bill Extending Mandatory Delay Period for Abortion Next Week
While there is less than a week before the Alabama Legislature's 2014 session ends, lawmakers still could vote on a bill (HB 489) that would extend the state's mandatory delay period before an abortion from 24 to 48 hours, WHNT News reports.

Planned Parenthood To Develop N.C. Abortion Clinic in Compliance With Potential Regulations
Raleigh, N.C.-based Planned Parenthood Health Systems announced it will open a new abortion clinic that will comply with a new state law (SB 353) that authorizes making ambulatory surgery center rules applicable to clinics, the Carolina Public Press reports.

Featured Blogs
"Kansas Moves To Defund Planned Parenthood and Force Doctors To Report Every Miscarriage," (Marcotte, "XX Factor," Slate, 3/26); "Two Anti-Choice Candidates in Colorado Rescind Support for 'Personhood,' (Salzman, RH Reality Check, 3/26).

Court Weighs Ariz. Medication Abortion Restrictions
A federal judge on Wednesday heard arguments over Arizona's restrictions on medication abortion, which would be among the harshest in the nation if allowed to take effect, the New York Times reports.

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Fla. City Ordinance Banning 'Targeted' Picketing
In a case spurred by antiabortion-rights protests outside the home of a Planned Parenthood official, a federal appeals court upheld a Winter Park, Fla., ordinance that prohibits "targeted" picketing within 50 feet of a city resident's home, but it struck down another rule that more broadly banned loitering in the 50-foot zone, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Vt. Law Criminalizing Abortion Finally Removed From State Statute
Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) on Monday signed into law a bill (S 317) that repeals a state statute criminalizing abortion that was invalidated by courts many years ago, the Burlington Free Press reports.

N.H. House Rejects Increased Abortion Clinic Regulations
The New Hampshire House on Thursday rejected one antiabortion-rights measure (HB 1501) and referred another (HB 1502) for further study, the New Hampshire Union Leader reports.

Featured Blogs
"This Law Allows Genetic Counselors To Turn Away Gays and Unwed Parents" (Redden, Mother Jones, 3/25) and "Repro Wrap: If There's a Uterus in the House the GOP Wants To Legislate It and Other News" (Marty, Care2, 3/21).

Ky. Antiabortion-Rights Bills Fail in Committee
A Kentucky House Committee last week rejected three antiabortion-rights bills, including two (HB 575, SB 8) that would have required women to be shown an ultrasound before an abortion and another (SB 3) that would have mandated face-to-face consultations before abortions, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

S.C. House Passes 20-Week Abortion Ban
The South Carolina House on Wednesday approved a measure (H 4223) that would prohibit most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, Reuters reports.

Featured Blogs
"A Mississippi Teen is Facing Life in Prison for Using Cocaine During Her Pregnancy" (Dusenbery, Feministing, 3/19), "One City's 6 Month Quest To Take Its Sidewalks Back from Anti-Abortion Protesters" (Marty, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 3/19) and "Louisiana House Committee Passes Admitting Privileges Bill" (Wilson, RH Reality Check, 3/20).

Wis. Petitions Supreme Court To Review Admitting Privileges Law
Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen (R) on Wednesday petitioned the Supreme Court to review a state law (Act 37) that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports.

N.J. City Adopts 'Buffer Zone' Rules
The Englewood, N.J., City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved new regulations that would bar individuals from protesting within eight feet of any health care facility in the city, including abortion clinics, the North Jersey Record reports.

Ga. Abortion Coverage Restrictions Head to Gov.
A Georgia bill (S 98) that would prohibit abortion coverage in state employee health plans and private health plans sold through the federal health insurance marketplace has cleared the state Legislature and is heading to Gov. Nathan Deal (R), the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Iowa GOP Pushes Senate Leaders To Vote on Telemedicine Abortion Ban
Iowa Republicans on Monday called upon state Senate leaders to allow a vote on a bill (HF 2175) that would bar physicians from administering abortion-inducing drugs using video conferencing systems, the Des Moines Register reports.

Featured Blog
"'Abortion Tourism' and Married Sex: Conservatives Get Mad at Anything Women Do," (Marcotte, RH Reality Check, 3/17).

Federal Judge Strikes Down Ark. Law Banning Abortions After 12 Weeks of Pregnancy
A federal judge has overturned an Arkansas law (Act 301) that would ban abortion as early as 12 weeks, saying that the attempt to restrict abortion based on fetal heartbeat rather than on fetal viability is unconstitutional, the United Press International reports.

Pact Reached To Keep Open Only Clinic in N.D. Providing Abortions
North Dakota and the sole abortion clinic in the state have resolved a dispute over a law (SB 2305) requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a local hospital, and the facility will be able to continue operating, the Los Angeles Times' "Nation Now" reports.

Appeal Filed Over Ariz. Ban on Abortions Based on Sex of Fetus
Two civil rights organizations on Wednesday appealed a federal judge's dismissal of their lawsuit challenging a 2011 Arizona law (HB 2442) banning abortions based on the sex or race of the fetus, the AP/U-T San Diego reports.

La. Bill Would Increase Abortion Licensing, Reporting Requirements
Both opponents and supporters of a Louisiana bill (HB 388) that would increase abortion restrictions say misinformation is circulating about what the bill would do, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

S.D. Bill Banning Abortions Based on Fetus' Sex Heads to Gov.
The South Dakota House on Tuesday approved a bill (HB 1162) that would ban abortions based on the sex of the fetus, sending the measure to Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R) for consideration, the AP/Rapid City Journal reports.

Featured Blog
"For Too Many, Accessing Abortion is Already an 'Undue Burden,'" (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 3/11).

Changes to Miss. Bill Would Ban Abortion at 18 Weeks
The Mississippi Senate on Tuesday unanimously passed a bill (HB 1400) that would ban most abortions after 18 weeks of pregnancy, after changing the measure to define pregnancy as beginning at the end of a woman's last menstrual period, the AP/Washington Times reports.

Colo. Abortion Ban Proposal Rejected in Committee
A Colorado House committee on Tuesday rejected a measure (HB 1133) that would have banned abortion at any point in pregnancy, the Denver Post reports.

Mo. House Advances 72-Hour Mandatory Delay Measure
The Missouri House on Tuesday passed a bill (HB 1307/1313) that would triple the state's mandatory delay period before an abortion, from 24 hours to 72 hours after a woman sees a physician, the AP/ABC News reports.

Mo. House Advances Parental Involvement Measure
he Missouri House on Tuesday passed a separate bill (HB 1192) that would require minors to notify both parents that they plan to have an abortion at least five days before the procedure, the AP/ABC News reports.

Okla. House Tries Again on Medication Abortion Restrictions
The Oklahoma House has approved a measure (HB 2684) that would restrict the use of medication abortion in the state, the Tulsa World reports.

Judge Sides With Kan. Doctor Who Provided Second Opinions for Tiller
A Kansas judge has ordered the state medical board to reconsider its 2012 decision to revoke the medical license of physician Ann Kristin Neuhaus, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Abortion Coverage To End in Many Mich. Health Plans
Beginning Thursday, private health plans in Michigan will be prohibited from including abortion coverage, the Battle Creek Enquirer reports.

W.Va. Sends 20-Week Abortion Ban to Governor
A West Virginia bill (HB 4588) that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy received final legislative approval over the weekend and now goes to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) for consideration, the AP/Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports.

Spread of TRAP Laws Threatens Clinics Nationwide
The burgeoning number of states imposing strict regulations on abortion clinics "is proving one of the most effective [tactics] in years for pro-life groups" that seek to limit access to abortion services by closing clinics, the Washington Times reports.

The Economist Examines Rise in 20-Week Abortion Bans
States increasingly are adopting 20-week abortion bans as part of a larger effort by abortion-rights opponents to test the standard of fetal viability set by the Supreme Court under Roe v. Wade, The Economist reports.

Fla. Bill Requiring Test of Fetal Viability Stalls
A vote on a bill (SB 918) that would require physicians to determine whether a fetus is viable before an abortion has been postponed at the request of its sponsor, the Bradenton Herald reports.

Two More Texas Abortion Clinics Close Under Omnibus Antiabortion-Rights Law
Whole Woman's Health on Wednesday announced that it would close two facilities in Texas because they are unable to comply with the state's stringent new abortion regulations (HB 2), the Texas Tribune reports.

Mo. House Endorses 72-Hour Delay, Mandatory Video Before Abortions
The Missouri House on Wednesday endorsed a bill (HB 1307/1313) that would extend the state's mandatory delay before an abortion to 72 hours, up from 24 hours, the AP/Washington Times reports.

Blogs Comment on Abortion Clinic Closures, 'Birth Control Truthers,' More
"Three More Abortion Clinics Forced To Close in Texas: 'This is a State of Emergency,'" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress); "Alabama Report Makes it Clear How Brutally Women Are Treated in Prison," (Marty, Care2, 3/5); "Nation's First Birthing Center/Abortion Clinic Opens in Buffalo. This Is Huge," (Marcotte, "XX Factor," Slate, 3/6).

Medication Abortion Restrictions Draw Lawsuit in Ariz.
Planned Parenthood of Arizona and Tucson Women's Center on Wednesday announced a lawsuit against Arizona rules that would restrict the use of medication abortion, the Los Angeles Times' "Nation Now" reports.

Proposed Changes to S.D. Pre-Abortion Counseling Law Head to Gov.
The South Dakota Senate on Tuesday approved a measure (HB 1180) that would modify the state's pre-abortion counseling and mandatory delay law by prohibiting crisis pregnancy centers from affiliating with adoption agencies, the Rapid City Journal reports.

Ariz. House Advances Bill Authorizing Unannounced Abortion Clinic Inspections
The Arizona House on Tuesday approved a measure (HB 2284) that would allow the state to conduct unannounced inspections of abortion clinics, the New York Times reports.

'Fetal Heartbeat' Abortion Ban, Other Restrictions Advance in Ala.
The Alabama House on Tuesday passed four antiabortion-rights measures, including a bill (HB 490) that would ban abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be detected, Reuters reports.

Ga. Senate Advances Abortion Coverage Ban
The Georgia Senate has approved a bill (S 98) that would prohibit abortion coverage in private health plans sold through the federal health insurance marketplace, WABE reports.

Wash. Abortion Coverage Parity Bill Not Likely To Pass This Year
Despite pressure from abortion-rights advocates, the Washington Legislature this year is not likely to pass a bill (HB 2148) that would require most health plans that cover maternity care to also cover abortion services, KING 5 News reports.

S.D. Senate Panel Deadlocks on Ban on Abortions Based on Sex of Fetus
A South Dakota Senate panel on Monday heard arguments about potential racial profiling under a bill (HB 1162) that would ban abortions based on the sex of the fetus, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Featured Blog
"Who's to Blame When a Woman Experiences Abortion Regret?" (Marcotte, RH Reality Check, 3/3).

New 'Buffer Zone' in Madison, Wis., Quickly Draws Lawsuit
A coalition of antiabortion-rights groups has filed a federal lawsuit against a new "buffer zone" ordinance in Madison, Wis., arguing that it violates First Amendment rights, the Wisconsin State Journal reports.

Abortion Restrictions Move Forward in Okla. House, Senate
The Oklahoma House on Thursday passed a bill that would place new restrictions on abortion clinics and medication abortions, Reuters reports.

Ariz. Group Behind Controversial Anti-LGBT Bill Pushes Clinic Regulations
The conservative group behind a controversial Arizona bill allowing businesses to refuse service to people for religious reasons is also championing an antiabortion-rights measure (HB 2284), the New York Times reports.

Featured Blog
"South Dakota Legislators Openly Discriminate Against Asian Immigrants To Pass Sex-Selective Abortion Ban" (Bayetti Flores, Feministing, 2/27).

Ala. Bills Would Set Some of Nation's Harshest Abortion Restrictions
An Alabama House panel on Tuesday advanced a package of bills that would create some of the strictest abortion regulations in the nation, including a ban on abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detectable, the Huffington Post reports.

W.Va. House Passes 20-Week Abortion Ban
The West Virginia House on Tuesday passed a bill (HB 4588) that would make it a felony to perform an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy in most cases, the Charleston Daily Mail reports.

S.C. House Panel Advances 20-Week Abortion Ban
A South Carolina House panel on Tuesday approved a bill (H 4223) that would ban most abortions beginning at 20 weeks of pregnancy, sending the measure to the House floor, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Ind. House Modifies Abortion Bill To Shield Physicians' Identities
An Indiana bill (S 292) that would increase regulations for abortion clinics has advanced to the full House after changes in committee, the AP/Indianapolis Star reports.

No Indication of Wrongdoing by Planned Parenthood in La., Audit Finds
There is no evidence that Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast improperly billed Medicaid or recommended abortions in Louisiana, according to a state legislative auditor's review, the Baton Rouge Advocate reports.

Supreme Court Rejects Bid To Revive Ariz. Law Targeting Planned Parenthood
The Supreme Court on Monday declined without comment Arizona's appeal of an overturned state law (HB 2800) that barred organizations that provide abortions from offering other services through the state's Medicaid program, the Arizona Daily Star reports.

Abortion-Rights Supporters Go on Offensive at State Level
State legislators this year have introduced more bills supporting abortion access than any time since the early 1990s, according to Elizabeth Nash, state issues manager at the Guttmacher Institute, Bloomberg reports.

Abortion Coverage Ban Advances in Ga. Senate
A Georgia Senate panel has advanced a measure (SB 98) that would ban abortion coverage in health plans offered by the state and private plans sold through the federal health insurance marketplace, the Georgia Health News/Augusta Chronicle reports.

Abortion Access Scarce at Ohio Hospitals
Abortions are rarely available at hospitals in Ohio, where state restrictions have closed or threatened many abortion clinics, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Featured Blogs
"Could This Be the Year the Pro-Choice Movement Goes on the Offensive?" (Dusenbery, Feministing, 2/24), "Supreme Court Turns Away Arizona Planned Parenthood Funding Ban" ((Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 2/24) and "Repro Wrap: Here Come the Personhood Bids Again and Other News" (Marty, Care2, 2/21).

Advocates Dispute Texas' Claims on Women's Health Access
Texas lawmakers and health policy advocates have presented contrasting views of the state's progress in ensuring women's access to reproductive health services, the Texas Tribune reports.

S.D. Advances Ban on Abortions Based on Sex of Fetus, Rejects Down Syndrome Bill
The South Dakota House last week passed a bill (HB 1162) that would ban abortions based on the sex of the fetus, while a legislative committee rejected a measure (HB 1240) that would have banned abortions if the fetus was diagnosed with Down syndrome, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

N.H. Senate Passes 'Buffer Zone' Law; House Approval Expected
The New Hampshire Senate on Wednesday passed a measure (SB 319) that imposes a 25-foot buffer zone around the state's abortion clinics, New Hampshire Public Radio reports.

Hospice Notification Bill Advances in Okla.
The Oklahoma House on Thursday unanimously approved a bill (HB 2685) that would require abortion providers to notify women whose fetuses have fatal defects that they may seek out perinatal hospice care instead of abortion, even though the services are not available in the state, the AP/Oklahoman reports.

Admitting Privileges Bill Advances in Okla.
Earlier this week, the Oklahoma Senate Committee on Health and Human Services in a 5-3 vote approved a measure (SB 1848) that would require physicians performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic, the Tulsa World reports.

Featured Blogs
"10 Dangerous Anti-Abortion Bills That Are Already Gaining Traction This Year" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 2/18) and "The Failures of Abstinence-Only Education Illustrated in 2 Charts" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 2/20).

Unusual Iowa Medicaid Law Remains Untested as Hospital Declines To Seek Abortion Payments
An Iowa law requiring Gov. Terry Branstad (R) to approve Medicaid reimbursements for abortions has unexpectedly gone untested because a state hospital refuses to submit the claims, the AP/Omaha World-Herald reports.

Planned Parenthood Resumes Medication Abortions at Ariz. Clinic After Complying With State Law
More than two years after it stopped providing medication abortions, an Arizona Planned Parenthood clinic is offering the services after coming into compliance with a state law, the Arizona Daily Sun reports.

Texas Closes First Clinic Under Admitting Privileges Law
Texas health officials on Friday closed a Houston abortion clinic after a physician there failed to obtain admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, as required under a new state law (HB 2), Texas Public Radio reports.

Effort To Repeal Va. Ultrasound Law Dies in House
A Virginia House subcommittee on Friday rejected a bill (SB 617) that would have repealed a state law requiring ultrasounds before abortions, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

Colo. Will Not Sanction Catholic Hospital Over Abortion Dispute
Colorado health officials will not sanction a Catholic hospital that allegedly admonished a physician for a conversation he had with a patient about considering an abortion, the Durango Herald reports.

Second-Trimester Abortion Ban is Latest Tactic in State Battles
The South Dakota Legislature is likely to pass a bill (HB 1241) that would effectively ban abortions after the first trimester, an unprecedented restriction that could create a model for antiabortion-rights lawmakers in other states, Politico Magazine reports.

N.C. 'Choose Life' License Plates Unconstitutional, Appeals Court Rules
A federal appeals court last week ruled that it is unconstitutional for North Carolina to offer license plates with the message "Choose Life" because the state does not also offer plates that support abortion rights, Courthouse News Service reports

Miss. House Passes 20-Week Abortion Ban
The Mississippi House on Thursday passed a bill (HB 1400) that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, Reuters reports.

Rejected 20-Week Abortion Ban Still Could Reach W. Va. House Floor
Although a West Virginia House committee rejected a motion to advance 20-week abortion ban (HB 2364) to the full House, the bill still could reach the chamber floor, the Charleston Gazette reports.

Ariz. Bill Would Allow Unscheduled Abortion Clinic Inspections
An Arizona bill (HB 2284) that would allow unannounced inspections at abortion clinics advanced out of committee on Thursday in a party-line vote, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Featured Blog
"The 5 Most Egregious Antiabortion Proposals of 2014 (So Far)" (McDonough, Salon, 2/17).

Texas' Davis Says She Would Accept Some Limits on Abortion Rights
Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis (D), a state senator, on Tuesday said she could have supported legislation restricting abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy if it gave women and their doctors more flexibility to make their own decisions in certain circumstances, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Iowa Bill Targets Planned Parenthood Telemedicine Program
The Iowa House on Tuesday passed a bill (HF 173) that would ban physicians from administering abortion-inducing drugs over video-conferencing systems, requiring in-person administration instead, the Des Moines Register reports

Va. Senate Attempts Repeal of Antiabortion-Rights Laws
The Virginia Senate on Tuesday narrowly passed a bill (SB 617) that would repeal a state law requiring ultrasounds before abortions but defeated a measure (SB 618) that would have allowed private health plans sold through the state's health insurance exchange to offer abortion coverage, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

Vt. Bill Would Repeal Invalidated Law Criminalizing Abortion
Vermont lawmakers are attempting to repeal an unenforced state law that makes it a crime for physicians to perform abortions, the Brattleboro Reformer reports.

Settlement Considered Over Blocked N.D. Admitting Privileges Law
The Center for Reproductive Rights and North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem (R) are in talks to potentially settle a lawsuit over a state law (SB 2305) requiring physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their clinic, Bloomberg reports.

Arguments Continue Over Ala. Admitting Privileges Law
A federal judge on Friday heard testimony in a lawsuit challenging an Alabama law (HB 57) that requires physicians who provide abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Va. Dems Push To Repeal Ultrasound Law, Expand Abortion Coverage
A Virginia Senate committee on Thursday approved two bills (SB 617, SB 618) that would repeal some of the state's abortion restrictions, the Virginian-Pilot reports.

Wash. House Advances Bill Requiring Abortion Coverage in Health Plans
The Washington House on Wednesday passed a bill (HB 2148) that would require most health plans that cover maternity care to also cover abortion services, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's "Strange Bedfellows" reports.

Ky. Senate Passes Bill Requiring Narrated Ultrasound Before Abortion
The Kentucky Senate on Wednesday passed a bill (SB 8) that would require women to undergo an ultrasound while having the image described to them by the administering medical professional before receiving an abortion, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports.

Featured Blog
"Louisiana Health Officials 'Rescind' Abortion Rules Hours Before Hearing" (Andrea Grimes, RH Reality Check, 2/4).

Mont. Can No Longer Defend Parental Involvement Laws, Judge Rules
A Montana judge ruled Friday that the state must drop its defense of two laws (LR 120, HB 391) that require parental involvement in minors' abortion decisions because the requirements were already struck down 15 years ago, the Missoulian reports.

Abortion-Rights Groups Praise Decision on La. Clinic Rules, Worry About Future Changes
Abortion-rights supporters on Tuesday rallied outside the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals to voice their thoughts on the state's plans to revise abortion clinic regulations, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Ind. Senate Passes Bill Requiring Written Hospital Admitting Privileges for Abortion Providers
The Indiana Senate on Tuesday approved a bill (SB 292) that would require abortion providers,who already must obtain admitting privileges at a nearby hospital or partner with a doctor who has such privileges, to file written documentation of the privileges with the state, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Judge Halts Alaska Rules on 'Medically Necessary' Abortions
An Alaska judge on Tuesday issued a restraining order that temporarily blocks regulations that would change what qualifies as a "medically necessary" abortion in the state's Medicaid program, the AP/Washington Times reports.

Abortion-Rights Opponents Succeeding With State-Level Bans on Abortion Coverage
Although a federal bill restricting abortion coverage is not expected to advance beyond the House, abortion-rights opponents have prohibited most health plans from offering such coverage in many states, Mother Jones reports.

La. Rescinds Controversial Rules That Threatened Abortion Clinics
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's (R) administration on Monday announced that it had rescinded a set of abortion regulations that could have threatened to close the state's five abortion clinics, the AP/KATC reports.

Ohio Abortion Clinic Can Remain Open While Appealing State Closure Order, Judge Rules
A judge on Friday ruled that an Ohio abortion clinic could remain open while it continues to appeal the state's order that it close for violating a rule on hospital transfer agreements, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Featured Blogs
"AL HB31: Where Saving a Woman's Life Becomes a Question of Conscience" (Caperton, Feministe, 1/31) and "Repro Wrap: So Many TRAPs, so few Clinics and Other News" (Marty, Care2, 1/31).

Ohio Abortion Clinic Appeals State Closure Order
An Ohio abortion clinic on Tuesday appealed the state's order that it close for violating a requirement that such facilities have hospital transfer agreements, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Ind. Senate Advances More Restrictions
An Indiana Senate committee on Wednesday voted 8-2 to advance a modified bill on abortion clinic regulations, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Ind. Medication Abortion Law Set for 2015 Trial
A federal court will hear arguments on June 1, 2015, in a challenge to an Indiana law (SB 371) that tightens restrictions on women's health facilities that offer medication abortions, USA Today reports.

Featured Blog
"GOP Candidates in Texas Say Pregnant, Brain Dead Woman Should Have Been Kept on Life Support" (Rivera, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 1/29).

New Definition of 'Medically Necessary' Abortion Prompts Lawsuit in Alaska
Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest on Wednesday filed a lawsuit challenging regulations that restrict what qualifies as a "medically necessary" abortion in Alaska's Medicaid program, the AP/Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports.

Complex Health Dept. Regulations Threaten La. Abortion Clinics
New Louisiana rules for abortion clinics could make it difficult for any of the state's five clinics to stay open, abortion-rights supporters say, the AP/Washington Times reports.

Legislative Changes Proposed in Wake of Texas Life-Support Case
Both Republicans and Democrats in the Texas Legislature want to clarify a state law on end-of-life care after a hospital sparked a national debate by refusing to end life support for a brain-dead pregnant woman, WFAA reports

N.C. Leaders At Odds Over Appeal on Ultrasound Provision
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) and Republican legislative leaders disagree whether the state should appeal a recent court ruling that overturned an ultrasound requirement in a state antiabortion-rights law (HB 854), the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Ariz. Moves To Implement Clinic Rules, Medication Abortion Restrictions
Arizona officials on Monday published new abortion clinic regulations that are scheduled to take effect April 1, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Wash. Abortion Coverage Parity Bill Advances in House
A Washington bill (HB 2148) that would require most health plans in the state to cover abortion services has passed out of a state House committee and could be considered by the full chamber, the Spokane Spokesman-Review reports.

Featured Blogs
"Texas Judge Rules Brain Dead Pregnant Woman Must Be Taken Off Life Support" (Robin Marty, Care2, 1/24), "Bill Regulating Certified Professional Midwives Needs a Push" (Judy Norsigian, Our Bodies Ourselves' "Our Bodies, Our Blog" 1/27) and "New Law Could Force All of Louisiana's Abortion Clinics To Close" (Zoe Carpenter, The Nation, 1/27).

Hospital Removes Brain Dead Woman From Life Support After Court Order
A Texas hospital has removed a brain dead pregnant woman from life support after a judge ruled that it was misapplying a state law that bars withdrawing "life-sustaining treatment" from a pregnant patient, the New York Times reports.

Mo. Legislature Considers Bills Imposing 72-Hour Waiting Period
Two bills (HB 1307, HB 1313) before the Missouri Legislature would require women to wait 72 hours before receiving an abortion, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Ohio Abortion Clinic Ordered To Close Under State Law
The Ohio Department of Health on Friday ordered an abortion clinic to close after denying its request for reprieve from a state law on hospital transfer agreements, the AP/Sandusky Register reports.

On Roe Anniversary, Both Sides Grapple With Legislative, Judicial Realities
On the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, abortion-rights supporters and opponents are assessing their strategies in light of this year's midterm election and judicial responses to recent abortion restrictions.

GOP Resolution Urges Candidates To Tout Opposition to Abortion Rights
A new Republican National Committee resolution will urge GOP candidates to voice their opposition to abortion rights and challenge Democratic rhetoric portraying them as anti-women, CNN's "Political Ticker" reports.

Appeals Court Partially Reinstates NYC Crisis Pregnancy Center Disclosure Law
A federal appeals court on Friday reversed part of a ruling that barred New York City from enforcing a law that requires crisis pregnancy centers to disclose more information about their services, the AP/Wall Street Journal reports.

Judge Rejects N.C. Law Requiring Description of Ultrasound
A federal judge on Friday ruled that a North Carolina law (HB 854) requiring abortion providers to perform an ultrasound, describe it to the woman and offer her a chance to hear the fetal heartbeat violates physicians' free-speech rights, Reuters reports.

Ethicists: Texas Life Support Law 'Unconstitutional'; NYT Columnist Blasts 'Cruel' Policy
Although a Texas law barring hospitals from ending life-sustaining treatment for pregnant patients "is almost certainly unconstitutional," it does not apply to a controversial case in which a pregnant woman is being kept on life support against her and her family's wishes, according to a Los Angeles Times opinion piece by Arthur Caplan, director of medical ethics at NYU Langone Medical Center, and Thaddeus Pope, director of the Health Law Institute at Hamline University School of Law.

Refusal Bill Advances in Ala. House
The Alabama House Health Committee on Wednesday advanced legislation (HB 31) that would allow most health care providers to refuse to participate in abortion care or other services if they personally object, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Justices Appear Divided Over 'Buffer Zone' Law During Oral Arguments
The Supreme Court justices on Wednesday seemed "evenly divided" over the constitutionality of a Massachusetts law that prohibits protests within 35 feet of abortion clinics, although Chief Justice John Roberts -- likely the decisive vote -- remained silent, the New York Times reports.

Half of States Fail Reproductive-Rights Report Card; Some Show Promise on Pro-Choice Laws
On Tuesday, two groups on opposite sides of the abortion-rights debate released reports grading states on abortion-related legislation, Politico Pro reports.

Family Sues To End Forced Life Support for Pregnant Texas Woman
The husband of a pregnant woman being kept on life support against her family's wishes has sued the hospital involved and asked a judge to strike down the state law the facility cites in the case, the New York Times reports.

Supreme Court's Decision on 20-Week Abortion Ban Unlikely To Quell Debate
Abortion-rights advocates say the Supreme Court's refusal to consider an Arizona law (HB 2036) banning most abortions after 20 weeks suggests the justices are not interested in revisiting Roe v. Wade, while abortion-rights opponents think the decision will build momentum for their cause, NPR's "It's All Politics" reports.

Supreme Court's Decision on 20-Week Abortion Ban Could Influence Neb. Measure
Supporters of a Nebraska law banning most abortions after 20 week say that the Supreme Court's refusal to consider a simliar ban in Arizona (HB 2036) could make Nebraska' law more vulnerable to legal challenges, even though state Attorney General Jon Bruning (R) said the Arizona case has no immediate effect on the Nebraska statute, the Omaha World-Herald reports.

Wash. Lawmakers Try Again on Bill Requiring Abortion Coverage
For the third consecutive year, Democrats in Washington's House are pushing a measure (HB 2148) that would require health plans that cover maternity care to also cover abortion services, the AP/Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports.

Mich. Abortion-Rights Advocates Forgo Drive To Repeal Abortion Coverage Ban
Abortion-rights supporters in Michigan plan to focus on a broad agenda this year, rather than pursuing a petition drive to repeal a new state law banning most private and all public health plans from including abortion coverage, the Detroit Free Press reports

New York Times Editorial: Supreme Court Should Uphold Buffer Zone Law
A New York Times editorial on Monday discussed the Supreme Court's involvement this week in a case involving a Massachusetts law that creates a protest-free buffer zone around abortion clinics.

New York Times Editorial: Supreme Court Made 'Good Call' on Abortion Ban
A New York Times editorial on Monday discussed the Supreme Court's involvement in a challenge to a 20-week abortion ban in Arizona.

Featured Blogs
"STUDY: Looking at an Ultrasound Doesn't Change Women's Decision To Have an Abortion" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 1/10) and "Court Bypasses Abortion Test Case (UPDATED)" (Denniston, SCOTUSblog, 1/13).

Supreme Court Declines 20-Week Abortion Ban Case; Lower Court's Ruling Stands
The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal of a lower court's ruling that an Arizona law prohibiting abortions at 20 weeks of gestation is unconstitutional, the New York Times reports.

Justices Revisit Clinic 'Buffer Zones' This Week; Op-Ed Defends Mass. Law
The Supreme Court on Wednesday is scheduled to hear oral arguments in a case challenging a Massachusetts law that prohibits protests within 35 feet of abortion clinics, the AP/Modern Healthcare reports.

Texas Women's Health Program Leaves Physician Groups, Patients With Gaps in Coverage
Texas physician groups are facing financial obstacles to caring for participants in the state's Women's Health Program, creating problems for both providers and patients, the Texas Tribune reports.

Editorial Urges Abortion-Rights Supporters To Remain 'Vigilant'
Abortion-rights supporters in New Hampshire and across the country need to maintain "vigilance" against abortion restrictions that are misleadingly promoted as ways to protect women from substandard medical care, a Concord Monitor editorial states.

Featured Blogs
"Judge to Texas Women: Living 150 Miles From an Abortion Clinic is No Big Deal if You Drive Fast" (Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress," 1/7), "Salon's Guide To Convincing Free-Market Ideologues To Support Reproductive Rights" (Katie McDonough, Salon, 1/9) and "REPORT: The United States Scores a Measly C- on Reproductive Health Care" (Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress," 1/9).

New York Times Editorial Warns of 'Tenuous State' of Abortion Access
A recent court hearing over a provision in a larger antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) in Texas demonstrated the "tenuous state of women's basic right to make their own childbearing decisions," a New York Times' editorial states.

New Rules for Certifying 'Medically Necessary' Abortions Set To Take Effect in Alaska
State regulations defining what constitutes a "medically necessary" abortion that is eligible for Medicaid coverage in Alaska are set to take effect next month, despite Democratic criticism that the requirements are unconstitutional, the AP/Anchorage Daily News reports.

New Va. Gov. Lacks Authority To Change Abortion Rules, Argues Outgoing AG Cuccinelli
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) on Friday issued an advisory opinion stating that Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe (D) has no legal authority to implement a campaign promise to ease regulations for existing abortion clinics, the Washington Times reports.

States Shift Tactics on Abortion Restrictions for 2014
Facing legal challenges to sweeping antiabortion-rights laws, conservative state lawmakers are shifting focus to incremental measures that regulate clinics, physicians and abortion methods, Politico reports.

Texas Admitting Privileges Law Argued in Federal Appeals Court
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday heard opening arguments over the constitutionality of a Texas law (HB 2) that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, the Texas Tribune reports.

Featured Blogs
"More Abortion Restrictions Were Enacted From 2011 to 2013 Than in the Entire Previous Decade" (Gold/Nash, RH Reality Check, 1/6); "Fifth Circuit Judges Hear Arguments on Texas' Omnibus Anti-Abortion Law" (Grimes, RH Reality Check, 1/6); "Texas Family Describes 'Pure Hell' of Being Forced To Keep Their Loved One on Life Support" (McDonough, Salon, 1/6); and As Abortion Providers Are Under Attack, Fake Anti-Choice Clinics Are Gaining Ground" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 1/2).

Both Sides See 2014 as Critical Year for Future of Abortion Access
Advocates on both sides of the abortion-rights debate are bracing for a year of legal and political fights that could determine the future of abortion access across the country, the New York Times reports.

Va. Abortion-Rights Coalition Hopes To Ease Restrictions Under New Governor
Following the November election of Virginia Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe (D), abortion-rights supporters are hoping to roll back abortion restrictions enacted under outgoing Gov. Bob McDonnell (R), the Virginian-Pilot's "Pilot on Politics" reports.

More Abortion Restrictions Enacted in Last Three Years Than Previous Decade, Guttmacher Study Finds
States enacted more antiabortion-rights laws from 2011 through 2013 than they did in the entire previous decade, according to a new Guttmacher Institute study, the Washington Post's "The Fix" reports.

Abortion Providers Decline in Texas While CPCs Proliferate; State Finalizes Clinic Rules
Crisis pregnancy centers in Texas "are feeling optimistic" about the state's health care landscape amid new laws that have forced many abortion providers to close or stop offering the procedure, Al Jazeera America reports.

Featured Blogs
"When Pro-Life Goes Frankenstein: The Case of Marlise Munoz" (Morgan Guyton, Huffington Post blogs, 12/31/13) and "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Women's Rights in 2013" (Alexander Sanger, Huffington Post blogs, 12/30/13).

Federal Appeals Court Stays Wis. Admitting Privileges Law, Pending Trial
The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Dec. 20 upheld a lower court's preliminary injunction against a Wisconsin law (SB 206) that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles, the AP/Minnesota Star Tribune reports.

States Consider Abortion, Paid Leave, Gender Transition Policies
The Women's Health Policy Report summarizes recent news coverage of state action on reproductive health-related issues.

Confusion Over N.D. Abortion Restrictions Likely Driving Women to Other States
The number of abortions at North Dakota's sole abortion clinic has dropped by nearly 15% over the past year, which the facility's director attributes in part to confusion over new abortion restrictions in the state, the AP/ABC News reports.

Va. Gov.-Elect McAuliffe Criticized for Retaining McDonnell's Health Secretary
In a move that has drawn criticism from some abortion-rights supporters, Virginia Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe (D) on Wednesday said he would retain William Hazel as state secretary of health and human services, the AP/Columbus Republic reports.

Mich. Abortion Coverage Law Could Affect One in Three Policyholders
A Michigan law banning most abortion coverage could affect about one in three state residents with group or public health plans, the Detroit News reports.

Both Sides Seek Summary Judgment in Lawsuit Over Ala. Admitting Privileges Law
On Monday, Alabama state attorneys and attorneys representing three abortion clinics filed court papers asking a federal judge to issue summary judgment on the legality of a state law (HB 57) that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

N.C. Officials in Early Stages of Developing Abortion Clinic Rules
North Carolina officials are in the preliminary stages of developing rules for abortion clinics under a new state law (SB 353), the Raleigh News & Observer reports.

Featured Blogs
"The Heroic Commutes of Abortion Providers" (Kat Stoeffel, New York Magazine's "The Cut," 12/13) and "11 Pro-Choice Successes of 2013" (RH Reality Check, 12/16).

Mich. Conservatives Will Regret Push for Abortion Coverage Ban, Opponents Warn
Michigan Democrats and abortion-rights advocates who oppose the state's recently approved ban on most abortion coverage said Republicans will pay the price in the 2014 election for supporting the bill, the AP/Detroit Free Press reports.

Pa. Lawmakers Unveil Women's Health Package
The Pennsylvania Legislature's Women's Health Caucus this week unveiled a package of seven bills related to women's health, WESA reports.

N.D. Supreme Court Hears Arguments Over State Medication Abortion Law
On Wednesday, the North Dakota Supreme Court heard opening arguments over whether a 2011 state law prohibiting the use of a medication abortion drug is unconstitutional, the AP/Huffington Post reports.

American Prospect Piece Suggests Focus Areas for Reproductive-Rights Advocates in 2014
Facing an "ever-growing maelstrom of incursions on abortion rights, pro-choice politicians have stayed on the defensive, clinging to the standards established by Roe v. Wade even as conservatives whack relentlessly at their foundations," writes Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux, an American Prospect writing fellow, in an opinion piece.

Featured Blogs
"Pennsylvania's New 'Women's Health Caucus' Unveils Package of Pro-Active Bills" (Tara Murtha, RH Reality Check, 12/11) and "After Lawmaker Discloses Her Own Sexual Assault, Michigan Approves 'Rape Insurance' Bill Anyway" (Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress," 12/12).

Mich. Lawmakers Vote To Bar Abortion Coverage in Most Health Plans
Both chambers of the Michigan Legislature on Wednesday approved a ban on most abortion coverage in private and public health plans, clearing the way for the measure to take effect in March, the Detroit Free Press reports.

La. Appeals Court Reverses Ruling Against Abortion Provider, Says State Lacked Authority To Fine Clinics
A Louisiana appeals court has thrown out fines levied against a New Orleans abortion provider, ruling that the state's health agency lacked the legal authority to impose the penalties, the Baton Rouge Advocate reports.

Abortion | In the Courts

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