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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 Judge Rejects Restrictions on Medicaid Abortion Coverage
An Alaska judge on Thursday ruled that a state law (SB 49) and several regulations limiting Medicaid coverage for abortion care are unconstitutional, 2KTUU reports.

Featured Blogs
"Lawmakers Are Convinced That Women Are Having Abortions For The Wrong Reasons" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 8/25); "Catholic Hospital Caves Under Threat of Lawsuit and Approves Woman's Procedure" (Gill, "Speak Freely," American Civil Liberties Union, 8/25).

NY Times: Ohio Abortion Ban Part of National Effort To Overturn Roe
"It is tempting to dismiss the latest anti-choice salvo [HB 135] from Ohio lawmakers, which would criminalize abortions based on a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome, as a blatantly unconstitutional ploy that would never be enforced," but the measure "stands a disturbingly good chance of approval this fall," according to a New York Times editorial.

Mich. Lawmaker Proposes Bills To Criminalize Certain Abortions
Michigan Rep. Laura Cox (R) last week introduced two measures (HB 4833, HB 4834) that would ban a certain type of abortion procedure, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Featured Blogs
"Michigan Republican: Ban Common Second-Trimester Abortion Procedure" (Wilson, RH Reality Check, 8/21); "Federal Appeals Courts Unanimous in Support of Obamacare's Birth Control Accommodation," (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 8/24); "No, Defunding Planned Parenthood Wouldn't Make Colorado Better" (Salzman, Huffington Post blog, 8/21).

Fla. Clinics To Resume Offering Full Range of First Trimester Abortion Care
Three Florida Planned Parenthood clinics will resume providing abortion care at 12 and 13 weeks of pregnancy, The Hill reports.

States Targeting Abortion Rights Borrow Tactics from Texas
While antiabortion-rights efforts at the national level recently have focused on defunding Planned Parenthood, "the real fight is at the state level," where several states are working to impose restrictions similar to an antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) in Texas, the New York Times' "The Upshot" reports.

Under Emergency Rule, Ariz. Abortion Providers Must Report on Fetal Tissue Donation
Under an emergency rule filed on Friday, Arizona abortion providers now must disclose to the state how they handle fetal tissue, Capitol Media Services/KJZZ reports.

Federal Judge Orders Texas To Halt Enforcement of HB 2 Against Provider
A federal judge on Monday said Texas health officials could be held in contempt of court unless they stop enforcing an antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) preventing an abortion provider in the state from opening a clinic at a new location, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Fla. Planned Parenthood Seeks Emergency Ruling To Allow Clinics To Resume Certain Abortion Care
Planned Parenthood on Monday requested an emergency injunction to permit three clinics in Florida to resume providing abortion care at 12 and 13 weeks of pregnancy, AP/Modern Healthcare reports.

Not-For-Profits Provide Funding To Help Low-Income Ohio Women Access Abortion Care
Ohio-based not-for-profit Women Have Options plans to distribute about $50,000 this year in quarterly grants to the state's eight remaining abortion clinics to help low-income women access reproductive health care services, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

Ariz. Court Hears Arguments in Case Challenging Medication Abortion Restrictions
An Arizona court on Friday heard arguments in a case challenging a state law that restricts medication abortion, Capitol Media Services/Arizona Daily Star reports.

Featured Blogs
"A Judge Just Handed Abortion Supporters a Huge Win in the Deep South," (Andrews, Mother Jones, 8/18); "GOP Lawmakers Cut Planned Parenthood's Medicaid Funds, Despite Federal Warning," (Wilson, RH Reality Check, 8/17).

Judge Temporarily Blocks Ala. Admitting Privileges Law, Allowing Clinic To Reopen
A federal judge on Thursday issued a temporary restraining order against an Alabama law (HB 57) that could have permanently shut down an abortion clinic in Tuscaloosa, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Federal Judge Blocks TRAP Law Enforcement in Affected Tenn. Counties
A federal judge on Thursday issued a preliminary injunction that bars district attorneys in two Tennessee counties from enforcing an antiabortion-rights law (Pub. Ch. 419) requiring abortion clinics to be licensed as ambulatory surgical centers, the The Tennessean reports.

Featured Blogs
"Is Defunding Planned Parenthood Against The Law? These States Better Watch Out," (Barbato, Bustle, 8/13); "Alabama, Jane Doe, and the Dangers of Fetus-First Laws," (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 8/12).

HHS Warns Ala., La. Blocking Medicaid Funding for Planned Parenthood Could Violate Federal Law
The Obama administration has warned Alabama and Louisiana that recent efforts to block Planned Parenthood from receiving Medicaid funds could violate federal law, the Wall Street Journal reports.

ACLU of Washington Calls On Hospital District To Comply With Reproductive Privacy Act
The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington State on Monday again called on San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 to comply with state law on providing abortion services, the Journal of the San Juan Islands reports.

States Increasingly Penalize Pregnant Women for Drug Misuse
Some states are working to penalize pregnant women who misuse drugs, countering advice from medical groups that recommend treatment instead, the Daily Beast reports.

Judge Lifts Restraining Order on Tenn. Antiabortion-Rights Law
A federal judge on Monday conditionally lifted a restraining order that prevented Tennessee officials from enforcing an antiabortion-rights law (Pub. Ch. 419) requiring new licenses for clinics that provide abortions, The Tennessean reports.

Okla. Judge Blocks Medication Abortion Restriction
An Oklahoma judge on Monday struck down a state law (HB 2684) that aimed to limit medication abortion, ruling that the law was unconstitutional because such restrictions are not applied to other medications, Reuters reports.

Ohio Clinic Partners with University of Toledo Medical Center To Train Residents on Abortion Care
The sole abortion clinic in Toledo has partnered with the University of Toledo Medical Center to train physicians in how to perform abortions and related care, the AP/Idaho Statesman reports.

Featured Blogs
"Anti-Abortion Activists Trying To Pretend Women in Texas No Longer Have Right To Choose," (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 8/9); "Planned Parenthood Investigations Uncovering No Wrongdoing," (Wilson, RH Reality Check, 8/6); "I Had an Abortion at Planned Parenthood -- and I'm Not Ashamed," (Rhiannon, Salon, 8/10).

N.H. Cuts Planned Parenthood Funding; Fla. Investigation Finds No Improper Tissue Donations
The New Hampshire Executive Council on Wednesday voted 3-2 to deny Planned Parenthood centers in the state roughly one-third of their total public funding, following the release of a series of misleading videos about the organization, the New York Times reports.

Op-Ed: Ala. Inmate Was Denied Her Rights While Seeking Abortion Care
An Alabama inmate who last week was seeking access to abortion care had her reproductive "rights ... dangled above her while she was under lock and key," Susan Watson, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama, writes in a Huntsville Times opinion piece.

Ala. Lawmakers Introduce Two Antiabortion-Rights Bills
Alabama lawmakers on Monday filed two antiabortion-rights bills during a special session on the state's General Fund budget, the TimesDaily reports.

Ohio Clinic Files New Request Seeking Exemption From Antiabortion-Rights Regulations
Last month, an abortion clinic in Ohio again filed for an exemption to state regulations mandating that it have a patient transfer agreement in place with a nearby hospital, the AP/Idaho Statesman reports.

Featured Blog
"Texas Pro-Choice Groups Help Navigate an Anti-Choice Landscape," (Grimes, RH Reality Check, 7/31).

Federal Judge Dismisses Ala. Inmate's Abortion Request After Inmate Opts To Continue Pregnancy
A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit brought by an Alabama inmate seeking access to abortion care after the inmate said she had decided to continue the pregnancy, the New York Times reports.

Ala. Inmate Drops Request Seeking Abortion
An Alabama jail inmate on Wednesday filed a court document dropping her request to obtain an abortion, AP/ABC News reports.

Kansas Antiabortion-Rights Activist Must Face Trial Over Letter Threatening Abortion Provider
The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday ruled an antiabortion-rights activist in Kansas must face trial over a threatening letter she sent to an abortion provider, overturning a lower court ruling that deemed the letter an expression of free speech, AP/Miami Herald reports.

Judge Expects To Rule on Ala. Inmate's Request To Have an Abortion by Friday
U.S. District Court Judge Abdul Kallon said he expects to rule by Friday on a lawsuit involving an Alabama jail inmate's request to obtain an abortion, the Huntsville Times reports.

Calif. A.G. To Review CMP
California Attorney General Kamala Harris' (D) office said Friday it will review the Center for Medical Progress' tactics to decide whether the group's actions violated state law, the Sacramento Bee reports.

Wisconsin Antiabortion-Rights Laws Send Women Across State Lines for Abortion Care
Women in Wisconsin seeking an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy are going to Illinois, Michigan or Minnesota "[a]lmost as standard practice," given the myriad abortion restrictions enacted in the state, Minneapolis City Pages reports.

Featured Blogs
"Federal Court Blocks North Dakota Heartbeat Ban, Calls on the Supreme Court To Overturn 'Roe'" (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 7/22); "Women's Law Project Files Amicus Brief in Pittsburgh Buffer Zone 3[r]d Circuit Appeal," (Murtha, Women's Law Project blog, 7/22).

Appeals Court Strikes Down N.D. 'Heartbeat' Abortion Ban
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday affirmed a lower court decision overturning a North Dakota law (HB 1456) that banned abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detectable, AP/CBS News reports.

Ala. Inmate Files Lawsuit Seeking Abortion
The American Civil Liberties Union on Monday filed a lawsuit against Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton (R) on behalf of an Alabama jail inmate seeking an abortion, the TimesDaily reports.

Ind. Health Department Denies South Bend Abortion Clinic License Renewal Application
The Indiana State Department of Health on Tuesday refused to renew a South Bend abortion clinic's license to operate, the South Bend Tribune reports.

Wis. Governor Signs 20-Week Abortion Ban
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) on Monday signed a bill (Act 56) that bans abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy, Politico reports.

Wash. Hospital Develops Plan To Provide Abortion Services
The hospital board of Jefferson Healthcare on Wednesday unanimously approved a new, comprehensive reproductive health policy that will include abortion care, following a letter of concern from the American Civil Liberties Union, the Peninsula Daily News reports.

Featured Blogs
"Oregon's Over-the-Counter Birth Control Legislation Is Missing One Critical Component," (Yurcaba, Bustle, 7/19); "Feminists Fought Back Against Anti-Abortion Extremists in Alabama Last Week," ("Feminist Wire," Ms. Magazine, 7/20); "The 4 Best States For Reproductive Rights Are Where We Should All Move, Stat," (Holter, Bustle, 7/20).

Featured Blog
"Feminists Fought Back Against Anti-Abortion Extremists in Alabama Last Week," ("Feminist Wire," Ms. Magazine, 7/20).

Kansas Judge Rejects State's Argument in Ongoing Challenge to TRAP Law
Last week brought a development in the Center for Reproductive Rights' ongoing legal challenge against a 2011 Kansas TRAP law (SB 36) when a Kansas judge rejected the state's request to rule that the law is constitutional, the Topeka Capital-Journal reports.

Mo. Clinic Scheduled To Resume Abortion Services in August
A Missouri abortion clinic will resume offering abortion care next month, bringing the number of licensed abortion clinics in the state up to two, the Columbia Daily Tribune reports.

Ohio Clinic Seeks Additional Ob-Gyn To Meet State Requirement Amid Antiabortion-Rights Campaign
An Ohio clinic is seeking a third physician for emergency care to meet antiabortion-rights legislation in the state amid a campaign by abortion opponents targeting the clinic's ob-gyns, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Editorial: Improved Contraceptive Access Helps Combat Income Inequality
Conservative lawmakers' "intransigence on reproductive rights isn't simply a women's battle, but it is [low-income] women and families who bear the brunt of its misguided policies -- policies that deepen the cycle of generational poverty," a Battle Creek Enquirer editorial states.

Former Texas-Based Abortion Clinic Aims To Decrease Stigma, Misinformation About the Procedure
A Texas-based abortion clinic that a year ago was forced to close its doors under the state's omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) now houses a new not-for-profit aimed at fostering open and factual conversations about abortion and decreasing misinformation and stigma around the procedure, the Texas Observer reports.

Featured Blogs
"States Enact 51 Abortion Restrictions in First Half of 2015: Mid-Year Analysis," (Nash/Benson Gold, RH Reality Check, 7/14); "How Crisis Pregnancy Centers Are Using Taxpayer Dollars To Lie to Women," (Kutner, Salon, 7/14); "The Battle To Bring Sex Education to the City With the Second Highest STD Rate in the Country," (Lerner, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 7/16).

Ohio Clinic Receives Ambulatory Surgical Center License
An abortion clinic in northeastern Ohio has received a license to provide surgical abortions, the AP/Oklahoma News 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.

ACLU Files Suit Against Ala. Admitting Privileges Law To Protect Sole Tuscaloosa Clinic
The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Alabama on Friday filed a federal suit against a state antiabortion-rights law (HB 57) to prevent the sole clinic in Tuscaloosa from closing, WSFA 12 News reports.

Okla. Judge Postpones Ruling on Admitting Privileges Law, Leaves Injunction in Place Until 2016
An Oklahoma County judge on Thursday said more information is needed to answer questions presented in a lawsuit challenging an antiabortion-rights law (SB 1848), effectively leaving in place an injunction against the law until at least 2016, the Tulsa World reports.

Featured Blog
"Advocates Fight To Keep Tuscaloosa Abortion Clinic Open" (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 7/13).

Judge Extends Restraining Order to Block Tenn. Law
A federal judge in Tennessee on Thursday extended a temporary restraining order blocking a state law (SB 1280) from taking effect that would require abortion clinics in the state to be licensed as ambulatory surgical centers, allowing two clinics to remain open, WBIR reports.

Wis. Assembly Sends 20-Week Abortion Ban to Governor
The Wisconsin Assembly on Thursday voted 61-34 to approve a bill (S 179) that would ban abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy, Reuters reports.

Arizona State Health Director Requests Dismissal of Challenge to Medication Abortion Measure
Arizona's health director is requesting that a federal judge dismiss a challenge to a law (SB 1318) that would require abortion providers to tell women medically unproven information about medication abortion because no physicians have yet been penalized for violating it, the Capitol Media Services/San Tan Valley Sentinel reports.

8th Circuit Denies Ark. Appeal on Decision Overturning 12-Week Abortion Ban
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday rejected the Arkansas attorney general's request for the full court to review a three-judge panel's decision overturning part of a state law (Act 301) that would have banned abortion at 12 weeks of pregnancy, AP/Columbus Republic reports.

Abortion Providers Still Required To Have Hospital Admitting Privileges, Texas Health Officials Say
The Texas Department of State Health Services on Thursday announced that abortion providers in the state still are required to obtain admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, despite the Supreme Court's decision last week that partially blocked an omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2), the Texas Tribune reports.

Featured Blog
"How Do You Make a Safe Abortion Any Safer?," (Grossman, RH Reality Check, 6/30).

Mich. Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Restrictive Policy Directives at Catholic Hospitals
A federal judge in Michigan last week dismissed a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union alleging that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' directives for Catholic hospitals impede proper medical care for pregnant women, Michigan Live reports.

Ohio Governor Signs Budget With Antiabortion-Rights Provisions, Could Result in Clinic Closures
Last week, Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) signed into law a state budget (HB 64) that includes antiabortion-rights provisions, potentially endangering two abortion clinics in the state, WYSO reports.

Fla. Judge Reinstates Hold on 24-Hour Mandatory Delay Law
A Florida judge on Thursday issued an order temporarily blocking a state law (HB 633) that imposes a 24-hour mandatory delay before an abortion, after the law briefly took effect on Wednesday, News Service of Florida/WTXL reports.

States Passed 51 Abortion Restrictions in 2015, Study Finds
States so far in 2015 have passed 51 new abortion restrictions, according to a report from the Guttmacher Institute, The Hill reports.

LA Times: Supreme Court Should 'Strike Down' HB 2, Clarify That Such Laws 'Are Unconstitutional'
The Supreme Court's decision last week to put an "onerous new antiabortion law [HB 2]" in Texas on hold while deciding whether to review the case "was not just a welcome course of action for women in that state" but "also a promising indication that the court is concerned about the burdensome and unnecessary law," a Los Angeles Times editorial states.

Fla. Mandatory Delay Takes Effect After State Appeals Temporary Injunction
A Florida law (HB 633) that imposes a 24-hour mandatory delay before an abortion took effect on Wednesday after the state on Tuesday appealed an injunction that would have otherwise temporarily halted the legislation, the Palm Beach Post reports.

Supreme Court Orders 4th Circuit To Review Decision Barring N.C. Antiabortion-Rights License Plates
The Supreme Court on Monday ordered the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reassess its 2014 decision that barred North Carolina from issuing "Choose Life" license plates without also offering plates featuring messages in support of abortion rights, AP/U-T San Diego reports.

Supreme Court Inaction on Miss. TRAP Law Means State's Sole Abortion Clinic Can Remain Open
The Supreme Court has not taken action on a case regarding an antiabortion-rights law (HB 1390) in Mississippi, meaning the state's sole abortion clinic likely can stay open at least until October, the AP/Washington Times reports.

Supreme Court Blocks HB 2, Allows Clinics To Remain Open While Appeal Pends
The Supreme Court on Monday voted 5-4 to temporarily block certain provisions in a Texas omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) from taking effect, allowing the remaining clinics in the state to stay open until the high court decides whether to review the case, the New York Times reports.

Neb. Women Face Additional Abortion Care Barriers Amid Provider Shortage
The retirement of a longtime doctor at Planned Parenthood of the Heartland has made it more difficult to access and schedule abortions in Nebraska, World-Herald Bureau/Norfolk Daily News reports.

Editorial Calls on Iowa Board of Medicine To Base Rules on 'Evidence, Not Politics'
The Iowa Board of Medicine's "ultimate goal is to help protect the health and safety of Iowans," but several board members in 2013 instead passed "an administrative rule crafted by anti-abortion activists ... to eliminate a safe, time-tested, telemedicine system connecting doctors with patients seeking" medication abortion, a Des Moines Register editorial states.

Featured Blogs
(Usova, "Speak Freely," American Civil Liberties Union, 6/26); Culp-Ressler, ("ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 6/29); (Denniston, SCOTUSblog, 6/29).

Judge Temporarily Blocks Tenn. Law, Allows Two Abortion Clinics To Stay Open
A federal judge in Nashville on Friday temporarily blocked a Tennessee law (SB 1280) from taking effect this week that would require abortion clinics in the state to be licensed as ambulatory surgical centers, allowing two clinics to remain open, Reuters reports.

Ohio Officials Deny Abortion Clinic's Request for Exemption From Transfer Agreement Rules
The Ohio health director on Thursday denied a request from a local abortion clinic, Women's Med Center in Dayton, for an exemption from the state's transfer agreement requirement, the AP/Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports.

Kan. Judge Delays Ban on Abortion Procedure While Legal Challenge Continues
A Kansas judge on Thursday temporarily blocked a state law (SB 95) that would bar physicians from performing a certain type of abortion procedure, the New York Times reports.

Texas Gov. Signs Budget Blocking Planned Parenthood From Cancer Screening Program Funding
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on Saturday signed a budget proposal that will prevent Planned Parenthood affiliates in the state from receiving funding to participate in a program that provides breast and cervical cancer screenings for underinsured and low-income women, the Texas Tribune reports.

Mich. Lawmakers Propose Bill To Reverse Antiabortion-Rights Insurance Law
Michigan lawmakers have proposed legislation (SB 63) to repeal a state law (2013 PA 182) that requires women to purchase additional health insurance if they want coverage for abortions, WLNS reports.

La. Health Department Rescinds Approval Requirements for Abortion Clinics
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has withdrawn a rule that would have restricted abortion access in the state after Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit against the requirement, the Shreveport Times reports.

5th Circuit Rejects Texas Clinics' Stay Request
Abortion providers in Texas on Friday asked the Supreme Court to block a lower court ruling that would close several clinics in the state after the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals earlier that day declined the providers' request for a stay, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Featured Blogs
"Texas Abortion Case Reaches the Court," (Denniston, SCOTUSblog, 6/19); "Montana Abortion Clinic Vandal Sentenced to Prison," (Wilson, RH Reality Check, 6/19); "All States Should Offer One-Year Supplies of Birth Control," (Sosa, Care2, 6/21).

Maine Legislature Defeats Parental Involvement Bill
The Maine Legislature on Wednesday rejected a bill (LD 83) that would have required minors to involve their parent in their abortion decision, the Bangor Daily News/Maine Sun Journal reports.

Iowa Supreme Court Strikes Down State Rule Banning Telemedicine Abortion
The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday unanimously ruled against a state rule banning the use of telemedicine in abortion services, the Des Moines Register reports.

ACLU Honors Ala. Abortion Clinic Owners
The American Civil Liberties Union has recognized three Alabama abortion clinic owners for working to keep their clinics open despite increasing abortion restrictions in the state, the Huntsville Times reports.

Georgia Abortion Ban Affecting Access Across Several States, Study Finds
Georgia legislation (HB 954) restricting abortion affects women's access to the procedure in regions across the U.S., according to a study published last week in the American Journal of Public Health, Medical Xpress reports.

Ohio House Committee Passes Bill Banning Abortion in Cases of Fetal Down Syndrome
The Ohio House Community and Family Advancement Committee on Tuesday passed a bill (HB 135) banning abortion if sought because of a fetal diagnosis of Down Syndrome, the AP/Miami Herald reports.

NARAL Investigation Finds CPCs Outnumber Abortion Clinics in Conn.
There are at least 27 antiabortion-rights crisis pregnancy centers in Connecticut, outnumbering abortion providers in the state by eight, according to a recent report by the NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut Foundation, CT News Junkie reports.

Ariz. Medication Abortion Measure Will Not Take Effect as Scheduled
A component of an Arizona law (SB 1318) that would require abortion providers to tell women medically unproven information about medication abortion will not take effect as scheduled, AP/ABC News reports.

Texas Advocates Mull Options After SCOTUS Denies Appeal on N.C. Ultrasound Law
Lawyers who represented Texas abortion providers in a lawsuit against a 2011 state ultrasound requirement (HB 15) are considering the next course of action after the Supreme Court this week declined to reconsider a lower federal court ruling that struck down a similar North Carolina measure, the Texas Tribune reports.

NY Times Op-Ed: N.C. Ultrasound Law Has 'Finally Died,' But Other States 'Aren't So Lucky'
A North Carolina law (SL 2011-405) that required physicians to perform an ultrasound on a woman before an abortion and show and describe the image to her, even against her wishes, "finally died Monday morning when the Supreme Court declined to consider the federal appeals court ruling that struck it down," columnist Jesse Wegman writes in an opinion piece in the New York Times' "Taking Note."

Maine Senate Defeats Bill Requiring State HHS Licensing for Abortion Clinics
The Maine Senate on Friday voted 21-14 against a bill (LD 1312) that would have imposed new restrictions on abortion clinics in the state, AP/Washington Times reports.

SCOTUS Rejects Appeal for Blocked N.C. Ultrasound Law
The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from North Carolina over a partly blocked state law (SL 2011-45) that would require physicians to perform ultrasounds and describe the images to a woman before an abortion, AP/ABC News reports.

Texas Gov. Signs Bill Tightening Judicial Bypass Restrictions for Minors Seeking Abortion
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on Friday signed a bill (HB 3994) imposing additional restrictions on minors seeking a court's permission to receive abortion care instead of obtaining parental consent for the procedure, AP/Dallas Morning News reports.

Antiabortion-Rights Measures Add Up To Limit Access
State laws that have incrementally restricted access to abortion are accumulating, making the procedure nearly inaccessible in some states, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Op-Eds, Editorial Lambast Texas Ruling, Urge Supreme Court To Protect Abortion Access
A Washington Post editorial and opinion pieces from the Los Angeles Times and The Week examine the recent 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision upholding parts of an omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) and urge the Supreme Court to overturn the ruling. Summaries of the pieces appear below.

Ark. AG Appeals Decision Overturning 12-Week Abortion Ban
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge (R) on Wednesday asked the full 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear a ruling that struck down part of a state law (Act 301) prohibiting abortion after 12 weeks of pregnancy if a fetal heartbeat is detectable, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Featured Blogs
"The Fifth Circuit Just Stuck a Knife in Roe v. Wade" (Millhiser, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 6/9) and "Women Are Being Arrested and Jailed for Self-Abortion" (Goldberg, The Nation, 6/10).

Texas Clinics Request Stay of Federal Court Ruling; Advocates Want SCOTUS To Weigh In
Texas abortion clinics on Wednesday asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to stay its ruling upholding some of the most restrictive parts of a Texas antiabortion-rights law (HB 2), the Los Angeles Times reports.

Fla. Gov. Signs 24-Hour Mandatory Delay; Abortion-Rights Supporters File Legal Challenge
Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday signed a bill (HB 633) imposing a 24-hour mandatory delay before abortions that will require women to make at least two visits to an abortion provider before receiving the procedure, Reuters reports.

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Parts of Texas Antiabortion-Rights Law
A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld some of the most-restrictive parts of a Texas antiabortion-rights law (HB 2), which could put about 50% of the remaining abortion clinics in the state at risk of closing, the New York Times reports.

Wis. Senate Approves 20-Week Abortion Ban
The Wisconsin Senate on Tuesday in a 19-14 vote passed legislation (S 179) banning abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy, Reuters/Duluth News Tribune reports.

N.C. Governor Signs 72-Hour Abortion Delay Bill
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) last week signed a bill (HB 465) mandating a 72-hour delay before an abortion, except in cases of medical emergencies, AP/WCNC reports.

Thousands Sign Petition Calling for Fla. Gov. To Veto Abortion Mandatory Delay Bill
Nearly 14,000 individuals have signed a petition urging Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) to veto a measure (HB 633) that would impose a 24-hour mandatory delay before an abortion, the Tampa Bay Times' "The Buzz" reports.

Va. Abortion Facilities Renew Licenses Amid Clinic Regulation Debate
During a meeting about abortion clinic building requirements on Thursday, the Virginia Board of Health announced that all 18 abortion clinics in Virginia have renewed their licenses for the next year, WTOP reports

Iowa Legislature Advances Budget Bill With Abortion Provisions
Both chambers of the Iowa Legislature on Wednesday passed a budget bill (SF 505) for the state Department of Human Services that includes several abortion-related provisions, the Des Moines Register reports.

AP: Abortions Have Declined in Most States, Including Many That Ensure Access to Clinics
Abortions have declined since 2010 in states that have enacted antiabortion-rights laws and those that have not, which abortion-rights supporters attribute to expanded access to contraceptives, according to an Associated Press analysis, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Featured Blog
"Women Are Being Forced To Wait Longer and Longer To Get an Abortion," (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 6/4).

Arizona Providers Sue To Block Antiabortion-Rights Law
The American Civil Liberties Union on Thursday filed a lawsuit in federal court on behalf of Arizona abortion providers against a state law (SB 1318) that, if it takes effect, will require physicians to share medically unproven information with patients seeking medication abortions, among other abortion restrictions, the Huffington Post reports.

Several States Increasing Mandatory Delays Before Abortion
Several states in recent years have passed legislation extending the mandatory delay period before women can have an abortion, NPR's "It's All Politics" reports.

Wis. Senate Committee Advances 20-Week Ban; Assembly Approval Unclear
The Wisconsin Senate Committee on Health and Human Services on Thursday voted 3-2 to advance a bill (S 179) that would ban abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy, and state Senate leaders have said the full chamber will likely vote on Tuesday to pass the measure, the AP/Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Ala. Senate Committee Approves Bill Restricting Zoning of Abortion Clinics
The Alabama Senate Health and Human Services Committee on Wednesday voted 6-1 to approve a bill (HB 527) that would ban abortion clinics within 2,000 feet of public schools, the AP/Oklahoman reports.

N.C. Legislature Approves 72-Hour Mandatory Delay Bill; Governor Plans To Sign Measure
The North Carolina Assembly on Wednesday voted 71-43 to pass a bill (HB 465) that would extend the state's mandatory delay before an abortion from 24 to 72 hours, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.

S.C. House Removes Exceptions from 20-Week Abortion Ban
The South Carolina House on Tuesday voted 76-26 to remove exceptions for cases of rape, incest and severe fetal anomalies from a bill (H 3114) that would ban abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy, the Charleston Post and Courier reports.

N.C. Senate Approves Mandatory Delay Extension, Sends Bill Back to State House
The North Carolina Senate on Monday voted 32-16 to approve a measure (HB 465) that would extend the state's mandatory delay before an abortion from 24 to 72 hours, the AP/Washington Times reports.

Nev. Parental Involvement Bill Misses Legislative Deadline
A Nevada bill (AB 405) that would have required a physician to inform a minor's parents before providing a minor with abortion care failed to pass during this legislative session, AP/KVVU News reports.

Wis. Legislative Health Committees Take Up 20-Week Abortion Ban Bills
The health committees in the Wisconsin Assembly and Senate on Tuesday held hearings to consider legislation (AB 237, SB 179) that would ban abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy, AP/Fox 11 News reports.

Providers File Suit Against Kansas Law Banning Certain Abortions
The Center for Reproductive Rights on Monday filed a lawsuit on behalf of two physicians in state court against a Kansas law (SB 95) that bans physicians from performing a certain abortion procedure, AP/ABC News reports.

Texas Bill Sends Additional Parental Involvement Law Restrictions to Governor
The Texas House on Friday voted 102-43 to approve changes made by the state Senate to a bill (HB 3994) that would tighten a state law permitting pregnant minors to obtain a court's permission to have an abortion instead of obtaining parental consent for the procedure, the Texas Tribune reports.

Featured Blogs
"Ninth Circuit Court Strikes Another 20-Week Abortion Ban" (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 5/29); "The Supreme Court May Take up a Case That Could Be a Game Changer on Abortion Access" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 6/1).

SCOTUS To Announce Whether it Will Consider Miss., N.C. Abortion Restrictions
The Supreme Court soon will decide whether to take up one of two possible cases involving state abortion restrictions, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Maine House Rejects Abortion Clinic Regulations Bill
The Maine House on Wednesday voted 84-65 to reject a bill (LD 1312) that would impose licensing restrictions on abortion clinics by requiring the state Department of Health and Human Services to establish certain operating standards for the facilities, AP/WABI reports.

Kan. House Passes Bill That Would Modify Telemedicine Abortion Ban
The Kansas House on Saturday voted 109-2 to pass a bill (S Sub for HB 2228) that changes the language of a 2011 telemedicine abortion ban (SB 36), the AP/Franklin Daily Journal reports.

Featured Blogs
"One of the Strictest Abortion Bans in the Country Was Just Stopped in its Tracks" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 5/27); "Is Anti-Choice Ideology Driving Malpractice Lawsuits?" Byron Calhoun and the Phantom Fetal Skull" (Gandy, RH Reality Check, 5/26); "California Lawmakers Vote To Make it Harder for Crisis Pregnancy Centers To Lie to Women," (Kutner, Salon, 5/27); "Texas Abortion Provider Launches Program To 'Shift' Abortion Stigma: A Q&A With Amy Hagstrom Miller and Amanda Williams," (Grimes, RH Reality Check, 5/27). "Colorado Is Shuttering the Birth Control Initiative That Made it A National Leader & Here's What 5 Horrified Health Professionals Have To Say" (Fields, "Repo Repro," LSRJ, 5/28).

N.C. Senate Advances 72-Hour Mandatory Delay Bill
The North Carolina Senate on Thursday voted 31-15 advance a bill (HB 465) that would extend the state's mandatory delay before an abortion from 24 to 72 hours, WRAL reports.

Op-Ed Debunks Justifications for 20-Week Abortion Bans
The "idea of fetal pain is just the latest way the pro-life lobby is trying to reduce access to abortion," columnist Latoya Peterson writes in a Fusion opinion piece, citing a 20-week abortion ban recently proposed in Wisconsin.

Appeals Court Rules Arkansas 12-Week Abortion Ban Unconstitutional
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday struck down part of an Arkansas law (Act 301) that banned abortions at 12 weeks of pregnancy if a fetal heartbeat is detectable, AP/ABC News reports.

La. Senate Panel Tables Measure Prohibiting Abortion Based on Fetus' Sex
A bill (HB 701) that would ban abortions based on a fetus' sex is stalled in a Louisiana Senate judiciary committee following a 2-2 vote on Tuesday, AP/ABC News reports.

Ala. House Passes Bill Mandating 2,000 Feet Between Abortion Clinics, Public Schools
The Alabama House on Tuesday voted 79-15 to pass a bill (HB 527) that would not allow abortion clinics to operate within 2,000 feet of public schools, AP/ABC News reports.

Abortion Mandatory Delays Can Increase Cost, Restrict Access
States increasingly are proposing and passing mandatory delay measures as a way to restrict abortion access, The Atlantic reports.

Nev. Senate Panel Hears Parental Notification Bill
The Nevada Senate Health and Human Services Committee on Monday held a hearing on a bill (AB 405) that would mandate that physicians inform a minor's parent before performing an abortion, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports .

Calif. Assembly Approves Measure To Protect Against Crisis Pregnancy Centers' Misinformation
The California Assembly on Tuesday voted 49-26 to approve a bill (AB 775) that aims to protect women from receiving certain misleading information from crisis pregnancy centers, Reuters reports.

Appeals Court Reinstates Temporary Injunction Against Fla. Clinic
An appeals court on Friday ruled 2-1 to uphold a temporary injunction that prevents Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando from performing certain abortions at a medical park in Osceola, Fla., the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Texas Bill To Ban ACA Marketplace Abortion Coverage Dies in State House
The Texas House on Tuesday did not approve a bill (SB 575) that would have prohibited most abortion coverage in plans sold through the state's federally operated health insurance marketplace by a legislative deadline, effectively killing the measure for the legislative session, the Texas Tribune reports.

Abortion-Rights Advocates Rally Against Ala. Restrictions
About 100 abortion-rights advocates rallied in Montgomery, Ala., last week to speak out against three antiabortion-rights bills pending in the state Legislature, AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Texas Legislature Advances Bills Adding Restrictions to Parental Involvement Law, Banning Abortion Coverage
The Texas Senate on Monday voted 21-10 to give preliminary approval to a bill (HB 3994) that would tighten a state law permitting pregnant minors to obtain a court's permission to have an abortion instead of obtaining parental consent for the procedure, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Kansas Senate Approves Bill Modifying Telemedicine Abortion Ban
The Kansas Senate last week voted 39-0 to pass a bill (SB 304) that changes the language of a 2011 telemedicine abortion ban (SB 36) in an effort to resolve litigation against the law, AP/KSN reports.

Featured Blog
"Will a 48-Hour Wait for Abortion in Tennessee Hold up in Court?" (Mary, Care2, 5/20).

Aetna Agrees To Pay $4.5M for Violating Mo. Abortion, Autism Coverage Requirements
Aetna has agreed to pay $4.5 million for violating Missouri law including paying for abortion care for women who were not eligible for the coverage under their health insurance policies, according to an announcement from Gov. Jay Nixon (D) on Tuesday, AP/U-T San Diego reports.

Texas Senate Committee Advances Bill Adding Restrictions to Parental Involvement Law
The Texas Senate Health and Human Services Committee on Tuesday advanced a bill (HB 3994) that would tighten a state law allowing pregnant minors to obtain a court's permission to have an abortion instead of obtaining parental consent for the procedure, AP/KXXV reports.

Abortion Restrictions Vary by ZIP Code, 'Create One Barrier After Another for Women,' Op-Ed States
"[I]f you're a woman counting on a constitutional right to an abortion, your access to one may increasingly depend on your county or zip code, and whether you can drive to the only open clinic in your state or to a nearby state where abortion care is still widely accessible," columnist Rebecca Ruiz writes in a Mashable opinion piece.

S.C. Senate Advances 20-Week Abortion Ban
The South Carolina Senate on Tuesday voted 37-7 to advance a bill (H 3114) that would ban abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy after adding exemptions for cases of rape, incest and severe fetal anomalies to the measure, the Charleston Post and Courier reports.

Texas Budget Proposal Would Bar Affiliates of Abortion Providers From Cancer Screening Program
A Texas House and Senate conference committee on Wednesday reached an agreement on a proposed budget that would prohibit clinics affiliated with abortion providers from participating in a women's cancer screening program, the Texas Tribune reports.

Moves To Ban Telemedicine Abortion Could Limit Early Access to Abortion
While efforts are underway to advance federal legislation (HR 36) that would ban abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy, several states already have moved to ban abortion via telemedicine, a method that can help women access the procedure earlier in pregnancy, Kaiser Health News reports.

Texas Judicial Bypass Bill Could Affect Undocumented Immigrants' Access to Abortion
A Texas bill (HB 3994) that would tighten the process by which minors obtain judicial bypass to have an abortion also would restrict undocumented immigrant women's access to abortion in the state, according to reproductive health advocates, KGBT News reports.

Tenn. Governor Signs 48-Hour Mandatory Delay Bill
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) on Monday signed a bill (SB 1222) into law that will impose a 48-hour mandatory delay before a woman can obtain an abortion, Reuters reports.

Stakeholders: La. Abortion Ban Bill Could Restrict Asian-American Women's Access to Reproductive Care
A bill (HB 701) passed by the Louisiana House on Thursday that would ban abortions based on a fetus' sex could lead physicians to refuse to perform abortions on Asian-American women, according to advocacy groups, Al Jazeera America reports.

Featured Blogs
"Texas Lawmakers Want Women To Present IDs Before They Get Abortions" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 5/15); "Exploiting the Black Family: A Divisive Campaign of the Anti-Woman, 'Pro-Life' Movement" (Scott, RH Reality Check, 5/15).

S.C. Senate Stalls on 20-Week Ban
South Carolina Sen. Lee Bright (R) on Thursday began filibustering a bill (H 3114) that would ban abortions at 20 weeks, citing opposition to an amendment that would add exemptions for rape and incest to the measure, the AP/Houston Chronicle reports.

Woman Files Lawsuit Against N.J. City 'Buffer Zone' Ordinance
A New Jersey woman has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against an Englewood, N.J., "buffer zone" ordinance prohibiting protests within eight feet of abortion clinics, the North Jersey Record reports.

N.H. Senate Halts Effort To Repeal 'Buffer Zone' Law
The New Hampshire Senate on Thursday in a 12-12 vote failed to advance a bill (HB 403) that would repeal the state's "buffer zone" law (SB 319), effectively killing the proposed measure, the New Hampshire Union Leader reports.

Kan. Senate Committee Advances Bill To Amend Medication Abortion Restrictions
The Kansas Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee on Wednesday in a voice vote advanced a measure (SB 304) that would alter a state law (SB 36) that restricts medication abortion in an effort to help resolve litigation against the law, the AP/Oklahoman reports.

Wave of Mandatory Delay Legislation Imposing Additional Burdens on Women
Several states are "looking to mandate lengthier and stricter delays for abortion," which can limit women's access to the procedure, Reuters reports.

La. House Passes Bill That Would Ban Abortion Based on Sex of Fetus
The Louisiana House on Thursday voted 81-2 to pass a bill (HB 701) that would ban abortions based on a fetus' sex, the Baton Rouge Advocate reports.

Featured Blogs
"The Worst State for Reproductive Rights" (Khazan, The Atlantic, 5/12); "The Family Planning Cuts That the Texas Legislature Forced Through Are Having Dire Consequences" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 5/12); "California Judge: Abstinence-Only Sex Education Isn't Sex Education at All" (Kutner, Salon, 5/13).

Texas House Advances Bill Adding Additional Restrictions to Parental Involvement Law
The Texas House on Wednesday in a 98-47 vote gave preliminary approval to a measure (HB 3994) 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, the Texas Tribune reports.

Maine Parental Involvement Bill 'Could Put a Girl's Health and Safety at Risk,' Editorial Contends
A proposal (LD 83) before the Maine Legislature that would require a minor to involve her parent before obtaining an abortion "could put a girl's health and safety at risk," according to a Portland Press Herald editorial.

Iowa House Committee Advances Budget Blocking Abortion Providers From Family Planning Program
An Iowa House committee on Tuesday advanced a state health and human services budget (SF 505) that would prevent abortion providers from participating in a family planning program, the AP/Omaha World-Herald reports.

Featured Blogs
"Tennessee's New Abortion Law Could Leave the State With Just Four Abortion Clinics" (Barbato, Bustle, 5/9); "Oregon Bans 'Conversion Therapy' of LGBTQ Youth" (Liss-Schultz, RH Reality Check, 5/11).

Report: More Than Half of Texas Women Face Barriers to Reproductive Health Services
More than 50% of Texas women encountered at least one barrier while trying to access reproductive health services in the years following the state's overhaul of its family planning services program, according to a recent report from the Texas Policy Evaluation Project, the Kaiser Health News/Texas Tribune reports.

Federal Judge Dismisses Some Claims in Suit Challenging La. Admitting Privileges Law
A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed portions of a lawsuit challenging a Louisiana admitting privileges law (Act 620), while allowing other parts of the case to proceed, AP/ABC News reports.

Conservative Legislatures Pushing 'Surge' of Antiabortion-Rights Legislation
Conservative state lawmakers throughout the U.S. this year have passed "a surge of bills ... that make it harder for women to have abortions," the New York Times reports.

Tenn. Gov. Signs Measure Requiring Abortion Clinics To Meet Surgical Center Standards
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) on Friday signed into law a bill (SB 1280) that requires abortion clinics in the state to meet standards for outpatient surgical care centers, the Tennessean reports.

Report Ranks All 50 States, D.C. on State of Reproductive Rights
Oregon is the best state for reproductive rights, while South Dakota is the worst, according to an Institute for Women's Policy Research report, the Washington Post's "GovBeat" reports.

'Oklahoma Governor Signs 72-Hour Waiting Period Bill'
"Oklahoma Governor Signs 72-Hour Waiting Period Bill," (Wilson, RH Reality Check, 5/6)

Ala. House Panel Advances Three Antiabortion-Rights Bills
An Alabama House Committee on Wednesday advanced three antiabortion-rights measures, the Huntsville Times reports.

La. House Panel Advances Bill To Ban Abortion Based on Sex of Fetus
Louisiana's House Health and Welfare Committee on Wednesday unanimously voted to advance legislation (HB 701) that would ban abortions based on a fetus' sex, the AP/Belleville News-Democrat reports.

Ohio Abortion-Rights Supporters Rally Against Restrictions
About 100 abortion-rights supporters on Wednesday rallied in front of the Ohio Statehouse to speak out against antiabortion-rights measures under consideration in the state Legislature, the Youngstown Vindicator reports.

Wis. Lawmakers Introduce 20-Week Abortion Ban
Wisconsin lawmakers on Thursday introduced a bill that would ban abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Featured Blogs
"One in 15 Students at a West Texas High School Has Chlamydia," (Marcotte, "The XX Factor," Slate, 5/5); "Colorado's Top Doctor Seeks Funds for Pregnancy-Prevention Program Rejected by GOP," (Salzman, RH Reality Check, 5/6); "Oklahoma Governor Signs 72-Hour Waiting Period Bill," (Wilson, RH Reality Check, 5/6); "Virginia Attorney General: Abortion Clinics Don't Need To Comply With TRAP Regulations," (Liss-Schultz, RH Reality Check, 5/5).

Washington Post Praises Va. AG's Opinion Knocking Onerous Rules for Existing Abortion Clinics
A Washington Post editorial applauds Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring's (D) "watertight official opinion," which "la[ys] waste" to former state AG Ken Cuccinelli's (R) arguments that a 2011 law requiring abortion clinics to meet "stringent hospital construction standards ... should apply not only to new structures but also to existing ones -- a departure from long-standing practice for health-care facilities" in the state.

Iowa Gov.'s Budget Would Scrap Policy Granting Him Authority To Decide Medicaid Coverage for Abortions
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad's (R) proposed state Department of Human Services budget would not continue a policy that requires the governor to approve Medicaid claims for abortions on an individual basis, the AP/Columbus Republic reports.

Okla. Governor Signs 72-Hour Mandatory Delay Bill
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) on Wednesday signed a bill (HB 1409) into law that will increase the state's mandatory delay before an abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours, the Oklahoman reports.

N.Y. Assembly Passes Women's Workplace Protections; Advocates Continue To Push Bill To Codify Roe
The New York state Assembly on Tuesday passed two bills aimed at protecting women in the workplace, the AP/Miami Herald reports.

Editorial Urges Fla. Governor To Veto Mandatory Delay Bill That 'Chips Away at [Women's] Constitutional Rights'
A Florida mandatory delay bill (HB 633) would "interfer[e] with an intensely personal decision and chi[p] away at [women's] constitutional rights," and Gov. Rick Scott (R), who is expected to sign the bill, "would veto it if he followed his broader concerns about overregulation and government intrusion into private lives," a Tampa Bay Times editorial states.

Texas Senate Passes Bill To Ban Abortion Coverage
The Texas Senate on Tuesday voted 21-10 to approve a bill (SB 575) that would prohibit most abortion coverage in private health plans, including plans sold through the state's federally operated health insurance marketplace, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Abortion-Rights Groups Call on N.C. Gov. To Veto Mandatory Delay Bill
A coalition of abortion-rights groups on Monday launched a campaign calling on North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) to veto legislation (HB 465) that would impose a 72-hour delay before an abortion, the Charlotte Observer reports.

La. Legislature Might Not Consider 'Personhood' Measure Amid Constitutional Concerns
Amid constitutional concerns, the Louisiana Legislature might not consider a bill (SB 80) that would authorize a ballot initiative to amend the state constitution to define life as beginning at conception, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Va. AG: State Abortion Clinic Building Standards Should Not Apply to Pre-Existing Facilities
Abortion clinic building standards adopted by Virginia in 2013 cannot apply to pre-existing facilities, according to a legal opinion from state Attorney General Mark Herring (D), the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

Abortion Restrictions in Ohio Have Caused 50 Percent of State's Clinics To Close or Limit Abortion Services
The number of abortion clinics and abortions in Ohio have decreased significantly since the enactment of several antiabortion-rights provisions in the state, according to a records analysis by the Associated Press.

Featured Blogs
"Think the 'Personhood' Issue Is Over? Think Again," (Turner, RH Reality Check, 5/1); "This State Is Actually Protecting Reproductive Rights," (Clark, Refinery29, 5/4).

Op-Ed: State Abortion Restrictions About Controlling Women, Not Safety
The trend of state lawmakers passing antiabortion-rights measures under the guise of protecting women's safety is "a tiresome, fill-in-the-blank news story," columnist Patt Morrison writes in the Los Angeles Times.

Calif. Assembly Advances Bill To Protect Against Crisis Pregnancy Centers' Misinformation
The California Assembly Judiciary Committee last week approved a bill (AB 775) that aims to protect women from receiving certain misleading information from crisis pregnancy centers, according to a column in the Los Angeles Times' "California Journal."

Obstacles in N.D. Hinder Access to Abortion Services, Comprehensive Sexuality Education
Women in North Dakota face several obstacles to obtaining abortions and preventing unintended pregnancies, from the state's numerous antiabortion-rights laws to the lack of comprehensive sexuality education, the Huffington Post reports.

Mont. Governor Rejects Three Antiabortion-Rights Bills
Mont. Gov. Steve Bullock (D) this week vetoed a telemedicine abortion ban (HB 587) and an antiabortion-rights measure (SB 349) targeting health insurers, the AP/Belleville News-Democrat reports.

House Votes To Block D.C. Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Law
The House on Thursday voted 228-192 on a measure (HJR 43) to block a reproductive health non-discrimination law (Act 20-593) passed by the Washington, D.C., Council, the AP/New York Times reports.

Op-Ed: Texas Bills Would Help 'Protect the Patient-Provider Relationship'
Two measures introduced in Texas "would protect the patient-provider relationship from inappropriate political interference in personal decisions that should be [made] by women and their trained health care providers," family physician Bich-May Nguyen writes in a Houston Chronicle opinion piece.

Featured Blogs
"Millennials Lead a Texas-Sized Movement for Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice" (Perez, National Partnership for Women & Families' blog, 4/29), "Colorado's Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program Works, and That's Why Conservatives Want to Kill It,"(Marcotte, RH Reality Check, 4/28), "Michigan Continues Trend of Investigating Miscarriages as Murder" (Marty, Care2, 4/28) and "Montana Governor Vetoes Telemedicine Abortion Ban" (Wilson, RH Reality Check, 4/29).

"Michigan Continues Trend of Investigating Miscarriages as Murder"
"Michigan Continues Trend of Investigating Miscarriages as Murder" (Marty, Care2, 4/28).

Okla. House Sends 72-Hour Mandatory Delay to Governor
The Oklahoma House on Thursday voted 75-3 to pass a measure (HB 1409) that would increase the state's mandatory delay before an abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours, the AP/New York Times reports.

Editorial Lambasts 'Dishonest' Bill Targeting Ala. Abortion Clinics
The Alabama Legislature should let state Rep. Ed Henry's (R) "ill-conceived, dishonest" antiabortion-rights bill (HB 527) "die," a Decatur Daily editorial states.

Tenn. Abortion Providers Say Antiabortion-Rights Bills Would Burden Women, Clinics
Tennessee abortion providers say that two antiabortion-rights measures before Gov. Bill Haslam (R) could create additional burdens for women and the clinics, including added costs and logistical challenges, the Tennessean reports.

Va.-Based City Council Passes Ordinance Requiring Special Use Permits for Abortion Clinics
The City Council in Manassas, Va., on Monday voted to approve an ordinance (O-2015-15) that will require abortion clinics and certain other medical care facilities to receive a special use permit from the Council before they may open in any of the city's commercial districts, Potomac Local News reports.

Kan. AG Requests Up To $450K To Defend First-of-Its-Kind Law Banning Certain Abortions
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt (R) has told state legislators it could cost the state up to $450,000 to defend a state law (SB 95) banning a certain type of abortion procedure, the AP/Oklahoman reports.

Editorial: Maine Lawmakers Should Drop Antiabortion-Rights Bill, Support 'Proactive' Women's Health Bill
Maine lawmakers should drop a disputed abortion clinic regulations bill (LD 1312) and instead pursue a "proactive measur[e] [LD 319] to protect women's health," according to a Kennebec Journal/Morning Sentinel editorial.

Mich. House Passes Budget Preventing Abortion Services Providers From Receiving State Funding
The Michigan House on Tuesday voted 59-51 to pass a budget (HB 4102) that would prevent the state or organizations with state contracts from contracting "with an organization which provides elective abortions, abortion counseling or abortion referrals," MLive reports.

Texas Senate Committee Advances Bill To Ban Abortion Coverage
A Texas Senate Committee on Monday voted 6-1 to advance a bill (SB 575) that would prohibit most abortion coverage in private health plans and in plans sold through the state's federally operated health insurance marketplace, Texas Public Radio reports.

Ohio Releases Communications With Antiabortion-Rights Group; Lawsuit Dismissed
The Ohio Department of Health has provided the NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Foundation with public records it previously refused to share related to its communications with an antiabortion-rights group, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

Editorial: N.C. Gov. Can't Use Women's Safety 'Spin' on Abortion Delay Bill
If North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) breaks his campaign pledge and signs a bill (HB 465) imposing a 72-hour mandatory delay before abortions, he will not be able to rationalize his actions by claiming the measure improves women's safety, a Charlotte Observer editorial states.

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.

Abortion | In the Courts

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