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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Featured Blogs
"Teenagers Push Their School To Really Support Safe Sex," (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 2/17); "Mississippi Asks Roberts Court To Help Close Its Only Abortion Clinic," (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 2/19).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wyo. Religious Refusal Bill Advances
The Wyoming House on Monday approved a bill (HB 83) that would permit private-sector workers, including health care providers, to deny services that conflict with their religious beliefs, the Casper Star Tribune reports.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ky. Senate Advances Mandatory Counseling Bill
The Kentucky Senate on Friday voted 30-5 to pass legislation (SB 4) that would require women to undergo in-person mandatory counseling with a physician or physician designee at least 24 hours before an abortion, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports.

Tenn. Sen. Proposes Mandatory Counseling Measure To Replace Previously Invalidated Law
A Tennessee state senator has proposed a measure (SB 13) that would require abortion providers to provide abortion patients with certain information before the procedure, the Rutherford County Daily News Journal reports.

Kan. Medical Board Rules Not To Reinstate Medical License of Former Tiller Colleague
Kansas' medical board has decided not to reinstate the medical license of physician Ann Kristin Neuhaus after finding that she kept inadequate records while providing second opinions to the late George Tiller for abortion patients, KMBC reports.

Conservatives Pushing for Abortion Restrictions on Federal, State Level
Abortion-rights opponents are pushing more abortion restrictions this year after conservative lawmakers gained control of both chambers of Congress and two-thirds of state legislatures in last year's midterm election, Politico reports.

Protests Highlight Texas Antiabortion-Rights Law's Disproportionate Effect on Latinas
Abortion-rights supporters from several states on Wednesday held demonstrations after the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in a case challenging a Texas antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) to spotlight how the law disproportionately affects Latinas, the Latin Post reports.

N.D. Supreme Court Declines To Reconsider Medication Abortion Case
The North Dakota Supreme Court said this week that it will not rehear arguments regarding a 2014 ruling that upheld a law (HB 1297) effectively banning medication abortions in the state, the AP/Bellingham Herald reports.

N.H. Bill Would Defund All Facilities That Perform, Refer Patients for Abortion
A bill introduced in the New Hampshire Legislature this session could defund family planning and health centers across the state, Foster's Daily Democrat reports.

Featured Blogs
"Five States Allow Women's Health Medicaid Programs To Lapse," (Molozanov, "RegBlog," Penn Program on Regulation, 1/7); "Fifth Circuit Panel Peppers Attorneys With Tough Questions on Texas Abortion Law," (Grimes, RH Reality Check, 1/7).

Appeals Court Hears Oral Arguments Over Parts of Texas Antiabortion-Rights Law
A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday heard arguments over the constitutionality of parts of a Texas antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) that would close more than 50% of the state's remaining abortion clinics if implemented, the New York Times reports.

Conflicting Federal Rulings on Abortion Laws Could Prompt Supreme Court Review
Conflicting federal court rulings on state abortion restrictions suggest that the Supreme Court might hear a case to settle whether the laws impose an "undue burden" on women seeking the procedure, Politico reports.

Abortion-Rights Group Seeks Records on Ohio's Communications With Antiabortion-Rights Organization
The NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Foundation has filed a lawsuit asking the state Supreme Court to require the Ohio Department of Health to release public records related to the department's communication with an antiabortion-rights group, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

Kan. Lawmakers Could Consider Abortion Ban, Mandatory Delay Bills
Kansas lawmakers could soon consider proposals that would ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detectable and require a mandatory delay of three days before a woman can obtain an abortion, the AP/Johnson County Legal Record reports.

Women's Equality Act Likely To Resurface on N.Y. 2015 Legislative Agenda
The New York Legislature in the 2015 session is expected to again consider Gov. Andrew Cuomo's (D) Women's Equality Act, which failed to pass in its entirety in previous sessions, the Buffalo News reports.

Fla. Legislators Introduce Admitting Privileges Bill
Two Florida lawmakers have proposed a bill (HB 147) that would require abortion providers in the state to have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of the facility where they practice, the Palm Beach Post's "Post On Politics" reports.

States Increasingly 'Hostile' To Abortion Rights in Recent Years, Guttmacher Report Finds
States passed 231 antiabortion-rights laws from 2011 to 2014, during which time the number of states deemed "extremely hostile" to abortion rights has increased more than threefold, according to a new report by the Guttmacher Institute, the Washington Post's "GovBeat" reports.

Texas Lawmakers Plan Additional Abortion Restrictions, Provider Requirements
Texas lawmakers who oppose abortion rights plan to propose additional abortion restrictions and clinic regulations during the 2015 state legislative session, the San Angelo Standard-Times reports.

Featured Blogs
"The Good, the Bad, and the Truly Appalling: What Happened to Reproductive Rights in 2014" (Easter, "Womenstake," NWLC, 12/31/14); "Federal Court Agrees: Women Can't Be Forced To Have an Ultrasound Before an Abortion" (Mathews, Care2, 12/23/14); "New Jersey Supreme Court: Methadone Treatment While Pregnant Not Child Abuse" (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 12/23/14).

Debates Over 20-Week Abortion Ban Proposals, Other Abortion Restrictions Likely in 2015
Congress, state legislatures and potentially the Supreme Court are expected to take up debates over abortion rights in 2015, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Groups Converge To Back Proactive Reproductive Health Agenda
bout 60 women's health organizations have formed a coalition to urge state lawmakers to back policies supporting women's health and reproductive rights, the Latin Post reports.

L.A. Times: Appeals Court 'Made the Right Decision' in Striking Down N.C. Ultrasound Law
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals "made the right decision ... when it struck down a key provision in a North Carolina law [HB 854] requiring doctors to perform ultrasounds on women seeking abortions and then both show and describe the sonogram images to them," a Los Angeles Times editorial argues.

Appeals Court: N.C. Coercive Ultrasound Law Unconstitutional
A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday unanimously upheld a lower court's ruling that struck down part of a 2011 North Carolina Law (HB 854) requiring doctors to perform ultrasounds on women seeking abortions and describe the images to them, even if they avert their eyes or cover their ears, Reuters reports.

Federal Judge To Decide Pittsburgh 'Buffer Zone' Case After Parties Fail To Reach Agreement
A U.S. District Court judge will rule on five antiabortion-rights activists' request for an injunction blocking enforcement of a Pittsburgh "buffer zone" ordinance after the city and the activists failed to reach a compromise, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

N.C. Abortion-Rights Advocates Urge Officials To Put Aside Politics While Setting Clinic Rules
At a hearing Friday, abortion-rights supporters urged North Carolina health officials to consider scientific evidence while crafting new abortion clinic regulations, rather than basing them on political motives, the AP/ABC 11 News reports.

Mo. Lawmakers Might Not Prioritize Abortion Restrictions
While Missouri lawmakers have already pre-filed several antiabortion-rights bills for the upcoming legislative session, the GOP-led Legislature might not prioritize abortion issues next year, the AP/St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

D.C. Mayor Requests Legal Review of Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Bill
Washington, D.C., Mayor Vincent Gray (D) has asked the district's Office of the Attorney General to review a reproductive health non-discrimination measure (B20-0790) before he takes any further action on it, the Washington Times reports.

Mo. Lawmaker Says Abortion Consent Bill Would Not Apply in 'Legitimate Rape' Cases
A Missouri state lawmaker recently said his bill (HB 131) requiring a woman seeking an abortion to get permission from the man involved in the pregnancy would not apply in cases of "legitimate rape," a phrase that drew widespread criticism when used by former Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) two years ago, National Journal reports.

Featured Blogs
"The War on Reproductive Rights Will Get a Lot Uglier Next Year" (Redden, Mother Jones, 12/18); "D.C. Council Prohibits Employment Discrimination Based on Reproductive Health Choices" (Crockett, RH Reality Check, 12/18).

D.C. City Council Passes Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Bill
The D.C. City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved a measure (B20-0790) aimed at preventing employers from interfering with workers' access to abortion, contraception and other reproductive health services and coverage, Politico Pro reports.

Columnists: Supreme Court's Ruling Should Be Signal To Antiabortion-Rights Lawmakers
Two Arizona Republic columnists recently weighed in on the Supreme Court's decision not to consider a federal appeals court's ruling that blocked provisions in an Arizona law (HB 2036) that restricted medication abortion.

Ark. Legislators Plan More Abortion Restrictions in 2015
Several Arkansas legislators plan to propose additional abortion restrictions when lawmakers begin their 2015 session next month, the Arkansas News Bureau reports.

Tenn. Senate Leader Prioritizes Three Abortion Restrictions
Tennessee Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey (R) expects several antiabortion-rights measures to be introduced this legislative session, but he only plans to prioritize certain ones, the AP/Knoxville News Sentinel reports.

20-Week Abortion Ban, Other Bills on Wis. Anti-Choice Groups' Legislative Agendas
With conservatives retaining control of Wisconsin's Legislature, antiabortion-rights groups intend to push proposals that failed last year, as well as introduce new measures, the AP/HTR News reports.

Supreme Court Declines To Review Ariz. Medication Abortion Restrictions, Leaving Law Blocked for Now
The Supreme Court on Monday declined to consider a federal appeals court's decision that blocked an Arizona law restricting medication abortion, meaning that the law will remain unenforced for now, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.

Mich. Senate Advances Abortion Coercion Bills
The Michigan Senate on Thursday voted to approve two bills (SB 1156, SB 1157) that would impose criminal penalties on individuals who attempt to coerce a woman into having an abortion, MLive reports.

Several Antiabortion-Rights Measures Pre-Filed in Mo.
Missouri lawmakers have pre-filed seven pieces of legislation aimed at restricting access to abortion, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Ohio 'Heartbeat' Bill Fails in House
The Ohio House on Wednesday rejected a bill (HB 248) that would ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detectable, marking the latest setback for legislation that has divided the state's abortion-rights opponents, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Abortion-Rights Groups Voice Concern Over Vague Language in Mich. Bills
Abortion-rights supporters have expressed concern over ambiguous language in two Michigan bills (SB 1156, SB 1157) that would impose criminal penalties on individuals who attempt to coerce a woman into having an abortion, MLive reports.

S.C. Legislators Pre-File Seven Antiabortion-Rights Bills
South Carolina lawmakers last week pre-filed seven antiabortion-rights measures after several such bills were stalled in the state Legislature last year, the Huffington Post reports.

Two Abortion Clinics Drop Lawsuit Against La. Admitting Privileges Law
Two Louisiana clinics challenging an admitting privileges law (HB 388) on Friday requested that a judge dismiss their suit, while other clinics challenging the law continue to pursue their case, the AP/Miami Herald reports.

Ark. Medical Board Approves Ultrasound Requirements
The Arkansas State Medical Board on Thursday voted 7-6 to approve portions of a partially overturned state law (Act 301) that will require physicians to perform ultrasounds on women before an abortion, AP/THV11 reports.

Planned Parenthood Drops Federal Challenge to Kan. Antiabortion-Rights Law
Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri on Friday announced it dropped a federal lawsuit challenging a Kansas law (HR 2253) that requires abortion providers to include a link to state information about fetal development and abortion on their websites, the AP/U-T San Diego reports.

Featured Blogs
"Repro Wrap: Activists Celebrate Victories in Clinic Access and Other News" (Marty, Care2, 12/5); "The Newest Crisis Pregnancy Center Offer: 'Abortion Reversals'" (Marcotte, "XX Factor," Slate, 12/8).

Va. State Board Votes To Begin Overhaul of Abortion Clinic Restrictions
The Virginia Board of Health on Thursday voted 13-2 to begin a process to revise several onerous abortion clinic regulations, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

Federal Judge Delays Final Ruling in Pittsburgh 'Buffer Zone' Lawsuit
A U.S. District Court judge earlier this week gave attorneys until Dec. 19 to reach an agreement on a lawsuit challenging a Pittsburgh ordinance that created a 15-foot "buffer zone" around abortion clinics, the AP/WTAE News reports.

Featured Blogs
"Women Protest Ohio's Proposed Six Week Abortion Ban: 'Our Bodies, Our Decisions,'" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 12/4); "Virginia Board of Health Votes To Amend Anti-Abortion Law," (Liss-Schultz, RH Reality Check, 12/4).

Featured Video: Pregnant Women's Personhood Denied
HuffPost Live's Nancy Redd and a panel discuss how so-called "personhood" and other antiabortion-rights measures are criminalizing pregnancy and putting women's constitutional rights at risk.

Federal Judge Rules Ind. Requirements for Medication Abortion Clinics Unconstitutional
A federal judge on Wednesday ruled unconstitutional two Indiana provisions that would have required clinics offering only medication abortions to adhere to the same building and equipment standards as those that perform the surgical procedure, Bloomberg reports.

Kan. Board To Reconsider Revoked Medical License of Former Tiller Colleague
Kansas' medical board has scheduled a hearing for Dec. 11 to consider whether to reinstate the medical license of physician Ann Kristin Neuhaus, who has been accused by abortion-rights opponents of violating a state law, the AP/Washington Times reports.

Catholic Couple Drops Lawsuit Over Concerns About Marketplace Abortion Coverage
A Connecticut couple last month agreed to drop a lawsuit against the state's health insurance marketplace after the exchange began including plans that do not include abortion coverage during the 2015 open enrollment period, the Connecticut Mirror reports.

Lawsuit From Miss. Antiabortion-Rights Group Alleges Police Harassment of Protesters
The antiabortion-rights group Pro-Life Mississippi has filed an appeal with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after a lower court judge denied the group's request for protection from alleged police harassment, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports.

LAT Op-Ed: 'Personhood' Measures Get Attention, But TRAP Laws Are Greater Threat
While the rejection of "personhood" measures in Colorado (Amendment 67) and North Dakota (Measure 1) last month was "hailed as a victory for defenders of the right to legal abortion ... such measures serve as a distraction from a far bigger threat to abortion rights from onerous rules known as Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers, or 'TRAP laws,'" writes Caitlin Borgmann, professor at CUNY School of Law and editor of the Reproductive Rights Prof Blog, in a Los Angeles Times opinion piece.

N.C. Releases Proposed Abortion Clinic Regulations Under 2013 State Law
North Carolina's Department of Health and Human Services on Monday released a draft rule that proposes regulations for abortion clinics under a state law enacted last year (SB 353), WRAL's "@NCCapitol" reports.

Successful Colo. Family Planning Program Faces Uncertain Future
Colorado Democrats are fighting to continue funding for a program credited with lowering the state's teen birth rate amid some Republicans' resistance to continuing the program, the AP/Denver Post reports.

Parental Notification Bill Planned in Nev.
Antiabortion-rights activists in Nevada will pursue a parental involvement bill during the 2015 state legislative session, although it is unclear if such a measure would pass or be signed into law by the governor, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Featured Blogs
"Activists Are Already Trying To End Legal Abortion City by City," (Marty, Care2, 11/28); "Alabama Anti-Choicers Want To Regulate Abortion Clinics Like Sex Predators," (Marcotte, RH Reality Check, 12/1).

State-Level GOP Victories Mean More Antiabortion-Rights Legislation To Come
Expanded Republican control of state legislatures and governorships after the midterm election is expected to lead to more antiabortion-rights measures, with some GOP state lawmakers already preparing legislation, Politico reports.

Attempt at County-Level Admitting Privileges Law Rejected in Ind.
An Indiana county council committee on Tuesday abandoned a proposed ordinance that would have required the county's only abortion provider to obtain admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, WNDU News reports.

Abortion-Rights Opponents Push Bill To Close Sole North Ala. Clinic
A group of abortion-rights opponents in Huntsville, Ala., aims to close North Alabama's only abortion clinic through legislative efforts after a judge dismissed the group's lawsuit against the clinic, the Huntsville Times reports.

Featured Blogs
"Ohio Republicans Use Extreme Measures To Advance Radical Six Week Abortion Ban" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 11/21); "Nevada Teen Rallies Students To Fight for Comprehensive Sex Ed" (Ramirez, Care2, 11/22).

Ohio Grants Sole Cincinnati Clinic Exemption Under Antiabortion-Rights Law
The last abortion clinic in the Cincinnati area on Thursday announced that it had been granted an exemption from an Ohio law that could have resulted in its closure and was dropping its lawsuit challenging the measure, the AP/SF Gate reports.

Pa. Gov.-Elect Must Act To Improve 'Deplorable' Status of Women's Health in State, Op-Ed Urges
Pennsylvania Gov.-elect Tom Wolf's (D) pledge to expand Medicaid coverage to 500,000 state residents "is a good place to begin improving the health and economic security of Pennsylvanians," but he also should back the Pennsylvania Agenda for Women's Health, Kate Michelman and Carol Tracy, both of WomenVote PA, write in an opinion piece in the Scranton Times-Tribune.

First Antiabortion-Rights Bill Introduced Since Passage of Tenn. Amendment
Tennessee Rep. Rick Womick (R) on Thursday pre-filed the first bill aimed at increasing abortion restrictions in the state since voters approved an antiabortion-rights amendment (Amendment 1) earlier this month, the Tennessean reports.

Mo. Senator Files Abortion Clinic Inspection Bill That Languished Last Year
Missouri Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R) has filed legislation that would require the state Department of Health and Senior Services to annually inspect certain abortion clinics, the AP/Columbia Missourian reports.

Ga. City Bans Abortion Clinics, Most Abortions
The Rossville, Ga., City Council last week unanimously passed an ordinance banning abortion clinics within city limits and prohibiting most abortions, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports.

New Hearing Sought Over Court Ruling That Ended Medication Abortion in N.D.
The only abortion clinic in North Dakota on Wednesday petitioned the state Supreme Court to rehear a case and "resolve any lingering ambiguity" over a ruling that upheld a state law (HB 1297) restricting medication abortion, the AP/Miami Herald reports.

Ariz. Threatens Inspection of NARAL Official's House After Anonymous False Complaint
Working off an anonymous online tip, Arizona health officials incorrectly told an abortion-rights advocate that her house could be inspected as a health care facility under a state antiabortion-rights law (HB 2284), the Arizona Republic reports.

Lawsuit Filed Against Tenn. Constitutional Amendment, Alleges Invalid Vote
Opponents of an antiabortion-rights amendment (Amendment 1) to the Tennessee constitution filed a federal lawsuit on Friday alleging that the state incorrectly tabulated votes on the ballot measure, the AP/Tennessean reports.

Last Abortion Clinic in Cincinnati Area Sues To Fight State Regulations
Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region on Monday filed a lawsuit challenging state requirements that could lead to the closure of the last abortion clinic in the Cincinnati region, the AP/Miami Herald reports.

Poll: Women's Health Issues Important to Midterm Voters
A majority of voters in a four-state survey support abortion rights and said that women's health issues factored into their voting decisions in the midterm election, according to a poll released Tuesday by NARAL Pro-Choice America and Planned Parenthood, Politico Pro reports.

NYT Op-Ed: Arrests Show Increasing Threats to 'Personhood of Pregnant Women'
Antiabortion-rights laws "pose a risk to all pregnant women, including those who want to be pregnant," and "are increasingly being used as the basis for arresting women who have no intention of ending a pregnancy and for preventing women from making their own decisions about how they will give birth," National Advocates for Pregnant Women Executive Director Lynn Paltrow and Jeanne Flavin, president of NAPW's board of directors, write in a New York Times opinion piece.

Voters 'Strongly Favor' Access to Abortion, Contraceptives, USA Today Op-Ed Argues
Although abortion-rights opponents "now have the majority in the U.S. House, the Senate and expanded power in state legislatures across the country," voters in last week's midterm elections showed "once again ... that when it comes to personal decisions about pregnancy, health, and family, they strongly favor ... access to legal and affordable birth control and abortion," Kimberly Inez McGuire, director of public affairs at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, writes in a USA Today opinion piece.

Judge Discredits Testimony From Expert Witnesses Who Backed Ala. Antiabortion-Rights Law
A U.S. District Court judge in an order filed Oct. 20 strongly criticized the validity of statements from two expert witnesses who testified in support of an Alabama antiabortion-rights law, the Montgomery Advertiser reports.

N.D. Lawmakers Back Away from Antiabortion-Rights Agenda Post-Election
Conservative leaders of the North Dakota Legislature said they likely would not take up any antiabortion-rights legislation during next year's legislative session, saying voters sent them a message in Tuesday's elections by rejecting a ballot measure (Measure 1) that was intended to outlaw abortion, the AP/ABC News reports.

Featured Blog: 'Tennessee's Extreme Anti-Choice Amendment Puts Abortion Further out of Reach in the South'
While "[v]oters in North Dakota and Colorado overwhelmingly rejected personhood measures that would have stripped women of their constitutional rights by giving legal protections to fertilized eggs," Tennessee voters approved a measure (Amendment 1) that "will potentially have equally devastating consequences for women," Katie McDonough writes in Salon.

Featured Blogs
"Personhood: Coming to a City Near You" (Marty, "XX Factor," Slate, 11/5); "Tennessee's Extreme Anti-Choice Amendment Puts Abortion Further out of Reach in the South" (McDonough, Salon, 11/5).

Abortion-Rights Supporters Brace for State, Federal Battles After Midterm Election
Abortion-rights supporters expect opponents to make a renewed push for abortion restrictions in Congress and state legislatures after Tuesday's conservative victories in the midterm election, the New York Times reports.

Rejection of 'Personhood' Measures Among Several 'Notably Liberal Decisions' by Midterm Voters, NYT Editorial Notes
While Democrats "did not fare well" in most gubernatorial and congressional races on Tuesday, "voters made notably liberal decisions in both red and blue states" on ballot measures that asked specific policy questions about "contentious issues" like abortion rights, the minimum wage, gun control and more, a New York Times editorial states.

Tenn. Voters Approve Amendment Declaring No 'Right to Abortion' in State Constitution
Voters in Tennessee on Tuesday approved a ballot initiative (Amendment 1) that amends the state constitution to specify that there is no right to abortion, the Tennessean reports.

Supreme Court Leaves Colo. 'Bubble Zone' Law Intact
The Supreme Court on Monday let stand a lower court ruling that upheld a Colorado law prohibiting individuals from blocking others from entering abortion facilities, the AP/Colorado Springs Gazette reports.

Supreme Court Leaves NYC Crisis Pregnancy Center Rule Intact
The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal challenging part of a New York City law (Int. 371) that requires antiabortion-rights crisis pregnancy centers to disclose more information about who provides their services, Reuters reports.

Featured Blogs
"Will Colorado and North Dakota Voters Criminalize Abortion on Tuesday?," (McClain, The Nation blogs, 10/31); "Medicaid Expansion in North Carolina? Let's Talk About Infant Mortality and Maternal Health," (Akpan, RH Reality Check, 11/3); "North Carolina is Fighting To Enact One of the Country's Most Condescending Abortion Laws," (Culp-Ressler, "Think Progress," Center for American Progress, 10/31).

Vague Language of N.D. 'Personhood' Amendment Could Muddle Intent for Voters
Even though supporters of the antiabortion-rights "personhood" movement have never succeeded in passing a ballot measure or enacting legislation in any state, ambiguous wording in a North Dakota ballot initiative (Measure 1) could boost their chances on Tuesday by confusing voters, Politico Pro reports.

Millions Spent on Tenn. Ballot Initiative That Could Restrict Abortion Rights
More than $5 million has been raised by supporters and opponents of a Tennessee ballot initiative (Amendment 1) that will ask state voters on Tuesday whether to amend the state constitution's wording on abortion rights, the Tennessean reports.

Concern Over Ariz. Antiabortion-Rights Law Prompts School District To Remove 'Abortion' Section From Textbook
A school district in Arizona voted last week to modify a textbook used in honors biology classes because of concern that the book presents abortion in a way that violates a state law, the Arizona Republic reports.

Clinic Fights Ind. Law Mandating Surgical Standards When Only Medication Abortions Are Offered
A federal judge on Thursday heard oral arguments in a lawsuit against an Indiana law (SB 371) that would require clinics that offer only medication abortions to adhere to the same building and equipment standards as those that perform the surgical procedure, the Indianapolis Star reports.

Okla. Judge Who Upheld Admitting Privileges Law Known as Vocal Abortion-Rights Opponent
An Oklahoma County District judge who last week upheld a state law (SB 1848) requiring abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges wrote more than a dozen antiabortion-rights measures while he was a state legislator, the Oklahoman reports.

Featured Blogs
"Pennsylvania May Drop Birth Control Coverage for Thousands of Low-Income Women," (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 10/29); "Abortion Options in North Dakota Are Dwindling," (Culp-Ressler, "Think Progress," Center for American Progress, 10/30).

Appeals Court Mulls N.C. Law Requiring Abortion Providers To Describe Ultrasound Images
A federal appeals court panel on Wednesday considered the constitutionality of a 2011 North Carolina law (HB 854) that requires doctors to perform ultrasounds on women seeking abortions and describe the images to them, even if they avert their eyes or cover their ears, the Charlotte Observer reports.

N.D. Supreme Court Upholds Law That Blocks Medication Abortions Statewide
The North Dakota Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that a state law restricting medication abortions is constitutional, the AP/ABC News reports.

Survey: Most Texas Latino Voters Support Women's Right To Make Abortion Decisions
Seventy-eight percent of Texas Latino voters believe that women have a right to make their own decisions about abortion, without interference from politicians, according to a new survey, the McAllen Monitor reports.

Ohio Targets Last Cincinnati Abortion Clinic for Closure
The Ohio Department of Health last week told Cincinnati's last abortion clinic that it could lose its license if it does not comply with an Ohio law that requires clinics to obtain a transfer agreement with a local hospital, the AP/Modern Healthcare reports.

Featured Blog
"California's Innovative Experiment To Tackle Abortion Stigma," (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 10/27).

Judge Allows Okla. Admitting Privileges Law To Take Effect This Week; Appeal Expected
Oklahoma County District Judge Bill Graves ruled Friday that a state law (SB 1848) requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals can take effect on Nov. 1, the AP/ABC News reports.

Antiabortion-Rights Ballot Measure at 'Center Stage' in Tenn. Election
A ballot initiative (Amendment 1) that would declare that there is no guaranteed right to abortion "has taken center stage" in this year's election in Tennessee, the New York Times reports.

Murder Conviction Upheld for Man Who Killed Abortion Provider Tiller in 2009
The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday upheld the murder conviction of the man who shot abortion provider George Tiller to death in 2009, but the court ordered a resentencing by a lower court because of a technical issue, Reuters reports.

Experts Say N.D. Personhood Measure Could Have Drastic Effects on Health Care Services
A "personhood" amendment (Measure 1) on the North Dakota ballot next month could have a widespread impact on health care services in the state, Modern Healthcare reports.

Calif. Law Helps Expand Abortion Access, Destigmatize Procedure
Contrary to many state legislatures across the country, California is moving to expand abortion access, not restrict it, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Judge Refuses To Block Okla. Medication Abortion Restrictions
An Oklahoma County District Court judge on Wednesday refused to block a state law (HB 2684) that restricts medication abortion from taking effect Nov. 1, but he did grant a temporary injunction against the measure's enforcement mechanism for physicians, the Oklahoman reports.

NYT's Collins: Midterm Election Candidates Cast Issues in 'New, Woman-Centric Way'
"No group is more courted" than women in the upcoming midterm election, with candidates in both parties "re-interpreting their old arguments in a new, woman-centric way," New York Times columnist Gail Collins writes.

Abortion, Contraception Key Issues in Close Iowa Race for U.S. Senate
Abortion rights have become a central issue in the final weeks of Iowa's close race to fill retiring Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin's seat, the AP/Huffington Post reports.

Judge Hears Oral Arguments Over Okla. Admitting Privileges Law
An Oklahoma County District Judge on Friday heard oral arguments in a lawsuit against a state law (SB 1848) requiring all abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles, the Oklahoman reports.

Supporters, Opponents of Abortion Rights Disagree Over Potential Effects of Colorado 'Personhood' Amendment
Opponents of a proposed "personhood" amendment (Amendment 67) in Colorado say the ballot measure could further restrict abortion rights, contrary to the claims of many supporters of the measure, Colorado Public Radio reports.

Featured Blogs
"Polling Confirms That Voters See Abortion Access as an Economic Issue for Women," (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 10/16); "Pregnant Texans are Being Charged With Crimes That Don't Exist," (Grimes, RH Reality Check, 10/16).

Featured Blog: 'Pregnant Texans are Being Charged With Crimes That Don't Exist'
Despite Texas' "fetal homicide" law clearly stating that a "pregnant person cannot be charged with injury to [her] own fetus," prosecutors in West Texas have not stopped "charging women with reckless child endangerment for ingesting controlled substances while pregnant," Andrea Grimes writes at RH Reality Check.

Featured Blog: 'Polling Confirms That Voters See Abortion Access as an Economic Issue for Women'
A majority of voters see abortion "as a mainstream policy that's inextricably linked to women's financial stability," according to a poll released by the National Institute for Reproductive Health, Tara Culp-Ressler writes for "ThinkProgress."

Several Texas Clinics To Resume Services After Supreme Court Order, Others Still Face Challenges
Several Texas abortion facilities have resumed offering abortion services after a Supreme Court order stayed parts of a Texas antiabortion-rights law (HB 2), but other clinics might face delays or stay closed amid uncertainty over the law, the AP/U-T San Diego reports.

L.A. Times Profiles Abortion Provider at S.D.'s Only Clinic
In a Los Angeles Times profile, physician Carol Ball -- medical director for Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota -- discusses the difficulties she faces in providing abortion care at South Dakota's lone abortion clinic amid increasing restrictions on the procedure in the state and across the U.S.

Supreme Court Halts Parts of Texas Antiabortion-Rights Law, Allowing Clinics To Resume Services
The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a stay on parts of a Texas antiabortion-rights law (HB 2), allowing more than a dozen abortion facilities in the state to reopen while court challenges continue, the Washington Post reports.

States Restrict Telemedicine Abortion Services, Despite Safety, Other Benefits
While medication abortion can be administered safely and cost effectively via telemedicine, the method is "widely unavailable" in most of the U.S., according to The Atlantic.

States Continue To Limit Abortion Access, Despite Public Support for Abortion Rights
Although a majority of U.S. residents still support abortion rights, states across the country over the past four years have succeeded in enacting legislation that could drastically diminish abortion access for millions of women if allowed to stand, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Abortion | In the Courts

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