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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.

Ohio Clinic Stops Offering Abortions Amid State Restrictions
An abortion clinic near Cincinnati, Ohio, will stop offering surgical abortions, instead of continuing a dispute with the state over a requirement that it calls politically motivated, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Washington Post's 'Storyline' Examines Colo. Policies for Pregnant Teens
The Washington Post's "Storyline" examines how Colorado's family planning policies have improved teens' access to long-acting reversible contraceptives and helped to lower its teen birth rates.

NYT Editorial: 'Deception' Behind State Abortion Restrictions Revealed in Texas Cases
Texas' defense of an antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) underscores "[t]he deception behind the wave of state-level abortion restrictions now threatening women's access to safe and legal abortions," according to a New York Times editorial.

Ind. Asks Federal Court To Let Medication Abortion Restrictions Take Effect
The Indiana attorney general's office on Monday requested summary judgment in a federal court case challenging a state law (SB 371) that would impose additional building requirements on health clinics offering medication abortion, the AP/Lafayette Journal & Courier reports.

Judge Allows Ban on Iowa Telemedicine Abortion Program
An Iowa judge on Tuesday ruled that the state Board of Medicine has the authority to ban the administration of medication abortion drugs via a telemedicine system, Bloomberg reports.

Featured Blog
"Abortion Opponents Caught on Tape Explaining How To Violate Patient Privacy" (Marty, Care2, 8/18).

Antiabortion-Rights Protests Increase After Portland, Maine, Ends 'Buffer Zone'
Antiabortion-rights protests have increased "in number and activity" outside a Portland, Maine, Planned Parenthood clinic since the City Council repealed a "buffer zone" ordinance, the Bangor Daily News reports.

Judge: Ohio Officials Have Authority To Close Abortion Clinic
An Ohio judge on Friday said that he does not have jurisdiction to stop the state Department of Health from closing an abortion clinic that did not secure a transfer agreement with a nearby hospital, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Telemedicine Becomes Partisan Issue When Abortion is Involved
Although many Republican lawmakers generally support telemedicine, they have backed state and federal efforts to restrict its use in abortion care, Politico Pro reports.

Ohio Abortion Clinic Challenges State in Transfer Agreements Dispute
An Ohio abortion clinic on Tuesday filed a second lawsuit asking a county judge to order the state Department of Health to approve its license, the AP/Dayton Daily News reports.

'Undue Burden' From Abortion Clinic Closures at Center of Texas Case
A federal judge on Wednesday questioned whether the "undue burden" standard in evaluating a Texas antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) should be the same as in smaller states, the Texas Tribune reports.

Miss. Appeals Ruling Against Admitting Privileges Law
Mississippi's attorney general on Wednesday asked the full 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review a ruling that struck down a state law (HB 1390) that could close the state's only abortion clinic, Reuters reports.

Admitting Privileges Mandates Create Hurdles for Abortion Providers
Admitting privileges requirements, enacted in several states, have proven to be "a potent tool" for abortion-rights opponents in their goal of limiting abortion access, the Washington Post reports.

Federal Judge Finds Ala. Admitting Privileges Law Unconstitutional
A federal judge ruled that an Alabama law requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals is unconstitutional because it imposes an "impermissible undue burden" on the state's five clinics, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Court Blocks Miss. Law Threatening State's Sole Abortion Clinic
A federal appeals court blocked a Mississippi law (HB 1390) that would have shut down the state's only abortion clinic, ruling that it illegally shifted Mississippi's constitutional obligations to other states, the New York Times reports.

NYT: Abortion Access Hinges on Judges' 'Willingness' To Oppose Unnecessary Restrictions
In much of the U.S., "women's access to safe and legal abortion care is increasingly coming to depend on the willingness of judges to rigorously examine and reject new (and medically unnecessary) restrictions imposed by Republican legislatures," a New York Times editorial states.

Roe v. Wade 'Effectively Undone' in Much of Texas, Washington Post Editorial Argues
"[P]ro-life groups and lawmakers are negating" the effects of Roe v. Wade with restrictive state laws, including a "frontal assault" on abortion providers in Texas, a Washington Post editorial argues.

Supreme Court Will Not Intervene in Wis. Admitting Privileges Case
The Supreme Court denied a request to consider a Wisconsin law (SB 206) that would require abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, Reuters/Huffington Post reports.

La. Enacts Admitting Privileges Law That Could Close Clinics
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) signed into law a bill (HB 388) that critics say could close three of the states' five abortion clinics, Reuters reports.

Video Clip: 'Huge Win' Against Ala. TRAP Law
On "The Rachel Maddow Show," Center for Reproductive Rights President Nancy Northup applauds a "huge win" for abortion rights this week, when a federal judge struck down an Alabama law that required abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges.

Houston Leaders Urge Passage of Women's Health Protection Act, Repeal of Texas Law
Houston Mayor Annise Parker (D) and eight members of the City Council on Monday called on the Texas Legislature to repeal a state law (HB 2) that threatens to close most of Texas' abortion clinics and urged Congress to pass the Women's Health Protection Act (S 1696, HR 3471), News 92 FM reports.

Lawsuit Over Texas Antiabortion Law Also Involves N.M. Abortion Clinic
The trial over the constitutionality of a Texas antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) that could close abortion clinics there also involves an out-of-state clinic, located in Santa Teresa, N.M., the New York Times reports.

Many State Abortion Restrictions Now Before Federal Courts
Federal courts are weighing a number of state laws, crafted by Republican-led legislatures, that create new requirements for abortion clinics or restrict when and how abortions are provided, the AP/Huffington Post reports.

States' Abortion Restrictions Used as Wedge in Senate Races
While this year's Senate races lack abortion-related disputes on the scale of former Rep. Todd Akin's (R-Mo.) "legitimate rape" comments, candidates from both parties are using state abortion measures to attack their opponents, Politico reports.

'Gutsy' Judicial Opinions Affirm Abortion 'As a Right Among Others,' NYT Op-Ed States
In recent rulings blocking antiabortion-rights laws in Alabama and Mississippi, "federal judges have demonstrated a new willingness to treat the abortion right as a right among others," New York Times op-ed contributor columnist Linda Greenhouse writes.

Ariz. To Ask Supreme Court To End Hold on Medication Abortion Law
Arizona plans to ask the Supreme Court to overturn an appeals court ruling that blocked the state's medication abortion restrictions while a Planned Parenthood lawsuit continues in federal court, the AP/ABC News reports.

ACOG President, L.A. Times Editorial Praise Ruling Against Ala. Antiabortion-Rights Law
An opinion piece from the president of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a Los Angeles Times editorial discuss recent court decisions on state laws that require abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at hospitals.

Lawyers, Experts Discuss Impact of Texas Antiabortion Law During First Day of Trial
A federal court on Monday heard opening arguments in a case over the constitutionality of a provision in a Texas law (HB 2) that requires abortion facilities to meet the same building requirements as hospital-style surgical centers, the New York Times reports.

Featured Blog
"Repro Wrap: TRAPs Are Working, Buffers Aren't, and Clinics Just Keep Closing" (Marty, Care2, 8/1).

Texas Law That Could Close Abortion Clinics Goes To Court
A trial beginning in federal court on Monday will test the constitutionality of a provision in a Texas law (HB 2) that requires abortion clinics to meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers, Kaiser Health News/Texas Tribune reports.

Featured Blogs
"Mass. Governor Signs Abortion Clinic Access Bill Into Law" (Walden, "Our Bodies, Our Blog," OurBodies, Ourselves, 7/30) and "'It's Hard for Them To Accept That I Do Abortions Because I'm a Christian'" (Dusenbery, Feministing, 7/31).

States, Cities Mull 'Buffer Zones' Changes
Various states and cities are evaluating their own abortion clinic security laws after a recent Supreme Court decision, Politico reports.

Mass. Enacts New Abortion Clinic Protections
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) on Wednesday signed a bill (S 2281) into law to improve security surrounding the state's abortion clinics, the Boston Globe reports.

Review of Va. Abortion Clinic Rules Prompts Thousands of Public Comments
The Virginia Department of Health at midnight Thursday will close the public comment phase of Gov. Terry McAuliffe's (D) order to review strict abortion clinic regulations passed under his predecessor, Gov. Bob McDonnell (R), the Washington Post reports.

Mass. Gov To Sign Bill Strengthening Security Around Abortion Clinics
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) on Tuesday said he will act quickly to sign a bill that would improve security surrounding the state's abortion clinics, the AP/Worcester Telegram reports.

Pa. Bill Aims To Protect Provider-Patient Relationship
Two Pennsylvania lawmakers on Monday introduced a bill (HB 2303) that aims to prevent government policies from impeding on patient-provider relationships, the Pittsburgh Business Times reports.

One of Four Remaining Abortion Clinics in Kan. Closes
A Kansas reproductive health center that provided abortions closed on Saturday after its physician and manager both retired, leaving only three abortion clinics in the state, the AP/Lawrence Journal-World reports.

States Slow Pace of Antiabortion-Rights Legislation, But Restrictions Up Overall, Guttmacher Report Shows
States passed fewer abortion restrictions in the first half of this year compared with the same time period in any of the past three years, but state laws restricting abortion access continue to vastly outnumber those expanding access, according to a new report from the Guttmacher Institute, Vox reports.

Admitting Privileges Laws Threaten Abortion Access in Large Swaths of U.S.
State laws requiring that abortion providers have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals threaten to leave women in broad areas of the country without abortion access in their region, particularly in rural and low-income parts of the South and Midwest, the AP/Yahoo! News reports.

'Political Intrusion on Exam Rooms' Must Stop, Op-Ed States
"There is a trend across the country that deeply concerns us and our fellow health-care advocates and providers: political intrusion on exam rooms," Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, and Charles Cutler, former chair of the American College of Physicians Board of Regents, write in a Philadelphia Inquirer opinion piece.

Featured Blog: 'Number of Texas Women Living 200 Miles From an Abortion Clinic Has Jumped by 2,800 Percent'
The omnibus antiabortion-rights package (HB 2) approved in Texas a "year ago this month" has "wreaked havoc on reproductive health access in the state, and half of Texas' clinics have been forced to shut down," writes Tara Culp-Ressler of the Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress."

Okla. Enacts New Medication Abortion Restrictions After Court Rejects Similar Law
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) has signed into law a bill (HB 2684) that will restrict the use of medication abortion drugs in the state, the AP/New York Times reports.

One Year After Law's Passage, N.C. Yet To Release Abortion Clinic Regulations
North Carolina health care officials have not finished drafting abortion clinic regulations authorized under a 2013 state law (SB 353), leaving many abortion providers unsure how the rules could potentially affect them, the AP/Virginian-Pilot reports.

Tenn. Campaigns Prepare for November Battle Over Abortion Rights
Supporters and opponents of a Tennessee ballot initiative (SJR 127) that would change the state's constitutional language regarding abortion are preparing to rapidly increase their efforts over the next few months, Nashville Public Radio reports.

Boston Globe Editorial Urges Activists To Delay Judgment on 'Buffer Zone' Replacement Law
The Massachusetts "Legislature last week took a big step toward addressing the US Supreme Court's objections to the state's 'buffer-zone' law" when both the state "House and Senate ... passed bills (S 2283) that would give police new powers to curb obstruction and harassment outside abortion clinics while allowing peaceful protests," according to a Boston Globe editorial.

Gov. Christie Has Moved Steadily To Restrict Access To Abortion, Bloomberg Reports
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Friday at the National Governors Association said Republicans needed to reshape how they promote and discuss abortion and other social issues without altering their antiabortion-rights stance, even as he works to restrict the procedure in his own state, Bloomberg reports.

Louisiana Antiabortion-Rights Advocates File Suit Against State To Publicize Abortion Records
A lawsuit announced during an antiabortion-rights protest at a Louisiana clinic seeks access to mandatory reports that detail all pregnancies terminated in the state, the Baton Rouge Advocate reports.

Fla. Judge Issues Temporary Injunction Against Planned Parenthood Clinic
The Osceola County Court in Florida on Wednesday issued a temporary injunction against a Planned Parenthood clinic located in Kissimmee, Fla., after a neighboring property owner filed complaints that the clinic was violating property restrictions, the Osceola News-Gazette reports.

Okla. Abortion Restrictions Face Likely Legal Challenge, But Supporters, Opponents Dispute Outcomes
Oklahoma lawmakers who championed antiabortion-rights legislation that is scheduled to take effect on Nov. 1 expressed confidence on Thursday that the measures would withstand likely legal challenges, while abortion-rights supporters argued that the laws will be overturned, The Oklahoman reports.

Featured Blogs
"Anti-Choice Protests Target New Orleans Clinics, Homes, Churches" (Wilson, RH Reality Check, 7/24) and "Number of Texas Women Living 200 Miles From an Abortion Clinic Has Jumped by 2,800 Percent" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 7/23).

Mass. House Approves Bill Protecting Abortion Clinics
The Massachusetts House on Wednesday voted 116-35 to approve a bill that would bolster security around abortion clinics in the state, AP/MassLive reports.

Study Evaluating Effects of Texas' HB 2 Shows 13% Drop in Abortions
The number of abortions in Texas has dropped by 13% since provisions of a state law (HB 2) took effect, according to a Texas Policy Evaluation Project study published in the journal Contraception, the Texas Tribune reports.

Featured Blogs
"Half of Texas' Abortion Clinics Are Gone" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 7/18) and "Repro Wrap: Massachusetts Gets Harsh With Abortion Protesters and Other News" (Marty, Care2, 7/18).

Texas Considers How To Streamline Reproductive Health Services for Low-Income Women
Texas lawmakers are weighing how to restore gaps in health care access for low-income women in the state, three years after they cut the state's family planning budget and rejected a federally funded women's health program in favor of a state-operated program, the Texas Tribune/New York Times reports.

Planned Parenthood Votes Will Spend $3M on Election in Texas
The political arm of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America plans to spend $3 million on an aggressive campaign in Texas during the upcoming 2014 midterm elections, the San Antonio Express-News reports.

Judge Clarifies Wis. Medication Abortion Law
A Wisconsin judge on Thursday ruled that a state law restricting medication abortion does not require a physician to be present when a woman ingests the drugs, the AP/Washington Times reports.

Number of Abortions in Ind. Declines for Fifth Year Amid New Laws
For the fifth consecutive year, the number of abortions performed in Indiana has declined alongside state requirements "that have made it steadily more difficult for a woman to end her pregnancy," according to a report by the state Department of Health, the AP/Indianapolis Star reports.

House Approves Spending Bill Barring D.C. Medicaid Abortion Coverage
The House on Wednesday approved a spending bill that would bar Washington, D.C., from using its own funds to cover abortions in its Medicaid program, National Journal reports.

Ariz. Health Department Dismisses Citation Against Planned Parenthood Center
Arizona officials have dismissed a citation issued to a Phoenix-area Planned Parenthood clinic after the center implemented small changes to address issues found in a surprise inspection earlier this year, the AP/KJZZ reports.

Featured Blogs
"Massachusetts is Rushing Through Legislation To Fix the Supreme Court's Ruling on Buffer Zones" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 7/17) and "States Prescribe Bad Medicine for Women Seeking Abortions" (Shugerman, Ms. Magazine blog, 7/16).

Mass. Senate Acts Quickly To Protect Abortion Clinics Before Session Ends
The Massachusetts Senate on Wednesday approved a bill (S 2281) that aims to strengthen security around reproductive health centers after the Supreme Court struck down a state "buffer zone" law that barred protests within 35 feet of clinic entrances, the Boston Globe reports.

N.H. 'Buffer Zone' Law Unenforced During Legal Challenge
The New Hampshire attorney general's office will not enforce a state "buffer zone" law (SB 319) that took effect last week while a federal judge considers a related lawsuit over the law's constitutionality, the Portsmouth Herald reports.

Group Eyes Lawsuit Over Pittsburgh 'Buffer Zone'
Matt Bowman, senior counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom, said that he is "looking very closely into the possibility" of filing suit against an ordinance in Pittsburgh that created a 15-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Judge Blocks Alaska Law on Medicaid Abortion Coverage
An Alaska judge blocked a state law restricting abortion coverage in its Medicaid program from taking effect on Wednesday while he considers a Planned Parenthood lawsuit claiming that the legislation is unconstitutional, Alaska Public Media reports.

Supreme Court Asked To Review N.C. 'Choose Life' License Plates Law
Republican leaders in the North Carolina Legislature have petitioned the Supreme Court to review a federal appeals court ruling barring the state from issuing antiabortion-rights license plates, the AP/Raleigh News & Observer reports.

Bill Proposed To Protect Mass. Abortion Clinics After Supreme Court Ruling
A Massachusetts bill filed Monday aims to bolster security and anti-harassment protections at the state's reproductive health centers after the Supreme Court struck down its 35-foot "buffer zone" law, the New York Times reports.

Multi-Million Fundraising Goals Set for Tenn. Antiabortion-Rights Referendum
Abortion-rights supporters and opponents in Tennessee have both set fundraising goals of millions of dollars in a battle over a state ballot initiative (SJR 127) that would decrease abortion-rights protections in Tennessee's constitution, the Tennessean reports.

Featured Blogs
"How Bad Medicine is Sweeping the Country, One State at a Time," (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 7/14); "Tennessee Arrests First Mother Under Its New Pregnancy Criminalization Law," (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 7/11).

N.Y. Attorney General Affirms That State's Buffer Zones Remain in Place
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D) last week clarified that the state's "buffer zone" protections remain intact, despite the Supreme Court's decision to strike down a similar law in Massachusetts, the Mineola Patch reports.

Abortion-Rights Groups Urge Court To Reject Appeal of Ark. 12-Week Abortion Ban
The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas and the Center for Reproductive Rights on Thursday urged a federal appeals court to uphold a lower court ruling that struck down an Arkansas law (Act 301) that banned abortion at 12 weeks, arguing that it violates U.S. Supreme Court precedent, the Fort Smith Times-Record reports.

Ohio Abortion Clinic Will Remain Open During Appeal, Despite Order To Close
Attorneys representing an Ohio abortion clinic are asking a common pleas judge not to sign a common pleas magistrate's order that would close the clinic, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Mass. Antiabortion-Rights Group Says New Efforts To Protect Clinics Will Spur Litigation
An antiabortion-rights group in Massachusetts has sent a letter to state lawmakers warning that legislation designed to protect access to abortion clinics would likely face legal challenges, the AP/Boston Herald reports.

Lawsuit Filed Against N.H. 'Buffer Zone' Law
A Christian legal group on Monday filed a federal lawsuit challenging a New Hampshire "buffer zone" law that was enacted last month, alleging that the measure violates antiabortion-rights protesters' right to free speech, the AP/Boston Herald reports.

Colo. Family Planning Program Linked to Lower Teen Birth Rate
Women participating in a Colorado family planning program accounted for about three-fourths of a 40% drop in the state's teen birth rate between 2009 and 2012, according to state figures, Vox reports.

Featured Blogs
"Celebrating 10 Years of Paid Family Leave in California -- Now Let's Get the Word Out!" (Shriver, Huffington Post blogs, 7/2) and "While You Were Paying Attention to Hobby Lobby, it Got Harder To Get an Abortion" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 7/6).

Mass. Moves To Protect Clinics After Supreme Court Ruling; Other Municipalities Weigh 'Buffer Zone' Laws
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) on Wednesday said he aims to have a bill on his desk by the end of July to bolster abortion clinic security in a manner consistent with the Supreme Court's recent ruling striking down the state's "buffer zone" law, the AP/Miami Herald reports.

Mo. Gov. Vetoes 72-Hour Mandatory Delay Bill
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) on Wednesday vetoed a bill (HB 1307) that would have created a mandatory delay of 72 hours from when a woman first seeks an abortion until she could obtain the procedure, the AP/ABC News reports.

New California Law Updates Building Code for Abortion Clinics
A new California law changes building codes for clinics providing abortions, allowing them to be treated the same way as other health care facilities, the Sacramento Bee reports.

Magistrate Orders Ohio Abortion Clinic To Close, Pending Judicial Approval
A Hamilton County magistrate on Monday upheld the Ohio Department of Health's decision to close one of two abortion clinics operating in the southern part of the state, WLWT5 reports.

New Ala. Law Requires Stricter Building Standards for Abortion Clinics
An Alabama law (HB 57) requiring abortion clinics to comply with stricter building standards went into effect on Tuesday, AP/Tuscaloosa News reports.

Abortion-Rights Opponents Renew Protests After Supreme Court 'Buffer Zone' Ruling
Abortion-rights opponents on Saturday protested at several abortion clinics in Massachusetts, with many stepping into areas that previously had been blocked off under the state's recently struck down "buffer zone" law, the Worcester Telegram reports.

Editorials, Opinion Pieces Respond to Supreme Court Decision on Mass. 'Buffer Zone'
Editorials and opinion pieces recently weighed in on the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Massachusetts' 35-foot "buffer zone" law.

Some Texas Women Resorting to Obtaining Medication Abortion Illegally, The Atlantic Reports
As Texas and other states implement restrictions on abortion access, women have sought to obtain misoprostol through a black market, The Atlantic reports.

Featured Blog
"Only Abortion Clinic in Western North Carolina Closes," (Liss-Schultz, RH Reality Check, 6/30).

Abortion-Rights Supporters Look to New Efforts To Protect Clinic Access
Abortion-rights supporters pledged to find alternative ways to ensure women's safe access to abortion services after the Supreme Court's ruling on Thursday that struck down a Massachusetts "buffer zone" law, The Hill reports.

Editorials, Columns React to Supreme Court Ruling on Mass. 'Buffer Zone' Law
Several newspapers published editorials and opinion pieces reacting to the Supreme Court's ruling on Thursday that Massachusetts' "buffer zone" law is unconstitutional.

Pa. Asks Planned Parenthood for Admitting Privileges Information
Three of Planned Parenthood's Pennsylvania affiliates were mistakenly asked to provide the state with information on their providers' admitting privileges at hospitals, the AP/Washington Times reports.

Featured Blog
"What Today's Supreme Court Ruling Means for Other Laws That Protect Clinic Patients," (Flatow, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 6/26).

Supreme Court Strikes Down Mass. 'Buffer Zone' Law
The Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Thursday that a Massachusetts "buffer zone" law prohibiting protests within 35 feet of abortion clinics violates the First Amendment's right to free speech, the Boston Globe reports.

Ohio Abortion Clinic Fights To Stay Open
Toledo's only abortion clinic is fighting a ruling by a state hearing officer that it does not have a valid hospital-transfer agreement and should close, the Toledo Blade reports.

State Law Prompts Ala. Abortion Clinic To Relocate
The only abortion clinic in northern Alabama plans to voluntarily surrender its license and close by June 30 because it does not comply with building standards required under a new law (HB 57), Alabama Media Group reports.

Column: Mich. Legislature Funds CPCs While Ignoring 'Public Health Needs'
The Michigan Legislature "hasn't shown much interest in the state's shockingly high rate of unplanned pregnancy, and infant and maternal death," but it recently "approved an $800,000 contract in the 2014-15 budget 'to promote childbirth,' alternatives to abortion and abstinence education at crisis pregnancy centers," Detroit News columnist Laura Berman writes.

Austin Crisis Pregnancy Center Law Struck Down
A federal judge on Monday struck down an Austin, Texas, ordinance that required antiabortion-rights crisis pregnancy centers to display signs publicizing that they do not provide medical care, the AP/Washington Times reports.

N.Y. Women's Equality Act Fails as Session Ends
The New York Legislature ended its session last week without passing a 10-bill package known as the Women's Equality Act for the second year in a row, the Albany Legislative Gazette reports.

Featured Blogs
"Democrats Fight To Repeal Michigan's New 'Rape Insurance' Law" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 6/20) and "This Week in the Supreme Court Could Be Make it or Break it Time for Women's Rights" (Marty, Care2, 6/23)

Portland, Maine, 'Buffer Zone' Case Could Hinge on Supreme Court Ruling
A federal judge said her eventual decision in a challenge to a Portland, Maine, "buffer zone" ordinance will likely hinge on the Supreme Court's ruling over a similar law in Massachusetts, the Bangor Daily News reports.

N.Y. Lawmakers Pass Contraceptive Coverage, Some Women's Equality Bills
The New York Assembly on Wednesday passed a bill (A 8769) aimed at protecting employees from discrimination because of their reproductive health choices, the AP/Washington Times reports.

Texas Abortion-Rights Groups Commemorate Historic Filibuster
Five abortion-rights organizations launched a campaign this week commemorating Texas Sen. Wendy Davis' (D) filibuster against an omnibus antiabortion-rights bill (HB 2) one year ago, the Dallas Morning News' "Trail Blazers Blog" reports.

Editorials Urge N.Y. Legislature To Take Action on Women's Equality Act
Editorials in three New York newspapers called for the state's lawmakers to act on the Women's Equality Act before the legislative session ends.

Judge Weighs Iowa Ban on Telemedicine Abortion Program
An Iowa judge heard arguments this week over whether the state should ban the administration of medication abortion drugs via a telemedicine system, the Des Moines Register reports.

Lawmakers Attempt Repeal of Mich. Abortion Coverage Ban
A new Michigan bill aims to repeal a state law that bars health plans from including abortion coverage, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Ohio Rejects Clinic's Attempt To Comply With State Law
Toledo's only abortion clinic appears to have few options to stay open after an Ohio Department of Health hearing examiner rejected its proposed hospital-transfer agreement, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

Fla. Gov. Signs Bill Redefining Fetal Viability
Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) on Friday signed into law a bill (HB 1047) that increases abortion restrictions by redefining fetal viability and limiting when the procedure is permitted to protect a woman's health, the AP/Huffington Post reports.

Mich. Lawmakers Propose 'Heartbeat' Abortion Ban
A three-bill package (HB 5643, HB 5644, HB 5645) in the Michigan House would require abortion providers to perform an abdominal ultrasound before the procedure and ban performing an abortion if a fetal heartbeat is detected, MLive reports.

Featured Blog
"New Hampshire Approves a Buffer Zone Around Abortion Clinics" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 6/10).

Time Running Out for Action on N.Y. Women's Equality Act
With their legislative session ending next week, New York lawmakers are weighing their options for considering a package of 10 bills, together called the Women's Equality Act, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Op-Ed: Medical Experts, Not Politicians, Should Set Abortion Standards
Legislation requiring abortion providers to obtain hospital staffing privileges, such as a Pennsylvania bill (HB 1762), are "medically unnecessary" and "will not improve women's safety," ob-gyn Rebecca Mercier and emergency-medicine physician Ralph Riviello write in a Philadelphia Inquirer opinion piece.

Kan. Appeals Court Rejects Case Over Doctor Who Provided Referrals for Tiller
The Kansas Court of Appeals has dismissed a request from the state medical board and let stand a lower court's order that the board review its 2012 decision to revoke the medical license of physician Ann Kristin Neuhaus, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports

Texas Abortion Doctors Regain Admitting Privileges After Lawsuit
Two Texas physicians who provide abortion care can continue offering the procedure after reaching a settlement with a hospital that they sued for revoking their admitting privileges, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Women's Groups Commend N.H. 'Buffer Zone' Law
Women's rights groups are applauding New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) for signing a bill (SB 319) that will impose a 25-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics in the state, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Tenn. Dems Ramp Up Efforts Against Antiabortion-Rights Amendment
The Tennessee Democratic Party has hired a veteran campaign strategist to coordinate its efforts to defeat Amendment 1, a ballot measure that would decrease abortion-rights protections in the state's constitution, the Tennessean's "In Session" reports.

Ala. Admitting Privileges Case Concludes
A federal judge expects to rule by the end of July on the constitutionality of an Alabama law (HB 57) that requires physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, the AP/Tampa Tribune reports.

La. Gov. Jindal Signs Abortion Pamphlet, Anti-Trafficking Bills
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Monday signed into law a bill (HB 1262) that mandates certain counseling prior to an abortion, as well as various measures designed to stem human trafficking in the state, the Washington Times reports.

S.C. 20-Week Abortion Ban Bill Fails as Session Ends; 'Personhood' on Primary Ballot
The South Carolina Legislature ended its two-year session on Thursday without voting on a bill (H 4223) that would prohibit most abortions beginning at 20 weeks of pregnancy, the Greenville News reports.

Featured Blog
"Repro Wrap: An Abortion is not a Luxury Vehicle and Other News," (Marty, Care2, 9/6).

'Buffer Zone' Bill Set To Become Law in N.H.
New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) on Tuesday plans to sign into law a bill (SB 319) that will impose a 25-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics in the state, the AP/Portland Press Herald reports.

Va. Begins Review Process for Harsh Abortion Clinic Rules
Virginia's Board of Health on Thursday issued a public update on its review of new abortion clinic regulations scheduled to take effect this month, noting that it could take years to complete the process, the Washington Post's "Virginia Politics" reports.

Fla. Bill Redefining Fetal Viability Heads to Gov.
The Florida Legislature on Thursday sent more than 100 bills to Gov. Rick Scott (R), including one (HB 1047) that would increase abortion restrictions and two (HB 989, HB 7141) aimed at stemming human trafficking, WJXT reports.

Decisions Mixed on Requests for Parental Notification Waivers in Fla. Appeals Court
A Florida appeals court in the past two weeks has decided two cases stemming from the state's 2004 constitutional amendment requiring parental notification before a minor can receive an abortion, News Service of Florida/WUSF News reports.

New Study Undermines Claims About Bans on Abortions Based on Sex
A new study from the University of Chicago refutes many arguments put forth by supporters of banning abortions based on the sex of the fetus, Mother Jones reports.

Featured Blogs
"New Study Exposes Sex-Selective Abortion Bans for What They Are: Just Another Way To Restrict Abortion" (Bazelon, "XX Factor," Slate, 6/3),"Louisiana Lawmakers Pass Bill to Keep Women on Mechanical Support Against Their Wishes" (Wilson, RH Reality Check, 6/3) and "Pennsylvania Women's Health Caucus Unveils Second Package of Bills" (Murtha, RH Reality Check, 6/3).

Ohio House Weighs Bill Barring Abortion Coverage
The Ohio House on Tuesday considered a bill (HB 351) that would ban public and private health plans in the state from covering nearly all abortions, including in cases of rape, incest and danger to a woman's life, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

Federal Appeals Court Blocks Ariz. Medication Abortion Law
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday said that Arizona's medication abortion restrictions appear unconstitutional and should be blocked while a lawsuit over them continues, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Okla. Gov. Fallin Signs Admitting Privileges Bill
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) on Wednesday signed into law a bill (SB 1848) that will require abortion providers in the state to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles, Reuters reports.

Perinatal Hospice Notification Requirement Becomes Law
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) has signed into law a bill (HB 2685) that will require abortion providers to notify women whose fetuses have anomalies incompatible with life that they may seek out perinatal hospice care instead of abortion, the AP/Tulsa World reports.

Supreme Court Dismisses Okla. Appeal of Ultrasound Law
The Supreme Court rejected Oklahoma's appeal to reinstate a state law (HB 2780) that would require women to undergo an ultrasound before an abortion, Bloomberg reports.

Okla. Abortion Restrictions Questioned by Some State Leaders
Oklahoma conservatives in recent years have enacted some of the nation's harshest abortion restrictions, but some state leaders are questioning whether they have gone too far in limiting women's options, MSNBC reports.

More Abortion Restrictions Head to La. Gov.
The Louisiana House on Thursday passed a bill (HB 1262) that would require women seeking abortions to be given a pamphlet on the potential impact of the procedure, human trafficking and the illegality of coerced abortions, the AP/Alexandria Town Talk reports.

More Abortion Restrictions Head to La. Gov.
The Louisiana House on Thursday passed a bill (HB 1262) that would require women seeking abortions to be given a pamphlet on the potential impact of the procedure, human trafficking and the illegality of coerced abortions, the AP/Alexandria Town Talk reports.

Featured Blogs
"Reflections on the Fifth Anniversary of the Assassination of Dr. George Tiller," (Joffe, RH Reality Check, 5/28); "Caught in a TRAP," (Bazelon, "Jurisprudence," Slate, 5/26).

La. Gov. Expected To Sign Admitting Privileges Bill
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) is expected this week to sign into law a bill (HB 388) that will require abortion providers in the state to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, Reuters reports.

N.Y. Dems, Women's Rights Groups Urge Vote on Entire Women's Equality Act
New York Senate Democrats and women's rights groups are urging legislative leaders to hold a floor vote on a package of 10 bills, together called the Women's Equality Act, before the session ends, the Albany Legislative Gazette reports.

Okla. Admitting Privileges Bill Heads to Gov.
The Oklahoma House on Friday passed a bill (SB 1848) that would require abortion providers in the state to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, among other provisions, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

La. Senate Advances Mandatory Counseling Measure
The Louisiana Senate voted 30-4 to pass a measure (HB 1262) that would require women seeking abortions to be given written materials on the potential impact of the procedure, as well as information on human trafficking, abuse and the illegality of coerced abortion, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Admitting Privileges Law Unnecessary, Wis. Abortion Providers Tell Court
A federal judge on Tuesday heard arguments from abortion providers against a Wisconsin law (SB 206) that providers say is unnecessary and will force a clinic in Milwaukee to close, the AP/Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter reports.

W.Va. Gov. Pledges To Veto 20-Week Ban Again if Necessary
Some West Virginia lawmakers want to hold a special session to reconsider vetoed legislation (HB 4588) that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, but Gov. Earl Tomblin (D) said Thursday that he would veto the measure again if it passes, the AP/Washington Times reports.

Poverty, Family Planning Cuts Tied to Rising Abortion Rate in Detroit
An increase in Detroit's abortion rate since 2001 likely is tied to increased poverty and reduced access to contraception, according to city public health officials, the Detroit News reports.

Featured Blogs
"Repro Wrap: Here a Clinic, There a Clinic, Soon Nowhere a Clinic, and Other News," (Marty, Care2, 5/23); "Louisiana Committee Passes Bill That Would Keep Pregnant Women on Mechanical Support Against Their Wishes," (Wilson, RH Reality Check, 5/23).

Featured Blog
"Louisiana's War on Women: The 5 Worst Attacks on Reproductive Rights Launched This Year," (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 5/22).

La. Admitting Privileges Bill Could Further Cripple Abortion Access in the South
The Louisiana House on Wednesday passed a bill (HB 388) that would require abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, a mandate that could severely limit abortion access across a "broad stretch" of the South because of similar laws in neighboring states, the New York Times reports.

N.Y. Democrats Reintroduce Women's Equality Act
New York Senate Democrats on Tuesday reintroduced a package of 10 bills, together called the Women's Equality Act, that was derailed last year amid GOP resistance to an abortion provision, the AP/Staten Island Advance reports.

'Moral Monday' Rallies Resume in N.C. With Silent Demonstration
Demonstrators on Monday initiated another round of "Moral Monday" rallies at the North Carolina Capitol, protesting legislation passed by the Republican majority, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.

National Journal: Supreme Court Ruling on Texas Law 'Best Hope' for Abortion-Rights Supporters
Abortion-rights supporters' "best hope" for stopping a wave of state abortion restrictions could be a Supreme Court ruling striking down a sweeping Texas law (HB 2), but taking the case to the high court is also a "massive gamble" for them, the National Journal reports.

Mo. Gov. Has 'Profound Concerns' About 72-Hour Delay Bill
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) said he has "profound concerns" about legislation (HB 1307/1313) that would increase the state's mandatory delay period before an abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours, Reuters reports.

Federal Trial Begins Over Ala. Admitting Privileges Law
A trial begins in federal court on Monday over the constitutionality of an Alabama law (HB 57) that requires physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, the AP/Memphis Commercial Appeal reports.

Miss. 'Personhood' Initiative Fails To Qualify for Ballot
A proposed ballot initiative that aimed to define life as beginning at fertilization in Mississippi will not appear on the state's November 2015 ballot, the AP/Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports.

La. Admitting Privileges Bill Passes Senate
The Louisiana Senate on Wednesday approved a bill (HB 388) that would require physicians who provide abortion services to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Bill Mandating 72-Hour Delay Before Abortions Heads to Mo. Gov.
The Missouri House on Wednesday passed legislation (HB 1307/1313) that would increase the state's mandatory delay period before an abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours, the AP/Washington Times reports.

Appeal Filed Over N.D. 'Heartbeat' Abortion Ban
North Dakota has appealed a judge's ruling that overturned a state law (HB 1456) banning abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detectable, which can be as early as six weeks of pregnancy, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Federal Appeals Court Questions Ariz. Medication Abortion Law
A federal appeals court on Tuesday considered whether to continue blocking an Arizona medication abortion measure from taking effect, the Capitol Media Services/Arizona Capitol Times reports.

Some Antiabortion-Rights Bills Miss S.C. Legislative Deadline
A series of antiabortion-rights bills proposed in South Carolina did not meet the Legislature's May 1 "crossover deadline," diminishing the chances that they will become law this year, the AP/Washington Times reports.

S.C. Senate Advances 20-Week Abortion Ban After Changes
A South Carolina Senate committee advanced a 20-week abortion ban (H 4223) after adding exceptions for rape, incest and fetal anomalies, among other changes, the AP/Charleston Post and Courier reports.

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

Va. Gov. Moves Toward Easing Abortion Clinic Rules; Editorial Backs Changes
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) on Monday appointed five abortion-rights supporters to the state Board of Health and ordered the board to review state regulations that require abortion clinics to meet "hospital-style" building standards, the Washington Post reports.

Lawmakers Want Appeal of Ruling Against N.D. 'Heartbeat' Abortion Ban
Sixty-one North Dakota Republican and two Democratic lawmakers are urging the state attorney general to appeal a ruling that overturned a state law (HB 1456) banning abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detectable, the AP/Washington Times reports.

Editorial: Mo. GOP 'Insult Women' With 72-Hour Abortion Delay
Of the 27 antiabortion-rights bills that Missouri Republicans filed this session, an attempt to require a 72-hour mandatory delay before abortions is "the most burdensome," a Kansas City Star editorial states.

Va. Gov. Moves Toward Easing Harsh Abortion Clinic Rules
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) on Monday appointed five abortion-rights supporters to the state Board of Health and ordered the board to review state regulations that require abortion clinics to meet "hospital-style" building standards, the Washington Post reports.

Mo. Advances Bill To Triple Mandatory Delay Before Abortions
The Missouri Senate on Tuesday passed a measure (HB 1307/1313) that would extend the state's mandatory delay before obtaining an abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Featured Blog
"Missourians Launch 72-Hour 'Women's Filibuster' To Protest Proposed 3 Day Abortion Waiting Period," (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 5/12).

NYT Editorial: Blocking Abortion Access is Real Aim of State Laws
"[I]n state after state, with the enthusiastic support of Republican lawmakers, it has become increasingly difficult, if not impossible, for women to get safe and legal abortion care," a New York Times editorial states.

La. Admitting Privileges, Medication Abortion Bill Clears Hurdle
A Louisiana Senate committee on Wednesday approved a measure (HB 388) that would require physicians who provide abortion services to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their offices, the Shreveport Times reports.

Planned Parenthood Amends Alaska Lawsuit Over 'Medically Necessary' Abortion
Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest has amended a lawsuit in Alaska to incorporate a recently passed state law restricting abortion coverage in the state's Medicaid program, the AP/Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports.

Featured Blog
"'The Person I Think I Ought To Be': Meet the Doctor Fighting To Save Mississippi's Last Abortion Clinic" (McDonough, Salon, 5/6).

N.Y. Abortion-Rights Bill Fails in Committee
The New York Senate Health Committee on Tuesday rejected a bill (S 438) that would have affirmed abortion rights in the state, the Lower Hudson Journal News reports.

Mo. Senate Rejects Rape, Incest Exceptions to Mandatory Delay Bill
The Missouri Senate on Tuesday rejected a proposal that would have exempted rape and incest survivors from a bill (HB 1307/1313) that would increase the state's mandatory delay before an abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Featured Blogs
"Gov. Brownback Doubles Down on Attacking Reproductive Rights" (Tweedt,"Blog for Choice," NARAL Pro-Choice America, 4/30) and "Tennessee Governor Signs Bill Criminalizing Pregnant Women" (Crockett, RH Reality Check, 4/29).

Doctors Speak Out Over Miss. Admitting Privileges Law
Doctors are criticizing a Mississippi law (HB 1390) that threatens to close the state's only abortion clinic, which they say could endanger women's health, MedPage Today's "The Gupta Guide" reports.

Appeals Court Hears Case Over Miss. Law That Could Close Last Abortion Clinic
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday heard arguments over the constitutionality of a Mississippi law (HB 1390) that, if implemented, would close the state's sole abortion clinic, the New York Times reports.

Featured Blogs
"Mississippi's Lone Abortion Clinic Goes to Court Today," (Dusenbery, Feministing, 4/28); "Louisiana Committee Passes Bill Preventing Removal of Mechanical Support From Pregnant Women," (Wilson, RH Reality Check, 4/25).

Fla. Passes Bill Requiring Viability Test, Restricting Medically Needed Abortions
A Florida bill (HB 1047) that would redefine fetal viability and increase restrictions on medically necessary abortions has passed the state's Legislature and now heads to Gov. Rick Scott (R) for consideration, the AP/Tallahassee Democrat reports.

Abortion Clinic Rules, Stem Cell Research Ban Advance in Okla. House
The Oklahoma House last week passed a bill (SB 1848) that would place increased restrictions on abortion clinics and doctors and bar embryonic stem cell research in the state, the AP/Washington Times reports.

Ga. Becomes Latest State To Restrict Abortion Coverage
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) on Thursday signed into law legislation (S 98) that would prohibit abortion coverage in state employee health plans and private plans offered through the federal health insurance marketplace, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Featured Blog
"Oklahoma Governor Signs New Bill Restricting Medication Abortion," (Wilson, RH Reality Check, 4/23).

Miss. Gov. Bryant Signs 20-Week Abortion Ban Bill
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) on Wednesday signed into law legislation (HB 1400) that bans abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, Reuters reports.

La. House Advances Pre-Abortion Information Bill
The Louisiana House on Monday passed a bill (HB 1262) that would require abortion providers to give women seeking abortions written materials on supposed negative psychological effects of abortion, as well as information on human trafficking and coercion, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Lawsuit Over Antiabortion-Rights Campaign Ad Reaches Supreme Court
A case being heard before the Supreme Court Tuesday morning will decide whether an antiabortion-rights group has legal standing to challenge an Ohio law prohibiting false statements in political ads, Politico reports.

Editorial: Fla. Lawmakers Should Stop Targeting Abortion Rights
"It seems every year the Florida Legislature wants to interfere with and test the legality of the U.S. Constitution and U.S. Supreme Court decisions, impacting a woman's legal right to choose to have an abortion," and "[t]his year is no different," a Fort Myers News-Press editorial states.

Featured Blogs
"Florida Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Pregnant Workers" and "Dallas Hospital Revokes Privileges, Tells Abortion Providers They Damage its 'Reputation'"

Kan. Gov. Approves Changes to Antiabortion-Rights Law
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) on Friday signed into law a measure (SB 448) that makes several technical changes to existing abortion restrictions, the AP/Topeka Capital-Journal reports.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Abortion | In the Courts

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