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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.

Federal judge finalizes preliminary injunction against La. admitting privileges measure; state appeals
U.S. District Judge John deGravelles on Wednesday finalized a preliminary injunction barring the enforcement of an admitting privileges requirement for abortion providers in Louisiana while a legal challenge to the rule continues, AP/ABC News reports.

Op-ed: Wash. abortion ban based on sex of the fetus 'chips away' at abortion rights, stereotypes Asian-American women
A proposed Washington state bill (SB 6612) that would prohibit abortion care based on fetal sex "chips away at a woman's constitutional right to abortion and birth control while simultaneously fueling false stereotypes about Asian-American women," write Washington state Sen. Pramila Jayapal (D) and Miriam Yeung, executive director of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum, in an editorial in The Stranger's "Slog."

Va. House subcommittee mulls 20-week abortion ban, other abortion restrictions
A Virginia House subcommittee on Monday considered several measures related to abortion rights in the state, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

Fla. judges hear arguments over injunction on mandatory delay law
A Florida appellate court on Tuesday heard arguments over an injunction that is keeping a 24-hour mandatory delay law (HB 633) from taking effect, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

S.D. House panel advances antiabortion-rights bill
The South Dakota House State Affairs Committee on Monday unanimously voted to advance a bill (HB 1157) that would require providers to share medically unproven information with patients seeking medication abortion, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

N.M. House panel halts bill requiring medically inaccurate standard of care after some abortions
A New Mexico House committee on Saturday tabled an antiabortion-rights bill (HB 275), the NM Political Report reports.

Okla. ballot initiative petition would ban abortion care
On Jan. 27, an Oklahoma man filed paperwork with the Secretary of State for a petition that would amend the state constitution to criminalize all abortion care, the Tulsa World reports.

Featured Blogs
"Women, abortion rights & Dr. Willie Parker" (Moreland Johns, Huffington Post blogs, 2/5); "A new con for anti-choice activists: Secretly buying up abortion clinics" (Cauterucci, "XX Factor," Slate, 2/8).

Antiabortion-rights group buys former abortion clinic to mislead women seeking abortion care
An antiabortion-rights organization recently purchased an abortion clinic in Virginia to divert women seeking abortion care, the Washington Post reports.

Featured Blog
"'Trapped' documentary rejects moral divide between religion and abortion" (Littlefield, RH Reality Check, 2/4).

Study finds increase in birth rates after Texas' Planned Parenthood funding cuts
The birth rate among low-income women who previously obtained contraception from clinics in Texas increased after the state cut funding for Planned Parenthood and family planning clinics affiliated with abortion providers, according to a Texas Policy Evaluation Project study in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Los Angeles Times' "Science Now" reports.

Kan. officials appeal ruling against abortion ban; state lawmaker seeks amendment saying state constitution does not protect abo
Kansas officials on Wednesday asked the state Supreme Court to review a lower court decision that blocked a law (SB 95) banning a certain abortion procedure and ruled that the state constitution protects abortion rights, KCUR 89.3 reports.

Ind. Senate advances bill banning abortion based on sex, disability diagnosis of fetus
The Indiana Senate on Tuesday voted 35-14 to pass a measure (SB 313) that would ban abortion sought because of the sex of the fetus or due to a fetal disability, such as a diagnosis of Down syndrome, the Indianapolis Star reports.

N.H. panel votes against two antiabortion-rights bills
The New Hampshire House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday voted against recommending the passage of two antiabortion-rights bills, the Concord Union Leader reports.

Abortion-rights advocates criticize Mo. bill to increase abortion regulations; lawmakers consider banning certain abortions
A Missouri Senate committee on Tuesday held a hearing on a mandatory counseling bill (SB 883) that would apply to Missouri women seeking abortion care outside of the state, the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports.

Wash. Lawmaker Introduces Bill Banning Abortion Based on Sex of the Fetus
Washington Sen. Ann Rivers (R) introduced a bill (SB 6612) that would ban abortion based on the sex of the fetus, the AP/Seattle Times reports.

Ky. Gov. Signs Mandatory Counseling Measure
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) on Tuesday signed into law an amended bill (SB 4) that would add requirements to a state law requiring women to undergo mandatory counseling prior to receiving abortion care, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports.

Fla. House Panel Advances Bill Imposing Restrictions on Abortion Clinics, Fetal Tissue Donation
A Florida House panel on Tuesday voted 9-4 to advance a bill (HB 1411) that imposes multiple restrictions on abortion clinics and the donation of fetal tissue, the Palm Beach Post reports.

Ky. Senate Sends Mandatory Counseling Bill to Gov.
The Kentucky Senate on Monday voted 33-5 to approve an amended bill (SB 4) that would add requirements to a state law that requires women to undergo mandatory counseling prior to receiving abortion care, CNHI News Service/Ashland Daily Independent reports.

Three Antiabortion-Rights Bill Introduced in Colo. House
Colorado lawmakers have proposed three antiabortion-rights measures in the state House, the Colorado Independent reports.

N.M. Lawmaker Proposes 20-Week Abortion Bans
New Mexico Sen. Bill Sharer (R) proposed two measures that would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, the Farmington Daily Times reports.

Documentary 'Trapped' Highlights Abortion Providers' Struggles Amid TRAP Laws
A new documentary that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival Sunday explores the effects of targeted regulation of abortion providers, or TRAP laws, on abortion clinics and staff, the Texas Observer reports.

Featured Blogs
"Someone You Love Has Had an Abortion: It's Time To End the Silence" (Hauser, Salon, 1/29); "The Flint Water Emergency Is a Reproductive Health Crisis" (D'Almeida, RH Reality Check, 1/26).

Lawmakers Push Antiabortion-Rights Legislation Related to Calif. Rule on Abortion Coverage
Conservative lawmakers are trying to pass antiabortion-rights legislation related to an ongoing investigation into a California requirement that the state's insurers must provide abortion coverage, The Hill reports.

Mo. Appeals Ruling Barring State From Revoking Planned Parenthood Clinic's License
The Missouri Attorney General's Office on Tuesday appealed a federal court ruling that prevents the state from revoking a Planned Parenthood clinic's license to provide abortion care, KCUR reports.

Ind. Senate Panel Passes Bill Banning Abortion Based on Sex, Disability Diagnosis of Fetus
An Indiana Senate committee on Wednesday voted 7-4 to advance a measure (SB 313) that would ban abortion sought because of the sex of the fetus or a fetal disability, such as a diagnosis of Down syndrome, the Indianapolis Star reports.

Ky. House Passes Mandatory Counseling Bill
The Kentucky House on Thursday voted 92-3 to pass an amended bill (SB 4) that would add requirements to a state law that requires women undergo mandatory counseling before receiving abortion care, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Featured Blogs
"43 Years After Roe v. Wade, It's Back to the Supreme Court To Block a Dangerous Sham Law Out of Texas" (Northup, Salon, 1/26); "How the Nationwide Crusade Against Planned Parenthood Is Failing, in One Map" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 1/26).

Ariz. Lawmakers Introduce Bill To Restrict Medication Abortion
Arizona lawmakers on Tuesday introduced a bill (SB 1324) that aims to restrict medication abortion after a similar state law was ruled unconstitutional, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Federal Judge Holds La. Admitting Privileges Measures Is Unconstitutional
A federal judge on Tuesday ruled that an admitting privileges requirement for abortion providers in a Louisiana law (Act 620) is unconstitutional, AP/ABC News reports.

Fla. House Committee Approves 'Personhood' Bill
The Florida House Criminal Justice Committee on Monday voted 8-3 to advance a measure (HB 865) that would ban abortions in almost all cases, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Wis. Lawmaker Aims To Eliminate State Law Criminalizing Abortion
Wisconsin Sen. Fred Risser (D) is proposing a measure that would eliminate an unenforceable statute criminalizing abortion in the state, WHBL reports (WHBL, 1/22). According to the Wisconsin Radio Network, Risser has issued a notice soliciting co-sponsors for the bill.

S.D. Senate Considers 20-Week Abortion Ban
South Dakota lawmakers on Friday introduced a bill (SB 72) that would ban abortion care at 20 weeks of pregnancy, the Black Hills Pioneer reports.

CMP Petitions Judge To Allow Inclusion of Recordings in Brief Supporting Texas' HB 2
CMP on Friday asked a federal judge for permission to submit secretly recorded audio of a NAF conference barred from public release to the Supreme Court in an amicus brief supporting Texas' omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2), Buzzfeed reports.

SCOTUS Rejects Request To Review Ruling Against N.D. 'Heartbeat' Ban
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a lower court ruling that struck down a North Dakota law (HB 1456) that would ban abortion care as early as six weeks, Reuters reports.

Abortion-Rights Supporters Rally in Ark.
About 200 individuals rallied at the Arkansas Capitol on Saturday to support abortion rights and reproductive health in the sixth annual Arkansas Rally for Reproductive Justice, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports.

Abortion-Rights Advocates Urge Opposition to Restrictions in Mont.
In related news, abortion-rights supporters on Friday gathered in Billings, Mont., to commemorate the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade and call for continued opposition to restrictions on reproductive rights in the state, Helena Independent Record reports.

Featured Blogs
"It's Now or Never for Reproductive Rights" (Hogue, Huffington Post blogs, 1/21); "How Many Abortion Providers Are There in Your State? The Numbers Have Dropped & It's a Growing Problem Infographic" (Cueto, Bustle, 1/22).

Kan. Appeals Court Upholds Block on Law Banning Certain Abortion Procedure
The Kansas Court of Appeals on Friday ruled 7-7 to uphold a lower court ruling that keeps a ban (SB 95) on a certain abortion procedure from taking effect, the New York Times reports.

Analysis Finds Abortion Coverage Varies Widely by State Marketplace Plans Under ACA
Abortion coverage included in health care plans sold through the Affordable Care Act's (PL 111-148) health insurance marketplaces varies widely by state, according to an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the International Business Times reports.

Kan. Lawmakers Propose Three Measures To Increase Access to Reproductive Health Care
Kansas House lawmakers on Thursday announced three bills that would help women access abortion care and birth control, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Attorney Who Signed Amicus Brief Urging SCOTUS To Strike Down HB 2 Provisions Shares Abortion Story
In an opinion piece for the Washington Post, Janice Mac Avoy, one of 113 attorneys who submitted an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to strike down contested provisions in Texas' omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2), writes about how her decision to have an abortion at age 18 allowed her to achieve "personal and professional success."

Featured Blogs
"Women Are Still Being Denied the Full Benefits of Roe v. Wade" (Williamson, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress,1/21); "43 Years Later, Anti-Choice Advocates Continue To Ignore 'Roe'" (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 1/22); "New Poll Finds Public Is Outraged by Anti-Choice Laws Once They Learn About Them" (Dusenberry, Feministing, 1/21).

In Op-Ed, Maine Abortion Providers Advocate for Abortion Access for Low-Income Women
In an opinion piece for the Bangor Daily News, Andrea Irwin, executive director of Mabel Wadsworth Women's Health Center; George Hill, president and CEO of Maine Family Planning; and Meagan Gallagher, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, call on the state's Medicaid program to stop excluding abortion coverage.

In Procedural Move, Ky. House Lawmakers Push Mandatory Delay Measure
Kentucky House lawmakers voted 72-11 to hold a first reading on a bill (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 AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Op-Ed Blasts State Laws Targeting Abortion Access
"The greatest threat to abortion providers in the United States is not fanatics like Robert Lewis Dear, who killed innocent people at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic -- it's state legislatures, many of which are going back into session this week," filmmaker Dawn Porter writes in an opinion piece for Creative Time Reports/The Guardian. Porter made a documentary film, "Trapped," that examines targeted regulation of abortion provider laws across the United States.

Lawsuits Against Three Tennessee Antiabortion-Rights Laws on Hold Pending Ruling on HB 2
Lawsuits against three Tennessee antiabortion-rights laws have been put on hold pending a U.S. Supreme Court decision on a "substantially similar" Texas omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2), the Tennessean reports.

Study Finds HB 2 Hinders Women's Abortion Access in Texas
Clinic closures in Texas under the state's omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) has made it more difficult for women to access abortion care, leading some to delay abortion care or deliver their unintended pregnancies, according to a new study, Houston Public Media reports.

Fla. House Committee advances TRAP Law
A Florida House committee on Tuesday advanced a bill (HB 233) that would impose additional licensing requirements on abortion clinics, the AP/Albany Times Union reports.

Neb. Lawmaker Proposes Antiabortion-Rights Measure
Nebraska Sen. Al Davis (R) proposed a measure (LB 990) last week that would bar abortion clinics and providers from offering abortion care if they sell fetal tissue, the AP/Franklin Daily Journal reports.

Okla. Judge Rejects Legal Challenge to Antiabortion-Rights Law
Oklahoma County District Judge Thomas Prince last week rejected a legal challenge to a state law (SB 642) that imposes multiple restrictions on abortion providers and patients, AP/KOCO 5 reports.

Featured Blog
"Preventing the Next Kermit Gosnell," David Cohen et al., Slate's "XX Factor" (Cohen, "XX Factor," Slate, 1/15).

Ohio Billboard Campaign Aims To End Stigma
A Cleveland abortion clinic is using billboards and bus shelter ads to help end abortion stigma, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

New Orleans Reconsiders Banner Policy Amid Concern Over Antiabortion-Rights Signs
In related news, New Orleans officials will consider the city's policy about the kinds of banners that may be hung on city-owned lampposts following concern about the city's decision to allow the Louisiana Right to Life Federation to hang banners with antiabortion-rights imagery, the Baton Rouge Advocate reports.

Featured Blog
"Reasoning From Experience, On Abortion and Beyond" (Brodsky, Feministing, 1/13)

Population Institute: United States Earns 'D+' in Reproductive Rights and Health
The United States in 2015 earned a "D+" on reproductive rights and health, according the Population Institute's latest report card, the Mid-Valley Statesman Journal reports.

Ky. Senate Committee Approves Bill Requiring In-Person Mandatory Counseling
A Kentucky Senate committee on Wednesday approved a bill (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.

Omaha, Neb. School Board Reviews Sexuality Education Curriculum
The Omaha Public Schools Board on Monday reviewed a new proposed curriculum for health and sexuality education, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports. The board is scheduled to vote to finalize the curriculum Jan. 20.

S.C. Officials Testify Before Committee Investigating State Abortion Clinics
The South Carolina House Legislative Oversight Ad-Hoc Committee on Monday heard testimony from several state agencies regarding the state's investigation into abortion clinics, WSPA 7 News reports.

Mo. House, Senate Hold Hearings on State Abortion Legislation
On Tuesday, the Missouri Senate and House held hearings, respectively, on a proposed antiabortion-rights bill and state oversight of abortion clinics, KOMU 8 reports.

Kan. Governor Looks To Defund Planned Parenthood
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) on Tuesday announced plans to block Planned Parenthood from receiving state Medicaid funding, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Featured Blog
"The Power of Making Abortion Personal" (Green, The Atlantic, 1/8)

Iowa Governor Seeks To Include Antiabortion-Rights Language in Legislative Agenda
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) announced he will propose policy language in his 2016 legislative agenda to direct public funding away from reproductive health providers who offer abortion care, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports.

New Abortion Doula Program in Portland, Ore., Aims To Combat Stigma, Provide Support
A new collective in Oregon aims to combat abortion stigma by providing "logistical, physical, emotional and informational support" at no cost to women seeking abortion care, Street Roots News reports.

Ark. Judge Extends Order Blocking Medication Abortion Law
A federal judge on Monday extended a restraining order that temporarily blocks the enforcement of an Arkansas antiabortion-rights law (Act 577), KARK 4 News reports.

New Abortion Doula Program in Portland, Ore., Aims To Combat Stigma, Provide Support
A new collective in Oregon aims to combat abortion stigma by providing "logistical, physical, emotional and informational support" at no cost to women seeking abortion care, Street Roots News reports.

Iowa Governor Seeks To Include Antiabortion-Rights Language in Legislative Agenda
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) announced he will propose policy language in his 2016 legislative agenda to direct public funding away from reproductive health providers who offer abortion care, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports.

Featured Blogs
"The Power of Making Abortion Personal" (Green, The Atlantic, 1/8); "Oregon Kicks 2016 Off by Allowing Over-the-Counter Birth Control" (Patton, Care2, 1/10).

Featured Blogs
"The Power of Making Abortion Personal" (Green, The Atlantic, 1/8); "Oregon Kicks 2016 Off by Allowing Over-the-Counter Birth Control" (Patton, Care2, 1/10).

Neb. Lawmaker Introduces Two Antiabortion-Rights Measures
Nebraska state Sen. Tommy Garrett (R) has proposed two antiabortion-rights bills for the new legislative session, the Lincoln Journal Star reports.

Ind. Lawmaker Proposes Fetal Heartbeat Ban
Indiana state Sen. Jim Banks (R) has proposed a bill (SB 144) that would ban abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detectable, which can be as early as six weeks of pregnancy, the Indianapolis Star reports.

Featured Blogs
"America and Reproductive Rights: Not Making the Grade" (Walker, Huffington Post blogs, 1/7); "Advocates Push for Dignity in Supreme Court Anti-Abortion Law Case" (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 1/6).

Amicus Briefs Abortion-Rights Supporters Submitted for HB 2 Lawsuit Disclose Personal Abortion Stories
On Monday, abortion-rights supporters filed 45 amicus briefs urging the Supreme Court to strike down contested provisions in Texas' omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2), the Texas Tribune reports.

Tenn. Lawmaker Proposes Antiabortion-Rights Ultrasound Measure
Tennessee Rep. Rick Womick (R) has proposed a measure (HB 1459) that would require women to receive an ultrasound before obtaining abortion care, the Tennessean reports. The state's legislative session begins Jan. 12.

Providers File Brief in HB 2 Lawsuit; Texas Health Department Ends HIV Prevention Funding for Planned Parenthood
Women's health care providers on Monday filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that provisions in Texas' omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) do not make the procedure safer and serve only to reduce access to abortion care, Washington Newsroom/Reuters reports.

Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Parts of Ark. Medication Abortion Law
A federal judge on Thursday issued an order that temporarily blocks the enforcement of an Arkansas antiabortion-rights law (HB 1394), Reuters reports.

NARAL Pro-Choice Affiliate Calls on Mass. Governor To Classify Clinic Violence as Domestic Terrorism
In related news, an abortion-rights group is pressing Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) to urge the Department of Justice to consider violence directed toward abortion clinics as acts of domestic terrorism, AP/Daily Journal reports.

Planned Parenthood Launches Campaign Against N.C. Abortion Law's Ultrasound Provision
A Planned Parenthood group last week launched a campaign to oppose parts of a North Carolina antiabortion-rights law (SL 2015-62) that took effect Jan. 1, the AP/Lexington Herald-Leader reports.

Judge Blocks Mo. Health Dept. From Revoking Planned Parenthood Clinic's License
A federal judge on Monday issued a ruling blocking the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services from revoking a Planned Parenthood clinic's license to provide abortion care, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Judge Hears Arguments Over Columbia, Mo., Clinic License
A federal judge on Friday heard arguments over issuing a preliminary injunction to stop the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services from revoking a Planned Parenthood clinic's license to provide abortion, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Federal Judge Upholds Calif. Law Curbing CPCs' Misinformation
On Monday, a federal judge in California upheld a state law (AB 775) that aims to prohibit crisis pregnancy centers from disseminating certain misleading information, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Woman Pleads Not Guilty to Attempted Murder Charge After Trying To Self-Induce Abortion
On Tuesday, a Tennessee woman who allegedly tried to self-induce an abortion at 24 weeks of pregnancy pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempted first-degree murder, Reuters reports.

Ark. AG Responds to Abortion-Rights Groups' Supreme Court Brief on 12-Week Abortion Ban
Arkansas officials on Monday filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in response to abortion-rights groups' arguments that the high court should not revisit an overturned state law (Act 301) that bans abortion at 12 weeks of pregnancy, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports,

Ohio AG Will Not Enforce Unclear Regulation on Fetal Tissue Disposal
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine (R) on Friday said the state would not enforce a vaguely worded regulation governing the disposal of fetal tissue, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

UNM Health Sciences Center Ends Training Program at Abortion Clinic
The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center announced last week that it would no longer send medical residents or fellows to an Albuquerque, N.M. clinic, Southwestern Women's Options, for training on abortion care, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

Featured Blog
"Our Greatest Fear Has Come To Pass: Coat-Hanger Abortions in Tennessee" (Scott, RH Reality Check, 12/18).

New N.C. Abortion Regulations Take Effect
New rules regulating abortion clinics in North Carolina took effect on Oct. 1, two weeks after the state's Rules Review Commission approved the rules without incurring formal objections, AP/WRAL News reports.

NYT Urges SCOTUS To Uphold Women's Constitutional Protections, Rule Against Abortion Restrictions
Calling on the Supreme Court to protect women's right to abortion, a New York Times editorial states, "How many laws making it harder to get an abortion will pass before the Supreme Court sees them for what they are -- part of a tireless, coordinated nationwide assault on the right of women to control what happens with their own bodies without the interference of politicians?"

Mo. Lawmakers Pre-File Several Antiabortion-Rights Bills
Conservative legislators in Missouri have released a 2016 agenda that includes a push to increase the number of abortion restrictions in the state, the Missouri Times reports.

Ala. Public Health Committee Rejects Proposed Exceptions to State Admitting Privileges Law
The Alabama Committee of Public Health on Wednesday rejected proposed rules that would have allowed exceptions to a state antiabortion-rights law (HB 57), the Alabama Media Group reports.

U.S. Appeals Court Rejects Arguments Against Ariz. Law Banning Abortion for Race, Sex
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday rejected a lawsuit brought by two civil rights groups seeking to challenge a law (HB 2442) banning abortion based on the sex or race of a fetus, the AP/Arizona Republic reports.

Editorial Urges Tenn. Lawmakers To Sunset Law Targeting Pregnant Women Who Use Drugs
A Los Angeles Times editorial calls on Tennessee lawmakers to sunset a 2014 state law (SB 1391) that "allow[s] women who give birth to babies 'harmed by' illegal drug usage to be charged with misdemeanor assault."

Woman Indicted for Attempted Murder After Attempting To Self-Induce Abortion
A Tennessee woman who allegedly tried to self-induce an abortion at 24 weeks of pregnancy has been indicted on a charge of first-degree attempted murder, the Murfreesboro Post reports.

Ob-Gyn Details Why Mich. Bill Banning Abortion Procedure Would Endanger Women's Health
Katherine Starr, an ob-gyn and advocacy chair of the Michigan Section of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, writes in a Detroit News opinion piece that as a provider of "safe, high-quality and compassionate [health] care," including abortion care, she is "alarmed and infuriated by HB 4833/4834, which would ban the safest form of abortion [she] can provide for some of the most ill women under [her] care."

Featured Blog
(Kolbi-Molinas, "Speak Freely," American Civil Liberties Union, 12/10).

Ohio Lawmakers Propose Buffer Zone Measure
Ohio lawmakers on Wednesday proposed a bill (HB 408) that would establish a 15-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics in the state, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

NYT Op-Ed Discusses Mo. Bill That Would Impose Abortion Care Restrictions on Gun Purchases
Noting that many state legislatures recently have been "finding new ways to expand the right to bear arms" and "tromping on reproductive rights," Gail Collins in a New York Times opinion piece describes a "fascinating" new Missouri bill (HB 1397) sponsored by state Rep. Stacey Newman (D) that would "treat Missourians seeking to buy firearms the same way it treats Missourians seeking to end a pregnancy."

Full Kan. Court of Appeals Mulls Ban on Certain Abortion Procedure
The full Kansas Court of Appeals on Wednesday heard arguments over a state law (SB 95) banning a certain type of abortion procedure, the AP/Lexington Herald-Leader reports. The arguments focused on whether the state constitution protects the right to abortion.

U.S. Appeals Court Hears Arguments on Ariz. Law Banning Abortion for Race, Sex
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday heard arguments to determine if two civil rights groups had the legal standing to challenge a law (HB 2442) banning abortion based on the sex or race of a fetus, the Arizona Republic reports.

Report: Nearly 50 Measures Restricting Repro Health Passed in 2015
States passed about 50 restrictions on reproductive health care in 2015, according to a new report from the Center for Reproductive Rights, The Hill reports.

Federal Judge Allows Mo. Clinic To Keep Abortion License While Considering Lawsuit
A federal judge on Wednesday temporarily blocked the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services from revoking a Planned Parenthood clinic's license to offer abortion care while a lawsuit over the matter continues, the AP/San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Planned Parenthood Sues Idaho Over Telemedicine Abortion Restrictions
Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaiian Islands on Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit against Idaho, arguing that two state laws (HB 154, HB 189) restricting telemedicine abortion access are unconstitutional, Reuters reports.

Colo. Shooting Suspect To Face Murder Charges; House Speaker Does Not Expect Shutdown Over Planned Parenthood Funding
A Colorado judge on Monday told the man accused of killing three people and injuring nine others at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colo., that he will be charged with first-degree murder, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Federal Judge Temporary Blocks Mo. Health Officials From Revoking Columbia Clinic's Abortion License
A federal judge on Monday temporarily blocked the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services from pulling the Columbia, Mo., Planned Parenthood's license to offer abortion care, AP/Talking Points Memo reports.

Featured Blogs
"Anti-Abortion Terrorism Must Be Stopped," (Conti, "Medical Examiner," Slate, 11/28); "Whole Woman's Health v. Cole and the Future of Abortion Rights," (Hill, American Constitution Society blog, 11/25).

Ohio Health Officials Grant Sole Cincinnati Clinic Variance to TRAP Law
The Ohio Department of Health on Friday granted the only abortion clinic in Cincinnati an exemption to an antiabortion-rights state law, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

ACLU Challenges Maine Medicaid Program's Restrictions on Abortion Coverage
The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine on Tuesday sued Maine over state rules that bar MaineCare, the state's Medicaid program, from covering abortion care except in limited circumstances, the Bangor Daily News reports.

Ore. Antiabortion-Rights Group Pushes Measure To Block State Abortion Funding
An antiabortion-rights group on Friday announced that it received enough signatures to obtain a 2016 ballot title for a measure to ban state-funded abortion coverage, the Portland Tribune reports.

Only One Abortion Clinic in Mo. After TRAP Law Forces Planned Parenthood Clinic To Suspend Abortion Services
A Planned Parenthood clinic in Columbia, Mo., on Monday stopped providing abortion care because the clinic's physician is scheduled to lose certain hospital privileges on Dec. 1, AP/Yahoo! News reports.

7th Circuit Affirms Decision Ruling Wis. Admitting Privileges Law Unconstitutional
A three-judge panel for the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday upheld a lower court ruling that struck down part of a Wisconsin law (Act 37) that would require physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, the Wisconsin State Journal reports.

Planned Parenthood Files Lawsuit Over Texas' Move To Cut Medicaid Funding
Planned Parenthood on Monday filed a federal lawsuit against Texas officials in response to the state's efforts to cut the organization's Medicaid funding, the New York Times reports.

Featured Blogs
"Parental Notification an Issue Once More for California," (Omara, American Prospect, 11/17); "Women Want Over-the-Counter Birth Control," (Bricker-Caplan, "DoubleX," Slate, 11/23); "Alabama May Back Off Its Policy of Treating New Moms Like Meth Cooks," (Andrews, Mother Jones, 11/20).

N.D. Asks SCOTUS To Review Ruling Against 'Heartbeat' Ban
North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem (R) asked the Supreme Court to review a lower federal court ruling that struck down a state law (HB 1456) that could ban abortion as early as six weeks of pregnancy, the Grand Forks Herald reports.

Wis. Lawmakers Announce Bill To Protect Reproductive Rights
Two Wisconsin lawmakers have announced a bill that would increase access to abortion care and other reproductive health care in the state, Wisconsin Public Radio reports.

Featured Blogs
"The High Cost of Reproductive Coercion" (Omara, American Prospect, 11/17); "Anthony Kennedy's Right to Choose" (Lithwick, "Jurisprudence," Slate, 11/17); "The Rise Of Self-Abortions In Texas Prove We're Now Fighting a Pre-Roe Battle" (smith, Bustle, 11/19).

Study Finds at Least 100K Texas Women Have Attempted Self-Induced Abortion
At least 100,000 Texas women have attempted to terminate a pregnancy without medical assistance, according to a study released on Tuesday by the Texas Policy Evaluation Project, the Austin Chronicle reports.

In NYT Op-Ed, Provider Shares Why He Offers Abortion Care
Willie Parker, chair-elect of the board of Physicians for Reproductive Health, explains why he offers abortion care, writing in a New York Times opinion piece, "In public health, you go where the crisis is. If there is an outbreak and you have the ability to relieve suffering, you rush to the site of the need. This is why, a year and a half ago, I returned to my hometown, Birmingham, Ala., to provide abortions."

Featured Blog
"How Politics & Policing Block Undocumented Women From Reproductive Health Care" (Gonzalez, Feministing/Bitch Magazine, 11/16).

Experts Refute Texas Officials' Claims About Improved Family Planning Access; CPCs on the Rise as Abortion Clinics Close
Independent health experts disagree with Texas officials' claim that the number of patients who accessed family planning services in the state last year is at the same level as it was prior to funding cuts to Planned Parenthood, Reuters reports.

SCOTUS Asks for Response From Opponents of Ark. 12-Week Abortion Ban
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday asked opponents of an Arkansas law (Act 301) that bans abortion at 12 weeks of pregnancy to respond by Dec. 10 to a state request to have the law upheld, AP/THV 11 reports.

Editorials, Op-Ed Urge Supreme Court To Protect Abortion Rights in Challenge to HB 2
Editorials from The Atlantic and the New York Times and an opinion piece from the Austin American-Statesman respond to the Supreme Court's Friday decision to hear Whole Women's Health v. Cole. The case challenges HB 2, a Texas law that places onerous restrictions on abortion clinics. Summaries of the pieces appear below.

Editorial Voices Support for Maine Lawsuit Against Disruptive Antiabortion-Rights Protester
A Morning Sentinel/Kennebec Journal editorial applauds "the state's decision to sue a Lisbon man for his recent high-volume anti-abortion protests outside Planned Parenthood in Portland," noting, "Those who oppose abortion have the right to make their case -- but not when doing so crosses the line from free expression to disruption."

Clinic Escort Describes Protesters' Ongoing Harassment Outside Texas Clinic
In an opinion piece for the Texas Observer, reproductive-rights advocate Melissa Arjona describes her experiences volunteering as a clinic escort for "Whole Woman's Health, the last remaining legal abortion clinic in the Rio Grande Valley."

NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin Launches Housing Program for Women Traveling for Abortion Care
NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin has launched a pilot program that provides women who are traveling long distances to access abortion services in the state with free housing and food, the Madison Capital Times reports.

Mich. Lawmakers Advance Bills Prohibiting Certain Abortions
The Michigan House Criminal Justice Committee on Tuesday advanced a package of two bills (HB 4833, HB 4834) that would ban a certain type of abortion procedure in the state, the Detroit News reports.

Maine AG Sues Antiabortion-Rights Protester for Disruptive Behavior
Maine Attorney General Janet Mills (D) on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against an abortion-rights protester, stating that the protester's disruptive behavior outside of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Portland, Maine, violates the state's Civil Rights Act, Reuters reports.

Alaska Appeals Ruling Against Law, Regulations on Medicaid Abortion Coverage
Alaska on Friday filed a notice of appeal with the state Supreme Court over a lower court ruling that struck down a state law and regulations limiting Medicaid coverage for abortion services, AP/KTOO Public Media reports.

Thousands in R.I. Could Lose Abortion Coverage
Many Rhode Island residents who have health plans through the state's insurance marketplace could lose their existing abortion care coverage and be enrolled automatically in a plan with less comprehensive abortion care benefits for 2016, the Providence Journal reports.

Okla. AG Asks State Supreme Court To Overturn Ruling Against Medication Abortion Law
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt (R) on Wednesday asked the state Supreme Court to overturn a lower court ruling that struck down a state law (HB 2684) restricting the use of medication abortion, AP/WKRG reports.

Op-Ed: Feticide Laws, Bans on Abortion Used To Criminalize Asian-American and Immigrant Women
"Across the country, Asian American women's reproductive rights are being challenged and their family-planning decisions are being policed based on racial stereotypes held by anti-choice activists and officials," Miriam Yeung, executive director of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum, writes in a Washington Post opinion piece.

CRR Files Petition To Maintain Temporary Injunction Against Okla. Antiabortion-Rights Law
The Center for Reproductive Rights on Tuesday petitioned an Oklahoma court to maintain a temporary injunction against a law (SB 642) that imposes multiple restrictions on abortion providers and patients until a hearing takes place, AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Investigation Finds Neb. Abortion Clinic Did Not Violate State Abortion Laws
State health inspectors on Tuesday said their investigations into a Nebraska abortion clinic have found no evidence that the facility violated the state's 20-week abortion ban (LB 1103) or mishandled fetal tissue, Omaha World-Herald/Live Well Nebraska reports.

'Incremental' Antiabortion-Rights Strategy Is Curbing Abortion Access in Ohio, Op-Ed States
"Ohio lawmakers' recent actions against Planned Parenthood and their inch-by-inch approach to abortion legislation must be understood as part of a calculated [conservative] strategy to render a woman's constitutionally protected right to an abortion moot," Alicia Gibson, chair of Parents and Professionals of Planned Parenthood Cincinnati, writes in an opinion piece for the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Featured Blog
"There's Now Only One Abortion Provider for Every Million Wisconsin Women" (Stanley, RH Reality Check, 11/2).

Seattle Times Op-Ed: Wash. State Must Fight To Keep 'Existing Women's Health Infrastructure'
In a Seattle Times opinion piece, columnist Thanh Tan notes that "[d]isturbing trends are creeping into" Washington state that run counter to its "famously pro-abortion-rights" history, particularly endangering low-income women's "basic rights to a full range of reproductive health options, including birth control and abortion."

Featured Blogs
"When Will SCOTUS Rule on HB2, Texas' Strident Anti-Abortion Law? The State Is Sneakily Chipping Away at Women's Rights in The Meantime" (Yurcaba, Bustle, 10/29); "GOP Lawmaker: Colorado Officials Are 'Science-Deniers' for Reporting IUDs Reduce Abortions" (Salzman, RH Reality Check, 10/27).

Two N.C. Lawmakers Question Patient Protections Under Mandatory Reporting Law
Two North Carolina lawmakers have voiced concerns about a state law (SL 2015-62) requiring providers to give the state data on abortions, saying that several recent data breaches raise questions about the state's ability to keep patient data secure, the Asheville Citizen-Times reports.

Ohio Woman Forced To Travel 300 Miles To Obtain Out-of-State Abortion Care
At a news conference on Tuesday hosted by abortion-rights groups, an Ohio woman shared how she had to travel 300 miles to Chicago to obtain an abortion for her unviable fetus after she was unable to access the services in Ohio, the Newark Advocate/USA Today reports.

Mich. Senate Lawmakers Introduce Bills Restricting Abortion, State Contracts With Providers
Michigan Senate lawmakers last week introduced two more pieces of legislation (SB 573, SB 575) aimed at restricting access to abortion, the Detroit Free Press/Lansing State Journal reports.

Planned Parenthood Report Highlights Regional Variation in Patient Access
Patients in some Southern states, including states that are trying to defund Planned Parenthood, already face limited access to Planned Parenthood facilities, according to a report released by the organization, CQ Weekly reports.

Okla. Supreme Court Issues 30-Day Injunction Against Antiabortion-Rights Law
The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Monday put a 30-day hold on a state law (SB 642) that imposes multiple restrictions on abortion providers and patients, AP/KTUL ABC 8 reports.

Judge Rejects Two Motions Filed in Resentencing Case for Man Who Killed Abortion Provider
Sedgwick County, Kan., District Court Judge Warren Wilbert has rejected two motions filed on behalf of Scott Roeder, the man who shot abortion provider George Tiller, in his resentencing case, the Wichita Eagle reports.

Texas OIG: Planned Parenthood Medicaid Contract Not Yet Canceled
It will take at least one month for Texas to determine whether it can terminate its Medicaid agreement with Planned Parenthood, according to a Texas official, the Texas Tribune reports.

Colo. Family Planning Program Linked to 48% Decline in Teen Birth, Abortion Rates
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced last week that a program designed to increase access to long-acting reversible contraceptives continues help curb abortion and birthrates for teenagers in the state, although its future funding remains unclear, the Colorado Springs Gazette reports.

University of Missouri Enters New Contracts for Student Training at Planned Parenthood
The University of Missouri entered into new contracts with Planned Parenthood to allow MU nursing students to perform clinical rotations at the organization's facilities, the Missourian reports.

Fla. Lawmakers Propose Antiabortion-Rights Legislation
Florida lawmakers have filed two antiabortion rights bills for the 2016 legislative session, which begins in January 2016, News Service of Florida/CBS Miami reports.

Full Kan. Court of Appeals Will Review Challenge to Abortion Restriction
All 14 judges of the Kansas Court of Appeals will hear a challenge on a state law (SB 95) that would prohibit physicians from performing a certain type of abortion procedure, the AP/Greenwich Time reports.

SCOTUS Grants N.D. Request for Extension in 'Heartbeat' Abortion Ban Appeal
The U.S. Supreme Court has granted North Dakota's request for additional time to ask the high court to review a lower court decision striking down a state law (HB 1456) that could ban abortion as early as six weeks of pregnancy, according to a spokesperson for the state attorney general, Forum News Service/Grand Forks Herald reports.

Former Kansas AG Sues State Supreme Court Over Suspended Law License
Former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline (R) on Sunday filed a lawsuit against the Kansas Supreme Court, alleging the court acted arbitrarily and unconstitutionally when it suspended his license in 2013, the Kansas City Star reports.

Federal Judge Delays Hearing in Ariz. Medication Abortion Lawsuit
A federal judge on Friday postponed a hearing over an Arizona law (SB 1318) that requires doctors to provide medically unproven information to women about medication abortion and issued a preliminary injunction against the statute, Capitol Media Services/Arizona Daily Sun reports.

Op-Ed, Editorial Call Out Misleading Practices by CPCs, Support Calif. Law
In "the latest contention in the reproductive culture wars," two crisis pregnancy centers are challenging a California law (AB 775) that requires such centers "merely ... to inform women of the availability of free or low-cost abortions" as "an unconstitutional infringement of religious liberty," Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the University of California-Irvine School of Law, writes in a Los Angeles Times opinion piece.

Report Details Political Interference in Health Care, Calls for Change
A group of health and safety experts in a report released on Wednesday urged policymakers to reject or repeal legislation that interferes with health care providers' ability to provide evidence-based care, Politico Pro reports.

States Can Combat Antiabortion-Rights Restrictions by Protecting Patient-Provider Relationship
Pennsylvania and several other states have proposed measures that aim to protect "women's access to evidence-based health care" in response to an increase in antiabortion-rights laws targeting the patient-provider relationship, according to a new issue brief in Newsweek from the National Partnership for Women & Families and the Center for American Progress.

Okla. Judge Temporarily Blocks Law Banning Abortion Procedure, Leaves Mandatory Delay Law in Place
An Oklahoma district judge on Wednesday issued a temporary injunction against a law (HB 1721) banning a certain abortion procedure, but let stand another law (HB 1409) that extends the mandatory delay before abortions, the AP/New York Times reports.

Ariz. Judge Rules Law Restricting Medication Abortion Violates State Constitution
An Arizona judge on Thursday blocked a state law restricting medication abortion, ruling that the law violates the state constitution, AP/Arizona Capitol Times reports.

N.D. Attorney General To Petition Supreme Court To Review 'Heartbeat' Abortion Ban
North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem (R) on Wednesday said he will file an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the court to review a lower court decision overturning a state law (HB 1456) that banned abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detectable, the AP/Greenfield Daily Reporter reports.

Op-Ed: 'Stakes Couldn't Be Higher' in Challenge to Texas' HB 2
As the Supreme Court considers whether it will hear a challenge to a Texas antiabortion-rights law (HB 2), "[t]he stakes couldn't be higher, either for women who live in the growing number of states governed by anti-abortion politicians or for the court itself," columnist Linda Greenhouse writes in a New York Times opinion piece.

Featured Blogs
"How 'Best Practices' in Neonatal Care Endanger Mothers Seeking Drug Treatment and Their Babies" (de la Cretaz, RH Reality Check, 10/13); "California Becomes the First State To Crack Down on Misleading 'Crisis Pregnancy Centers" (Zielinski, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 10/13).

Wis. Lawmakers Advance Bill Banning Fetal Tissue Research, Two Antiabortion-Rights Measures
A Wisconsin Senate committee in separate votes on Tuesday approved a ban on fetal tissue research and two funding measures targeting Planned Parenthood, Madison Capital Times reports.

Calif. Gov. Signs Bill To Rein In Crisis Pregnancy Centers' Misinformation; CPCs File Lawsuit
California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) last week signed a bill (AB 775) that aims to prohibit crisis pregnancy centers from disseminating certain misleading information, the Sacramento Bee reports.

Ark. Supreme Court Overturns Ruling Criminalizing Woman for Drug Use During Pregnancy
The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday overturned a conviction in a case in which a woman had been given a 20-year prison sentence after she delivered an infant who had methamphetamine in his system, AP/WREG reports.

Federal Judge Rejects Request To Delay Hearings in Ariz. Medication Abortion Challenge Case
A federal judge on Friday rejected a request to delay hearings on a challenge to an Arizona law (SB 1318) that requires doctors to provide medically unproven information to women about medication abortion, AP/ABC 15 Arizona reports.

Op-Ed Blasts Efforts To Ban, Restrict Fetal Tissue Research Following CMP Videos
"Fetal-tissue research is collateral damage in the war against Planned Parenthood, and it has already been banned or severely restricted in six states," Katha Pollitt writes in an opinion piece for The Nation.

Featured Blogs
"Arkansas Urges Roberts Court To Rethink 'Roe'" (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 10/9); "One State Finally Cracked Down on Deceptive Anti-Abortion Pregnancy Centers" (Redden, Mother Jones, 10/12); "Jailed for Using Drugs While Pregnant" (Calhoun, The Atlantic, 10/12).

Featured Blogs
"Alabama Hospitals Are Quietly Drug Testing New Mothers -- Without Their Consent" (Martin/Yurkanin, AL.com/Salon, 10/7); "Why a Group of Clergy Are Blessing an Abortion Clinic" (Zielinski, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 10/8).

Maine Clinic Appeals $184K Repayment Order from State Dept. of Health and Human Services
A Maine reproductive health and abortion provider has appealed to overturn a state order that the clinic repay $184,620 in allegedly improper Medicaid billings, the Kennebec Journal/Portland Press Herald reports.

Ark. AG Asks Supreme Court To Review 12-Week Abortion Ban
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge (R) on Tuesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a lower court decision that ruled part of a state law (Act 301) prohibiting abortion after 12 weeks of pregnancy unconstitutional, Arkansas News reports.

Report Finds Abortion Care Appointment Wait Time Increases of Nearly Three Weeks in Texas After HB 2
The wait time for an abortion care appointment in some Texas metropolitan areas increased to about 20 days following the passage of an omnibus antiabortion-rights bill (HB 2) in 2013, according to a new report from the Texas Policy Evaluation Project, the Texas Tribune reports.

Featured Blogs
"South Carolina Mom Shows Homophobic Sex Education Isn't a Thing of the Past" (Kempner, RH Reality Check, 10/5); "Republican Legislators Coming for Universities After Planned Parenthood" (Mathews, Care2, 10/5); "Planned Parenthood Clinics Targeted With Vandalism and Arson in the Wake of Released Videos" (Zielinski, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 10/2); "The Institutionalization of Abortion Stigma: What Care at an Ambulatory Surgical Center Can Look Like" (Mukherjee, RH Reality Check, 10/2);

CRR Files Suit Challenging Okla. Laws Restricting Abortion Access
The Center for Reproductive Rights last week filed a lawsuit in Oklahoma County District Court on behalf of a Tulsa, Okla., abortion clinic, challenging two state laws that restrict abortion access, AP/KRMG reports.

7th Circuit Hears Oral Arguments in Wis. Admitting Privileges Case
A three-judge panel for the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday heard oral arguments in a case challenging a Wisconsin admitting privileges law (Act 37), with the presiding judge expressing doubts about the law's constitutionality, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Mich. House Committee Approves Antiabortion-Rights Bills Criminalizing Abortion Coercion
A Michigan House committee on Tuesday approved legislation (HB 4787, HB 4830) that would criminalize coercing a woman to have an abortion, WDET 101.9 reports.

Ohio Lawmakers Announce Series of Abortion-Rights Bills
A group of Ohio lawmakers on Wednesday announced a series of legislation aimed at reversing several antiabortion-rights measures and expanding abortion access in the state, Northeast Ohio Media Group/Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Federal Judge Rules Ohio Clinics Can Remain Open While Appealing Denied Variance Requests
A federal judge on Monday ruled that two Ohio abortion clinics can remain open while they appeal a decision to revoke their state operating licenses, AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Ohio Health Dept. Rejects Abortion Clinics' Requests for Variances to TRAP Laws
The Ohio Department of Health on Friday denied two clinics' requests for variances to abortion regulations included in the two most recent state budgets, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

S.C. Clinics Facing Closure Threat Permitted To Continue Operations
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control on Friday lifted sanctions against one abortion clinic in the state and put the closure of another clinic on hold, allowing both clinics to continue operations, the AP/Oklahoman reports.

Featured Blogs
"Lawsuit Asks Oklahoma Supreme Court To Block Anti-Choice Omnibus Bill" (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 9/25); "Alabama's Chemical Endangerment Laws: Where the War on Drugs Meets the War on Women" (Koster, Huffington Post blogs, 9/25).

Wis. Assembly Passes Bill To Remove Federal Funding From Planned Parenthood
The Wisconsin Assembly on Thursday voted 60-35 to pass a bill (AB 310) that would remove $3.5 million in federal funding to Planned Parenthood, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Ark. Attorney General To Petition Supreme Court To Overturn Ruling on 12-Week Abortion Ban
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge (R) on Wednesday said she will petition the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a lower court decision that ruled part of a state law (Act 301) banning abortion at 12 weeks of pregnancy unconstitutional, the Arkansas News Bureau reports.

Mich. Lawmakers Propose Antiabortion-Rights Bills To Criminalize Abortion Coercion
Michigan House lawmakers reintroduced legislation (HB 4787, HB 4830) to criminalize coercing a woman to have an abortion, MLive reports.

Mich. Lawmaker Proposes Bill Excluding Abortion Providers from Sexuality Education Programs
Michigan Rep. Thomas Hooker (R) last week introduced legislation (HB 4883) that would bar organizations that provide abortion services from teaching sexuality education in the state, the Lansing State Journal reports.

Va. Health Officials Loosen TRAP Rules
The Virginia Board of Health on Thursday voted to amend regulations targeting abortion clinics in the state, the Washington Post reports.

N.C. Bill Could Widen Who May Approve Sexuality Education Curricula
A North Carolina House committee on Tuesday approved a bill (SB 279) dealing with licensed professional counselors that includes two provisions on sexuality education, WRAL's "@NCCapitol" reports.

15th Anniversary of Mifepristone Approval Highlights Varying Access to Medication Abortion in U.S.
Fifteen years after the approval of mifepristone in the U.S., disparities in access to medication abortion persist for women throughout the country, according to U.S. News & World Report.

State-Level Abortion Restrictions on the Rise
In recent years, it has become increasingly difficult to access abortion, largely because of state-level restrictions enacted across the country, analysts say, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Editorial Calls for Va. Health Dept. To Act Against TRAP Effort That 'Wilted Under the Weight of Law and Logic'
"The effort to shutter abortion clinics in Virginia, launched by [conservative] lawmakers in 2011, has wilted under the weight of law and logic," a Washington Post editorial states, noting that it is "high time" the state's Board of Health "end the assault on abortion rights in the commonwealth."

S.C. Health Department Suspends Two Clinics' Licenses, Threatens Closure
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control on Friday suspended the licenses of two of the three clinics in the state, WLTX 19 reports.

Mich. Lawmaker Introduces 20-Week Abortion Ban
A Michigan state lawmaker on Wednesday introduced a bill (HB 4851) that would ban abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy, WZZM reports.

Ohio Clinics Challenge Recent TRAP Regulations
Amid a recent uptick in antiabortion-rights regulations in Ohio, abortion providers are challenging new requirements that could leave Cincinnati, the most-populated city in the state, without an abortion clinic, The Guardian reports.

Wash. School-Based Health Centers Providing LARCs Help Quell Critics' Concerns
The success of school-based health centers that offer contraception in certain Washington state public schools debunk many concerns voiced by critics of the services, The Atlantic reports.

Editorial Calls on Supreme Court To Protect Women's Access to Abortion
"[T]he right to an abortion -- guaranteed 42 years ago by the U.S. Supreme Court -- has been saddled with so many onerous strictures in so many states that for millions of women, it has become almost meaningless," a USA Today editorial states.

Texas Abortion Providers Ask Supreme Court To Consider HB 2 Lawsuit
A coalition of abortion providers in Texas on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to review their case against two provisions in an omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2), the Texas Tribune reports.

Texas Gov. Supports Additional Abortion Restrictions
In August, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) endorsed several proposed laws that would impose additional restrictions on abortion and fetal tissue donation in the state, the Texas Tribune reports.

Ohio Clinics Sue Over Abortion Regulations; New Clinic Departs From Clinic Closure Trend
Operators of two abortion clinics in Ohio last week filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the constitutionality of abortion regulations included in the two most recent state budgets, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Iowa Board of Medicine Unlikely To Appeal Decision Allowing Telemedicine Abortion
Iowa Board of Medicine Chair Hamed Tewfik said the board does not intend to appeal a state Supreme Court ruling that struck down a ban on using telemedicine in abortion services, the Des Moines Register reports.

Featured Blogs
"D.C. Judge Says Employers Can Exercise 'Moral' Objections to Birth Control Coverage" (Marcotte, "The XX Factor," Slate, 9/1); "Texas Abortion Clinics Take Their Appeal to the Supreme Court" (Dusenbery, Feministing, 9/4); "The Planned Parenthood Arson is an Outrage Because We Could Have Seen it Coming" (Allen, Daily Beast, 9/5).

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

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

Colo. Will Not Conduct Planned Parenthood Investigation
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on Wednesday announced it will not investigate Planned Parenthood following the release of a series of misleading videos, KUSA/9 News reports.

Mo. Lawmakers, Health Officials Debate Abortion Clinic License Requirements
On Tuesday, conservative state senators and the health department director in Missouri debated at a hearing whether Columbia Planned Parenthood met state licensing requirements when it received its license in July, AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Abortion | In the Courts

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