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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Texas House Advances Bill Adding Additional Restrictions to Parental Involvement Law
The Texas House on Wednesday in a 98-47 vote gave preliminary approval to a measure (HB 3994) that would tighten a state law that allows pregnant minors to obtain a court's permission to have an abortion instead of obtaining parental consent for the procedure, the Texas Tribune reports.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Minn. Senate Rejects Abortion Clinic Fee, Licensing Measure
The Minnesota Senate on Friday voted 32-29 to reject an amendment that would have imposed additional licensing fees and inspection requirements on abortion clinics, the AP/Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Texas Lawmakers Backtrack on Antiabortion-Rights Provisions
Texas lawmakers on Thursday added two antiabortion-rights amendments to an unrelated bill (HB 2510) before sending the entire measure back to committee for revision, AP/KXAN reports.

Fla. Senate Sends 24-Hour Mandatory Delay Bill to Governor
The Florida Senate on Friday voted 26-13 to approve a bill (HB 633) that would impose at least a 24-hour mandatory delay before a woman can obtain an abortion, Reuters reports.

N.C. House Approves 72-Hour Mandatory Delay Bill
The North Carolina House on Thursday voted 74-45 to approve a bill (HB 465) that would extend the state's mandatory delay before an abortion from 24 to 72 hours, WNCN News reports.

Ala. Rep. Files Legislation Targeting Northern Ala.'s Only Abortion Clinic
Alabama Rep. Ed Henry (R) on Tuesday filed a measure (HB 527) that would prevent the state's Department of Public Health from licensing abortion clinics or reproductive health care centers that are located within 2,000 feet of a public school, the Huntsville Times reports.

Miss. Clinic Files Brief Urging SCOTUS To Dismiss State's Defense of Admitting Privileges Law
Attorneys representing Mississippi's sole abortion clinic in a brief filed Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to dismiss the state's case in defense of an admitting privileges law (HB 1390), MSNBC reports.

Abortion-Rights Opponents Target Roe Protections with Fetal Homicide, Criminalizing Pregnancy Laws
Abortion-rights opponents are pursuing legislation that grants legal rights to fetuses as part of "a much broader national campaign ... to overturn Roe v. Wade," Rolling Stone reports.

Featured Blogs
"Colorado Pro-Choice Advocates: Giving Legal Rights to Fetuses Doesn't Protect Pregnant Wom[e]n" (Salzman, RH Reality Check, 4/23); "A 'New Low'? GOP Tries To Block D.C.'s New Reproductive Health Law" (Crockett, RH Reality Check, 4/22).

Advocates: Funding Restrictions on Women's Health Providers in Texas Budget Proposals Would Endanger Access
Women's health advocates warn that a Texas state budget proposal intended to prioritize funding for a women's cancer screening program for groups that do not provide abortion services could reduce women's access to health care, CQ News reports.

N.C. House Approves 72-Hour Mandatory Delay Bill
The North Carolina House on Thursday voted 74-45 to approve a bill (HB 465) that would extend the state's mandatory delay before an abortion from 24 to 72 hours, WNCN News reports.

La. Officials Publish Final Version of Revamped Abortion Clinic Regulations
Louisiana's Department of Health and Hospitals this week published the final version of updated licensing standards for abortion clinics, AP/ABC News reports.

Fla. House Advances 24-Hour Mandatory Delay Bill
The Florida House on Wednesday voted 77-41 to advance a bill (HB 633) that would require a 24-hour mandatory delay period before a woman can have an abortion, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

States Increasingly Passing Antiabortion-Rights Bills Based on 'Junk,' 'Unsubstantiated Science'
This year's legislative session "is shaping up to be a primer in what abortion rights advocates call 'junk science,'" with state lawmakers across the U.S. passing measures "based on theories that have been called into question or debunked by the wider medical community," the Los Angeles Times reports.

Tenn. House Passes Two Antiabortion-Rights Bills
The Tennessee House on Tuesday approved two antiabortion-rights bills, with one (SB 1280) heading directly to Gov. Bill Haslam (R) and the other (SB 1222) going back to the state Senate for concurrence, AP/ABC News reports.

Op-Ed: 'Latest Wave' of Antiabortion-Rights Laws 'Based on Bad Medicine'
"The latest wave of state legislation to restrict abortion access is based on bad medicine and would prevent doctors from providing medical care based on their judgment of what's best for each patient," Vanessa Cullins, vice president for external medical affairs at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, writes in an opinion piece for The Hill's "Congress Blog."

Nevada Parental Involvement Measure Unlikely To Advance in State Senate
A bill (AB 405) approved last week by the Nevada Assembly that would require parental notification 48 hours before a minor's abortion is not expected to advance in the state Senate, AP/KLAS reports.

Featured Blogs
"All the 2015 Anti-Abortion Legislation That's Been Passed So Far (Get A Grip, Arkansas!)" (Holter, Bustle, 4/17); "In Some States, Access to Abortion Care Is Expanding" (Hallett, Ms. Magazine blog, 4/20).

Fla. Senate Committee Approves 24-Hour Mandatory Delay Bill
The Florida Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday voted 6-3 to approve a bill (SB 724) that would implement a 24-hour mandatory delay period before a woman can have an abortion, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

20-Week Abortion Ban Advances in S.C. Senate, Now Faces Procedural Block
A South Carolina Senate committee on Thursday voted 9-6 to advance legislation (H 3114) that would ban most abortions in the state after 20 weeks of pregnancy, but a procedural obstacle could block the measure from a full chamber vote, the Palmetto Post and Courier reports.

L.A. Times: Kansas, Okla. Laws Do Not 'Even Bother To Pretend To Protect Women's Health'
New antiabortion-rights laws in Kansas (SB 95) and Oklahoma (HB 1721) that "ban the safest, most widely used method of abortion in the second trimester," do not "even bother to pretend to protect women's health" and go "straight for the drama," a Los Angeles Times editorial states.

Nevada Assembly Advances Parental Involvement Measure
The Nevada Assembly on Friday voted 24-17 to approve legislation (AB 405) that would require parental notification 48 hours before a minor's abortion, the AP/Las Vegas Sun reports.

Featured Blogs
"California Bill Would Require Crisis Pregnancy Centers To Discuss Abortion Options," (Liss-Schultz, RH Reality Check, 4/16); "'Marlise's Law' Could Give End-of-Life Rights to Pregnant Texans," (Grimes, RH Reality Check, 4/15); "Anti-Choicers Are Going To Take Away Second-Trimester Abortion Without Much Notice," (Marcotte, RH Reality Check, 4/16).

Colo. Senate Leader Introduces 'Fetal Homicide' Measure
Colorado Senate President Bill Cadman (R) on Tuesday introduced a bill (SB 15-268) that would allow prosecutors to bring murder charges against an individual who ends a woman's pregnancy, the Washington Post's "GovBeat" reports.

Tennessee Senate Approves Two Antiabortion-Rights Measures
The Tennessee Senate on Wednesday passed a measure (SB 1280) that would require abortion clinics to certify as ambulatory surgical centers and another bill (SB 1222) that would impose a mandatory delay before an abortion and require the physician to give in-person counseling, the Tennessean reports.

Ore. Comprehensive Women's Health Bill Misses Legislative Deadline, Dead for This Session
A bill (SB 894) aimed at closing gaps in reproductive health coverage for Oregon women is effectively dead in the state Legislature, the Salem Statesman Journal reports.

Texas House Panel Hears Testimony on Proposed Changes to Judicial Bypass for Minors Seeking Abortion
A Texas House committee on Tuesday heard testimony on a measure (HB 723) that would tighten a state law that allows pregnant minors to obtain a court's permission to have an abortion instead of obtaining parental consent for the procedure, AP/KVIA reports.

Calif. Lawmakers Propose Bill To Crack Down on Misinformation by Crisis Pregnancy Centers
California lawmakers have introduced a bill (AB 775) that aims to ensure antiabortion-rights crisis pregnancy centers do not provide women with misleading information, the Bay City News reports.

Okla. Governor Signs Law Banning Certain Abortions
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) signed a bill (HB 1721) into law that will prohibit physicians from performing a certain abortion procedure, the AP/New York Times reports.

Op-Ed: Ohio Lawmakers Should Avoid 'Repeat' of Reproductive Rights Violations in Next State Budget
In creating the next state budget, Ohio lawmakers should avoid repeating the "atrocious violations of the Ohio Constitution and of the reproductive rights of women" that are included in the state's current biennial budget (HB 59), Chelsea Tobias, a Mandel Leadership Fellow at Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, writes in a Cleveland Plain Dealer opinion piece.

Nev. Assembly Committee Advances Parental Involvement Bill
A Nevada Assembly committee on Friday voted to advance a bill (AB 405) that would require parental notification 48 hours before a minor's abortion, the AP/Columbia State reports.

Alaska Bill Would Bar Abortion Providers' Participation in Sex Ed
An Alaska Senate committee on Thursday advanced an education bill (SB 89) that includes an amendment that would limit sexuality education in the state, the Alaska Dispatch News reports.

Featured Blogs
"Why This Longtime Abortion Provider May Never Reopen Her Practice," (Marty/Cahill, Cosmopolitan, 4/10); "Alaska Bill Restricts Sexual Health Education in Schools," (Liss-Schultz, RH Reality Check, 4/13).

Mont. House Advances Antiabortion-Rights Health Insurance Bill
The Montana House has voted to advance a bill (SB 349) that would require insurers offering a plan with abortion coverage to also offer a plan without abortion coverage, the AP/CBS Seattle reports.

Federal Judge Holds Hearing on Vt. Man's Concerns About Marketplace Abortion Coverage
A federal judge on Thursday held the first hearing in a Vermont man's lawsuit against the state's health insurance marketplace for not including plans that do not include a fee for abortion coverage beyond cases of rape, incest and life endangerment, the Burlington Free Press reports.

NYT Op-Ed: Law Must Address How Violence Against Pregnant Women Harms Reproductive Freedom
The risk of legislation aimed at criminalizing fetal homicide in Colorado and other states is that, "without statutory reform, the pregnant woman as a category of victim will remain overlooked, while the fetus gets special protection," Deborah Tuerkheimer, a law professor at Northwestern University and former assistant district attorney in Manhattan, writes in a New York Times opinion piece.

Featured Blogs
"Arkansas Will Force Doctors To Tell Women Abortions Can Be Reversed" (Redden, Mother Jones, 4/7); "The New Extremes of the Anti-Abortion Movement" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 4/8); "Miscarriage of Justice: Asian-American Women Targeted -- and All Women Threatened -- by Feticide Laws Like Indiana's" (Jorawar, The American Prospect, 4/3).

Tenn. House, Senate Advance 48-Hour Mandatory Delay, Biased Counseling Bill
Tennessee House and Senate committees this week advanced a measure (HB 989, SB 1190) that would impose a 48-hour mandatory delay before a woman could obtain an abortion and require that she receive in-person counseling from a physician prior to the procedure, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports.

NYT: Kansas 'Ground Zero' in 'War To Criminalize All Abortions'
"During the past four years, the state of Kansas has become ground zero in the war to criminalize all abortions, and in the process to remove a woman's ability to control what happens in her own body," a New York Times editorial states.

Okla. Senate Sends Bill Aimed at Banning Certain Abortions to Governor
The Oklahoma Senate on Wednesday voted 37-4 to pass a bill (HB 1721) that would prohibit physicians from performing a certain abortion procedure, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Ark. Governor Signs Antiabortion-Rights Bill
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) on Monday signed a bill (Act 1086) that will require physicians to share medically unproven information with women seeking medication abortions, the Washington Post's "Post Nation" reports.

Kan. Gov. Signs First-of-Its-Kind Law Banning Certain Abortions
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) on Tuesday signed a bill (SB 95) into law that will ban physicians from performing a certain abortion procedure, the Huffington Post reports.

Abortion-Rights Supporters Express Concern Over 'Surge' of Antiabortion-Rights State Legislation
Abortion-rights advocates have been monitoring a "surge" in antiabortion-rights bills in several states over the last five years, saying that the increase in such measures is linked to conservative lawmakers gaining more seats at the state level, as well as model state legislation developed by Americans United for Life, CQ HealthBeat News reports.

Wis. AG Appeals Ruling Against Admitting Privileges Law
Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel (R) on Monday appealed a federal court ruling that struck down a state law (Act 37) that would require physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Idaho Gov. Signs Telemedicine Abortion Ban
Idaho Gov. C.L. Otter (R) on Monday signed a bill (HB 154) into law that will require physicians to be physically present when administering medication abortion drugs, AP/KTVB reports.

Featured Blogs
"When It Comes to Abstinence-Only Education Battles, Let's Fight Anecdotes With Anecdotes," Amanda Marcotte, RH Reality Check (Marcotte, RH Reality Check, 4/3); "Repro Wrap: It's Not 'Motorcycle Vagina,' But North Carolina's at It Again," Robin Marty, Care2 (Marty, Care 2, 4/3); "Losing My Lege: Transgender Visibility Lobby Day Sparks Surprising Response From Capitol Staffers," Andrea Grimes, RH Reality Check (Grimes, RH Reality Check, 4/3).

Op-Ed: Ohio 20-Week Ban Would Cause 'Needless Suffering,' Waste Taxpayer Dollars
"Ohio's proposed 20-week abortion ban, which has no medical basis," would "cause countless women needless suffering and waste scarce tax dollars on litigation," writes Anita Rios, president of the Ohio chapter of the National Organization for Women and president of the Toledo, Ohio, chapter of NOW, in a Cleveland Plain Dealer opinion piece.

N.C. Bill Would Increase Mandatory Delay to 72 Hours, Enact Other Abortion Restrictions
North Carolina lawmakers on Thursday introduced a bill (HB 465) that would increase the state's mandatory delay before an abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours, among several other abortion restrictions, WNCN News reports.

Ala. Lawmakers File 'Heartbeat' Abortion Ban
Alabama lawmakers have introduced a bill (HB 405) that would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detectable, which can be as early as six weeks, the Alabama Media Group reports.

Collins: Many State Lawmakers 'Legislating Fiction' With Bills Targeting Reproductive Health
The "business of legislating fiction" by state lawmakers passing ineffective or medically unsound bills that target reproductive health "is rather widespread," New York Times columnist Gail Collins writes.

More Than 300 Antiabortion-Rights Bills Proposed in State Legislatures in First Quarter of 2015
Almost 800 reproductive health-related measures were introduced in state legislatures during the first three months of 2015, about 42% of which were antiabortion-rights bills, according to a Guttmacher Institute report released Thursday, Politico's "Pulse" reports.

Featured Blogs
"Here's What Happens When Pregnant Women Lose Their Rights" (Ronan, "The Cut," New York Magazine, 4/2); "New York Legislators Move To Strengthen Abortion Rights," (Liss-Schultz, RH Reality Check, 3/31).

Fla. 24-Hour Mandatory Delay Bill Advances in State House, Senate
A Florida House committee on Wednesday voted 12-5 to advance a bill (HB 633) that would implement a 24-hour mandatory delay period before a woman can have an abortion, Capitol News/WCTV reports.

Half of States Now Bar Abortion Coverage in ACA Marketplaces; Other States Considering Similar Measures
There are now 25 states that bar private health plans offered through the Affordable Care Act's (PL 111-148) insurance marketplaces from including abortion coverage, and lawmakers are set to consider similar measures in other states this year, National Journal reports.

Ark. Senate Approves Bill To Extend Mandatory Delay, Require Biased Counseling
The Arkansas Senate has voted 26-4 to approve a bill (HB 1578) that would extend the mandatory delay period before a woman can obtain an abortion from 24 hours to 48 hours, among other provisions, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Tenn. Lawmaker Withdraws Mandatory Ultrasound Bill
A Tennessee bill (HB 2) that would require a women seeking an abortion to receive a mandatory ultrasound and have the images displayed to her by the provider has been withdrawn for the year, the AP/Lexington Herald-Leader reports.

Texas Lawmakers Propose Budget Amendments To Defund Alternatives to Abortion Program
Texas lawmakers have filed several amendments to the state budget (HB 1) that aim to defund the state's Alternatives to Abortion program, the Texas Tribune reports.

Featured Blog
"Repro Wrap: Abortion Reversals are Apparently a Thing and Other News" (Marty, Care2, 3/27).

Texas Bills Target Judicial Bypass Under Parental Involvement Law
Conservative lawmakers in Texas have filed several bills seeking to increase publicly available information and requirements related to the judicial bypass process under the state's parental involvement requirements, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Ariz. Governor Signs Antiabortion-Rights Bill
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) on Monday signed a bill (SB 1318) into law that will require physicians to share medically unproven information with patients seeking medication abortions, among other abortion restrictions, the AP/U-T San Diego reports.

Ariz. Bill Adds To 'Long List' of Misinformation in Anti-Choice Laws
If signed by the governor, an Arizona bill (SB 1318) requiring physicians to tell women that a medication abortion can be reversed would "join a long list of information that" Arizona physicians "are forced to relay to patients seeking an abortion -- much of which providers know to be misleading and aimed ... at dissuading women from choosing the procedure," Brandy Zadrozny writes in the Daily Beast.

Ark. House Approves Bill To Block Public Funding for Women's Health Clinics
The Arkansas House on Thursday voted 70-8 to approve a bill that would prohibit health centers that offer abortions or provide abortion referrals from receiving state or federal funds, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Ark. Legislature Sends Parental Involvement to Governor
The state Senate on Thursday voted 24-1 to approve a measure that would increase parental involvement restrictions for minors seeking abortion care.

Ariz. Antiabortion-Rights Bill Heads to Gov.
The Arizona Senate on Wednesday voted 18-11 to advance a bill (SB 1318) that would impose several abortion restrictions, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Featured Blogs
"Mississippi Abortion Clinic 'Not Going Anywhere' After Vandalism," (Wilson, RH Reality Check, 3/24); "Arizona May Force Doctors To Tell Women Their Abortion Can Be Reversed," (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 3/26).

N.Y. Assembly Passes Bill To Protect Abortion Rights
The New York Assembly on Wednesday voted 95-51 to approve legislation (AB 6221) that would codify abortion rights established under Roe v. Wade into state law, the AP/Washington Times reports.

Women's Health Advocates Call on Ore. Legislature To Pass Comprehensive Women's Health Bill
Women's health advocates on Wednesday marched to the Oregon Capitol to show support for a measure (SB 894) aimed at closing gaps in reproductive health coverage for women in the state, the Salem Statesman Journal reports.

Kan. House Passes Bill Banning Certain Abortions; Gov. Signature Expected
The Kansas House on Wednesday voted 98-26 to approve a bill (SB 95) that would ban physicians from performing a certain abortion procedure, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Two Antiabortion-Rights Bills Advance in Tenn. House
A Tennessee House subcommittee on Tuesday voted to advance two bills that would place new restrictions on abortion in the state, the Tennessean reports.

Ohio House Passes 'Heartbeat' Bill That Could Ban Abortion as Early as Six Weeks
The Ohio House on Wednesday voted 55-40 to approve a bill (HB 69) that would ban abortion if a fetal heartbeat is detectable, which can be as early as six weeks into pregnancy, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Abortion | In the Courts

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