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Abortion bans are provisions that completely ban abortion at some point in pregnancy. This includes bans based on time or fetal development, including 20-week bans and heartbeat laws that would ban abortion as early as six weeks, bans achieved by prohibiting the use of a specific medical procedure and bans based on the motivation of the woman seeking the abortion, such as race- and sex-selection bans.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Texas Bills, Campaign Aim To Improve Reproductive Health Care
Texas lawmakers who support abortion rights have introduced four bills as part of a multiyear campaign to improve women's access to reproductive health care in the state, the Houston Chronicle reports.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Va. Senate Committee Rejects Attempt To Repeal Ultrasound Mandate
A Virginia Senate committee on Thursday rejected a bill (SB 733) that would have repealed a 2012 measure (Code of Virginia 18.2-76) mandating that a woman receive an ultrasound before an abortion, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Antiabortion-Rights Tenn. Lawmakers Plan New Bills After State Constitutional Amendment Passes
Tennessee's Republican legislative leaders plan to pass new abortion restrictions in the upcoming session after voters on Tuesday approved a state constitutional amendment (Amendment 1) declaring that there is no right to abortion, the Tennessean reports.

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

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

'Personhood' Ballot Measures Rejected by Wide Margins in Colo., N.D.
Voters in Colorado and North Dakota on Tuesday rejected antiabortion-rights "personhood" amendments to their state constitutions, with the ballot measures losing by roughly 2-to-1 margins in both states, the Huffington Post reports.

Okla. Supreme Court Blocks Enforcement of Admitting Privileges, Medication Abortion Laws
The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday temporarily blocked enforcement of two antiabortion-rights laws that took effect on Nov. 1, the Oklahoman reports.

Abortion Provider Petitions Okla. Supreme Court To Block Admitting Privileges Law
An Oklahoma physician on Monday appealed to the state Supreme Court to block a state law (SB 1848) that requires abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges before it takes effect Nov. 1, the Tulsa World reports.

Two Alabama Abortion Clinics Reopen; Lawsuit Will Determine Future Access
Two Alabama abortion clinics have reopened after closing earlier this year, but a lawsuit in federal court will determine whether one of them, as well as two others, will have to close, the AP/UT-San Diego reports.

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

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

NYT Weighs In on State Antiabortion-Rights Ballot Measures
Voters in three states next month will consider "ballot measures aimed at ending or severely limiting abortion rights," a New York Times editorial states, referencing referendums in Colorado, North Dakota and Tennessee.

Federal Appeals Court Lifts Hold on Texas Antiabortion-Rights Law, Forcing Clinics To End Services
A federal appeals court panel on Thursday lifted a hold against a Texas antiabortion-rights law (HB 2), resulting in the closure of more than a dozen of the state's remaining abortion clinics and leaving many women in the state hundreds of miles away from the nearest abortion provider, the New York Times reports.

Columns: Conservative Writer's Desire To Punish Women for Abortions Not Rare Among Abortion-Rights Opponents
Two writers who support reproductive rights recently responded to comments by National Review's Kevin Williamson, who said that women who have abortions -- and those who help them do so -- should be put to death.

Tenn. Antiabortion-Rights Initiative Could Affect Access in Surrounding States
A Tennessee ballot initiative (Amendment 1) that would declare there is no guaranteed right to abortion in the state could also affect abortion access regionally, the Tennessean reports.

Featured Blog
"Colorado Anti-Choice Group Could Push Through 'Personhood' Amendment in November," (Salzman, RH Reality Check, 9/19).

Advocates Respond To NYT Coverage of Women's Abortion Stories, Mo. 72-Hour Delay Law
Advocates on both sides of the abortion-rights debate responded with letters to the editor of the New York Times about its recent coverage of women's abortion stories and a new Missouri law that mandates a 72-hour delay before an abortion.

Tenn. Voters To Weigh Constitutional Amendment on Abortion Rights
Tennessee residents in November will vote on a ballot initiative (Amendment 1) that would amend the state constitution to include the statement, "Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion."

N.D. Voters To Consider 'Personhood' Amendment
Voters in North Dakota will consider a personhood amendment (SCR 4009) that would change the state's constitution to protect "the inalienable right to life of every human being at any stage of development," Mother Jones reports.

Colo. Voters To Weigh 'Personhood' Amendment for Third Time
Voters in Colorado will consider a "personhood" amendment (Amendment 67) that would change the state's constitution to protect "pregnant women and unborn children by defining 'person' and 'child' in the Colorado criminal code and the Colorado Wrongful Death Act to include unborn human beings," Mother Jones reports.

'Undue Burden' Standard for Abortion Rights Threatened, New Yorker's Toobin Argues
The words "undue burden" should be considered "the most important triumph" of former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's tenure, but judges' comments in a key Texas case suggest that this longstanding standard for abortion-rights cases is threatened, Jeffrey Toobin writes in the New Yorker.

San Francisco Resolution Opposes Sex-Selective Abortion Bans Over Potential for Racial Profiling
San Francisco Supervisor David Chiu (D) on Tuesday introduced a resolution that opposes sex-selective abortion bans, which he said are based on racial stereotypes and promote stigmatization of Asian-American women, the Huffington Post reports.

Featured Blogs
"Single Mother Will Spend at Least One Year in Prison for Getting Her Daughter Abortion Pills," (Dusenbery, Feministing, 9/8); "Wendy Davis' Choice: Why Speaking Out About Abortion Must Remain a Woman's Decision," (Kutner, Salon, 9/8).

Texas Gubernatorial Candidate Davis Discusses Personal Abortion Experience in Memoir
In a forthcoming memoir, Texas gubernatorial candidate and state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) discloses obtaining an abortion 17 years ago during a wanted pregnancy after learning that the fetus had an acute brain abnormality, the San Antonio Express-News reports. She also discusses details surrounding the termination of another pregnancy, an ectopic pregnancy that she disclosed previously.

Planned Parenthood Asks Iowa Supreme Court To Stay Telemedicine Abortion Ban
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland on Thursday asked the Iowa Supreme Court to stay a lower court's ruling that said the state Board of Medicine has the authority to ban the administration of medication abortion via telemedicine, the Des Moines Register reports.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ala. Bills Would Set Some of Nation's Harshest Abortion Restrictions
A package of Alabama bills would create some of the strictest abortion regulations in the nation, including a ban on abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detectable, the Huffington Post reports.

Kan. Legislature Avoids Debate on Abortion Ban Bill, Advances Smaller Measure
The Kansas Legislature has approved a bill (SB 448) that would make technical changes to existing antiabortion-rights laws, avoiding a more contentious debate this year over a bill (HB 2324) that would ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detectable, the AP/Kansas City Star reports.

Ala. Antiabortion-Rights Bills Head to Gov.
The Alabama Senate this week approved two antiabortion-rights bills (HB 489, HB 494), but the chamber did not vote on two other House-approved abortion-related measures before the legislative session ended on Thursday, Reuters reports.

Ala. Antiabortion-Rights Bills Head to Gov.
The Alabama Senate this week approved two antiabortion-rights bills (HB 489, HB 494), but the chamber did not vote on two other House-approved abortion-related measures before the legislative session ended on Thursday, Reuters reports.

Miss. Gov. To Sign 20-Week Abortion Ban
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) on Tuesday said he will sign into law a bill (HB 1400) that would ban most abortions beginning at 18 weeks after a woman's last menstrual period, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports.

Judge Allows Ariz. Medication Abortion Restrictions To Take Effect
A federal judge on Monday refused to block medication abortion restrictions in Arizona, ruling instead that the regulations may take effect April 1 while a case over their constitutionality continues, the New York Times reports.

W. Va. Gov. Tomblin Vetoes 20-Week Abortion Ban
West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) on Friday vetoed a bill (HB 4588) that would have banned most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, saying that the bill likely is unconstitutional and would restrict pregnant women's health care, the Charleston Gazette reports.

Featured Blogs
"Kansas Moves To Defund Planned Parenthood and Force Doctors To Report Every Miscarriage," (Marcotte, "XX Factor," Slate, 3/26); "Two Anti-Choice Candidates in Colorado Rescind Support for 'Personhood,' (Salzman, RH Reality Check, 3/26).

Vt. Law Criminalizing Abortion Finally Removed From State Statute
Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) on Monday signed into law a bill (S 317) that repeals a state statute criminalizing abortion that was invalidated by courts many years ago, the Burlington Free Press reports.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Ark. Law Banning Abortions After 12 Weeks of Pregnancy
A federal judge has overturned an Arkansas law (Act 301) that would ban abortion as early as 12 weeks, saying that the attempt to restrict abortion based on fetal heartbeat rather than on fetal viability is unconstitutional, the United Press International reports.

Appeal Filed Over Ariz. Ban on Abortions Based on Sex of Fetus
Two civil rights organizations on Wednesday appealed a federal judge's dismissal of their lawsuit challenging a 2011 Arizona law (HB 2442) banning abortions based on the sex or race of the fetus, the AP/U-T San Diego reports.

S.D. Bill Banning Abortions Based on Fetus' Sex Heads to Gov.
The South Dakota House on Tuesday approved a bill (HB 1162) that would ban abortions based on the sex of the fetus, sending the measure to Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R) for consideration, the AP/Rapid City Journal reports.

Changes to Miss. Bill Would Ban Abortion at 18 Weeks
The Mississippi Senate on Tuesday unanimously passed a bill (HB 1400) that would ban most abortions after 18 weeks of pregnancy, after changing the measure to define pregnancy as beginning at the end of a woman's last menstrual period, the AP/Washington Times reports.

Colo. Abortion Ban Proposal Rejected in Committee
A Colorado House committee on Tuesday rejected a measure (HB 1133) that would have banned abortion at any point in pregnancy, the Denver Post reports.

W.Va. Sends 20-Week Abortion Ban to Governor
A West Virginia bill (HB 4588) that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy received final legislative approval over the weekend and now goes to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) for consideration, the AP/Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports.

The Economist Examines Rise in 20-Week Abortion Bans
States increasingly are adopting 20-week abortion bans as part of a larger effort by abortion-rights opponents to test the standard of fetal viability set by the Supreme Court under Roe v. Wade, The Economist reports.

'Fetal Heartbeat' Abortion Ban, Other Restrictions Advance in Ala.
The Alabama House on Tuesday passed four antiabortion-rights measures, including a bill (HB 490) that would ban abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be detected, Reuters reports.

S.D. Senate Panel Deadlocks on Ban on Abortions Based on Sex of Fetus
A South Dakota Senate panel on Monday heard arguments about potential racial profiling under a bill (HB 1162) that would ban abortions based on the sex of the fetus, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Abortion Restrictions Move Forward in Okla. House, Senate
The Oklahoma House on Thursday passed a bill that would place new restrictions on abortion clinics and medication abortions, Reuters reports.

Featured Blog
"South Dakota Legislators Openly Discriminate Against Asian Immigrants To Pass Sex-Selective Abortion Ban" (Bayetti Flores, Feministing, 2/27).

Ala. Bills Would Set Some of Nation's Harshest Abortion Restrictions
An Alabama House panel on Tuesday advanced a package of bills that would create some of the strictest abortion regulations in the nation, including a ban on abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detectable, the Huffington Post reports.

W.Va. House Passes 20-Week Abortion Ban
The West Virginia House on Tuesday passed a bill (HB 4588) that would make it a felony to perform an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy in most cases, the Charleston Daily Mail reports.

S.C. House Panel Advances 20-Week Abortion Ban
A South Carolina House panel on Tuesday approved a bill (H 4223) that would ban most abortions beginning at 20 weeks of pregnancy, sending the measure to the House floor, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Featured Blogs
"Could This Be the Year the Pro-Choice Movement Goes on the Offensive?" (Dusenbery, Feministing, 2/24), "Supreme Court Turns Away Arizona Planned Parenthood Funding Ban" ((Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 2/24) and "Repro Wrap: Here Come the Personhood Bids Again and Other News" (Marty, Care2, 2/21).

S.D. Advances Ban on Abortions Based on Sex of Fetus, Rejects Down Syndrome Bill
The South Dakota House last week passed a bill (HB 1162) that would ban abortions based on the sex of the fetus, while a legislative committee rejected a measure (HB 1240) that would have banned abortions if the fetus was diagnosed with Down syndrome, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Featured Blogs
"10 Dangerous Anti-Abortion Bills That Are Already Gaining Traction This Year" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 2/18) and "The Failures of Abstinence-Only Education Illustrated in 2 Charts" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 2/20).

Second-Trimester Abortion Ban is Latest Tactic in State Battles
The South Dakota Legislature is likely to pass a bill (HB 1241) that would effectively ban abortions after the first trimester, an unprecedented restriction that could create a model for antiabortion-rights lawmakers in other states, Politico Magazine reports.

N.C. 'Choose Life' License Plates Unconstitutional, Appeals Court Rules
A federal appeals court last week ruled that it is unconstitutional for North Carolina to offer license plates with the message "Choose Life" because the state does not also offer plates that support abortion rights, Courthouse News Service reports

Miss. House Passes 20-Week Abortion Ban
The Mississippi House on Thursday passed a bill (HB 1400) that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, Reuters reports.

Rejected 20-Week Abortion Ban Still Could Reach W. Va. House Floor
Although a West Virginia House committee rejected a motion to advance 20-week abortion ban (HB 2364) to the full House, the bill still could reach the chamber floor, the Charleston Gazette reports.

Featured Blog
"The 5 Most Egregious Antiabortion Proposals of 2014 (So Far)" (McDonough, Salon, 2/17).

Texas' Davis Says She Would Accept Some Limits on Abortion Rights
Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis (D), a state senator, on Tuesday said she could have supported legislation restricting abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy if it gave women and their doctors more flexibility to make their own decisions in certain circumstances, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Featured Blogs
"Texas Judge Rules Brain Dead Pregnant Woman Must Be Taken Off Life Support" (Robin Marty, Care2, 1/24), "Bill Regulating Certified Professional Midwives Needs a Push" (Judy Norsigian, Our Bodies Ourselves' "Our Bodies, Our Blog" 1/27) and "New Law Could Force All of Louisiana's Abortion Clinics To Close" (Zoe Carpenter, The Nation, 1/27).

GOP Resolution Urges Candidates To Tout Opposition to Abortion Rights
A new Republican National Committee resolution will urge GOP candidates to voice their opposition to abortion rights and challenge Democratic rhetoric portraying them as anti-women, CNN's "Political Ticker" reports.

Supreme Court's Decision on 20-Week Abortion Ban Unlikely To Quell Debate
Abortion-rights advocates say the Supreme Court's refusal to consider an Arizona law (HB 2036) banning most abortions after 20 weeks suggests the justices are not interested in revisiting Roe v. Wade, while abortion-rights opponents think the decision will build momentum for their cause, NPR's "It's All Politics" reports.

Supreme Court's Decision on 20-Week Abortion Ban Could Influence Neb. Measure
Supporters of a Nebraska law banning most abortions after 20 week say that the Supreme Court's refusal to consider a simliar ban in Arizona (HB 2036) could make Nebraska' law more vulnerable to legal challenges, even though state Attorney General Jon Bruning (R) said the Arizona case has no immediate effect on the Nebraska statute, the Omaha World-Herald reports.

Mich. Abortion-Rights Advocates Forgo Drive To Repeal Abortion Coverage Ban
Abortion-rights supporters in Michigan plan to focus on a broad agenda this year, rather than pursuing a petition drive to repeal a new state law banning most private and all public health plans from including abortion coverage, the Detroit Free Press reports

New York Times Editorial: Supreme Court Made 'Good Call' on Abortion Ban
A New York Times editorial on Monday discussed the Supreme Court's involvement in a challenge to a 20-week abortion ban in Arizona.

Featured Blogs
"STUDY: Looking at an Ultrasound Doesn't Change Women's Decision To Have an Abortion" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 1/10) and "Court Bypasses Abortion Test Case (UPDATED)" (Denniston, SCOTUSblog, 1/13).

Supreme Court Declines 20-Week Abortion Ban Case; Lower Court's Ruling Stands
The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal of a lower court's ruling that an Arizona law prohibiting abortions at 20 weeks of gestation is unconstitutional, the New York Times reports.

Editorial Urges Abortion-Rights Supporters To Remain 'Vigilant'
Abortion-rights supporters in New Hampshire and across the country need to maintain "vigilance" against abortion restrictions that are misleadingly promoted as ways to protect women from substandard medical care, a Concord Monitor editorial states.

States Shift Tactics on Abortion Restrictions for 2014
Facing legal challenges to sweeping antiabortion-rights laws, conservative state lawmakers are shifting focus to incremental measures that regulate clinics, physicians and abortion methods, Politico reports.

Both Sides See 2014 as Critical Year for Future of Abortion Access
Advocates on both sides of the abortion-rights debate are bracing for a year of legal and political fights that could determine the future of abortion access across the country, the New York Times reports.

More Abortion Restrictions Enacted in Last Three Years Than Previous Decade, Guttmacher Study Finds
States enacted more antiabortion-rights laws from 2011 through 2013 than they did in the entire previous decade, according to a new Guttmacher Institute study, the Washington Post's "The Fix" reports.

Abortion Providers Decline in Texas While CPCs Proliferate; State Finalizes Clinic Rules
Crisis pregnancy centers in Texas "are feeling optimistic" about the state's health care landscape amid new laws that have forced many abortion providers to close or stop offering the procedure, Al Jazeera America reports.

States Consider Abortion, Paid Leave, Gender Transition Policies
The Women's Health Policy Report summarizes recent news coverage of state action on reproductive health-related issues.

Featured Blogs
"The Heroic Commutes of Abortion Providers" (Kat Stoeffel, New York Magazine's "The Cut," 12/13) and "11 Pro-Choice Successes of 2013" (RH Reality Check, 12/16).

After Ballot Defeat, N.M. Abortion-Rights Opponents Look to Legislature
Abortion-rights opponents in New Mexico plan to redirect their efforts toward the state Legislature after Albuquerque voters rejected a ballot measure that would have banned abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

Featured Blogs
"On Abortion, the People Keep Speaking. Is Anyone Listening?" (Jacobson, RH Reality Check, 11/20); "Maine City Approves a Buffer Zone Around Planned Parenthood To Prevent Anti-Abortion Harassment" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 11/20); "A Dark Day for Texas Women. A Dark Day for Justice" (Amiri, "Blog of Rights," ACLU, 11/20).

Antiabortion Activists Re-Evaluate After Loss on Albuquerque 20-Week Ban
Abortion-rights opponents are rethinking their messaging and outreach strategies after a 10-percentage-point loss on a municipal ballot measure that would have banned abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy in Albuquerque, N.M., the New York Times reports.

Albuquerque Voters Reject 20-Week Abortion Ban in Nation's First City-Level Vote on Issue
Albuquerque, N.M., residents on Tuesday voted 55% to 45% to reject a municipal ballot measure that would have banned abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, the AP/USA Today reports.

Featured Blogs
"City Abortion Bans: Is Your Town Next?" (Martha Burk, Huffington Post blogs, 11/15) and "Are Pregnant Women Persons After 20 Weeks' Gestation?" Lynn Paltrow/Jeanne Flavin (RH Reality Check, 11/15).

Voters in Albuquerque Will Decide Tuesday Whether City Should Ban Abortion After 20 Weeks
Albuquerque, N.M., residents on Tuesday will determine whether the city will become the first municipality in the nation to ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Featured Blogs
"Historic Early Voter Turn-Out for Albuquerque 20-Week Abortion Ban Ordinance" (Teddy Wilson, RH Reality Check, 11/14) and "Attorneys Tell Roberts Court There's No Reproductive Health-Care Crisis in Texas" (Jessica Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 11/13).

Texas Urges Supreme Court To Leave Disputed Antiabortion Law in Place
The Texas attorney general's office on Tuesday filed a response to a request from abortion providers that the Supreme Court block enforcement of a state law (HB 2) requiring physicians who provide abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, the Texas Tribune reports.

Legal Fights Over State Laws Offer Ample Chances for Supreme Court Intervention
It is "only a matter of time" before the Supreme Court decides to hear one of several ongoing challenges to state-level abortion restrictions, USA Today reports.

Reproductive Health Issues in Spotlight as Va. Voters Head to Polls
The gubernatorial race in Virginia heavily hinged on women's votes, the AP/Miami Herald reports.

Wis. Antiabortion-Rights Bills Postponed for This Year
Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R) on Friday delayed floor consideration of two antiabortion-rights bills (AB 216; AB 217) until at least early next year, Wisconsin Public Radio News reports.

Featured Blog
"Wisconsin Senate Prepares To Vote on Abortion and Contraception Restrictions" (Wilson, RH Reality Check, 11/11).

Wis. Senate Committee Advances Two Antiabortion-Rights Bills
The Wisconsin Senate Health Committee on Thursday advanced a pair of antiabortion-rights bills to the floor for a full vote, the AP/Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Abortion-Rights Group, Catholic Archbishop Target Albuquerque Voters as Special Election Nears
A New Mexico advocacy group called Respect ABQ Women purchased two television ads to oppose a proposed citywide abortion ban Albuquerque voters will consider on Nov. 19, KOB Eyewitness News 4 reports.

Texas Abortion Rulings are 'Unsound Medicine,' New York Times Letter Says
"Restrictions requiring doctors in clinics to seek hospital admitting privileges are medically unnecessary and do nothing to improve health and safety for women," Anne Davis, consulting medical director for Physicians for Reproductive Health, writes in a letter to the editor of the New York Times in response to a recent Texas Supreme Court ruling that allows the state to enforce such a requirement while the case is being appealed.

Reproductive Health Issues in Spotlight as Va. Voters Head to Polls
The outcome of Tuesday's gubernatorial race in Virginia could hinge on women's votes, the AP/Miami Herald reports.

Texas Abortion Providers Seek Supreme Court Review as Clinics End Services
A Planned Parenthood affiliate and several other women's health care providers have filed an emergency application with the Supreme Court to block enforcement of a Texas law (HB 2) that requires physicians who provide abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, Politico Pro reports

Despite Judge's Ruling, Abortion Access Becomes More Difficult in Texas
Although a federal judge declared a key provision in a Texas antiabortion law (HB 2) unconstitutional this week, the legislation contains several other abortion restrictions that remain in effect, the American Prospect reports.

Court Ignores Texas' Emergency Appeal of Ruling on Antiabortion Law; NYT Editorial Weighs In
A federal appeals court did not immediately act on Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's (R) emergency motion requesting permission for the state to enforce new abortion restrictions on Tuesday, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Judge Blocks Texas Admitting Privileges Requirement, Upholds Some Medication Abortion Restrictions
A federal judge on Monday blocked a provision in a Texas law (HB 2) that would have required abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and partially upheld state restrictions on medication abortion, the New York Times reports.

Featured Blogs
"Arizona Attorneys Outline Why Roberts Court Should Revisit 'Roe'" (Sullivan, "The Fix," Washington Post, 10/28); "Everything You Need To Know About the Texas Abortion Law Battle" (Sullivan, "The Fix," Washington Post, 10/28); and "Since Ohio Is Forcing Abortion Clinics Out of Business, More Women Are Leaving the State To Get Care" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 10/25).

Testimony Concludes in Trial Over Texas Abortion Restrictions
Attorneys for Texas abortion providers and the state are presenting closing arguments on Wednesday on whether certain provisions in an antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) are constitutional, the Texas Tribune reports.

Trial Begins Over Texas Antiabortion Law
On Monday, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel heard opening arguments in a trial over the constitutionality of Texas' new antiabortion-rights law (HB 2), Kaiser Health News/Texas Tribune reports.

Va. Gov. Candidates Spar Over Abortion-Rights Issues
In the Virginia governor's race, state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) and Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe both are attempting to portray the other as an extremist on abortion-related issues, the AP/NBC4 Washington reports.

National Journal: How 20-Week Bans Force Women To Carry Dying Fetuses
National Journal examined how 20-week abortion bans affect couples who are told their fetus will not survive or will be born with severe mental or physical problems.

Constitutionality of Albuquerque Antiabortion Ballot Measure Questioned
Albuquerque, N.M., City Council member Trudy Jones on Wednesday proposed a resolution that would require the city to pursue legal action to assess the constitutionality of a proposed ballot measure banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and to determine if the city is obligated to put it on the ballot, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Ariz. Law Prohibiting Abortion Based on Sex, Race of Fetus
A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit challenging a 2011 Arizona law (HB 2442) that prohibits abortion based on the sex or race of the fetus, the Arizona Daily Star reports.

Featured Blog
"Planned Parenthood In Court To Protect Texas Women's Health" (Richards, Huffington Post blogs, 9/27).

Hiring of Antiabortion Adviser is 'Latest Fiasco' at N.C. Health Dept., Editorial States
The hiring of a "deeply conservative" adviser to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is the "latest fiasco" in a string of controversial personnel decisions by Gov. Pat McCrory (R) and DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos, a Raleigh News & Observer editorial states.

Crisis Pregnancy Center Board Member Advising N.C. Agency That Will Rewrite Abortion Rules
The administration of North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) has hired an antiabortion-rights conservative organizer to advise the state health department, which is rewriting state rules on abortion, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Albuquerque, N.M., Schedules Special Election on 20-Week Abortion Ban Measure
The Albuquerque, N.M., City Council on Monday voted 5-4 to hold a special election in November so that residents can vote on a ballot measure that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

Texas Women Struggle To Find Providers as Clinics Close
The closures of women's health providers in Texas as the result of various state laws and funding cuts are making it more difficult for women to find sources of routine health care, the Texas Tribune reports.

Texas Tribune Reviews Inspection Records at 36 Abortion Clinics, Finds Few Serious Safety Issues
There is little evidence to support some Texas legislators' claim that conditions at existing abortion clinics endanger women seeking abortion care, according to a Texas Tribune review of state records, the Texas Tribune/New York Times reports.

Judge Grants Clinic's Request To Drop Parts of Lawsuit Over New N.D. Antiabortion Laws
A federal judge on Monday granted a North Dakota abortion clinic's request to drop parts of a lawsuit challenging a state law that bans abortions based on the sex of the fetus or genetic defects, AP/ABC News reports.

City-Level Antiabortion Tactics Perpetuate 'Cycle of Violence,' Salon Piece Argues
Antiabortion-rights activists' escalating rhetoric in Albuquerque, N.M., "echoes the targeting of Wichita, Kan.," where abortion provider George Tiller was murdered in 2009 after nearly two decades of protests and violence in the city, Jill Filipovic writes in Salon.

Slight Majority of Albuquerque, N.M., Voters Support Antiabortion Ballot Measure, Poll Finds
Fifty-four percent of likely voters in Albuquerque, N.M., support a city ballot initiative that would make it a misdemeanor to provide an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy unless a woman's life is in danger, according to a poll by the Albuquerque Journal.

Abortion Clinics Face Local Battles as Cities Push Restrictions
Abortion clinics -- already besieged by state regulations -- must increasingly grapple with city-level ordinances that add burdensome requirements, Bloomberg/West Lebanon Valley News reports.

At Least Four More Texas Abortion Clinics Closing Under New Law
At least four abortion clinics in rural Texas are closing because of tighter restrictions on facilities that offer the procedure, and three others likely will close, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Ballot Measure Puts Albuquerque, N.M., at Center of 'Abortion Wars,' New York Times Reports
Albuquerque, N.M., is becoming a "flash point in the abortion wars" amid a string of protests over Southwestern Women's Options, a clinic that offers abortions after the sixth month of pregnancy, the New York Times reports.

Albuquerque, N.M., Official Certifies Antiabortion Ballot Proposal
Residents of Albuquerque, N.M., likely will consider a ballot measure that would ban abortions in the city after 20 weeks of pregnancy, KOB reports.

Documents Show No Evidence Of Supposed Jars of Urine, Feces at Texas Abortion Debate
The Texas Department of Public Safety on Aug. 26 released documents providing no new evidence that officers found protesters carrying a jar of urine and 18 jars of feces at the state Capitol prior to a July 12 debate on an antiabortion bill (HB 2) that later became law, the Texas Tribune reports.

Featured Blogs
"End the DC Abortion Ban" (Hinton Hoytt/González-Rojas, "Congress Blog," The Hill, 9/2), "Why Telemedical Abortions are the Future" (Bourdet, Motherboard, 8/30) and "Texas State Health Services Council Refuses To to Vote on Implementation of Omnibus Anti-Abortion Law" (Grimes, RH Reality Check, 8/29)

Featured Blogs
"Washington State Won't Let Public Hospitals Refuse To Provide Abortion Care" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 8/22) and "Albuquerque 20-Week Abortion Ban Won't Make it on High-Turnout Ballot" (Grimes, RH Reality Check, 8/20).

States 0-8 in Court Challenges Over Antiabortion Laws
States facing court challenges over abortion restrictions enacted this year have lost in every case that has reached a judge, Bloomberg reports.

Ohio Lawmaker Reintroduces Bill To Ban Abortion if Heartbeat is Detectable
Ohio Rep. Lynn Wachtmann (R) is reintroducing a measure that would ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detectable, which can be as early as six weeks of pregnancy, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

Planned Parenthood Lawsuit Over Kan. Antiabortion Law Narrowed to One Provision
U.S. District Judge Kathryn Vratil on Monday approved an agreement to narrow a Planned Parenthood lawsuit against a far-ranging Kansas law restricting abortion, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Fetuses Not Physically Capable of Experiencing Pain at 20 Weeks, New York Times Letter Explains
Contrary to assertions by abortion-rights opponents, "the best scientific and medical research available does not support" the claim that fetuses are capable of experiencing pain at 20 weeks of development, Nancy Stanwood -- board chair of Physicians for Reproductive Health -- writes in a letter to the editor of the New York Times in response to a recent article.

Texas Family Planning Funding Remains Inadequate as Clinics Struggle Under Restrictions
Although Texas lawmakers have restored family planning funding in the 2014-2015 state budget, clinics continue to struggle from drastic cuts in 2011 and a state law that bars "abortion affiliated providers" from receiving the money, the Texas Tribune/New York Times reports.

Fearing Political Fallout, Some State Conservatives Ease Push for Antiabortion Bills
Concerned about alienating moderate voters in the 2014 elections, some Republican state lawmakers are stemming their party's widespread push for antiabortion-rights legislation in conservative-led states, the AP/Huffington Post reports.

Blogs Comment on Abortion Access, Criminalization of Pregnant Women, More
"What One Woman's Fight for a Late-Term Abortion Says About Reproductive Rights in the U.S." (Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress," 8/5) and "The Right's Plan To Reverse Roe: Ban Abortions To 'Protect' Women" (Irin Carmon, MSNBC, 8/5).

Judge Blocks N.D. Admitting Privileges Law From Taking Effect
A North Dakota judge on Wednesday issued a preliminary injunction against a state law (SB 2305) that would require abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, Bloomberg reports.

N.C. Antiabortion Bill Signed Into Law as Protests Continue
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) on Monday night signed into law an expansive antiabortion-rights measure (SB 353), while opponents held a 12-hour protest outside the executive mansion denouncing the bill, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.

New Abortion Law in Texas Could Prompt Some Women To Seek Medication Abortion From Mexico
With Texas' new anti-abortion law (HB2), some women living in border towns "will have little choice but to turn to dangerous alternatives to deal with an unwanted pregnancy" and will likely travel to Mexico to obtain medication abortion, Texas Public Radio reports.

Featured Blog
"5 of the Most Extreme Anti-Abortion Lawmakers in the U.S." (McDonough, Salon, 7/29).

N.C. Gov. McCrory Confirms That He Will Sign Wide-Ranging Abortion Bill; Abortion-Rights Supporters To Stage Protest
North Carolina Gov. Patrick McCrory (R) at a press conference on Friday announced he would sign a wide-ranging antiabortion-rights measure (SB 353) approved by the state Senate on Thursday, WITN reports.

Abortion Bans | In the Courts

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

McCormack v. Hiedeman
Federal court challenge to an Idaho 1972 criminal abortion restriction and 20-week ban by a woman who was prosecuted under the law for self-inducing an abortion.

MKB Management, Inc. v. Burdick
Challenge to two North Dakota abortion ban laws, HB 1456 and HB 1305.

Edwards v. Beck
Challenge to an Arkansas law that bans abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected with an abdominal ultrasound, generally around 12 weeks of pregnancy.

NAACP v. Horne
Challenge to a 2011 Arizona law that prohibits providing an abortion to women seeking the procedure because they do not want to give birth to a child of a certain gender or race.

Isaacson v. Horne
Challenge to an unconstitutional Arizona law that prohibits abortion after 20 weeks following the woman's last menstrual period.

Lathrop v. Deal
Challenge under the Georgia state constitution to a Georgia law that would prohibit abortion after 20 weeks gestation.