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Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers or TRAP laws are laws that create unreasonably high standards, which have no medical or safety basis, for clinics where abortions are provided.

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

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

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

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

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

Texas Clinics Receiving More Calls, Patients Facing Longer Wait Times After HB 2 Ruling
Texas' remaining abortion clinics are reporting an influx of phone calls from patients and longer wait times for appointments in the wake of a federal appeals court's decision to lift a hold against a state antiabortion-rights law (HB 2), the AP/U-T San Diego reports.

Full Federal Appeals Court Declines To Review Ruling on Texas' HB 2
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday in a 12-3 decision declined to review a three-judge panel's decision to uphold two provisions of a Texas antiabortion-rights law (HB 2), the AP/New York Times reports.

Featured Blog
"More Bad News About Abortion in Texas" (Hallett, Ms. Magazine blog, 10/9).

Last Texas Clinic West of San Antonio Stops Abortions After HB 2 Confusion; More Private Physician Offices Might Offer Abortions
The only abortion clinic in Texas currently open to the west of San Antonio has stopped performing abortions amid confusion following a federal appeals court ruling that allows the state to enforce a provision of an antiabortion-rights law (HB 2), the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Washington Post, USA Today: TRAP Laws' 'Real Goal' Is To Limit Abortion Access
Editorials from the Washington Post and USA Today argue that while abortion restrictions are often pushed by abortion-rights opponents as ways to protect women's health, the laws actually make women less safe.

Trial Date Set for La. Admitting Privileges Case; State Still Blocked From Enforcing Measure
The trial date for a federal judge to consider a lawsuit filed by Louisiana abortion clinics against the state's admitting privileges law (HB 388) has been set for March 30, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Texas Clinics Petition Supreme Court To Reinstate Injunction After HB 2 Ruling
Texas abortion clinics on Monday filed an emergency application asking the Supreme Court to reinstate an injunction against a provision of a Texas antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) that has left many women in the state hundreds of miles away from the nearest abortion provider, Politico reports.

Texas Clinics Juggle Appointments After HB 2 Ruling; Supreme Court Review Expected
Texas abortion clinics that were forced to close down or suspend services after a federal appeals court panel lifted a hold against a Texas antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) have been trying to contact women with previously scheduled appointments to cancel or reschedule, the Washington Post reports.

Okla. Abortion Provider Files Suit Over Admitting Privileges Law
An Oklahoma physician on Thursday filed suit against a state law (SB 1848) requiring all abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles, the Oklahoman reports.

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.

Report: States' Abortion Restrictions Tied to Worse Health Outcomes for Women, Children
States that have enacted more abortion restrictions tend to fare worse on women and children's health outcomes and have fewer policies in place that support their health and well-being, according to a report released Wednesday by Ibis Reproductive Health and the Center for Reproductive Rights, the Huffington Post reports.

Va. Health Commissioner Recommends Overhaul of Abortion Clinic Restrictions
Virginia Health Commissioner Marissa Levine on Wednesday suggested that the state overhaul the abortion clinic regulations passed under former Gov. Bob McDonnell (R), the Washington Post's "Virginia Politics" reports.

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.

Austin City Council Approves Resolution Supporting Repeal of Texas' HB 2
The Austin, Texas, City Council on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution supporting a full repeal of a state antiabortion-rights law (HB2), the Austin Chronicle reports.

Ohio's 'Bureaucratic Red Tape' Harming Women's Abortion Access, NARAL Ohio Leader Writes
Ohio is the only state in the country "that requires abortion clinics to have transfer agreements and also bans public hospitals from entering into those agreements," Kellie Copeland, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, writes in an opinion piece for the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

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."

'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.

Tenn. Ballot Measure Could Lead To Harsher Abortion Restrictions
Tennessee voters in November will decide on a ballot measure (Amendment 1) stating that there is no right to abortion in the state constitution, which observers say could lead to harsher abortion restrictions, Mother Jones reports.

Attorneys Spar in Court Over Texas Clinic Closures; Op-Ed Cites Impact on 'Real People'
A federal appeals court panel on Friday heard arguments over whether Texas should be allowed to enforce a provision that likely would leave the state with no abortion facilities outside of four major metropolitan regions, the New York Times reports.

Proposed Abortion Clinic Restrictions at Issue in Pa. Governor's Race
Pennsylvania Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf said that if elected, he would not support a bill (HB 1762) that would increase restrictions on abortion clinics and could force some of them to close, Mother Jones reports.

'Stealth War on Abortion Clinics' Continues in Ohio, Op-Ed States
"Ohio's anti-abortion activists and legislators have engaged in a stealth war on abortion clinics," in which "they are picking off clinics one by one, with almost no interference from the local courts," Robin Marty writes in an opinion piece in The Guardian.

ACLU of Ohio Urges Court Response in Lawsuit Challenging State Abortion Restrictions
The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio in a court filing Monday requested a hearing and summary judgment in a lawsuit concerning abortion-related measures in the state's two-year budget, the AP/Toledo Blade 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.

True Intention of Many State Laws is To Block Abortion Rights, L.A. Times Editorial Says
While "[m]any of the regulations on abortion now cropping up in states across the country are being passed off as attempts to protect women's health ... what they are really intended to do is to continue the long-running war on women's reproductive rights that unfortunately did not end with Roe vs. Wade 40 years ago," a Los Angeles Times editorial states.

Featured Blogs
"Abortion Rights Aren't Safe in the South," (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 9/2); "Montana Charges Woman With 'Criminal Endangerment' at Just 12 Weeks Pregnant," (Marty, Care2, 9/2).

La. Admitting Privileges Law Back in Court This Month
A federal judge on Tuesday set the timeline for the next steps in a request to block Louisiana's admitting privileges law (HB 388) while an underlying challenge to the law continues, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Federal Judge Finds Texas Abortion Clinic Restrictions Unconstitutional
A federal judge on Friday barred enforcement of a provision in a Texas antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) that would have closed more than a dozen of the state's remaining abortion clinics, the New York Times reports.

Judge Stalls Enforcement of La. Admitting Privileges Law for Some Abortion Providers
A federal judge on Sunday temporarily blocked Louisiana from enforcing an admitting privileges law (HB 388) while some doctors are attempting to comply with it and a court challenge continues, the AP/New York Times reports.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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).

Ala. Antiabortion-Rights Bills Head to Gov.
The Alabama Senate last 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. Admitting Privileges Lawsuit Will Proceed
A federal judge has ordered a trial to determine the constitutionality of an Alabama law (HB 57) that requires physicians who perform abortions in the state to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, Reuters reports.

Judge Sets Trial Date Over Ala. Admitting Privileges Law
U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson has set a May 19 trial date for a case over the constitutionality of an Alabama law (HB 57) that requires physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, Reuters reports.

Featured Blog: 'AL HB31: Where Saving a Woman's Life Becomes a Question of Conscience'
An Alabama bill "would allow the entire hospital staff, including but not limited to physicians, nurses, pharmacists, counselors, and social workers, to refuse to provide medical care in situations that would 'violate their conscience,'" Feministe reports.

Featured Blog
"Texas Abortion Providers Head Back to Court in New HB 2 Lawsuit"(Grimes, RH Reality Check, 4/2).

Second Lawsuit Challenges Texas Law Behind Closed Clinics
Several abortion clinics in Texas have filed suit over a provision in a wide-ranging antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) that would require them to meet the building standards for ambulatory surgical centers, the New York Times reports.

Okla. House Panel Advances Abortion Clinic, Emergency Contraceptive Restrictions
An Oklahoma House panel on Tuesday advanced two bills that would impose strict regulations on abortion clinics and restrict access to emergency contraception, the Tulsa World reports.

La. House Approves Admitting Privileges, Abortion Reporting Bill
The Louisiana House on Monday passed a bill (HB 388) that would require abortion providers to have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles, among other regulations, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Judge Orders Trial in Ala. Admitting Privileges Lawsuit
A federal judge on Monday ordered a trial to determine the constitutionality of an Alabama law (HB 57) that requires physicians who perform abortions in the state to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, Reuters reports.

Ohio Abortion Clinic Hopes To Stay Open After Securing Deal With Hospital
The only abortion clinic in Toledo, Ohio, has secured a hospital-transfer agreement that might enable it to stay open under a state law, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Planned Parenthood To Complete Texas Abortion Clinic Before Restrictions Take Effect
Planned Parenthood is planning to open a $5 million facility in San Antonio, Texas, that will comply with abortion regulations that are scheduled to take effect in September under a state law (HB 2), Reuters reports.

Appeals Court Upholds Texas Medication Abortion, Admitting Privileges Law
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld two contested provisions in a Texas antiabortion-rights law (HB 2), ruling that the restrictions do not unduly burden women, the New York Times reports.

Planned Parenthood To Develop N.C. Abortion Clinic in Compliance With Potential Regulations
Raleigh, N.C.-based Planned Parenthood Health Systems announced it will open a new abortion clinic that will comply with a new state law (SB 353) that authorizes making ambulatory surgery center rules applicable to clinics, the Carolina Public Press reports.

N.H. House Rejects Increased Abortion Clinic Regulations
The New Hampshire House on Thursday rejected one antiabortion-rights measure (HB 1501) and referred another (HB 1502) for further study, the New Hampshire Union Leader reports.

Featured Blogs
"A Mississippi Teen is Facing Life in Prison for Using Cocaine During Her Pregnancy" (Dusenbery, Feministing, 3/19), "One City's 6 Month Quest To Take Its Sidewalks Back from Anti-Abortion Protesters" (Marty, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 3/19) and "Louisiana House Committee Passes Admitting Privileges Bill" (Wilson, RH Reality Check, 3/20).

Wis. Petitions Supreme Court To Review Admitting Privileges Law
Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen (R) on Wednesday petitioned the Supreme Court to review a state law (Act 37) that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports.

Featured Blog
"'Abortion Tourism' and Married Sex: Conservatives Get Mad at Anything Women Do," (Marcotte, RH Reality Check, 3/17).

Pact Reached To Keep Open Only Clinic in N.D. Providing Abortions
North Dakota and the sole abortion clinic in the state have resolved a dispute over a law (SB 2305) requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a local hospital, and the facility will be able to continue operating, the Los Angeles Times' "Nation Now" reports.

La. Bill Would Increase Abortion Licensing, Reporting Requirements
Both opponents and supporters of a Louisiana bill (HB 388) that would increase abortion restrictions say misinformation is circulating about what the bill would do, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Featured Blog
"For Too Many, Accessing Abortion is Already an 'Undue Burden,'" (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 3/11).

Mo. House Advances Parental Involvement Measure
he Missouri House on Tuesday passed a separate bill (HB 1192) that would require minors to notify both parents that they plan to have an abortion at least five days before the procedure, the AP/ABC News reports.

Spread of TRAP Laws Threatens Clinics Nationwide
The burgeoning number of states imposing strict regulations on abortion clinics "is proving one of the most effective [tactics] in years for pro-life groups" that seek to limit access to abortion services by closing clinics, the Washington Times reports.

Two More Texas Abortion Clinics Close Under Omnibus Antiabortion-Rights Law
Whole Woman's Health on Wednesday announced that it would close two facilities in Texas because they are unable to comply with the state's stringent new abortion regulations (HB 2), the Texas Tribune reports.

Blogs Comment on Abortion Clinic Closures, 'Birth Control Truthers,' More
"Three More Abortion Clinics Forced To Close in Texas: 'This is a State of Emergency,'" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress); "Alabama Report Makes it Clear How Brutally Women Are Treated in Prison," (Marty, Care2, 3/5); "Nation's First Birthing Center/Abortion Clinic Opens in Buffalo. This Is Huge," (Marcotte, "XX Factor," Slate, 3/6).

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.

Ariz. Group Behind Controversial Anti-LGBT Bill Pushes Clinic Regulations
The conservative group behind a controversial Arizona bill allowing businesses to refuse service to people for religious reasons is also championing an antiabortion-rights measure (HB 2284), the New York Times reports.

Ind. House Modifies Abortion Bill To Shield Physicians' Identities
An Indiana bill (S 292) that would increase regulations for abortion clinics has advanced to the full House after changes in committee, the AP/Indianapolis Star reports.

Abortion Access Scarce at Ohio Hospitals
Abortions are rarely available at hospitals in Ohio, where state restrictions have closed or threatened many abortion clinics, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Admitting Privileges Bill Advances in Okla.
Earlier this week, the Oklahoma Senate Committee on Health and Human Services in a 5-3 vote approved a measure (SB 1848) that would require physicians performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic, the Tulsa World reports.

Texas Closes First Clinic Under Admitting Privileges Law
Texas health officials on Friday closed a Houston abortion clinic after a physician there failed to obtain admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, as required under a new state law (HB 2), Texas Public Radio reports.

Ariz. Bill Would Allow Unscheduled Abortion Clinic Inspections
An Arizona bill (HB 2284) that would allow unannounced inspections at abortion clinics advanced out of committee on Thursday in a party-line vote, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Settlement Considered Over Blocked N.D. Admitting Privileges Law
The Center for Reproductive Rights and North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem (R) are in talks to potentially settle a lawsuit over a state law (SB 2305) requiring physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their clinic, Bloomberg reports.

Arguments Continue Over Ala. Admitting Privileges Law
A federal judge on Friday heard testimony in a lawsuit challenging an Alabama law (HB 57) that requires physicians who provide abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Featured Blog
"Louisiana Health Officials 'Rescind' Abortion Rules Hours Before Hearing" (Andrea Grimes, RH Reality Check, 2/4).

Abortion-Rights Groups Praise Decision on La. Clinic Rules, Worry About Future Changes
Abortion-rights supporters on Tuesday rallied outside the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals to voice their thoughts on the state's plans to revise abortion clinic regulations, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Ind. Senate Passes Bill Requiring Written Hospital Admitting Privileges for Abortion Providers
The Indiana Senate on Tuesday approved a bill (SB 292) that would require abortion providers,who already must obtain admitting privileges at a nearby hospital or partner with a doctor who has such privileges, to file written documentation of the privileges with the state, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

La. Rescinds Controversial Rules That Threatened Abortion Clinics
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's (R) administration on Monday announced that it had rescinded a set of abortion regulations that could have threatened to close the state's five abortion clinics, the AP/KATC reports.

Ohio Abortion Clinic Can Remain Open While Appealing State Closure Order, Judge Rules
A judge on Friday ruled that an Ohio abortion clinic could remain open while it continues to appeal the state's order that it close for violating a rule on hospital transfer agreements, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Featured Blogs
"AL HB31: Where Saving a Woman's Life Becomes a Question of Conscience" (Caperton, Feministe, 1/31) and "Repro Wrap: So Many TRAPs, so few Clinics and Other News" (Marty, Care2, 1/31).

Ohio Abortion Clinic Appeals State Closure Order
An Ohio abortion clinic on Tuesday appealed the state's order that it close for violating a requirement that such facilities have hospital transfer agreements, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Ind. Senate Advances More Restrictions
An Indiana Senate committee on Wednesday voted 8-2 to advance a modified bill on abortion clinic regulations, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Complex Health Dept. Regulations Threaten La. Abortion Clinics
New Louisiana rules for abortion clinics could make it difficult for any of the state's five clinics to stay open, abortion-rights supporters say, the AP/Washington Times reports.

Ariz. Moves To Implement Clinic Rules, Medication Abortion Restrictions
Arizona officials on Monday published new abortion clinic regulations that are scheduled to take effect April 1, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution 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).

Ohio Abortion Clinic Ordered To Close Under State Law
The Ohio Department of Health on Friday ordered an abortion clinic to close after denying its request for reprieve from a state law on hospital transfer agreements, the AP/Sandusky Register reports.

Half of States Fail Reproductive-Rights Report Card; Some Show Promise on Pro-Choice Laws
On Tuesday, two groups on opposite sides of the abortion-rights debate released reports grading states on abortion-related legislation, Politico Pro 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.

Featured Blogs
"Judge to Texas Women: Living 150 Miles From an Abortion Clinic is No Big Deal if You Drive Fast" (Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress," 1/7), "Salon's Guide To Convincing Free-Market Ideologues To Support Reproductive Rights" (Katie McDonough, Salon, 1/9) and "REPORT: The United States Scores a Measly C- on Reproductive Health Care" (Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress," 1/9).

New York Times Editorial Warns of 'Tenuous State' of Abortion Access
A recent court hearing over a provision in a larger antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) in Texas demonstrated the "tenuous state of women's basic right to make their own childbearing decisions," a New York Times' editorial states.

New Va. Gov. Lacks Authority To Change Abortion Rules, Argues Outgoing AG Cuccinelli
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) on Friday issued an advisory opinion stating that Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe (D) has no legal authority to implement a campaign promise to ease regulations for existing abortion clinics, the Washington Times reports.

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.

Texas Admitting Privileges Law Argued in Federal Appeals Court
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday heard opening arguments over the constitutionality of a Texas law (HB 2) that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, the Texas Tribune reports.

Featured Blogs
"More Abortion Restrictions Were Enacted From 2011 to 2013 Than in the Entire Previous Decade" (Gold/Nash, RH Reality Check, 1/6); "Fifth Circuit Judges Hear Arguments on Texas' Omnibus Anti-Abortion Law" (Grimes, RH Reality Check, 1/6); "Texas Family Describes 'Pure Hell' of Being Forced To Keep Their Loved One on Life Support" (McDonough, Salon, 1/6); and As Abortion Providers Are Under Attack, Fake Anti-Choice Clinics Are Gaining Ground" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 1/2).

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.

Federal Appeals Court Stays Wis. Admitting Privileges Law, Pending Trial
The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Dec. 20 upheld a lower court's preliminary injunction against a Wisconsin law (SB 206) that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles, the AP/Minnesota Star Tribune reports.

Va. Gov.-Elect McAuliffe Criticized for Retaining McDonnell's Health Secretary
In a move that has drawn criticism from some abortion-rights supporters, Virginia Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe (D) on Wednesday said he would retain William Hazel as state secretary of health and human services, the AP/Columbus Republic reports.

Both Sides Seek Summary Judgment in Lawsuit Over Ala. Admitting Privileges Law
On Monday, Alabama state attorneys and attorneys representing three abortion clinics filed court papers asking a federal judge to issue summary judgment on the legality of a state law (HB 57) that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

N.C. Officials in Early Stages of Developing Abortion Clinic Rules
North Carolina officials are in the preliminary stages of developing rules for abortion clinics under a new state law (SB 353), the Raleigh News & Observer reports.

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).

Sole Abortion Clinic on Texas Coastal Bend Sees Patient Surge
The number of patients at an abortion clinic in Corpus Christi, Texas, has tripled since other clinics in the Rio Grande Valley closed because of new state regulations, according to the physician who runs the remaining clinic, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Antiabortion Group's Latest Proposal Aims To Increase Abortion Clinic Lawsuits
Americans United for Life has developed new model legislation that would allow patients and families to sue abortion clinics for alleged violations of state regulations, Bloomberg reports.

Appeals Court Hears Arguments Over Wis. Admitting Privileges Law
A federal appeals court on Tuesday heard oral arguments in a case regarding a temporarily blocked Wisconsin law (SB 206) that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles, Bloomberg reports.

State Laws Driving Abortion Clinic Closures
State laws targeting clinics have proven more effective at reducing abortion access than restrictions aimed at patients, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.

Featured Blogs
"Abortion Services Restored at Whole Woman's Health in Fort Worth, Texas" (Wilson, RH Reality Check, 11/27) and "The Next State-Level Fights Over Abortion Are Already Brewing" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 11/26).

Federal Judge Blocks Ind. Law That Singles Out Clinic Offering Medication Abortions
A federal judge on Tuesday granted Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky a temporary injunction against an Indiana law (SB 371) that tightens restrictions on women's health facilities that offer medication abortions, Bloomberg reports.

Ariz. Draft Abortion Regulations Impose New Requirements on Abortion Providers
Arizona health officials have drafted new rules regulating abortion clinics, as required under a 2012 state law (HB 2036), the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Austin Planned Parenthood Clinic Resumes Abortion Services After Meeting Law's Requirements
A Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas clinic in Austin resumed offering abortion services on Friday after a doctor was able to comply with a new law (HB 2) that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, the Austin Chronicle reports.

Texas Abortion Providers Scramble To Ensure Abortion Access Under New Law
Texas abortion providers are working to secure abortion access for women in the state after the Supreme Court said it would not block a new law (HB 2) that requires their doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, the Texas Tribune 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).

Supreme Court 'Should Have Blocked' Texas Law While Appeal Proceeds, New York Times Editorial States
The Supreme Court's "alarming" decision to not block part of a Texas antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) "will affect thousands of women" by continuing to impede "access to safe and legal abortion care in the state," a New York Times editorial states.

Supreme Court Declines To Block Texas Admitting Privileges Law
The Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision declined an emergency application asking it to block a new Texas law (HB 2) that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, the New York 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.

Next Va. Gov. Will Decide Abortion Clinics' Fate, Washington Post Editorial States
Two of Virginia's busiest abortion clinics have already closed, and if state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) were elected governor, "most of the remaining 18 clinics are likely to shut their doors within months," a Washington Post editorial states.

Lawsuit Against Va. Abortion Clinic Rules Allowed To Continue, Judge Rules
An Arlington County, Va., judge ruled that a lawsuit filed by the Falls Church Medical Center against new state abortion clinic regulations can proceed, the Washington Post reports.

Virginia's Largest Abortion Provider Closes Under City Ordinance
Virginia's highest-volume abortion clinic, NOVA Women's Healthcare, has closed because of a new city ordinance changing its zoning and approval requirements, the Washington Post reports.

Calif. Referendums Could Block Laws That Expand Abortion Access
Opponents of new California laws (AB 154, AB 980) that aim to expand abortion access have launched referendum efforts that would block the state from implementing the laws, City News Service/Los Angeles Daily News 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.

Featured Blogs
"Attorneys for Indiana Defend TRAP Law in Federal Court" (Jessica Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 11/4), "Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Decision Striking Oklahoma Medication Abortion Ban" (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 11/4) and "Texas Abortion Providers File Emergency Petition With Supreme Court Over HB 2" (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 11/4).

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

Appeals Court Lifts Injunction on Texas Admitting Privileges Law, Narrows Medication Abortion Ruling
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday granted an emergency stay against a federal judge's ruling that struck down part of a Texas antiabortion law (HB 2) that requires physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, the Texas Tribune reports.

Featured Blog
"BREAKING: Three Bush-Appointed Judges Reinstate Texas' Anti-Abortion Law" (Ian Millhiser, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress," 10/31).

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.

Fight Over Tenn. Antiabortion Ballot Measures Begins With Election One Year Away
Although voting is a year away, abortion-rights opponents and supporters in Tennessee are launching campaigns to sway voters' opinions on a proposed constitutional amendment that would restrict abortion access, the AP/Sacramento Bee 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.

Featured Blog
"Ohio Clinic Closures Limit Safe Abortion Access" (Teddy Wilson, RH Reality Check, 10/18).

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.

Abortion: TRAP Laws | In the Courts

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

Whole Woman's Health, et al., v. Lakey, et al.
Federal court challenge to a Texas law that requires all clinics providing abortions, even non-surgical medication abortions, to meet building standards required for ambulatory surgical centers.

Burns v. Cline
State court challenge to an Oklahoma law that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a hospital within thirty miles of where the procedure is performed.

Hope Medical Group for Women v. LeBlanc
Challenge in federal court to a Louisiana law that exposes abortion providers to legal liability and exempts them from medical malpractice suit restrictions.

June Medical Services, LLC v. Caldwell
Federal court challenge to a Louisiana law that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of where the provider performs abortion care.

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin v. Van Hollen
Federal court challenge to a Wisconsin law that requires abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges.

Planned Parenthood Southeast, Inc. v. Bentley
Federal court challenge to an Alabama law, which would take effect on July 1, 2013, that requires all physicians who perform abortions to have staff privileges at a local hospital.

Jackson Women's Health Organization and Willie Parker v. Mary Currier and Robert Shuler Smith
Federal court challenge to a Mississippi state law designed to close the state's only abortion clinic, which requires abortion providers at the clinic to be board certified OB/GYNs and have admitting privileges at local hospitals.

Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas Surgical Health Services et al. v. Abbott
Challenge in federal court to a Texas law that imposes restrictions on medication abortion (including forcing physicians to administer medication in an outdated manner and requiring several in-person visits with a physician) and requires all physicians who perform abortions to have active admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles.

Falls Church Medical Center v. Virginia Board of Health
Challenge to a Virginia Regulation that places stringent standards on the licensing and regulation of abortion facilities.

Hope Medical Group for Women v. Keck
Challenge to actions by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals ordering an immediate suspension and seeking permanent revocation of the clinic's operating license under a new state law.

Prudhome v. June Medical Services, LLC
Challenge in state court to a Louisiana law that exposes abortion providers to legal liability and exempts them from medical malpractice suit restrictions.

Choice, Inc. of Texas v. Greenstein
Challenge to a Louisiana law which expands the state's authority to suspend or revoke the licenses of outpatient abortion facilities, thus restricting access to care for Louisiana women.

Hodes & Nauser v. Moser
Challenge in state court to Kansas regulatory scheme that would prevent the provision of abortion services in any medical establishment not licensed as an abortion facility, even where prompt termination of pregnancy is needed to prevent serious harm to the woman's health.

Hodes & Nauser v. Moser
Challenge in federal court to temporary regulations and licensing process adopted and implemented by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.