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A number of state legislatures and organizations put barriers between women and abortion care by directly interfering with a woman's medical care. Ultrasound laws impose medically unnecessary requirements for an ultrasound prior to receiving an abortion. These laws serve no purpose except to shame women, impose unnecessary medical procedures on women and doctors, and increase the expense of abortion care.

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).

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ky. Antiabortion-Rights Bills Fail in Committee
A Kentucky House Committee last week rejected three antiabortion-rights bills, including two (HB 575, SB 8) that would have required women to be shown an ultrasound before an abortion and another (SB 3) that would have mandated face-to-face consultations before abortions, the Cincinnati Enquirer 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.

Fla. Bill Requiring Test of Fetal Viability Stalls
A vote on a bill (SB 918) that would require physicians to determine whether a fetus is viable before an abortion has been postponed at the request of its sponsor, the Bradenton Herald reports.

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.

Effort To Repeal Va. Ultrasound Law Dies in House
A Virginia House subcommittee on Friday rejected a bill (SB 617) that would have repealed a state law requiring ultrasounds before abortions, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

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

Va. Senate Attempts Repeal of Antiabortion-Rights Laws
The Virginia Senate on Tuesday narrowly passed a bill (SB 617) that would repeal a state law requiring ultrasounds before abortions but defeated a measure (SB 618) that would have allowed private health plans sold through the state's health insurance exchange to offer abortion coverage, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

Va. Dems Push To Repeal Ultrasound Law, Expand Abortion Coverage
A Virginia Senate committee on Thursday approved two bills (SB 617, SB 618) that would repeal some of the state's abortion restrictions, the Virginian-Pilot reports.

Ky. Senate Passes Bill Requiring Narrated Ultrasound Before Abortion
The Kentucky Senate on Wednesday passed a bill (SB 8) that would require women to undergo an ultrasound while having the image described to them by the administering medical professional before receiving an abortion, the Louisville Courier-Journal 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).

N.C. Leaders At Odds Over Appeal on Ultrasound Provision
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) and Republican legislative leaders disagree whether the state should appeal a recent court ruling that overturned an ultrasound requirement in a state antiabortion-rights law (HB 854), the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

On Roe Anniversary, Both Sides Grapple With Legislative, Judicial Realities
On the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, abortion-rights supporters and opponents are assessing their strategies in light of this year's midterm election and judicial responses to recent abortion restrictions.

Judge Rejects N.C. Law Requiring Description of Ultrasound
A federal judge on Friday ruled that a North Carolina law (HB 854) requiring abortion providers to perform an ultrasound, describe it to the woman and offer her a chance to hear the fetal heartbeat violates physicians' free-speech rights, Reuters reports.

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).

Va. Abortion-Rights Coalition Hopes To Ease Restrictions Under New Governor
Following the November election of Virginia Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe (D), abortion-rights supporters are hoping to roll back abortion restrictions enacted under outgoing Gov. Bob McDonnell (R), the Virginian-Pilot's "Pilot on Politics" 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.

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.

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.

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.

ACLU Files Lawsuit Over Antiabortion Provisions in Ohio Budget; NYT Examines State's Incremental Strategy
The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio on Wednesday challenged three abortion-related provisions in Ohio's current budget, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Ohio Women Rally Against State Budget's Abortion Restrictions
Women's rights advocates rallied at the Ohio Statehouse on Wednesday against state budget provisions that they said are threatening women's health and rights, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

Ohio Dems Launch Effort To Repeal Women's Health Restrictions in State Budget
Democratic Ohio Reps. John Carney and Kathleen Clyde plan to introduce legislation that would repeal state budget restrictions they say will harm women's health care, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

Ohio Democrats Say Antiabortion Budget Provisions Among 'Most Aggressive' in U.S.
Four Ohio House Democrats last week heard testimony on concerns regarding abortion restrictions in the state budget that will take effect at the end of September, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

Planned Parenthood Challenges Ind. Medication Abortion Law
Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit challenging an Indiana law (SB 371) that tightens restrictions on medication abortion and could end use of the procedure entirely at the organization's clinic in Lafayette, Reuters reports.

Wis. Appeals Ruling on Antiabortion Law; AG Says Religious Hospitals Must Grant Abortion Providers Admitting Privileges
Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen (R) on Tuesday appealed a federal court ruling that blocked until November a state law (SB 206) requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 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.

Federal Judge Blocks Law Threatening Wis. Abortion Clinics
A federal judge on Friday issued a preliminary injunction against a Wisconsin law (SB 206) that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles, the Washington Post's "Post Politics" reports.

GOP Governors Downplay Antiabortion Laws at National Governors Association Meeting
Governors at the National Governors Association meeting on Friday discussed recently enacted abortion regulations, with some Republicans seeking to downplay those efforts and Democrats looking to capitalize on the GOP's stance on social issues, the Washington Post's "Post Politics" reports.

Featured Blogs
"All Eyes on Texas " (Rosch, Ms. Magazine blog, 7/10), "Women's Health Experts Virtually Absent From Cable News Coverage of Texas Abortion Bill" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 7/11) and "House Republicans Slip Anti-Choice Measure Into Appropriations Bill" (Stan, RH Reality Check, 7/10).

Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks New Wis. Admitting Privileges Law
A federal judge on Monday issued a temporary injunction to block part of a Wisconsin law that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, Reuters reports.

Featured Blogs
"Lone Star State Not Alone" (Louise Melling, American Civil Liberties Union's "Blog of Rights," 7/2) and "After One Year of Forced Ultrasounds in Virginia, Report Examines Role of CPCs" (Robin Marty, RH Reality Check, 7/8).

Planned Parenthood, ACLU Quickly Challenge Wis. Hospital Admitting Privileges Law
Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the American Civil Liberties Union on Friday filed a lawsuit seeking to block a Wisconsin law that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, the Washington Post reports.

Va. Crisis Pregnancy Centers Using Ultrasound Law To Promote Antiabortion Agenda, NARAL Report Finds
Virginia crisis pregnancy centers are promoting their opposition to abortion rights by exploiting a provision in a state law (HB 462) aimed at ensuring low-income women can access no-cost ultrasounds, according to a NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia report, the AP/Washington Post reports.

Featured Blogs
"The Texas Spring: How Wendy Davis Is Taking on the Good Ole Boys" (Norris, Huffington Post blogs, 6/28) and "Ohio Simultaneously Makes It Harder To Prevent a Pregnancy and Harder To Terminate One" (Marcotte, "XX Factor," Slate, 7/1).

Ohio. Gov. Kasich Signs Budget Restrictions on Abortion, Family Planning Funding
Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) on Sunday signed a two-year, $62 billion state budget (HB 59) that includes new abortion restrictions and a provision that will essentially block federal family planning funding from Planned Parenthood, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

Supreme Court To Review Okla. Medication Abortion Law, Asks State Court for Clarification
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to review an Oklahoma medication abortion law (HB 1970), pending clarification from the Oklahoma Supreme Court on its understanding of the statute, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Fetal Heartbeat Provision Added to Ohio Budget; Gov. Noncommittal on Signing
An Ohio joint conference committee on Tuesday approved a budget bill after adding a provision that would require women seeking abortions to undergo an ultrasound to try to detect a fetal heartbeat, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

Featured Blogs
"Supreme Court Considers Entering Mandatory Ultrasound Debate" (Jessica Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 6/18) and "Now That Plan B is Available to all Women, Conservatives Want To Restrict it on the State Level" (Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress," 6/19).

Wis. Antiabortion Bill Heads to Gov. Walker
The Wisconsin Assembly on Thursday approved a bill (SB 206) that contains several abortion restrictions and sent it to Gov. Scott Walker (R), who is expected to sign it into law, Reuters reports.

Wis. Gov. Walker Backs Fast-Tracked Antiabortion Bill
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) on Tuesday said he would sign a multi-faceted antiabortion-rights bill (SB 206) that is quickly advancing through the Republican-controlled Legislature, the AP/St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Federal Judge Temporarily Halts Ark. 12-Week Abortion Ban While Lawsuit Proceeds
A federal judge on Friday issued a preliminary injunction that prevents Arkansas from enforcing a ban (Act 301) on most abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy while a lawsuit challenging the law continues, the New York Times reports.

Sole N.D. Abortion Clinic Sues Over Hospital Admitting Privileges Law
The Center for Reproductive Rights on Wednesday filed a lawsuit on behalf of North Dakota's only abortion clinic to challenge a state law (HB 2305) requiring physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Texas Lawmakers Broker Quiet Agreement on Women's Health Funds
Democrats and Republicans in the Texas Legislature are "quietly" working together to restore women's health funding, marking a sharp contrast from the "high-octane drama" over cuts to women's health services in recent years, the Texas Tribune/New York Times reports.

Featured Blogs
"State Policy Trends 2013: Abortion Bans Move to the Forefront" (Elizabeth Nash/Rachel Benson Gold, RH Reality Check, 4/12) and "Federal Court Blocks Mississippi Admitting Privileges Law" (Jessica Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 4/15).

Opinion Piece Explores Impact of Family Planning Funding Cuts in Texas
Last week, the Texas House took an important step toward restoring 2011 budget cuts that "caused more than 55 family planning clinics across the state to close and left remaining providers with less funding and more patients in need of care," Joseph Potter -- a professor at the University of Texas-Austin -- writes in an opinion piece in the Austin Statesman.

Ind. House Panel Advances Medication Abortion Restrictions After Omitting Mandatory Ultrasound Provision
The Indiana House Public Policy Committee on Wednesday voted 8-5 to advance a bill (SB 371) that would tighten restrictions on clinics that provide medication abortions, the Indianapolis Star reports.

Okla. Attorney General Asks U.S. Supreme Court To Reinstate Antiabortion Law
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt (R) on Friday filed a petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a ruling that struck down a state law (HB 2780) requiring women seeking an abortion to view an ultrasound image and hear a description of the fetus, AP/KSWO reports.

Featured Blogs
"Coercion, Not Consent" (John Culhane/Gayle Matthews, Huffington Post blogs, 3/20).

Tenn. Lawmakers Drop Ultrasound Bill, Focus on Ballot Measure Instead
Tennessee Sen. Jim Tracy (R) and Rep. Rick Womick (R) announced on Wednesday that they will no longer pursue legislation (HB 984, SB 632) that would require abortion providers to perform an ultrasound and describe the image to the woman before an abortion, the AP/ Chattanooga Times Free Press reports.

Texas Lawmaker Plans Bill To Overturn Pre-Abortion Waiting Period Law in Light of New Research
A 2011 Texas law mandating a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion is emotionally harmful to some women, but it has not led women seeking abortions to change their minds about wanting the procedure, according to a study presented on Wednesday by a lawmaker seeking to overturn the restrictions, the AP/San Antonio Express-News reports.

Ind. Senate Approves New Restrictions on Clinics That Provide Medication Abortion
The Indiana Senate on Tuesday voted 33-16 to approve a bill (SB 371) that would tighten restrictions on clinics that provide medication abortion and require physicians to perform ultrasounds on women before prescribing them the drugs, the AP/U-T San Diego reports.

Ind. Senate Panel Advances Bill Restricting Medication Abortion Providers
The Indiana Senate Health Committee on Wednesday voted 7-5 to pass a bill (SB 371) that would tighten restrictions on clinics that provide medication abortion, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Ky. Senate Approves Two Antiabortion Bills
The Kentucky Senate on Friday voted 31-4 to approve two bills that would require new steps before a woman could have an abortion, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports.

Mich. GOP Leaders Reject Transvaginal Ultrasound Bill; Sponsor Considers Amendments
Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger (R) and Gov. Rick Snyder (R) on Wednesday said they are not interested in passing legislation that would require a woman seeking an abortion to undergo a transvaginal ultrasound, TPMDC reports.

Mich. Bill Would Require Transvaginal Ultrasound in Many Cases
Michigan lawmakers have introduced a bill (HB 4187) that would require women to receive an ultrasound at least two hours before obtaining an abortion, Salon reports. State Rep. Joel Johnson (R) sponsored the bill, which has 22 co-sponsors.

Wyo. Senate Rejects Pre-Abortion Requirements
The Wyoming Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday voted 4-1 to reject a bill (SF 88) that would have required doctors and women to complete several steps, including a waiting period, before an abortion could be performed, the Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports.

Ark. Senate Passes Bill Requiring Transvaginal Ultrasound
The Arkansas Senate on Thursday approved a bill (SB 134) that would prohibit abortion if a fetal heartbeat is detectable via a transvaginal ultrasound, which could be as early as five weeks, Reuters reports.

Va. Senate Panel Kills Last Attempt To Reverse Ultrasound Law; AG Cuccinelli Backed Measure
The Virginia Senate Committee on Education and Health on Monday rejected the last remaining bill (SB 1332) that would have reversed a state law (HB 462) requiring women to obtain an ultrasound before an abortion, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Interview Reflects on 40th Anniversary of Roe Decision
Terry Gross interviewed Carolyn Jones, a journalist who wrote in the Texas Observer about her experience obtaining an abortion in Texas two weeks after the state's ultrasound law took effect, NPR's "Fresh Air" reports.

Va. Republicans Block Effort To Repeal Ultrasound Law
The Virginia Senate Committee on Education and Health on Thursday rejected two measures that would have repealed a state law (HB 462) requiring women to obtain an ultrasound before an abortion, the Washington Post reports.

Va. Lawmakers Reportedly Consider 'Grand Bargain' on Abortion Legislation
Virginia legislative leaders have met behind closed doors to discuss a "grand bargain" on abortion-related legislation, an anonymous Democratic aide told the Huffington Post.

Featured Blogs
"Virginia Legislators Move to Offense To Win Back Reproductive Rights" (Robin Marty, RH Reality Check, 1/13)

Forty Years After Roe v. Wade, Women Still Caught in 'Political Fight,' New York Times Columnist Writes
In the 40 years since the Supreme Court issued its ruling in Roe v. Wade, "women seeking abortions have been put through a lot of unnecessary trauma" by laws that force them to travel far distances to obtain the procedure and comply with requirements like mandatory ultrasounds and waiting periods, New York Times columnist Gail Collins writes.

Wis. Lawmakers, Antiabortion Groups Plan New Abortion Restrictions
A new session of the Wisconsin Legislature began on Monday, and lawmakers and antiabortion-rights groups are planning measures to further restrict abortion access in the state, WUWM reports.

Okla. Court's Rejection of Antiabortion Laws Should 'Be a Message to Lawmakers,' Editorial State
The Oklahoma Supreme Court's recent rejection of two state antiabortion laws should "be a message to lawmakers to give up on this line of legislation," a Tulsa World editorial states.

Okla. Supreme Court Rejects Ultrasound, Medication Abortion Laws
The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld rulings rejecting two state laws that required women seeking an abortion to view an ultrasound image and restrict the use of medication abortion drugs, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Wis. Antiabortion Group Hopes To Use GOP Majority To Bolster Abortion Regulations
Wisconsin's largest antiabortion-rights group, Wisconsin Right to Life, hopes to capitalize on Republican control of the Legislature and governorship to push through a number of abortion restrictions in the next legislative session, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Featured Blogs
"Texas Will Continue Funding to Planned Parenthood, For Now" (Andrea Grimes, RH Reality Check, 10/31) and "Heartbeat: My Involuntary Miscarriage and 'Voluntary Abortion' in Ohio" (Tamara Mann, Huffington Post blogs, 11/1).

Family Physicians Group Decries 'Legislative Interference' in Physician-Patient Relationship
The American Academy of Family Physicians at a meeting last week passed resolutions supporting physician-patient confidentiality and the right of doctors to follow their consciences, MedPage Today reports.

Salon Examines Everyday Impact of Abortion Laws on Doctors, Patients
Although political battles over abortion frequently make headlines, the details of how abortion restrictions affect the lives of women and medical personnel day to day "tends to stay hidden inside clinic walls," Salon reports.

State Laws Hinder Access to Abortion Information, Limit Women's Options, Experts Say
Although abortion is legal in the U.S., state laws are making it increasingly difficult for women to obtain abortions or even to get information about the procedure, the AP/Washington Post reports.

Featured Blogs
"No 'Personhood' Amendments Will Appear on Any Ballot This Election Day" (Erin Gloria Ryan, Jezebel, 10/16) and "The Woman who Dared To Show us a Transvaginal Probe" (Steve Williams, Care2, 10/16).

Abortion Access Reverting to Pre-Roe 'Patchwork' in States, Advocates Warn
A "rash" of state-level abortion restrictions in recent years has made accessing abortion incredibly difficult for many women, even as the procedure remains legal, women's health experts say, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.

Future of Alaska Abortion Legislation Could Hinge on State Senate Races
A conservative push to gain a majority in the Alaska Senate could have repercussions for abortion-related legislation in the state, the Alaska Dispatch reports.

Mother Jones Examines Americans United for Life's Role in State Antiabortion Legislation
The antiabortion-rights group Americans United for Life is "chipping away at abortion access at an ever-faster pace," claiming credit for 24 abortion restrictions passed nationwide last year, Kate Sheppard writes in Mother Jones.

Featured Blogs
"Virginia Forced Ultrasound Law Interferes With Health Services, Clinic Director Says" (Reilly Moore, RH Reality Check, 8/16) and "Attacks on Planned Parenthood in Texas Forced at Least 50 Unaffiliated Health Clinics To Close" (Tara Culp-Ressler, ThinkProgress, 8/16).

La. Abortion Laws Take Effect
Two laws took effect on Aug. 1 that place further restrictions on abortion care in Louisiana, WRKF reports

Va. Ultrasound Law Takes Effect
A controversial Virginia law requiring women to receive an ultrasound before an abortion went into effect on Sunday, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

Okla. Appeals Ruling That Struck Down State Ultrasound Law
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt (R) on Thursday appealed a ruling against a state law that requires doctors to show women ultrasounds of their fetuses and describe the images before providing abortion care, The Oklahoman reports.

La. Gov. Jindal Signs Longer Waiting Period, Fetal Heartbeat Bills Into Law
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Thursday signed into law two bills that place further restrictions on abortion care in the state, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

La. Committees Advance Abortion Restrictions, Ask Congress To Defund Planned Parenthood
Committees in the Louisiana Senate and House on Wednesday approved various bills that would increase restrictions on abortion care and oppose funding of Planned Parenthood, the Baton Rouge Advocate reports.

Okla. Gov. Fallin Signs Bill Allowing Lawsuits Against Abortion Providers
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) on Tuesday signed into law a bill (HB 2561) permitting lawsuits against abortion providers -- including any doctor who prescribes medication abortion drugs -- who do not follow the state's voluntary and informed consent laws, The Oklahoman reports.

Okla. House Approves Bill Allowing Lawsuits Against Abortion Providers, Sends to Gov. Fallin
The Oklahoma House on Wednesday voted 89-0 to approve a bill (HB 2561) that would allow women to file lawsuits against abortion providers and anyone who prescribes abortion-inducing drugs if they violate state abortion law, the AP/Wichita Falls Times Record News reports.

Okla. Gov. Fallin Signs Fetal Heartbeat Bill
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) on Friday signed into law a bill (SB 1274) that will require physicians to offer women a chance to listen to a fetal heartbeat prior to an abortion, KTUL reports.

Number of State Antiabortion Bills Down Slightly From This Time Last Year, Guttmacher Reports
At least 75 bills restricting abortion rights have passed at least one state legislative chamber in the first three months of 2012, according to a report released Friday by the Guttmacher Institute, the Washington Times reports.

Ariz. Gov. Brewer Signs Sweeping Antiabortion Bill That Includes 20-Week Ban, Medication Abortion Restrictions
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) on Thursday signed into law a bill (HB 2036) that includes several abortion restrictions, including a ban on the procedure after 20 weeks of gestation in nearly all cases and other limits on abortion, Reuters reports.

R.I. House Committee Holds Hearing on Ultrasound Bill
The Rhode Island House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday held a hearing on a bill (HB 7205) that would require a woman seeking an abortion to first receive an ultrasound, the AP/Boston Globe reports.

Miss. House Adds 'Heartbeat' Amendment to Homicide Bill
The Mississippi House on Tuesday voted 76-39 to revive legislation that would ban abortion if a fetal heartbeat is detectable, the AP/10TV reports.

Ariz. 20-Week Abortion Ban Goes To Gov. Brewer
The Arizona House on Tuesday voted 37-22 to approve a bill (HB 2036) that would ban abortion after 20 weeks of gestation in nearly all cases, the AP/U-T San Diego reports.

Pa. Ultrasound Bill Pulled From Legislative Calendar
A Pennsylvania bill (HB 1077) that would require a woman seeking abortion care to first undergo an ultrasound has been pulled from the Legislature's voting calendar, the Centre Daily News reports.

Okla. Attorney General To Appeal Ruling Striking Down Ultrasound Law
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt (R) plans to appeal a judge's ruling last week that struck down a state law requiring a woman seeking abortion care to first view an ultrasound image of the fetus and listen to a detailed description of it, KJRH reports.

Okla. Judge Strikes Down State Law Requiring Ultrasound, Description of Image Before Abortion
Oklahoma County District Judge Brian Dixon on Wednesday struck down a state law that would have required a woman seeking abortion care to first view an ultrasound image of the fetus and listen to a detailed description of the image, CNN reports.

Idaho Pre-Abortion Ultrasound Bill Appears Finished for This Year
On Tuesday, the sponsor of an Idaho bill (SB 1387) that would mandate ultrasounds before abortions said he would not schedule a committee hearing on the measure, meaning it is likely finished for this year, the AP/Bloomberg Businessweek reports.

Va. Senate Approves Budget Without Plan To Pay for Pre-Abortion Ultrasounds
The Virginia Senate on Monday rejected a budget amendment that would have required the state or private insurers to pay for ultrasounds that a new state law will mandate before abortion care, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

Ky. House Panel Rejects Several Antiabortion Bills
The Kentucky House Health and Welfare Committee on Thursday rejected several antiabortion-rights bills, including a measure (SB 103) that would have required a woman to obtain an ultrasound before an abortion, the AP/Appleton Post Crescent reports.

Idaho House Republicans Uncertain About Prospects for Ultrasound Bill
After cancelling a committee hearing on a bill (SB 1387) that would mandate ultrasounds before abortion care, Idaho House Republicans said they are unsure if the measure will advance during the current legislative session, the AP/Idaho Statesman reports.

Idaho Senate Passes Ultrasound Bill
The Idaho Senate on Monday voted 23-12 to approve a bill (SB 1387) that would require a woman to receive an ultrasound before an abortion, Reuters reports.

Va. Democrats Offer Proposal To Cover Cost of State-Mandated Ultrasound Before Abortion Care
Virginia Senate Democratic leaders are pushing Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) to support a budget change so that women seeking abortion care do not have to pay out-of-pocket for a mandatory ultrasound under a new state law (HB 462), the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

Idaho Senate Committee Advances Bill Mandating Pre-Abortion Ultrasound
The Idaho Senate State Affairs Committee last week approved a bill that would require a woman seeking abortion care to first receive an ultrasound, the Twin Falls Times-News reports.

Va. Gov. McDonnell Signs Controversial Ultrasound Bill
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) on Wednesday signed a bill (HB 462) that will require women seeking abortion to first receive an external ultrasound, the Washington Post's "Virginia Politics" reports.

State Abortion Restrictions Have Little Impact on Demand for Procedure
While state restrictions on access to abortion care, such as requiring an ultrasound or a waiting period, are "burdensome and demeaning," abortion-rights supporters say the obstacles "rarely dissuade women who want the procedure," the AP/Longview News-Journal reports.

Pa. House Postpones Upcoming Vote on Ultrasound Bill
Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R) has postponed a vote on a bill (HB 1077) that would require a woman seeking abortion care to first undergo an ultrasound, his spokesperson said Wednesday evening, the Scranton Times-Tribune reports.

Ala. Lawmaker To Amend Ultrasound Bill To Allow Option of External Procedure
Alabama Sen. Clay Scofield (R) on Sunday announced he would rewrite a bill (SB 12) so that women seeking abortion care could choose between a mandatory vaginal or abdominal ultrasound, the Montgomery Advertiser reports.

Idaho Lawmaker Removes Reference to Vaginal Ultrasounds From Bill
Idaho Senate Assistant Majority Leader Chuck Winder (R) said he has removed a reference to vaginal ultrasounds from an antiabortion-rights bill because "it was confusing," the Spokane Spokesman-Review reports

Va. Debate Reflects Larger Fight Over Ultrasound Laws
Virginia's controversial bill (HB 462) that would require a woman seeking abortion care to first receive an ultrasound is part of a larger push by abortion-rights opponents, who have pushed for similar legislation in other states since 2005, the New York Times reports.

Miss. Lawmakers Plan 'Personhood' Measure, Other Antiabortion Bills
Mississippi lawmakers plan to introduce multiple bills to restrict abortion rights this year, including an attempt to pass legislation similar to a "personhood" measure that voters rejected last year, the AP/Columbus Republic reports.

Va. Senate Defeats 'Personhood' Bill; Senate Comm. Approves Modified Ultrasound Bill
e Virginia Senate on Thursday sent a bill (HB 1) that would define fertilized eggs as people back to committee, ending the measure's chances for this session, Politico reports.

Va. House Approves Amended Version of Ultrasound Bill After Gov. Endorses Compromise
After Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) withdrew support for a bill (HB 462) that would require women seeking abortion care to first receive an ultrasound, members of the House of Delegates on Wednesday voted to approve an amended version, the AP/Washington Post reports.

Ill. House Agriculture Committee Passes Two Bills Restricting Abortion Access
The Illinois House Agriculture & Conservation Committee on Tuesday voted to approve two abortion measures, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Va. Lawmakers Could Approve Ultrasound Bill This Week; Measure Sparks Protests at Capitol
he Virginia House of Delegates as early as Tuesday could give final approval to a measure (HB 462) that would require a woman seeking abortion care to first receive an ultrasound and have the opportunity to view the image, the New York Times reports.

Ky. Senate Passes Bill Requiring Women To Have Ultrasound Before Receiving Abortion Care
The Kentucky Senate on Tuesday voted 32-4 to pass a bill (SB 103) that would require women to obtain an ultrasound before receiving abortion care, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports.

Texas Moves To Implement Ultrasound Law After Judge Defers to Appeals Court's Decision
U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks on Monday said he is bound by an appeals court's decision ordering enforcement of a Texas law that requires doctors to perform an ultrasound, describe the fetus and give the woman the option of hearing the fetal heartbeat before providing an abortion, Reuters reports.

Va. Senate Approves Bill Requiring Ultrasounds Before Abortion Care
The Virginia Senate on Wednesday voted 21-18 to approve a bill (SB 484) that would require women to obtain ultrasounds before they can receive abortion care.

Va. Senate Postpones Vote on Ultrasound Bill To Consider Amendments
On Tuesday, the Republican sponsor of a Virginia bill (SB 484) requiring ultrasounds before abortion care agreed to postpone a vote while a Democratic senator prepares an amendment that would make the ultrasound optional, the Virginian-Pilot reports.

Texas Ultrasound Law Creates Hurdles for Abortion Clinics, Patients
A new Texas law requiring an ultrasound and a 24-hour waiting period before abortion care has created a "bureaucratic nightmare" for clinics and obstacles for their patients, the Texas Tribune/New York Times reports.

Ky. Pre-Abortion Ultrasound, Counseling Bills Advance to Full Senate
A Kentucky Senate Committee on Thursday approved two bills that would require ultrasounds and in-person counseling before abortion care, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports.

Center for Reproductive Rights Requests New Hearing on Texas Ultrasound Law
The Center for Reproductive Rights has requested a new hearing before the full 5th Circuit Court of Appeals over the legality of a Texas antiabortion-rights law, Politico Pro reports.

Appeals Court Panel Clears Immediate Enforcement of Texas Ultrasound Law
On Friday, an appeals court panel approved Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's (R) request to permit immediate enforcement of a state law requiring doctors to perform an ultrasound, describe the fetus and give the woman the option to hear the fetal heartbeat before providing abortion care, the Texas Tribune reports.

Multiple Ultrasound Bills Offered in Va. General Assembly
Four bills that would require ultrasounds before a woman can obtain an abortion have been introduced in the Virginia General Assembly, Capital News Service/Suffolk News Herald reports.

Enforcement of Texas Ultrasound Law in Limbo After Appeals Court Ruling
Although a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that Texas may begin enforcing a new antiabortion-rights law, it remains unclear when the state will do so or how the law's opponents will react, the AP/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reports.

Appeals Court Panel Lifts Injunction Against Texas Ultrasound Law
On Tuesday, a three-judge panel from a federal appeals court lifted a lower court's injunction against a Texas law requiring doctors to perform an ultrasound, provide the woman with the option to hear the fetal heartbeat and describe the fetus before providing abortion care, the AP/Washington Times reports.

U.S. Appeals Court Hears Arguments Over Texas Ultrasound Law
A three-judge panel from a federal appeals court heard arguments on Wednesday over a Texas law requiring doctors to perform an ultrasound and describe the fetus before an abortion, the AP/Houston Chronicle reports.

Judge Blocks Ultrasound Provision of N.C. Abortion Law
U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles on Tuesday temporarily blocked part of a new North Carolina law (HB 854) that requires abortion providers to conduct ultrasounds and describe the images to women before providing abortion services, Reuters reports.

Groups Challenge Constitutionality of N.C. Abortion Law
A coalition of five groups -- the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation, Planned Parenthood Health Systems, Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina and the Center for Reproductive Rights -- on Thursday filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the constitutionality of a North Carolina law that requires abortion providers to comply with specific requirements before a woman can have an abortion, ABC11-WTVD reports.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Parts of Texas Ultrasound Law
A federal judge on Aug. 30 issued a preliminary injunction blocking sections of a new Texas law that requires women seeking abortion care to have an ultrasound and hear a detailed description of the fetus at least 24 hours before the abortion procedure, the Austin American-Statesman reports.

N.C. Senate Votes To Override Veto on Ultrasound Bill, Making Restrictions Law
The North Carolina Senate on Thursday voted 29-19 to override Gov. Beverly Perdue's (D) veto of a measure (HB 854) that would require women to obtain an ultrasound and undergo mandatory counseling at least 24 hours prior to receiving abortion care, effectively making the legislation law, AP/WRAL reports.

N.C. House Votes To Override Governor's Veto of Ultrasound Bill
The North Carolina House on Tuesday voted 72-47 to override Gov. Beverly Perdue's (D) veto of a bill (HB 854) that would require women to obtain an ultrasound and undergo mandatory counseling at least 24 hours prior to receiving abortion care, the AP/Raleigh News & Observer reports.

Preliminary Injunction Sought Against Texas Ultrasound Law
The Center for Reproductive Rights on Thursday filed a motion for a preliminary injunction against a Texas law that requires a woman seeking abortion care to have an ultrasound and hear a detailed description of the fetus at least 24 hours before the abortion procedure, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Planned Parenthood Takes Up Multiple Legal Challenges Nationwide
Planned Parenthood is fighting an "increasingly aggressive campaign" against legislation in several states that restricts abortion rights or cuts off funding to the organization, Politico reports.

Wyo. Senate Rejects Ultrasound Bill
The Wyoming Senate on Friday voted 15-14 to reject a House-approved bill (HB 251) that would have required health care providers in the state to inform a woman that she could view an ultrasound image of her fetus before undergoing an abortion, the Casper Star-Tribune reports.

Wyo. House Approves Bill Requiring Ultrasound Information Before Abortion
The Wyoming House on Wednesday granted final approval to a bill (HB 251) that would require health care providers in the state to inform a woman seeking an abortion that she could view an ultrasound image of her fetus before undergoing an abortion, the AP/Washington Examiner reports.

Abortion: Ultrasound Requirements | In the Courts

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

Nova Health Systems v. Pruitt
Challenge to an Oklahoma law which prohibits a woman from getting an abortion unless she first has an ultrasound image and listens to her doctor describe the image in detail.

Stuart v. Loomis
Challenge to a North Carolina law which prohibits a woman from getting an abortion until four hours after her physician performs an ultrasound, places the ultrasound images in her view, and provides her with a detailed explanation and description of the images, whether or not she wants to see the images or hear any or all of the description.

Pre-Term Cleveland, Inc. v. Kasich
State court challenge to abortion restrictions passed by the legislature as part of the state's 2014-2015 budget bill.

Texas Medical Providers Performing Abortion Services v. Lakey
Challenge to a Texas law which prohibits a woman from getting an abortion unless her physician first performs an ultrasound, places the ultrasound images in her view, describes the images to her, makes fetal heart sounds audible, if possible, and describes those sounds to her, whether or not she wants to see or hear them.