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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. Most restrictions on medication abortion have no medical basis and only serve to limit women’s access to medical care. These include restrictions on how medication abortion can be used, as well as limitations on the use of telemedicine. These restrictions particularly impact rural women and other women in areas without regular reproductive health care providers.

Arizona State Health Director Requests Dismissal of Challenge to Medication Abortion Measure
Arizona's health director is requesting that a federal judge dismiss a challenge to a law (SB 1318) that would require abortion providers to tell women medically unproven information about medication abortion because no physicians have yet been penalized for violating it, the Capitol Media Services/San Tan Valley Sentinel reports.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ariz. House Passes Bill That Would Add Several New Abortion Restrictions
The Arizona House on Monday voted 33-24 to pass a bill (SB 1338) that includes several antiabortion-rights provisions, the AP/Miami Herald reports.

Idaho Senate Approves Telemedicine Abortion Ban
The Idaho Senate on Monday approved a bill (HB 154) that would require physicians to be physically present when administering medication abortion drugs, the AP/KTVB reports.

Ark. Senate Sends Medication Abortion Restrictions to Governor
The Arkansas Senate voted 26-5 to pass a bill (HB 1394) that would restrict medication abortion, the AP/THV 11 reports.

Ark. Senate Sends Medication Abortion Restrictions to Governor
The Arkansas Senate voted 26-5 to pass a bill (HB 1394) that would restrict medication abortion, the AP/THV 11 reports.

Mont. House Passes Telemedicine Abortion Ban
The Montana House on Monday voted 54-46 to pass a bill (HB 587) that would prohibit physicians from providing medication abortion via telemedicine, the Great Falls Tribune reports.

Idaho Bill To Ban Telemedicine Abortion Advances to Governor
The Idaho Senate on Tuesday voted 31-3 to approve a bill (HB 189) that would bar the use of telemedicine in abortion services, the AP/Idaho Statesman reports.

Featured Blogs
"Repro Wrap: Massive Medication Abortion Attacks and Other News" (Marty, Care2, 3/13); CPCs: "Crisis Pregnancy Center' Tells Woman her IUD was a Baby" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 3/13).

Iowa Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Challenge to Telemedicine Abortion Ban
The Iowa Supreme Court on Wednesday heard oral arguments over whether a state rule banning the use of telemedicine in abortion services was a legitimate exercise of state authority or an unconstitutional restriction on women's access to abortion, the Cedar Rapids Gazette reports.

States Restrict Medication Abortion by Mandating Outdated Protocols
States are increasingly restricting medication abortion access by requiring that providers follow FDA protocols that differ from current, evidence-based medical practice, NPR's "Shots" reports.

Iowa Supreme Court Weighs Challenge to Telemedicine Abortion Ban
The Iowa Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear a case that will decide whether Planned Parenthood can continue a telemedicine program that has enabled more than 7,000 women in the state to access medication abortions since 2008, the Des Moines Register reports.

Iowa Abortion Restrictions Fail To Meet Legislative Deadline
Multiple proposed abortion restrictions in Iowa are effectively dead for this legislative session after the measures were not approved by state's Legislature first deadline to advance bills on Thursday, the Des Moines Register reports.

Ark. House Approves Medication Abortion Restrictions
The Arkansas House on Thursday voted 61-7 in favor of a bill (HB 1394) that would restrict medication abortion, Arkansas News reports. The bill will now be considered by the state Senate.

Ark. House Committee Advances One Antiabortion-Rights Bill; Another Stalls
An Arkansas House committee on Tuesday approved a bill (HB 1394) that would restrict medication abortion, while a second measure (HB 1421) that would require abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges did not advance, the AP/Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports.

Idaho House Passes Telemedicine Abortion Ban
The Idaho House on Monday voted 55-14 to pass a bill (HB 154) that would bar physicians from using telemedicine in medication abortion care by requiring them to be physically present while administering the drugs, the AP/Idaho Statesman reports.

Featured Blogs
"Repro Wrap: Babies Aren't in Your Stomach and Other News" (Marty, Care2, 2/27); "Losing My Lege: These Bills are the Icing on the Hate-Cake" (Grimes, RH Reality Check, 2/27).

Ark. Gov Signs Measure To Restrict Medication Abortion
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) has signed a measure (SB 53) into law that will require physicians to administer medication abortion drugs in person, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports.

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

Ark. Medication Abortion Restrictions Head to Governor
The Arkansas House on Thursday voted 85-3 to give final approval to a bill (SB 53) that would require physicians to administer medication abortion drugs in person, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports.

Idaho Medication Abortion Bill Modified at Physicians Group's Request
At the request of a state physicians group, Idaho lawmakers on Tuesday changed language in a proposed antiabortion-rights bill involving medication abortion regulations, Boise State Public Radio reports.

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

Idaho Bill Would Mandate Medication Abortion Protocols
An Idaho House committee on Thursday voted to introduce legislation (H 88) that would require health care providers to follow certain requirements when prescribing medication abortion, Northwest Public Radio reports.

Plaintiffs Argue Okla. Medication Abortion Restrictions Illegally Delegate Authority to FDA
Abortion-rights supporters in Oklahoma last week filed a motion for partial summary judgment in a case challenging the state's medication abortion restrictions, arguing that the law (HB 2684) illegally delegates authority to FDA, the Courthouse News Service reports.

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

Ark. House Approves Measure To Restrict Medication Abortion
The Arkansas House on Monday voted 83-4 to approve a measure (HB 1076) that would require physicians to administer medication abortion drugs in person, the Southwest Times Record reports.

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

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

Ark. Legislators Introduce Bills To Ban Telemedicine Abortion Services
Arkansas lawmakers on Thursday proposed bills (SB 53, HB 1076) that would require physicians to administer medication abortion drugs in person and mandate in-person follow-ups, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports

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

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

N.D. Supreme Court Declines To Reconsider Medication Abortion Case
The North Dakota Supreme Court said this week that it will not rehear arguments regarding a 2014 ruling that upheld a law (HB 1297) effectively banning medication abortions in the state, the AP/Bellingham Herald reports.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Federal Judge Rules Ind. Requirements for Medication Abortion Clinics Unconstitutional
A federal judge on Wednesday ruled unconstitutional two Indiana provisions that would have required clinics offering only medication abortions to adhere to the same building and equipment standards as those that perform the surgical procedure, Bloomberg reports.

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

New Hearing Sought Over Court Ruling That Ended Medication Abortion in N.D.
The only abortion clinic in North Dakota on Wednesday petitioned the state Supreme Court to rehear a case and "resolve any lingering ambiguity" over a ruling that upheld a state law (HB 1297) restricting medication abortion, the AP/Miami Herald reports.

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

Clinic Fights Ind. Law Mandating Surgical Standards When Only Medication Abortions Are Offered
A federal judge on Thursday heard oral arguments in a lawsuit against an Indiana law (SB 371) that would require clinics that offer only medication abortions to adhere to the same building and equipment standards as those that perform the surgical procedure, the Indianapolis Star reports.

Featured Blogs
"Pennsylvania May Drop Birth Control Coverage for Thousands of Low-Income Women," (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 10/29); "Abortion Options in North Dakota Are Dwindling," (Culp-Ressler, "Think Progress," Center for American Progress, 10/30).

N.D. Supreme Court Upholds Law That Blocks Medication Abortions Statewide
The North Dakota Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that a state law restricting medication abortions is constitutional, the AP/ABC News reports.

Judge Refuses To Block Okla. Medication Abortion Restrictions
An Oklahoma County District Court judge on Wednesday refused to block a state law (HB 2684) that restricts medication abortion from taking effect Nov. 1, but he did grant a temporary injunction against the measure's enforcement mechanism for physicians, the Oklahoman reports.

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

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

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).

Lawsuit Challenges Okla. Medication Abortion Restrictions
Oklahoma women's health care providers on Tuesday filed a lawsuit challenging a state law (SB 1848) that would require physicians to administer medication abortion drugs according to FDA protocol and ban the method after 49 days of pregnancy, which goes against common medical practice, the Oklahoman reports.

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

Pa. Mother Sentenced to Prison After Obtaining Abortion Drugs Online for Daughter Tells Her Story
In the New York Times Magazine, Emily Bazelon provides the first public interview with Jennifer Whalen, a Pennsylvania woman who was sentenced to prison after purchasing medication abortion drugs online that her daughter used to terminate her pregnancy.

Featured Blog
"Iowa's Telemedicine Abortions Can Continue -- for Now," (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 9/17).

Court Allows Iowa Telemedicine Abortion Service To Continue During Appeals Case
The Iowa Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a stay that allows Planned Parenthood of the Heartland to continue administering medication abortion via a telemedicine system while a court case over the service proceeds, the Des Moines Register reports.

Advocates Link State Abortion Restrictions, Case Involving Pa. Mother Sentenced to Prison
Women's rights advocates and some Pennsylvania lawmakers say a case involving a woman who was sentenced to prison after purchasing medication abortion drugs online should be considered within the context of state laws that restrict women's reproductive rights, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Wis. Appeals Judge's Medication Abortion Ruling
Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen (R) on Wednesday appealed a judge's ruling that a 2012 state law restricting medication abortion does not require a physician to be present when a woman ingests the drugs, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Pa. Woman Sentenced to Prison After Obtaining Abortion Drugs Online for Daughter
A Pennsylvania woman has been sentenced to up to 18 months in prison for purchasing medication abortion drugs online and giving them to her teenage daughter, who used them to terminate her pregnancy, Reuters 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).

Ariz. Petitions Supreme Court To Undo Stay on Medication Abortion Restrictions
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne (R) has filed a petition asking the Supreme Court to review a lower court's decision that blocked the state's medication abortion restrictions while a lawsuit continues, the AP/AZCentral reports.

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

Ind. Urges Federal Court To Let Medication Abortion Restrictions Take Effect
The Indiana attorney general's office on Monday requested summary judgment in a federal court case challenging a state law (SB 371) that would impose additional building requirements on health clinics offering medication abortion, the AP/Lafayette Journal & Courier reports.

Judge Allows Ban on Iowa Telemedicine Abortion Program
An Iowa judge on Tuesday ruled that the state Board of Medicine has the authority to ban the administration of medication abortion drugs via a telemedicine system, Bloomberg reports.

Telemedicine Becomes Partisan Issue When Abortion is Involved
Although many Republican lawmakers generally support telemedicine, they have backed state and federal efforts to restrict its use in abortion care, Politico Pro reports.

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.

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.

Ariz. To Ask Supreme Court To End Hold on Medication Abortion Law
Arizona plans to ask the Supreme Court to overturn an appeals court ruling that blocked the state's medication abortion restrictions while a Planned Parenthood lawsuit continues in federal court, the AP/ABC News 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.

Okla. Enacts New Medication Abortion Restrictions After Court Rejects Similar Law
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) has signed into law a bill (HB 2684) that will restrict the use of medication abortion drugs in the state, the AP/New York Times 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.

Judge Clarifies Wis. Medication Abortion Law
A Wisconsin judge on Thursday ruled that a state law restricting medication abortion does not require a physician to be present when a woman ingests the drugs, the AP/Washington Times reports.

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).

Featured Blog: 'Tennessee Arrests First Mother Under Its New Pregnancy Criminalization Law'
At "ThinkProgress," Tara Culp-Ressler discusses the case of 26-year-old Mallory Loyola who is "the first woman to be arrested under a new law [SB 1391] in Tennessee that allows the state to criminally charge mothers for potentially causing harm to their fetuses by using drugs."

Some Texas Women Resorting to Obtaining Medication Abortion Illegally, The Atlantic Reports
As Texas and other states implement restrictions on abortion access, women have sought to obtain misoprostol through a black market, The Atlantic reports.

Federal Appeals Court Blocks Ariz. Medication Abortion Law
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday said that Arizona's medication abortion restrictions appear unconstitutional and should be blocked while a lawsuit over them continues, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

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.

Federal Appeals Court Questions Ariz. Medication Abortion Law
A federal appeals court on Tuesday considered whether to continue blocking an Arizona medication abortion measure from taking effect, the Capitol Media Services/Arizona Capitol Times reports.

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
"Oklahoma Governor Signs New Bill Restricting Medication Abortion," (Wilson, RH Reality Check, 4/23).

Okla. Medication Abortion Bill Heads to Gov. Fallin
The Oklahoma Senate on Tuesday passed a bill (HB 2684) that would restrict the use of medication abortion drugs, sending the measure to Gov. Mary Fallin (R), the AP/Kansas City Star 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.

Featured Blogs
"It's Time To Pass the NY Women's Equality Act, Tenth Point Included," (Ruoff, Huffington Post blogs, 4/11); "While One State Wants To Criminalize 'Bad' Pregnant People, Another Goes After 'Bad' Mothers," (Marty, Care2, 4/11); "America's Abortion-Free Zone Grows," (Marty, Daily Beast, 4/14); "Is Preventing Surrogacy Feminist? No, It's Anti-Choice," (Matson, RH Reality Check, 4/11).

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.

Ariz. Medication Abortion Law Blocked Until Hearing
A federal appeals court on Tuesday issued a temporary injunction against medication abortion restrictions in Arizona until the judges rule on a lawsuit over the issue, the Arizona Daily Star 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.

Ariz. Medication Abortion Restrictions Temporarily Blocked
A federal appeals court on Wednesday issued a temporary stay to halt new medication abortion restrictions in Arizona in response to a request by Planned Parenthood Arizona and other groups, the AP/U-T San Diego reports.

Ariz. Medication Abortion Ruling Appealed as Law Takes Effect
Planned Parenthood of Arizona and Tucson Women's Center on Tuesday asked a federal appeals court to block medication abortion restrictions in Arizona while a lawsuit over their constitutionality continues, the New York Times reports.

Medication Abortion Restrictions Advance in Okla. Senate
An Oklahoma Senate committee has advanced a measure (HB 2684) that would restrict the use of medication abortion drugs in the state, the AP/Oklahoman reports.

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

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.

Court Weighs Ariz. Medication Abortion Restrictions
A federal judge on Wednesday heard arguments over Arizona's restrictions on medication abortion, which would be among the harshest in the nation if allowed to take effect, the New York Times reports.

Iowa GOP Pushes Senate Leaders To Vote on Telemedicine Abortion Ban
Iowa Republicans on Monday called upon state Senate leaders to allow a vote on a bill (HF 2175) that would bar physicians from administering abortion-inducing drugs using video conferencing systems, the Des Moines Register reports.

Okla. House Tries Again on Medication Abortion Restrictions
The Oklahoma House has approved a measure (HB 2684) that would restrict the use of medication abortion in the state, the Tulsa World reports.

Medication Abortion Restrictions Draw Lawsuit in Ariz.
Planned Parenthood of Arizona and Tucson Women's Center on Wednesday announced a lawsuit against Arizona rules that would restrict the use of medication abortion, the Los Angeles Times' "Nation Now" reports.

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

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

Planned Parenthood Resumes Medication Abortions at Ariz. Clinic After Complying With State Law
More than two years after it stopped providing medication abortions, an Arizona Planned Parenthood clinic is offering the services after coming into compliance with a state law, the Arizona Daily Sun reports.

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

Iowa Bill Targets Planned Parenthood Telemedicine Program
The Iowa House on Tuesday passed a bill (HF 173) that would ban physicians from administering abortion-inducing drugs over video-conferencing systems, requiring in-person administration instead, the Des Moines Register 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).

Ind. Medication Abortion Law Set for 2015 Trial
A federal court will hear arguments on June 1, 2015, in a challenge to an Indiana law (SB 371) that tightens restrictions on women's health facilities that offer medication abortions, USA Today 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.

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).

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.

N.D. Supreme Court Hears Arguments Over State Medication Abortion Law
On Wednesday, the North Dakota Supreme Court heard opening arguments over whether a 2011 state law prohibiting the use of a medication abortion drug is unconstitutional, the AP/Huffington Post reports.

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.

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.

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.

Planned Parenthood Telemed Abortion Program May Continue During Court Case, Judge Rules
An Iowa judge on Tuesday granted Planned Parenthood of the Heartland a temporary stay against a state ban on administering medication abortion via telemedicine, AP/ABC 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

Supreme Court Dismisses Okla. Medication Abortion Case; State Ruling Stands
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday dismissed Oklahoma's appeal to reinstate a law (HB 1970) that would have restricted medication abortion in the state, USA Today 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.

Latest Court Decisions Highlight Increased State Restrictions on Medication Abortions
Two court rulings this week on medication abortion laws in Oklahoma and Texas highlight a growing trend among states restricting the use of the drugs used in the method, Mother Jones reports.

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

Okla. Court Clarifies Medication Abortion Ruling, Setting Stage for Supreme Court Action
In response to a request from the U.S. Supreme Court, the Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday clarified that a 2011 state abortion law (HB 1970) requiring physicians to follow FDA protocols for medication abortion drugs "effectively bans all medication abortions," the Washington Post reports.

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

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

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

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

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

Iowa Legislative Panel Allows Ban on Telemedicine System for Abortion To Go Forward
The Iowa Administrative Rules Review Committee on Monday declined to delay a rule that bans the use of telemedicine to administer medication abortion, AP/ABC News reports.

Docket for Supreme Court's New Term Includes Okla. Medication Abortion Law
In the new term that begins today, the Supreme Court's docket includes a case that involves an Oklahoma law (HB 1970) restricting the use of medication abortion, the New York Times reports.

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

Court Date Set for Lawsuit Against Antiabortion Texas Law
Oct. 21 will be the first day in federal court for Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas Surgical Health Services and 11 other advocacy groups that filed a lawsuit last month challenging part of a new Texas law (HB 2), KETR reports.

Featured Blogs
"Under Texas' New Restrictions, More Than 22,000 Women May Be Denied A Safe Abortion Next Year" (Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress," 10/3); "Telemed Abortion Ban Isn't About Women's Safety, Says Planned Parenthood" (Robin Marty, Care2, 10/2) and "Advocacy Group Seeks Immediate Release of Involuntarily Detained Pregnant Woman" (Jessica Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 10/3).

Planned Parenthood Challenges Iowa Ban on Telemedicine Abortions
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland on Monday filed two petitions asking an Iowa court to review and block a recent rule change that would prohibit doctors from remotely dispensing abortion-inducing medication, the Des Moines Register reports.

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

Featured Blogs
"Cline Symposium: Oklahoma Law Could Force Doctors To Provide Substandard Medical Care to Women Using Medications To End a Pregnancy" (Jennifer Blasdell/Nancy Stanwood, SCOTUSblog, 9/20) and "California Governor was Right To Veto Bill Allowing Researchers To Pay Women for Their Eggs" (Marcy Darnovsky/Susan Berke Fogel, Our Bodies Ourselves' "Our Bodies, Our Blog," 9/5).

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

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

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

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

Featured Blog
"Everything You Need To Know About The Abortion Case That's Headed to The Supreme Court" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 9/11).

Likely Supreme Court Case Will Test Claim That Abortion Restrictions 'Protect' Women's Health
The "canny genius" of the wave of antiabortion laws in the last few years "is that they reduce access to abortion in the name of protecting women's health" and "are written to seem reasonable, sober, and safety based," Emily Bazelon writes in Slate.

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

Iowa Officials Will Not Release Report on Planned Parenthood Telemedicine System
Iowa officials have refused to give Planned Parenthood of the Heartland doctors a report written by a state investigator regarding the safety of the group's telemedicine system for administering medication abortions, the Des Moines Register's "Iowa Politics" reports.

Okla. Law Will Be Next Supreme Court Abortion Case, Predicts NYT's Greenhouse
The Supreme Court's next abortion case "has arrived" in the form of a disputed Oklahoma law, and abortion-rights supporters are concerned that Justice Anthony Kennedy could cast a deciding vote that broadens states' ability to impose restrictions on the procedure, Linda Greenhouse writes in the New York Times' "Opinionator."

Iowa Board of Medicine Bans Telemedicine Program
The Iowa Board of Medicine on Friday voted 8-2 to ban the use of telemedicine as part of medication abortion care, Reuters reports.

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

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.

Abortion-Rights Supporters Campaign Against Proposed W.Va. Abortion Restrictions
The abortion-rights group WVFree on Thursday launched a "Twitter storm" in response to West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's (R) request for comments on proposed abortion restrictions, the Charleston Gazette reports.

Abortion Singled Out for Restrictions as Telemedicine Expands
Although telemedicine can safely expand abortion access to women in areas that lack providers, 11 states have banned the practice, according to the Guttmacher Institute, USA Today reports.

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

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

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

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

Featured Blogs
"Federal Court Blocks North Dakota Law That Would Ban Abortion as Early as Six Weeks" (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 7/22); "Solutions in Search of a Problem: Texas Is Latest to Enact Rules Aimed at Shutting Down Abortion Providers" (Cohen, RH Reality Check, 7/19); "Legal Wrap: States Ramp Up Anti-Abortion Activity, Again" (Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 7/22); "Despite North Carolina's Attack On Abortion Clinics, Planned Parenthood Pledges To Stay Open" (Culp-Ressler, "Think Progress," Center for American Progress, 7/19); and "Thanks To Better Sex Ed, California's Teen Birth Rate Has Plummeted By 60 Percent" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 7/19).

Reaction Swift as Texas Omnibus Antiabortion-Rights Bill Signed into Law
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Thursday signed into law (HB 2) an omnibus antiabortion-rights measure that will give the state "some of the toughest restrictions on abortion in the country," the New York Times reports.

N.C. Bill Falsely Tying Abortions to Preterm Births Signed; Physicians Groups Criticize Legislative Interference
North Carolina Gov. Patrick McCrory (R) on Thursday signed a sex education bill (SB 132) that will require public schools to teach students there is a link between abortions and future preterm births, WWAY reports.

Featured Blogs
"Back Off DC Women Already!" (Leveille, "Washington Markup," ACLU, 7/18); "Ob-Gyns Slam North Carolina's Proposed Abortion Restrictions: 'Get Out Of Our Exam Rooms'" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 7/17); and "How Pro-Choice Activists Are Fighting Back Against Texas' Abortion Restrictions" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 7/17).

Groups Plot Litigation Strategy Against Texas Omnibus Antiabortion Bill
Groups that support abortion rights are evaluating their options for challenging an omnibus antiabortion-rights bill (HB 2) while they wait for Gov. Rick Perry (R) to sign the legislation, Kaiser Health News/Texas Tribune reports.

Little Public Support for N.C. Antiabortion-Rights Bill, Poll Finds
Few North Carolina voters support an antiabortion-rights measure that is progressing through the state Legislature, and their disapproval has hurt Gov. Pat McCrory's (R) popularity, according to a poll from Public Policy Polling, Politico reports.

Texas Sen. Davis Pens Washington Post Op Ed on 'People's Filibuster'
A filibuster against a Texas antiabortion-rights bill "was more than organized opposition or even endurance -- it was an expression of mainstream Texans standing up against partisan power-mongers who no longer act in Texas' best interest or even tell Texans the truth," Texas Sen. Wendy Davis (D) writes in a Washington Post opinion piece.

Mo. Medication Abortion Bill Becomes Law After Gov. Declines To Act
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) on Friday allowed a measure (HB 400) regulating medication abortion to become law without his signature, Reuters reports.

Featured Blogs
"Every Reason for an Abortion is a Good Reason" (Amanda Marcotte, RH Reality Check, 7/15) and "Wendy Davis: The Silver Lining to a Very Dark Cloud" (Mary Pauline Lowry, Huffington Post blogs, 7/12).

Texas Advocates Turns to Courts, Elections as Antiabortion Bill Nears Governor's Signature
As a sweeping antiabortion-rights measure (HB 2) heads to Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) for approval, opponents are shifting focus to challenging the measure in court and trying to win state elections, the AP/Boston Globe reports.

Illegal Market for Medication Abortion Drugs Thrives Along Texas-Mexico Border
There is a thriving black market for abortion-inducing drugs in rural areas along the Texas-Mexico border, which could see more demand as the state enacts additional abortion restrictions (HB 2), Bloomberg reports.

N.C. House Advances Sweeping Abortion Restrictions
The North Carolina House on Thursday passed antiabortion-rights legislation that would give Gov. Pat McCrory's (R) administration wide power to regulate abortion clinics in the state, the New York Times reports (Blinder, New York Times, 7/11).

Texas Antiabortion Bill Heads to Senate
The Texas House on Wednesday gave final approval to an omnibus antiabortion-rights measure (HB 2), advancing the legislation to the state Senate, where it will likely be considered on Friday, the AP/Politico reports.

Texas House Advances Abortion Restrictions After Rejecting 22 Amendments
The Texas House on Tuesday gave provisional approval to a sweeping antiabortion-rights bill (HB 2) after tabling 22 proposed amendments, the Texas Tribune reports.

States Pass 43 Antiabortion Measures in First Half of Year, With Focus on Clinic Restrictions
States in the first half of this year enacted 43 provisions restricting abortion, matching the total number of such measures passed in all of 2012, according to a report published this week by the Guttmacher Institute, the Washington Times reports.

Amendment Adds Omnibus Antiabortion Measure to N.C. Bill
The North Carolina Senate on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to several abortion restrictions after a committee attached the provisions to an unrelated bill (HB 695), WRAL's "@NCCapitol" reports.

Medication Abortion | In the Courts

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

Planned Parenthood Arizona v. Horne
State court challenge to an Arizona law that effectively prohibits qualified nurse practitioners from providing first-trimester surgical abortion and medication abortion, prohibits qualified physician assistants from providing medication abortion, and imposes medically unnecessary and inappropriate clinical requirements on the provision of medication abortion.

MKB Management Corp. v. Burdick
State court challenge to a North Dakota law that effectively bans all medication abortions in the state by requiring compliance with conditions for the provision of "abortion-inducing drugs" that are impossible to meet.

Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas Surgical Health Services v. Abbott
Federal court challenge 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.

Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice v. Cline
State court challenge to an Oklahoma law that imposes restrictions on medication abortion, including forcing physicians to administer medication in an outdated manner, requiring several in-person visits with a provider, and limiting provision of medication abortion to no more than 49 days' gestation.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky v. Commissioner, Indiana State Department of Health, et al.
Federal court challenge to an Indiana law, Act 371, that changed the definition of "abortion clinic" to include facilities that provide only the abortion pill Mifepristone to terminate a pregnancy.

Planned Parenthood v. Iowa Board of Medicine
State court challenge to a rule prohibiting the use of telemedicine to provide medication abortion to patients.

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin v. Van Hollen
Challenge to a Wisconsin law that imposes restrictions on the use of mifepristone for medication abortion, including requiring several in-person visits with a physician.

Planned Parenthood Arizona Incorporated et al v. Humble
State court challenge to an Arizona law and related regulations that impose restrictions on medication abortion and force abortion clinics to administer medication in an outdated manner.

Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region v. DeWine
Challenge to an Ohio law restricting the use of mifepristone for medication abortion.

Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice v. Terry Cline
Challenge to an Oklahoma law that would impose severe restrictions on use of mifepristone for medication abortion.