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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.

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).

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.

Protests Continue at Texas Capitol as Lawmakers Try Again on Antiabortion Bill
Thousands of abortion-rights supporters rallied outside the Texas Capitol on Monday as a second special session began, while inside the Capitol Republican lawmakers set a legislative schedule for an antiabortion-rights measure (HB 2, SB1) that failed during the previous session, Texas Tribune 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).

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.

Texas Gov. Perry, State Sen. Davis Clash Over Antiabortion Bill
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Thursday criticized the Democratic state senator whose filibuster helped block an antiabortion-rights bill (SB 5), saying that Sen. Wendy Davis (D) had not learned from her own disadvantaged upbringing that all life should be valued, the AP/U-T San Diego reports.

Texas Gov. Perry Calls Second Special Session on Abortion Bill; Filibuster Draws National Spotlight
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Wednesday called a second special session of the state Legislature to address an omnibus antiabortion-rights bill (SB 5) that Republicans failed to pass during this week's special session, the Texas Tribune reports.

Texas Antiabortion Bill Fails After Epic Filibuster, Protests
A Democratic-led filibuster and protests from abortion-rights supporters in the Texas Capitol stopped the state Senate from passing an omnibus antiabortion-rights measure (SB 5) before its special session ended Tuesday evening, the Texas Tribune reports.

Featured Blogs
"New York Legislative Session Ends with No Women's Equality Act" (Robin Marty, RH Reality Check, 6/24) and "An Open Letter to Anyone Ready To Write Off Texas: Don't, Because it's *Your* Future at Stake" (Andrea Grimes, RH Reality Check, 6/23).

Texas Omnibus Antiabortion Bill Advances After Heated Overnight Debate
Abortion-rights opponents in the Texas Legislature are racing to finalize approval of an omnibus measure (SB 5) before the special session ends on Tuesday, the Texas Tribune reports.

Omnibus Antiabortion Bill Advances During Texas Special Session; Lawmakers Separate 20-Week Provision
The Texas Senate during a special session on Tuesday approved an omnibus antiabortion-rights bill (SB 5) after removing a provision that would have prohibited the procedure after 20 weeks of pregnancy, KUT News reports.

Texas Panel Approves Omnibus Abortion Bill, Sends it to Senate
Texas Senate Health and Human Services Committee on Friday voted 5-2 to move an omnibus abortion bill (SB 5) out of committee, sending the legislation to the full Senate for debate this week, the Texas Tribune reports.

La. Gov. Jindal Signs Bill To Further Restrict Abortion Access
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Friday signed into law an antiabortion bill (SB 90) that places new restrictions on abortion access, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Wis. Planned Parenthood Clinics To Resume Medication Abortions
Planned Parenthood clinics in Appleton, Madison and Milwaukee will resume offering medication abortions after a judge issued a temporary injunction blocking portions of a state law (Act 217) restricting the method, the Wisconsin State Journal reports.

Texas Gov. Perry Adds Antiabortion Proposal to State Legislature's Special Session
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Tuesday expanded the agenda of a special legislative session to include a measure "relating to the regulation of abortion procedures, providers and facilities," the Texas Tribune reports.

N.D. Spends Over $50K Defending Medication Abortion Law
North Dakota has spent more than $52,000 defending a 2011 state law that restricts medication abortions, according to records obtained by the Associated Press, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

N.D. Attorney General Fights Effort To Expand Scope of Lawsuit
The North Dakota attorney general's office on Wednesday said a district court judge should not add a supplemental complaint to a lawsuit challenging a 2011 state law that effectively bans medication abortion, the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead reports.

La. Senate Advances Bill Restricting Medication Abortions
The Louisiana Senate on Thursday gave final approval to a bill (SB 90) that would add new restrictions on medication abortions, AP/The Oklahoman reports.

La. House Panel Passes Measures Targeting Medication Abortion
A Louisiana House panel on Tuesday endorsed a bill (SB 90) that would restrict medication abortions, the Baton Rouge Advocate 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.

Mo. Bill Requiring Physician's Presence During Medication Abortion Goes to Gov.
The Missouri House on Monday approved a bill (HB 400) that would require a physician to be present when abortion-inducing drugs are administered, the AP/Kansas City Star reports.

Mo. Senate Approves Bill Requiring Doctor's Presence During Medication Abortions
The Missouri Senate on Monday passed a bill (HB 400) that would require a physician to be physically present when abortion-inducing drugs are administered, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Ind. Gov. Pence Signs Law Adding New Restrictions on Medication Abortions
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) on Wednesday signed into law a bill (SB 371) that imposes stricter regulations on clinics that offer medication abortions and prohibits the provision of abortion-inducing drugs after nine weeks of pregnancy, the Lafayette Journal and Courier reports.

La. Senate Advances Bill Requiring Physician's Presence During Medication Abortions
The Louisiana Senate on Monday voted 32-2 to advance a bill (SB 90) that would ban the use of telemedicine during the provision of medication abortions, AP/KSLA reports.

Planned Parenthood Criticizes La. Bill That Would Restrict Telemedicine, Medication Abortion
A Louisiana bill (SB 90) that would restrict medication abortion access is unnecessary and inaccurately implies that the method is unsafe, according to Planned Parenthood officials, Healthcare IT News reports.

Judge Intends To Strike Down N.D. Law Governing Medication Abortions
A North Dakota judge on Thursday said he plans to strike down as unconstitutional a 2011 state law that would have effectively banned medication abortions, the Grand Forks Herald reports.

Mo. House Gives Preliminary Approval To Medication Abortion Restrictions
The Missouri House this week approved a bill (HB 400) that would impose additional requirements on the provision of medication abortions, the Missouri Times reports.

La. Senate Panel Passes Bill Requiring Doctors To Be Present for Medication Abortions
A Louisiana Senate committee on Wednesday advanced a bill (SB 90) that would prohibit the use of telemedicine during medication abortion care, the Baton Rouge Advocate reports.

Ala. Gov. Signs Abortion Clinic Regulations; Opponents Threaten Legal Challenge
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) on Tuesday signed into a law a measure (HB 57) that will impose stricter regulations on abortion clinics, prompting opponents to warn that they might launch a legal challenge, CNN reports.

Ark. Senator Drops Telemedicine Measure
Arkansas Sen. Missy Irvin (R) on Tuesday said she will not move forward with an effort to ban the use of telemedicine during the provision of medication abortions, AP/Arkansas Business reports.

Miss. Bill Restricting Medication Abortion Goes To Gov. Bryant
The Mississippi Senate on Wednesday voted 46-6 to give final passage to a bill (SB 2795) that would tighten restrictions on medication abortions, including requiring that a physician be present when a woman takes the drugs, the AP/Mississippi Business Journal reports.

Ala. Gov. Bentley Poised To Sign Abortion Clinic Regulations
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) on Wednesday affirmed that he will sign legislation (HB 57) to impose stricter regulations on abortion clinics, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Ind. House Advances Bill Restricting Clinics That Offer Medication Abortions
The Indiana House on Tuesday approved a bill (SB 371) that would require clinics that offer medication abortions to adhere to the same standards as facilities that perform surgical procedures, Reuters reports.

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.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Idaho 20-Week Abortion Ban, Other Statutes
A federal judge this week ruled that a 2011 Idaho law prohibiting abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy is unconstitutional on the grounds that it violates the principles of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision, Reuters reports.

Ala. Gov. Pledges To Sign Abortion Clinic Regulations if Passed by Legislature
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) said at a recent antiabortion-rights rally that he would sign a bill (HB 57) to more strictly regulate abortion clinics if it passes the Senate, the AP/Chattanooga Times Free Press reports.

Featured Blogs
"Medicaid Coverage for Abortion Care Elusive Even in States Where it is Legal" (Herold, RH Reality Check, 2/26) and "Hope in Indiana? Both Republicans and Democrats Express Reservations on Banning Medication Abortion" (Marty, RH Reality Check, 2/26).

Texas Senate Considers Bill To Restrict Medication Abortion
A bill (SB 97) pending in the Texas Senate would require physicians to personally administer the two drugs involved in medication abortion, which must be taken 24 hours apart, and follow up within two weeks, the Texas Tribune 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.

Ala. House Passes Stricter Abortion Clinic Regulations
The Alabama House on Tuesday voted 73-23 to approve a measure (HB 57) that would increase regulations on abortion clinics, the Montgomery Advertiser reports.

Jurisdictional Issues Preclude Settlement Over Wis. Medication Abortion Law
Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin on Friday said it would end its federal lawsuit over a state medication abortion law (Act 217) and refile the suit in state court after jurisdictional issues impeded a settlement in the case, the Wisconsin State Journal reports.

Featured Blogs
"North Dakota's War on Women: The State's Top 5 Attacks on Women's Health So Far This Year" (Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress," 2/8) and "Five Facts To Remember as Anti-Choice Activists Launch Attacks Against 'Webcam Abortions'" (Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress," 2/11).

State Efforts To Ban Telemedicine for Medication Abortion Care Gaining Steam
Telemedicine bans are abortion-rights opponents' latest tactic to restrict access to medication abortion, and the laws have been implemented in several states that do not even offer the service, Bloomberg reports.

Miss. Senate Panel Approves Bill To Limit Medication Abortion
The Mississippi Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee on Tuesday approved a bill (SB 2795) that would tighten restrictions on medication abortion, the AP/Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports.

Antiabortion-Rights State Lawmakers Hope To Continue Momentum of Last Two Years
Emboldened by new Republican majorities in three states and GOP control of both legislative chambers in 26 states, abortion-rights opponents are working to build on the momentum of the last two years, when 135 state abortion restrictions were enacted, Bloomberg reports.

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.

Proposed Texas Bill Would Require Physicians To Administer Medication Abortion Drugs in Person
Texas Sen. Dan Patrick (R) plans to introduce legislation that would create new protocols for physicians who provide medication abortions, the Victoria Advocate/Huffington Post reports.

Mich. Gov. Snyder Signs Sweeping Antiabortion Bill
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) on Dec. 28 signed a broad measure (HB 5711) that imposes several new restrictions on abortion rights, Reuters reports.

Mich. House Sends Sweeping Antiabortion Bill to Gov. Snyder
The Michigan House on Thursday approved legislation (HB 5711) that would impose several new restrictions on abortion, although lawmakers removed one controversial provision relating to the disposal of fetal remains, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Mich. Senate Approves Bills on Patient 'Risk Assessments,' Abortion Clinic Inspections
The Michigan Senate on Wednesday voted 27-10 to approve broad legislation (HB 5711) that would place several new restrictions on abortion providers, MLive reports.

Planned Parenthood Challenges Wis. Medication Abortion Law
Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin on Tuesday filed suit against a state law that requires physicians to complete a series of steps before prescribing medication abortion drugs, the Fond du Lac Reporter 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.

Featured Blogs
"Michigan Lawmakers are Trying To Sneak Through Extreme Abortion Restrictions in Lame Duck Session," (Tara Culp-Ressler, RH Reality Check, 12/6).

Appeals Court Declines Request To Reconsider Ohio Medication Abortion Restrictions
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday denied Planned Parenthood's request to reconsider its ruling that upheld a 2004 Ohio law (Section 2919.123 (A)) that restricts the use of a medication abortion drug, Ms. Magazine's "Feminist Newswire" reports.

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.

Abortion Opponents To Push Several Proposals in 2013 Ark. Legislative Session
Now that Republicans have won control of both the House and Senate in Arkansas, abortion opponents are pushing to introduce several bills that failed in last year's legislative session, AP/Today's THV reports.

Texas Bill Would Require Doctors To Administer Medication Abortion Drugs in Person
Texas Sen. Dan Patrick (R) recently filed a bill (SB 97) that would effectively prohibit the use of telemedicine to provide medication abortion remotely, the Texas Tribune reports.

Featured Blogs
"Ohio is the Latest Battlefield in the War on Contraception," (Amanda Marcotte, RH Reality Check, 11/18) and "How Video Technology has Improved Abortion Access for Women in Rural Iowa," (Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress," 11/16).

Telemedicine Program Aids Abortion Access, Does Not Affect Number of Procedures, Study Finds
An Iowa-based program that uses telemedicine to provide medication abortion improved access to the procedure, but it did not increase the number of abortions in the state, according to a study published on Thursday in the American Journal of Public Health, the Des Moines Register reports.

Texas Bills for 2013 Include Medication Abortion Restrictions, Women's Health Program Changes
Texas lawmakers on Monday pre-filed more than 200 bills for the 2013 legislative session, including one that would restrict medication abortion and another that would allow affiliates of abortion providers to continue participating in the state's Women's Health Program, KVUE reports.

No 'Postelection Letup' in Legal Fights Over Abortion, New York Times Editorial States
"No one should expect a postelection letup in the continuing courtroom fights over state efforts to restrict women's access to safe and legal abortions," a New York Times editorial states.

Featured Blogs
"Getting Reproductive Rights out of Politics" (Nancy Northup, Huffington Post blogs, 11/5).

Number of Abortions Declines in Ohio, With Medication Abortion Use Down 79%
The number of abortions performed in Ohio fell by 12% last year, marking the largest annual decline in over a decade, according to a report released on Monday by the state Department of Health, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

Appeals Court Upholds Ohio Restrictions on Medication Abortion
A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a 2004 Ohio law that restricts the use of a medication abortion drug, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Ind. Lawmakers Weigh Restrictions on Medication Abortion Providers
Indiana legislators are considering rewriting the definition of an abortion clinic to include facilities that offer medication abortion, the AP/South Bend Tribune reports.

Nova Health Systems v. Edmondson
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. Current Status: In March 2012, the U.S. District Court struck down the law as unconstitutional.

U.S. Circuit Court Set To Hear Challenge to Idaho Abortion Law
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on July 9 is scheduled to hear a case that challenges the constitutionality of an Idaho law that makes it illegal for state residents to obtain medication abortion drugs from out-of-state doctors through the Internet, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Mich. Lawmakers To Perform 'The Vagina Monologues' Outside Capitol To Protest Being Silenced During Abortion Bill Debate
Nine Michigan legislators on Monday evening will join actresses from around the state to read the play "The Vagina Monologues" on the steps of the state Capitol after two female Democratic representatives on Thursday were banned from speaking in the chamber because of comments they made during debate over antiabortion legislation, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Mich. Female Lawmakers Blocked From Speaking After Comments Over Abortion Bills
Michigan House Republican leaders refused to allow two female Democratic lawmakers to speak about any issues on the last day of the session Thursday because of comments they made during debate over a package of antiabortion bills (HB 5711, HB 5712, HB 5713), the Detroit Free Press reports.

Mich. House Approves Sweeping Antiabortion Bill, Stalls on 20-Week Ban
The Michigan House on Wednesday voted 70-39 to approve a bill (HB 5711) that would place several new restrictions on abortion providers, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Mich. Abortion Bills Add 'More Hardship' for Women, Editorial Argues
A three-bill package (HB 5711, HB 5712, HB 5713) approved by a Michigan House committee last week would create "new roadblocks" to abortion and attempt "to make it rarer by making it prohibitively expensive," a Detroit Free-Press editorial states.

Mich. House Panel Advances Package of Abortion Restrictions
The Michigan House Health Policy Committee on Thursday advanced a three-bill package (HB 5711, HB 5712, HB 5713) that would impose several new abortion restrictions, including a ban on the procedure after 20 weeks of pregnancy, the Detroit News reports.

Okla. Court Strikes Down Medication Abortion Law
Oklahoma District Court Judge Donald Worthington has struck down a state law (HB 1970) restricting the use of medication abortion drugs, the AP/NECN reports.

Minn. Gov. Dayton Vetoes Medication Abortion Restrictions
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) on Monday vetoed a bill (SF 2128) that would have required doctors to be physically present when administering medication abortion drugs, the Minneapolis Star Tribune's "Hot Dish Politics" reports.

Minn. House Passes Medication Abortion Restrictions
The Minnesota House on Thursday voted 76-47 to approve a bill (SF 2128) that would require doctors to be physically present when prescribing medication abortion drugs, as well as when the woman takes the medication, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Minn. House Approves Medication Abortion Restrictions
Minnesota House lawmakers on Wednesday voted 80-48 to approve a bill (SF 2128) that would require doctors to be physically present when administering medication abortion drugs, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Mo. House Gives Preliminary Approval to Medication Abortion Restrictions
The Missouri House on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to a bill (HB 1274) that would increase restrictions on medication abortion, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Idaho Lawyer Hopes To Become Plaintiff in Lawsuit Challenging 'Fetal Pain,' Self-Induced Abortion Laws
An Idaho lawyer who is representing a woman challenging state antiabortion laws is attempting to enter the case as a plaintiff, the AP/Yahoo! News 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.

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.

Wis. Gov. Walker Quietly Signs Bills Placing New Restrictions on Abortion Care, Insurance Coverage, Sex Education
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) on Thursday signed three separate bills restricting abortion care and insurance coverage of the procedure, as well as imposing new requirements for sex education, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports.

Miss. Senate Committees Approve Restrictions on Abortion Providers, Reject Two Antiabortion Bills
The Mississippi Senate Public Health Committee on Tuesday approved a bill (HB 1390) that would place new restrictions on abortion providers, while the Senate Judiciary B Committee refrained from voting on two other abortion bills, the AP/Hattiesburg American reports.

Four Antiabortion Bills Move Forward in Miss.
Mississippi lawmakers advanced four antiabortion bills on Tuesday, the last day for House and Senate committees to act on general bills and constitutional amendments, AP/Biloxi Sun-Herald reports.

Minn. Bills Would Require Clinic Inspections, Restrict Medication Abortion Access
The Minnesota Senate Health and Human Services Committee on Monday voted to advance two measures that would place new restrictions on abortion clinics and providers, MPR News reports.

Wis. Senate Passes Bill Tightening Voluntary Consent Requirements, Banning Telemedicine for Abortion Care
The Wisconsin Senate on Wednesday voted 17-15 to pass a bill that would place new restrictions on abortion care, the AP/Superior Telegram reports.

District Judge Keeps N.D. Medication Abortion Law From Taking Effect
North Dakota District Judge Wickham Corwin on Thursday said an injunction should remain in place against a state law that bans the use of a medication abortion drug, the AP/Jamestown Sun reports.

Ind. Senate Approves Bill Tightening Restrictions on Medication Abortion
The Indiana Senate voted 36-0 to approve a bill that would tighten the rules for medication abortion, AP/MSN Money reports. Senate Republicans staged the vote while Democratic senators were attending a right-to-work rally.

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 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
Federal court challenge to Arizona statute and implementing regulations that impose restrictions on medication abortion and force abortion clinics to administer medication in an outdated manner.

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

MKB Management Corp. v. Burdick
Challenge to a North Dakota law that would effectively ban 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 Indiana and Kentucky v. Commissioner, Indiana State Department of Health, et al.
The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Indiana, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America filed a suit in federal court challenging Act 371, which changed the definition of "abortion clinic" to include facilities that provide only the abortion pill Mifepristone to terminate a pregnancy.

Planned Parenthood Arizona v. Horne
Challenge to 2010 Arizona abortion clinic licensing regulations that effectively prohibit qualified nurse practitioners from providing first-trimester surgical abortion and medication abortion, prohibit qualified physician assistants from providing medication abortion, and impose medically unnecessary and inappropriate clinical requirements on the provision of medication abortion.

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.