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Fusion spotlights Ala. clinic owner who helps women access abortion care
June Ayers -- the owner of Reproductive Health Services, a clinic in Alabama -- helps women access abortion care in a state that imposes several antiabortion-rights regulations, Fusion reports.

Ala. clinic owner calls out state's 'relentless attack' on abortion rights
"Alabama politicians are at it again in their relentless attack on women's access to abortion," Dalton Johnson, the owner and operator of Alabama Women's Center for Reproductive Alternatives, writes in an Alabama Media Group opinion piece.

Featured blog
"Alabama's frustrating half measure: Lawmakers to limit drug prosecutions during pregnancy" (Martin, ProPublica/AL.com/Salon, 5/8).

Ala. House approves TRAP bill
The Alabama House on Wednesday voted 73-19 to pass a bill (SB 205) that would prohibit the location and licensure of abortion clinics within 2,000 feet of certain public schools., the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Ala. House approves bill that would ban medically proven method of abortion
The Alabama House on Wednesday approved a bill (SB 363) that would ban a medically proven method of abortion, the Florence Times Daily reports.

Ala. Senate advances bill banning medically proven method of abortion
The Alabama Senate on Tuesday voted 30-2 to approve a bill (SB 363) that would ban a medically proven method of abortion, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Ala. 'personhood' bill dies without state House vote
The Alabama House adjourned Thursday without voting on a proposed constitutional amendment (HB 300) that would have prohibited abortion care in the state, effectively killing the measure for the rest of the legislative session, Alabama Public Radio reports.

Ala. House lawmakers advance TRAP bill
An Alabama House committee on Wednesday advanced a bill (SB 205) that would prohibit the location and licensure of abortion clinics within 2,000 feet of certain public schools, AP/ABC 33/40 reports.

Featured blog
"Culture wars cost red states in more ways than one"; (Benen, "The MaddowBlog," MSNBC, 4/19).

Obama administration warns states that Medicaid cuts to abortion providers could violate federal law
In a letter sent Tuesday, the Obama administration warned officials in every state that efforts to cut abortion providers out of Medicaid could violate federal law, the Washington Post reports.

Ala. House committee mulls measure barring abortion clinics near schools
The Alabama House Committee on Health on Wednesday considered a bill (SB 205) that would prohibit the location and licensure of abortion clinics within 2,000 feet of certain public schools,the Montgomery Advertiser reports.

Ala. House committee approves 'personhood' bill
On Wednesday, the Alabama House Committee on Health approved a bill (HB 300) that would effectively ban abortion care in the state, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Featured Blog
"Should states be allowed to defy the FDA? The governor of Arizona thinks so" (Millhiser, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 4/4)

Featured blogs
"Should states be allowed to defy the FDA? The governor of Arizona thinks so" (Millhiser, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 4/4); "This is what it's like to be an abortion provider in the Bible Belt" (Andrews, Mother Jones, 4/2).

Federal judge strikes down Ala. TRAP provision
A federal judge on Friday ruled that an admitting privileges requirement for abortion providers in a Alabama law (HB 57) is unconstitutional, the AP/Wall Street Journal reports.

Ala. House committee considers 'personhood' bill
The Alabama House Committee on Health on Wednesday considered a bill (HB 300) that would effectively ban abortion care in the state, AP/Modern Healthcare reports.

Ala. lawmakers advance bill barring abortion clinics near schools
The Alabama Senate on Tuesday voted 27-6 to approve a bill (SB 205) that would prohibit the location and licensure of abortion clinics within 2,000 feet of certain public schools, the Anniston Star reports.

Ala. Senate committee advances heartbeat bill
The Alabama Senate Health Committee on Wednesday voted 7-1 to approve a bill (SB 9) that would ban abortion care as early as five weeks into pregnancy, the Montgomery Advertiser reports.

Ala. Senate committee advances antiabortion-rights bills
The Alabama Senate Health Committee on Wednesday approved two antiabortion-rights measures, the Montgomery Advertiser reports.

Ala. Senate committee advances fetal tissue restrictions
The Alabama Senate Health Committee on Wednesday also advanced a bill (HB 45) that would ban fetal tissue sales in the state, the Montgomery Advertiser reports.

Featured blogs
Abortion, TRAP laws, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama "Is one-sixth a 'large fraction' when it comes to our constitutional rights?" (Cohen/Bingenheimer, RH Reality Check, 2/29); "Court ruling forces all but one of Louisiana's abortion clinics to close" (Dusenbery, Feministing, 2/26).

Ala. House committee mulls fetal heartbeat ban
The Alabama House Health Committee on Tuesday heard testimony on a bill (HB 21) that would ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, the Montgomery Advertiser reports.

SCOTUS ruling on Texas' HB 2 could have widespread effects
The Supreme Court's ruling in a case challenging parts of Texas' omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) could have implications for scores of medically disputed abortion-rights restrictions across the United States, the New York Times reports.

Ala. bill would require verbal descriptions of ultrasound images before abortion
Earlier this month, Alabama Rep. Kerry Rich (R) introduced a bill (HB 183) that would require clinics to provide a woman seeking abortion care with detailed verbal descriptions of the ultrasound images and information about physicians' income before obtaining the procedure, the Alabama Media Group reports.

Ala. Sen. files bill that would ban abortion clinics near public schools
Alabama Sen. Paul Sanford (R) has filed a bill (SB 205) that would prohibit the location of abortion clinics within 2,000 feet of a public school, the Florence Times Daily reports.

Documentary 'Trapped' Highlights Abortion Providers' Struggles Amid TRAP Laws
A new documentary that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival Sunday explores the effects of targeted regulation of abortion providers, or TRAP laws, on abortion clinics and staff, the Texas Observer reports.

Featured Blogs
"Someone You Love Has Had an Abortion: It's Time To End the Silence" (Hauser, Salon, 1/29); "The Flint Water Emergency Is a Reproductive Health Crisis" (D'Almeida, RH Reality Check, 1/26).

Ala. Public Health Committee Rejects Proposed Exceptions to State Admitting Privileges Law
The Alabama Committee of Public Health on Wednesday rejected proposed rules that would have allowed exceptions to a state antiabortion-rights law (HB 57), the Alabama Media Group reports.

U.N. Women's Group Visits Ala. Advocates To Discuss Abortion, Women's Health
On Friday, three members of a United Nations working group on discrimination against women visited with women's health providers and supporters in Montgomery, Ala., the Alabama Media Group reports.

Ala. Drops Effort To Cut Planned Parenthood Medicaid Funding
Attorneys for Alabama and Planned Parenthood Southeast on Monday filed a proposed settlement agreement in federal court that ends the state's effort to defund the organization, the AP/San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Featured Blogs
"Parental Notification an Issue Once More for California," (Omara, American Prospect, 11/17); "Women Want Over-the-Counter Birth Control," (Bricker-Caplan, "DoubleX," Slate, 11/23); "Alabama May Back Off Its Policy of Treating New Moms Like Meth Cooks," (Andrews, Mother Jones, 11/20).

Ala. Health Task Force Proposes Amendments to State Chemical Endangerment Law
A health task force subcommittee appointed by Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) has proposed amendments to the state's child chemical endangerment statute, AL.com reports.

In NYT Op-Ed, Provider Shares Why He Offers Abortion Care
Willie Parker, chair-elect of the board of Physicians for Reproductive Health, explains why he offers abortion care, writing in a New York Times opinion piece, "In public health, you go where the crisis is. If there is an outbreak and you have the ability to relieve suffering, you rush to the site of the need. This is why, a year and a half ago, I returned to my hometown, Birmingham, Ala., to provide abortions."

Federal Judge Orders Ala. To Reinstate Planned Parenthood Medicaid Agreement
Alabama must reinstate its Medicaid provider agreement with Planned Parenthood, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday, the AP/Oregonian reports.

Planned Parenthood Report Highlights Regional Variation in Patient Access
Patients in some Southern states, including states that are trying to defund Planned Parenthood, already face limited access to Planned Parenthood facilities, according to a report released by the organization, CQ Weekly reports.

Featured Blogs
"Alabama Hospitals Are Quietly Drug Testing New Mothers -- Without Their Consent" (Martin/Yurkanin, AL.com/Salon, 10/7); "Why a Group of Clergy Are Blessing an Abortion Clinic" (Zielinski, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 10/8).

Featured Blogs
"Lawsuit Asks Oklahoma Supreme Court To Block Anti-Choice Omnibus Bill" (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 9/25); "Alabama's Chemical Endangerment Laws: Where the War on Drugs Meets the War on Women" (Koster, Huffington Post blogs, 9/25).

Ark. Attorney General To Petition Supreme Court To Overturn Ruling on 12-Week Abortion Ban
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge (R) on Wednesday said she will petition the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a lower court decision that ruled part of a state law (Act 301) banning abortion at 12 weeks of pregnancy unconstitutional, the Arkansas News Bureau reports.

Planned Parenthood Files Lawsuit To Block Ala. Medicaid Cuts
Planned Parenthood Southeast in August filed a lawsuit in federal court to block Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley's (R) decision to cut Medicaid funding for the organization, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Featured Blogs
"A Judge Just Handed Abortion Supporters a Huge Win in the Deep South," (Andrews, Mother Jones, 8/18); "GOP Lawmakers Cut Planned Parenthood's Medicaid Funds, Despite Federal Warning," (Wilson, RH Reality Check, 8/17).

Judge Temporarily Blocks Ala. Admitting Privileges Law, Allowing Clinic To Reopen
A federal judge on Thursday issued a temporary restraining order against an Alabama law (HB 57) that could have permanently shut down an abortion clinic in Tuscaloosa, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Featured Blogs
"Is Defunding Planned Parenthood Against The Law? These States Better Watch Out," (Barbato, Bustle, 8/13); "Alabama, Jane Doe, and the Dangers of Fetus-First Laws," (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 8/12).

HHS Warns Ala., La. Blocking Medicaid Funding for Planned Parenthood Could Violate Federal Law
The Obama administration has warned Alabama and Louisiana that recent efforts to block Planned Parenthood from receiving Medicaid funds could violate federal law, the Wall Street Journal reports.

States Increasingly Penalize Pregnant Women for Drug Use
Some states are working to penalize pregnant women who misuse drugs, countering advice from medical groups that recommend treatment instead, the Daily Beast reports.

Ala. To Defund Planned Parenthood
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) on Thursday said the state would cut Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood, making it the third state to defund the organization following the release of a series of misleading videos targeting Planned Parenthood, CNN reports.

Op-Ed: Ala. Inmate Was Denied Her Rights While Seeking Abortion Care
An Alabama inmate who last week was seeking access to abortion care had her reproductive "rights ... dangled above her while she was under lock and key," Susan Watson, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama, writes in a Huntsville Times opinion piece.

Ala. Lawmakers Introduce Two Antiabortion-Rights Bills
Alabama lawmakers on Monday filed two antiabortion-rights bills during a special session on the state's General Fund budget, the TimesDaily reports.

Federal Judge Dismisses Ala. Inmate's Abortion Request After Inmate Opts To Continue Pregnancy
A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit brought by an Alabama inmate seeking access to abortion care after the inmate said she had decided to continue the pregnancy, the New York Times reports.

Ala. Inmate Drops Request Seeking Abortion
An Alabama jail inmate on Wednesday filed a court document dropping her request to obtain an abortion, AP/ABC News reports.

Judge Expects To Rule on Ala. Inmate's Request To Have an Abortion by Friday
U.S. District Court Judge Abdul Kallon said he expects to rule by Friday on a lawsuit involving an Alabama jail inmate's request to obtain an abortion, the Huntsville Times reports.

Ala. Inmate Files Lawsuit Seeking Abortion
The American Civil Liberties Union on Monday filed a lawsuit against Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton (R) on behalf of an Alabama jail inmate seeking an abortion, the TimesDaily reports.

Featured Blogs
"Oregon's Over-the-Counter Birth Control Legislation Is Missing One Critical Component," (Yurcaba, Bustle, 7/19); "Feminists Fought Back Against Anti-Abortion Extremists in Alabama Last Week," ("Feminist Wire," Ms. Magazine, 7/20); "The 4 Best States For Reproductive Rights Are Where We Should All Move, Stat," (Holter, Bustle, 7/20).

Featured Blog
"Feminists Fought Back Against Anti-Abortion Extremists in Alabama Last Week," ("Feminist Wire," Ms. Magazine, 7/20).

ACLU Files Suit Against Ala. Admitting Privileges Law To Protect Sole Tuscaloosa Clinic
The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Alabama on Friday filed a federal suit against a state antiabortion-rights law (HB 57) to prevent the sole clinic in Tuscaloosa from closing, WSFA 12 News reports.

Featured Blog
"Advocates Fight To Keep Tuscaloosa Abortion Clinic Open" (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 7/13).

ACLU Honors Ala. Abortion Clinic Owners
The American Civil Liberties Union has recognized three Alabama abortion clinic owners for working to keep their clinics open despite increasing abortion restrictions in the state, the Huntsville Times reports.

Ala. Senate Committee Approves Bill Restricting Zoning of Abortion Clinics
The Alabama Senate Health and Human Services Committee on Wednesday voted 6-1 to approve a bill (HB 527) that would ban abortion clinics within 2,000 feet of public schools, the AP/Oklahoman reports.

Op-Ed Debunks Justifications for 20-Week Abortion Bans
The "idea of fetal pain is just the latest way the pro-life lobby is trying to reduce access to abortion," columnist Latoya Peterson writes in a Fusion opinion piece, citing a 20-week abortion ban recently proposed in Wisconsin.

Ala. House Passes Bill Mandating 2,000 Feet Between Abortion Clinics, Public Schools
The Alabama House on Tuesday voted 79-15 to pass a bill (HB 527) that would not allow abortion clinics to operate within 2,000 feet of public schools, AP/ABC News reports.

Abortion-Rights Advocates Rally Against Ala. Restrictions
About 100 abortion-rights advocates rallied in Montgomery, Ala., last week to speak out against three antiabortion-rights bills pending in the state Legislature, AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Ala. House Panel Advances Three Antiabortion-Rights Bills
An Alabama House Committee on Wednesday advanced three antiabortion-rights measures, the Huntsville Times reports.

Ala. House Panel Hears Testimony on Antiabortion-Rights Bills
An Alabama House committee on Wednesday heard testimony on three measures that would restrict access to abortion in the state, the Alabama News Network reports.

Editorial Lambasts 'Dishonest' Bill Targeting Ala. Abortion Clinics
The Alabama Legislature should let state Rep. Ed Henry's (R) "ill-conceived, dishonest" antiabortion-rights bill (HB 527) "die," a Decatur Daily editorial states.

Ala. Rep. Files Legislation Targeting Northern Ala.'s Only Abortion Clinic
Alabama Rep. Ed Henry (R) on Tuesday filed a measure (HB 527) that would prevent the state's Department of Public Health from licensing abortion clinics or reproductive health care centers that are located within 2,000 feet of a public school, the Huntsville Times 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.

Ala. Lawmakers File 'Heartbeat' Abortion Ban
Alabama lawmakers have introduced a bill (HB 405) that would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detectable, which can be as early as six weeks, the Alabama Media Group reports.

Federal Judge Hears Arguments in Ala. Parental Involvement Case
The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday argued in federal court that a judge should halt an Alabama parental involvement law (Act 2014-445) for minors seeking abortions, while the state argued that the lawsuit should be thrown out, the AP/Hartford Courant reports.

Featured Blog
"Lawyers for Fetuses? Yes, It's Absurd, But It's Worse Than You Realize," (Ainsworth, RH Reality Check, 1/30).

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

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

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

Abortion-Rights Opponents Push Bill To Close Sole North Ala. Clinic
A group of abortion-rights opponents in Huntsville, Ala., aims to close North Alabama's only abortion clinic through legislative efforts after a judge dismissed the group's lawsuit against the clinic, the Huntsville Times reports.

Judge Discredits Testimony From Expert Witnesses Who Backed Ala. Antiabortion-Rights Law
A U.S. District Court judge in an order filed Oct. 20 strongly criticized the validity of statements from two expert witnesses who testified in support of an Alabama antiabortion-rights law, the Montgomery Advertiser reports.

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

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

Lawsuit Challenges Changes to Ala. Parental Involvement Requirements
The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday filed a lawsuit challenging an Alabama law (HB 494) that modifies parental involvement requirements for minors seeking abortions, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Featured Blogs
"Celebrating 10 Years of Paid Family Leave in California -- Now Let's Get the Word Out!" (Shriver, Huffington Post blogs, 7/2) and "While You Were Paying Attention to Hobby Lobby, it Got Harder To Get an Abortion" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 7/6).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ala. Could Consider Bill Extending Mandatory Delay Period for Abortion Next Week
While there is less than a week before the Alabama Legislature's 2014 session ends, lawmakers still could vote on a bill (HB 489) that would extend the state's mandatory delay period before an abortion from 24 to 48 hours, WHNT News reports.

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

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

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

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

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

Abortion-Rights Opponents Succeeding With State-Level Bans on Abortion Coverage
Although a federal bill restricting abortion coverage is not expected to advance beyond the House, abortion-rights opponents have prohibited most health plans from offering such coverage in many states, Mother Jones 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).

Refusal Bill Advances in Ala. House
The Alabama House Health Committee on Wednesday advanced legislation (HB 31) that would allow most health care providers to refuse to participate in abortion care or other services if they personally object, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

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

Ala. Abortion Clinic Regulations Debated at Public Hearing
Alabama abortion-rights opponents last week urged state health officials to go further than an existing proposal to regulate abortion clinics, the AP/Huffington Post reports.

Ala. Seeks To Tighten Abortion Clinic Requirements
The Alabama Department of Health on Wednesday proposed new rules that would reduce the number of abortions doctors can perform before their facilities would be regulated as abortion clinics, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

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

Proposed Rule in Ala. Would Make More Physicians Register as Abortion Providers
A proposed rule by the Alabama Department of Health could require more physicians in the state to register as abortion providers, AP/WTOK reports.

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

Judge Issues Permanent Injunction Against Ala. Women's Health Clinic
An Alabama judge on Thursday issued a permanent injunction to close a Birmingham abortion clinic for violating state law by operating without a license, the Jackson Clarion Ledger reports.

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

Judge Extends Delay on Ala. Admitting Privileges Law
A federal judge has extended through March 24, 2014, a temporary stay on a provision in an Alabama law (HB 57) that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, AP/Modern Healthcare 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).

Key Piece of Ala. Antiabortion Law Halted for Another Month
A key provision of a new Alabama law regulating abortion clinics remains on hold after a federal judge extended a temporary restraining order in a lawsuit, AL.com reports.

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

Temporary Restraining Order Blocks Ala. Abortion Law
A federal judge on Friday granted a temporary restraining order blocking Alabama from enforcing a law (HB 57) that places new restrictions on abortion providers, the Montgomery Advertiser reports.

Lawsuit Challenges Ala. Law Requiring Hospital Admitting Privileges for Abortion Providers
Planned Parenthood Southeast and the American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday filed a lawsuit seeking to block an Alabama law (HB 57) that requires doctors who provide abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, the New York Times reports.

In Planned Parenthood Speech, President Obama Criticizes 'Absurd' Antiabortion Laws
In a speech to Planned Parenthood on Friday, President Obama condemned lawmakers who are restricting access to abortion and contraception and pledged to fight with women's health advocates "every step of the way," the New York Times' "The Caucus" reports.

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

States Embracing More Aggressive Approach on Abortion Restrictions
Although states enacted a record number of abortion restrictions in both 2011 and 2012, abortion-rights opponents this year are employing more aggressive tactics in conservative states where lawmakers are receptive to their ideas, according to abortion-rights advocates, the Washington Post 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.

Featured Blogs
"Outlawing Abortion Won't Help Children with Down Syndrome" (Alison Piepmeier, New York Times' "Motherlode," 4/1); "Seven States Working Hard To Shut Down Abortion Clinics" (Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress," 4/3); "Nevada Lawmaker Receives Death Threats After Talking About Her Abortion" (Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "Think Progress," 4/4).

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.

Bills To Ban Abortion Gain Prominence Among State Conservatives
In a shift from past decades, abortion-rights opponents have increasingly focused on state legislation banning abortion after certain points in pregnancy, ABC News 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
"Some Arkansas Legislators do the Time Warp; Pass Most Extreme Abortion Bill in the Nation" (Hayley Smith, ACLU's "Blog of Rights," 2/28) and "States With the Highest Teen Pregnancy Rates Lack Adequate Sex Ed Requirements" (Rebecca Leber/Adam Peck, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress," 3/1).

Featured Blogs
"Anything But Delicate: Alabama's Solution to Substance Abuse During Pregnancy" (Josie Sustaire, Law Students for Reproductive Justice's "Repo Repro, 2/20) and "Something To Celebrate: Philadelphia Board of Health Calls for Public Funding, Insurance Coverage for Reproductive Health Care" (Claire Cooper, RH Reality Check, 2/21).

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.

Ala. House Passes Contraceptive Coverage Refusal Measure
The Alabama House on Tuesday voted 67-28 to approve a bill (HB 108) that would allow employers to opt out of the federal contraceptive coverage rules, the Montgomery Advertiser reports.

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.

Featured Blogs
"Which State Will Ban Abortion First?" (Elissa Berger, American Civil Liberties Union's "Blog of Rights," 2/2) and "New York City Public Schools Handed Out 'Morning-After Pill' To Thousands More Than Reported" (Sara Gates, Huffington Post blogs, 2/4).

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.

Featured Blogs
"Where Abortion Bans Lead" (Juliet Lapidos, New York Times ' "Taking Note," 1/28) and "The Alabama Supreme Court Decision: Will it Make Delivering Appropriate Health Care to Pregnant Women More Difficult?" (Sarah Roberts, ANSIRH Blog, 1/25).

Ala. Supreme Court Rules Child Endangerment Law Applies to Pregnant Women
The Alabama Supreme Court on Friday upheld a lower court ruling that a state law prohibiting the chemical endangerment of children can be used to charge a woman for allegedly endangering her fetus during pregnancy, the AP/Columbus Republic reports.

States in 2012 Passed Second-Highest Number of Abortion Restrictions Ever, Guttmacher Finds
States passed 43 abortion restrictions in 2012, a "sharp decrease" from 2011 but nonetheless the "second-highest number" enacted in a single year, according to a new study by the Guttmacher Institute, The Hill's "Healthwatch" reports.

Texas Gov. Perry Calls for 20-Week Abortion Ban; New Suits Filed Over Women's Health Program
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Tuesday voiced his support for legislation that would ban abortion in the state after 20 weeks of gestation, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Featured Blogs
"Alabama Abortion Clinic Struggles; Mississippi's Forges On" (Lauren Barbato, Ms. Magazine blog, 9/19).

Most State 'Fetal Pain' Bills Yet To Face Court Challenges
Several states have enacted abortion bans later in pregnancy based on the disputed theory that a fetus can feel pain after 20 weeks of gestation, but only one has been challenged in court, Politico reports.

Report Notes 40 Laws Enacted in 15 States That Could Hinder Women's Access to Abortion Care, Reproductive Health Service
U.S. women increasingly face barriers to obtaining reproductive health services as states continue to pass laws restricting access, according to a report released on Wednesday by the Center for Reproductive Rights, Reuters reports.

High Number of State Abortion Restrictions Marked by Increased Focus on 'Fetal Pain' Bills
The number of state-level abortion restrictions is approaching record-setting levels again this year, a fact that some abortion-rights opponents attribute to their increased focus on so-called "fetal pain" legislation, Stateline/Kaiser Health News reports.

Bill To Impose New Abortion Clinic Restrictions Dies in Ala. Senate Committee
An Alabama Senate committee did not bring up for a vote a House-approved bill that would require abortion clinics to meet the same standards as outpatient health centers before a deadline, effectively killing the bill for the session, AP/WTVM reports.

Ala. House Approves Bills on Abortion Coverage, Clinics Standards
The Alabama House on Tuesday approved a bill that would allow the state to restrict insurance coverage of abortion in certain health plans, sending the measure to Gov. Robert Bentley (R), the AP/Gadsden Times reports.

Ala. Senate Holds Public Meeting on 'Personhood' Bill
The Alabama Senate Health Committee on Wednesday held a public hearing on a bill introduced by Sen. Phil Williams (R) that would define personhood as beginning at "the moment of fertilization and implantation in the womb," Alabama Live reports.

Ala. House Panel Approves Restrictions on Abortion Clinics, Coverage
The Alabama House Health Committee on Wednesday approved two bills that would increase regulation of abortion clinics and restrict insurance coverage of abortion, Alabama Live reports.

Ala. Abortion-Rights Opponents Worried Legislature Will Not Advance Their Proposals
Abortion-rights opponents in Alabama are concerned that the state Legislature will reject most of their proposals for the second consecutive year, even though their Republican allies have an overwhelming majority, the AP/Alabama Live reports.

New York Times Magazine Examines Prosecutions Against Pregnant Women Under Alabama's Chemical-Endangerment Law
This week's New York Times Magazine examines Alabama's chemical-endangerment statute, which has been used to convict approximately 60 women of endangering the life of their fetuses or newborns since it became law in 2006.

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

Alabama | In the Courts

This section provides a brief overview of significant cases impacting reproductive rights and health in Alabama.

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

Planned Parenthood Southeast v. Bentley
Federal court challenge to Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley's executive decision to terminate Alabama's Medicaid provider agreement with Planned Parenthood Southeast.

Reproductive Health Services v. Strange
Federal court challenge to an Alabama law that expands the state's judicial bypass provisions of the existing parental notification law.