Abortion: Abortion Bans

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Abortion bans are provisions that completely ban abortion at some point in pregnancy. This includes bans based on time or fetal development, including 20-week bans and heartbeat laws that would ban abortion as early as six weeks, bans achieved by prohibiting the use of a specific medical procedure and bans based on the motivation of the woman seeking the abortion, such as race- and sex-selection bans.

N.D. defense of antiabortion-rights law cost $491K
North Dakota spent almost $500,000 to defend an unconstitutional antiabortion-rights law (HB 1456) in court, according to records accessed by the Associated Press, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Texas women increasingly sought out-of-state abortion care after HB 2, analysis finds
The number of Texas women traveling out of state to obtain abortion care has increased significantly since the passage of the state's omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2), according to a recent analysis, Rewire reports (Wilson, Rewire, 6/22). One provision of HB 2 required abortion clinics in the state to meet the same building standards as ambulatory surgical centers, and the other required abortion providers to have admitting privileges at local hospitals.

Texas health dept. source says agency has completed work on abortion data
Officials in the Texas health department have not released data on the number of abortions provided in the state since the implementation of an omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2), even though staffers have completed work on the data, the Texas Tribune reports.

Pa. House approves abortion ban
The Pennsylvania House on Tuesday voted 132-65 to approve legislation (HB 1948) that would impose several abortion restrictions, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Federal judge hears challenge to Ind. antiabortion-rights law
A federal judge on Tuesday heard arguments in a case challenging an Indiana antiabortion-rights law (HEA 1337), the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Pediatricians: Ind. antiabortion-rights law is 'bad policy and dangerous medicine'
Noting that they "couldn't stay silent" on a new Indiana law (HEA 1337) that "contains several restrictions on abortion, including a prohibition due to the diagnosis of disability," Tracey Wilkinson and seven other pediatricians in an Indianapolis Star opinion piece write, "Years of research and clinical experience have made it clear to us that access to abortion is part of the spectrum of reproductive health care and must be an option for women."

La. lawmakers send amended abortion ban to gov.
The Louisiana Senate voted to advance an abortion ban (HB 1019) after first approving an amendment (SFA 4038) that adds an extremely narrow exception to the restriction, the AP/New Orleans Advocate reports.

ACLU challenges new Ala. abortion restrictions
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Alabama on Thursday challenged multiple state antiabortion-rights regulations in federal court, Reuters reports.

La. Senate advances bill banning abortion based on fetal anomalies
The Louisiana Senate on Thursday voted 29-6 to approve a bill (HB 1019) that would ban abortion care sought because of a fetal anomaly or disability diagnosis, AP/ABC News reports.

Okla. Senate adjourns without seeking override of veto on abortion ban
The Oklahoma Senate on Friday adjourned for the year without seeking a legislative override of Gov. Mary Fallin's (R) veto of a bill (SB 1552) that would have effectively prohibited doctors in the state from providing abortion care, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

ACLU of Georgia revives lawsuit challenging Ga. 20-week abortion ban
A Georgia judge on Wednesday agreed to vacate and reissue a decision that allowed the state's 20-week abortion ban (HB 954) to take effect, so that lawyers for three OB-GYNs challenging the law could appeal the ruling, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

S.C. gov. signs 20-week abortion ban
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) on Wednesday signed into law a bill (HB 3114) that prohibits a woman from obtaining abortion care at or after 20 weeks of pregnancy, the AP/Los Angeles Times reports.

Indiana University plans to file lawsuit against state antiabortion-rights law
Indiana University (IU) plans to file a lawsuit challenging a state antiabortion-rights law (HEA 1337) that the university says will compromise its research efforts, an IU spokesperson said on Tuesday, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

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"Oklahoma's nightmarish anti-abortion bill could be the tip of the iceberg" (Corbett, Bustle, 5/19).

Indiana AG's office moves to block Indiana University's motion to join lawsuit against abortion restrictions law
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller (R) on Friday filed an objection to a motion submitted by Indiana University (IU) to join a federal lawsuit against a new antiabortion-rights law (HEA 1337) in the state, the AP/Indianapolis Star reports.

Okla. gov. vetoes abortion ban; bill sponsor mulls whether to pursue override
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) on Friday vetoed a bill (SB 1552) that would have effectively prohibited doctors in the state from providing abortion care, the New York Times reports.

Okla. lawmakers send first-of-its-kind abortion ban targeting licenses of physicians who provide abortion care to gov.
The Oklahoma Senate on Thursday voted 33-12 to give final approval to a bill (SB 1552) that effectively bars licensed doctors from providing abortion care, the New York Times reports.

S.C. House lawmakers advance ban on medically proven method of abortion
A South Carolina House subcommittee on Tuesday advanced a bill (H 4634) that would ban a medically proven method of abortion, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

S.C. Legislature approves abortion ban
The South Carolina House on Tuesday voted 79-29 to approve a bill (H 3114) that would prohibit a woman from obtaining abortion care at or after 20 weeks of pregnancy, the New York Times reports.

La. Senate advances bill that would ban medically proven method of abortion
The Louisiana Senate on Tuesday voted 36-2 to give final approval to a bill (HB 1081) that would ban a medically proven method of abortion, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Antiabortion-rights bill stalls in La. Senate
The Louisiana Senate health care committee on Tuesday opted not to vote on a bill (HB 1019) that would ban abortion care sought because of a fetal anomaly or disability diagnosis, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Abortion-rights supporters cite financial pressure in fight against new proposed restrictions in La.
Abortion-rights advocates in Louisiana say several antiabortion-rights bills making their way through the state Legislature could result in costly litigation that the state cannot afford, the AP/Baton Rouge Advocate 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.

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.

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"What happened to abortion access while you were watching the presidential primaries" (Wetter, Ms. Magazine blog, 5/2).

La. House advances ban on abortion sought because of fetal disability diagnosis
The Louisiana House on Thursday voted 75-1 to advance a measure (HB 1019) that would ban abortion care sought because of a fetal anomaly or disability diagnosis, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

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"Oklahoma finds an absurd new way to make it impossible to get an abortion" (Cesca, Salon, 4/26).

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.

Ga. gov. signs bill to fund CPCs
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) on Tuesday signed into law a bill (Act 360) that creates a funding program for antiabortion-rights crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs), the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Featured blogs
"Legislating medicine: More than 1,000 provisions already introduced in 2016," (Women's Law Project blog, 4/22); "Florida tries to defund Planned Parenthood, quickly learns that doing so is illegal," (Stern, "XX Factor," Slate, 4/22).

Okla. House advances bill targeting licenses of physicians who provide abortion care
The Oklahoma House on Thursday voted 59-9 to approve a bill (SB 1552) that would bar physicians who provide abortion care in most cases from obtaining or renewing a medical license in the state, the Washington Post's "Morning Mix" reports.

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

La. House committee passes bill to ban abortions based on fetal disability diagnosis
The Louisiana House Health and Welfare Committee on Wednesday passed a bill (HB 1019) that aims to limit access to abortion care in the state, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

La. House committee approves bill that would ban medically proven method of abortion
The Louisiana House Health and Welfare Committee on Wednesday advanced a bill (HB 1081) that would ban a medically proven method of abortion, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Okla. Senate passes bill banning abortion based on fetal disability diagnosis
The Oklahoma Senate on Tuesday voted 39-6 to advance a bill (HB 3128) that would prohibit abortion care sought because a fetus has been diagnosed with Down syndrome or another genetic anomaly, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Kan. Supreme Court to review abortion ban ruling
The Kansas Supreme Court on Monday agreed to review a currently enjoined state law (SB 95) banning a medically proven method of abortion, WIBW reports.

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4/11); "Pregnancy, drug use, and why prison is not the solution" (Mollman, Huffington Post blogs, 4/11).

Pa. House delays vote on antiabortion-rights bill
Conservative leaders in the Pennsylvania House on Monday delayed a vote on a bill (HB 1948) that would impose several abortion restrictions, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Abortion-rights supporters rally against Ind. ban
More than 2,000 people rallied at the Indiana Statehouse on Saturday against a recently signed state antiabortion-rights law (HB 1337), the CNHI/Jeffersonville News Tribune reports.

Bill that would ban medically proven method of abortion heads to Miss. gov.
The Mississippi House on Tuesday voted 85-32 to approve a bill (HB 519) that would ban a medically proven method of abortion, AP/ABC News reports.

Women share details about their menstrual cycle to protest Ind. abortion ban
Abortion-rights supporters have launched a social media campaign that urges women to contact the Indiana governor's office with details about their menstrual cycles to express their opposition to a new antiabortion-rights law (HB 1337), USA Today reports.

Pa. House committee advances bill with bans on abortion care
The Pennsylvania House Health Committee on Monday voted 16-10 to advance a bill (HB 1948) that would impose several abortion restrictions, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Pa. bill would impose 20-week abortion ban, prohibit medically proven method of abortion
Pennsylvania House lawmakers on Friday referred to the House Health Committee a bill (HB 1948) that would impose several abortion restrictions, AP/Lancaster Online reports.

OB-GYN: Ind. abortion ban is 'bad medicine,' 'encroach[es] on women's rights'
In an opinion piece in the Washington Post's "PostEverything," Katherine McHugh, an OB-GYN in Indianapolis, writes about the harmful ramifications of a new Indiana law (HB 1337) that "punishes doctors if they perform abortions for women because of their fetus's race or sex, or after a diagnosis of disability.

Texas woman forced to miscarry under HB 2, physicians point to wider pattern of political interference in health care
A 20-week abortion ban included in Texas' omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) forced a woman to deliver a stillborn infant after repeatedly being denied abortion care, the Texas Tribune reports.

Alaska antiabortion-rights bill likely unconstitutional, Planned Parenthood says
The Alaska Senate Health and Social Services Committee on Wednesday held a hearing on an antiabortion-rights bill (SB 179), the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Abortion-rights opponents mobilize to ban abortion based on fetal disability diagnosis
Abortion-rights opponents are advancing model legislation across the United States similar to the recently signed Indiana law (HB 1337) banning abortion sought because of a fetal disability diagnosis, STAT News reports.

Miss. Senate approves abortion ban
The Mississippi Senate on Tuesday approved two antiabortion-rights bills, the Jackson Free Press reports.

Physicians say new Ind. abortion restrictions could harm women
Physicians in Indiana are criticizing a new law (HB 1337) that imposes broad restrictions on abortion care and fetal tissue disposal, saying it could harm women's health, the Washington Post's "Wonkblog" reports.

Ind. gov. signs abortion restriction bill; Planned Parenthood vows challenge
Abortion-rights opponents are advancing model legislation across the United States similar to the recently signed Indiana law (HB 1337) banning abortion sought because of a fetal disability diagnosis, STAT News reports.

Wis. ob-gyn crowdfunds out-of-state abortion care for patient after being barred by state law from providing care
The Oklahoma House on Thursday voted 59-9 to approve a bill (SB 1552) that would bar physicians who provide abortion care in most cases from obtaining or renewing a medical license in the state, the Washington Post's "Morning Mix" reports.

Okla. Supreme Court strikes down petition to criminalize abortion care
The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that a petition to amend the state constitution to criminalize all abortion care will not go forward, the Tulsa World reports.

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"Two new offensive ways to attack abortion rights" (Marty, Care2, 3/18).

Op-ed: Ind. gov. should veto antiabortion-rights bill
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) should veto a "dangerous piece of anti-women's health legislation" (HB 1337) that would impose several restrictions on abortion care, Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds, legislative affairs chair at the Indiana section of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, writes in an Indianapolis Star opinion piece.

Ind. lawmakers criticize process used to pass antiabortion-rights bill
The Indiana House did not consider committee or public input last week when it passed a bill (HB 1337) that would impose several restrictions on abortion care, drawing criticism from liberal state lawmakers, the Times of Northwest Indiana reports.

S.C. 20-week abortion ban faces House hurdle
A revised 20-week abortion ban bill (HB 3114) could stall in the South Carolina House, WIS TV reports.

Abortion-rights advocates urge Ind. gov. to veto abortion restriction bill
Abortion-rights advocates on Monday urged Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) to veto a bill (HB 1337) that would impose several restrictions on abortion care and fetal tissue disposal, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

S.D. gov. signs 20-week abortion ban
South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R) on Thursday signed a bill (SB 72) that bans almost all abortion care after 20 weeks of pregnancy, the Argus Leader reports.

W.Va. lawmakers override veto of bill banning medically proven method of abortion
The West Virginia Legislature on Thursday overrode Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's (D) veto of a bill (SB 10) that would ban a medically proven method of abortion, the Charleston Gazette-Mail 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.

Featured blogs
"'Sex-selective' abortion bans are offensive and dangerous" (Zhang, RH Reality Check, 3/8); "A warning to the Supreme Court: The true lesson of Kermit Gosnell is that abortion restrictions get women killed" (Denvir, Salon, 3/8).

S.C. Senate approves 20-week ban
In related news, the South Carolina Senate on Tuesday voted 36-9 to approve a revised 20-week abortion ban (HB 3114), the Greenville News/The State reports.

S.D. lawmakers send 20-week abortion ban to gov.
The South Dakota Senate on Wednesday voted 26-7 to approve a bill (SB 72) that would ban almost all abortion care after 20 weeks of pregnancy, the AP/Centre Daily Times reports.

W.Va. gov. vetoes bill banning medically proven method of abortion
West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) on Wednesday vetoed a bill (SB 10) that aimed to ban a medically proven method of abortion, the AP/Charlottesville Daily Progress reports.

Utah abortion ban bill dies
Utah lawmakers on Tuesday moved not to consider a bill (HB 442), proposed by state Rep. Curt Oda (R), that would ban a medically proven abortion procedure, the AP/Bryan-College Station Eagle reports. Oda said he would propose the measure again during the next legislative session.

S.D. House approves 20-week abortion ban
The South Dakota House on Monday voted 59-7 to approve a bill (SB 72) that would ban almost all abortion care after 20 weeks of pregnancy, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Idaho bill would ban medically proven abortion procedure
The Idaho Senate State Affairs Committee introduced a bill (SB 1386) that would ban a medically proven method of abortion, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Google searches show significant demand for self-induced abortion
An analysis of Internet searches "show[s] a hidden demand for self-induced abortion reminiscent of the era before Roe v. Wade," economist Seth Stephens-Davidowitz writes in an opinion piece for the New York Times' "SundayReview."

Hearing held on Neb. abortion ban bill
Nebraska lawmakers on Wednesday heard testimony a bill ( LB 767), that would ban a medically proven method of abortion care, the Omaha World-Herald reports.

W.Va. House passes bill that would ban medically proven method of abortion
The West Virginia House on Monday voted 86-13 to approve a bill (SB 10) that would ban a medically proven method of abortion, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Miss. House passes bill to ban medically proven method of abortion
The Mississippi House on Friday approved a bill (HB 519) that would ban a medically proven method of abortion, the Natchez Democrat reports.

Utah bill would criminalize medically proven abortion procedure
Utah Rep. Curt Oda (R) on Thursday filed a bill (HB 442) that would ban a medically proven abortion procedure, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

Ind. Senate committee amends, advances bill targeting abortion access, fetal tissue disposal
The Indiana Senate Health & Provider Services Committee on Wednesday amended and advanced a measure (HB 1337) that would impose several restrictions on abortion care and the disposal of fetal tissue, the AP/Indianapolis Star reports.

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.

Antiabortion-rights bills advance in Okla. Legislature
Three antiabortion-rights bills advanced in the Oklahoma Legislature on Monday, the Tulsa World reports.

S.D. Senate committee advances 20-week abortion ban
The South Dakota Senate Health and Human Services committee on Friday voted 4-3 to advance a measure (SB 72) that would ban almost all abortion care after 20 weeks of pregnancy, the AP/Bellingham Herald reports.

Report: Application of Catholic directives put five patients in danger
A Catholic hospital's refusal to administer abortion care endangered the lives of five pregnant women over the course of a 17-month period, according to a report released to The Guardian.

W.Va. Senate advances bill that would ban medically proven method of abortion
The West Virginia Senate on Wednesday voted 24-9 to pass a bill (SB 10) that would ban a medically proven method of abortion, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

CRR calls for Kansas Supreme Court review of abortion ban ruling
The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) on Tuesday filed a brief asking the Kansas Supreme Court to review and uphold a lower court decision that blocked a law (SB 95) banning a medically proven method of abortion and held that the state constitution protects abortion rights, Topeka Capital-Journal reports.

Tenn. lawmaker pulls antiabortion-rights ultrasound measure
Tennessee Rep. Rick Womick (R) has withdrawn a bill (HB 1459) that would require women to undergo an ultrasound prior to receiving abortion care, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Va. House committee tables 20-week abortion ban until 2017
The Virginia House Courts of Justice Committee in a voice vote on Friday postponed consideration of a proposed 20-week abortion ban (HB 963) until 2017, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

ACLU of Okla. challenges ballot initiative petition that would ban abortion care
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Oklahoma on Friday filed a legal challenge against a petition that would amend the state constitution to criminalize all abortion care, the Tulsa World reports.

Colo. House panels reject antiabortion-rights bills
Colorado House committees last week rejected two antiabortion-rights bills, the Durango Herald reports.

N.M. Senate committee tables 20-week abortion bans
The New Mexico Senate Public Affairs Committee on Wednesday voted 5-4 to table two measures that would ban abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy, according to the NM Political Report.

States increasingly considering bans on a certain abortion procedure
Lawmakers in several states are proposing bills that would ban a certain abortion procedure, AP/ABC News reports.

Op-ed: Wash. abortion ban based on sex of the fetus 'chips away' at abortion rights, stereotypes Asian-American women
A proposed Washington state bill (SB 6612) that would prohibit abortion care based on fetal sex "chips away at a woman's constitutional right to abortion and birth control while simultaneously fueling false stereotypes about Asian-American women," write Washington state Sen. Pramila Jayapal (D) and Miriam Yeung, executive director of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum, in an editorial in The Stranger's "Slog."

Va. House subcommittee mulls 20-week abortion ban, other abortion restrictions
A Virginia House subcommittee on Monday considered several measures related to abortion rights in the state, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

Texas abortion providers launch campaign in support of clinics threatened by HB 2
A few weeks before the Supreme Court hears a legal challenge against provisions in Texas' omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2), abortion providers in the state have launched the Truth Tour, a weeklong campaign to garner support for abortion clinics, Reuters reports.

Okla. ballot initiative petition would ban abortion care
On Jan. 27, an Oklahoma man filed paperwork with the Secretary of State for a petition that would amend the state constitution to criminalize all abortion care, the Tulsa World reports.

Kan. officials appeal ruling against abortion ban; state lawmaker seeks amendment saying state constitution does not protect abo
Kansas officials on Wednesday asked the state Supreme Court to review a lower court decision that blocked a law (SB 95) banning a certain abortion procedure and ruled that the state constitution protects abortion rights, KCUR 89.3 reports.

Ind. Senate advances bill banning abortion based on sex, disability diagnosis of fetus
The Indiana Senate on Tuesday voted 35-14 to pass a measure (SB 313) that would ban abortion sought because of the sex of the fetus or due to a fetal disability, such as a diagnosis of Down syndrome, the Indianapolis Star reports.

N.H. panel votes against two antiabortion-rights bills
The New Hampshire House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday voted against recommending the passage of two antiabortion-rights bills, the Concord Union Leader reports.

Abortion-rights advocates criticize Mo. bill to increase abortion regulations; lawmakers consider banning certain abortions
A Missouri Senate committee on Tuesday held a hearing on a mandatory counseling bill (SB 883) that would apply to Missouri women seeking abortion care outside of the state, the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports.

Wash. Lawmaker Introduces Bill Banning Abortion Based on Sex of the Fetus
Washington Sen. Ann Rivers (R) introduced a bill (SB 6612) that would ban abortion based on the sex of the fetus, the AP/Seattle Times reports.

Three Antiabortion-Rights Bill Introduced in Colo. House
Colorado lawmakers have proposed three antiabortion-rights measures in the state House, the Colorado Independent reports.

N.M. Lawmaker Proposes 20-Week Abortion Bans
New Mexico Sen. Bill Sharer (R) proposed two measures that would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, the Farmington Daily Times reports.

Ind. Senate Panel Passes Bill Banning Abortion Based on Sex, Disability Diagnosis of Fetus
An Indiana Senate committee on Wednesday voted 7-4 to advance a measure (SB 313) that would ban abortion sought because of the sex of the fetus or a fetal disability, such as a diagnosis of Down syndrome, the Indianapolis Star reports.

Fla. House Committee Approves 'Personhood' Bill
The Florida House Criminal Justice Committee on Monday voted 8-3 to advance a measure (HB 865) that would ban abortions in almost all cases, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Wis. Lawmaker Aims To Eliminate State Law Criminalizing Abortion
Wisconsin Sen. Fred Risser (D) is proposing a measure that would eliminate an unenforceable statute criminalizing abortion in the state, WHBL reports (WHBL, 1/22). According to the Wisconsin Radio Network, Risser has issued a notice soliciting co-sponsors for the bill.

S.D. Senate Considers 20-Week Abortion Ban
South Dakota lawmakers on Friday introduced a bill (SB 72) that would ban abortion care at 20 weeks of pregnancy, the Black Hills Pioneer reports.

CMP Petitions Judge To Allow Inclusion of Recordings in Brief Supporting Texas' HB 2
CMP on Friday asked a federal judge for permission to submit secretly recorded audio of a NAF conference barred from public release to the Supreme Court in an amicus brief supporting Texas' omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2), Buzzfeed reports.

SCOTUS Rejects Request To Review Ruling Against N.D. 'Heartbeat' Ban
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a lower court ruling that struck down a North Dakota law (HB 1456) that would ban abortion care as early as six weeks, Reuters reports.

Kan. Appeals Court Upholds Block on Law Banning Certain Abortion Procedure
The Kansas Court of Appeals on Friday ruled 7-7 to uphold a lower court ruling that keeps a ban (SB 95) on a certain abortion procedure from taking effect, the New York Times reports.

SCOTUS Declines To Consider Overturned Ark. 12-Week Abortion Ban
The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to review an overturned Arkansas law (Act 301) that bans abortions at 12 weeks of pregnancy, Reuters reports.

Ark. Judge Extends Order Blocking Medication Abortion Law
A federal judge on Monday extended a restraining order that temporarily blocks the enforcement of an Arkansas antiabortion-rights law (Act 577), KARK 4 News reports.

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"The Power of Making Abortion Personal" (Green, The Atlantic, 1/8); "Oregon Kicks 2016 Off by Allowing Over-the-Counter Birth Control" (Patton, Care2, 1/10).

Ark. AG, Planned Parenthood Request Extension of Order Blocking Parts of Medication Abortion Law
The Arkansas Attorney General and Planned Parenthood of the Heartland last week petitioned a federal judge to extend a restraining order that temporarily blocks the enforcement of a state antiabortion-rights law (HB 1394), the AP/Bellingham Herald reports.

Neb. Lawmaker Introduces Two Antiabortion-Rights Measures
Nebraska state Sen. Tommy Garrett (R) has proposed two antiabortion-rights bills for the new legislative session, the Lincoln Journal Star reports.

Ind. Lawmaker Proposes Fetal Heartbeat Ban
Indiana state Sen. Jim Banks (R) has proposed a bill (SB 144) that would ban abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detectable, which can be as early as six weeks of pregnancy, the Indianapolis Star reports.

Pharmacists Petition SCOTUS To Overturn Wash. Rules on Dispensing Emergency Contraception
A group of pharmacists on Monday petitioned the Supreme Court to overturn a lower court ruling that upheld a Washington state law requiring pharmacies to dispense emergency contraception, regardless of whether owners have religious objections, AP/Modern Healthcare reports.

Obama Administration Urges SCOTUS To Strike Down Texas' HB 2
The Obama administration on Monday urged the Supreme Court to strike down contested provisions in Texas' omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2), the Wall Street Journal reports.

Fla. Health Officials, Clinic Near Settlement Agreement
An administrative law judge has canceled a hearing for a Florida abortion clinic that state officials claim is incorrectly interpreting the definition of second-trimester abortions, the News Service of Florida/Tampa Tribune reports.

N.Y. Gov. Signs Law Making Pregnancy a Qualifying Life Event for Health Insurance Enrollment
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) earlier this month signed into law legislation (A 7836-A, S 5548-A) that would classify pregnancy as a qualifying life event to purchase health coverage on or off of New York's insurance marketplace outside of the open enrollment period, PBS Newshour's "The Rundown" reports.

ACLU Files Lawsuit Against Catholic Hospital for Denying Woman Tubal Ligation
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against a Catholic hospital in California on behalf of a woman who was denied a tubal ligation procedure, New Republic's "Minutes" reports.

Ark. AG Responds to Abortion-Rights Groups' Supreme Court Brief on 12-Week Abortion Ban
Arkansas officials on Monday filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in response to abortion-rights groups' arguments that the high court should not revisit an overturned state law (Act 301) that bans abortion at 12 weeks of pregnancy, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports,

U.S. Appeals Court Rejects Arguments Against Ariz. Law Banning Abortion for Race, Sex
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday rejected a lawsuit brought by two civil rights groups seeking to challenge a law (HB 2442) banning abortion based on the sex or race of a fetus, the AP/Arizona Republic reports.

Ob-Gyn Details Why Mich. Bill Banning Abortion Procedure Would Endanger Women's Health
Katherine Starr, an ob-gyn and advocacy chair of the Michigan Section of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, writes in a Detroit News opinion piece that as a provider of "safe, high-quality and compassionate [health] care," including abortion care, she is "alarmed and infuriated by HB 4833/4834, which would ban the safest form of abortion [she] can provide for some of the most ill women under [her] care."

Full Kan. Court of Appeals Mulls Ban on Certain Abortion Procedure
The full Kansas Court of Appeals on Wednesday heard arguments over a state law (SB 95) banning a certain type of abortion procedure, the AP/Lexington Herald-Leader reports. The arguments focused on whether the state constitution protects the right to abortion.

U.S. Appeals Court Hears Arguments on Ariz. Law Banning Abortion for Race, Sex
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday heard arguments to determine if two civil rights groups had the legal standing to challenge a law (HB 2442) banning abortion based on the sex or race of a fetus, the Arizona Republic reports.

Report: Nearly 50 Measures Restricting Repro Health Passed in 2015
States passed about 50 restrictions on reproductive health care in 2015, according to a new report from the Center for Reproductive Rights, The Hill reports.

N.D. Asks SCOTUS To Review Ruling Against 'Heartbeat' Ban
North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem (R) asked the Supreme Court to review a lower federal court ruling that struck down a state law (HB 1456) that could ban abortion as early as six weeks of pregnancy, the Grand Forks Herald reports.

Utah Lawmakers To Propose Bills Targeting Planned Parenthood, Banning Abortion
Utah lawmakers on Wednesday announced plans to propose two antiabortion-rights measures, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

N.Y. Co-Op Closure Could Place Consumers in Catholic Plan With Secondary Providers for Reproductive Health Services
The closure of the New York health insurance co-op established under the Affordable Care Act (PL 111-148) could leave many New York residents automatically enrolled in a Catholic insurance plan that requires members to access certain reproductive health care services via secondary providers, Politico New York reports.

Study Finds at Least 100K Texas Women Have Attempted Self-Induced Abortion
At least 100,000 Texas women have attempted to terminate a pregnancy without medical assistance, according to a study released on Tuesday by the Texas Policy Evaluation Project, the Austin Chronicle reports.

SCOTUS Asks for Response From Opponents of Ark. 12-Week Abortion Ban
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday asked opponents of an Arkansas law (Act 301) that bans abortion at 12 weeks of pregnancy to respond by Dec. 10 to a state request to have the law upheld, AP/THV 11 reports.

SCOTUS Will Hear Challenge to Texas' Antiabortion-Rights Law
The Supreme Court on Friday announced that it will hear a challenge to parts of an omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) that has already closed about half of the abortion clinics in Texas, the New York Times reports.

Mich. Lawmakers Advance Bills Prohibiting Certain Abortions
The Michigan House Criminal Justice Committee on Tuesday advanced a package of two bills (HB 4833, HB 4834) that would ban a certain type of abortion procedure in the state, the Detroit News reports.

Okla. AG Asks State Supreme Court To Overturn Ruling Against Medication Abortion Law
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt (R) on Wednesday asked the state Supreme Court to overturn a lower court ruling that struck down a state law (HB 2684) restricting the use of medication abortion, AP/WKRG reports.

Op-Ed: Feticide Laws, Bans on Abortion Used To Criminalize Asian-American and Immigrant Women
"Across the country, Asian American women's reproductive rights are being challenged and their family-planning decisions are being policed based on racial stereotypes held by anti-choice activists and officials," Miriam Yeung, executive director of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum, writes in a Washington Post opinion piece.

Investigation Finds Neb. Abortion Clinic Did Not Violate State Abortion Laws
State health inspectors on Tuesday said their investigations into a Nebraska abortion clinic have found no evidence that the facility violated the state's 20-week abortion ban (LB 1103) or mishandled fetal tissue, Omaha World-Herald/Live Well Nebraska reports.

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"There's Now Only One Abortion Provider for Every Million Wisconsin Women" (Stanley, RH Reality Check, 11/2).

Ohio Woman Forced To Travel 300 Miles To Obtain Out-of-State Abortion Care
At a news conference on Tuesday hosted by abortion-rights groups, an Ohio woman shared how she had to travel 300 miles to Chicago to obtain an abortion for her unviable fetus after she was unable to access the services in Ohio, the Newark Advocate/USA Today reports.

Colo. Family Planning Program Linked to 48% Decline in Teen Birth, Abortion Rates
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced last week that a program designed to increase access to long-acting reversible contraceptives continues help curb abortion and birthrates for teenagers in the state, although its future funding remains unclear, the Colorado Springs Gazette reports.

University of Missouri Enters New Contracts for Student Training at Planned Parenthood
The University of Missouri entered into new contracts with Planned Parenthood to allow MU nursing students to perform clinical rotations at the organization's facilities, the Missourian reports.

Full Kan. Court of Appeals Will Review Challenge to Abortion Restriction
All 14 judges of the Kansas Court of Appeals will hear a challenge on a state law (SB 95) that would prohibit physicians from performing a certain type of abortion procedure, the AP/Greenwich Time reports.

SCOTUS Grants N.D. Request for Extension in 'Heartbeat' Abortion Ban Appeal
The U.S. Supreme Court has granted North Dakota's request for additional time to ask the high court to review a lower court decision striking down a state law (HB 1456) that could ban abortion as early as six weeks of pregnancy, according to a spokesperson for the state attorney general, Forum News Service/Grand Forks Herald reports.

Okla. Judge Temporarily Blocks Law Banning Abortion Procedure, Leaves Mandatory Delay Law in Place
An Oklahoma district judge on Wednesday issued a temporary injunction against a law (HB 1721) banning a certain abortion procedure, but let stand another law (HB 1409) that extends the mandatory delay before abortions, the AP/New York Times reports.

N.D. Attorney General To Petition Supreme Court To Review 'Heartbeat' Abortion Ban
North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem (R) on Wednesday said he will file an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the court to review a lower court decision overturning a state law (HB 1456) that banned abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detectable, the AP/Greenfield Daily Reporter reports.

Calif. Gov. Signs Bill To Rein In Crisis Pregnancy Centers' Misinformation; CPCs File Lawsuit
California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) last week signed a bill (AB 775) that aims to prohibit crisis pregnancy centers from disseminating certain misleading information, the Sacramento Bee reports.

Ark. Supreme Court Overturns Ruling Criminalizing Woman for Drug Use During Pregnancy
The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday overturned a conviction in a case in which a woman had been given a 20-year prison sentence after she delivered an infant who had methamphetamine in his system, AP/WREG reports.

Federal Judge Rejects Request To Delay Hearings in Ariz. Medication Abortion Challenge Case
A federal judge on Friday rejected a request to delay hearings on a challenge to an Arizona law (SB 1318) that requires doctors to provide medically unproven information to women about medication abortion, AP/ABC 15 Arizona reports.

Op-Ed Blasts Efforts To Ban, Restrict Fetal Tissue Research Following CMP Videos
"Fetal-tissue research is collateral damage in the war against Planned Parenthood, and it has already been banned or severely restricted in six states," Katha Pollitt writes in an opinion piece for The Nation.

Featured Blogs
"Arkansas Urges Roberts Court To Rethink 'Roe'" (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 10/9); "One State Finally Cracked Down on Deceptive Anti-Abortion Pregnancy Centers" (Redden, Mother Jones, 10/12); "Jailed for Using Drugs While Pregnant" (Calhoun, The Atlantic, 10/12).

Ark. AG Asks Supreme Court To Review 12-Week Abortion Ban
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge (R) on Tuesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a lower court decision that ruled part of a state law (Act 301) prohibiting abortion after 12 weeks of pregnancy unconstitutional, Arkansas News reports.

Report Finds Abortion Care Appointment Wait Time Increases of Nearly Three Weeks in Texas After HB 2
The wait time for an abortion care appointment in some Texas metropolitan areas increased to about 20 days following the passage of an omnibus antiabortion-rights bill (HB 2) in 2013, according to a new report from the Texas Policy Evaluation Project, the Texas Tribune reports.

CRR Files Suit Challenging Okla. Laws Restricting Abortion Access
The Center for Reproductive Rights last week filed a lawsuit in Oklahoma County District Court on behalf of a Tulsa, Okla., abortion clinic, challenging two state laws that restrict abortion access, AP/KRMG reports.

Ohio Lawmakers Announce Series of Abortion-Rights Bills
A group of Ohio lawmakers on Wednesday announced a series of legislation aimed at reversing several antiabortion-rights measures and expanding abortion access in the state, Northeast Ohio Media Group/Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

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.

Mich. Lawmaker Introduces 20-Week Abortion Ban
A Michigan state lawmaker on Wednesday introduced a bill (HB 4851) that would ban abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy, WZZM reports.

Ohio Clinics Challenge Recent TRAP Regulations
Amid a recent uptick in antiabortion-rights regulations in Ohio, abortion providers are challenging new requirements that could leave Cincinnati, the most-populated city in the state, without an abortion clinic, The Guardian reports.

Featured Blogs
"Lawmakers Are Convinced That Women Are Having Abortions For The Wrong Reasons" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 8/25); "Catholic Hospital Caves Under Threat of Lawsuit and Approves Woman's Procedure" (Gill, "Speak Freely," American Civil Liberties Union, 8/25).

NY Times: Ohio Abortion Ban Part of National Effort To Overturn Roe
"It is tempting to dismiss the latest anti-choice salvo [HB 135] from Ohio lawmakers, which would criminalize abortions based on a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome, as a blatantly unconstitutional ploy that would never be enforced," but the measure "stands a disturbingly good chance of approval this fall," according to a New York Times editorial.

Mich. Lawmaker Proposes Bills To Criminalize Certain Abortions
Michigan Rep. Laura Cox (R) last week introduced two measures (HB 4833, HB 4834) that would ban a certain type of abortion procedure, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Featured Blogs
"Michigan Republican: Ban Common Second-Trimester Abortion Procedure" (Wilson, RH Reality Check, 8/21); "Federal Appeals Courts Unanimous in Support of Obamacare's Birth Control Accommodation," (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 8/24); "No, Defunding Planned Parenthood Wouldn't Make Colorado Better" (Salzman, Huffington Post blog, 8/21).

More States Call for Investigations into Planned Parenthood
More states have called for investigations into Planned Parenthood following the release of misleading videos targeting the organization, CQ News reports.

Wisconsin Antiabortion-Rights Laws Send Women Across State Lines for Abortion Care
Women in Wisconsin seeking an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy are going to Illinois, Michigan or Minnesota "[a]lmost as standard practice," given the myriad abortion restrictions enacted in the state, Minneapolis City Pages reports.

Featured Blogs
"Federal Court Blocks North Dakota Heartbeat Ban, Calls on the Supreme Court To Overturn 'Roe'" (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 7/22); "Women's Law Project Files Amicus Brief in Pittsburgh Buffer Zone 3[r]d Circuit Appeal," (Murtha, Women's Law Project blog, 7/22).

Appeals Court Strikes Down N.D. 'Heartbeat' Abortion Ban
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday affirmed a lower court decision overturning a North Dakota law (HB 1456) that banned abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detectable, AP/CBS News reports.

Wis. Governor Signs 20-Week Abortion Ban
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) on Monday signed a bill (Act 56) that bans abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy, Politico reports.

Wis. Assembly Sends 20-Week Abortion Ban to Governor
The Wisconsin Assembly on Thursday voted 61-34 to approve a bill (S 179) that would ban abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy, Reuters reports.

8th Circuit Denies Ark. Appeal on Decision Overturning 12-Week Abortion Ban
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday rejected the Arkansas attorney general's request for the full court to review a three-judge panel's decision overturning part of a state law (Act 301) that would have banned abortion at 12 weeks of pregnancy, AP/Columbus Republic reports.

States Passed 51 Abortion Restrictions in 2015, Study Finds
States so far in 2015 have passed 51 new abortion restrictions, according to a report from the Guttmacher Institute, The Hill reports.

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

Kan. Judge Delays Ban on Abortion Procedure While Legal Challenge Continues
A Kansas judge on Thursday temporarily blocked a state law (SB 95) that would bar physicians from performing a certain type of abortion procedure, the New York Times reports.

Georgia Abortion Ban Affecting Access Across Several States, Study Finds
Georgia legislation (HB 954) restricting abortion affects women's access to the procedure in regions across the U.S., according to a study published last week in the American Journal of Public Health, Medical Xpress reports.

Ohio House Committee Passes Bill Banning Abortion in Cases of Fetal Down Syndrome
The Ohio House Community and Family Advancement Committee on Tuesday passed a bill (HB 135) banning abortion if sought because of a fetal diagnosis of Down Syndrome, the AP/Miami Herald reports.

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

Ark. AG Appeals Decision Overturning 12-Week Abortion Ban
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge (R) on Wednesday asked the full 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear a ruling that struck down part of a state law (Act 301) prohibiting abortion after 12 weeks of pregnancy if a fetal heartbeat is detectable, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Wis. Senate Approves 20-Week Abortion Ban
The Wisconsin Senate on Tuesday in a 19-14 vote passed legislation (S 179) banning abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy, Reuters/Duluth News Tribune reports.

Wis. Senate Committee Advances 20-Week Ban; Assembly Approval Unclear
The Wisconsin Senate Committee on Health and Human Services on Thursday voted 3-2 to advance a bill (S 179) that would ban abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy, and state Senate leaders have said the full chamber will likely vote on Tuesday to pass the measure, the AP/Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

S.C. House Removes Exceptions from 20-Week Abortion Ban
The South Carolina House on Tuesday voted 76-26 to remove exceptions for cases of rape, incest and severe fetal anomalies from a bill (H 3114) that would ban abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy, the Charleston Post and Courier reports.

Wis. Legislative Health Committees Take Up 20-Week Abortion Ban Bills
The health committees in the Wisconsin Assembly and Senate on Tuesday held hearings to consider legislation (AB 237, SB 179) that would ban abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy, AP/Fox 11 News reports.

Providers File Suit Against Kansas Law Banning Certain Abortions
The Center for Reproductive Rights on Monday filed a lawsuit on behalf of two physicians in state court against a Kansas law (SB 95) that bans physicians from performing a certain abortion procedure, AP/ABC News reports.

Featured Blogs
"Ninth Circuit Court Strikes Another 20-Week Abortion Ban" (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 5/29); "The Supreme Court May Take up a Case That Could Be a Game Changer on Abortion Access" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 6/1).

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

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

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.

Appeals Court Rules Arkansas 12-Week Abortion Ban Unconstitutional
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday struck down part of an Arkansas law (Act 301) that banned abortions at 12 weeks of pregnancy if a fetal heartbeat is detectable, AP/ABC News reports.

La. Senate Panel Tables Measure Prohibiting Abortion Based on Fetus' Sex
A bill (HB 701) that would ban abortions based on a fetus' sex is stalled in a Louisiana Senate judiciary committee following a 2-2 vote on Tuesday, 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.

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

S.C. Senate Advances 20-Week Abortion Ban
The South Carolina Senate on Tuesday voted 37-7 to advance a bill (H 3114) that would ban abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy after adding exemptions for cases of rape, incest and severe fetal anomalies to the measure, the Charleston Post and Courier reports.

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

Stakeholders: La. Abortion Ban Bill Could Restrict Asian-American Women's Access to Reproductive Care
A bill (HB 701) passed by the Louisiana House on Thursday that would ban abortions based on a fetus' sex could lead physicians to refuse to perform abortions on Asian-American women, according to advocacy groups, Al Jazeera America reports.

S.C. Senate Stalls on 20-Week Ban
South Carolina Sen. Lee Bright (R) on Thursday began filibustering a bill (H 3114) that would ban abortions at 20 weeks, citing opposition to an amendment that would add exemptions for rape and incest to the measure, the AP/Houston Chronicle reports.

La. House Passes Bill That Would Ban Abortion Based on Sex of Fetus
The Louisiana House on Thursday voted 81-2 to pass a bill (HB 701) that would ban abortions based on a fetus' sex, the Baton Rouge Advocate reports.

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

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

La. House Panel Advances Bill To Ban Abortion Based on Sex of Fetus
Louisiana's House Health and Welfare Committee on Wednesday unanimously voted to advance legislation (HB 701) that would ban abortions based on a fetus' sex, the AP/Belleville News-Democrat reports.

Ohio Abortion-Rights Supporters Rally Against Restrictions
About 100 abortion-rights supporters on Wednesday rallied in front of the Ohio Statehouse to speak out against antiabortion-rights measures under consideration in the state Legislature, the Youngstown Vindicator reports.

Wis. Lawmakers Introduce 20-Week Abortion Ban
Wisconsin lawmakers on Thursday introduced a bill that would ban abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Va. AG: State Abortion Clinic Building Standards Should Not Apply to Pre-Existing Facilities
Abortion clinic building standards adopted by Virginia in 2013 cannot apply to pre-existing facilities, according to a legal opinion from state Attorney General Mark Herring (D), the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

Abortion Restrictions in Ohio Have Caused 50 Percent of State's Clinics To Close or Limit Abortion Services
The number of abortion clinics and abortions in Ohio have decreased significantly since the enactment of several antiabortion-rights provisions in the state, according to a records analysis by the Associated Press.

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

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

Obstacles in N.D. Hinder Access to Abortion Services, Comprehensive Sexuality Education
Women in North Dakota face several obstacles to obtaining abortions and preventing unintended pregnancies, from the state's numerous antiabortion-rights laws to the lack of comprehensive sexuality education, the Huffington Post reports.

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

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.

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

Abortion: Abortion Bans | In the Courts

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

Hodes & Nauser et al. v. Schmidt & Howe
State court challenge to a Kansas law banning the most commonly used method of ending a pregnancy in the second trimester.

MKB Management, Corp. v. Burdick
Challenge to two North Dakota abortion ban laws, HB 1456 and HB 1305.

Edwards v. Beck
Federal court challenge to an Arkansas law that bans abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected with an abdominal ultrasound, generally around 12 weeks of pregnancy.

NAACP v. Horne
Federal court challenge to a 2011 Arizona law that requires providers to certify that a patient's reasons for seeking abortion care are unrelated to the race or sex of the fetus.

Nova Health Systems v. Cline et al.
State court challenge to an Oklahoma law which bans the most commonly used method of ending a pregnancy in the second trimester and lengthens the state's mandatory waiting period from 24 to 72 hours.

McCormack v. Hiedeman
Federal court challenge to an Idaho 1972 criminal abortion restriction and 20-week ban by a woman who was prosecuted under the law for self-inducing an abortion.

Isaacson v. Horne
Challenge to an unconstitutional Arizona law that prohibits abortion after 20 weeks following the woman's last menstrual period.

Lathrop v. Deal
Challenge under the Georgia state constitution to a Georgia law that would prohibit abortion after 20 weeks gestation.