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.

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.

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.

Featured Blogs
"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.

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.

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.

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.

Featured Blog
"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).

Kan. AG Requests Up To $450K To Defend First-of-Its-Kind Law Banning Certain Abortions
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt (R) has told state legislators it could cost the state up to $450,000 to defend a state law (SB 95) banning a certain type of abortion procedure, the AP/Oklahoman reports.

Texas Lawmakers Backtrack on Antiabortion-Rights Provisions
Texas lawmakers on Thursday added two antiabortion-rights amendments to an unrelated bill (HB 2510) before sending the entire measure back to committee for revision, AP/KXAN reports.

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

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

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

20-Week Abortion Ban Advances in S.C. Senate, Now Faces Procedural Block
A South Carolina Senate committee on Thursday voted 9-6 to advance legislation (H 3114) that would ban most abortions in the state after 20 weeks of pregnancy, but a procedural obstacle could block the measure from a full chamber vote, the Palmetto Post and Courier reports.

L.A. Times: Kansas, Okla. Laws Do Not 'Even Bother To Pretend To Protect Women's Health'
New antiabortion-rights laws in Kansas (SB 95) and Oklahoma (HB 1721) that "ban the safest, most widely used method of abortion in the second trimester," do not "even bother to pretend to protect women's health" and go "straight for the drama," a Los Angeles Times editorial states.

Featured Blogs
"California Bill Would Require Crisis Pregnancy Centers To Discuss Abortion Options," (Liss-Schultz, RH Reality Check, 4/16); "'Marlise's Law' Could Give End-of-Life Rights to Pregnant Texans," (Grimes, RH Reality Check, 4/15); "Anti-Choicers Are Going To Take Away Second-Trimester Abortion Without Much Notice," (Marcotte, RH Reality Check, 4/16).

Colo. Senate Leader Introduces 'Fetal Homicide' Measure
Colorado Senate President Bill Cadman (R) on Tuesday introduced a bill (SB 15-268) that would allow prosecutors to bring murder charges against an individual who ends a woman's pregnancy, the Washington Post's "GovBeat" reports.

Okla. Governor Signs Law Banning Certain Abortions
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) signed a bill (HB 1721) into law that will prohibit physicians from performing a certain abortion procedure, the AP/New York Times reports.

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

NYT: Kansas 'Ground Zero' in 'War To Criminalize All Abortions'
"During the past four years, the state of Kansas has become ground zero in the war to criminalize all abortions, and in the process to remove a woman's ability to control what happens in her own body," a New York Times editorial states.

Okla. Senate Sends Bill Aimed at Banning Certain Abortions to Governor
The Oklahoma Senate on Wednesday voted 37-4 to pass a bill (HB 1721) that would prohibit physicians from performing a certain abortion procedure, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Kan. Gov. Signs First-of-Its-Kind Law Banning Certain Abortions
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) on Tuesday signed a bill (SB 95) into law that will ban physicians from performing a certain abortion procedure, the Huffington Post 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.

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

Op-Ed: Ohio 20-Week Ban Would Cause 'Needless Suffering,' Waste Taxpayer Dollars
"Ohio's proposed 20-week abortion ban, which has no medical basis," would "cause countless women needless suffering and waste scarce tax dollars on litigation," writes Anita Rios, president of the Ohio chapter of the National Organization for Women and president of the Toledo, Ohio, chapter of NOW, in a Cleveland Plain Dealer opinion piece.

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.

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

Tenn. Lawmaker Withdraws Mandatory Ultrasound Bill
A Tennessee bill (HB 2) that would require a women seeking an abortion to receive a mandatory ultrasound and have the images displayed to her by the provider has been withdrawn for the year, the AP/Lexington Herald-Leader reports.

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

Kan. House Passes Bill Banning Certain Abortions; Gov. Signature Expected
The Kansas House on Wednesday voted 98-26 to approve a bill (SB 95) that would ban physicians from performing a certain abortion procedure, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Ohio House Passes 'Heartbeat' Bill That Could Ban Abortion as Early as Six Weeks
The Ohio House on Wednesday voted 55-40 to approve a bill (HB 69) that would ban abortion if a fetal heartbeat is detectable, which can be as early as six weeks into pregnancy, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Featured Blogs
"Louisiana Women May Have To Travel Even Longer Than You Think for an Abortion," (Marty, Care 2, 3/18); "Four States That Are Actually Working To Protect Abortion Rights" (Culp-Ressler, "Think Progress," Center for American Progress, 3/19).

LA Times: State Abortion Restrictions 'Unnecessary' and 'Often Unconstitutional'
State legislatures nationwide are "concoct[ing] new ways to restrict a woman's constitutional right to a legal abortion," a Los Angeles Times editorial states.

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

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

N.M. 20-Week Ban, Parental Involvement Bills Tabled
A New Mexico Senate panel on Sunday voted 5-3 to table a bill (HB 390) that would ban abortions at 20 weeks pregnancy and a measure (HB 391) that would require parental notification 48 hours before a minor's abortion, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Ariz. Bill To Ban Abortion Coverage in ACA Marketplace Now Includes Biased Counseling Mandate
An Arizona House committee last week voted 5-3 to advance an antiabortion-rights measure (SB 1318) after adding an amendment to require physicians to tell women medically unproven statements about reversing a medication abortion, the AP/Casa Grande Dispatch reports.

N.M. Senate Rejects Procedural Efforts To Move Antiabortion-Rights Bills
The New Mexico Senate has rejected several procedural efforts aimed at moving two antiabortion-rights measures out of their respective committees to other committees or the full chamber, the New Mexican/Las Cruces Sun-News reports.

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

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

Kan. House Committee Considers Bill That Would Ban Certain Abortions
Abortion-rights supporters during a Kansas House committee hearing on Monday raised several concerns about a bill (SB 95) that would prohibit physicians from performing a certain abortion procedure, the AP/Raleigh News & Observer reports.

N.M. House Passes 20-Week Ban, Parental Involvement Bills
The New Mexico House on Friday passed a bill (HB 390) that would ban abortions at 20 weeks pregnancy and a measure (HB 391) that would require parental involvement in minors' abortion decisions, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

W.Va. Lawmakers Override Veto of 20-Week Abortion Ban, Allowing Bill To Become Law
A West Virginia bill (HB 2568) banning abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy is set to take effect on May 26 after the state Senate on Friday voted 27-5 to override the governor's veto of the legislation, Reuters reports.

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

Ohio House Opens Debate on Twice-Rejected 'Heartbeat' Bill
The Ohio House on Tuesday began discussing a bill (HB 69) that would ban abortion if a fetal heartbeat is detectable, which can be as early as six weeks into pregnancy, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

W.Va. House Votes To Override Veto of 20-Week Abortion Ban
The West Virginia House on Wednesday morning voted 77-16 to override a veto of a bill (HB 2568) that would ban abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy, the West Virginia State Journal reports. The bill now heads to the state Senate for an override attempt.

Wis. Gov. Walker Says He Would Support 20-Week Abortion Ban
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) in an open letter on Tuesday said he would sign a measure banning abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy, if such a bill reaches his desk, the New York Times' "First Draft" reports.

Ohio Abortion Restrictions Strain Providers, Limit Access for Patients
Measures that restrict abortion in Ohio have made it harder for women in the state to access the procedure, NPR's "Shots" reports.

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

20-Week Abortion Ban, Parental Involvement Bills Advance in N.M. House
New Mexico's House Judiciary Committee on Friday voted 7-6 to approve two antiabortion-rights measures, sending them to the full chamber, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

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

Okla. House Approves Bill Aimed at Banning Certain Abortions
The Oklahoma House on Thursday voted 84-2 to approve a bill (HB 1721) that would prohibit physicians from performing a certain abortion procedure, the AP/Tulsa World reports.

W.Va. Senate Passes 20-Week Ban
The West Virginia Senate on Wednesday voted 29-5 to approve a bill (HB 2568) that would ban abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy, West Virginia MetroNews reports.

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

N.M. House Panel Advances 20-Week Abortion Ban, Parental Involvement Bills
A New Mexico House committee on Friday advanced two antiabortion-rights bills, the AP/Las Cruces Sun-News reports.

Kan. Senate Approves Bill That Would Ban Certain Abortions
The Kansas Senate on Friday voted 31-9 to approve a bill (SB 95) that would prohibit physicians from performing a certain abortion procedure, the AP/ABC News reports. The measure now heads to the state House, which has an antiabortion-rights majority.

Ind. Fetal Disability Bill Moves Forward; State Moves To Revoke Clinic's License
An Indiana Senate committee on Wednesday voted 7-4 to advance a bill (SB 334) that would ban providing an abortion requested because of fetal genetic disorders or the sex of the fetus, the Indianapolis Star reports.

Ohio Lawmakers Propose 'Heartbeat' Abortion Ban Again
Ohio lawmakers on Tuesday introduced a bill (HB 69) that would ban abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detectable, which can be as early as the sixth week of pregnancy, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Abortion-Rights Advocates Mull Legal Issues With Proposed Kan. Abortion Ban
Abortion-rights advocates are examining legal issues surrounding Kansas antiabortion-rights legislation that gained approval from the state Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee last week, the AP/Idaho Statesman reports.

Texas Bills, Campaign Aim To Improve Reproductive Health Care
Texas lawmakers who support abortion rights have introduced four bills as part of a multiyear campaign to improve women's access to reproductive health care in the state, the Houston Chronicle reports.

W.Va. House Approves 20-Week Abortion Ban
The West Virginia House last week voted 87-12 to approve a bill (HB 2568) that would ban abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy, the AP/Washington Times reports (Mattise, AP/Washington Times, 2/11).

S.C. 20-Week Abortion Ban Clears House
The South Carolina House last week voted 80-27 to approve a measure (H 3114) that would ban abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy, the Rock Hill Herald reports (Self, Rock Hill Herald, 2/11).

Featured Blogs
"Hobby Lobby 2: Inside Republicans' Plan To Kill America's Most Effective Anti-Teen-Pregnancy Program" (Baumann, Mother Jones, 2/11); "Report Finds 'Shockingly Substandard' Reproductive Health Care in New York Prisons" (Greenberg, RH Reality Check, 2/13); "Repro Wrap: D&E Bans are Just Grandstanding and Other News" (Marty, Care2, 2/13).

Okla. House Advances Mandatory Delay Bill, Ban on Certain Abortion Procedure
The Oklahoma House on Wednesday voted 89-9 to approve a bill (HB 1409) that would increase the state's mandatory delay before an abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

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

Abortion-Rights Opponents Invent Incendiary Terminology To Push Abortion Ban
Abortion-rights opponents are using "grisly" language as part of a strategy to enact state legislation that they say would prohibit a specific abortion procedure, Bloomberg reports.

N.M. Lawmakers Introduce Antiabortion-Rights Bills
New Mexico lawmakers on Friday introduced two antiabortion-rights measures, the AP/New York Times reports.

Va. House Panel Withdraws 20-Week Abortion Ban Proposal
A Virginia House subcommittee on Friday withdrew a proposal (HB 2321) that would have banned abortions in the state after 20 weeks of pregnancy, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

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

'Heartbeat Bills' Divide Abortion-Rights Opponents
Opponents of abortion rights are divided over whether to pursue state bills that would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detectable, Mother Jones reports.

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

Va. Senate Committee Rejects Attempt To Repeal Ultrasound Mandate
A Virginia Senate committee on Thursday rejected a bill (SB 733) that would have repealed a 2012 measure (Code of Virginia 18.2-76) mandating that a woman receive an ultrasound before an abortion, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

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.

Antiabortion-Rights Group: Ohio Lawmakers To Introduce 20-Week Abortion Ban Bill
Ohio Right to Life on Tuesday announced that lawmakers in the Republican-led General Assembly will soon introduce legislation to ban abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

States Likely To Consider 20-Week Abortion Bans, Despite Issues With Federal Bill
Bills that would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy are likely to advance in state legislatures this year, despite the difficulties conservatives faced with similar federal-level legislation last week, the Washington Post's "GovBeat" reports.

Kan. Gov. Says He Would Sign Latest Antiabortion-Rights Bill
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) last week said he would sign pending legislation that would prohibit physicians from performing certain abortion procedures, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

W.Va. Lawmaker Refiles 20-Week Abortion Ban
West Virginia Delegate David Perry (D) on Tuesday reintroduced a measure (HB 2153) that would ban abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy unless the woman is having a medical emergency, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

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

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).

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

Kan. Antiabortion-Rights Group Introduces Bill To Ban Certain Second-Trimester Abortions
The antiabortion-rights group Kansans for Life is pushing legislation that would prohibit physicians from performing certain abortion procedures, the Wichita Eagle reports.

Ind. Bill Would Ban Abortions Based on Sex of Fetus, Genetic Defects
Indiana Sen. Travis Holdman (R) has proposed a bill (SB 334) that would ban abortions sought because of the sex of the fetus or the diagnosis or "potential diagnosis" of a genetic defect, the Indianapolis Star reports.

Appeals Court Hears Oral Arguments Over N.D., Ark. Early Abortion Bans
A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard back-to-back cases on Tuesday over the constitutionality of a North Dakota law (HB 1456) that banned abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected and an Arkansas law (Act 301) that banned the procedures at 12 weeks of pregnancy, the AP/Miami Herald reports.

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

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

Kan. Lawmakers Could Consider Abortion Ban, Mandatory Delay Bills
Kansas lawmakers could soon consider proposals that would ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detectable and require a mandatory delay of three days before a woman can obtain an abortion, the AP/Johnson County Legal Record reports.

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

Mo. Lawmaker Says Abortion Consent Bill Would Not Apply in 'Legitimate Rape' Cases
A Missouri state lawmaker recently said his bill (HB 131) requiring a woman seeking an abortion to get permission from the man involved in the pregnancy would not apply in cases of "legitimate rape," a phrase that drew widespread criticism when used by former Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) two years ago, National Journal reports.

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

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

20-Week Abortion Ban, Other Bills on Wis. Anti-Choice Groups' Legislative Agendas
With conservatives retaining control of Wisconsin's Legislature, antiabortion-rights groups intend to push proposals that failed last year, as well as introduce new measures, the AP/HTR News reports.

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

Ohio 'Heartbeat' Bill Fails in House
The Ohio House on Wednesday rejected a bill (HB 248) that would ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detectable, marking the latest setback for legislation that has divided the state's abortion-rights opponents, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

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

Featured Blogs
"Repro Wrap: Activists Celebrate Victories in Clinic Access and Other News" (Marty, Care2, 12/5); "The Newest Crisis Pregnancy Center Offer: 'Abortion Reversals'" (Marcotte, "XX Factor," Slate, 12/8).

Featured Blogs
"Women Protest Ohio's Proposed Six Week Abortion Ban: 'Our Bodies, Our Decisions,'" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 12/4); "Virginia Board of Health Votes To Amend Anti-Abortion Law," (Liss-Schultz, RH Reality Check, 12/4).

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).

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

Featured Blogs
"Ohio Republicans Use Extreme Measures To Advance Radical Six Week Abortion Ban" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 11/21); "Nevada Teen Rallies Students To Fight for Comprehensive Sex Ed" (Ramirez, Care2, 11/22).

Ga. City Bans Abortion Clinics, Most Abortions
The Rossville, Ga., City Council last week unanimously passed an ordinance banning abortion clinics within city limits and prohibiting most abortions, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports.

Antiabortion-Rights Tenn. Lawmakers Plan New Bills After State Constitutional Amendment Passes
Tennessee's Republican legislative leaders plan to pass new abortion restrictions in the upcoming session after voters on Tuesday approved a state constitutional amendment (Amendment 1) declaring that there is no right to abortion, the Tennessean reports.

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.

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.

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.

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

Edwards v. Beck
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.

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.