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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.

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.

N.D. Lawmakers Back Away from Antiabortion-Rights Agenda Post-Election
Conservative leaders of the North Dakota Legislature said they likely would not take up any antiabortion-rights legislation during next year's legislative session, saying voters sent them a message in Tuesday's elections by rejecting a ballot measure (Measure 1) that was intended to outlaw abortion, the AP/ABC News reports.

Abortion-Rights Supporters Brace for State, Federal Battles After Midterm Election
Abortion-rights supporters expect opponents to make a renewed push for abortion restrictions in Congress and state legislatures after Tuesday's conservative victories in the midterm election, the New York Times reports.

'Personhood' Ballot Measures Rejected by Wide Margins in Colo., N.D.
Voters in Colorado and North Dakota on Tuesday rejected antiabortion-rights "personhood" amendments to their state constitutions, with the ballot measures losing by roughly 2-to-1 margins in both states, the Huffington Post reports.

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

Abortion Provider Petitions Okla. Supreme Court To Block Admitting Privileges Law
An Oklahoma physician on Monday appealed to the state Supreme Court to block a state law (SB 1848) that requires abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges before it takes effect Nov. 1, the Tulsa World reports.

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

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

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

NYT Weighs In on State Antiabortion-Rights Ballot Measures
Voters in three states next month will consider "ballot measures aimed at ending or severely limiting abortion rights," a New York Times editorial states, referencing referendums in Colorado, North Dakota and Tennessee.

Federal Appeals Court Lifts Hold on Texas Antiabortion-Rights Law, Forcing Clinics To End Services
A federal appeals court panel on Thursday lifted a hold against a Texas antiabortion-rights law (HB 2), resulting in the closure of more than a dozen of the state's remaining abortion clinics and leaving many women in the state hundreds of miles away from the nearest abortion provider, the New York Times reports.

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

Tenn. Antiabortion-Rights Initiative Could Affect Access in Surrounding States
A Tennessee ballot initiative (Amendment 1) that would declare there is no guaranteed right to abortion in the state could also affect abortion access regionally, the Tennessean reports.

Featured Blog
"Colorado Anti-Choice Group Could Push Through 'Personhood' Amendment in November," (Salzman, RH Reality Check, 9/19).

Advocates Respond To NYT Coverage of Women's Abortion Stories, Mo. 72-Hour Delay Law
Advocates on both sides of the abortion-rights debate responded with letters to the editor of the New York Times about its recent coverage of women's abortion stories and a new Missouri law that mandates a 72-hour delay before an abortion.

Tenn. Voters To Weigh Constitutional Amendment on Abortion Rights
Tennessee residents in November will vote on a ballot initiative (Amendment 1) that would amend the state constitution to include the statement, "Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion."

N.D. Voters To Consider 'Personhood' Amendment
Voters in North Dakota will consider a personhood amendment (SCR 4009) that would change the state's constitution to protect "the inalienable right to life of every human being at any stage of development," Mother Jones reports.

Colo. Voters To Weigh 'Personhood' Amendment for Third Time
Voters in Colorado will consider a "personhood" amendment (Amendment 67) that would change the state's constitution to protect "pregnant women and unborn children by defining 'person' and 'child' in the Colorado criminal code and the Colorado Wrongful Death Act to include unborn human beings," Mother Jones reports.

'Undue Burden' Standard for Abortion Rights Threatened, New Yorker's Toobin Argues
The words "undue burden" should be considered "the most important triumph" of former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's tenure, but judges' comments in a key Texas case suggest that this longstanding standard for abortion-rights cases is threatened, Jeffrey Toobin writes in the New Yorker.

San Francisco Resolution Opposes Sex-Selective Abortion Bans Over Potential for Racial Profiling
San Francisco Supervisor David Chiu (D) on Tuesday introduced a resolution that opposes sex-selective abortion bans, which he said are based on racial stereotypes and promote stigmatization of Asian-American women, the Huffington Post reports.

Featured Blogs
"Single Mother Will Spend at Least One Year in Prison for Getting Her Daughter Abortion Pills," (Dusenbery, Feministing, 9/8); "Wendy Davis' Choice: Why Speaking Out About Abortion Must Remain a Woman's Decision," (Kutner, Salon, 9/8).

Texas Gubernatorial Candidate Davis Discusses Personal Abortion Experience in Memoir
In a forthcoming memoir, Texas gubernatorial candidate and state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) discloses obtaining an abortion 17 years ago during a wanted pregnancy after learning that the fetus had an acute brain abnormality, the San Antonio Express-News reports. She also discusses details surrounding the termination of another pregnancy, an ectopic pregnancy that she disclosed previously.

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

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

States' Abortion Restrictions Used as Wedge in Senate Races
While this year's Senate races lack abortion-related disputes on the scale of former Rep. Todd Akin's (R-Mo.) "legitimate rape" comments, candidates from both parties are using state abortion measures to attack their opponents, Politico reports.

States Slow Pace of Antiabortion-Rights Legislation, But Restrictions Up Overall, Guttmacher Report Shows
States passed fewer abortion restrictions in the first half of this year compared with the same time period in any of the past three years, but state laws restricting abortion access continue to vastly outnumber those expanding access, according to a new report from the Guttmacher Institute, Vox reports.

Study Evaluating Effects of Texas' HB 2 Shows 13% Drop in Abortions
The number of abortions in Texas has dropped by 13% since provisions of a state law (HB 2) took effect, according to a Texas Policy Evaluation Project study published in the journal Contraception, the Texas Tribune reports.

Abortion-Rights Groups Urge Court To Reject Appeal of Ark. 12-Week Abortion Ban
The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas and the Center for Reproductive Rights on Thursday urged a federal appeals court to uphold a lower court ruling that struck down an Arkansas law (Act 301) that banned abortion at 12 weeks, arguing that it violates U.S. Supreme Court precedent, the Fort Smith Times-Record reports.

Fla. Gov. Signs Bill Redefining Fetal Viability
Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) on Friday signed into law a bill (HB 1047) that increases abortion restrictions by redefining fetal viability and limiting when the procedure is permitted to protect a woman's health, the AP/Huffington Post reports.

Mich. Lawmakers Propose 'Heartbeat' Abortion Ban
A three-bill package (HB 5643, HB 5644, HB 5645) in the Michigan House would require abortion providers to perform an abdominal ultrasound before the procedure and ban performing an abortion if a fetal heartbeat is detected, MLive reports.

S.C. 20-Week Abortion Ban Bill Fails as Session Ends; 'Personhood' on Primary Ballot
The South Carolina Legislature ended its two-year session on Thursday without voting on a bill (H 4223) that would prohibit most abortions beginning at 20 weeks of pregnancy, the Greenville News reports.

Fla. Bill Redefining Fetal Viability Heads to Gov.
The Florida Legislature on Thursday sent more than 100 bills to Gov. Rick Scott (R), including one (HB 1047) that would increase abortion restrictions and two (HB 989, HB 7141) aimed at stemming human trafficking, WJXT reports.

New Study Undermines Claims About Bans on Abortions Based on Sex
A new study from the University of Chicago refutes many arguments put forth by supporters of banning abortions based on the sex of the fetus, Mother Jones reports.

Featured Blogs
"New Study Exposes Sex-Selective Abortion Bans for What They Are: Just Another Way To Restrict Abortion" (Bazelon, "XX Factor," Slate, 6/3),"Louisiana Lawmakers Pass Bill to Keep Women on Mechanical Support Against Their Wishes" (Wilson, RH Reality Check, 6/3) and "Pennsylvania Women's Health Caucus Unveils Second Package of Bills" (Murtha, RH Reality Check, 6/3).

Okla. Abortion Restrictions Questioned by Some State Leaders
Oklahoma conservatives in recent years have enacted some of the nation's harshest abortion restrictions, but some state leaders are questioning whether they have gone too far in limiting women's options, MSNBC reports.

W.Va. Gov. Pledges To Veto 20-Week Ban Again if Necessary
Some West Virginia lawmakers want to hold a special session to reconsider vetoed legislation (HB 4588) that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, but Gov. Earl Tomblin (D) said Thursday that he would veto the measure again if it passes, the AP/Washington Times reports.

National Journal: Supreme Court Ruling on Texas Law 'Best Hope' for Abortion-Rights Supporters
Abortion-rights supporters' "best hope" for stopping a wave of state abortion restrictions could be a Supreme Court ruling striking down a sweeping Texas law (HB 2), but taking the case to the high court is also a "massive gamble" for them, the National Journal reports.

Appeal Filed Over N.D. 'Heartbeat' Abortion Ban
North Dakota has appealed a judge's ruling that overturned a state law (HB 1456) banning abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detectable, which can be as early as six weeks of pregnancy, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Some Antiabortion-Rights Bills Miss S.C. Legislative Deadline
A series of antiabortion-rights bills proposed in South Carolina did not meet the Legislature's May 1 "crossover deadline," diminishing the chances that they will become law this year, the AP/Washington Times reports.

S.C. Senate Advances 20-Week Abortion Ban After Changes
A South Carolina Senate committee advanced a 20-week abortion ban (H 4223) after adding exceptions for rape, incest and fetal anomalies, among other changes, the AP/Charleston Post and Courier reports.

S.C. House Passes 20-Week Abortion Ban
The South Carolina House approved a measure (H 4223) that would prohibit most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, Reuters reports.

Lawmakers Want Appeal of Ruling Against N.D. 'Heartbeat' Abortion Ban
Sixty-one North Dakota Republican and two Democratic lawmakers are urging the state attorney general to appeal a ruling that overturned a state law (HB 1456) banning abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detectable, the AP/Washington Times reports.

Miss. Gov. Bryant Signs 20-Week Abortion Ban Bill
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) on Wednesday signed into law legislation (HB 1400) that bans abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, Reuters reports.

S.C. 20-Week Abortion Ban Bill Stalls in Senate
A South Carolina bill (H 4223) that would prohibit most abortions at or after 20 weeks of pregnancy stalled this week in a state Senate subcommittee, the Charleston Post and Courier reports.

Featured Blog
"The Abortion Restriction That's Too Extreme for Most Pro-Lifers" (Thomson-Deveaux, American Prospect, 4/15).

Federal Judge Overturns N.D. 'Heartbeat' Abortion Ban
A federal judge on Wednesday struck down a North Dakota law (HB 1456) that banned abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, the AP/Boston Globe reports.

Ark. Appeals Ruling That Struck Down 12-Week Abortion Ban
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel (D) announced Friday that he will appeal to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals a ruling that overturned a state law (Act 301) banning abortion as early as 12 weeks of pregnancy, Reuters/Chicago Tribune reports.

Featured Blogs
"Rick Perry Dodges Measures To Address the Prison Sexual Assault Crisis," (Knefel, RH Reality Check, 4/8); "The 5 Most Surprising Things About My Abortion," (Stewart, Huffington Post blogs, 4/9); "Colorado Lawmakers Introduce an Ambitious Bill To Protect Reproductive Rights," (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 4/10); "Missouri Lawmaker Compares Getting an Abortion To Buying a New Car or Re-Carpeting," (Dusenbery, Feministing, 4/10); "It's Time To Repeal State Advance Directive Laws That Discriminate Against Women," (Taylor/Paltrow, RH Reality Check, 4/10).

Fla. Bill To Redefine Fetal Viability Advances
A Florida Senate committee on Tuesday advanced a bill (SB 918) that would redefine viability of a fetus and increase restrictions on medically necessary abortions in the third trimester, the Orlando Sentinel's "Central Florida Political Pulse" reports.

Sole N.D. Abortion Clinic Asks for Permanent Block of Fetal Heartbeat Law
Attorneys representing North Dakota's only abortion clinic on Friday asked a federal judge to issue a permanent injunction against a state law (HB 1456) that bans abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detectable, the AP/Bismarck Tribune reports.

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

Kan. Legislature Avoids Debate on Abortion Ban Bill, Advances Smaller Measure
The Kansas Legislature has approved a bill (SB 448) that would make technical changes to existing antiabortion-rights laws, avoiding a more contentious debate this year over a bill (HB 2324) that would ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detectable, the AP/Kansas City Star reports.

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

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

Miss. Gov. To Sign 20-Week Abortion Ban
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) on Tuesday said he will sign into law a bill (HB 1400) that would ban most abortions beginning at 18 weeks after a woman's last menstrual period, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports.

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

W. Va. Gov. Tomblin Vetoes 20-Week Abortion Ban
West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) on Friday vetoed a bill (HB 4588) that would have banned most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, saying that the bill likely is unconstitutional and would restrict pregnant women's health care, the Charleston Gazette reports.

Featured Blogs
"Kansas Moves To Defund Planned Parenthood and Force Doctors To Report Every Miscarriage," (Marcotte, "XX Factor," Slate, 3/26); "Two Anti-Choice Candidates in Colorado Rescind Support for 'Personhood,' (Salzman, RH Reality Check, 3/26).

Vt. Law Criminalizing Abortion Finally Removed From State Statute
Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) on Monday signed into law a bill (S 317) that repeals a state statute criminalizing abortion that was invalidated by courts many years ago, the Burlington Free Press reports.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Ark. Law Banning Abortions After 12 Weeks of Pregnancy
A federal judge has overturned an Arkansas law (Act 301) that would ban abortion as early as 12 weeks, saying that the attempt to restrict abortion based on fetal heartbeat rather than on fetal viability is unconstitutional, the United Press International reports.

Appeal Filed Over Ariz. Ban on Abortions Based on Sex of Fetus
Two civil rights organizations on Wednesday appealed a federal judge's dismissal of their lawsuit challenging a 2011 Arizona law (HB 2442) banning abortions based on the sex or race of the fetus, the AP/U-T San Diego reports.

S.D. Bill Banning Abortions Based on Fetus' Sex Heads to Gov.
The South Dakota House on Tuesday approved a bill (HB 1162) that would ban abortions based on the sex of the fetus, sending the measure to Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R) for consideration, the AP/Rapid City Journal reports.

Changes to Miss. Bill Would Ban Abortion at 18 Weeks
The Mississippi Senate on Tuesday unanimously passed a bill (HB 1400) that would ban most abortions after 18 weeks of pregnancy, after changing the measure to define pregnancy as beginning at the end of a woman's last menstrual period, the AP/Washington Times reports.

Colo. Abortion Ban Proposal Rejected in Committee
A Colorado House committee on Tuesday rejected a measure (HB 1133) that would have banned abortion at any point in pregnancy, the Denver Post reports.

W.Va. Sends 20-Week Abortion Ban to Governor
A West Virginia bill (HB 4588) that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy received final legislative approval over the weekend and now goes to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) for consideration, the AP/Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports.

The Economist Examines Rise in 20-Week Abortion Bans
States increasingly are adopting 20-week abortion bans as part of a larger effort by abortion-rights opponents to test the standard of fetal viability set by the Supreme Court under Roe v. Wade, The Economist reports.

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

S.D. Senate Panel Deadlocks on Ban on Abortions Based on Sex of Fetus
A South Dakota Senate panel on Monday heard arguments about potential racial profiling under a bill (HB 1162) that would ban abortions based on the sex of the fetus, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

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

Featured Blog
"South Dakota Legislators Openly Discriminate Against Asian Immigrants To Pass Sex-Selective Abortion Ban" (Bayetti Flores, Feministing, 2/27).

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

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.