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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.

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.

W.Va. House Passes 20-Week Abortion Ban
The West Virginia House on Tuesday passed a bill (HB 4588) that would make it a felony to perform an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy in most cases, the Charleston Daily Mail reports.

S.C. House Panel Advances 20-Week Abortion Ban
A South Carolina House panel on Tuesday approved a bill (H 4223) that would ban most abortions beginning at 20 weeks of pregnancy, sending the measure to the House floor, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Featured Blogs
"Could This Be the Year the Pro-Choice Movement Goes on the Offensive?" (Dusenbery, Feministing, 2/24), "Supreme Court Turns Away Arizona Planned Parenthood Funding Ban" ((Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 2/24) and "Repro Wrap: Here Come the Personhood Bids Again and Other News" (Marty, Care2, 2/21).

S.D. Advances Ban on Abortions Based on Sex of Fetus, Rejects Down Syndrome Bill
The South Dakota House last week passed a bill (HB 1162) that would ban abortions based on the sex of the fetus, while a legislative committee rejected a measure (HB 1240) that would have banned abortions if the fetus was diagnosed with Down syndrome, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Featured Blogs
"10 Dangerous Anti-Abortion Bills That Are Already Gaining Traction This Year" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 2/18) and "The Failures of Abstinence-Only Education Illustrated in 2 Charts" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 2/20).

Second-Trimester Abortion Ban is Latest Tactic in State Battles
The South Dakota Legislature is likely to pass a bill (HB 1241) that would effectively ban abortions after the first trimester, an unprecedented restriction that could create a model for antiabortion-rights lawmakers in other states, Politico Magazine reports.

N.C. 'Choose Life' License Plates Unconstitutional, Appeals Court Rules
A federal appeals court last week ruled that it is unconstitutional for North Carolina to offer license plates with the message "Choose Life" because the state does not also offer plates that support abortion rights, Courthouse News Service reports

Miss. House Passes 20-Week Abortion Ban
The Mississippi House on Thursday passed a bill (HB 1400) that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, Reuters reports.

Rejected 20-Week Abortion Ban Still Could Reach W. Va. House Floor
Although a West Virginia House committee rejected a motion to advance 20-week abortion ban (HB 2364) to the full House, the bill still could reach the chamber floor, the Charleston Gazette reports.

Featured Blog
"The 5 Most Egregious Antiabortion Proposals of 2014 (So Far)" (McDonough, Salon, 2/17).

Texas' Davis Says She Would Accept Some Limits on Abortion Rights
Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis (D), a state senator, on Tuesday said she could have supported legislation restricting abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy if it gave women and their doctors more flexibility to make their own decisions in certain circumstances, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Featured Blogs
"Texas Judge Rules Brain Dead Pregnant Woman Must Be Taken Off Life Support" (Robin Marty, Care2, 1/24), "Bill Regulating Certified Professional Midwives Needs a Push" (Judy Norsigian, Our Bodies Ourselves' "Our Bodies, Our Blog" 1/27) and "New Law Could Force All of Louisiana's Abortion Clinics To Close" (Zoe Carpenter, The Nation, 1/27).

GOP Resolution Urges Candidates To Tout Opposition to Abortion Rights
A new Republican National Committee resolution will urge GOP candidates to voice their opposition to abortion rights and challenge Democratic rhetoric portraying them as anti-women, CNN's "Political Ticker" reports.

Supreme Court's Decision on 20-Week Abortion Ban Unlikely To Quell Debate
Abortion-rights advocates say the Supreme Court's refusal to consider an Arizona law (HB 2036) banning most abortions after 20 weeks suggests the justices are not interested in revisiting Roe v. Wade, while abortion-rights opponents think the decision will build momentum for their cause, NPR's "It's All Politics" reports.

Supreme Court's Decision on 20-Week Abortion Ban Could Influence Neb. Measure
Supporters of a Nebraska law banning most abortions after 20 week say that the Supreme Court's refusal to consider a simliar ban in Arizona (HB 2036) could make Nebraska' law more vulnerable to legal challenges, even though state Attorney General Jon Bruning (R) said the Arizona case has no immediate effect on the Nebraska statute, the Omaha World-Herald reports.

Mich. Abortion-Rights Advocates Forgo Drive To Repeal Abortion Coverage Ban
Abortion-rights supporters in Michigan plan to focus on a broad agenda this year, rather than pursuing a petition drive to repeal a new state law banning most private and all public health plans from including abortion coverage, the Detroit Free Press reports

New York Times Editorial: Supreme Court Made 'Good Call' on Abortion Ban
A New York Times editorial on Monday discussed the Supreme Court's involvement in a challenge to a 20-week abortion ban in Arizona.

Featured Blogs
"STUDY: Looking at an Ultrasound Doesn't Change Women's Decision To Have an Abortion" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 1/10) and "Court Bypasses Abortion Test Case (UPDATED)" (Denniston, SCOTUSblog, 1/13).

Supreme Court Declines 20-Week Abortion Ban Case; Lower Court's Ruling Stands
The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal of a lower court's ruling that an Arizona law prohibiting abortions at 20 weeks of gestation is unconstitutional, the New York Times reports.

Editorial Urges Abortion-Rights Supporters To Remain 'Vigilant'
Abortion-rights supporters in New Hampshire and across the country need to maintain "vigilance" against abortion restrictions that are misleadingly promoted as ways to protect women from substandard medical care, a Concord Monitor editorial states.

States Shift Tactics on Abortion Restrictions for 2014
Facing legal challenges to sweeping antiabortion-rights laws, conservative state lawmakers are shifting focus to incremental measures that regulate clinics, physicians and abortion methods, Politico reports.

Both Sides See 2014 as Critical Year for Future of Abortion Access
Advocates on both sides of the abortion-rights debate are bracing for a year of legal and political fights that could determine the future of abortion access across the country, the New York Times reports.

More Abortion Restrictions Enacted in Last Three Years Than Previous Decade, Guttmacher Study Finds
States enacted more antiabortion-rights laws from 2011 through 2013 than they did in the entire previous decade, according to a new Guttmacher Institute study, the Washington Post's "The Fix" reports.

Abortion Providers Decline in Texas While CPCs Proliferate; State Finalizes Clinic Rules
Crisis pregnancy centers in Texas "are feeling optimistic" about the state's health care landscape amid new laws that have forced many abortion providers to close or stop offering the procedure, Al Jazeera America reports.

States Consider Abortion, Paid Leave, Gender Transition Policies
The Women's Health Policy Report summarizes recent news coverage of state action on reproductive health-related issues.

Featured Blogs
"The Heroic Commutes of Abortion Providers" (Kat Stoeffel, New York Magazine's "The Cut," 12/13) and "11 Pro-Choice Successes of 2013" (RH Reality Check, 12/16).

After Ballot Defeat, N.M. Abortion-Rights Opponents Look to Legislature
Abortion-rights opponents in New Mexico plan to redirect their efforts toward the state Legislature after Albuquerque voters rejected a ballot measure that would have banned abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

Featured Blogs
"On Abortion, the People Keep Speaking. Is Anyone Listening?" (Jacobson, RH Reality Check, 11/20); "Maine City Approves a Buffer Zone Around Planned Parenthood To Prevent Anti-Abortion Harassment" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 11/20); "A Dark Day for Texas Women. A Dark Day for Justice" (Amiri, "Blog of Rights," ACLU, 11/20).

Antiabortion Activists Re-Evaluate After Loss on Albuquerque 20-Week Ban
Abortion-rights opponents are rethinking their messaging and outreach strategies after a 10-percentage-point loss on a municipal ballot measure that would have banned abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy in Albuquerque, N.M., the New York Times reports.

Albuquerque Voters Reject 20-Week Abortion Ban in Nation's First City-Level Vote on Issue
Albuquerque, N.M., residents on Tuesday voted 55% to 45% to reject a municipal ballot measure that would have banned abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, the AP/USA Today reports.

Featured Blogs
"City Abortion Bans: Is Your Town Next?" (Martha Burk, Huffington Post blogs, 11/15) and "Are Pregnant Women Persons After 20 Weeks' Gestation?" Lynn Paltrow/Jeanne Flavin (RH Reality Check, 11/15).

Voters in Albuquerque Will Decide Tuesday Whether City Should Ban Abortion After 20 Weeks
Albuquerque, N.M., residents on Tuesday will determine whether the city will become the first municipality in the nation to ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Featured Blogs
"Historic Early Voter Turn-Out for Albuquerque 20-Week Abortion Ban Ordinance" (Teddy Wilson, RH Reality Check, 11/14) and "Attorneys Tell Roberts Court There's No Reproductive Health-Care Crisis in Texas" (Jessica Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 11/13).

Texas Urges Supreme Court To Leave Disputed Antiabortion Law in Place
The Texas attorney general's office on Tuesday filed a response to a request from abortion providers that the Supreme Court block enforcement of a state law (HB 2) requiring physicians who provide abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, the Texas Tribune reports.

Legal Fights Over State Laws Offer Ample Chances for Supreme Court Intervention
It is "only a matter of time" before the Supreme Court decides to hear one of several ongoing challenges to state-level abortion restrictions, USA Today reports.

Reproductive Health Issues in Spotlight as Va. Voters Head to Polls
The gubernatorial race in Virginia heavily hinged on women's votes, the AP/Miami Herald reports.

Wis. Antiabortion-Rights Bills Postponed for This Year
Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R) on Friday delayed floor consideration of two antiabortion-rights bills (AB 216; AB 217) until at least early next year, Wisconsin Public Radio News reports.

Featured Blog
"Wisconsin Senate Prepares To Vote on Abortion and Contraception Restrictions" (Wilson, RH Reality Check, 11/11).

Wis. Senate Committee Advances Two Antiabortion-Rights Bills
The Wisconsin Senate Health Committee on Thursday advanced a pair of antiabortion-rights bills to the floor for a full vote, the AP/Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Abortion-Rights Group, Catholic Archbishop Target Albuquerque Voters as Special Election Nears
A New Mexico advocacy group called Respect ABQ Women purchased two television ads to oppose a proposed citywide abortion ban Albuquerque voters will consider on Nov. 19, KOB Eyewitness News 4 reports.

Texas Abortion Rulings are 'Unsound Medicine,' New York Times Letter Says
"Restrictions requiring doctors in clinics to seek hospital admitting privileges are medically unnecessary and do nothing to improve health and safety for women," Anne Davis, consulting medical director for Physicians for Reproductive Health, writes in a letter to the editor of the New York Times in response to a recent Texas Supreme Court ruling that allows the state to enforce such a requirement while the case is being appealed.

Reproductive Health Issues in Spotlight as Va. Voters Head to Polls
The outcome of Tuesday's gubernatorial race in Virginia could hinge on women's votes, the AP/Miami Herald reports.

Texas Abortion Providers Seek Supreme Court Review as Clinics End Services
A Planned Parenthood affiliate and several other women's health care providers have filed an emergency application with the Supreme Court to block enforcement of a Texas law (HB 2) that requires physicians who provide abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, Politico Pro reports

Despite Judge's Ruling, Abortion Access Becomes More Difficult in Texas
Although a federal judge declared a key provision in a Texas antiabortion law (HB 2) unconstitutional this week, the legislation contains several other abortion restrictions that remain in effect, the American Prospect reports.

Court Ignores Texas' Emergency Appeal of Ruling on Antiabortion Law; NYT Editorial Weighs In
A federal appeals court did not immediately act on Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's (R) emergency motion requesting permission for the state to enforce new abortion restrictions on Tuesday, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Judge Blocks Texas Admitting Privileges Requirement, Upholds Some Medication Abortion Restrictions
A federal judge on Monday blocked a provision in a Texas law (HB 2) that would have required abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and partially upheld state restrictions on medication abortion, the New York Times reports.

Featured Blogs
"Arizona Attorneys Outline Why Roberts Court Should Revisit 'Roe'" (Sullivan, "The Fix," Washington Post, 10/28); "Everything You Need To Know About the Texas Abortion Law Battle" (Sullivan, "The Fix," Washington Post, 10/28); and "Since Ohio Is Forcing Abortion Clinics Out of Business, More Women Are Leaving the State To Get Care" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 10/25).

Testimony Concludes in Trial Over Texas Abortion Restrictions
Attorneys for Texas abortion providers and the state are presenting closing arguments on Wednesday on whether certain provisions in an antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) are constitutional, the Texas Tribune reports.

Trial Begins Over Texas Antiabortion Law
On Monday, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel heard opening arguments in a trial over the constitutionality of Texas' new antiabortion-rights law (HB 2), Kaiser Health News/Texas Tribune reports.

Va. Gov. Candidates Spar Over Abortion-Rights Issues
In the Virginia governor's race, state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) and Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe both are attempting to portray the other as an extremist on abortion-related issues, the AP/NBC4 Washington reports.

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

Constitutionality of Albuquerque Antiabortion Ballot Measure Questioned
Albuquerque, N.M., City Council member Trudy Jones on Wednesday proposed a resolution that would require the city to pursue legal action to assess the constitutionality of a proposed ballot measure banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and to determine if the city is obligated to put it on the ballot, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Ariz. Law Prohibiting Abortion Based on Sex, Race of Fetus
A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit challenging a 2011 Arizona law (HB 2442) that prohibits abortion based on the sex or race of the fetus, the Arizona Daily Star reports.

Featured Blog
"Planned Parenthood In Court To Protect Texas Women's Health" (Richards, Huffington Post blogs, 9/27).

Hiring of Antiabortion Adviser is 'Latest Fiasco' at N.C. Health Dept., Editorial States
The hiring of a "deeply conservative" adviser to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is the "latest fiasco" in a string of controversial personnel decisions by Gov. Pat McCrory (R) and DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos, a Raleigh News & Observer editorial states.

Crisis Pregnancy Center Board Member Advising N.C. Agency That Will Rewrite Abortion Rules
The administration of North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) has hired an antiabortion-rights conservative organizer to advise the state health department, which is rewriting state rules on abortion, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Albuquerque, N.M., Schedules Special Election on 20-Week Abortion Ban Measure
The Albuquerque, N.M., City Council on Monday voted 5-4 to hold a special election in November so that residents can vote on a ballot measure that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

Texas Women Struggle To Find Providers as Clinics Close
The closures of women's health providers in Texas as the result of various state laws and funding cuts are making it more difficult for women to find sources of routine health care, the Texas Tribune reports.

Texas Tribune Reviews Inspection Records at 36 Abortion Clinics, Finds Few Serious Safety Issues
There is little evidence to support some Texas legislators' claim that conditions at existing abortion clinics endanger women seeking abortion care, according to a Texas Tribune review of state records, the Texas Tribune/New York Times reports.

Judge Grants Clinic's Request To Drop Parts of Lawsuit Over New N.D. Antiabortion Laws
A federal judge on Monday granted a North Dakota abortion clinic's request to drop parts of a lawsuit challenging a state law that bans abortions based on the sex of the fetus or genetic defects, AP/ABC News reports.

City-Level Antiabortion Tactics Perpetuate 'Cycle of Violence,' Salon Piece Argues
Antiabortion-rights activists' escalating rhetoric in Albuquerque, N.M., "echoes the targeting of Wichita, Kan.," where abortion provider George Tiller was murdered in 2009 after nearly two decades of protests and violence in the city, Jill Filipovic writes in Salon.

Slight Majority of Albuquerque, N.M., Voters Support Antiabortion Ballot Measure, Poll Finds
Fifty-four percent of likely voters in Albuquerque, N.M., support a city ballot initiative that would make it a misdemeanor to provide an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy unless a woman's life is in danger, according to a poll by the Albuquerque Journal.

Abortion Clinics Face Local Battles as Cities Push Restrictions
Abortion clinics -- already besieged by state regulations -- must increasingly grapple with city-level ordinances that add burdensome requirements, Bloomberg/West Lebanon Valley News reports.

At Least Four More Texas Abortion Clinics Closing Under New Law
At least four abortion clinics in rural Texas are closing because of tighter restrictions on facilities that offer the procedure, and three others likely will close, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Ballot Measure Puts Albuquerque, N.M., at Center of 'Abortion Wars,' New York Times Reports
Albuquerque, N.M., is becoming a "flash point in the abortion wars" amid a string of protests over Southwestern Women's Options, a clinic that offers abortions after the sixth month of pregnancy, the New York Times reports.

Albuquerque, N.M., Official Certifies Antiabortion Ballot Proposal
Residents of Albuquerque, N.M., likely will consider a ballot measure that would ban abortions in the city after 20 weeks of pregnancy, KOB reports.

Documents Show No Evidence Of Supposed Jars of Urine, Feces at Texas Abortion Debate
The Texas Department of Public Safety on Aug. 26 released documents providing no new evidence that officers found protesters carrying a jar of urine and 18 jars of feces at the state Capitol prior to a July 12 debate on an antiabortion bill (HB 2) that later became law, the Texas Tribune reports.

Featured Blogs
"End the DC Abortion Ban" (Hinton Hoytt/González-Rojas, "Congress Blog," The Hill, 9/2), "Why Telemedical Abortions are the Future" (Bourdet, Motherboard, 8/30) and "Texas State Health Services Council Refuses To to Vote on Implementation of Omnibus Anti-Abortion Law" (Grimes, RH Reality Check, 8/29)

Featured Blogs
"Washington State Won't Let Public Hospitals Refuse To Provide Abortion Care" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 8/22) and "Albuquerque 20-Week Abortion Ban Won't Make it on High-Turnout Ballot" (Grimes, RH Reality Check, 8/20).

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

Ohio Lawmaker Reintroduces Bill To Ban Abortion if Heartbeat is Detectable
Ohio Rep. Lynn Wachtmann (R) is reintroducing a measure that would ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detectable, which can be as early as six weeks of pregnancy, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

Planned Parenthood Lawsuit Over Kan. Antiabortion Law Narrowed to One Provision
U.S. District Judge Kathryn Vratil on Monday approved an agreement to narrow a Planned Parenthood lawsuit against a far-ranging Kansas law restricting abortion, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Texas Family Planning Funding Remains Inadequate as Clinics Struggle Under Restrictions
Although Texas lawmakers have restored family planning funding in the 2014-2015 state budget, clinics continue to struggle from drastic cuts in 2011 and a state law that bars "abortion affiliated providers" from receiving the money, the Texas Tribune/New York Times reports.

Fearing Political Fallout, Some State Conservatives Ease Push for Antiabortion Bills
Concerned about alienating moderate voters in the 2014 elections, some Republican state lawmakers are stemming their party's widespread push for antiabortion-rights legislation in conservative-led states, the AP/Huffington Post reports.

Blogs Comment on Abortion Access, Criminalization of Pregnant Women, More
"What One Woman's Fight for a Late-Term Abortion Says About Reproductive Rights in the U.S." (Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress," 8/5) and "The Right's Plan To Reverse Roe: Ban Abortions To 'Protect' Women" (Irin Carmon, MSNBC, 8/5).

Judge Blocks N.D. Admitting Privileges Law From Taking Effect
A North Dakota judge on Wednesday issued a preliminary injunction against a state law (SB 2305) that would require abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, Bloomberg reports.

N.C. Antiabortion Bill Signed Into Law as Protests Continue
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) on Monday night signed into law an expansive antiabortion-rights measure (SB 353), while opponents held a 12-hour protest outside the executive mansion denouncing the bill, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.

New Abortion Law in Texas Could Prompt Some Women To Seek Medication Abortion From Mexico
With Texas' new anti-abortion law (HB2), some women living in border towns "will have little choice but to turn to dangerous alternatives to deal with an unwanted pregnancy" and will likely travel to Mexico to obtain medication abortion, Texas Public Radio reports.

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

N.C. Gov. McCrory Confirms That He Will Sign Wide-Ranging Abortion Bill; Abortion-Rights Supporters To Stage Protest
North Carolina Gov. Patrick McCrory (R) at a press conference on Friday announced he would sign a wide-ranging antiabortion-rights measure (SB 353) approved by the state Senate on Thursday, WITN reports.

Featured Blog
"Arizona AG Insists Abortion Restriction Based on Racial Stereotypes Is Not Discriminatory" (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 7/24).

Ariz. Attorney General Moves To Dismiss Legal Challenge Against Sex-, Race-Based Abortion Ban
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne (R) on Tuesday asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed against a 2011 state law (HB 2442) that prohibits abortion based on the sex or race of the fetus, Capitol Media Services/Arizona Daily Sun reports.

Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks N.D. Law Banning Abortion at Six Weeks
Saying it is "invalid and unconstitutional," a federal judge on Monday issued a preliminary injunction to block enforcement of a North Dakota law (HB 1456) that prohibits abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detectable, which can occur as early as six weeks, the Dickinson Press reports.

Featured Blogs
"Federal Court Blocks North Dakota Law That Would Ban Abortion as Early as Six Weeks" (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 7/22); "Solutions in Search of a Problem: Texas Is Latest to Enact Rules Aimed at Shutting Down Abortion Providers" (Cohen, RH Reality Check, 7/19); "Legal Wrap: States Ramp Up Anti-Abortion Activity, Again" (Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 7/22); "Despite North Carolina's Attack On Abortion Clinics, Planned Parenthood Pledges To Stay Open" (Culp-Ressler, "Think Progress," Center for American Progress, 7/19); and "Thanks To Better Sex Ed, California's Teen Birth Rate Has Plummeted By 60 Percent" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 7/19).

Reaction Swift as Texas Omnibus Antiabortion-Rights Bill Signed into Law
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Thursday signed into law (HB 2) an omnibus antiabortion-rights measure that will give the state "some of the toughest restrictions on abortion in the country," the New York Times reports.

N.C. Bill Falsely Tying Abortions to Preterm Births Signed; Physicians Groups Criticize Legislative Interference
North Carolina Gov. Patrick McCrory (R) on Thursday signed a sex education bill (SB 132) that will require public schools to teach students there is a link between abortions and future preterm births, WWAY reports.

Featured Blogs
"Back Off DC Women Already!" (Leveille, "Washington Markup," ACLU, 7/18); "Ob-Gyns Slam North Carolina's Proposed Abortion Restrictions: 'Get Out Of Our Exam Rooms'" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 7/17); and "How Pro-Choice Activists Are Fighting Back Against Texas' Abortion Restrictions" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 7/17).

Groups Plot Litigation Strategy Against Texas Omnibus Antiabortion Bill
Groups that support abortion rights are evaluating their options for challenging an omnibus antiabortion-rights bill (HB 2) while they wait for Gov. Rick Perry (R) to sign the legislation, Kaiser Health News/Texas Tribune reports.

Little Public Support for N.C. Antiabortion-Rights Bill, Poll Finds
Few North Carolina voters support an antiabortion-rights measure that is progressing through the state Legislature, and their disapproval has hurt Gov. Pat McCrory's (R) popularity, according to a poll from Public Policy Polling, Politico reports.

Texas Sen. Davis Pens Washington Post Op Ed on 'People's Filibuster'
A filibuster against a Texas antiabortion-rights bill "was more than organized opposition or even endurance -- it was an expression of mainstream Texans standing up against partisan power-mongers who no longer act in Texas' best interest or even tell Texans the truth," Texas Sen. Wendy Davis (D) writes in a Washington Post opinion piece.

Featured Blogs
"Every Reason for an Abortion is a Good Reason" (Amanda Marcotte, RH Reality Check, 7/15) and "Wendy Davis: The Silver Lining to a Very Dark Cloud" (Mary Pauline Lowry, Huffington Post blogs, 7/12).

Texas Advocates Turns to Courts, Elections as Antiabortion Bill Nears Governor's Signature
As a sweeping antiabortion-rights measure (HB 2) heads to Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) for approval, opponents are shifting focus to challenging the measure in court and trying to win state elections, the AP/Boston Globe reports.

Illegal Market for Medication Abortion Drugs Thrives Along Texas-Mexico Border
There is a thriving black market for abortion-inducing drugs in rural areas along the Texas-Mexico border, which could see more demand as the state enacts additional abortion restrictions (HB 2), Bloomberg reports.

Texas Antiabortion Bill Heads to Senate
The Texas House on Wednesday gave final approval to an omnibus antiabortion-rights measure (HB 2), advancing the legislation to the state Senate, where it will likely be considered on Friday, the AP/Politico reports.

Americans United for Life Behind Many State Antiabortion Laws
Americans United for Life, a Washington-based legal group that opposes abortion, is the driving force behind many state antiabortion-rights laws that have advanced this year, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.

Texas House Advances Abortion Restrictions After Rejecting 22 Amendments
The Texas House on Tuesday gave provisional approval to a sweeping antiabortion-rights bill (HB 2) after tabling 22 proposed amendments, the Texas Tribune reports.

Amendment Adds Omnibus Antiabortion Measure to N.C. Bill
The North Carolina Senate on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to several abortion restrictions after a committee attached the provisions to an unrelated bill (HB 695), WRAL's "@NCCapitol" reports.

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

Featured Blogs
"The Texas Spring: How Wendy Davis Is Taking on the Good Ole Boys" (Norris, Huffington Post blogs, 6/28) and "Ohio Simultaneously Makes It Harder To Prevent a Pregnancy and Harder To Terminate One" (Marcotte, "XX Factor," Slate, 7/1).

Kan. Judge Blocks Some Parts of Antiabortion Law, Others Take Effect
A Kansas judge on Friday temporarily blocked provisions of a state law that require abortion providers to post certain information on their websites and redefine medical emergencies in a way that critics say could restrict abortion access, the AP/Washington Post reports.

Texas Abortion Fight Prompts Opinion Pieces, Editorials
Several newspapers recently published opinion pieces and editorials discussing Texas Sen. Wendy Davis' (D) filibuster of an antiabortion-rights measure (SB 5), as well as the impact of 20-week abortion bans more generally.

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

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

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

N.D. Six-Week Abortion Ban, Other Restrictions Draw Lawsuit
The Center for Reproductive Rights on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to block two of North Dakota's recently enacted abortion restrictions, including a measure that sets the earliest abortion ban in the nation, the New York Times reports.

Planned Parenthood Seeks Immediate Hold on Kan. Antiabortion Law
Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri on Monday requested a temporary injunction blocking enforcement of a Kansas antiabortion-rights law while a lawsuit determining its constitutionality is resolved, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

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

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

Woman Describes Abortion at 23 Weeks in New York Times Op Ed
In a New York Times opinion piece, former Seattle City Council member Judy Nicastro describes her decision to have an abortion at 23 weeks of pregnancy after learning the fetus' major organs were not properly developing.

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

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

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

Antiabortion Group May Not Help Defend Ark. 12-Week Abortion Ban in Court, Judge Rules
A federal judge on Thursday ruled that an antiabortion-rights counseling group cannot intervene in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a state law (Act 301) that bans most abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy, the AP/KNOE reports.

Featured Blogs
"How Banning Abortion After 20 Weeks Endangers Women" (NARAL Pro-Choice America's "Blog for Choice," 6/5), "Restoring New York as a Leader in Women's Rights" (Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), Huffington Post blogs, 6/4) and "Austin May Become First Texas City With Paid Parental Leave" (Andrea Grimes, RH Reality Check, 6/5).

Featured Blogs
"Shh: NY Catholic Church Quietly Paying for Birth Control, Abortions" (Egan Morrissey, Jezebel, 5/28); "ACLU Challenges Arizona's Race and Sex Selection Abortion Ban" (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 5/29).

Lawsuit Challenges Ariz. Law on Abortions Based on Sex, Race of Fetus
The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona on Wednesday filed a lawsuit in federal court to challenge a 2011 Arizona law (HB 2442) that prohibits abortion based on the sex or race of the fetus, the AP/ABC News reports.

All 24 Antiabortion-Rights Bills Failed During Texas Legislative Session
None of the 24 abortion-related bills filed in the Texas Legislature this session reached the Senate or House floor, which Democrats view as a successful turnaround from Republicans' attacks on family planning funding and abortion rights in recent years, the San Antonio Express-News reports.

Featured Blogs
"Illinois Bans Abstinence-Only Sex Ed: 'In Fantasy Land, We Teach Our Kids Abstinence'" (Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "Think Progress," 5/24); "Congressman: Women Should Be Forced To Give Birth To Fetuses With No Brain Function" (Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "Think Progress," 5/24); "North Carolina To Give Quarter of a Million Dollars in Women's Health Funding to Deceptive 'Clinics,'" (Robin Marty, RH Reality Check, 5/24).

Appeals Court Strikes Down Ariz. 20-Week Abortion Ban as Unconstitutional
A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday struck down an Arizona law (HB 2036) that bans abortions after 20 weeks from a woman's last menstrual period, ruling that the measure violates Supreme Court precedent prohibiting states from banning abortions prior to fetal viability, the New York Times reports.

Featured Blogs
"Arizona Congressman Wants To Expand His DC Abortion Ban To Restrict Reproductive Rights Nationwide" (Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress," 5/20), "A Duty To Protect Lives" (Carol Petraitis/Arno Vosk, American Civil Liberties Union's "Blog of Rights," 5/17) and "Arkansas Judge Temporarily Blocks State's 12-Week Abortion Ban" (Jessica Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 5/17).

Federal Judge Temporarily Halts Ark. 12-Week Abortion Ban While Lawsuit Proceeds
A federal judge on Friday issued a preliminary injunction that prevents Arkansas from enforcing a ban (Act 301) on most abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy while a lawsuit challenging the law continues, the New York Times reports.

Sole N.D. Abortion Clinic Sues Over Hospital Admitting Privileges Law
The Center for Reproductive Rights on Wednesday filed a lawsuit on behalf of North Dakota's only abortion clinic to challenge a state law (HB 2305) requiring physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Challenge to Ark. 12-Week Abortion Ban May Proceed, Judge Rules
A federal judge on Wednesday denied the Arkansas attorney general's request to dismiss a lawsuit against a state law (Act 301) banning most abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy, Bloomberg reports.

Challengers to Ark. 12-Week Abortion Ban Argue Case Should Go Forward Now
Abortion-rights advocates on Monday argued that they should not have to wait until Arkansas begins enforcing a 12-week abortion ban (SB 134) before contesting the law's constitutionality, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Sen. Lee Introduces 20-Week Abortion Ban for Washington, D.C.
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) on Tuesday introduced a bill (S 886) that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy in Washington, D.C., the AP/Washington Post reports.

N.C. House Passes Ban on Abortions Based on Sex of the Fetus
The North Carolina House on Tuesday approved a bill (HB 716) that would prohibit physicians from performing an abortion if they have "knowledge, or an objective reason to know" that the sex of the fetus is a "significant factor" in the woman's request for the procedure, the AP/Charlotte Observer reports.

Texas Lawmakers Broker Quiet Agreement on Women's Health Funds
Democrats and Republicans in the Texas Legislature are "quietly" working together to restore women's health funding, marking a sharp contrast from the "high-octane drama" over cuts to women's health services in recent years, the Texas Tribune/New York Times reports.

N.C. House Panel Advances Bill Banning Abortions Based on Sex of the Fetus
A North Carolina House committee on Wednesday approved a bill (HB 716) that would ban physicians from "knowingly or recklessly" performing an abortion when the sex of the fetus is a "significant factor" in a woman's request for the procedure, AP/WRAL reports.

Featured Blog
"The Importance of Roe vs. Wade" (Joseph Blady, Huffington Post blogs, 5/1).

Rep. Franks Reintroduces 20-Week Abortion Ban for Washington, D.C.
Following the failure of a nearly identical bill (HR 3803) last year, Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) on Friday introduced legislation (HR 1797) that would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy in Washington, D.C., The Hill's "Healthwatch" reports.

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

Featured Blogs
"New TRAP Laws Force Virginia Abortion Clinic To Close After 40 Years of Service" (Lori Adelman, Feministing, 4/22) and "Another Fight Looms on a 20-Week Abortion Ban for D.C." (Robin Marty, RH Reality Check, 4/22).

Kan. Gov. Brownback Signs Sweeping Bill With Several Abortion Restrictions
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) on Friday approved a far-reaching antiabortion-rights bill (HB 2253) that restricts access to the procedure, penalizes entities associated with abortion providers and declares that life begins "at fertilization," the AP/Topeka Capital-Journal reports.

Both Sides Brace for Prospect That State Abortion Bans Could Reach Supreme Court
Lawmakers and experts on both sides of the abortion-rights debate say potential lawsuits over state measures banning abortion before fetal viability could eventually make it to the Supreme Court, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.

Fla. House Passes Ban on Certain Abortions
The Florida House on Thursday approved a measure (HB 845) that would prohibit abortions based on the sex or race of the fetus, the Miami Herald reports.

Featured Blogs
"Bringing Down Arkansas' House of Cards" (Becca Cadoff, American Civil Liberties Union's "Blog of Rights," 4/17).

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.

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.

NAACP v. Horne
Challenge to a 2011 Arizona law that prohibits providing an abortion to women seeking the procedure because they do not want to give birth to a child of a certain gender or race.

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

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

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