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Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers or TRAP laws are laws that create unreasonably high standards, which have no medical or safety basis, for clinics where abortions are provided.

Ind. Health Department Denies South Bend Abortion Clinic License Renewal Application
The Indiana State Department of Health on Tuesday refused to renew a South Bend abortion clinic's license to operate, the South Bend Tribune reports.

Kansas Judge Rejects State's Argument in Ongoing Challenge to TRAP Law
Last week brought a development in the Center for Reproductive Rights' ongoing legal challenge against a 2011 Kansas TRAP law (SB 36) when a Kansas judge rejected the state's request to rule that the law is constitutional, the Topeka Capital-Journal reports.

Ohio Clinic Seeks Additional Ob-Gyn To Meet State Requirement Amid Antiabortion-Rights Campaign
An Ohio clinic is seeking a third physician for emergency care to meet antiabortion-rights legislation in the state amid a campaign by abortion opponents targeting the clinic's ob-gyns, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Featured Blogs
"States Enact 51 Abortion Restrictions in First Half of 2015: Mid-Year Analysis," (Nash/Benson Gold, RH Reality Check, 7/14); "How Crisis Pregnancy Centers Are Using Taxpayer Dollars To Lie to Women," (Kutner, Salon, 7/14); "The Battle To Bring Sex Education to the City With the Second Highest STD Rate in the Country," (Lerner, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 7/16).

Ohio Clinic Receives Ambulatory Surgical Center License
An abortion clinic in northeastern Ohio has received a license to provide surgical abortions, the AP/Oklahoma News reports.

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

Okla. Judge Postpones Ruling on Admitting Privileges Law, Leaves Injunction in Place Until 2016
An Oklahoma County judge on Thursday said more information is needed to answer questions presented in a lawsuit challenging an antiabortion-rights law (SB 1848), effectively leaving in place an injunction against the law until at least 2016, the Tulsa World reports.

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

Judge Extends Restraining Order to Block Tenn. Law
A federal judge in Tennessee on Thursday extended a temporary restraining order blocking a state law (SB 1280) from taking effect that would require abortion clinics in the state to be licensed as ambulatory surgical centers, allowing two clinics to remain open, WBIR reports.

Abortion Providers Still Required To Have Hospital Admitting Privileges, Texas Health Officials Say
The Texas Department of State Health Services on Thursday announced that abortion providers in the state still are required to obtain admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, despite the Supreme Court's decision last week that partially blocked an omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2), the Texas Tribune reports.

Featured Blog
"How Do You Make a Safe Abortion Any Safer?," (Grossman, RH Reality Check, 6/30).

Ohio Governor Signs Budget With Antiabortion-Rights Provisions, Could Result in Clinic Closures
Last week, Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) signed into law a state budget (HB 64) that includes antiabortion-rights provisions, potentially endangering two abortion clinics in the state, WYSO reports.

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

LA Times: Supreme Court Should 'Strike Down' HB 2, Clarify That Such Laws 'Are Unconstitutional'
The Supreme Court's decision last week to put an "onerous new antiabortion law [HB 2]" in Texas on hold while deciding whether to review the case "was not just a welcome course of action for women in that state" but "also a promising indication that the court is concerned about the burdensome and unnecessary law," a Los Angeles Times editorial states.

Supreme Court Inaction on Miss. TRAP Law Means State's Sole Abortion Clinic Can Remain Open
The Supreme Court has not taken action on a case regarding an antiabortion-rights law (HB 1390) in Mississippi, meaning the state's sole abortion clinic likely can stay open at least until October, the AP/Washington Times reports.

Supreme Court Blocks HB 2, Allows Clinics To Remain Open While Appeal Pends
The Supreme Court on Monday voted 5-4 to temporarily block certain provisions in a Texas omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) from taking effect, allowing the remaining clinics in the state to stay open until the high court decides whether to review the case, the New York Times reports.

Featured Blogs
(Usova, "Speak Freely," American Civil Liberties Union, 6/26); Culp-Ressler, ("ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 6/29); (Denniston, SCOTUSblog, 6/29).

Judge Temporarily Blocks Tenn. Law, Allows Two Abortion Clinics To Stay Open
A federal judge in Nashville on Friday temporarily blocked a Tennessee law (SB 1280) from taking effect this week that would require abortion clinics in the state to be licensed as ambulatory surgical centers, allowing two clinics to remain open, Reuters reports.

Ohio Officials Deny Abortion Clinic's Request for Exemption From Transfer Agreement Rules
The Ohio health director on Thursday denied a request from a local abortion clinic, Women's Med Center in Dayton, for an exemption from the state's transfer agreement requirement, the AP/Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports.

La. Health Department Rescinds Approval Requirements for Abortion Clinics
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has withdrawn a rule that would have restricted abortion access in the state after Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit against the requirement, the Shreveport Times reports.

5th Circuit Rejects Texas Clinics' Stay Request
Abortion providers in Texas on Friday asked the Supreme Court to block a lower court ruling that would close several clinics in the state after the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals earlier that day declined the providers' request for a stay, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Featured Blogs
"Texas Abortion Case Reaches the Court," (Denniston, SCOTUSblog, 6/19); "Montana Abortion Clinic Vandal Sentenced to Prison," (Wilson, RH Reality Check, 6/19); "All States Should Offer One-Year Supplies of Birth Control," (Sosa, Care2, 6/21).

Iowa Supreme Court Strikes Down State Rule Banning Telemedicine Abortion
The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday unanimously ruled against a state rule banning the use of telemedicine in abortion services, the Des Moines Register reports.

Maine Senate Defeats Bill Requiring State HHS Licensing for Abortion Clinics
The Maine Senate on Friday voted 21-14 against a bill (LD 1312) that would have imposed new restrictions on abortion clinics in the state, AP/Washington Times 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.

Op-Eds, Editorial Lambast Texas Ruling, Urge Supreme Court To Protect Abortion Access
A Washington Post editorial and opinion pieces from the Los Angeles Times and The Week examine the recent 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision upholding parts of an omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) and urge the Supreme Court to overturn the ruling. Summaries of the pieces appear below.

Featured Blogs
"The Fifth Circuit Just Stuck a Knife in Roe v. Wade" (Millhiser, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 6/9) and "Women Are Being Arrested and Jailed for Self-Abortion" (Goldberg, The Nation, 6/10).

Texas Clinics Request Stay of Federal Court Ruling; Advocates Want SCOTUS To Weigh In
Texas abortion clinics on Wednesday asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to stay its ruling upholding some of the most restrictive parts of a Texas antiabortion-rights law (HB 2), the Los Angeles Times reports.

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Parts of Texas Antiabortion-Rights Law
A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld some of the most-restrictive parts of a Texas antiabortion-rights law (HB 2), which could put about 50% of the remaining abortion clinics in the state at risk of closing, the New York Times reports.

Va. Abortion Facilities Renew Licenses Amid Clinic Regulation Debate
During a meeting about abortion clinic building requirements on Thursday, the Virginia Board of Health announced that all 18 abortion clinics in Virginia have renewed their licenses for the next year, WTOP reports

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

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).

SCOTUS To Announce Whether it Will Consider Miss., N.C. Abortion Restrictions
The Supreme Court soon will decide whether to take up one of two possible cases involving state abortion restrictions, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Maine House Rejects Abortion Clinic Regulations Bill
The Maine House on Wednesday voted 84-65 to reject a bill (LD 1312) that would impose licensing restrictions on abortion clinics by requiring the state Department of Health and Human Services to establish certain operating standards for the facilities, AP/WABI reports.

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

Appeals Court Reinstates Temporary Injunction Against Fla. Clinic
An appeals court on Friday ruled 2-1 to uphold a temporary injunction that prevents Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando from performing certain abortions at a medical park in Osceola, Fla., the Orlando Sentinel 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.

Abortion Restrictions Vary by ZIP Code, 'Create One Barrier After Another for Women,' Op-Ed States
"[I]f you're a woman counting on a constitutional right to an abortion, your access to one may increasingly depend on your county or zip code, and whether you can drive to the only open clinic in your state or to a nearby state where abortion care is still widely accessible," columnist Rebecca Ruiz writes in a Mashable opinion piece.

Featured Blogs
"Tennessee's New Abortion Law Could Leave the State With Just Four Abortion Clinics" (Barbato, Bustle, 5/9); "Oregon Bans 'Conversion Therapy' of LGBTQ Youth" (Liss-Schultz, RH Reality Check, 5/11).

Federal Judge Dismisses Some Claims in Suit Challenging La. Admitting Privileges Law
A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed portions of a lawsuit challenging a Louisiana admitting privileges law (Act 620), while allowing other parts of the case to proceed, AP/ABC News 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.

Tenn. Gov. Signs Measure Requiring Abortion Clinics To Meet Surgical Center Standards
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) on Friday signed into law a bill (SB 1280) that requires abortion clinics in the state to meet standards for outpatient surgical care centers, the Tennessean reports.

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

Featured Blogs
"One in 15 Students at a West Texas High School Has Chlamydia," (Marcotte, "The XX Factor," Slate, 5/5); "Colorado's Top Doctor Seeks Funds for Pregnancy-Prevention Program Rejected by GOP," (Salzman, RH Reality Check, 5/6); "Oklahoma Governor Signs 72-Hour Waiting Period Bill," (Wilson, RH Reality Check, 5/6); "Virginia Attorney General: Abortion Clinics Don't Need To Comply With TRAP Regulations," (Liss-Schultz, RH Reality Check, 5/5).

Washington Post Praises Va. AG's Opinion Knocking Onerous Rules for Existing Abortion Clinics
A Washington Post editorial applauds Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring's (D) "watertight official opinion," which "la[ys] waste" to former state AG Ken Cuccinelli's (R) arguments that a 2011 law requiring abortion clinics to meet "stringent hospital construction standards ... should apply not only to new structures but also to existing ones -- a departure from long-standing practice for health-care facilities" in the state.

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.

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

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

Tenn. Abortion Providers Say Antiabortion-Rights Bills Would Burden Women, Clinics
Tennessee abortion providers say that two antiabortion-rights measures before Gov. Bill Haslam (R) could create additional burdens for women and the clinics, including added costs and logistical challenges, the Tennessean reports.

Editorial: Maine Lawmakers Should Drop Antiabortion-Rights Bill, Support 'Proactive' Women's Health Bill
Maine lawmakers should drop a disputed abortion clinic regulations bill (LD 1312) and instead pursue a "proactive measur[e] [LD 319] to protect women's health," according to a Kennebec Journal/Morning Sentinel editorial.

Minn. Senate Rejects Abortion Clinic Fee, Licensing Measure
The Minnesota Senate on Friday voted 32-29 to reject an amendment that would have imposed additional licensing fees and inspection requirements on abortion clinics, the AP/Minneapolis Star Tribune 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.

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

Miss. Clinic Files Brief Urging SCOTUS To Dismiss State's Defense of Admitting Privileges Law
Attorneys representing Mississippi's sole abortion clinic in a brief filed Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to dismiss the state's case in defense of an admitting privileges law (HB 1390), MSNBC reports.

La. Officials Publish Final Version of Revamped Abortion Clinic Regulations
Louisiana's Department of Health and Hospitals this week published the final version of updated licensing standards for abortion clinics, AP/ABC News reports.

Tenn. House Passes Two Antiabortion-Rights Bills
The Tennessee House on Tuesday approved two antiabortion-rights bills, with one (SB 1280) heading directly to Gov. Bill Haslam (R) and the other (SB 1222) going back to the state Senate for concurrence, AP/ABC News reports.

Tennessee Senate Approves Two Antiabortion-Rights Measures
The Tennessee Senate on Wednesday passed a measure (SB 1280) that would require abortion clinics to certify as ambulatory surgical centers and another bill (SB 1222) that would impose a mandatory delay before an abortion and require the physician to give in-person counseling, the Tennessean reports.

Op-Ed: Ohio Lawmakers Should Avoid 'Repeat' of Reproductive Rights Violations in Next State Budget
In creating the next state budget, Ohio lawmakers should avoid repeating the "atrocious violations of the Ohio Constitution and of the reproductive rights of women" that are included in the state's current biennial budget (HB 59), Chelsea Tobias, a Mandel Leadership Fellow at Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, writes in a Cleveland Plain Dealer opinion piece.

Wis. AG Appeals Ruling Against Admitting Privileges Law
Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel (R) on Monday appealed a federal court ruling that struck down a state law (Act 37) that would require physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 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).

Ariz. Antiabortion-Rights Bill Heads to Gov.
The Arizona Senate on Wednesday voted 18-11 to advance a bill (SB 1318) that would impose several abortion restrictions, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Two Antiabortion-Rights Bills Advance in Tenn. House
A Tennessee House subcommittee on Tuesday voted to advance two bills that would place new restrictions on abortion in the state, the Tennessean reports.

Ariz. House Passes Bill That Would Add Several New Abortion Restrictions
The Arizona House on Monday voted 33-24 to pass a bill (SB 1338) that includes several antiabortion-rights provisions, the AP/Miami Herald reports.

Featured Blogs
"Judge Strikes Down Scott Walker's Anti-Abortion Law," (Volsky, Center for American Progress' "Think Progress," 3/21); (Liss-Schultz, RH Reality Check, 3/20).

Federal Judge Strikes Down Wis. Admitting Privileges Law
A federal judge on Friday struck down as unconstitutional a Wisconsin law (Act 37) that requires physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, Reuters reports.

La. Asks Federal Judge To Dismiss Portions of Lawsuit Over Admitting Privileges Law
A federal judge on Thursday heard a request from Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's (R) administration to dismiss parts of a lawsuit against a state admitting privileges law (Act 620), the Shreveport Times reports.

Neb. Senate Comm. Hears Testimony on Two Antiabortion-Rights Measures
A Nebraska Senate committee on Wednesday heard testimony over a proposed measure (LB 114) that would place additional restrictions on the three abortion clinics in the state and a separate bill (LB 187) that would require clinics to post signs with state-mandated information, KETV reports.

Ill. Bill Would Require Annual Clinic Inspections
Illinois lawmakers have introduced a bill (HB 3274) that would require all abortion clinics in the state to undergo annual inspections, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Ark. Senate Sends Medication Abortion Restrictions to Governor
The Arkansas Senate voted 26-5 to pass a bill (HB 1394) that would restrict medication abortion, the AP/THV 11 reports.

Ind. County Council Rejects Admitting Privileges Measure
A county council in Indiana on Tuesday rejected an ordinance (69-14) that would have required abortion providers to publicly disclose the names of other doctors they work with under a state admitting privileges law, WNDU reports.

Ark. House Committee Advances One Antiabortion-Rights Bill; Another Stalls
An Arkansas House committee on Tuesday approved a bill (HB 1394) that would restrict medication abortion, while a second measure (HB 1421) that would require abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges did not advance, the AP/Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 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.

Va. Budget Compromise Excludes Two Antiabortion-Rights Amendments
Virginia General Assembly budget negotiators over the weekend agreed on a compromise plan that does not include two antiabortion-rights amendments from the state House budget proposal, the Washington Post reports.

Mo. Bill Would Require Annual Clinic Inspections
The Missouri House on Monday voted 119-35 in favor of a bill (HB 190) that would require abortion clinics to undergo annual inspections, the AP/Miami Herald reports.

State Seeks To Revoke Ind. Clinic's License
The Indiana Department of Health last month filed a complaint to revoke the license of the only abortion clinic in northern Indiana, after the clinic failed an inspection and the state rejected its correction plan, the South Bend Tribune reports.

Featured Blog: 'Mississippi Asks Roberts Court To Help Close Its Only Abortion Clinic'
"Mississippi Asks Roberts Court To Help Close Its Only Abortion Clinic," (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 2/19).

Miss. Appeals Ruling Blocking Admitting Privileges Law to Supreme Court
Mississippi on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to review a lower court ruling that blocked a state law (HB 1390) that could close the state's only abortion clinic, Reuters reports.

Tenn. AG: Antiabortion-Rights Measures Could Still Be Unconstitutional, Despite State Amendment
Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery (R) in a legal analysis said that proposed state abortion restrictions could still be found unconstitutional, despite the passage of a ballot initiative (Amendment 1) specifying that there is no right to abortion in the state constitution, the Tennessean reports.

Idaho Senate Comm. Introduces Admitting Privileges Bill
Idaho's Senate Health and Welfare Committee on Thursday voted to introduce legislation (SB 1094) that would require physicians who provide abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 20 miles of the facility where they perform the procedure, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

La. Planned Parenthood Appeals Denied Application To Provide Abortions at New Orleans Clinic
Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast is appealing a Louisiana department's rejection of its application to provide abortion services at a New Orleans health center that is scheduled to open later this year, the AP/WHLT reports.

Mo. House Panel Advances Mandatory Video Bill for Women Seeking Abortions
A Missouri House committee on Tuesday voted 9-3 to advance a bill (HB 124) that would require women seeking abortions to watch a state-created video at least 72 hours before the procedure, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

La. Abortion-Rights Supporters Speak Out Against Clinic Regulations
Abortion-rights advocates on Thursday testified at a Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals hearing that the agency has gone too far in its proposed abortion regulations, the Baton Rouge Advocate reports.

N.C. Abortion-Rights Supporters Warn Against More Clinic Regulations
North Carolina abortion-rights groups and their legislative allies are urging antiabortion-rights state lawmakers to not make ideologically driven changes to clinic regulations proposed by Gov. Pat McCrory's (R) administration, the AP/Winston-Salem Journal reports.

Minn. Abortion-Rights Opponents Seek Legislative Support; Gov. Against New Restrictions
Abortion-rights opponents in Minnesota hope that Republican control of the state House could help advance their goals this year, although Gov. Mark Dayton (D) and the Democratic-controlled state Senate are unlikely to be receptive, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

La. Rejects Planned Parenthood Clinic's Application To Provide Abortion Services
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals earlier this month rejected Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast's application to provide abortion services at a New Orleans health center that is scheduled to open later in 2015, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle 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).

Judge Rules To Maintain Hold on La. Admitting Privileges Law During Legal Challenge
A federal judge in Louisiana on Thursday said he will not drop a temporary order barring the state from enforcing an admitting privileges law (HB 388) while a legal challenge against the statute continues, 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.

Protests Highlight Texas Antiabortion-Rights Law's Disproportionate Effect on Latinas
Abortion-rights supporters from several states on Wednesday held demonstrations after the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in a case challenging a Texas antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) to spotlight how the law disproportionately affects Latinas, the Latin Post reports.

Featured Blogs
"Five States Allow Women's Health Medicaid Programs To Lapse," (Molozanov, "RegBlog," Penn Program on Regulation, 1/7); "Fifth Circuit Panel Peppers Attorneys With Tough Questions on Texas Abortion Law," (Grimes, RH Reality Check, 1/7).

Featured Blog: 'Five States Allow Women's Health Medicaid Programs To Lapse'
Dori Molozanov writes that the expiration of some Medicaid waiver programs at the end of 2014 means that "[w]omen in five states" -- Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Oregon and Pennsylvania -- "may be without affordable access to important health and family planning services, including routine cancer screenings and contraception."

Appeals Court Hears Oral Arguments Over Parts of Texas Antiabortion-Rights Law
A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday heard arguments over the constitutionality of parts of a Texas antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) that would close more than 50% of the state's remaining abortion clinics if implemented, the New York Times 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.

Fla. Legislators Introduce Admitting Privileges Bill
Two Florida lawmakers have proposed a bill (HB 147) that would require abortion providers in the state to have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of the facility where they practice, the Palm Beach Post's "Post On Politics" reports.

Featured Blogs
"The Good, the Bad, and the Truly Appalling: What Happened to Reproductive Rights in 2014" (Easter, "Womenstake," NWLC, 12/31/14); "Federal Court Agrees: Women Can't Be Forced To Have an Ultrasound Before an Abortion" (Mathews, Care2, 12/23/14); "New Jersey Supreme Court: Methadone Treatment While Pregnant Not Child Abuse" (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 12/23/14).

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.

N.C. Abortion-Rights Advocates Urge Officials To Put Aside Politics While Setting Clinic Rules
At a hearing Friday, abortion-rights supporters urged North Carolina health officials to consider scientific evidence while crafting new abortion clinic regulations, rather than basing them on political motives, the AP/ABC 11 News reports.

Mo. Lawmakers Might Not Prioritize Abortion Restrictions
While Missouri lawmakers have already pre-filed several antiabortion-rights bills for the upcoming legislative session, the GOP-led Legislature might not prioritize abortion issues next year, the AP/St. Louis Post-Dispatch 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.

Several Antiabortion-Rights Measures Pre-Filed in Mo.
Missouri lawmakers have pre-filed seven pieces of legislation aimed at restricting access to abortion, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch 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.

Two Abortion Clinics Drop Lawsuit Against La. Admitting Privileges Law
Two Louisiana clinics challenging an admitting privileges law (HB 388) on Friday requested that a judge dismiss their suit, while other clinics challenging the law continue to pursue their case, the AP/Miami Herald 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).

Va. State Board Votes To Begin Overhaul of Abortion Clinic Restrictions
The Virginia Board of Health on Thursday voted 13-2 to begin a process to revise several onerous abortion clinic regulations, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

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).

Federal Judge Rules Ind. Requirements for Medication Abortion Clinics Unconstitutional
A federal judge on Wednesday ruled unconstitutional two Indiana provisions that would have required clinics offering only medication abortions to adhere to the same building and equipment standards as those that perform the surgical procedure, Bloomberg reports.

LAT Op-Ed: 'Personhood' Measures Get Attention, But TRAP Laws Are Greater Threat
While the rejection of "personhood" measures in Colorado (Amendment 67) and North Dakota (Measure 1) last month was "hailed as a victory for defenders of the right to legal abortion ... such measures serve as a distraction from a far bigger threat to abortion rights from onerous rules known as Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers, or 'TRAP laws,'" writes Caitlin Borgmann, professor at CUNY School of Law and editor of the Reproductive Rights Prof Blog, in a Los Angeles Times opinion piece.

N.C. Releases Proposed Abortion Clinic Regulations Under 2013 State Law
North Carolina's Department of Health and Human Services on Monday released a draft rule that proposes regulations for abortion clinics under a state law enacted last year (SB 353), WRAL's "@NCCapitol" reports.

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).

Attempt at County-Level Admitting Privileges Law Rejected in Ind.
An Indiana county council committee on Tuesday abandoned a proposed ordinance that would have required the county's only abortion provider to obtain admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, WNDU News reports.

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

Ohio Grants Sole Cincinnati Clinic Exemption Under Antiabortion-Rights Law
The last abortion clinic in the Cincinnati area on Thursday announced that it had been granted an exemption from an Ohio law that could have resulted in its closure and was dropping its lawsuit challenging the measure, the AP/SF Gate reports.

Mo. Senator Files Abortion Clinic Inspection Bill That Languished Last Year
Missouri Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R) has filed legislation that would require the state Department of Health and Senior Services to annually inspect certain abortion clinics, the AP/Columbia Missourian reports.

Ariz. Threatens Inspection of NARAL Official's House After Anonymous False Complaint
Working off an anonymous online tip, Arizona health officials incorrectly told an abortion-rights advocate that her house could be inspected as a health care facility under a state antiabortion-rights law (HB 2284), the Arizona Republic reports.

Last Abortion Clinic in Cincinnati Area Sues To Fight State Regulations
Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region on Monday filed a lawsuit challenging state requirements that could lead to the closure of the last abortion clinic in the Cincinnati region, the AP/Miami Herald reports.

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

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.

Tenn. Voters Approve Amendment Declaring No 'Right to Abortion' in State Constitution
Voters in Tennessee on Tuesday approved a ballot initiative (Amendment 1) that amends the state constitution to specify that there is no right to abortion, the Tennessean 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.

Clinic Fights Ind. Law Mandating Surgical Standards When Only Medication Abortions Are Offered
A federal judge on Thursday heard oral arguments in a lawsuit against an Indiana law (SB 371) that would require clinics that offer only medication abortions to adhere to the same building and equipment standards as those that perform the surgical procedure, the Indianapolis Star reports.

Okla. Judge Who Upheld Admitting Privileges Law Known as Vocal Abortion-Rights Opponent
An Oklahoma County District judge who last week upheld a state law (SB 1848) requiring abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges wrote more than a dozen antiabortion-rights measures while he was a state legislator, 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.

Survey: Most Texas Latino Voters Support Women's Right To Make Abortion Decisions
Seventy-eight percent of Texas Latino voters believe that women have a right to make their own decisions about abortion, without interference from politicians, according to a new survey, the McAllen Monitor reports.

Ohio Targets Last Cincinnati Abortion Clinic for Closure
The Ohio Department of Health last week told Cincinnati's last abortion clinic that it could lose its license if it does not comply with an Ohio law that requires clinics to obtain a transfer agreement with a local hospital, the AP/Modern Healthcare reports.

Judge Allows Okla. Admitting Privileges Law To Take Effect This Week; Appeal Expected
Oklahoma County District Judge Bill Graves ruled Friday that a state law (SB 1848) requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals can take effect on Nov. 1, the AP/ABC News 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.

Judge Hears Oral Arguments Over Okla. Admitting Privileges Law
An Oklahoma County District Judge on Friday heard oral arguments in a lawsuit against a state law (SB 1848) requiring all abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles, the Oklahoman reports.

Several Texas Clinics To Resume Services After Supreme Court Order, Others Still Face Challenges
Several Texas abortion facilities have resumed offering abortion services after a Supreme Court order stayed parts of a Texas antiabortion-rights law (HB 2), but other clinics might face delays or stay closed amid uncertainty over the law, the AP/U-T San Diego reports.

L.A. Times Profiles Abortion Provider at S.D.'s Only Clinic
In a Los Angeles Times profile, physician Carol Ball -- medical director for Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota -- discusses the difficulties she faces in providing abortion care at South Dakota's lone abortion clinic amid increasing restrictions on the procedure in the state and across the U.S.

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

Texas Clinics Receiving More Calls, Patients Facing Longer Wait Times After HB 2 Ruling
Texas' remaining abortion clinics are reporting an influx of phone calls from patients and longer wait times for appointments in the wake of a federal appeals court's decision to lift a hold against a state antiabortion-rights law (HB 2), the AP/U-T San Diego reports.

Full Federal Appeals Court Declines To Review Ruling on Texas' HB 2
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday in a 12-3 decision declined to review a three-judge panel's decision to uphold two provisions of a Texas antiabortion-rights law (HB 2), the AP/New York Times reports.

Featured Blog
"More Bad News About Abortion in Texas" (Hallett, Ms. Magazine blog, 10/9).

Last Texas Clinic West of San Antonio Stops Abortions After HB 2 Confusion; More Private Physician Offices Might Offer Abortions
The only abortion clinic in Texas currently open to the west of San Antonio has stopped performing abortions amid confusion following a federal appeals court ruling that allows the state to enforce a provision of an antiabortion-rights law (HB 2), the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Washington Post, USA Today: TRAP Laws' 'Real Goal' Is To Limit Abortion Access
Editorials from the Washington Post and USA Today argue that while abortion restrictions are often pushed by abortion-rights opponents as ways to protect women's health, the laws actually make women less safe.

Trial Date Set for La. Admitting Privileges Case; State Still Blocked From Enforcing Measure
The trial date for a federal judge to consider a lawsuit filed by Louisiana abortion clinics against the state's admitting privileges law (HB 388) has been set for March 30, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Texas Clinics Petition Supreme Court To Reinstate Injunction After HB 2 Ruling
Texas abortion clinics on Monday filed an emergency application asking the Supreme Court to reinstate an injunction against a provision of a Texas antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) that has left many women in the state hundreds of miles away from the nearest abortion provider, Politico reports.

Texas Clinics Juggle Appointments After HB 2 Ruling; Supreme Court Review Expected
Texas abortion clinics that were forced to close down or suspend services after a federal appeals court panel lifted a hold against a Texas antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) have been trying to contact women with previously scheduled appointments to cancel or reschedule, the Washington Post reports.

Okla. Abortion Provider Files Suit Over Admitting Privileges Law
An Oklahoma physician on Thursday filed suit against a state law (SB 1848) requiring all abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles, the Oklahoman reports.

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.

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

Va. Health Commissioner Recommends Overhaul of Abortion Clinic Restrictions
Virginia Health Commissioner Marissa Levine on Wednesday suggested that the state overhaul the abortion clinic regulations passed under former Gov. Bob McDonnell (R), the Washington Post's "Virginia Politics" reports.

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.

Austin City Council Approves Resolution Supporting Repeal of Texas' HB 2
The Austin, Texas, City Council on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution supporting a full repeal of a state antiabortion-rights law (HB2), the Austin Chronicle reports.

Ohio's 'Bureaucratic Red Tape' Harming Women's Abortion Access, NARAL Ohio Leader Writes
Ohio is the only state in the country "that requires abortion clinics to have transfer agreements and also bans public hospitals from entering into those agreements," Kellie Copeland, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, writes in an opinion piece for the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

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."

'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.

Tenn. Ballot Measure Could Lead To Harsher Abortion Restrictions
Tennessee voters in November will decide on a ballot measure (Amendment 1) stating that there is no right to abortion in the state constitution, which observers say could lead to harsher abortion restrictions, Mother Jones reports.

Attorneys Spar in Court Over Texas Clinic Closures; Op-Ed Cites Impact on 'Real People'
A federal appeals court panel on Friday heard arguments over whether Texas should be allowed to enforce a provision that likely would leave the state with no abortion facilities outside of four major metropolitan regions, the New York Times reports.

Proposed Abortion Clinic Restrictions at Issue in Pa. Governor's Race
Pennsylvania Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf said that if elected, he would not support a bill (HB 1762) that would increase restrictions on abortion clinics and could force some of them to close, Mother Jones reports.

'Stealth War on Abortion Clinics' Continues in Ohio, Op-Ed States
"Ohio's anti-abortion activists and legislators have engaged in a stealth war on abortion clinics," in which "they are picking off clinics one by one, with almost no interference from the local courts," Robin Marty writes in an opinion piece in The Guardian.

ACLU of Ohio Urges Court Response in Lawsuit Challenging State Abortion Restrictions
The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio in a court filing Monday requested a hearing and summary judgment in a lawsuit concerning abortion-related measures in the state's two-year budget, the AP/Toledo Blade 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.

True Intention of Many State Laws is To Block Abortion Rights, L.A. Times Editorial Says
While "[m]any of the regulations on abortion now cropping up in states across the country are being passed off as attempts to protect women's health ... what they are really intended to do is to continue the long-running war on women's reproductive rights that unfortunately did not end with Roe vs. Wade 40 years ago," a Los Angeles Times editorial states.

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

La. Admitting Privileges Law Back in Court This Month
A federal judge on Tuesday set the timeline for the next steps in a request to block Louisiana's admitting privileges law (HB 388) while an underlying challenge to the law continues, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Federal Judge Finds Texas Abortion Clinic Restrictions Unconstitutional
A federal judge on Friday barred enforcement of a provision in a Texas antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) that would have closed more than a dozen of the state's remaining abortion clinics, the New York Times reports.

Judge Stalls Enforcement of La. Admitting Privileges Law for Some Abortion Providers
A federal judge on Sunday temporarily blocked Louisiana from enforcing an admitting privileges law (HB 388) while some doctors are attempting to comply with it and a court challenge continues, the AP/New York Times reports.

Ohio Clinic Stops Offering Abortions Amid State Restrictions
An abortion clinic near Cincinnati, Ohio, will stop offering surgical abortions, instead of continuing a dispute with the state over a requirement that it calls politically motivated, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

NYT Editorial: 'Deception' Behind State Abortion Restrictions Revealed in Texas Cases
Texas' defense of an antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) underscores "[t]he deception behind the wave of state-level abortion restrictions now threatening women's access to safe and legal abortions," according to a New York Times editorial.

Featured Blog
"Abortion Opponents Caught on Tape Explaining How To Violate Patient Privacy" (Marty, Care2, 8/18).

Judge: Ohio Officials Have Authority To Close Abortion Clinic
An Ohio judge on Friday said that he does not have jurisdiction to stop the state Department of Health from closing an abortion clinic that did not secure a transfer agreement with a nearby hospital, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Ohio Abortion Clinic Challenges State in Transfer Agreements Dispute
An Ohio abortion clinic on Tuesday filed a second lawsuit asking a county judge to order the state Department of Health to approve its license, the AP/Dayton Daily News reports.

'Undue Burden' From Abortion Clinic Closures at Center of Texas Case
A federal judge on Wednesday questioned whether the "undue burden" standard in evaluating a Texas antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) should be the same as in smaller states, the Texas Tribune reports.

Miss. Appeals Ruling Against Admitting Privileges Law
Mississippi's attorney general on Wednesday asked the full 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review a ruling that struck down a state law (HB 1390) that could close the state's only abortion clinic, Reuters reports.

Admitting Privileges Mandates Create Hurdles for Abortion Providers
Admitting privileges requirements, enacted in several states, have proven to be "a potent tool" for abortion-rights opponents in their goal of limiting abortion access, the Washington Post reports.

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

Court Blocks Miss. Law Threatening State's Sole Abortion Clinic
A federal appeals court blocked a Mississippi law (HB 1390) that would have shut down the state's only abortion clinic, ruling that it illegally shifted Mississippi's constitutional obligations to other states, the New York Times reports.

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

Roe v. Wade 'Effectively Undone' in Much of Texas, Washington Post Editorial Argues
"[P]ro-life groups and lawmakers are negating" the effects of Roe v. Wade with restrictive state laws, including a "frontal assault" on abortion providers in Texas, a Washington Post editorial argues.

Supreme Court Will Not Intervene in Wis. Admitting Privileges Case
The Supreme Court denied a request to consider a Wisconsin law (SB 206) that would require abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, Reuters/Huffington Post reports.

La. Enacts Admitting Privileges Law That Could Close Clinics
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) signed into law a bill (HB 388) that critics say could close three of the states' five abortion clinics, Reuters reports.

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

Houston Leaders Urge Passage of Women's Health Protection Act, Repeal of Texas Law
Houston Mayor Annise Parker (D) and eight members of the City Council on Monday called on the Texas Legislature to repeal a state law (HB 2) that threatens to close most of Texas' abortion clinics and urged Congress to pass the Women's Health Protection Act (S 1696, HR 3471), News 92 FM reports.

Lawsuit Over Texas Antiabortion Law Also Involves N.M. Abortion Clinic
The trial over the constitutionality of a Texas antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) that could close abortion clinics there also involves an out-of-state clinic, located in Santa Teresa, N.M., the New York Times 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.

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

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

Lawyers, Experts Discuss Impact of Texas Antiabortion Law During First Day of Trial
A federal court on Monday heard opening arguments in a case over the constitutionality of a provision in a Texas law (HB 2) that requires abortion facilities to meet the same building requirements as hospital-style surgical centers, the New York Times reports.

Featured Blog
"Repro Wrap: TRAPs Are Working, Buffers Aren't, and Clinics Just Keep Closing" (Marty, Care2, 8/1).

Texas Law That Could Close Abortion Clinics Goes To Court
A trial beginning in federal court on Monday will test the constitutionality of a provision in a Texas law (HB 2) that requires abortion clinics to meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers, Kaiser Health News/Texas Tribune reports.

Review of Va. Abortion Clinic Rules Prompts Thousands of Public Comments
The Virginia Department of Health at midnight Thursday will close the public comment phase of Gov. Terry McAuliffe's (D) order to review strict abortion clinic regulations passed under his predecessor, Gov. Bob McDonnell (R), the Washington Post reports.

Mass. Gov To Sign Bill Strengthening Security Around Abortion Clinics
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) on Tuesday said he will act quickly to sign a bill that would improve security surrounding the state's abortion clinics, the AP/Worcester Telegram 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.

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

One Year After Law's Passage, N.C. Yet To Release Abortion Clinic Regulations
North Carolina health care officials have not finished drafting abortion clinic regulations authorized under a 2013 state law (SB 353), leaving many abortion providers unsure how the rules could potentially affect them, the AP/Virginian-Pilot reports.

Okla. Abortion Restrictions Face Likely Legal Challenge, But Supporters, Opponents Dispute Outcomes
Oklahoma lawmakers who championed antiabortion-rights legislation that is scheduled to take effect on Nov. 1 expressed confidence on Thursday that the measures would withstand likely legal challenges, while abortion-rights supporters argued that the laws will be overturned, The Oklahoman 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.

Featured Blogs
"Half of Texas' Abortion Clinics Are Gone" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 7/18) and "Repro Wrap: Massachusetts Gets Harsh With Abortion Protesters and Other News" (Marty, Care2, 7/18).

Texas Considers How To Streamline Reproductive Health Services for Low-Income Women
Texas lawmakers are weighing how to restore gaps in health care access for low-income women in the state, three years after they cut the state's family planning budget and rejected a federally funded women's health program in favor of a state-operated program, the Texas Tribune/New York Times reports.

Number of Abortions in Ind. Declines for Fifth Year Amid New Laws
For the fifth consecutive year, the number of abortions performed in Indiana has declined alongside state requirements "that have made it steadily more difficult for a woman to end her pregnancy," according to a report by the state Department of Health, the AP/Indianapolis Star reports.

Featured Blogs
"Massachusetts is Rushing Through Legislation To Fix the Supreme Court's Ruling on Buffer Zones" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 7/17) and "States Prescribe Bad Medicine for Women Seeking Abortions" (Shugerman, Ms. Magazine blog, 7/16).

Ohio Abortion Clinic Will Remain Open During Appeal, Despite Order To Close
Attorneys representing an Ohio abortion clinic are asking a common pleas judge not to sign a common pleas magistrate's order that would close the clinic, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

TRAP Laws | In the Courts

This section provides a brief overview of significant cases impacting reproductive rights and health related to TRAP Laws.

MKB Management Corp. v. Burdick
State court challenge to a North Dakota law that effectively bans all medication abortions in the state by requiring compliance with conditions for the provision of "abortion-inducing drugs" that are impossible to meet.

Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas Surgical Health Services v. Abbott
Federal court challenge to a Texas law that imposes restrictions on medication abortion (including forcing physicians to administer medication in an outdated manner and requiring several in-person visits with a physician) and requires all physicians who perform abortions to have active admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles.

Choice, Inc. of Texas v. Greenstein
Federal court challenge to Louisiana law that expands the state’s authority to suspend or revoke the licenses of outpatient abortion facilities, thus restricting access to care for Louisiana women.

Hodes & Nauser v. Moser
Federal court challenge to temporary regulations and licensing process adopted and implemented by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Burns v. Cline
State court challenge to an Oklahoma law that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a hospital within thirty miles of where the procedure is performed.

Whole Woman's Health, et al., v. Lakey, et al.
Federal court challenge to a Texas law that requires all clinics providing abortions, even non-surgical medication abortions, to meet building standards required for ambulatory surgical centers.

Hope Medical Group for Women v. LeBlanc
Challenge in federal court to a Louisiana law that exposes abortion providers to legal liability and exempts them from medical malpractice suit restrictions.

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin v. Van Hollen
Federal court challenge to a Wisconsin law that requires abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges.

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

Jackson Women's Health Organization and Willie Parker v. Mary Currier and Robert Shuler Smith
Federal court challenge to a Mississippi state law designed to close the state's only abortion clinic, which requires abortion providers at the clinic to be board certified OB/GYNs and have admitting privileges at local hospitals.

June Medical Services, LLC v. Caldwell
Federal court challenge to a Louisiana law that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of where the provider performs abortion care.

Falls Church Medical Center v. Virginia Board of Health
Challenge to a Virginia Regulation that places stringent standards on the licensing and regulation of abortion facilities.

Hope Medical Group for Women v. Keck
Challenge to actions by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals ordering an immediate suspension and seeking permanent revocation of the clinic's operating license under a new state law.

Prudhome v. June Medical Services, LLC
Challenge in state court to a Louisiana law that exposes abortion providers to legal liability and exempts them from medical malpractice suit restrictions.

Hodes & Nauser v. Moser
Challenge in state court to Kansas regulatory scheme that would prevent the provision of abortion services in any medical establishment not licensed as an abortion facility, even where prompt termination of pregnancy is needed to prevent serious harm to the woman's health.