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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.

La Frontera Fund seeks to help South Texas women access abortion care
Abortion-rights advocates in Texas have launched a not-for-profit, called La Frontera Fund, to help women in the Rio Grande Valley afford the travel expenses they must incur when seeking abortion care, the Texas Observer reports.

La. Senate passes abortion provider certification bill
The Louisiana Senate on Tuesday voted 35-0 to give final approval to a bill AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Ala. House approves TRAP bill
The Alabama House on Wednesday voted 73-19 to pass a bill (SB 205) that would prohibit the location and licensure of abortion clinics within 2,000 feet of certain public schools., the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Federal judge hears arguments in Mo. abortion clinic licensing dispute
A federal judge on Thursday heard arguments regarding efforts by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) to revoke a Missouri Planned Parenthood clinic's license to provide abortion care, the Columbia Daily Tribune reports.

Ohio clinic continues to seek variance to TRAP law
The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) on Tuesday held a hearing regarding the licensure of an abortion clinic in the state, WHIO reports.

Ala. House lawmakers advance TRAP bill
An Alabama House committee on Wednesday advanced a bill (SB 205) that would prohibit the location and licensure of abortion clinics within 2,000 feet of certain public schools, AP/ABC 33/40 reports.

Planned Parenthood asks court to reject motion to dismiss Ohio transfer agreement lawsuit
Planned Parenthood asked a federal judge to deny a motion to dismiss the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and UC Health from a lawsuit challenging an Ohio antiabortion-rights patient transfer agreement regulation, the Dayton Daily News reports.

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

Op-Ed urges Supreme Court, state lawmakers to 'follow science' on abortion care
FDA last week "updated its 16-year-old guidelines for mifepristone, the drug used in medication abortions, to reflect the latest scientific evidence and reduce potential side effects," Drew Halfmann, an associate professor of sociology at the University of California-Davis and a member of the Scholars Strategy Network, writes in a Sacramento Bee opinion piece.

Federal judge strikes down Ala. TRAP provision
A federal judge on Friday ruled that an admitting privileges requirement for abortion providers in a Alabama law (HB 57) is unconstitutional, the AP/Wall Street Journal reports.

Ala. lawmakers advance bill barring abortion clinics near schools
The Alabama Senate on Tuesday voted 27-6 to approve a bill (SB 205) that would prohibit the location and licensure of abortion clinics within 2,000 feet of certain public schools, the Anniston Star reports.

Wis. AG petitions U.S. Supreme Court to review lower court decision striking down TRAP law
Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel (R) on Tuesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower court decision striking down a state law (Act 37) that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Texas women discuss challenges accessing abortion care
Texas women are facing barriers to accessing abortion care following the implementation of an omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2), the New York Times reports.

12K call on Fla. gov. to veto antiabortion-rights bill
Abortion-rights supporters on Thursday urged Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) to veto an omnibus antiabortion-rights bill (HB 1411) that would impose a number of new restrictions on abortion providers, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

CRR asks Okla. Supreme Court to review challenge to TRAP law
The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) on Thursday asked the Oklahoma Supreme Court to review a lower court decision upholding a state law (SB 1848) that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Texas data show number of abortions down amid clinic closures; study highlights access barriers where clinics have closed
There was a 14 percent drop in the number of abortions performed in Texas in the first full year after multiple provisions of an omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) temporarily took effect, according to provisional data from state health officials, the Dallas Morning News/Sacramento Bee reports.

Contested HB 2 provisions could 'wipe out' abortion access in Texas' Rio Grande Valley
If the Supreme Court upholds contested provisions in Texas' omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2), abortion access in the Rio Grande Valley would be completely eradicated, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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"The end of real choice in Texas: This is what would happen if SCOTUS doesn't intervene" (Pandit, Salon, 3/14); "Tennessee's war on women is sending new mothers to jail" (Liss-Schultz, Mother Jones, 3/14).

Fla. antiabortion-rights measure heads to gov.
The Florida House on Thursday voted 76-40 to pass the final version of a bill (HB 1411) that would impose new restrictions on abortion providers, the News Service of Florida/News 4 JAX reports.

Ky. Senate passes latest in series of antiabortion-rights bills
The Kentucky Senate voted 32-5 on Wednesday to approve a bill (SB 212) that would impose new regulations on abortion providers and clinics, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports. The bill now moves to the state House.

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

Fla. Senate advances broad antiabortion-rights measure
The Florida Senate on Tuesday voted 25-15 to approve a bill (HB 1411) that would impose new restrictions on abortion providers in the state, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Okla. Senate advances bill targeting abortion providers
The Oklahoma Senate on Tuesday voted 40-7 to approve a bill (SB 1552) that would bar physicians who provide abortion care in most cases from obtaining or renewing a medical license in the state, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Recalling women affected by illegal abortion care, op-ed calls on Supreme Court to strike down HB 2
In a Washington Post opinion piece, Christine Dinsmore, a writer and editor, calls on the Supreme Court justices to remember women such as her grandmother, who died following an illegal abortion, when they rule on the recent challenge to provisions in Texas' omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2).

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"Of this year's 353 abortion-restriction bills, 70 percent are based on lies" (Cauterucci, "XX Factor," Slate, 3/4); "The future of abortion rights could be decided in this election" (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 3/4).

SCOTUS halts enforcement of La. admitting privileges requirement
The Supreme Court on Friday issued an order temporarily halting enforcement of an admitting privileges requirement in a Louisiana law (Act 620), the New York Times reports.

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

Fla. House passes antiabortion-rights measure
The Florida House on Thursday voted 74-44 to approve a bill (HB 1411) that would impose new restrictions on abortion providers, among other provisions, AP/CBSMiami reports.

Ky. Senate committee advances abortion regulations bill
The Kentucky Senate Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee on Thursday voted 10-1 to approve a targeted regulation of abortion providers (TRAP) bill (SB 212) that would impose additional regulations on abortion providers and clinics, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports. The bill now heads to the full state Senate.

SCOTUS hears challenge to Texas' HB 2
The Supreme Court on Wednesday heard oral arguments in a case challenging parts of Texas' omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2), the Washington Post reports.

Op-ed: Challenge to Texas' HB 2 about 'whether politicians can strip constitutional rights by stealth'
Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, a case challenging parts of Texas' omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2), "asks whether politicians can strip constitutional rights by stealth, using laws that say one thing but do another," and the Supreme Court's ruling in the lawsuit "will echo far beyond reproductive rights," Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR), writes in a USA Today opinion piece. CRR is representing the plaintiffs in the case.

ACOG president on Texas' HB 2: 'Rather than improving patient safety, this law would worsen it'
While "[i]t seems counterintuitive" that ob-gyns would "oppose laws that purport to improve the safety of women," such efforts "too often ... provide no benefit to patients and instead are intended to restrict access to abortion, all under the guise of protecting women's health," writes Mark DeFrancesco, president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, in an opinion piece for The Hill's "Congress Blog."

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Abortion, TRAP laws, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama "Is one-sixth a 'large fraction' when it comes to our constitutional rights?" (Cohen/Bingenheimer, RH Reality Check, 2/29); "Court ruling forces all but one of Louisiana's abortion clinics to close" (Dusenbery, Feministing, 2/26).

Op-eds delve into legal challenge to Texas' HB 2
Editorials from the New York Times and MSNBC take a closer look at the questions at issue in the Supreme Court's upcoming case on Texas' antiabortion-rights law (HB 2).

Government regulation, private sector forces add increasing pressure on abortion clinics
The stigma surrounding abortion care and legislation targeting abortion providers has made it more costly and logistically complicated to operate an abortion clinic in recent years, resulting in the closure of many such facilities, Bloomberg Business reports.

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"Thanks but no thanks: Women don't need your 'protection'" (Griffin, Huffington Post blogs, 2/25); "'Bad medicine' laws are harming women in a majority of states" (Lipton-Lubet, National Partnership for Women & Families blog, 2/24).

HB 2 lawsuit highlights shifting antiabortion-rights strategy
The issues at question in the Supreme Court case over parts of Texas' omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) highlight a shift in abortion-rights opponents' strategy from basing restrictions on the fetus to basing them on claims about women's health, the Washington Post reports.

Bloomberg: Abortion access diminishing at record rate
Driven by antiabortion-rights regulations, abortion access in the United States is falling at the fastest annual rate ever recorded, according to a Bloomberg News investigation, Bloomberg Business reports.

SCOTUS ruling on Texas' HB 2 could have widespread effects
The Supreme Court's ruling in a case challenging parts of Texas' omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) could have implications for scores of medically disputed abortion-rights restrictions across the United States, the New York Times reports.

Ala. bill would require verbal descriptions of ultrasound images before abortion
Earlier this month, Alabama Rep. Kerry Rich (R) introduced a bill (HB 183) that would require clinics to provide a woman seeking abortion care with detailed verbal descriptions of the ultrasound images and information about physicians' income before obtaining the procedure, the Alabama Media Group reports.

Ala. Sen. files bill that would ban abortion clinics near public schools
Alabama Sen. Paul Sanford (R) has filed a bill (SB 205) that would prohibit the location of abortion clinics within 2,000 feet of a public school, the Florence Times Daily reports.

Scalia's death could affect upcoming SCOTUS rulings on contraception, abortion access
The recent death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia could affect several upcoming decisions from the high court, including rulings on the federal contraceptive coverage rules and abortion access, the New York Times reports.

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"Lawmaker challenges men to accept health restrictions like they propose for women" (Ford, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 2/13); "Still grateful for my abortion, over 40 years later" (Oppenheimer, Huffington Post blogs, 2/15).

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"Making equal access to reproductive health services a must for 2016" (Howell, Huffington Post blogs, 2/9); "#FlintWaterCrisis is a reproductive justice issue" (Pickens, Ebony, 2/2).

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

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"Women, abortion rights & Dr. Willie Parker" (Moreland Johns, Huffington Post blogs, 2/5); "A new con for anti-choice activists: Secretly buying up abortion clinics" (Cauterucci, "XX Factor," Slate, 2/8).

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"'Trapped' documentary rejects moral divide between religion and abortion" (Littlefield, RH Reality Check, 2/4).

Fla. House Panel Advances Bill Imposing Restrictions on Abortion Clinics, Fetal Tissue Donation
A Florida House panel on Tuesday voted 9-4 to advance a bill (HB 1411) that imposes multiple restrictions on abortion clinics and the donation of fetal tissue, the Palm Beach Post reports.

Documentary 'Trapped' Highlights Abortion Providers' Struggles Amid TRAP Laws
A new documentary that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival Sunday explores the effects of targeted regulation of abortion providers, or TRAP laws, on abortion clinics and staff, the Texas Observer reports.

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"Someone You Love Has Had an Abortion: It's Time To End the Silence" (Hauser, Salon, 1/29); "The Flint Water Emergency Is a Reproductive Health Crisis" (D'Almeida, RH Reality Check, 1/26).

Mo. Appeals Ruling Barring State From Revoking Planned Parenthood Clinic's License
The Missouri Attorney General's Office on Tuesday appealed a federal court ruling that prevents the state from revoking a Planned Parenthood clinic's license to provide abortion care, KCUR reports.

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"Florida lawmakers want to make abortion a felony, advance bill citing 'the Creator'" (Caplan-Bricker, "XX Factor," Slate, 1/26).

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"43 Years After Roe v. Wade, It's Back to the Supreme Court To Block a Dangerous Sham Law Out of Texas" (Northup, Salon, 1/26); "How the Nationwide Crusade Against Planned Parenthood Is Failing, in One Map" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 1/26).

Federal Judge Holds La. Admitting Privileges Measures Is Unconstitutional
A federal judge on Tuesday ruled that an admitting privileges requirement for abortion providers in a Louisiana law (Act 620) is unconstitutional, AP/ABC News reports.

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

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"It's Now or Never for Reproductive Rights" (Hogue, Huffington Post blogs, 1/21); "How Many Abortion Providers Are There in Your State? The Numbers Have Dropped & It's a Growing Problem Infographic" (Cueto, Bustle, 1/22).

Attorney Who Signed Amicus Brief Urging SCOTUS To Strike Down HB 2 Provisions Shares Abortion Story
In an opinion piece for the Washington Post, Janice Mac Avoy, one of 113 attorneys who submitted an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to strike down contested provisions in Texas' omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2), writes about how her decision to have an abortion at age 18 allowed her to achieve "personal and professional success."

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"Women Are Still Being Denied the Full Benefits of Roe v. Wade" (Williamson, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress,1/21); "43 Years Later, Anti-Choice Advocates Continue To Ignore 'Roe'" (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 1/22); "New Poll Finds Public Is Outraged by Anti-Choice Laws Once They Learn About Them" (Dusenberry, Feministing, 1/21).

Op-Ed Blasts State Laws Targeting Abortion Access
"The greatest threat to abortion providers in the United States is not fanatics like Robert Lewis Dear, who killed innocent people at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic -- it's state legislatures, many of which are going back into session this week," filmmaker Dawn Porter writes in an opinion piece for Creative Time Reports/The Guardian. Porter made a documentary film, "Trapped," that examines targeted regulation of abortion provider laws across the United States.

Lawsuits Against Three Tennessee Antiabortion-Rights Laws on Hold Pending Ruling on HB 2
Lawsuits against three Tennessee antiabortion-rights laws have been put on hold pending a U.S. Supreme Court decision on a "substantially similar" Texas omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2), the Tennessean reports.

Study Finds HB 2 Hinders Women's Abortion Access in Texas
Clinic closures in Texas under the state's omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) has made it more difficult for women to access abortion care, leading some to delay abortion care or deliver their unintended pregnancies, according to a new study, Houston Public Media reports.

Fla. House Committee advances TRAP Law
A Florida House committee on Tuesday advanced a bill (HB 233) that would impose additional licensing requirements on abortion clinics, the AP/Albany Times Union reports.

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"Preventing the Next Kermit Gosnell," David Cohen et al., Slate's "XX Factor" (Cohen, "XX Factor," Slate, 1/15).

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"Crisis pregnancy centers lie about contraception, too," David Grimes, Huffington Post blogs (Grimes, Huffington Post blogs, 1/15).

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"Reasoning From Experience, On Abortion and Beyond" (Brodsky, Feministing, 1/13)

S.C. Officials Testify Before Committee Investigating State Abortion Clinics
The South Carolina House Legislative Oversight Ad-Hoc Committee on Monday heard testimony from several state agencies regarding the state's investigation into abortion clinics, WSPA 7 News reports.

Mo. House, Senate Hold Hearings on State Abortion Legislation
On Tuesday, the Missouri Senate and House held hearings, respectively, on a proposed antiabortion-rights bill and state oversight of abortion clinics, KOMU 8 reports.

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"The Power of Making Abortion Personal" (Green, The Atlantic, 1/8)

Iowa Governor Seeks To Include Antiabortion-Rights Language in Legislative Agenda
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) announced he will propose policy language in his 2016 legislative agenda to direct public funding away from reproductive health providers who offer abortion care, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports.

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

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

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

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"America and Reproductive Rights: Not Making the Grade" (Walker, Huffington Post blogs, 1/7); "Advocates Push for Dignity in Supreme Court Anti-Abortion Law Case" (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 1/6).

Amicus Briefs Abortion-Rights Supporters Submitted for HB 2 Lawsuit Disclose Personal Abortion Stories
On Monday, abortion-rights supporters filed 45 amicus briefs urging the Supreme Court to strike down contested provisions in Texas' omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2), the Texas Tribune reports.

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

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

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

Providers File Brief in HB 2 Lawsuit; Texas Health Department Ends HIV Prevention Funding for Planned Parenthood
Women's health care providers on Monday filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that provisions in Texas' omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) do not make the procedure safer and serve only to reduce access to abortion care, Washington Newsroom/Reuters reports.

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

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

Judge Blocks Mo. Health Dept. From Revoking Planned Parenthood Clinic's License
A federal judge on Monday issued a ruling blocking the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services from revoking a Planned Parenthood clinic's license to provide abortion care, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Judge Hears Arguments Over Columbia, Mo., Clinic License
A federal judge on Friday heard arguments over issuing a preliminary injunction to stop the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services from revoking a Planned Parenthood clinic's license to provide abortion, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Ohio AG Will Not Enforce Unclear Regulation on Fetal Tissue Disposal
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine (R) on Friday said the state would not enforce a vaguely worded regulation governing the disposal of fetal tissue, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

New N.C. Abortion Regulations Take Effect
New rules regulating abortion clinics in North Carolina took effect on Oct. 1, two weeks after the state's Rules Review Commission approved the rules without incurring formal objections, AP/WRAL News reports.

NYT Urges SCOTUS To Uphold Women's Constitutional Protections, Rule Against Abortion Restrictions
Calling on the Supreme Court to protect women's right to abortion, a New York Times editorial states, "How many laws making it harder to get an abortion will pass before the Supreme Court sees them for what they are -- part of a tireless, coordinated nationwide assault on the right of women to control what happens with their own bodies without the interference of politicians?"

Mo. Lawmakers Pre-File Several Antiabortion-Rights Bills
Conservative legislators in Missouri have released a 2016 agenda that includes a push to increase the number of abortion restrictions in the state, the Missouri Times reports.

Ala. Public Health Committee Rejects Proposed Exceptions to State Admitting Privileges Law
The Alabama Committee of Public Health on Wednesday rejected proposed rules that would have allowed exceptions to a state antiabortion-rights law (HB 57), the Alabama Media Group reports.

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

Federal Judge Allows Mo. Clinic To Keep Abortion License While Considering Lawsuit
A federal judge on Wednesday temporarily blocked the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services from revoking a Planned Parenthood clinic's license to offer abortion care while a lawsuit over the matter continues, the AP/San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Federal Judge Temporary Blocks Mo. Health Officials From Revoking Columbia Clinic's Abortion License
A federal judge on Monday temporarily blocked the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services from pulling the Columbia, Mo., Planned Parenthood's license to offer abortion care, AP/Talking Points Memo reports.

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"Anti-Abortion Terrorism Must Be Stopped," (Conti, "Medical Examiner," Slate, 11/28); "Whole Woman's Health v. Cole and the Future of Abortion Rights," (Hill, American Constitution Society blog, 11/25).

Ohio Health Officials Grant Sole Cincinnati Clinic Variance to TRAP Law
The Ohio Department of Health on Friday granted the only abortion clinic in Cincinnati an exemption to an antiabortion-rights state law, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Only One Abortion Clinic in Mo. After TRAP Law Forces Planned Parenthood Clinic To Suspend Abortion Services
A Planned Parenthood clinic in Columbia, Mo., on Monday stopped providing abortion care because the clinic's physician is scheduled to lose certain hospital privileges on Dec. 1, AP/Yahoo! News reports.

7th Circuit Affirms Decision Ruling Wis. Admitting Privileges Law Unconstitutional
A three-judge panel for the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday upheld a lower court ruling that struck down part of a Wisconsin law (Act 37) that would require physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, the Wisconsin State Journal reports.

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"The High Cost of Reproductive Coercion" (Omara, American Prospect, 11/17); "Anthony Kennedy's Right to Choose" (Lithwick, "Jurisprudence," Slate, 11/17); "The Rise Of Self-Abortions In Texas Prove We're Now Fighting a Pre-Roe Battle" (smith, Bustle, 11/19).

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

In NYT Op-Ed, Provider Shares Why He Offers Abortion Care
Willie Parker, chair-elect of the board of Physicians for Reproductive Health, explains why he offers abortion care, writing in a New York Times opinion piece, "In public health, you go where the crisis is. If there is an outbreak and you have the ability to relieve suffering, you rush to the site of the need. This is why, a year and a half ago, I returned to my hometown, Birmingham, Ala., to provide abortions."

Abortion-Rights Supporters Petition MU To Reinstate Privileges for Abortion Providers
Abortion-rights supporters are petitioning the University of Missouri to reinstate privileges that allow physicians to legally provide abortion care in Columbia amid changes among the university administration, the Columbia Daily Tribune reports.

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"How Politics & Policing Block Undocumented Women From Reproductive Health Care" (Gonzalez, Feministing/Bitch Magazine, 11/16).

Editorials, Op-Ed Urge Supreme Court To Protect Abortion Rights in Challenge to HB 2
Editorials from The Atlantic and the New York Times and an opinion piece from the Austin American-Statesman respond to the Supreme Court's Friday decision to hear Whole Women's Health v. Cole. The case challenges HB 2, a Texas law that places onerous restrictions on abortion clinics. Summaries of the pieces appear below.

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

UCMC, UC Health File Motion To Dismiss Clinics' Lawsuit Against Them Over State TRAP Laws
The University of Cincinnati Medical Center and UC Health last week filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed against them and the Ohio Department of Health by two abortion clinics, the Hamilton Journal-News reports.

CRR Files Petition To Maintain Temporary Injunction Against Okla. Antiabortion-Rights Law
The Center for Reproductive Rights on Tuesday petitioned an Oklahoma court to maintain a temporary injunction against a law (SB 642) that imposes multiple restrictions on abortion providers and patients until a hearing takes place, AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

'Incremental' Antiabortion-Rights Strategy Is Curbing Abortion Access in Ohio, Op-Ed States
"Ohio lawmakers' recent actions against Planned Parenthood and their inch-by-inch approach to abortion legislation must be understood as part of a calculated [conservative] strategy to render a woman's constitutionally protected right to an abortion moot," Alicia Gibson, chair of Parents and Professionals of Planned Parenthood Cincinnati, writes in an opinion piece for the Cincinnati Enquirer.

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

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"When Will SCOTUS Rule on HB2, Texas' Strident Anti-Abortion Law? The State Is Sneakily Chipping Away at Women's Rights in The Meantime" (Yurcaba, Bustle, 10/29); "GOP Lawmaker: Colorado Officials Are 'Science-Deniers' for Reporting IUDs Reduce Abortions" (Salzman, RH Reality Check, 10/27).

Okla. Supreme Court Issues 30-Day Injunction Against Antiabortion-Rights Law
The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Monday put a 30-day hold on a state law (SB 642) that imposes multiple restrictions on abortion providers and patients, AP/KTUL ABC 8 reports.

Op-Ed: 'Stakes Couldn't Be Higher' in Challenge to Texas' HB 2
As the Supreme Court considers whether it will hear a challenge to a Texas antiabortion-rights law (HB 2), "[t]he stakes couldn't be higher, either for women who live in the growing number of states governed by anti-abortion politicians or for the court itself," columnist Linda Greenhouse writes in a New York Times opinion piece.

Amid Planned Parenthood Attacks, Challenges to Independent Providers Can Be Overlooked
Although Planned Parenthood is the target of many federal- and state-level attacks on abortion care, independent abortion providers also face challenges that usually do not receive as much public attention or media coverage, Color Lines reports.

Federal Judge Issues Preliminary Injunction Against Ohio TRAP Law
A federal judge on Tuesday issued a preliminary injunction blocking the enforcement of an Ohio antiabortion-rights law being challenged in court by two abortion clinics, the Hamilton Journal-News/WCPO reports.

Stakeholders Voice Concerns About Ind. Health Dept. Contract With Antiabortion-Rights Organization
Several stakeholders have expressed concern about a recent decision by the Indiana Department of Health to grant a one-year, $3.5 million contract to an antiabortion-rights organization that counsels women against abortion and provides misleading information about the procedure, the Indianapolis Star reports.

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

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"South Carolina Mom Shows Homophobic Sex Education Isn't a Thing of the Past" (Kempner, RH Reality Check, 10/5); "Republican Legislators Coming for Universities After Planned Parenthood" (Mathews, Care2, 10/5); "Planned Parenthood Clinics Targeted With Vandalism and Arson in the Wake of Released Videos" (Zielinski, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 10/2); "The Institutionalization of Abortion Stigma: What Care at an Ambulatory Surgical Center Can Look Like" (Mukherjee, RH Reality Check, 10/2);

7th Circuit Hears Oral Arguments in Wis. Admitting Privileges Case
A three-judge panel for the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday heard oral arguments in a case challenging a Wisconsin admitting privileges law (Act 37), with the presiding judge expressing doubts about the law's constitutionality, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

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

Federal Judge Rules Ohio Clinics Can Remain Open While Appealing Denied Variance Requests
A federal judge on Monday ruled that two Ohio abortion clinics can remain open while they appeal a decision to revoke their state operating licenses, AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Ohio Health Dept. Rejects Abortion Clinics' Requests for Variances to TRAP Laws
The Ohio Department of Health on Friday denied two clinics' requests for variances to abortion regulations included in the two most recent state budgets, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

S.C. Clinics Facing Closure Threat Permitted To Continue Operations
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control on Friday lifted sanctions against one abortion clinic in the state and put the closure of another clinic on hold, allowing both clinics to continue operations, the AP/Oklahoman reports.

Featured Blogs
"Lawsuit Asks Oklahoma Supreme Court To Block Anti-Choice Omnibus Bill" (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 9/25); "Alabama's Chemical Endangerment Laws: Where the War on Drugs Meets the War on Women" (Koster, Huffington Post blogs, 9/25).

Va. Health Officials Loosen TRAP Rules
The Virginia Board of Health on Thursday voted to amend regulations targeting abortion clinics in the state, the Washington Post reports.

Editorial Calls for Va. Health Dept. To Act Against TRAP Effort That 'Wilted Under the Weight of Law and Logic'
"The effort to shutter abortion clinics in Virginia, launched by [conservative] lawmakers in 2011, has wilted under the weight of law and logic," a Washington Post editorial states, noting that it is "high time" the state's Board of Health "end the assault on abortion rights in the commonwealth."

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

Editorial Calls on Supreme Court To Protect Women's Access to Abortion
"[T]he right to an abortion -- guaranteed 42 years ago by the U.S. Supreme Court -- has been saddled with so many onerous strictures in so many states that for millions of women, it has become almost meaningless," a USA Today editorial states.

Texas Abortion Providers Ask Supreme Court To Consider HB 2 Lawsuit
A coalition of abortion providers in Texas on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to review their case against two provisions in an omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2), the Texas Tribune reports.

Ohio Clinics Sue Over Abortion Regulations; New Clinic Departs From Clinic Closure Trend
Operators of two abortion clinics in Ohio last week filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the constitutionality of abortion regulations included in the two most recent state budgets, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Featured Blogs
"D.C. Judge Says Employers Can Exercise 'Moral' Objections to Birth Control Coverage" (Marcotte, "The XX Factor," Slate, 9/1); "Texas Abortion Clinics Take Their Appeal to the Supreme Court" (Dusenbery, Feministing, 9/4); "The Planned Parenthood Arson is an Outrage Because We Could Have Seen it Coming" (Allen, Daily Beast, 9/5).

Mo. Lawmakers, Health Officials Debate Abortion Clinic License Requirements
On Tuesday, conservative state senators and the health department director in Missouri debated at a hearing whether Columbia Planned Parenthood met state licensing requirements when it received its license in July, AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

States Targeting Abortion Rights Borrow Tactics from Texas
While antiabortion-rights efforts at the national level recently have focused on defunding Planned Parenthood, "the real fight is at the state level," where several states are working to impose restrictions similar to an antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) in Texas, the New York Times' "The Upshot" reports.

Federal Judge Orders Texas To Halt Enforcement of HB 2 Against Provider
A federal judge on Monday said Texas health officials could be held in contempt of court unless they stop enforcing an antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) preventing an abortion provider in the state from opening a clinic at a new location, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Featured Blogs
"A Judge Just Handed Abortion Supporters a Huge Win in the Deep South," (Andrews, Mother Jones, 8/18); "GOP Lawmakers Cut Planned Parenthood's Medicaid Funds, Despite Federal Warning," (Wilson, RH Reality Check, 8/17).

Judge Temporarily Blocks Ala. Admitting Privileges Law, Allowing Clinic To Reopen
A federal judge on Thursday issued a temporary restraining order against an Alabama law (HB 57) that could have permanently shut down an abortion clinic in Tuscaloosa, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Federal Judge Blocks TRAP Law Enforcement in Affected Tenn. Counties
A federal judge on Thursday issued a preliminary injunction that bars district attorneys in two Tennessee counties from enforcing an antiabortion-rights law (Pub. Ch. 419) requiring abortion clinics to be licensed as ambulatory surgical centers, the The Tennessean reports.

Judge Lifts Restraining Order on Tenn. Antiabortion-Rights Law
A federal judge on Monday conditionally lifted a restraining order that prevented Tennessee officials from enforcing an antiabortion-rights law (Pub. Ch. 419) requiring new licenses for clinics that provide abortions, The Tennessean reports.

Ohio Clinic Partners with University of Toledo Medical Center To Train Residents on Abortion Care
The sole abortion clinic in Toledo has partnered with the University of Toledo Medical Center to train physicians in how to perform abortions and related care, the AP/Idaho Statesman reports.

Featured Blogs
"Anti-Abortion Activists Trying To Pretend Women in Texas No Longer Have Right To Choose," (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 8/9); "Planned Parenthood Investigations Uncovering No Wrongdoing," (Wilson, RH Reality Check, 8/6); "I Had an Abortion at Planned Parenthood -- and I'm Not Ashamed," (Rhiannon, Salon, 8/10).

Ohio Clinic Files New Request Seeking Exemption From Antiabortion-Rights Regulations
Last month, an abortion clinic in Ohio again filed for an exemption to state regulations mandating that it have a patient transfer agreement in place with a nearby hospital, the AP/Idaho Statesman reports.

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.

TRAP Laws | In the Courts

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

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 v. Hellerstedt (formerly v. Cole)
Federal court challenge to a Texas law, known as HB 2, that requires all clinics providing abortions, even non-surgical medication abortions, to meet building standards required for ambulatory surgical centers (ASC).

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin v. Schimel (formerly 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.

June Medical Services, LLC v. Kliebert
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.

Planned Parenthood Arkansas & Eastern Oklahoma et al v. Jegley
Federal court challenge to an Arkansas law that would require physicians to administer medication abortion in an outdated manner and have a signed contract with a doctor who agrees to handle any complications and maintains admitting privileges at a hospital.

Burns v. Cline
State court challenge to an Oklahoma law that imposes multiple restrictions on abortion providers and patients, including parental consent for minors seeking an abortion; fetal tissue preservation; inspection of clinics; and criminal liability for abortion providers.

Adams & Boyle, P.C. v. Slatery
Federal court challenge to three Tennessee laws that would require all physicians providing abortion care in Tennessee to obtain admitting privileges at a local hospital; require reproductive health care facilities that provide more than 50 surgical abortions per year to meet ambulatory surgical center standards; and force women to delay care by 48 hours and make two trips to their health care provider in order to obtain abortion care.

Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region v. Hodges
Federal court challenge to several Ohio laws which require that abortions be performed only in ambulatory surgical facilities that maintain a written transfer agreement with a local hospital and ban abortion clinics from obtaining a written transfer agreement from a public hospital.

Jackson Women's Health Organization v. Currier
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 obgyns and have admitting privileges at local hospitals.

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.

MKB Management Corp. v. Burdick
State court challenge to a North Dakota law that would effectively ban all medication abortions in the state by requiring compliance with conditions for the provision of "abortion-inducing drugs" that are impossible to meet if the law is interpreted to cover misoprostol, a drug commonly used in medication abortions.

Hope Medical Group for Women v. Keck
State court 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.

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.

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.

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.