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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.

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.

Court Blocks Miss. Law Threatening State's Sole Abortion Clinic
A federal appeals court on Tuesday 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.

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/Sacramento Bee 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.

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.

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.

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.

Magistrate Orders Ohio Abortion Clinic To Close, Pending Judicial Approval
A Hamilton County magistrate on Monday upheld the Ohio Department of Health's decision to close one of two abortion clinics operating in the southern part of the state, WLWT5 reports.

New Ala. Law Requires Stricter Building Standards for Abortion Clinics
An Alabama law (HB 57) requiring abortion clinics to comply with stricter building standards went into effect on Tuesday, AP/Tuscaloosa News reports.

Featured Blog
"Only Abortion Clinic in Western North Carolina Closes," (Liss-Schultz, RH Reality Check, 6/30).

Pa. Asks Planned Parenthood for Admitting Privileges Information
Three of Planned Parenthood's Pennsylvania affiliates were mistakenly asked to provide the state with information on their providers' admitting privileges at hospitals, the AP/Washington Times reports.

Ohio Abortion Clinic Fights To Stay Open
Toledo's only abortion clinic is fighting a ruling by a state hearing officer that it does not have a valid hospital-transfer agreement and should close, the Toledo Blade reports.

State Law Prompts Ala. Abortion Clinic To Relocate
The only abortion clinic in northern Alabama plans to voluntarily surrender its license and close by June 30 because it does not comply with building standards required under a new law (HB 57), Alabama Media Group reports.

Supreme Court Will Not Intervene in Wis. Admitting Privileges Case
The Supreme Court on Monday 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.

Ohio Rejects Clinic's Attempt To Comply With State Law
Toledo's only abortion clinic appears to have few options to stay open after an Ohio Department of Health hearing examiner rejected its proposed hospital-transfer agreement, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

Op-Ed: Medical Experts, Not Politicians, Should Set Abortion Standards
Legislation requiring abortion providers to obtain hospital staffing privileges, such as a Pennsylvania bill (HB 1762), are "medically unnecessary" and "will not improve women's safety," ob-gyn Rebecca Mercier and emergency-medicine physician Ralph Riviello write in a Philadelphia Inquirer opinion piece.

Texas Abortion Doctors Regain Admitting Privileges After Lawsuit
Two Texas physicians who provide abortion care can continue offering the procedure after reaching a settlement with a hospital that they sued for revoking their admitting privileges, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Ala. Admitting Privileges Case Concludes
A federal judge expects to rule by the end of July on the constitutionality of an Alabama law (HB 57) that requires physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, the AP/Tampa Tribune reports.

Featured Blog
"Repro Wrap: An Abortion is not a Luxury Vehicle and Other News," (Marty, Care2, 9/6).

Va. Begins Review Process for Harsh Abortion Clinic Rules
Virginia's Board of Health on Thursday issued a public update on its review of new abortion clinic regulations scheduled to take effect this month, noting that it could take years to complete the process, the Washington Post's "Virginia Politics" reports.

Okla. Gov. Fallin Signs Admitting Privileges Bill
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) on Wednesday signed into law a bill (SB 1848) that will require abortion providers in the state to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles, Reuters reports.

Featured Blogs
"Reflections on the Fifth Anniversary of the Assassination of Dr. George Tiller," (Joffe, RH Reality Check, 5/28); "Caught in a TRAP," (Bazelon, "Jurisprudence," Slate, 5/26).

La. Gov. Expected To Sign Admitting Privileges Bill
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) is expected this week to sign into law a bill (HB 388) that will require abortion providers in the state to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, Reuters reports.

Okla. Admitting Privileges Bill Heads to Gov.
The Oklahoma House on Friday passed a bill (SB 1848) that would require abortion providers in the state to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, among other provisions, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Admitting Privileges Law Unnecessary, Wis. Abortion Providers Tell Court
A federal judge on Tuesday heard arguments from abortion providers against a Wisconsin law (SB 206) that providers say is unnecessary and will force a clinic in Milwaukee to close, the AP/Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter reports.

Featured Blogs
"Repro Wrap: Here a Clinic, There a Clinic, Soon Nowhere a Clinic, and Other News," (Marty, Care2, 5/23); "Louisiana Committee Passes Bill That Would Keep Pregnant Women on Mechanical Support Against Their Wishes," (Wilson, RH Reality Check, 5/23).

Featured Blog
"Louisiana's War on Women: The 5 Worst Attacks on Reproductive Rights Launched This Year," (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 5/22).

La. Admitting Privileges Bill Could Further Cripple Abortion Access in the South
The Louisiana House on Wednesday passed a bill (HB 388) that would require abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, a mandate that could severely limit abortion access across a "broad stretch" of the South because of similar laws in neighboring states, the New York Times reports.

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

Federal Trial Begins Over Ala. Admitting Privileges Law
A trial begins in federal court on Monday over the constitutionality of an Alabama law (HB 57) that requires physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, the AP/Memphis Commercial Appeal reports.

La. Admitting Privileges Bill Passes Senate
The Louisiana Senate on Wednesday approved a bill (HB 388) that would require physicians who provide abortion services to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

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

Va. Gov. Moves Toward Easing Abortion Clinic Rules; Editorial Backs Changes
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) on Monday appointed five abortion-rights supporters to the state Board of Health and ordered the board to review state regulations that require abortion clinics to meet "hospital-style" building standards, the Washington Post reports.

Va. Gov. Moves Toward Easing Harsh Abortion Clinic Rules
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) on Monday appointed five abortion-rights supporters to the state Board of Health and ordered the board to review state regulations that require abortion clinics to meet "hospital-style" building standards, the Washington Post reports.

NYT Editorial: Blocking Abortion Access is Real Aim of State Laws
"[I]n state after state, with the enthusiastic support of Republican lawmakers, it has become increasingly difficult, if not impossible, for women to get safe and legal abortion care," a New York Times editorial states.

La. Admitting Privileges, Medication Abortion Bill Clears Hurdle
A Louisiana Senate committee on Wednesday approved a measure (HB 388) that would require physicians who provide abortion services to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their offices, the Shreveport Times reports.

Featured Blog
"'The Person I Think I Ought To Be': Meet the Doctor Fighting To Save Mississippi's Last Abortion Clinic" (McDonough, Salon, 5/6).

Doctors Speak Out Over Miss. Admitting Privileges Law
Doctors are criticizing a Mississippi law (HB 1390) that threatens to close the state's only abortion clinic, which they say could endanger women's health, MedPage Today's "The Gupta Guide" reports.

Appeals Court Hears Case Over Miss. Law That Could Close Last Abortion Clinic
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday heard arguments over the constitutionality of a Mississippi law (HB 1390) that, if implemented, would close the state's sole abortion clinic, the New York Times reports.

Featured Blogs
"Mississippi's Lone Abortion Clinic Goes to Court Today," (Dusenbery, Feministing, 4/28); "Louisiana Committee Passes Bill Preventing Removal of Mechanical Support From Pregnant Women," (Wilson, RH Reality Check, 4/25).

Abortion Clinic Rules, Stem Cell Research Ban Advance in Okla. House
The Oklahoma House last week passed a bill (SB 1848) that would place increased restrictions on abortion clinics and doctors and bar embryonic stem cell research in the state, the AP/Washington Times reports.

Featured Blogs
"Florida Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Pregnant Workers" and "Dallas Hospital Revokes Privileges, Tells Abortion Providers They Damage its 'Reputation'"

Judge Temporarily Reinstates Admitting Privileges for Two Texas Abortion Providers
A Texas judge on Thursday temporarily reinstated admitting privileges for two abortion providers, the AP/KXAN reports.

Texas Clinic Denied Request To Provide Abortions During Lawsuit
A federal judge on Wednesday denied an El Paso, Texas, abortion clinic's request for a temporary injunction to block a state requirement that its abortion providers have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Ariz. Gov. Brewer Signs Bill Allowing Surprise Inspections of Abortion Clinics
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) on Tuesday signed into law a bill (HB 2284) that allows the state to conduct unannounced abortion clinic inspections without a warrant, the Arizona Republic reports.

Texas Abortion Providers Ask Full Appeals Court To Review Ruling
A coalition of Texas abortion providers on Thursday asked the full 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review a three-judge panel's decision to uphold two antiabortion-rights provisions in a state law (HB 2), the Texas Tribune reports.

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

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

Ala. Admitting Privileges Lawsuit Will Proceed
A federal judge has ordered a trial to determine the constitutionality of an Alabama law (HB 57) that requires physicians who perform abortions in the state to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, Reuters reports.

Judge Sets Trial Date Over Ala. Admitting Privileges Law
U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson has set a May 19 trial date for a case over the constitutionality of an Alabama law (HB 57) that requires physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, Reuters reports.

Featured Blog: 'AL HB31: Where Saving a Woman's Life Becomes a Question of Conscience'
An Alabama bill "would allow the entire hospital staff, including but not limited to physicians, nurses, pharmacists, counselors, and social workers, to refuse to provide medical care in situations that would 'violate their conscience,'" Feministe reports.

Featured Blog
"Texas Abortion Providers Head Back to Court in New HB 2 Lawsuit"(Grimes, RH Reality Check, 4/2).

Second Lawsuit Challenges Texas Law Behind Closed Clinics
Several abortion clinics in Texas have filed suit over a provision in a wide-ranging antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) that would require them to meet the building standards for ambulatory surgical centers, the New York Times reports.

Okla. House Panel Advances Abortion Clinic, Emergency Contraceptive Restrictions
An Oklahoma House panel on Tuesday advanced two bills that would impose strict regulations on abortion clinics and restrict access to emergency contraception, the Tulsa World reports.

La. House Approves Admitting Privileges, Abortion Reporting Bill
The Louisiana House on Monday passed a bill (HB 388) that would require abortion providers to have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles, among other regulations, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Judge Orders Trial in Ala. Admitting Privileges Lawsuit
A federal judge on Monday ordered a trial to determine the constitutionality of an Alabama law (HB 57) that requires physicians who perform abortions in the state to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, Reuters reports.

Ohio Abortion Clinic Hopes To Stay Open After Securing Deal With Hospital
The only abortion clinic in Toledo, Ohio, has secured a hospital-transfer agreement that might enable it to stay open under a state law, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Planned Parenthood To Complete Texas Abortion Clinic Before Restrictions Take Effect
Planned Parenthood is planning to open a $5 million facility in San Antonio, Texas, that will comply with abortion regulations that are scheduled to take effect in September under a state law (HB 2), Reuters reports.

Appeals Court Upholds Texas Admitting Privileges, Medication Abortion Law
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld two contested provisions in a Texas antiabortion-rights law (HB 2), ruling that the restrictions do not unduly burden women, the New York Times reports.

Planned Parenthood To Develop N.C. Abortion Clinic in Compliance With Potential Regulations
Raleigh, N.C.-based Planned Parenthood Health Systems announced it will open a new abortion clinic that will comply with a new state law (SB 353) that authorizes making ambulatory surgery center rules applicable to clinics, the Carolina Public Press reports.

N.H. House Rejects Increased Abortion Clinic Regulations
The New Hampshire House on Thursday rejected one antiabortion-rights measure (HB 1501) and referred another (HB 1502) for further study, the New Hampshire Union Leader reports.

Featured Blogs
"A Mississippi Teen is Facing Life in Prison for Using Cocaine During Her Pregnancy" (Dusenbery, Feministing, 3/19), "One City's 6 Month Quest To Take Its Sidewalks Back from Anti-Abortion Protesters" (Marty, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 3/19) and "Louisiana House Committee Passes Admitting Privileges Bill" (Wilson, RH Reality Check, 3/20).

Wis. Petitions Supreme Court To Review Admitting Privileges Law
Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen (R) on Wednesday petitioned the Supreme Court to review a state law (Act 37) that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports.

Featured Blog
"'Abortion Tourism' and Married Sex: Conservatives Get Mad at Anything Women Do," (Marcotte, RH Reality Check, 3/17).

Pact Reached To Keep Open Only Clinic in N.D. Providing Abortions
North Dakota and the sole abortion clinic in the state have resolved a dispute over a law (SB 2305) requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a local hospital, and the facility will be able to continue operating, the Los Angeles Times' "Nation Now" reports.

La. Bill Would Increase Abortion Licensing, Reporting Requirements
Both opponents and supporters of a Louisiana bill (HB 388) that would increase abortion restrictions say misinformation is circulating about what the bill would do, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Featured Blog
"For Too Many, Accessing Abortion is Already an 'Undue Burden,'" (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 3/11).

Mo. House Advances Parental Involvement Measure
he Missouri House on Tuesday passed a separate bill (HB 1192) that would require minors to notify both parents that they plan to have an abortion at least five days before the procedure, the AP/ABC News reports.

Spread of TRAP Laws Threatens Clinics Nationwide
The burgeoning number of states imposing strict regulations on abortion clinics "is proving one of the most effective [tactics] in years for pro-life groups" that seek to limit access to abortion services by closing clinics, the Washington Times reports.

Two More Texas Abortion Clinics Close Under Omnibus Antiabortion-Rights Law
Whole Woman's Health on Wednesday announced that it would close two facilities in Texas because they are unable to comply with the state's stringent new abortion regulations (HB 2), the Texas Tribune reports.

Blogs Comment on Abortion Clinic Closures, 'Birth Control Truthers,' More
"Three More Abortion Clinics Forced To Close in Texas: 'This is a State of Emergency,'" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress); "Alabama Report Makes it Clear How Brutally Women Are Treated in Prison," (Marty, Care2, 3/5); "Nation's First Birthing Center/Abortion Clinic Opens in Buffalo. This Is Huge," (Marcotte, "XX Factor," Slate, 3/6).

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

Ariz. Group Behind Controversial Anti-LGBT Bill Pushes Clinic Regulations
The conservative group behind a controversial Arizona bill allowing businesses to refuse service to people for religious reasons is also championing an antiabortion-rights measure (HB 2284), the New York Times reports.

Ind. House Modifies Abortion Bill To Shield Physicians' Identities
An Indiana bill (S 292) that would increase regulations for abortion clinics has advanced to the full House after changes in committee, the AP/Indianapolis Star reports.

Abortion Access Scarce at Ohio Hospitals
Abortions are rarely available at hospitals in Ohio, where state restrictions have closed or threatened many abortion clinics, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Admitting Privileges Bill Advances in Okla.
Earlier this week, the Oklahoma Senate Committee on Health and Human Services in a 5-3 vote approved a measure (SB 1848) that would require physicians performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic, the Tulsa World reports.

Texas Closes First Clinic Under Admitting Privileges Law
Texas health officials on Friday closed a Houston abortion clinic after a physician there failed to obtain admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, as required under a new state law (HB 2), Texas Public Radio reports.

Ariz. Bill Would Allow Unscheduled Abortion Clinic Inspections
An Arizona bill (HB 2284) that would allow unannounced inspections at abortion clinics advanced out of committee on Thursday in a party-line vote, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Settlement Considered Over Blocked N.D. Admitting Privileges Law
The Center for Reproductive Rights and North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem (R) are in talks to potentially settle a lawsuit over a state law (SB 2305) requiring physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their clinic, Bloomberg reports.

Arguments Continue Over Ala. Admitting Privileges Law
A federal judge on Friday heard testimony in a lawsuit challenging an Alabama law (HB 57) that requires physicians who provide abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Featured Blog
"Louisiana Health Officials 'Rescind' Abortion Rules Hours Before Hearing" (Andrea Grimes, RH Reality Check, 2/4).

Abortion-Rights Groups Praise Decision on La. Clinic Rules, Worry About Future Changes
Abortion-rights supporters on Tuesday rallied outside the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals to voice their thoughts on the state's plans to revise abortion clinic regulations, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Ind. Senate Passes Bill Requiring Written Hospital Admitting Privileges for Abortion Providers
The Indiana Senate on Tuesday approved a bill (SB 292) that would require abortion providers,who already must obtain admitting privileges at a nearby hospital or partner with a doctor who has such privileges, to file written documentation of the privileges with the state, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

La. Rescinds Controversial Rules That Threatened Abortion Clinics
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's (R) administration on Monday announced that it had rescinded a set of abortion regulations that could have threatened to close the state's five abortion clinics, the AP/KATC reports.

Ohio Abortion Clinic Can Remain Open While Appealing State Closure Order, Judge Rules
A judge on Friday ruled that an Ohio abortion clinic could remain open while it continues to appeal the state's order that it close for violating a rule on hospital transfer agreements, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Featured Blogs
"AL HB31: Where Saving a Woman's Life Becomes a Question of Conscience" (Caperton, Feministe, 1/31) and "Repro Wrap: So Many TRAPs, so few Clinics and Other News" (Marty, Care2, 1/31).

Ohio Abortion Clinic Appeals State Closure Order
An Ohio abortion clinic on Tuesday appealed the state's order that it close for violating a requirement that such facilities have hospital transfer agreements, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Ind. Senate Advances More Restrictions
An Indiana Senate committee on Wednesday voted 8-2 to advance a modified bill on abortion clinic regulations, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Complex Health Dept. Regulations Threaten La. Abortion Clinics
New Louisiana rules for abortion clinics could make it difficult for any of the state's five clinics to stay open, abortion-rights supporters say, the AP/Washington Times reports.

Ariz. Moves To Implement Clinic Rules, Medication Abortion Restrictions
Arizona officials on Monday published new abortion clinic regulations that are scheduled to take effect April 1, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

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

Ohio Abortion Clinic Ordered To Close Under State Law
The Ohio Department of Health on Friday ordered an abortion clinic to close after denying its request for reprieve from a state law on hospital transfer agreements, the AP/Sandusky Register reports.

Half of States Fail Reproductive-Rights Report Card; Some Show Promise on Pro-Choice Laws
On Tuesday, two groups on opposite sides of the abortion-rights debate released reports grading states on abortion-related legislation, Politico Pro reports.

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

Featured Blogs
"Judge to Texas Women: Living 150 Miles From an Abortion Clinic is No Big Deal if You Drive Fast" (Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress," 1/7), "Salon's Guide To Convincing Free-Market Ideologues To Support Reproductive Rights" (Katie McDonough, Salon, 1/9) and "REPORT: The United States Scores a Measly C- on Reproductive Health Care" (Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress," 1/9).

New York Times Editorial Warns of 'Tenuous State' of Abortion Access
A recent court hearing over a provision in a larger antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) in Texas demonstrated the "tenuous state of women's basic right to make their own childbearing decisions," a New York Times' editorial states.

New Va. Gov. Lacks Authority To Change Abortion Rules, Argues Outgoing AG Cuccinelli
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) on Friday issued an advisory opinion stating that Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe (D) has no legal authority to implement a campaign promise to ease regulations for existing abortion clinics, the Washington Times reports.

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

Texas Admitting Privileges Law Argued in Federal Appeals Court
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday heard opening arguments over the constitutionality of a Texas law (HB 2) that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, the Texas Tribune reports.

Featured Blogs
"More Abortion Restrictions Were Enacted From 2011 to 2013 Than in the Entire Previous Decade" (Gold/Nash, RH Reality Check, 1/6); "Fifth Circuit Judges Hear Arguments on Texas' Omnibus Anti-Abortion Law" (Grimes, RH Reality Check, 1/6); "Texas Family Describes 'Pure Hell' of Being Forced To Keep Their Loved One on Life Support" (McDonough, Salon, 1/6); and As Abortion Providers Are Under Attack, Fake Anti-Choice Clinics Are Gaining Ground" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 1/2).

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

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

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

Federal Appeals Court Stays Wis. Admitting Privileges Law, Pending Trial
The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Dec. 20 upheld a lower court's preliminary injunction against a Wisconsin law (SB 206) that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles, the AP/Minnesota Star Tribune reports.

Va. Gov.-Elect McAuliffe Criticized for Retaining McDonnell's Health Secretary
In a move that has drawn criticism from some abortion-rights supporters, Virginia Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe (D) on Wednesday said he would retain William Hazel as state secretary of health and human services, the AP/Columbus Republic reports.

Both Sides Seek Summary Judgment in Lawsuit Over Ala. Admitting Privileges Law
On Monday, Alabama state attorneys and attorneys representing three abortion clinics filed court papers asking a federal judge to issue summary judgment on the legality of a state law (HB 57) that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

N.C. Officials in Early Stages of Developing Abortion Clinic Rules
North Carolina officials are in the preliminary stages of developing rules for abortion clinics under a new state law (SB 353), the Raleigh News & Observer reports.

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

Sole Abortion Clinic on Texas Coastal Bend Sees Patient Surge
The number of patients at an abortion clinic in Corpus Christi, Texas, has tripled since other clinics in the Rio Grande Valley closed because of new state regulations, according to the physician who runs the remaining clinic, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Antiabortion Group's Latest Proposal Aims To Increase Abortion Clinic Lawsuits
Americans United for Life has developed new model legislation that would allow patients and families to sue abortion clinics for alleged violations of state regulations, Bloomberg reports.

Appeals Court Hears Arguments Over Wis. Admitting Privileges Law
A federal appeals court on Tuesday heard oral arguments in a case regarding a temporarily blocked Wisconsin law (SB 206) that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles, Bloomberg reports.

State Laws Driving Abortion Clinic Closures
State laws targeting clinics have proven more effective at reducing abortion access than restrictions aimed at patients, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.

Featured Blogs
"Abortion Services Restored at Whole Woman's Health in Fort Worth, Texas" (Wilson, RH Reality Check, 11/27) and "The Next State-Level Fights Over Abortion Are Already Brewing" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 11/26).

Federal Judge Blocks Ind. Law That Singles Out Clinic Offering Medication Abortions
A federal judge on Tuesday granted Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky a temporary injunction against an Indiana law (SB 371) that tightens restrictions on women's health facilities that offer medication abortions, Bloomberg reports.

Ariz. Draft Abortion Regulations Impose New Requirements on Abortion Providers
Arizona health officials have drafted new rules regulating abortion clinics, as required under a 2012 state law (HB 2036), the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Austin Planned Parenthood Clinic Resumes Abortion Services After Meeting Law's Requirements
A Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas clinic in Austin resumed offering abortion services on Friday after a doctor was able to comply with a new law (HB 2) that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, the Austin Chronicle reports.

Texas Abortion Providers Scramble To Ensure Abortion Access Under New Law
Texas abortion providers are working to secure abortion access for women in the state after the Supreme Court said it would not block a new law (HB 2) that requires their doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, the Texas Tribune reports.

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

Supreme Court 'Should Have Blocked' Texas Law While Appeal Proceeds, New York Times Editorial States
The Supreme Court's "alarming" decision to not block part of a Texas antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) "will affect thousands of women" by continuing to impede "access to safe and legal abortion care in the state," a New York Times editorial states.

Supreme Court Declines To Block Texas Admitting Privileges Law
The Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision declined an emergency application asking it to block a new Texas law (HB 2) that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, the New York Times reports.

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

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

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

Next Va. Gov. Will Decide Abortion Clinics' Fate, Washington Post Editorial States
Two of Virginia's busiest abortion clinics have already closed, and if state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) were elected governor, "most of the remaining 18 clinics are likely to shut their doors within months," a Washington Post editorial states.

Lawsuit Against Va. Abortion Clinic Rules Allowed To Continue, Judge Rules
An Arlington County, Va., judge ruled that a lawsuit filed by the Falls Church Medical Center against new state abortion clinic regulations can proceed, the Washington Post reports.

Virginia's Largest Abortion Provider Closes Under City Ordinance
Virginia's highest-volume abortion clinic, NOVA Women's Healthcare, has closed because of a new city ordinance changing its zoning and approval requirements, the Washington Post reports.

Calif. Referendums Could Block Laws That Expand Abortion Access
Opponents of new California laws (AB 154, AB 980) that aim to expand abortion access have launched referendum efforts that would block the state from implementing the laws, City News Service/Los Angeles Daily News reports.

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

Featured Blogs
"Attorneys for Indiana Defend TRAP Law in Federal Court" (Jessica Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 11/4), "Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Decision Striking Oklahoma Medication Abortion Ban" (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 11/4) and "Texas Abortion Providers File Emergency Petition With Supreme Court Over HB 2" (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 11/4).

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

Appeals Court Lifts Injunction on Texas Admitting Privileges Law, Narrows Medication Abortion Ruling
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday granted an emergency stay against a federal judge's ruling that struck down part of a Texas antiabortion law (HB 2) that requires physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, the Texas Tribune reports.

Featured Blog
"BREAKING: Three Bush-Appointed Judges Reinstate Texas' Anti-Abortion Law" (Ian Millhiser, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress," 10/31).

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

Fight Over Tenn. Antiabortion Ballot Measures Begins With Election One Year Away
Although voting is a year away, abortion-rights opponents and supporters in Tennessee are launching campaigns to sway voters' opinions on a proposed constitutional amendment that would restrict abortion access, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

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

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

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

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

Featured Blog
"Ohio Clinic Closures Limit Safe Abortion Access" (Teddy Wilson, RH Reality Check, 10/18).

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

Ala. Seeks To Tighten Abortion Clinic Requirements
The Alabama Department of Health on Wednesday proposed new rules that would reduce the number of abortions doctors can perform before their facilities would be regulated as abortion clinics, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Another Ohio Abortion Clinic Could Face Closure Under State Restrictions
Another Ohio abortion clinic risks closure under new state requirements that bar abortion clinics from arranging transfer agreements with publicly funded hospitals, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Kansas' Defense of Antiabortion Laws Already Cost State About $913,000
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's (R) administration has spent more than $913,000 for the legal services of two private law firms to help officials defend antiabortion-rights laws that have been enacted since the governor took office in 2011, the AP/ABC News reports.

Lawsuit Against Va. Abortion Clinic Rules Allowed To Continue, Judge Rules
An Arlington County, Va., judge on Wednesday ruled that a lawsuit filed by the Falls Church Medical Center against new state abortion clinic regulations can proceed, the Washington Post reports.

ACLU Files Lawsuit Over Antiabortion Provisions in Ohio Budget; NYT Examines State's Incremental Strategy
The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio on Wednesday challenged three abortion-related provisions in Ohio's current budget, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Court Date Set for Lawsuit Against Antiabortion Texas Law
Oct. 21 will be the first day in federal court for Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas Surgical Health Services and 11 other advocacy groups that filed a lawsuit last month challenging part of a new Texas law (HB 2), KETR reports.

Featured Blogs
"Under Texas' New Restrictions, More Than 22,000 Women May Be Denied A Safe Abortion Next Year" (Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress," 10/3); "Telemed Abortion Ban Isn't About Women's Safety, Says Planned Parenthood" (Robin Marty, Care2, 10/2) and "Advocacy Group Seeks Immediate Release of Involuntarily Detained Pregnant Woman" (Jessica Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 10/3).

Ohio Women Rally Against State Budget's Abortion Restrictions
Women's rights advocates rallied at the Ohio Statehouse on Wednesday against state budget provisions that they said are threatening women's health and rights, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

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

Ohio Dems Launch Effort To Repeal Women's Health Restrictions in State Budget
Democratic Ohio Reps. John Carney and Kathleen Clyde plan to introduce legislation that would repeal state budget restrictions they say will harm women's health care, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

Ohio Democrats Say Antiabortion Budget Provisions Among 'Most Aggressive' in U.S.
Four Ohio House Democrats last week heard testimony on concerns regarding abortion restrictions in the state budget that will take effect at the end of September, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

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

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

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

Next Va. Gov. Will Decide Abortion Clinics' Fate, Washington Post Editorial States
Two of Virginia's busiest abortion clinics have already closed, and if state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) "is elected governor in November, most of the remaining 18 clinics are likely to shut their doors within months," a Washington Post editorial states.

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

Calif. Senate Approves Bill To Simplify Building Codes for Abortion Clinics
The California Senate on Monday approved a bill (AB 980) that would align building-code standards for health clinics that offer abortions with those of primary care clinics, the AP/U-T San Diego reports.

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

Planned Parenthood Wis. Declines To Remove Ad Targeting State Senate President
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin slightly changed an advertisement targeting state Senate President Mike Ellis (R) after the state's public affairs television channel said the group improperly used its content, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

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

More Than 50 Abortion Clinics Closed Since 2010, Huffington Post Finds
At least 54 abortion clinics across 27 states have closed over the past three years -- in many cases because of state laws that target abortion providers, according to a Huffington Post survey of state health departments, abortion clinics and advocacy groups.

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

Miss. Appeals Temporary Order Blocking Admitting-Privileges Law
Mississippi officials on Aug. 23 filed a notice that they will appeal a federal court ruling temporarily preventing the state from enforcing a law (HB 1390) that could close its sole abortion clinic, the AP/Memphis Commercial Appeal reports.

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

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

Featured Blogs
"Five States Where Recent Attacks on Abortion are Already Threatening Women's Access to Health Care" (Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress," 8/19).

Federal Judge Sets Trial Date for Jackson Women's Health Organization Lawsuit Against Miss. Law
A federal judge on Friday set a date next spring for jury selection in a lawsuit filed by Mississippi's sole abortion clinic to challenge a state law (HB 1390) that it says will cause its closure, the AP/Huffington Post reports.

Judge Rules Activist's Threatening Letter is 'Protected Speech'; Kan. Antiabortion Groups Divided Over Gun Law
A federal judge on Thursday ruled that an antiabortion activist's letter to a Wichita doctor saying someone might place an explosive under her car is considered free speech and not a "true threat" to her safety, the AP/Kansas City Star reports.

Abortion-Rights Supporters Campaign Against Proposed W.Va. Abortion Restrictions
The abortion-rights group WVFree on Thursday launched a "Twitter storm" in response to West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's (R) request for comments on proposed abortion restrictions, the Charleston Gazette reports.

N.C. Abortion Clinic Labs Under More Scrutiny Than Other Rooms
In North Carolina, abortion clinic laboratories -- which handle blood tests and various other analyses -- are subject to more routine inspections than other areas of the clinics, the Greensboro News & Record reports.

Judge Issues Permanent Injunction Against Ala. Women's Health Clinic
An Alabama judge on Thursday issued a permanent injunction to close a Birmingham abortion clinic for violating state law by operating without a license, the Jackson Clarion Ledger reports.

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

Wis. Appeals Ruling on Antiabortion Law; AG Says Religious Hospitals Must Grant Abortion Providers Admitting Privileges
Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen (R) on Tuesday appealed a federal court ruling that blocked until November a state law (SB 206) requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

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

Federal Judge Blocks Law Threatening Wis. Abortion Clinics
A federal judge on Friday issued a preliminary injunction against a Wisconsin law (SB 206) that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles, the Washington Post's "Post Politics" reports.

GOP Governors Downplay Antiabortion Laws at National Governors Association Meeting
Governors at the National Governors Association meeting on Friday discussed recently enacted abortion regulations, with some Republicans seeking to downplay those efforts and Democrats looking to capitalize on the GOP's stance on social issues, the Washington Post's "Post Politics" reports.

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

Wis. Doctors Apply for Hospital Admitting Privileges To Prove Futility of New Law
Seven doctors who perform abortions in Wisconsin are applying for hospital admitting privileges as a way to show they cannot comply with a new state law (SB 206) that requires them to have the privileges, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

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

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

Doctor's Incorrect Declaration Shines Light on Confusion Over Wis. Admitting Privileges Law
An affidavit filed by a doctor in support of Wisconsin's new abortion regulations (SB 206) included inaccurate information, demonstrating the confusion over whether abortion providers will be able to gain hospital admitting privileges if the law is upheld in court, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

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

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

N.C. Lawmakers Send Bill Imposing New Restrictions on Abortion Clinics to Governor
The North Carolina Senate on Thursday passed a wide-ranging antiabortion-rights measure (SB 353) originally penned by the state House, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.

Judge Extends Delay on Ala. Admitting Privileges Law
A federal judge has extended through March 24, 2014, a temporary stay on a provision in an Alabama law (HB 57) that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, AP/Modern Healthcare reports.

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

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

Federal Judge Extends Injunction on Wis. Admitting-Privileges Law
A federal judge on Wednesday extended a temporary injunction by two weeks on a provision in a Wisconsin law (SB 206) that would require abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles, Reuters reports.

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

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

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

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

Virginia's Largest Abortion Provider Closes Under City Ordinance
Virginia's highest-volume abortion clinic, NOVA Women's Healthcare, has closed because of a new city ordinance changing its zoning and approval requirements, the Washington Post reports.

TRAP Laws | In the Courts

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

Jackson Women's Health Organization and Willie Parker v. Mary Currier and Robert Shuler Smith
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.

Planned Parenthood Southeast, Inc. v. Bentley
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.

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.

Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas Surgical Health Services et al. v. Abbott
Challenge in federal court 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.

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin v. Van Hollen
Challenge to a Wisconsin law which requires abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges.

Pre-Term Cleveland, Inc. v. Kasich
State court challenge to abortion restrictions passed by the legislature as part of the state's 2014-2015 budget bill.

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.

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.

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.

Choice, Inc. of Texas v. Greenstein
Challenge to a Louisiana law which 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
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.

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