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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.

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.

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

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

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

N.C. House Advances Sweeping Abortion Restrictions
The North Carolina House on Thursday passed antiabortion-rights legislation that would give Gov. Pat McCrory's (R) administration wide power to regulate abortion clinics in the state, the New York Times reports (Blinder, New York Times, 7/11).

Featured Blogs
"All Eyes on Texas " (Rosch, Ms. Magazine blog, 7/10), "Women's Health Experts Virtually Absent From Cable News Coverage of Texas Abortion Bill" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 7/11) and "House Republicans Slip Anti-Choice Measure Into Appropriations Bill" (Stan, RH Reality Check, 7/10).

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

Bucking Trend, Md. Avoids Partisan Fight Over Abortion Clinic Safety
In contrast with many other states, Maryland officials have avoided heated political battles over new abortion clinic standards by focusing on safety and proper medical care, rather than restricting access to the procedure, the New York Times reports.

N.C. Antiabortion Bill Faces Veto Threat
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) on Wednesday pledged to veto an antiabortion-rights measure championed by Republicans in the state Legislature, Reuters reports.

Key Piece of Ala. Antiabortion Law Halted for Another Month
A key provision of a new Alabama law regulating abortion clinics remains on hold after a federal judge extended a temporary restraining order in a lawsuit, AL.com reports.

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

States Pass 43 Antiabortion Measures in First Half of Year, With Focus on Clinic Restrictions
States in the first half of this year enacted 43 provisions restricting abortion, matching the total number of such measures passed in all of 2012, according to a report published this week by the Guttmacher Institute, the Washington Times reports.

Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks New Wis. Admitting Privileges Law
A federal judge on Monday issued a temporary injunction to block part of a Wisconsin law that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, Reuters reports.

Latest 'Moral Monday' Protests Focus on N.C. Antiabortion Bill; Gov. McCrory Hesitant on Abortion Restrictions
Protesters at the 10th week of "Moral Monday" rallies in North Carolina criticized the Legislature's passage of abortion restrictions as the latest example of overreach by conservative lawmakers, Reuters reports.

Featured Blogs
"Lone Star State Not Alone" (Louise Melling, American Civil Liberties Union's "Blog of Rights," 7/2) and "After One Year of Forced Ultrasounds in Virginia, Report Examines Role of CPCs" (Robin Marty, RH Reality Check, 7/8).

Planned Parenthood, ACLU Quickly Challenge Wis. Hospital Admitting Privileges Law
Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the American Civil Liberties Union on Friday filed a lawsuit seeking to block a Wisconsin law that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, the Washington Post reports.

State Abortion Clinic Regulations are 'Disingenuous Attempts' To Restrict Access, Washington Post Editorial States
The North Carolina Senate last week became the latest state legislative body to pass stricter regulations for abortion clinics, "ostensibly in the name of safety," a Washington Post editorial states, adding that in fact, the rules "probably will have little effect on patient safety."

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

Del. House Sends Abortion Clinic Regulations to Gov. Markell
The Delaware House ended its session Monday after giving unanimous approval to a bill (SB 140) that would increase regulation of abortions clinics, the Delaware News Journal reports.

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

Temporary Restraining Order Blocks Ala. Abortion Law
A federal judge on Friday granted a temporary restraining order blocking Alabama from enforcing a law (HB 57) that places new restrictions on abortion providers, the Montgomery Advertiser reports.

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

Ohio. Gov. Kasich Signs Budget Restrictions on Abortion, Family Planning Funding
Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) on Sunday signed a two-year, $62 billion state budget (HB 59) that includes new abortion restrictions and a provision that will essentially block federal family planning funding from Planned Parenthood, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

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

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

Fetal Heartbeat Provision Added to Ohio Budget; Gov. Noncommittal on Signing
An Ohio joint conference committee on Tuesday approved a budget bill after adding a provision that would require women seeking abortions to undergo an ultrasound to try to detect a fetal heartbeat, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

Del. Senate Unanimously Approves Abortion Clinic Regulations
The Delaware Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved a bill (SB 140) that would increase regulation of abortion clinics, the Delaware State News reports.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wis. Antiabortion Bill Heads to Gov. Walker
The Wisconsin Assembly on Thursday approved a bill (SB 206) that contains several abortion restrictions and sent it to Gov. Scott Walker (R), who is expected to sign it into law, Reuters reports.

Lawsuit Challenges Va. Abortion Clinic Regulations
A Virginia abortion clinic this week filed the first legal challenge to new state regulations that require abortion facilities to meet the same building standards as hospitals, the AP/Washington Post reports.

Wis. Gov. Walker Backs Fast-Tracked Antiabortion Bill
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) on Tuesday said he would sign a multi-faceted antiabortion-rights bill (SB 206) that is quickly advancing through the Republican-controlled Legislature, the AP/St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

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

Ohio Abortion Clinic Closes Amid Legislative Debate on Transfer Agreement Restrictions
Amid debate over an Ohio proposal to restrict abortion clinics' transfer agreements with hospitals, one of the state's abortion clinics closed after failing to secure such a contract, Salon reports.

Lawsuit Challenges Ala. Law Requiring Hospital Admitting Privileges for Abortion Providers
Planned Parenthood Southeast and the American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday filed a lawsuit seeking to block an Alabama law (HB 57) that requires doctors who provide abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, the New York Times reports.

Ohio Senate Approves Budget To Restrict Abortion Clinics, Cut Funds for Planned Parenthood, Rape Crisis Centers
The Ohio Senate on Thursday passed a state budget proposal (HB 59) that would add new restrictions on abortion providers and cut funding to Planned Parenthood and rape crisis centers, the Huffington Post reports.

N.D. Attorney General Fights Effort To Expand Scope of Lawsuit
The North Dakota attorney general's office on Wednesday said a district court judge should not add a supplemental complaint to a lawsuit challenging a 2011 state law that effectively bans medication abortion, the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead reports.

Md. Abortion Clinic Inspectors Cite 12 Clinics, Find 'No Deficiencies' Tied to Woman's Death
Maryland health officials investigating the death of a woman after an abortion late in pregnancy at a Germantown clinic found "no deficiencies" in her treatment at the facility, but they cited the clinic and 11 other facilities for a range of other issues, the Washington Post reports.

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

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

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

Ind. Gov. Pence Signs Law Adding New Restrictions on Medication Abortions
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) on Wednesday signed into law a bill (SB 371) that imposes stricter regulations on clinics that offer medication abortions and prohibits the provision of abortion-inducing drugs after nine weeks of pregnancy, the Lafayette Journal and Courier reports.

Va. Clinic Regulations Have 'Claimed Their First Victim' by Forcing Facility's Closure, Washington Post Editorial States
"[T]he presence of awnings, the width of doorways and the dimensions of janitorial closets have little to do with the health of patients, ... [b]ut by requiring that Virginia's 20 abortion clinics conform to strict licensing standards designed for new hospitals, the state has ensured that many or most of them will be driven out of business in the coming months," a Washington Post editorial states.

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

Texas Democrats Block Bill To Add Building, Staffing Requirements for Abortion Clinics
Texas Senate Democrats are blocking a measure (SB 537) that would require abortion clinics to be certified as ambulatory surgical centers, the Austin American-Statesman reports.

TRAP Laws | In the Courts

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

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.

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.

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.

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.