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A number of state legislatures and organizations put barriers between women and abortion care by directly interfering with a woman's medical care. Waiting period requirements make abortion care more difficult to get, especially for rural and low-income women. They require that a woman wait a specified amount of time before obtaining an abortion after her initial consultation. These laws insult women by presuming that they have not considered their decision carefully, and they impose real obstacles on getting abortion care. They may require two trips to the clinic, which may be hundreds of miles away, and each trip may require getting child care, transportation, and time off of work. Most waiting periods are 24 hours, but some are as long as 72 hours.

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

Mo. 72-Hour Mandatory Delay Likely To Take Effect Without Legal Challenges
Missouri's lone abortion clinic is not expected to challenge a new state law (HR 1307) that requires a 72-hour mandatory delay before women seeking abortions can obtain the procedure, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Abortion Clinics Expect More Obstacles for Patients From Mo. 72-Hour Mandatory Delay
Officials at the only abortion clinic in Missouri and those from neighboring states anticipate increased barriers for women seeking abortions after enactment of a new state law (HR 1307) requiring a 72-hour mandatory delay before the procedure, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Pa. Mother Sentenced to Prison After Obtaining Abortion Drugs Online for Daughter Tells Her Story
In the New York Times Magazine, Emily Bazelon provides the first public interview with Jennifer Whalen, a Pennsylvania woman who was sentenced to prison after purchasing medication abortion drugs online that her daughter used to terminate her pregnancy.

Advocates Respond To NYT Coverage of Women's Abortion Stories, Mo. 72-Hour Delay Law
Advocates on both sides of the abortion-rights debate responded with letters to the editor of the New York Times about its recent coverage of women's abortion stories and a new Missouri law that mandates a 72-hour delay before an abortion.

Mandatory Delays Treat Women as 'Incapable of Making Decisions' About Abortion, Op-Ed Argues
When the Missouri Legislature overrode Gov. Jay Nixon's (D) veto of a bill (HR 1307) that mandates a 72-hour delay before a woman can obtain an abortion, it was "a particularly good illustration of how needless abortion regulations treat women as second-class citizens who are incapable of making decisions for themselves," Scott Lemieux, a political science professor at the College of Saint Rose, writes in an opinion piece in The Week.

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

Mo. Legislature Overrides Veto, Enacts 72-Hour Mandatory Delay
The Republican-controlled Missouri Legislature on Wednesday overrode Gov. Jay Nixon's (D) veto of a bill (HR 1307) that will increase the state's mandatory delay before an abortion to 72 hours, the AP/Washington Post reports.

Mo. Legislature Poised for Veto Override Vote on 72-Hour Mandatory Delay Bill
The Republican-controlled Missouri Legislature is planning a vote this week with the aim of overriding Gov. Jay Nixon's (D) veto of legislation (HR 1307) that would increase the state's mandatory delay before an abortion to 72 hours, USA Today reports.

Pa. Woman Sentenced to Prison After Obtaining Abortion Drugs Online for Daughter
A Pennsylvania woman has been sentenced to up to 18 months in prison for purchasing medication abortion drugs online and giving them to her teenage daughter, who used them to terminate her pregnancy, Reuters reports.

Veto of 72-Hour Mandatory Delay Bill Should Stand, Mo. Gov. Urges
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) on Thursday urged state lawmakers not to override his vetoes of several bills -- including one that would increase the state's mandatory delay before an abortion to 72 hours -- when they return for a special session next week, the Missourian reports.

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

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.

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).

Featured Blogs
"How Bad Medicine is Sweeping the Country, One State at a Time," (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 7/14); "Tennessee Arrests First Mother Under Its New Pregnancy Criminalization Law," (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 7/11).

Mo. Gov. Vetoes 72-Hour Mandatory Delay Bill
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) on Wednesday vetoed a bill (HB 1307) that would have created a mandatory delay of 72 hours from when a woman first seeks an abortion until she could obtain the procedure, the AP/ABC News reports.

Mo. Gov. Has 'Profound Concerns' About 72-Hour Delay Bill
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) said he has "profound concerns" about legislation (HB 1307/1313) that would increase the state's mandatory delay period before an abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours, Reuters reports.

Bill Mandating 72-Hour Delay Before Abortions Heads to Mo. Gov.
The Missouri House on Wednesday passed legislation (HB 1307/1313) that would increase the state's mandatory delay period before an abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours, the AP/Washington Times reports.

Editorial: Mo. Lawmakers 'Insult Women' With 72-Hour Abortion Delay
Of the 27 antiabortion-rights bills that Missouri Republicans filed this session, an attempt to require a 72-hour mandatory delay before abortions is "the most burdensome," a Kansas City Star editorial states.

Mo. Advances Bill To Triple Mandatory Delay Before Abortions
The Missouri Senate on Tuesday passed a measure (HB 1307/1313) that would extend the state's mandatory delay before obtaining an abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Featured Blog
"Missourians Launch 72-Hour 'Women's Filibuster' To Protest Proposed 3 Day Abortion Waiting Period," (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 5/12).

Mo. Senate Rejects Rape, Incest Exceptions to Mandatory Delay Bill
The Missouri Senate on Tuesday rejected a proposal that would have exempted rape and incest survivors from a bill (HB 1307/1313) that would increase the state's mandatory delay before an abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch 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. Bills Would Set Some of Nation's Harshest Abortion Restrictions
A package of Alabama bills would create some of the strictest abortion regulations in the nation, including a ban on abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detectable, the Huffington Post reports.

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.

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

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

Ala. Could Consider Bill Extending Mandatory Delay Period for Abortion Next Week
While there is less than a week before the Alabama Legislature's 2014 session ends, lawmakers still could vote on a bill (HB 489) that would extend the state's mandatory delay period before an abortion from 24 to 48 hours, WHNT News reports.

Mo. House Advances 72-Hour Mandatory Delay Measure
The Missouri House on Tuesday passed a bill (HB 1307/1313) that would triple the state's mandatory delay period before an abortion, from 24 hours to 72 hours after a woman sees a physician, the AP/ABC News reports.

Mo. House Endorses 72-Hour Delay, Mandatory Video Before Abortions
The Missouri House on Wednesday endorsed a bill (HB 1307/1313) that would extend the state's mandatory delay before an abortion to 72 hours, up from 24 hours, the AP/Washington Times reports.

Proposed Changes to S.D. Pre-Abortion Counseling Law Head to Gov.
The South Dakota Senate on Tuesday approved a measure (HB 1180) that would modify the state's pre-abortion counseling and mandatory delay law by prohibiting crisis pregnancy centers from affiliating with adoption agencies, the Rapid City Journal reports.

'Fetal Heartbeat' Abortion Ban, Other Restrictions Advance in Ala.
The Alabama House on Tuesday passed four antiabortion-rights measures, including a bill (HB 490) that would ban abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be detected, Reuters reports.

Ala. Bills Would Set Some of Nation's Harshest Abortion Restrictions
An Alabama House panel on Tuesday advanced a package of bills that would create some of the strictest abortion regulations in the nation, including a ban on abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detectable, the Huffington Post reports.

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

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

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.

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).

Mo. Legislature Considers Bills Imposing 72-Hour Waiting Period
Two bills (HB 1307, HB 1313) before the Missouri Legislature would require women to wait 72 hours before receiving an abortion, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

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

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.

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.

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.

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
"Fewer Waiting Periods for Guns Than for Abortions" (Hall/Diehm, Huffington Post blogs, 6/14).

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

N.H. House Rejects Bill Requiring Waiting Period, Signed Consent Before Abortions
The New Hampshire House on Wednesday rejected a bill (HB 483) that would have required women to wait 24 hours before obtaining an abortion, the AP/Boston Globe reports.

S.D. Gov. Signs Bill To Lengthen Waiting Period Requirement
South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R) on Friday signed into law a bill that excludes weekends and holidays from the state's 72-hour waiting period before abortions, which would extend the wait to six days for a woman who seeks an abortion the Friday before a three-day weekend, Reuters reports.

Tenn. Lawmakers Drop Ultrasound Bill, Focus on Ballot Measure Instead
Tennessee Sen. Jim Tracy (R) and Rep. Rick Womick (R) announced on Wednesday that they will no longer pursue legislation (HB 984, SB 632) that would require abortion providers to perform an ultrasound and describe the image to the woman before an abortion, the AP/ Chattanooga Times Free Press reports.

Texas Lawmaker Plans Bill To Overturn Pre-Abortion Waiting Period Law in Light of New Research
A 2011 Texas law mandating a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion is emotionally harmful to some women, but it has not led women seeking abortions to change their minds about wanting the procedure, according to a study presented on Wednesday by a lawmaker seeking to overturn the restrictions, the AP/San Antonio Express-News reports.

S.D. Senate Advances Bill To Extend 72-Hour Waiting Period Provision
The South Dakota Senate on Thursday voted 24-9 to approve a measure under which weekends and holidays would not count toward a mandatory three-day waiting period for women seeking abortions in the state, Reuters reports.

Wyo. Senate Rejects Pre-Abortion Requirements
The Wyoming Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday voted 4-1 to reject a bill (SF 88) that would have required doctors and women to complete several steps, including a waiting period, before an abortion could be performed, the Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports.

Wyo. Abortion Bills Fixate on Fetal Heartbeat, Pre-Abortion Requirements
Two proposed measures before the Wyoming Legislature emphasize the fetus' heartbeat in attempting to restrict abortion, the Casper Star-Tribune reports.

Forty Years After Roe v. Wade, Women Still Caught in 'Political Fight,' New York Times Columnist Writes
In the 40 years since the Supreme Court issued its ruling in Roe v. Wade, "women seeking abortions have been put through a lot of unnecessary trauma" by laws that force them to travel far distances to obtain the procedure and comply with requirements like mandatory ultrasounds and waiting periods, New York Times columnist Gail Collins writes.

Mich. Gov. Snyder Signs Sweeping Antiabortion Bill
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) on Dec. 28 signed a broad measure (HB 5711) that imposes several new restrictions on abortion rights, Reuters reports.

Planned Parenthood Drops Appeal of S.D. 72-Hour Waiting Period Provision
Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota on Dec. 21 dropped its appeal of a South Dakota provision that requires a woman to wait 72 hours before obtaining an abortion, the AP/Washington Post reports.

Mich. House Sends Sweeping Antiabortion Bill to Gov. Snyder
The Michigan House on Thursday approved legislation (HB 5711) that would impose several new restrictions on abortion, although lawmakers removed one controversial provision relating to the disposal of fetal remains, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Mich. Senate Approves Bills on Patient 'Risk Assessments,' Abortion Clinic Inspections
The Michigan Senate on Wednesday voted 27-10 to approve broad legislation (HB 5711) that would place several new restrictions on abortion providers, MLive reports.

Salon Examines Everyday Impact of Abortion Laws on Doctors, Patients
Although political battles over abortion frequently make headlines, the details of how abortion restrictions affect the lives of women and medical personnel day to day "tends to stay hidden inside clinic walls," Salon reports.

State Laws Hinder Access to Abortion Information, Limit Women's Options, Experts Say
Although abortion is legal in the U.S., state laws are making it increasingly difficult for women to obtain abortions or even to get information about the procedure, the AP/Washington Post reports.

Abortion Access Reverting to Pre-Roe 'Patchwork' in States, Advocates Warn
A "rash" of state-level abortion restrictions in recent years has made accessing abortion incredibly difficult for many women, even as the procedure remains legal, women's health experts say, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.

La. Abortion Laws Take Effect
Two laws took effect on Aug. 1 that place further restrictions on abortion care in Louisiana, WRKF reports

Judge Allows Some Parts of S.D. Abortion Law To Take Effect
A federal judge on Wednesday ruled that South Dakota may begin requiring physicians to ask women various screening questions before an abortion, but other provisions in the same law will remain blocked until she rules on a lawsuit challenging the statute, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

N.H. Senate Rejects Waiting Period Bill
The New Hampshire Senate on Wednesday rejected for the second time a bill (HB 1659) that would require women to wait 24 hours before obtaining abortion care, the AP/Foster's Daily Democrat reports.

La. Committees Advance Abortion Restrictions, Ask Congress To Defund Planned Parenthood
Committees in the Louisiana Senate and House on Wednesday approved various bills that would increase restrictions on abortion care and oppose funding of Planned Parenthood, the Baton Rouge Advocate reports.

N.H. House Revives 24-Hour Waiting Period Measure
The New Hampshire House on Tuesday voted to revive a measure (HB 1659) that would require women to wait 24 hours before obtaining abortion care, the AP/ Boston Globe reports.

Utah Becomes First State To Implement 72-Hour Waiting Period Before Abortion Care
On Tuesday, a Utah law (HB 461) took effect that requires women seeking abortion care to wait 72 hours before having the procedure, giving the state the longest waiting period in the country, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

N.H. Senate Votes on Series of Bills Targeting Women's Health
The New Hampshire Senate on Wednesday debated a series of abortion- and reproductive health-related measures, rejecting several and advancing two, the Concord Monitor reports.

Ky. House Panel Rejects Several Antiabortion Bills
The Kentucky House Health and Welfare Committee on Thursday rejected several antiabortion-rights bills, including a measure (SB 103) that would have required a woman to obtain an ultrasound before an abortion, the AP/Appleton Post Crescent reports.

Utah Governor Signs Bill Requiring 72-Hour Waiting Period Before Abortion
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) on Tuesday signed into law a bill (HB 461) that will extend the waiting period for women seeking abortion care to 72 hours, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

N.H. House Approves Waiting Period, Counseling Requirements Before Abortion Care
The New Hampshire House on Wednesday approved a bill (HB 1659) that would require a woman seeking abortion care to first wait 24 hours, during which time she would have to meet with a doctor to review information and materials about the procedure, the Huffington Post reports.

Utah House Approves 72-Hour Waiting Period Before Abortion Care
The Utah House on Monday voted 59-11 to approve an amended version of a bill (HB 461) that would require women seeking abortion care to wait 72 hours before the procedure, the Deseret News reports.

Fla. Senate Rejects Bill To Mandate Waiting Period, Restrictions on Abortion Providers
The Florida Senate on Monday blocked debate on a bill (SB 290) that would have mandated a 24-hour waiting period before abortion care and imposed new regulations on abortion providers, the Miami Herald reports (Sanders/Klas, Miami Herald, 3/5).

State Abortion Restrictions Have Little Impact on Demand for Procedure
While state restrictions on access to abortion care, such as requiring an ultrasound or a waiting period, are "burdensome and demeaning," abortion-rights supporters say the obstacles "rarely dissuade women who want the procedure," the AP/Longview News-Journal reports.

S.D. Senate Approves Bill To Modify Abortion Counseling, Waiting Period Law
The South Dakota Senate on Thursday voted 26-7 to pass a bill (HB 1254) that would alter a 2011 law that mandates a 72-hour waiting period and counseling at a crisis pregnancy center before abortion care, the AP/NECN reports.

Wis. Senate Passes Bill Tightening Voluntary Consent Requirements, Banning Telemedicine for Abortion Care
The Wisconsin Senate on Wednesday voted 17-15 to pass a bill that would place new restrictions on abortion care, the AP/Superior Telegram reports.

Utah Considers 72-Hour Waiting Period for Abortion Care
Utah Rep. Steve Eliason (R) has proposed a bill (HB 461) that would require women to wait 72 hours before receiving abortion care, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

S.D. Committee Proposes Changes to CPC Counseling Requirement
The South Dakota House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday voted 10-2 to approve a bill (HB 1254) that would alter a state law requiring women to obtain counseling at crisis pregnancy centers and wait 72 hours before receiving abortion care, the AP/Sioux Falls Argus Leader reports.

Fla. House Panel Advances Bills To Restrict Abortion Access
Florida House subcommittee on Tuesday approved three antiabortion-rights measures, including provisions that would require a 24-waiting period before the procedure, prohibit abortion for reasons related to sex or race and ban abortion care after 20 weeks of gestation, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

Federal Judge Allows Two Crisis Pregnancy Centers To Enter Case Against S.D. Abortion Law
U.S. District Chief Judge Karen Schreier has allowed two crisis pregnancy centers to intervene in a court case involving a South Dakota law that requires women seeking an abortion to wait 72 hours before the procedure, the Aberdeen News reports.

Judge Blocks Ultrasound Provision of N.C. Abortion Law
U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles on Tuesday temporarily blocked part of a new North Carolina law (HB 854) that requires abortion providers to conduct ultrasounds and describe the images to women before providing abortion services, Reuters reports.

Groups Challenge Constitutionality of N.C. Abortion Law
A coalition of five groups -- the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation, Planned Parenthood Health Systems, Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina and the Center for Reproductive Rights -- on Thursday filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the constitutionality of a North Carolina law that requires abortion providers to comply with specific requirements before a woman can have an abortion, ABC11-WTVD reports.

Ariz. Appeals Court Rules That 2009 Abortion Restrictions Do Not Cause Undue Burden
The Arizona Court of Appeals on Thursday ruled that key parts of a 2009 state law restricting abortion services are constitutional and do not place an undue burden on women, the AP/San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

N.C. Senate Votes To Override Veto on Ultrasound Bill, Making Restrictions Law
The North Carolina Senate on Thursday voted 29-19 to override Gov. Beverly Perdue's (D) veto of a measure (HB 854) that would require women to obtain an ultrasound and undergo mandatory counseling at least 24 hours prior to receiving abortion care, effectively making the legislation law, AP/WRAL reports.

N.C. House Votes To Override Governor's Veto of Ultrasound Bill
The North Carolina House on Tuesday voted 72-47 to override Gov. Beverly Perdue's (D) veto of a bill (HB 854) that would require women to obtain an ultrasound and undergo mandatory counseling at least 24 hours prior to receiving abortion care, the AP/Raleigh News & Observer reports.

La. Gov. Signs Bill Requiring Abortion Clinic Signs, Website on Alternatives
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Wednesday signed a bill (HB 636) into law that requires the state to make information about abortion and pregnancy options available online and mandates that clinics post signs stating, among other things, that it is illegal to force a woman to have an abortion, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Preliminary Injunction Sought Against Texas Ultrasound Law
The Center for Reproductive Rights on Thursday filed a motion for a preliminary injunction against a Texas law that requires a woman seeking abortion care to have an ultrasound and hear a detailed description of the fetus at least 24 hours before the abortion procedure, the Houston Chronicle reports.

S.D. 72-Hour Waiting Period Law Temporarily Blocked
U.S. District Chief Judge Karen Schreier on Thursday granted a preliminary injunction against a South Dakota law that would require women to obtain counseling at crisis pregnancy centers and wait 72 hours before receiving abortion care, the AP/Washington Post reports.

Maine House Rejects Four Antiabortion-Rights Bills
The Maine House on Tuesday rejected four bills aiming to restrict abortion access, including measures related to waiting periods, pre-abortion counseling, parental consent and crimes against pregnant women, the AP/Boston Globe reports.

Maine House Panel Considers Three Abortion-Related Bills
The Maine House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday held hearings on three antiabortion-rights bills under consideration by the state's first Republican-led Legislature in decades, the AP/Washington Examiner reports.

Abortion: Waiting Periods | In the Courts

This section provides a brief overview of significant cases impacting reproductive rights and health related to Abortion: Waiting Periods.

Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota v. Daugaard
Challenge to a South Dakota law that would require a woman to wait seventy-two hours between her initial physician consultation and the abortion, force her to visit a crisis pregnancy center before abortion care, and require abortion providers to tell patients about any possible risk factor that have been published in any medical or psychological journal since 1972, including risks that have been roundly rejected by mainstream medicine.