Latest Pregnancy and childbirth News

Two deaths linked to listeria food poisoning from meat sliced at deli counters

Jul. 19, 2024 17:58 PM EDT

At least two people have died and more than two dozen were hospitalized in an outbreak of listeria food poisoning linked to meat sliced at grocery store deli counters, federal health officials said Friday. At least 28 people in a dozen states have gotten sick, though the largest...

Alabama birthing units are closing to save money and get funding. Some say babies are at risk

Jul. 19, 2024 01:10 AM EDT

GROVE HILL, Ala. (AP) — One of the last remaining birthing units in southern Alabama will close next month to qualify for federal funding that will save the hospital’s emergency services, but doctors warn the move may cost newborns and pregnant women essential access to obstetric care. ...

Kansas won't force providers to ask patients why they want abortions while a lawsuit proceeds

Jul. 18, 2024 18:32 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas isn't enforcing a new law requiring abortion providers to ask patients why they want to terminate their pregnancies, as a legal challenge against that rule and other older requirements makes its way through the courts. Attorneys for the state and for...

Top court lets New Yorkers vote on constitutional amendment barring discrimination over gender or 'pregnancy outcomes'

Jul. 11, 2024 15:53 PM EDT
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Top court lets New Yorkers vote on constitutional amendment barring discrimination over gender or 'pregnancy outcomes.'

Arkansas election officials reject petitions submitted for an abortion-rights ballot measure

Jul. 10, 2024 22:06 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas election officials on Wednesday rejected petitions submitted for an abortion-rights ballot measure that organizers hoped to put before voters this fall in a predominantly Republican state. The secretary of state’s office rejected the petitions...

Which states could have abortion on the ballot in 2024?

Jul. 10, 2024 16:24 PM EDT

A ballot measure to scale back the abortion ban in Arkansas won’t go before voters after the secretary of state on Wednesday found that organizers failed to submit required paperwork about the paid canvassers it used to help gather signatures that were submitted earlier this month. ...

Gypsy Rose Blanchard pregnant soon after release from prison for conspiring to kill abusive mother

Jul. 09, 2024 18:09 PM EDT

Gypsy Rose Blanchard, who recruited her former boyfriend to kill her mother after years of being forced to pretend she was gravely ill, announced Tuesday that she is pregnant and hopes to give her child everything she lacked growing up. Blanchard said in a YouTube video that the...

Which states could have abortion on the ballot in 2024? Arkansas organizers aim to join the list

Jul. 05, 2024 17:18 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Organizers of an effort to scale back Arkansas' abortion ban said they have more than enough signatures to try to put their proposal before voters in November's election. Arkansans for Limited Government submitted petitions said they turned in more than the...

Which states could have abortion on the ballot in 2024?

Jul. 03, 2024 19:05 PM EDT

Organizers in Arizona and Nebraska turned in more than enough signatures Wednesday to put abortion-related ballot questions before voters in November's election if a sufficient number of them are deemed valid. They now bring to five the number of states where election officials are...

Judge rules that federal agency can't enforce abortion rule in Louisiana and Mississippi

Jul. 03, 2024 12:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge on Monday granted the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, as well as employers in two Southern states, temporary relief from complying with a federal rule that would have required them to provide workers with time off and other workplace accommodations for...