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This Feb. 25, 2020, shows Preterm executive director Chrisse France in the procedure room in Cleveland. Court decisions in two U.S. states Monday, April 6, allowed abortions to continue after the procedure was caught in the crosshairs of governors’ orders suspending non-essential elective surgeries due to the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Ohio, Oklahoma courts rule abortions can continue amid virus

Apr. 6, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Court decisions in two U.S. states Monday allowed abortions to continue after the procedure was caught in the crosshairs of governors' orders suspending all non-essential elective surgeries due to the new coronavirus. The decisions in Ohio and Oklahoma responded to challenges by...

In this Feb. 26, 2019 photo, migrants rest in the chapel of the San Juan Bosco migrant shelter, in Nogales, Mexico. For years, Catholic-led, U-S.-based nonprofits have been at the forefront of efforts to support migrants and asylum seekers along the Mexican border. Tough new border policies, coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic, have drastically changed their work, much of which now takes place in Mexico. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

Pandemic, border crackdown hamper Catholics' aid to migrants

Apr. 6, 2020 11:15 AM EDT

NOGALES, Mexico (AP) — For years, Catholic-led, U-S.-based nonprofits have been at the forefront of efforts to support migrants and asylum seekers along the Mexican border. Tough new border policies, coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic, have drastically changed their work, much of which now takes place in...

Campaign for Colorado vote on abortion limits falls short

Apr. 3, 2020 8:25 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Backers of a proposal to ban abortions at 22 weeks in Colorado failed to collect enough signatures to put the measure on the November ballot, the secretary of state's office said Friday. But The Denver Post reports that a group behind the initiative, Due Date Too Late, has an additional 15...

FILE - IN this Jan. 29, 2019 file photo, Communications adviser Mercedes Schlapp speaks during a television interview in the press briefing at the White House in Washington. President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is ramping up its courtship of Catholic voters ahead of a likely November matchup against a devout Catholic Democrat, former Vice President Joe Biden. The campaign previewed its message at a Thursday, April 2, 2020  launch of a “Catholics for Trump” coalition, touting the president’s religious freedom record and anti-abortion policies.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Trump campaign kicks off Catholic voter outreach project

Apr. 3, 2020 12:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is ramping up its courtship of Catholic voters ahead of a likely November matchup against a devout Catholic Democrat, former Vice President Joe Biden. The campaign previewed its message at a Thursday night launch of a “Catholics for...

FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2019, file photo, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey speaks at a news conference in Martinsburg, W.Va. West Virginia's says a ban on elective medical procedures during the coronavirus pandemic will reduce abortions but will be upheld in an eventual legal challenge. Morrisey said Thursday, April 2, 2020 that the executive order “will be upheld because it's designed to protect the public health and applies to all elective procedures and all elective facilities.”  (Matthew Umstead/The Herald-Mail via AP, File)

Morrisey: Order to reduce abortions, be upheld in court

Apr. 2, 2020 5:38 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's attorney general on Thursday said a ban on elective medical procedures during the coronavirus pandemic will reduce abortions but will be upheld in an eventual legal challenge. The executive order, which went into effect this week, mirrors directives in other...

FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2020 file photo, actress Sidney Flanigan, from left, writer/director Eliza Hittman and actress Talia Ryder pose for a portrait to promote their film

‘Never Rarely’ captures the obstacles of abortion

Apr. 1, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Even progressively minded movies about abortion have usually focused on the morality of the decision. Eliza Hittman wanted to make a film where the highest hurdle isn’t deciding to have an abortion. It’s getting it. “For me, it was about the obstacles. I think a lot of...

Iowa agrees to allow some abortions despite virus order

Apr. 1, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa abortion providers and the state reached an agreement Wednesday whereby a recent order by Gov. Kim Reynolds to temporarily halt elective medical procedures as part of her coronavirus response will not apply to all abortions. When Reynolds was asked last week if her order...

Editorial Roundup: US

Apr. 1, 2020 4:56 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ March 31 The Japan News on countries working together to combat the new coronavirus pandemic: There are limits to what any one country can do when it comes to responses to the new coronavirus. Unless the spread of infections can be contained...

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, right, speaks during a during a news conference while Dr. Kristina Box, the Indiana state health commissioner, listens on Friday, March 27, 2020, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. Holcomb said the locations of confirmed COVID-19 cases show that all parts of Indiana are seeing illnesses. (AP Photo/Tom Davies)

ACLU: Indiana virus directive should not restrict abortions

Apr. 1, 2020 4:34 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Eric Holcomb's directive calling for all Indiana health care facilities to cancel or postpone non-urgent surgical procedures amid the coronavirus pandemic should not restrict the ability of women to obtain abortions, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana...

Liberal groups start effort to target 'corporate' Democrats

Apr. 1, 2020 12:11 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A coalition of liberal groups has begun a campaign to target critical moderate New Mexico Senate Democrats who have blocked some liberal proposals. The coalition calling itself the No Corporate Democrats community coalition said Monday it will work to unseat five Senate Democrats they...