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Court: Texas, Louisiana can end Planned Parenthood funding

Nov. 23, 2020 8:58 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Monday that Texas and Louisiana can cut off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood clinics — a move supported by opponents of legal abortion, but opposed by advocates who said it affects a variety of non-abortion health services for low-income women....

Agata Grzybowska, left, a photo journalist, is detained by police in Warsaw, Poland, on Monday Nov. 23, 2020. Police detained several people as women-led protests over abortion rights flared up again in Warsaw and elsewhere in Poland. The protests, organized by the group Women's Strike, have been occurring regularly ever since the country's constitutional court issued an Oct. 22 ruling that further tightens an abortion law that was already one of the most restrictive in Poland.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Photojournalist detained at Poland's latest abortion protest

Nov. 23, 2020 4:45 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Police detained several people and charged a female photojournalist with assaulting a police officer as women-led protests over abortion rights flared up again on Monday in Poland. Soon after the protest in Warsaw began, police arrived and forcibly removed people, including...

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine looks on during a press conference Wednesday, Nov. 18, at Toledo Express Airport in Swanton, Ohio. On Tuesday DeWine announced a three-week 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. general curfew, with multiple exceptions, meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus as cases stay at near-record high levels. (J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune via AP)

Ohio governor sees growing criticism from fellow Republicans

Nov. 23, 2020 9:18 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — For months, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine steered cleared of second-guessing President Donald Trump, a fellow Republican, despite their polar-opposite responses to the pandemic. The governor's reward? A suggestion by the president that another Republican should challenge him in Ohio's 2022...

FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2020, file photo, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee speaks with reporters in Nashville, Tenn. A federal appeals court ruled Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, that Tennessee can begin outlawing abortions because of a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome, as well prohibit the procedure if it is based on the race or gender of the fetus. Earlier this year, Lee enacted the so-called “reason bans” as part of a sweeping anti-abortion measure that he signed earlier this year. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Court: Tennessee can enforce Down syndrome abortion ban

Nov. 20, 2020 9:21 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Friday that Tennessee can begin outlawing abortions because of a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome, as well as prohibit the procedure if it's based on the race or gender of the fetus. Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Lee enacted the so-called...

Medical staff attend to a journalist affected by tear gas fired by police during a protest against a top court ruling restricting abortions in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. Polish police came under criticism on Thursday for using tear gas and force on mostly female and young protesters during the latest in a string of women-led protests against a top court ruling restricting abortion.(AP Photo/Agata Grzybowska)

Amnesty 'horrified' at force used against Polish protesters

Nov. 20, 2020 12:37 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Amnesty International said Friday that it was “horrified” that Polish authorities used “excessive” force, including the use of tear gas, against protesters this week. The human rights group also expressed deep concerns at the detentions of protesters, who...

Tulsa Diocese ditches church coalition over abortion stance

Nov. 19, 2020 6:50 PM EST

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The bishop of the Tulsa Diocese said he withdrew his organization from the Oklahoma Conference of Churches last month because the coalition’s anti-racism and discrimination stance doesn’t include what he called “the most marginalized” and discriminated...

Polish police criticized for using tear gas on protesters

Nov. 19, 2020 4:05 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish police came under criticism on Thursday for using tear gas and force on mostly female and young protesters during the latest in a string of women-led protests against a top court ruling restricting abortion. Political tensions have been extremely high in Poland since the...

Massachusetts Senate passes $46B proposed state budget plan

Nov. 19, 2020 2:37 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate has approved its version of a $46 billion proposed state budget, about a 5.5% increase over the prior fiscal year. The spending plan, approved Wednesday evening, aims to move the state towards a more equitable recovery from the pandemic by making key investments in...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, file photo, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, right, of Los Angeles, with Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, left, of Arlington, Va., and Cardinal Joseph William Tobin, of Newark, N.J., exits a news conference after being elected president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops during their Fall General Assembly in Baltimore. On Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, Gomez addressed an online national meeting of bishops. During the previous week, Gomez congratulated Joe Biden on his presidential election victory. Now, Gomez is sounding a different tone, saying some of Biden’s policy positions, including support for abortion rights, pose a “difficult and complex situation” for the church. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark, File)

Catholics divided as bishops examine Biden's abortion stance

Nov. 18, 2020 5:58 PM EST

Catholics split almost evenly in supporting Donald Trump or Joe Biden in the presidential election. Now they’re sharply divided over a declaration by the head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops that the president-elect's support for abortion rights presents the church with a “difficult and...

Massachusetts Senate OKs abortion rights amendment to budget

Nov. 18, 2020 3:54 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate approved a measure aimed at strengthening abortion rights in the state as part of its budget debate Wednesday. The measure would let women obtain an abortion after 24 weeks of pregnancy in cases of “fatal fetal anomalies.” Current state law allows...