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A pregnant Amish woman is killed in her rural Pennsylvania home, and police have no suspects

Feb. 28, 2024 10:32 AM EST

SPARTANSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Investigators have no suspects in the killing of a pregnant 23-year-old Amish woman inside her home in rural northwestern Pennsylvania, and are appealing for tips from the public to help solve the crime, a state police spokeswoman said Wednesday. Rebekah A....

Kentucky lawmakers advance bill allowing child support to begin with pregnancy

Feb. 27, 2024 17:20 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Lawmakers in Kentucky advanced a bill Tuesday that would grant the right to collect child support for unborn children, reflecting a broader effort in some Republican-led states to push legislation conferring a fetus with the same rights as a person. The...

Bill filed in Kentucky House would ease near-total abortion ban by adding rape and incest exceptions

Feb. 26, 2024 21:14 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Legislation aimed at easing Kentucky's near-total abortion ban by creating limited exceptions for pregnancies caused by rape or incest was introduced Monday in the GOP-dominated House, as lawmakers wrangle with an issue at the forefront of last year's campaign for governor....

Alabama IVF ruling puts spotlight on state plans for tax breaks and child support for fetuses

Feb. 24, 2024 11:08 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The recent Alabama Supreme Court ruling that frozen embryos are legally protected children is highlighting how support for the idea that a fetus should have the same rights as a person underpins far less dramatic laws and proposals from abortion foes across the U.S. ...

Alabama's frozen embryo ruling is having its first effects. Here's what to know

Feb. 22, 2024 15:14 PM EST

The Alabama Supreme Court recently ruled that frozen embryos can be considered children under state law, raising concerns about how the decision could affect in vitro fertilization, commonly known as IVF. The decision issued in wrongful death cases brought by couples who had frozen...

Sex ed classes in some states may soon watch a fetal development video from an anti-abortion group

Feb. 22, 2024 12:13 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Baby Olivia isn't a real baby. It's an animated fetus that develops over the course of a three-minute video that has become a new front in state-level abortion politics. Bills in the Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri and West Virginia legislatures would require...

Dozens of Idaho obstetricians have stopped practicing there since abortions were banned, study says

Feb. 21, 2024 21:45 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho. (AP) — More than 50 Idaho obstetricians have stopped practicing in the state since a near-total abortion ban took effect in August 2022, according to a newly released report. Data compiled by the Idaho Physician Well-Being Action Collaborative also shows that only two...

Four-term New Hampshire governor delivers his final state-of-the-state speech

Feb. 15, 2024 16:12 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Sununu delivered his final state-of-the-state address Thursday, urging lawmakers to continue on the path of fiscal prudence and limited government that he said has made New Hampshire “a beacon of success.” “Continued success is not...

New Hampshire Senate rejects enshrining abortion rights in the state constitution

Feb. 15, 2024 15:57 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Another attempt to enshrine abortion rights in the New Hampshire Constitution failed Thursday, this time in the Senate. State law prohibits abortion after 24 weeks of pregnancy except when the mother’s health or life is in danger or there is a fatal fetal...

Pregnant woman found dead in Indiana in 1992 identified through forensic genealogy

Feb. 15, 2024 15:35 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A pregnant woman who was found dead in 1992 in a northeastern Indiana basement has been identified through forensic genetic genealogy and DNA provided by her father, authorities said Thursday. The woman was identified as Tabetha Ann Murlin of Fort Wayne, who...