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Rwanda orders release of young women jailed over abortions

May. 19, 2020 7:40 AM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwanda’s president has pardoned and ordered the release of 50 young women who were jailed for having or assisting with abortions. Justice Minister Johnston Busingye said the women released Tuesday were the last to be freed. Last year, President Paul Kagame ordered the release...

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2020, file photo, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge speaks to reporters at a news conference in Washington. A federal judge on Thursday, May 7, 2020, rejected a request by Arkansas' only surgical abortion clinic to block a rule requiring a negative coronavirus test before a woman undergoes the procedure.

Judge rejects abortion clinic's bid to block virus test rule

May. 7, 2020 9:15 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday rejected a request by Arkansas' only surgical abortion clinic to block a rule requiring a negative coronavirus test before a woman undergoes the procedure. U.S. District Judge Brian Miller rejected the motion to prevent the state from enforcing the...

Judge blocks ordinance aimed at preventing certain abortions

May. 2, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge has blocked a Tennessee city's zoning ordinance that banned certain abortions. U.S. District Judge Eli Richardson issued an order Friday preliminarily blocking enforcement of the ordinance in Mt. Juliet. The ordinance would have prevented abortion provider carafem...

Abortion clinic challenges Arkansas coronavirus testing rule

May. 1, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' only surgical abortion clinic on Friday challenged a state rule requiring coronavirus tests before elective surgeries, saying it's preventing women from having the procedure. The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas, which represents Little Rock Family Planning...

Appeals court: Tennessee must continue allowing abortions

Apr. 25, 2020 1:04 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that Tennessee must continue allowing abortions amid a temporary ban on nonessential medical procedures during the COVID-19 outbreak. The ruling follows a U.S. District judge's order last week that abortions could proceed during the pandemic. The...

FILE - In this March 29, 2020, file photo, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear speaks during a media conference on the coronavirus at the Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. Kentucky's Democratic governor vetoed legislation Friday, April 24, 2020, that would have given the state's anti-abortion attorney general new authority to regulate abortion clinics. (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP, File)

Kentucky's Democratic governor vetoes abortion legislation

Apr. 24, 2020 7:55 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Democratic governor vetoed legislation Friday that would have given the state's anti-abortion attorney general new authority to regulate abortion clinics. The measure cleared the GOP-dominated legislature in the waning hours of this year's legislative session. As a result,...

Regina Nelson, left, is tested for the coronavirus by Gina Johnson, a nurse tech, at the Bono Family Medical Clinic drive-thru testing site on Friday, April 24, 2020, in Bono, Ark. (Quentin Winstine/The Jonesboro Sun via AP)

Group casts doubt on Arkansas supplies as virus tests spike

Apr. 24, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A hospital advocacy group cast doubt on the availability of coronavirus testing supplies in Arkansas as officials said Friday that the number of tests completed in a day nearly tripled its recent average. Gov. Asa Hutchinson said more than 2,800 coronavirus tests were completed...

Dozens of VA home virus cases; State loses abortion appeal

Apr. 23, 2020 8:09 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs reported Thursday that half of the residents at a veterans home in central Alabama tested positive for COVID-19, identifying dozens more cases after it was able to test all residents. The Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs said 64...

Healthcare workers wave and acknowledge members from the Crestview Presbyterian Church in West Chester Township, Ohio, as they participate in a prayer circle for front-line health workers Wednesday, April 22, 2020, in the parking lot at West Chester Hospital. (Kareem Elgazzar/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)

Ohio nears 1M unemployment claims over 5 weeks amid virus

Apr. 23, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Nearly 1 million people have filed unemployment claims in the past five weeks as Ohio's stay-at-home order continues to depress the economy and lead to widespread layoffs, the state reported Thursday. For the week ending April 18, 109,369 people filed jobless claims, according to the...

Court allows Arkansas ban on surgical abortions due to virus

Apr. 22, 2020 10:43 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday allowed Arkansas to ban most surgical abortions during the coronavirus pandemic. A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dissolved a judge's temporary restraining order that allowed surgical abortions to continue after the...