Latest Abortion controversy News

Some GOP-led states target abortions done through medication

Apr. 11, 2021 11:38 AM EDT

About 40% of all abortions in the U.S. are now done through medication — rather than surgery — and that option has become all the more pivotal during the COVID-19 pandemic. Abortion rights advocates say the pandemic has demonstrated the value of medical care provided...

In GOP strongholds, a big push on 'culture war' legislation

Apr. 10, 2021 11:07 AM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An ardent abortion foe who once opposed allowing gay couples to be foster parents, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is the unlikeliest figure to complain about bills on the “culture wars" reaching his desk. But by vetoing a ban on gender...

Security guards for anti-abortion group charged with battery

Apr. 09, 2021 20:42 PM EDT

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (AP) — Two security guards hired by an anti-abortion group are facing misdemeanor charges after using pepper spray on counter-protesters outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in a San Francisco suburb, authorities said Friday. Ishatpal Momi, 27, of...

Nebraska prison inmate sues for right to get abortion

Apr. 09, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska prison inmate sued the state corrections department Friday, saying she was denied her constitutional right to get an abortion. The woman, identified as Jane Roe, asked a federal judge for an emergency order so she can get state-mandated...

Vermont Senate approves 'reproductive liberty' amendment

Apr. 09, 2021 14:26 PM EDT

The Vermont Senate gave its final approval Friday to a proposal to amend the state constitution to protect a woman’s right to an abortion and other reproductive services. The proposal, a declaration of the “right to personal reproductive liberty,” will now be sent...

Dems blast Oklahoma lawmaker who compared slavery, abortion

Apr. 08, 2021 11:58 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A white Republican lawmaker from southeast Oklahoma is facing criticism for comparing lawmakers' efforts to end abortion to the fight against slavery. Rep. Jim Olsen, of Roland, made the comments Wednesday during a meeting of the House Public Health...

Judge: 2019 ruling nullifies Kansas abortion procedure ban

Apr. 07, 2021 22:04 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A judge ruled Wednesday that a Kansas law banning a common second-trimester abortion procedure is “unconstitutional and unenforceable” under a 2019 state Supreme Court ruling protecting abortion rights. Shawnee County District Judge Teresa...

Abortion ban for genetic issues fails in Arizona Senate

Apr. 07, 2021 21:18 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Arizona failed Wednesday to approve a sweeping abortion bill in the Senate that would have made it a felony for a doctor to terminate a pregnancy in which the fetus has a genetic abnormality after a single Republican joined Democrats in voting no. ...

Judge temporarily blocks Ohio telemedicine abortion ban

Apr. 07, 2021 19:56 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge has temporarily blocked an Ohio ban on the use of telemedicine for medication abortions as a suit challenging the law's constitutionality proceeds. The two-week restraining order was granted by a Hamilton County judge late Tuesday in a case...

Bill on handling of fetal remains advances in Tennessee

Apr. 07, 2021 18:16 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Republicans are backing legislation that would require medical providers to cremate or bury fetal remains from surgical abortions over objections that doing so could stigmatize a legally available procedure. The proposal is gaining...