Latest Abortion controversy News

Idaho Supreme Court won't block strict abortion bans

Aug. 12, 2022 21:13 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's strict abortion bans will be allowed to take effect while legal challenges over the laws play out in court, the Idaho Supreme Court ruled Friday. The ruling means potential relatives of an embryo or fetus can now sue abortion providers over procedures...

Kansas to recount abortion vote by hand, despite big margin

Aug. 12, 2022 20:05 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas’ elections director says the state will go along with a request for a hand recount of votes from every county after last week’s decisive statewide vote affirming abortion rights, even though there was a 165,000-vote difference and a recount won’t change the...

Judge says Whitmer won't have to testify in abortion lawsuit

Aug. 12, 2022 17:40 PM EDT

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A judge turned down a request to have Gov. Gretchen Whitmer testify next week at a hearing about Michigan's 1931 anti-abortion law. A judge said Whitmer is suing a group of county prosecutors in her role as governor, not a private citizen. An appeal is being...

Louisiana Supreme Court rejects appeal in abortion ban case

Aug. 12, 2022 16:03 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Supreme Court on Friday denied an appeal filed by plaintiffs in the ongoing legal battle over the state’s abortion ban, allowing the ban to stay in effect. The ruling marked a major blow to abortion-rights advocates and providers, who had...

Dems: Abortion access question should be put to W.Va. voters

Aug. 12, 2022 16:02 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Democrats want voters to be able to decide whether abortion should continue to be allowed in the state. The call comes after residents in Kansas, another state with a GOP-controlled Legislature, rejected a ballot measure earlier this month...

Kansas abortion vote shows limits of GOP's strength

Aug. 12, 2022 10:41 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An increase in turnout among Democrats and independents and a notable shift in Republican-leaning counties contributed to the overwhelming support of abortion rights last week in traditionally conservative Kansas, according to a detailed Associated Press analysis of the voting...

Protester: San Francisco paramedic sedated her involuntarily

Aug. 11, 2022 20:56 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A protester has filed a federal civil lawsuit against the city of San Francisco claiming that a paramedic, under the direction of a police sergeant, injected her against her will with a sedative while she was handcuffed after being removed from a Golden State Warriors...

Trump hires prominent Atlanta attorney for election probe

Aug. 11, 2022 20:25 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Donald Trump has hired a prominent Atlanta criminal defense attorney known for defending famous rappers to represent him in matters related to the special grand jury that's investigating whether the former president illegally tried to interfere with the 2020 election in Georgia. ...

Iowa governor asks court to allow blocked 2018 abortion ban

Aug. 11, 2022 18:04 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds asked the state courts on Thursday to allow her to implement a law banning most abortions that a judge permanently blocked in 2019. Reynolds previously said she would turn to the courts instead of calling a special session to hold a...

Delaware abortion helpline to provide free legal advice

Aug. 11, 2022 16:03 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The Delaware Department of Justice is launching a helpline providing free legal advice about abortion access to people who live in and outside the state. Officials announced Wednesday that lawyers from a dozen private Delaware law firms will answer legal...