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South Carolina becomes only state with all-male high court

Feb. 08, 2023 16:54 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina on Wednesday became the nation's only state without a woman on its Supreme Court — a development that comes amid increasing Republican scrutiny of the court that narrowly struck down the conservative state's abortion ban last month. The...

Democrats won Pennsylvania House, but bipartisan gap remains

Feb. 08, 2023 16:11 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Voters who kept three Pittsburgh-area state House seats in Democratic hands this week effectively also flipped control away from the Republican majority that has run the chamber for more than a decade, one of a handful of legislative bodies across the United States where...

Virginia lawmakers hustle ahead of legislative deadline

Feb. 07, 2023 21:32 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The politically divided Virginia General Assembly churned through hundreds of bills Tuesday as it approached a key deadline for the year's legislative session. Lawmakers debated topics ranging from accommodations for transgender students to abortion...

Dueling abortion bans emerge in South Carolina chambers

Feb. 07, 2023 18:25 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Dueling abortion bans are once more advancing in the South Carolina House and Senate as Republican lawmakers approach a familiar standstill. Neither chamber budged from their respective proposals in a special session last year that highlighted the challenging...

GOP candidate Craft rails against education department

Feb. 07, 2023 17:40 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kelly Craft caused a stir with her pitch to overhaul Kentucky's Department of Education while Daniel Cameron denounced the sale of abortion pills by mail, as the Republican gubernatorial rivals carve out positions they hope will energize GOP primary voters. ...

Indiana lawmakers look to broaden birth control access

Feb. 07, 2023 16:58 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers this session are eyeing ways to expand contraceptive access to prevent unintended pregnancies in the state after the Republican-led Legislature pushed through an abortion ban this past summer. A House committee on Tuesday considered a proposal...

West Virginia House OKs bill to encourage more birth centers

Feb. 07, 2023 15:21 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Months after passing a near-total ban on abortion, West Virginia lawmakers are advancing a bill that would eliminate some of the red tape involved with opening birthing centers in the state. The state House of Delegates passed a bill Tuesday that would...

Tennessee Gov. Lee proposes $100M for anti-abortion centers

Feb. 06, 2023 20:57 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Brushing aside calls to tweak one of the strictest abortion bans in the United States, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Monday unveiled plans to funnel tens of millions of taxpayer dollars to anti-abortion centers as he declared the state had a “moral obligation” to support...

Man gets 5-year prison term in Planned Parenthood fire

Feb. 06, 2023 17:45 PM EST

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A man who was inspired by a church sermon to set fires at a Planned Parenthood clinic in southwestern Michigan was sentenced Monday to five years in prison. Joshua Brereton, 25, had pleaded guilty to committing arson at the Kalamazoo clinic last July. The...

US states take control of abortion debate with funding focus

Feb. 06, 2023 10:31 AM EST

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Though the Insight Women’s Center sits at the epicenter of a reinvigorated battle in the nation’s culture wars, the only hint of its faith-based mission to dissuade people from getting abortions is the jazzy, piano rendition of “Jesus Loves Me” playing in a waiting...