Latest Abortion News

Montana Senate endorses bill in effort to ban abortions

Apr. 13, 2021 19:32 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Senate on Tuesday endorsed a measure that would ask voters to change the state constitution to define life as beginning at conception, an effort to ban abortions. The bill passed the House 66-33 on a party-line vote last month. Since it...

US agency says women can get abortion pill via mail

Apr. 13, 2021 16:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Women seeking an abortion pill will not be required to visit a doctor's office or clinic during the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. health officials said Tuesday in the latest reversal in an ongoing legal battle over the medication. The Food and Drug...

US court lifts hold on Ohio's Down syndrome abortion law

Apr. 13, 2021 16:15 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A divided federal appeals court lifted the hold Tuesday on an Ohio law that prohibits doctors from performing abortions based on a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome, a case considered nationally pivotal. Judges of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of...

Hawaii to allow some nurses to perform abortions

Apr. 12, 2021 20:48 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Gov. David Ige on Monday signed legislation that would make Hawaii the latest state to allow some nurses to perform abortions. Hawaii law previously said only physicians could perform early, in-clinic abortions. But because of a doctor shortage, several...

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...

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...

Lawmaker panel advances two anti-abortion bills to Senate

Apr. 07, 2021 16:52 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A panel of Idaho lawmakers advanced two bills targeting abortion Wednesday. The first bill attempts to dissuade women from having abortions if the fetus is diagnosed with Down syndrome. The other bill would eliminate government funding from health...

Indiana Senate approves 'abortion reversal' requirement

Apr. 07, 2021 15:14 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s Republican-dominated Legislature on Tuesday voted to advance a bill that tightens state abortion laws despite objections that it would force doctors to provide dubious information to their patients. The measure requires Indiana doctors to...