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Missouri lawmaker calls to allow divorce during pregnancy. Why can't it happen there already?

Mar. 01, 2024 09:06 AM EST

A Missouri lawmaker has introduced legislation to clarify that the state’s judges can grant divorces even when one spouse is pregnant. The notion that they can’t already has sparked anger from people who see it as an antiquated policy that controls women unfairly, possibly...

Slain pregnant Amish woman had cuts to her head and neck, Pennsylvania police say

Feb. 29, 2024 20:34 PM EST

SPARTANSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Search warrant filings for the Pennsylvania home where a pregnant Amish woman was killed this week said she appeared to have suffered cutting wounds to her neck and head. Two search warrants were issued at the request of state police regarding Monday's...

Mississippi passes quicker pregnancy Medicaid coverage to try to reduce deaths of moms and babies

Feb. 29, 2024 16:03 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Legislature is sending a bill to the governor that will allow women with low incomes to get Medicaid coverage earlier in pregnancy, in an effort to improve health outcomes for mothers and babies in a state with abysmal rates of maternal and infant mortality. ...

A pregnant Amish woman is killed in her rural Pennsylvania home, and police have no suspects

Feb. 28, 2024 12:06 PM EST

SPARTANSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Investigators have no suspects in the killing of a pregnant 23-year-old Amish woman inside her home in rural northwestern Pennsylvania, and are appealing for tips from the public to help solve the crime, a state police spokeswoman said Wednesday. Rebekah A....

Kentucky lawmakers advance bill allowing child support to begin with pregnancy

Feb. 27, 2024 17:20 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Lawmakers in Kentucky advanced a bill Tuesday that would grant the right to collect child support for unborn children, reflecting a broader effort in some Republican-led states to push legislation conferring a fetus with the same rights as a person. The...

Bill filed in Kentucky House would ease near-total abortion ban by adding rape and incest exceptions

Feb. 26, 2024 21:14 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Legislation aimed at easing Kentucky's near-total abortion ban by creating limited exceptions for pregnancies caused by rape or incest was introduced Monday in the GOP-dominated House, as lawmakers wrangle with an issue at the forefront of last year's campaign for governor....

Alabama IVF ruling puts spotlight on state plans for tax breaks and child support for fetuses

Feb. 24, 2024 11:08 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The recent Alabama Supreme Court ruling that frozen embryos are legally protected children is highlighting how support for the idea that a fetus should have the same rights as a person underpins far less dramatic laws and proposals from abortion foes across the U.S. ...

Alabama's frozen embryo ruling is having its first effects. Here's what to know

Feb. 22, 2024 15:14 PM EST

The Alabama Supreme Court recently ruled that frozen embryos can be considered children under state law, raising concerns about how the decision could affect in vitro fertilization, commonly known as IVF. The decision issued in wrongful death cases brought by couples who had frozen...

Sex ed classes in some states may soon watch a fetal development video from an anti-abortion group

Feb. 22, 2024 12:13 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Baby Olivia isn't a real baby. It's an animated fetus that develops over the course of a three-minute video that has become a new front in state-level abortion politics. Bills in the Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri and West Virginia legislatures would require...

Dozens of Idaho obstetricians have stopped practicing there since abortions were banned, study says

Feb. 21, 2024 21:45 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho. (AP) — More than 50 Idaho obstetricians have stopped practicing in the state since a near-total abortion ban took effect in August 2022, according to a newly released report. Data compiled by the Idaho Physician Well-Being Action Collaborative also shows that only two...