Latest Reproductive rights News

Polish lawmakers vote to move forward with work on lifting near-total abortion ban

Apr. 12, 2024 09:52 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish lawmakers voted Friday to continue work on proposals to lift a near-total ban on abortion, a divisive issue in the traditionally Roman Catholic country, which has one of the most restrictive laws in Europe. Members of the lower house of parliament, the...

Iowa asks state Supreme Court to let its restrictive abortion law go into effect

Apr. 11, 2024 18:30 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa asked the state Supreme Court on Thursday to let its blocked abortion law go into effect and uphold it altogether, disputing abortion providers’ claims it infringes on women's rights to exercise bodily autonomy. The law, which bans most abortions...

As medical perils from abortion bans grow, so do opportunities for Democrats in a post-Roe world

Apr. 10, 2024 21:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For much of her life, Angela Crawford considered herself a fairly conservative Republican — and she voted that way. But then a wave of court rulings and Republican-led actions in states restricted abortion and later in vitro fertilization, the very procedure that had helped...

What to know about abortion in Arizona under the near-total 1864 ban

Apr. 10, 2024 16:54 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court gave the go-ahead Tuesday to prepare to enforce a long-dormant law that bans nearly all abortions, drastically altering the legal landscape for terminating pregnancies in a state likely to have a key role in the presidential election. The...

Tennessee Senate OKs a bill that would make it illegal for adults to help minors seeking abortions

Apr. 10, 2024 12:42 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Tennessee on Wednesday advanced legislation making it illegal for adults to help minors get an abortion without parental consent, sparking objections from Democrats who counter that doing so could result in young victims needing approval from their...

Gov. Youngkin signs a measure backed by abortion-rights groups but vetoes others

Apr. 05, 2024 23:40 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin signed 88 bills Friday and vetoed 11 others, including legislation that advocates said would have helped protect women and medical practitioners from potential extraditions related to abortion services that are legal in Virginia. ...

ACLU, Planned Parenthood challenge Ohio abortion restrictions after voter referendum

Mar. 29, 2024 16:04 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood filed a legal challenge on Friday to some of Ohio’s abortion laws, now that Ohio voters have enshrined voting rights in the state’s constitution. The lawsuit filed on behalf of abortion clinics says...

Lands, a Democrat who ran on reproductive rights, flips seat in Alabama House

Mar. 27, 2024 20:02 PM EDT

Marilyn Lands, who campaigned on abortion rights in deeply conservative Alabama, won a special election to the Alabama Legislature, in a victory that Democrats say illustrates voter backlash to extreme reproductive restrictions imposed by Republicans. Lands, a Democrat, on Tuesday...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Mar. 11, 2024 15:12 PM EDT

Akron Beacon Journal. March 8, 2024. Editorial: Think lawmakers are ignoring you? Speak up at the polls We the people are sick of our voices being ignored. It seems some Ohio elected officials have decided — again and again — that the will of the...

Asked to clear up abortion bans, GOP leaders blame doctors and misinformation for the confusion

Mar. 11, 2024 11:50 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In Republican-led states across the U.S., conservative legislators are refusing to reevaluate abortion bans — even as doctors and patients insist the laws’ exceptions are dangerously unclear, resulting in denied treatment to some pregnant women in need. ...