Latest Reproductive rights News

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. ...

Some Republicans are voicing doubt over Alabama IVF ruling. Democrats see an opportunity

Feb. 23, 2024 09:33 AM EST

Some Republicans joined Democrats in expressing alarm over a ruling this week by the Alabama Supreme Court that jeopardized future access to in vitro fertilization, giving allies of President Joe Biden new fuel for their efforts to center abortion access in the presidential election. ...

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...

Tennessee's strict abortion ban is under pressure, but change is unlikely under GOP control

Feb. 01, 2024 18:06 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — After begrudgingly agreeing to tweak Tennessee's strict abortion ban last year, the Republican-dominant Legislature is once again facing pressure to reconsider when doctors can legally offer the procedure to pregnant patients. The push comes as confusion and...

Pennsylvania high court revives case challenging limits on Medicaid coverage for abortions

Jan. 29, 2024 15:45 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's Supreme Court said Monday that a lower court must hear a challenge to the constitutionality of a decades-old state law that limits the use of Medicaid dollars to cover the cost of abortions, a major victory for Planned Parenthood and the abortion clinic...

North Dakota judge won't block part of abortion law doctors say puts them at risk of prosecution

Jan. 23, 2024 15:45 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota judge ruled Tuesday that he won’t block a part of a state law that doctors say puts them at risk of prosecution if they perform an abortion to save a patient’s life or health. State District Judge Bruce Romanick said the request for a...

US government rejects complaint that woman was improperly denied an emergency abortion in Oklahoma

Jan. 19, 2024 17:53 PM EST

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says an Oklahoma hospital did not violate federal law when doctors told a woman with a nonviable pregnancy to wait in the parking lot until her condition worsened enough to qualify for an abortion under the state's strict ban. Jaci...

Anti-abortion activists brace for challenges ahead as they gather for annual March for Life

Jan. 18, 2024 11:52 AM EST

A year ago, anti-abortion activists from across the U.S. gathered for their annual March for Life with reason to celebrate: It was their first march since the Supreme Court, seven months earlier, had overturned the nationwide right to abortion. At this year’s march, on Friday, the...

Missouri abortion-rights campaign backs proposal to enshrine access but allow late-term restrictions

Jan. 18, 2024 11:48 AM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri abortion-rights campaign announced Thursday that it's throwing support behind an amendment to the state constitution that would enshrine access to the procedure while allowing restrictions in later stages of pregnancy. Missourians for...

Why 'viability' is dividing the abortion rights movement

Jan. 17, 2024 16:38 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Reproductive rights activists in Missouri agree they want to get a ballot measure before voters this fall to roll back one of the strictest abortion bans in the country and ensure access. The sticking point is how far they should go. The groups have been...