Latest Abortion News

The Latest: Missouri Democratic lawmakers slam abortion bill

May. 18, 2019 6:33 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on Missouri's proposed ban on abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy (all times local): 8:35 p.m. Missouri Democratic lawmakers are slamming a bill to ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy. House Minority Leader Crystal Quade says there's no liberty in Missouri when...

Louisiana governor breaks with Democratic Party on abortion

May. 17, 2019 10:31 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Nearly three decades ago, when Democratic Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards' wife was 20 weeks pregnant with their first child, a doctor discovered their daughter had spina bifida and encouraged an abortion. The Edwardses refused. Now, daughter Samantha is married and working as a...

Missouri's GOP-led Legislature passes 8-week abortion ban

May. 17, 2019 10:18 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's Republican-led House on Friday passed sweeping legislation designed to survive court challenges, which would ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy. If enacted, the ban would be among the most restrictive in the U.S. It includes exceptions for medical emergencies,...

Celebrities answer call to share abortion testimonials

May. 17, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

Many people think they don't know anyone who's had an abortion, actress and TV host Busy Philipps tweeted earlier this week, "but #youknowme." So, she urged, "let's share it and start to end the shame." On her E! show "Busy Tonight," she shared her own story of her abortion when she was 15. "I'm telling you this...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

May. 17, 2019 1:59 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: Health care law does not mandate that nurses give vaccines. THE...

Warren unveils abortion rights platform following new laws

May. 17, 2019 9:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Elizabeth Warren is calling for a series of targeted measures designed to safeguard abortion rights following a flurry of new state laws that dramatically restrict women's ability to terminate pregnancies, moves Democrats have decried as a planned effort to chip away at the landmark Roe...

The Latest: Sen. Doug Jones calls abortion ban 'shameful'

May. 16, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on developments related to Alabama's strictest-in-the-nation abortion ban (all times local): 1:45 p.m. Democratic U.S. Sen. Doug Jones is calling his state's new abortion ban "shameful." Jones told reporters Thursday that the legislation uses rape and incest victims as...

Alabama Sen. Doug Jones calls new abortion ban 'shameful'

May. 16, 2019 6:29 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Doug Jones condemned Alabama's new abortion ban as "extreme" and "irresponsible" Thursday, a day after the state's Republican governor signed the most restrictive abortion measure in the country into law. "I think this bill, frankly, is shameful. It is callous,"...

Senate confirms abortion opponent as US judge in Louisiana

May. 16, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate confirmed Louisiana lawyer Wendy Vitter as a federal judge Thursday, overcoming opposition from Democrats who criticized her anti-abortion stance and accused her of trying to hide her record on the issue. Maine Sen. Susan Collins was the only Republican to oppose Vitter's...

Missouri 8-week abortion ban one step from going to governor

May. 16, 2019 3:13 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A wide-ranging Missouri bill banning abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy was just one step away from going to a supportive Republican governor after the state Senate passed the measure Thursday. The legislation needs only a final vote in the House, which already passed an...