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Judge temporarily blocks new Arkansas anti-abortion laws

Jul. 24, 2019 1:20 AM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge has blocked three new abortion restrictions from taking effect in Arkansas, including a measure that opponents say would likely force the state's only surgical abortion clinic to close. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker granted a 14-day temporary restraining order...

Federal judge hears challenge to Arkansas abortion laws

Jul. 22, 2019 10:52 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An official with Arkansas' only surgical abortion clinic said Monday that the facility could close within a month if a federal judge doesn't block a new law restricting who can perform abortions in the state. The clinic director of Little Rock Family Planning Services said during a...

Administration pauses enforcement of abortion restriction

Jul. 21, 2019 10:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is giving taxpayer-funded family planning clinics more time to comply with its new rule that says they no longer can refer women for abortions. But the clinics reacted warily to the administration's enforcement pause, and the widening rift could eventually affect...

AP sources: Trump officials weigh delay of abortion curbs

Jul. 19, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has told federally funded family planning clinics it is considering a delay in enforcing a controversial rule that bars them from referring women for abortions. That comes after clinics had vowed defiance. Two people attending meetings this week between the...

Planned Parenthood to defy Trump abortion referral rule

Jul. 16, 2019 8:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federally funded family planning clinics, including Planned Parenthood, are defying the Trump administration's ban on referring women for abortions, drawing a line against what they say amounts to keeping patients in the dark about legitimate health care options. "We are not going to...

Trump abortion restrictions effective immediately

Jul. 15, 2019 9:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Taxpayer-funded family planning clinics must stop referring women for abortions immediately, the Trump administration said Monday, declaring it will begin enforcing a new regulation hailed by religious conservatives and denounced by medical organizations and women's rights groups. The...

Abortions halted at Arkansas clinic while new site sought

Jul. 9, 2019 3:31 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Planned Parenthood says it's stopped providing medication-induced abortions at its facility in northwest Arkansas while it seeks a new location, leaving the state for now with two abortion providers. Planned Parenthood Great Plains Chief Executive Officer Brandon Hill said in a...

Kansas judge won't give go-ahead for telemedicine abortions

Jul. 8, 2019 7:49 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A state-court judge declined Monday to give a Kansas clinic permission to provide telemedicine abortions. Shawnee County District Judge Teresa Watson rejected a request from the Trust Women Foundation for an injunction to block the state from subjecting the clinic and its doctors to...

ACLU effort to put abortion ban to vote can proceed

Jul. 8, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — An appellate court panel ruled Monday that the American Civil Liberties Union can soon begin collecting signatures that would put a new Missouri law banning abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy to a public vote. A three-judge panel of the state's Court of Appeals found that GOP...

Judge denies request to halt Trump 'gag rule' in Maine

Jul. 3, 2019 7:02 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal judge in Maine denied on Wednesday a reproductive rights group's request to block new rules for family planning grants backed by the Trump administration. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced new rules this spring to prohibit family planning clinics...