Latest Abortion controversy News

The Latest: Judge questions Mississippi 6-week abortion ban

May. 21, 2019 1:07 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on a hearing in a lawsuit to block a Mississippi abortion law that bans the procedure after 6 weeks (all times local): 12:05 p.m. A federal judge who struck down Mississippi's 15-week abortion ban last year is sharply questioning a new state law that bans abortions even...

At abortion clinics, new laws sow confusion, uncertainty

May. 21, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Abortion clinics are facing protesters emboldened by a flurry of restrictive new state laws as they reassure confused patients that the laws have yet to take effect, abortion providers said. "We have actually had many people calling and say, 'Are you open? Are you still seeing...

Mississippi 6-week abortion ban heads to federal court

May. 21, 2019 1:13 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge who struck down Mississippi's 15-week abortion ban last year is hearing arguments about a new law that puts the ban even earlier. The law would prohibit most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, at about six weeks, when many women may not know they're...

Clinic director: May sue over North Dakota abortion law

May. 20, 2019 7:08 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Abortion rights supporters are considering a lawsuit over a new North Dakota law that would require the clinic to read women a "junk science" script about reversing a medication abortion, according to the director of the state's only abortion clinic. Anti-abortion lawmakers had remained...

Trial begins in challenge to 4 abortion laws in Virginia

May. 20, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A doctor testifying Monday in a lawsuit challenging four abortion-restriction laws in Virginia said abortion is "one of the safest medical procedures that exist." Dr. Mark Nichols, an obstetrician/gynecologist who worked for years as the medical director of a Planned Parenthood chapter...

US judge to consider blocking new Mississippi abortion law

May. 20, 2019 2:23 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Inside Mississippi's only abortion clinic, administrator Shannon Brewer has been fielding phone calls from women who want to know whether they can still terminate a pregnancy if they think they might be more than a few weeks along. The confusion comes from a Mississippi law that's set...

Gov: Abortion ban shows Alabama values 'sanctity of life'

May. 20, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's governor said Monday the new abortion ban she recently signed into law reflects the high value residents place on the "sanctity of life," adding she doesn't expect any fallout from the controversial measure on tourism or business recruitment. Gov. Kay Ivey last week...

Hundreds protest Alabama abortion ban: 'My body, my choice!'

May. 20, 2019 1:02 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Hundreds of demonstrators marched to the Alabama Capitol on Sunday to protest the state's newly approved abortion ban, chanting "my body, my choice!" and "vote them out!" The demonstration came days after Gov. Kay Ivey signed the most stringent abortion law in the nation—...

Trump tells anti-abortion activists to stay united for 2020

May. 19, 2019 10:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump distanced himself from Alabama's restrictive new abortion law by laying out differing personal views even as he urged anti-abortion activists to stay united heading into the 2020 election. In a series of tweets about abortion, Trump did not state whether he was for...

Buttigieg likens Trump's tweets to 'grotesque things'

May. 19, 2019 8:34 PM EDT

CLAREMONT, N.H. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg jabbed at President Donald Trump during a Fox News town hall Sunday, saying he understands why people and the media are "mesmerized" by his tweets because "it is the nature of grotesque things that you can't look away." Asked how he...