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State Reps. Lola Sheldon-Galloway, R-Great Falls, left, and Sharon Greef, R-Florence, listen to testimony in the House Judiciary Committee at the State Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Helena, Mont. (Thom Bridge/Independent Record via AP)

Bills to restrict abortion access considered in Montana

Jan. 20, 2021 2:59 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana lawmakers began debating two proposals Tuesday that would restrict access to abortions in the state, launching a renewed focus for the Republican-controlled Legislature on abortion limits after the state in November elected its first Republican governor in 16 years. One bill...

President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden arrive at Andrews Air Force Base, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden charts new US direction, promises many Trump reversals

Jan. 20, 2021 12:34 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stop. Stabilize. Then move — but in a vastly different direction. President-elect Joe Biden is pledging a new path for the nation after Donald Trump’s four years in office. That starts with confronting a pandemic that has killed 400,000 Americans and extends to sweeping...

New Mexico state Sens. Shannon Pinto, D-Tohatchi, left;Katy Duhigg, D-Albuquerque, top; Carrie Hamblen, D-Las Cruces, bottom; and Mimi Stewart, D-Albuquerque, right, stand for the opening of a 60-day legislative session on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Santa Fe, N.M. Fences, roadblocks, police and troops encircled the building as a precaution against federal warnings about the potential for violence. Plexiglass partitions have been installed on the floor of the House and Senate to protect legislators from coronavirus infection, and the Capitol is closed to the public to blunt the contagion. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

New Mexico lawmakers look for solutions to hobbled economy

Jan. 19, 2021 9:31 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers confronted daunting challenges as they began a 60-day session Tuesday amid an unrelenting coronavirus pandemic and concerns of violence at a Statehouse guarded by troops and encircled by fencing, barricades and mobile security cameras. Proposals aimed at reviving...

Informed consent abortion legislation proposed in Wyoming

Jan. 19, 2021 5:33 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Women in Wyoming would be allowed to view an ultrasound and hear the heartbeat of the fetus before seeking a non-emergency abortion under a proposed bill filed for the 2021 Legislative session. The bill would order doctors to make that option available to women who are seeking...

Kansas anti-abortion measure clears first legislative hurdle

Jan. 19, 2021 12:34 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A proposed anti-abortion amendment to the Kansas Constitution cleared its first hurdle in the Legislature on Tuesday as abortion opponents moved quickly to try to get it on the ballot. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the measure on a voice vote, sending it to the full Senate...

Abortion rights protestor Jay Lynn, left, argues with anti-abortion advocate Joseph Scheidler as he carries a sign along Michigan Ave. in Chicago, Friday, Aug. 23, 1996. Joe Scheidler, the founder of the Pro-Life Action League and prominent figure in the anti-abortion movement, died Monday, Jan. 18, 2021 the organization announced. He was 93. (AP Photo/John Gaps III, file)

Prominent anti-abortion activist Joe Scheidler dies at 93

Jan. 18, 2021 6:08 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Joe Scheidler, the founder of the Pro-Life Action League and prominent figure in the anti-abortion movement, died Monday, the organization announced. He was 93. Scheidler died of pneumonia at his Chicago home, according to Thomas Ciesielka, a spokesman for the group. His oldest son, Eric...

In this photo from Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, Rachel Sweet, a lobbyist for Planned Parenthood Great Plains, watches a legislative committee hearing on a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the state constitution in a hallway just outside the meeting room at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The proposed amendment would overturn a 2019 Kansas Supreme Court decision declaring access to abortion a

COVID-19 fuels quick push for Kansas anti-abortion measure

Jan. 18, 2021 12:14 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Abortion opponents are moving with unusual speed to put a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the state constitution on the ballot, fearing a COVID-19 outbreak could thwart them if they delay action even for a few weeks. The proposed amendment would overturn a Kansas Supreme Court...

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March for Life asks its supporters to stay home this year

Jan. 16, 2021 3:33 PM EST

Organizers of the March for Life, the anti-abortion movement’s preeminent annual event, are asking their supporters nationwide not to gather in Washington this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic and political unrest. Instead, a small group of invited anti-abortion leaders will march Jan. 29, and the...

Proponents and opponents for the Kansas constitutional amendment change to abortion sit socially distanced in the Federal and State Affairs committee meeting Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. (Evert Nelson/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP)

Kansas legislators review proposed anti-abortion amendment

Jan. 15, 2021 3:14 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Abortion opponents and abortion rights supporters on Friday previewed arguments they'll make to voters if lawmakers put a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the state constitution on the ballot. House and Senate committees heard testimony on a proposal to overturn a Kansas Supreme...

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New Mexico legislative priorities start with virus, economy

Jan. 14, 2021 7:21 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Top Democratic legislators in the New Mexico House of Representatives say the coronavirus pandemic and recovery efforts will drive efforts as lawmakers meet next week to push forward legislation on the economy, education and health care. “Our House Democratic priorities are to...