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Gibraltar votes on whether to ease its strict abortion law

Jun. 24, 2021 04:18 AM EDT

GIBRALTAR (AP) — Gibraltar was holding a referendum Thursday on whether to introduce exceptions to the British territory’s ban on abortion. Abortion is illegal in Gibraltar, unless it is needed to save the mother’s life. Abortion is legally classified as “child...

Missouri special session on Medicaid funding begins

Jun. 23, 2021 15:55 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri senators on Wednesday returned to the Capitol to work out a deal on a critical piece of Medicaid funding that's entangled in a fight over family planning services. Republican Gov. Mike Parson called the last-minute special session...

Parson calls special session on Missouri Medicaid funding

Jun. 22, 2021 16:25 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Tuesday called lawmakers back for a special session to work out a deal on a critical piece of Medicaid funding. Parson said the special session will begin at noon Wednesday so lawmakers can pass a tax on medical...

Judge weighs blocking Indiana ‘abortion reversal’ law

Jun. 22, 2021 11:38 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge said he'll soon decide whether to block a new Indiana law that would require doctors to tell women undergoing drug-induced abortions about a disputed treatment for potentially stopping the abortion process. U.S. District Judge James...

Missouri risks Medicaid funding over contraceptive fight

Jun. 17, 2021 18:18 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri is at risk of losing $4.5 billion in tax revenue and federal funding for Medicaid because of a fight between lawmakers over contraceptives. At issue is a state tax on hospitals, doctors and other health care providers that is used to...

Appeals court refuses to reinstate N Carolina abortion ban

Jun. 16, 2021 16:49 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's ban on most abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy must remain unenforceable, a federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday, rejecting arguments that the law should be left intact because prosecutors aren't going after doctors who violate it. ...

Compromise reached on separating abortion, health services

Jun. 15, 2021 16:43 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — House and Senate budget negotiators reached a compromise Tuesday on a provision meant to ensure that taxpayer money isn’t indirectly used for abortion. The House-passed budget included language that would require family planning programs that get...

N. Carolina ban on Down syndrome abortions goes to governor

Jun. 10, 2021 18:12 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina senators approved a bill on Thursday to bar women from getting abortions on the basis of race, sex or a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome. With the Senate's party-line vote, the prohibition Republicans are seeking now heads to...

Federal appeals court blocks sweeping Missouri abortion law

Jun. 09, 2021 13:26 PM EDT

A federal appeals court panel on Wednesday blocked Missouri from enforcing a sweeping state abortion law that bans the procedures at or after eight weeks of pregnancy. A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis heard arguments in September...

Parson replaces administrative judge who heard abortion case

Jun. 08, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republican Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has replaced the administrative law judge who ruled against the state health department in a significant abortion case. In 2020, Sreenivasa Rao Dandamudi turned aside Missouri's effort to close the state's...