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Planned Parenthood challenges Wisconsin abortion laws

Jan. 16, 2019 5:06 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin asked a federal judge on Wednesday to repeal state laws that make it more difficult for women, particularly in rural areas, to receive abortions. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Madison targets restrictions enacted by the Republican Legislature...

Battles expected in many states over abortion-related bills

Jan. 16, 2019 1:02 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — On each side of the abortion debate, legislators and activists emboldened by recent political developments plan to push aggressively in many states this year for bills high on their wish lists: either seeking to impose near-total bans on abortion or guaranteeing women's access to the...

North Dakota House considers 'abortion reversal' bill

Jan. 11, 2019 5:50 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's House will consider legislation that would require abortion providers to inform women undergoing drug-induced abortions that it's possible they could still have a live birth if they change their mind, a claim abortion-rights groups say is unsupported by science. It's...

Lawmaker hopes state's action lead to demise of Roe v. Wade

Jan. 10, 2019 6:36 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — With Kentucky embroiled in three abortion-related court cases and lawmakers considering tougher restrictions almost certain to draw a legal challenge, a leading Republican senator said Thursday that he hopes the state's actions lead to a Supreme Court review of the Roe v. Wade ruling....

Fetal heartbeat: New abortion-related fight in Kentucky

Jan. 9, 2019 5:39 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Already mired in three lawsuits over abortion restrictions, Kentucky lawmakers are ratcheting up the stakes with a new bill to ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. As a new legislative session opens, the measure appeared to be on a fast track in the...

US appeals court hears New Orleans abortion case

Jan. 9, 2019 4:29 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Planned Parenthood lawsuit accusing Louisiana officials of illegally delaying a license for a new abortion clinic in New Orleans should be dismissed, the state's attorneys told a federal appeals court Wednesday. Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast and Planned Parenthood Center for Choice and...

The Latest: Louisiana says abortion suit should be dismissed

Jan. 9, 2019 3:03 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on Planned Parenthood's lawsuit alleging that Louisiana officials are violating federal law by delaying action on the health organization's application for a license to perform abortions in New Orleans (all times local): 2 p.m. Louisiana officials have told a federal appeals...

Kansas judge rules telemedicine abortions can continue

Dec. 31, 2018 7:27 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A judge ruled Monday that Kansas cannot stop telemedicine abortions, thwarting the latest attempt by state lawmakers to prevent doctors from providing pregnancy-ending pills to women they see by remote video conferences. District Judge Franklin Theis ruled that a law barring...

The Latest: Snyder signs bill to require grades for schools

Dec. 28, 2018 7:53 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's action on lame-duck bills (all times local): 7:50 p.m. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed into law requirements that letter grades be issued for each public school in the state. The new accountability system will begin in 2019 under the law...

Kasich veto sets up Ohio showdown over abortion limit

Dec. 21, 2018 3:20 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio has moved again to impose some of the most far-reaching abortion restrictions in the nation, after Republican Gov. John Kasich signed a ban Friday on dilation and evacuation terminations and set up a showdown with lawmakers over his veto of the so-called heartbeat bill. Kasich...