Latest Abortion News

Kentucky abortion fight aimed at second-trimester procedure

Nov. 13, 2018 5:06 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Attorneys for Kentucky's socially conservative governor and the state's only abortion clinic opened their latest legal fight Tuesday, this time over a lawsuit challenging a new state law aimed at a common second-trimester procedure to end pregnancies. Anti-abortion activists gathered...

The Latest: Newest abortion court fight opens in Kentucky

Nov. 13, 2018 11:49 AM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on a federal trial over a lawsuit challenging a Kentucky abortion law (all times local): 11:45 a.m. Attorneys for Kentucky's socially conservative governor and the state's only abortion clinic have opened their latest legal fight over an abortion-related law passed by the...

Kentucky abortion battle shifts to second-trimester ban

Nov. 8, 2018 6:51 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's protracted legal fight over abortion is entering a new round involving the same combatants, but this time they'll be arguing over a second-trimester procedure to end pregnancies. Lawyers for Kentucky's only abortion clinic will argue in federal court next week that a new...

Group challenges Kansas ban on telemedicine abortions

Nov. 8, 2018 5:47 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A group that supports abortion rights on Thursday filed a lawsuit challenging a Kansas ban on telemedicine abortions, a practice that allows women in rural areas to get abortion pills without an in-office consultation in a city clinic. The Center for Reproductive Rights contends the...

Anti-abortion activist who shot Kansas abortion doctor freed

Nov. 7, 2018 7:57 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A woman who shot Wichita abortion doctor George Tiller and attacked abortion clinics in several states in the 1990s has been released from prison in Oregon, prompting concern in clinics across the country, according to a published report Wednesday. Rachelle "Shelley" Shannon was...

Trump administration finalizes birth control opt-out policy

Nov. 7, 2018 7:06 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A day after Republicans expanded their Senate majority, the Trump administration on Wednesday finalized a policy change that allows some employers with religious or moral objections to opt out of providing no-cost birth control for female workers. The new regulations from several federal...

Many red state voters embrace liberal-backed ballot measures

Nov. 7, 2018 4:46 PM EST

Even in deep-red states, voters embraced an array of liberal-backed ballot measures in Tuesday's election — expanding Medicaid, targeting gerrymandering, boosting minimum wages, legalizing marijuana use. The results heartened left-of-center activists, who see a path going forward for circumventing...

Planned Parenthood says it's complying with restriction

Nov. 5, 2018 7:57 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Planned Parenthood said Monday it's now complying with an Arkansas law that was put on hold requiring doctors providing abortion pills to contract with a physician with admitting privileges at a hospital who agrees to handle any complications. Attorneys for Planned Parenthood Great...

Texas cancels troubled contract with anti-abortion group

Oct. 12, 2018 8:12 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas is canceling $6 million in troubled contracts with an anti-abortion group hired to bolster women's health services after Republican lawmakers cut off Planned Parenthood, and officials said Friday that more than $1 million in billings are under investigation. The announcement ends a...

Ruling strikes down parts of St. Louis 'abortion ordinance'

Oct. 4, 2018 4:54 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that some provisions of a St. Louis ordinance banning discrimination based on reproductive health decisions violate the U.S. Constitution and Missouri law. A lawsuit questioned the city's 2017 ordinance that bars employers from hiring or firing workers based on...