Latest Abortion News

Governor vetoes bill outlawing abortions over Down syndrome

Nov. 21, 2019 5:33 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A bill that would have prohibited abortions because of a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome was vetoed Thursday by Pennsylvania’s Democratic governor. One day after it passed the Republican-controlled Legislature, Gov. Tom Wolf made good on a promise and rejected the...

Measure introduced in Ohio would ban abortion outright

Nov. 15, 2019 5:03 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A group of conservative lawmakers in Ohio has introduced a bill to outlaw abortion outright except to save the pregnant woman’s life. State Rep. Candice Keller, a Republican from Middletown, says the bill’s backers are tired of taking an incremental approach to ending...

Christian pregnancy centers to offer women contraceptives

Nov. 15, 2019 3:25 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Planned Parenthood gave up roughly $60 million when it left a federal family planning program this year in opposition to a new Trump administration rule prohibiting clinics from referring women for abortions. In Texas, a network of eight Christian pregnancy centers is jockeying for...

Oklahoma abortion clinic takes on 'physicians only' laws

Nov. 8, 2019 3:32 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City abortion clinic filed a lawsuit Friday challenging longstanding state laws that allow only physicians to perform abortions in Oklahoma, marking the sixth time in five years that the state's abortion restrictions have ended up in court. The lawsuit, which was filed on...

Texas: Evangelical women's health group owes state $1.5M

Nov. 8, 2019 2:21 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — An anti-abortion group that has come under fire for failing to fulfill its promise to provide health services to thousands of low-income Texas women owes the state more than $1.5 million for reimbursement payments that were either inflated or that the state shouldn't have paid at all,...

Appeals court says GOP can't join Wisconsin abortion lawsuit

Nov. 8, 2019 11:05 AM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A federal appeals court has affirmed a lower court ruling that Republican state lawmakers can't intervene in a Planned Parenthood lawsuit challenging certain Wisconsin abortion restrictions. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Thursday's ruling from the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals...

Judge strikes down new Trump rule on religious objections

Nov. 6, 2019 5:14 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday struck down a new Trump administration rule that could open the way for more health care workers to refuse to participate in abortions or other procedures on moral or religious grounds. U.S. District Judge Paul A. Engelmayer said the U.S. Health and Human...

The Latest: GOP holds on to Richmond-area Senate seat

Nov. 6, 2019 11:11 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on Virginia's elections (all times local): 11:10 a.m. Republicans have held on to a Richmond-area Senate seat as Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant defeated Democratic challenger Del. Debra Rodman in a race dominated by attack ads over gun control and abortion. Dunnavant, an OB-GYN,...

Hearing concludes in Missouri abortion clinic licensing case

Oct. 31, 2019 1:42 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — An administrative hearing to decide whether Missouri can revoke the license for the state's only abortion clinic concluded Thursday with emotional testimony from a clinic official. The hearing in St. Louis before a commissioner with the Missouri Administrative Hearing Commission was...

Doctor at Missouri abortion clinic defends patient care

Oct. 30, 2019 8:39 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The top doctor at Missouri's sole abortion clinic on Wednesday defended its handling of four patients who faced complications — women whose care has been cited by the state as it seeks to revoke the clinic's license. The testimony from Dr. Colleen McNicholas at a hearing that could...