Latest Abortion News

Georgia Senate OKs governor-backed 'heartbeat' abortion ban

Mar. 22, 2019 8:58 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Amid protests and a heavy police presence, the Georgia Senate on Friday passed a bill banning almost all abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected. The bill, backed by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, passed on a 34-18 party-line vote and would be one of the nation's strictest...

Glance at what some state legislatures are doing on abortion

Mar. 21, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

Mississippi's governor signed into law one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the country on Thursday. The bill outlaws abortions after the heartbeat of a fetus can be detected, around roughly the sixth week of a pregnancy. The ban is set to take effect on July 1, but abortion-rights advocates have already...

Mississippi governor signs 'heartbeat' abortion law

Mar. 21, 2019 5:31 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Thursday signed one of the strictest abortion laws in the nation — a measure that bans most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, about six weeks into pregnancy. Bryant's action came despite a federal judge's ruling last year that...

The Latest: Planned Parenthood criticizes abortion law

Mar. 21, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on the signing of (all times local): 3 p.m. A physician who is president of Planned Parenthood of America is criticizing a Mississippi law that will ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, about six weeks into pregnancy. Dr. Leana Wen says the law "will...

Federal judge blocks 2nd Kentucky abortion law within days

Mar. 20, 2019 8:34 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — For the second time in days, a federal judge on Wednesday issued an order temporarily blocking a new Kentucky law aimed at imposing more restrictions on abortion. U.S. District Judge David J. Hale granted another temporary restraining order sought by the American Civil Liberties Union...

South Dakota governor signs bills aimed at curbing abortion

Mar. 20, 2019 6:54 PM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Wednesday signed a package of bills aimed at curbing abortion. Noem said the bills will "crack down on abortion providers in South Dakota" by requiring providers to use a state form women must sign before they can end a pregnancy. "A strong and growing...

Kentucky gov signs abortion bill already facing a lawsuit

Mar. 19, 2019 8:11 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Republican governor on Tuesday signed into law an anti-abortion measure already entangled in a federal lawsuit, instructing his lawyers to fight the legal challenge against the new restrictions on the procedure. Days before Gov. Matt Bevin put his signature on the...

Mississippi Senate OKs ban on abortion after fetal heartbeat

Mar. 19, 2019 6:32 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi senators on Tuesday passed the final version of a bill that would ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, about six weeks into pregnancy. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant promises he will sign the bill , which will give Mississippi one of the nation's most...

Groups want trial to allow non-doctors to perform abortions

Mar. 18, 2019 1:31 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union and a group of abortion providers argued on Monday that a federal court should allow a trial on whether to strike down a 40-year-old Maine law that prevents non-doctors from performing abortions. The ACLU, Planned Parenthood, Maine Family Planning...

Anti-abortion bill clears Georgia Senate committee

Mar. 18, 2019 1:19 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Abortion rights activists chanted "shame" as Republicans on a Georgia Senate committee moved Monday to ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. The Senate Science and Technology Committee approved the bill on a party-line vote of 3 to 2. The legislation, backed by...