Latest Abortion controversy News

Judge opposed by abortion foes finalist for top Kansas court

Oct. 18, 2019 8:08 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A trial-court judge opposed by Kansas' most influential anti-abortion group is among three finalists to fill a state Supreme Court vacancy with conservatives pushing measures to rein in the state's highest court. A state nominating commission led by attorneys selected Shawnee County...

Court upholds abortion clinic buffer, OKs 'peaceful' contact

Oct. 18, 2019 7:59 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A federal appeals court upheld a Pittsburgh ordinance Friday that creates a 15-foot buffer zone against protests outside abortion clinics in a decision that also allowed "sidewalk counseling" within that zone. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the city can restrict congregating,...

Challenge of Louisiana abortion rules survives, for now

Oct. 18, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday rejected the state of Louisiana's request that it toss out a lawsuit challenging a broad array of Louisiana abortion regulations. But the ruling from a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit of Appeals ruling also said abortion rights advocates lack...

The Latest: Bush-DeGeneres friendship prompts final question

Oct. 15, 2019 11:22 PM EDT

WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on the fourth Democratic presidential debate (all times local): 11:15 p.m. The final question at the fourth Democratic presidential debate challenged candidates to share examples of surprising friendships they've had and how it's affected them. The question on Tuesday...

The Latest: Challenger raises more cash than top Senator

Oct. 15, 2019 9:50 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on political fundraising efforts in New Mexico (all times local): 4:30 p.m. A Democratic primary election challenger is raising more campaign cash than the president of the New Mexico state Senate. Tracy Perry of Las Cruces reported Tuesday that her campaign has raised...

Bevin, Beshear wrangle over education in debate

Oct. 15, 2019 9:46 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear traded shots in a rancorous debate Tuesday night that turned personal when the incumbent brought up his challenger's children to claim his opponent is a "fraud" in promoting public education. Beshear responded...

Anti-abortion group opposes Kansas Supreme Court candidates

Oct. 15, 2019 8:12 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' most influential anti-abortion group launched an effort Tuesday to block two candidates for a state Supreme Court vacancy even before a state commission selects finalists for Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly, an abortion rights supporter, to consider. The unusually vocal and public...

Kansas man gets prison term for threats to Operation Rescue

Oct. 15, 2019 2:46 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita man who admitted threatening workers of the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue has been sentenced to federal prison. The U.S. attorney's office in says 22-year-old Christopher M. Thompson was sentenced Tuesday to a year and a day on one count of making a threat. Operation...

Suit challenges speech rules at Mississippi abortion clinic

Oct. 14, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Abortion opponents in Mississippi have filed a lawsuit challenging a local ordinance that will restrict noise levels and require protesters to remain a certain distance from the entrance of health care facilities. The lawsuit says the Jackson ordinance unconstitutionally limits...

California to require abortion medication at public colleges

Oct. 11, 2019 7:14 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will be the first state to require abortion medication on college campuses under a law signed Friday by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom. The law takes effect in 2023 and only applies to the 34 campuses in the University of California and California State University...