Latest Abortion controversy News

Trump abortion rule seen as blow against Planned Parenthood

Jul. 16, 2019 7:21 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Taxpayer-funded family planning clinics must stop referring women for abortions immediately, the Trump administration says, declaring it will begin enforcing a new regulation hailed by religious conservatives and denounced by medical organizations and women's rights groups. The head of a...

Salvadoran accused of abortion faces retrial, hefty sentence

Jul. 15, 2019 10:24 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A young woman who gave birth to a baby in an outhouse toilet in El Salvador was back in court Monday facing a second trial for murder in a case that has drawn international attention because of the country's highly restrictive abortion laws. Evelyn Beatriz Hernández,...

Trump abortion restrictions effective immediately

Jul. 15, 2019 9:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Taxpayer-funded family planning clinics must stop referring women for abortions immediately, the Trump administration said Monday, declaring it will begin enforcing a new regulation hailed by religious conservatives and denounced by medical organizations and women's rights groups. The...

Court sides with anti-abortion protester fined for pamphlets

Jul. 15, 2019 11:07 AM EDT

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama appeals court has ruled that an anti-abortion protester shouldn't have been ticketed $250 for handing out pamphlets outside an abortion clinic. Al.com reports the court ruled Friday that Ellen Haverman Hermann was exempted from needing a permit as she was conducting a...

Lawmaker operating anti-abortion center steps back from bill

Jul. 15, 2019 5:19 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A state lawmaker who operates an anti-abortion pregnancy resource center says she's stepping back from legislation proposing a tax benefit for donors to centers like hers. Rep. Candice Keller, a Middletown Republican, said she'd no longer co-sponsor the bill or vote on it. The measure...

ACLU: timing threatens public vote on Missouri abortion law

Jul. 12, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Timing threatens to stymie efforts to let the public vote on a new Missouri law banning abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy or later after the state Supreme Court on Friday refused to intervene to force the state's top election official to act quickly. At issue is a push by the...

Oklahoma judge upholds law banning common abortion procedure

Jul. 12, 2019 4:09 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma judge on Friday upheld a ban on a common second-trimester abortion procedure in what abortion rights proponents decried as a "rogue" decision that will threaten the reproductive rights of women throughout the state. Oklahoma County District Judge Cindy Truong ruled from the...

Trump applauds far-right social media provocateurs

Jul. 11, 2019 8:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump used a White House conference Thursday to applaud far-right social media provocateurs even as he conceded that some of them are extreme in their views. Trump, who has weaponized social media to eviscerate opponents and promote himself, led a "social media summit" of...

State hires expert to help in abortion lawsuit

Jul. 11, 2019 5:00 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama attorney general's office is hiring a $200-per-hour litigation consultant to help defend the state's attempt to outlaw abortion. The contract went before a legislative review committee Thursday. It will pay law professor Scott Gaylord up to $75,000 over two years. Clay...

Kansas Supreme Court justice targeted by right to retire

Jul. 10, 2019 9:54 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas Supreme Court justice whose votes for abortion rights and against the death penalty made him a political target plans to retire in three months, allowing Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly to name a replacement before the Republican-controlled Legislature can intervene. Justice Lee...