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The Devon Energy Center, the tallest building in Oklahoma, towers over empty parking spaces and a barren Sheridan Avenue where businesses are largely closed in the normally vibrant Bricktown section of Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Cliff Brunt)

Oklahoma governor halts abortions amid virus outbreak

Mar. 27, 2020 7:27 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Abortions will be prohibited in Oklahoma under the state's ban on elective surgeries during the coronavirus outbreak, Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Friday. Stitt amended his executive order to specifically prohibit abortions unless necessary to prevent health risks to the mother. The ban...

FILE - In this July 17, 2017 file photo, escort volunteers line up outside the EMW Women's Surgical Center in Louisville, Ky., the state's only abortion clinic. Kentucky's Attorney General Daniel Cameron, an anti-abortion supporter, said Friday, March 27, 2020, that abortions should cease as part of the governor's order halting elective medical procedures in the state due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Dylan Lovan, File)

Kentucky AG: Abortions should cease during virus pandemic

Mar. 27, 2020 4:52 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's attorney general said Friday that abortions in the state should cease as part of the governor's order halting elective medical procedures because of the coronavirus pandemic. Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron, who is anti-abortion, called on the state's acting...

Idaho governor OKs bill outlawing abortion if Roe reversed

Mar. 27, 2020 10:48 AM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little has signed into law legislation making abortion a crime in Idaho if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the Roe v. Wade decision that legalizing the procedure nationwide. The Republican governor signed the measure on Tuesday, according to his website. The measure...

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott shows a new executive order regarding reporting data about the coronavirus during a news conference on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, in Austin, Texas. (Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

Abortion providers sue Texas over virus outbreak order

Mar. 25, 2020 10:41 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Planned Parenthood joined other abortion providers Wednesday in suing Texas over moving to ban abortions during the coronavirus outbreak, including one clinic owner saying Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's weekend order has already resulted in more than 150 canceled appointments. The...

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2020, file photo, Executive Director Chrisse France talks about Preterm, the busiest abortion clinic in Ohio, in the procedure room in Cleveland. The governor and attorney general of Texas are moving to ban most abortions in the state during the coronavirus outbreak, declaring they don't qualify as essential surgeries. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

Texas moves to ban most abortions due to virus outbreak

Mar. 23, 2020 8:15 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The governor and attorney general of Texas are moving to ban most abortions in the state during the coronavirus outbreak, declaring they don't qualify as essential surgeries. Attorney General Ken Paxton said Monday that the order issued over the weekend by Gov. Greg Abbott barred...

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2020, file photo, Republican Sen. Deidre Henderson poses for a portrait at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. Gubernatorial candidate Spencer Cox announced his running mate Thursday, March 19, 2020, Utah Sen. Henderson.

Spencer Cox picks Utah Sen. Deidre Henderson as running mate

Mar. 19, 2020 12:41 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gubernatorial candidate Spencer Cox announced his running mate Thursday: Utah Sen. Diedre Henderson. “As we look at the problems that Utah is facing in the near future, and in the long term, I think we really need people in leadership who know how to work well with...

Bill outlawing abortion if Roe is reversed goes to governor

Mar. 18, 2020 7:19 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation making abortion a crime in Idaho should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing the procedure is headed to the governor's desk on Wednesday. The House voted 49-18 to approve the measure that includes exceptions for rape, incest and the life of the...

This 2016, photo shows Margaret Sparrow at her daughter's home in Greytown, New Zealand. Sparrow was delighted Wednesday, March 18, 2020 when New Zealand lawmakers have voted in favor of a landmark bill that treats abortion as a health issue rather than a crime. (Courtesy of Margaret Sparrow via AP)

New Zealand passes landmark law to decriminalize abortion

Mar. 18, 2020 4:47 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Margaret Sparrow was 21 years old when she drank a concoction to induce an abortion, at a time when the procedure was both illegal and socially unacceptable in New Zealand. Now age 84, Sparrow was delighted Wednesday when lawmakers passed a landmark bill that treats the...

In this Monday, March 9, 2020, photo, Marie Newman smiles as she campaigns in the Archer Heights neighborhood of Chicago. Newman almost unseated Illinois Republican Rep. Dan Lipinski a staunch abortion opponent and one of the most conservative Democrats in Congress, in 2018, and is trying again in the March 17 primary. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Progressive Newman ousts Rep. Lipinski in Illinois primary

Mar. 18, 2020 12:49 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Progressive Marie Newman won a rematch Tuesday with Illinois Rep. Dan Lipinski, unseating one of the most conservative Democrats in Congress in a victory for abortion-rights and women's groups that have targeted the eight-term congressman for years. Newman topped Lipinski and two other...

Idaho bill outlawing abortion if Roe is reversed advances

Mar. 16, 2020 12:11 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A House panel on Monday approved legislation making abortion a crime should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade, the ruling establishing abortion rights nationwide. The House State Affairs Committee voted along party lines to approve the measure that includes exceptions for...