Latest Abortion controversy News

Missouri election official fires back over abortion lawsuit

Aug. 23, 2019 11:33 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's top election official is firing back after abortion-rights advocates sued him for allegedly impeding their work to put one of the nation's most restrictive abortion laws to a public vote. Republican Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft on Friday said he's sad that when...

Rhode Island man to plead guilty to threatening professor

Aug. 23, 2019 8:34 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Rhode Island man charged with sending threatening emails to a college professor in Massachusetts apparently because of the professor's pro-abortion rights stance has agreed to plead guilty. Federal prosecutors in Boston said Thursday that 29-year-old Matthew Haviland, of North Kingstown,...

Money crunch after Planned Parenthood quits federal program

Aug. 22, 2019 8:37 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Planned Parenthood clinics in several states are charging new fees, tapping financial reserves, intensifying fundraising and warning of more unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases after its decision to quit a $260 million federal family planning program in an...

Critics of Missouri abortion law sue over referendum failure

Aug. 22, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Abortion-rights advocates on Thursday sued Missouri's top election official, alleging his actions and state laws denied them the right to put one of the nation's most restrictive abortion laws to a public vote. No Bans on Choice Committee and the American Civil Liberties Union sought...

Louisiana governor's race ad takes aim at transgender rights

Aug. 22, 2019 6:44 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Republican candidate for Louisiana governor Ralph Abraham has released a new TV ad that takes aim at abortion rights and the transgender community as he works to draw attention for his campaign. In the 30-second spot launched Thursday, the three-term congressman looks directly into...

Tennessee abortion waiting period lawsuit headed for trial

Aug. 21, 2019 1:57 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Opponents to a Tennessee law requiring women to wait 48 hours before getting an abortion argue that such restrictions help perpetuate negative stereotypes about gender. The argument is part of a lengthy lawsuit challenging the legality of the waiting period rule, which Tennessee's...

Abortion clinic fate unclear as court rejects licensure case

Aug. 21, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court won't hear an Ohio abortion clinic's challenge to the state's increasingly stringent operational rules, placing the facility's future in question. Abortion-rights group NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio said Women's Med Center, the Dayton area's last abortion clinic, "will...

Ohio clinics want heartbeat abortion ban permanently blocked

Aug. 21, 2019 5:27 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Lawyers for abortion clinics challenging an Ohio law banning abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected have asked a federal court to block the measure permanently. In a filing Tuesday in federal court in Columbus, the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio and others said a July 3...

Trump steadily fulfills goals on religious right wish list

Aug. 20, 2019 4:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When Donald Trump assumed the presidency, conservative religious leaders drew up "wish lists' of steps they hoped he'd take to oppose abortion and rein in the LGBTQ-rights movement. With a flurry of recent actions, Trump's administration is now winning their praise for aggressively...

Georgia asks judge not to block restrictive abortion law

Aug. 20, 2019 4:09 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia has asked a federal judge not to block the state's restrictive abortion law from taking effect and to dismiss a challenge to the constitutionality of the measure. The law bans abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can happen as early as six weeks into a pregnancy,...