Latest Reproductive rights News

Colorado abortion clinic leaving family planning program

Jul. 19, 2019 12:54 PM EDT

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Colorado's first abortion clinic is withdrawing from a federal program that funds family planning for low-income women because of the Trump administration's ban on referring women for abortions. The program, known as Title X, doesn't pay for abortions. The new rules bar providers from...

AP sources: Trump officials weigh delay of abortion curbs

Jul. 19, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has told federally funded family planning clinics it is considering a delay in enforcing a controversial rule that bars them from referring women for abortions. That comes after clinics had vowed defiance. Two people attending meetings this week between the...

Senate seat passes to granddaughter of Navajo code talker

Jul. 18, 2019 8:21 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The granddaughter of the late World War II Navajo code talker and state legislator John Pinto will serve out the remainder of his term in the state Senate through 2020, New Mexico's governor announced Thursday. Navajo Nation member and educator Shannon Pinto was appointed by...

Indiana won't appeal order blocking abortion procedure ban

Jul. 18, 2019 6:40 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's attorney general has reversed himself and decided against appealing a federal judge's decision to block a state law that would ban a second-trimester abortion procedure. A judge granted a preliminary injunction last month sought by doctors who perform dilation and evacuation...

Highland votes to support abortion restrictions

Jul. 17, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

HIGHLAND, Utah (AP) — The city of Highland has passed a resolution in support of anti-abortion legislation, marking at least the third time a local government in Utah has a taken an official position against the procedure since state lawmakers passed new restrictions this year. The resolution approved...

Alabama may agree to keep abortion ban on hold until 2020

Jul. 17, 2019 5:18 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama indicated in a court filing that it might agree to keep the state's new abortion ban on hold until 2020 to let a legal challenge play out in court. The law set to take effect in November would make performing an abortion a felony in most cases. Abortion providers have filed...

John Paul Stevens emerged as Supreme Court's leading liberal

Jul. 17, 2019 12:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Paul Stevens moved left as the Supreme Court shifted to the right during his nearly 35 years as a justice. That's how the bow-tie wearing Republican from the Midwest emerged as the leader of the high court's liberal wing and a strong proponent of abortion rights, consumer protection...

Texas town drops measure to be 'sanctuary city for unborn'

Jul. 17, 2019 8:12 AM EDT

MINERAL WELLS, Texas (AP) — Leaders of a small town in Texas are abandoning a proposal that would have essentially banned abortions in their community. Mineral Wells Mayor Christopher Perricone says he proposed making his town a "sanctuary city for the unborn" after the town of Waskom became the first in...

Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens dies at 99

Jul. 16, 2019 11:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Paul Stevens, the bow-tied, independent-thinking, Republican-nominated justice who unexpectedly emerged as the Supreme Court's leading liberal, died Tuesday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after suffering a stroke Monday. He was 99. During nearly 35 years on the court, Stevens stood for...

Planned Parenthood to defy Trump abortion referral rule

Jul. 16, 2019 8:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federally funded family planning clinics, including Planned Parenthood, are defying the Trump administration's ban on referring women for abortions, drawing a line against what they say amounts to keeping patients in the dark about legitimate health care options. "We are not going to...