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How an Alabama court ruling that frozen embryos are children could affect IVF

Feb. 21, 2024 15:12 PM EST

The Alabama Supreme Court recently ruled that frozen embryos can be considered children under state law, raising concerns about how the decision could affect in vitro fertilization, commonly known as IVF. The decision issued in a pair of wrongful death cases brought by couples who...

Four-term New Hampshire governor delivers his final state-of-the-state speech

Feb. 15, 2024 16:12 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Sununu delivered his final state-of-the-state address Thursday, urging lawmakers to continue on the path of fiscal prudence and limited government that he said has made New Hampshire “a beacon of success.” “Continued success is not...

New Hampshire Senate rejects enshrining abortion rights in the state constitution

Feb. 15, 2024 15:57 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Another attempt to enshrine abortion rights in the New Hampshire Constitution failed Thursday, this time in the Senate. State law prohibits abortion after 24 weeks of pregnancy except when the mother’s health or life is in danger or there is a fatal fetal...

Pregnant woman found dead in Indiana in 1992 identified through forensic genealogy

Feb. 15, 2024 15:35 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A pregnant woman who was found dead in 1992 in a northeastern Indiana basement has been identified through forensic genetic genealogy and DNA provided by her father, authorities said Thursday. The woman was identified as Tabetha Ann Murlin of Fort Wayne, who...

Iowa's abortion providers now have some guidance for the paused 6-week ban, if it is upheld

Feb. 15, 2024 11:29 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s medical board on Thursday approved some guidance abortion providers would need to follow if the state’s ban on most abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy is upheld by the Iowa Supreme Court. The restrictive abortion law is currently on hold...

Charlotte, a stingray with no male companion, is pregnant in her mountain aquarium

Feb. 14, 2024 18:59 PM EST

Charlotte, a rust-colored stingray the size of a serving platter, has spent much of her life gliding around the confines of a storefront aquarium in North Carolina's Appalachian Mountains. She's 2,300 miles (3,700 kilometers) from her natural habitat under the waves off southern...

Mental health emerges as a dividing line in abortion rights initiatives planned for state ballots

Feb. 13, 2024 10:30 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The weeks after Kaniya Harris found out she was pregnant were among the hardest in her life. Final exams were fast approaching for the college junior. Her doctors told her she had an ovarian cyst, and the risk of ectopic pregnancy was high. The wait times for...

Post-Roe v. Wade, more patients rely on early prenatal testing as states toughen abortion laws

Feb. 12, 2024 11:06 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In Utah, more of Dr. Cara Heuser’s maternal-fetal medicine patients are requesting early ultrasounds, hoping to detect serious problems in time to choose whether to continue the pregnancy or have an abortion. In North Carolina, more obstetrics patients of Dr....

Which states could have abortion on the ballot in 2024?

Feb. 07, 2024 12:28 PM EST

The Florida Supreme Court is hearing arguments Wednesday on whether a ballot measure to enshrine the right to abortion in the state constitution should go before voters in November. It's one of several states where abortion might be on the ballot this year. There has...

South Carolina woman seeks clarity on abortion ban in lawsuit backed by Planned Parenthood

Feb. 05, 2024 13:57 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina woman who traveled elsewhere for an abortion just days after reaching six weeks of pregnancy wants a court to affirm that the state’s ban on the procedure — when a “fetal heartbeat” can be detected — should not take effect until later in a...