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Members of the Kansas House Federal and State Affairs Committee signal whether they want to be recorded as voting yes or voting no on a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the state constitution, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The committee has approved the measure, which would overturn a 2019 Kansas Supreme Court decision declaring access to abortion a

Vote's timing is key issue with Kansas anti-abortion measure

Jan. 21, 2021 7:50 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican lawmakers insisted Thursday that their proposed anti-abortion amendment to the Kansas Constitution be put to voters on the August 2022 primary ballot, leading to criticism that they fear it would fail if put to a broader swath of voters during that year's general election....

South Carolina Sen. Mia McLeod, D-Columbia, walks to her seat as the South Carolina Senate Medical Affairs meets on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021 in Columbia, S.C. The committee approved a stricter ban on abortions. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

SC abortion limits bill with no rape exception nears debate

Jan. 21, 2021 5:16 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's state senators, emboldened by their newly expanded GOP majority, are nearing floor debate on a bill that would ban almost all abortions in the state without exceptions for pregnancies caused by rape or incest. Bills seeking stricter abortion limits have been debated...

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2015, file photo, a man walks in front of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. Texas should be allowed to halt a common second-trimester abortion procedure, the state's lawyers told a federal appeals court Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in a hearing punctuated by debates over fetal pain and the rights of women to medically safe abortion. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman, File)

Appeals court revisits Texas ban on abortion procedure

Jan. 21, 2021 2:54 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Texas should be allowed to halt a common second-trimester abortion procedure, the state's lawyers told a federal appeals court Thursday in a hearing punctuated by debates over fetal pain and the rights of women to medically safe abortion. A 2017 Texas law, which has never been enforced,...

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2015, file photo, protesters fill the Capitol rotunda in Helena, Mont., during a rally to show support in an attempt to change the Montana Constitution to define life as beginning at conception. Republican lawmakers in Montana are pushing a series of bills that would limit abortion access and remove gun restrictions, hoping to capitalize on GOP control following the November election. Montana has a Republican governor for the first time in 16 years, opening the door to pass into law bills previously vetoed by Democratic governors. (Thom Bridge/Independent Record via AP, File)

Montana GOP revives vetoed bills, focusing on abortion, guns

Jan. 21, 2021 1:21 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Montana are pushing a series of bills that would limit abortion access and remove gun restrictions, hoping to capitalize on GOP control following the November election. Montana has a Republican governor for the first time in 16 years, opening the door to pass...

FILE - In this Aug.22, 1997 file photo, Pope John Paul II meditates by the grave of his former friend geneticist Jerome Lejeune, during a private visit to the Chalo-Saint-Mars cemetery near Paris. Pope Francis on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, approved the “heroic virtues” of Dr. Jerome Lejeune, who discovered the genetic basis of Down syndrome, lived from 1926-1994 and was particularly esteemed by St. John Paul II for his anti-abortion stance. (AP Photo/Arturo Mari/file)

French doctor who made Down discovery closer to sainthood

Jan. 21, 2021 10:32 AM EST

ROME (AP) — The French doctor who discovered the genetic basis of Down syndrome but spent his career advocating against abortion as a result of prenatal diagnosis has taken his first major step to possible sainthood. Pope Francis on Thursday approved the “heroic virtues” of Dr. Jerome...

State Reps. Lola Sheldon-Galloway, R-Great Falls, left, and Sharon Greef, R-Florence, listen to testimony in the House Judiciary Committee at the State Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Helena, Mont. (Thom Bridge/Independent Record via AP)

Bills to restrict abortion access considered in Montana

Jan. 20, 2021 2:59 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana lawmakers began debating two proposals Tuesday that would restrict access to abortions in the state, launching a renewed focus for the Republican-controlled Legislature on abortion limits after the state in November elected its first Republican governor in 16 years. One bill...

President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden arrive at Andrews Air Force Base, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden charts new US direction, promises many Trump reversals

Jan. 20, 2021 12:34 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stop. Stabilize. Then move — but in a vastly different direction. President-elect Joe Biden is pledging a new path for the nation after Donald Trump’s four years in office. That starts with confronting a pandemic that has killed 400,000 Americans and extends to sweeping...

New Mexico state Sens. Shannon Pinto, D-Tohatchi, left;Katy Duhigg, D-Albuquerque, top; Carrie Hamblen, D-Las Cruces, bottom; and Mimi Stewart, D-Albuquerque, right, stand for the opening of a 60-day legislative session on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Santa Fe, N.M. Fences, roadblocks, police and troops encircled the building as a precaution against federal warnings about the potential for violence. Plexiglass partitions have been installed on the floor of the House and Senate to protect legislators from coronavirus infection, and the Capitol is closed to the public to blunt the contagion. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

New Mexico lawmakers look for solutions to hobbled economy

Jan. 19, 2021 9:31 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers confronted daunting challenges as they began a 60-day session Tuesday amid an unrelenting coronavirus pandemic and concerns of violence at a Statehouse guarded by troops and encircled by fencing, barricades and mobile security cameras. Proposals aimed at reviving...

Informed consent abortion legislation proposed in Wyoming

Jan. 19, 2021 5:33 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Women in Wyoming would be allowed to view an ultrasound and hear the heartbeat of the fetus before seeking a non-emergency abortion under a proposed bill filed for the 2021 Legislative session. The bill would order doctors to make that option available to women who are seeking...

Kansas anti-abortion measure clears first legislative hurdle

Jan. 19, 2021 12:34 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A proposed anti-abortion amendment to the Kansas Constitution cleared its first hurdle in the Legislature on Tuesday as abortion opponents moved quickly to try to get it on the ballot. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the measure on a voice vote, sending it to the full Senate...