Latest Women's health News

Broad support for NC bill to bar shackling pregnant inmates

Apr. 20, 2021 18:23 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A bipartisan legislative effort to improve the care of pregnant women in North Carolina's prisons and jails will protect the mothers and newborns without diminishing public safety, supporters said Tuesday. Among other protections, the bill would...

Oklahoma Senate sends 3 anti-abortion bills to governor

Apr. 20, 2021 16:33 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Senate voted Tuesday in favor of three anti-abortion bills, including ones that would criminalize the procedure in certain cases and cost providers their medical licenses for performing them, sending the measures to the governor for his expected approval. ...

Abortion ban for genetic issues revived with minor changes

Apr. 19, 2021 22:20 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Republicans who control the Arizona Legislature on Monday amended a sweeping anti-abortion bill to satisfy concerns of a lone GOP senator who voted against the measure earlier this month and blocked it from advancing. The move clears the way for the...

Nevada Senate passes proposal to expand birth control access

Apr. 19, 2021 20:57 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The Nevada state Senate on Monday voted unanimously in favor of a proposal to allow pharmacists to provide patients birth control without authorization from a doctor or health care provider with a traditional prescription pad. Senate Bill 190...

Tennessee House: Fetal remains must be buried or cremated

Apr. 19, 2021 20:26 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Medical providers in Tennessee would be required to cremate or bury fetal remains from surgical abortions under legislation advanced by the GOP-controlled House on Monday. The proposal has sparked criticism among reproductive rights advocates,...

Colorado bill aims to improve maternal health care

Apr. 19, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers are considering a bill to improve maternal health aimed at bettering pregnancy outcomes for minority women, as the U.S. recognizes Black Maternal Health Week. About 700 women across the country die annually from complications during...

Federal officials reverse limits on fetal tissue research

Apr. 16, 2021 18:33 PM EDT

Federal officials on Friday reversed Trump administration restrictions on using human fetal tissue for medical research. The changes clear the way for using government money on work that in the past has led to treatments for a variety of diseases, including COVID-19. ...

Mississippi law will ban shackling inmates during childbirth

Apr. 16, 2021 13:56 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi will join a growing number of states and the federal government in banning the use of restraints on women giving birth in a jail or prison. Republican Gov. Tate Reeves on Wednesday signed House Bill 196, the “Dignity for Incarcerated...

Biden begins to undo Trump-era ban on abortion referrals

Apr. 14, 2021 15:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Wednesday began to undo a Trump-era ban on clinics referring women for abortions, a policy that drove Planned Parenthood from the federal family planning program and created new complications for women trying to get birth control. ...

Indiana lawmakers send abortion 'reversal' bill to governor

Apr. 14, 2021 13:04 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers on Wednesday approved a bill that would require doctors to tell women undergoing drug-induced abortions about a scientifically dubious option that the bill's proponents claim could halt an abortion midway through the process. The...