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Rwanda orders release of young women jailed over abortions

May. 19, 2020 7:40 AM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwanda’s president has pardoned and ordered the release of 50 young women who were jailed for having or assisting with abortions. Justice Minister Johnston Busingye said the women released Tuesday were the last to be freed. Last year, President Paul Kagame ordered the release...

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2020, file photo, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge speaks to reporters at a news conference in Washington. A federal judge on Thursday, May 7, 2020, rejected a request by Arkansas' only surgical abortion clinic to block a rule requiring a negative coronavirus test before a woman undergoes the procedure.

Judge rejects abortion clinic's bid to block virus test rule

May. 7, 2020 9:15 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday rejected a request by Arkansas' only surgical abortion clinic to block a rule requiring a negative coronavirus test before a woman undergoes the procedure. U.S. District Judge Brian Miller rejected the motion to prevent the state from enforcing the...

Judge blocks ordinance aimed at preventing certain abortions

May. 2, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge has blocked a Tennessee city's zoning ordinance that banned certain abortions. U.S. District Judge Eli Richardson issued an order Friday preliminarily blocking enforcement of the ordinance in Mt. Juliet. The ordinance would have prevented abortion provider carafem...

Abortion clinic challenges Arkansas coronavirus testing rule

May. 1, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' only surgical abortion clinic on Friday challenged a state rule requiring coronavirus tests before elective surgeries, saying it's preventing women from having the procedure. The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas, which represents Little Rock Family Planning...

FILE - In this March 29, 2020, file photo, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear speaks during a media conference on the coronavirus at the Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. Kentucky's Democratic governor vetoed legislation Friday, April 24, 2020, that would have given the state's anti-abortion attorney general new authority to regulate abortion clinics. (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP, File)

Kentucky's Democratic governor vetoes abortion legislation

Apr. 24, 2020 7:55 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Democratic governor vetoed legislation Friday that would have given the state's anti-abortion attorney general new authority to regulate abortion clinics. The measure cleared the GOP-dominated legislature in the waning hours of this year's legislative session. As a result,...

Court allows Arkansas ban on surgical abortions due to virus

Apr. 22, 2020 10:43 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday allowed Arkansas to ban most surgical abortions during the coronavirus pandemic. A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dissolved a judge's temporary restraining order that allowed surgical abortions to continue after the...

Federal judge: Oklahoma abortion ban can't be enforced

Apr. 21, 2020 12:42 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt's attempt to ban abortions during the coronavirus pandemic cannot be enforced, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Charles Goodwin issued a preliminary injunction late Monday after abortion providers sued Stitt over the ban. The injunction replaces...

Panel: Texas can ban medical abortions to fight coronavirus

Apr. 20, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Texas can now ban medication abortions as part of the state’s effort to fight the spread of the new coronavirus, a federal appeals court panel ruled Monday. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans last week temporarily blocked the state’s prohibition on medication...

FILE - In this March 16, 2020, file photo, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee answers questions concerning the state's response to the coronavirus during a news conference in Nashville, Tenn. Tennessee abortion providers are asking a federal judge to order that abortions can go forward despite an executive order from Gov. Lee aimed at reducing the spread of the coronavirus. Their lawyers argue in a motion filed on Monday, April 13, 2020, that Lee's order blocking “nonemergency healthcare procedures” should not apply to abortions. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Judge: Tennessee can't prevent abortions during coronavirus

Apr. 18, 2020 12:03 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge Friday night ruled that Tennessee has to continue allowing abortions amid a temporary ban on nonessential medical procedures that's aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19. U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman said the defendants didn't show that any appreciable...

FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2019, file photo, Kentucky then Attorney General-Elect Daniel Cameron addresses community members at the dedication of a Recovery Community Center in Manchester, Ky. The anti-abortion attorney general is embracing the opportunity to regulate abortion clinics. State lawmakers gave Cameron that new power before ending this year's legislative session, Wednesday, April 15, 2020, but he might not get to wield that authority. The bill goes next to Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Abortion opponents send bill to Kentucky governor

Apr. 16, 2020 8:19 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Kentucky moved this week to give the state's anti-abortion attorney general authority to regulate abortion clinics, but they may have acted too late if the state's new Democratic governor objects. The legislature passed the bill late Wednesday, on the last day...