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Gibraltar votes on whether to ease its strict abortion law

Jun. 24, 2021 04:18 AM EDT

GIBRALTAR (AP) — Gibraltar was holding a referendum Thursday on whether to introduce exceptions to the British territory’s ban on abortion. Abortion is illegal in Gibraltar, unless it is needed to save the mother’s life. Abortion is legally classified as “child...

Iowa court blocks mandatory waiting period for abortion

Jun. 22, 2021 17:46 PM EDT

An Iowa judge blocked a state law that would have imposed a 24-hour waiting period before women could get abortions, likely setting up a legal battle before the state Supreme Court. Judge Mitchell Turner ruled Monday that because legislators passed the law last year as an...

EXPLAINER: What is the Catholic Communion controversy?

Jun. 18, 2021 19:40 PM EDT

A committee of U.S. Catholic bishops is getting to work on a policy document that has stirred controversy among their colleagues before a word of it has even been written. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops overwhelmingly approved the drafting of a document “on the...

US Catholic bishops OK steps toward possible rebuke of Biden

Jun. 18, 2021 17:03 PM EDT

U.S. Catholic bishops overwhelmingly approved the drafting of a “teaching document” that many of them hope will rebuke Catholic politicians, including President Joe Biden, for receiving Communion despite their support for abortion rights. The decision, vehemently...

Heated debate before US Catholic bishops vote on Communion

Jun. 17, 2021 20:32 PM EDT

In impassioned debate Thursday, U.S. Catholic bishops clashed over how to address concerns about Catholic politicians, including President Joe Biden, who continue to receive Communion despite supporting abortion rights. Some bishops said a strong rebuke of Biden is needed...

Southern Baptists vote to probe leaders' sex abuse response

Jun. 16, 2021 19:45 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Delegates at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to create a task force to oversee an independent investigation into the denomination's handling of sexual abuse. Separately, the convention approved its...

Rift on Communion policy as US Catholic bishops open meeting

Jun. 16, 2021 19:13 PM EDT

Divisions flared quickly on Wednesday as U.S. Catholic bishops opened a national meeting highlighted by a sensitive agenda item — whether to take initial steps toward a possible rebuke of politicians, including President Joe Biden, who receive Communion while supporting abortion rights. ...

Appeals court refuses to reinstate N Carolina abortion ban

Jun. 16, 2021 16:49 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's ban on most abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy must remain unenforceable, a federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday, rejecting arguments that the law should be left intact because prosecutors aren't going after doctors who violate it. ...

Kaul to seek permission to drop multistate abortion lawsuit

Jun. 15, 2021 13:21 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul will try to persuade Republicans on the Legislature's budget committee on Thursday to let him join a multistate decision to drop a lawsuit challenging Trump administration obstacles to abortion. Twenty...

Groups ask judge to block Arkansas' near-total abortion ban

Jun. 14, 2021 19:16 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Abortion rights supporters asked a federal judge on Monday to prevent Arkansas’ near-total ban on the procedure from taking effect while the groups challenge its constitutionality. The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood...