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People protest against new anti-abortion laws, near the ruling Law and Justice party headquarters in Warsaw, Poland Wednesday Jan. 27, 2021, to protest after the country's top court on Wednesday confirmed its highly divisive ruling that will further tighten the predominantly Catholic nation's strict anti-abortion law. The Constitutional Tribunal published the justification of its decision, which will take immediate effect.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Poland: Near-total abortion ban takes effect amid protests

Jan. 28, 2021 11:26 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A near-total ban on abortion has taken effect in Poland and triggered a new round of nationwide protests three months after a top court ruled that the abortion of congenitally damaged fetuses is unconstitutional. Led by a women's rights group, Women's Strike, people poured onto the...

People gather in Warsaw, Poland Wednesday Jan. 27, 2021 to protest after the country's top court on Wednesday confirmed its highly divisive ruling that will further tighten the predominantly Catholic nation's strict anti-abortion law. The Constitutional Tribunal published the justification of its decision, which means it can now be officially printed and take immediate effect. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

New protests as Polish court seals divisive abortion ruling

Jan. 27, 2021 4:32 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — New anti-government protests broke out in Polish cities Wednesday, shortly after the country's top court confirmed its highly divisive ruling that will further tighten the predominantly Catholic nation’s strict anti-abortion law. The unrest shows growing discontent among many...

State Sen. Richard Cash, R-Powdersville, speaks about a bill that would ban almost all abortions in the state while showing a photo of a woman he said was born from a pregnancy caused by rape on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Columbia S.C. The Senate passed the bill on an initial vote. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

S. Carolina Senate OKs initial vote to ban most abortions

Jan. 27, 2021 4:32 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Opponents of abortion joined with some of South Carolina's most powerful Republican politicians to mark what they think may be the end of a long fight to pass a bill that would ban almost all abortions in the state. Less than four hours after the governor, House Speaker and Senate...

FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2021 file photo Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte speaks to members of the press in the Governor's Reception Room of the Montana State Capitol in Helena, Mont. Montana House lawmakers voted Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, to advance four bills that would restrict abortion access in the state, hoping to capitalize on the election of a Republican governor after 16 years of pro-abortion access Democratic governors in the state. Gianforte has promised to

Republican-controlled states advance bills to limit abortion

Jan. 26, 2021 5:31 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Four new proposed abortion restrictions passed the state House Tuesday in Montana, one of several states where GOP gains are lending more momentum to prohibitions on the procedure. The bills come as President Joe Biden looks to change course nationally on the issue, though the Supreme...

South Carolina Sen. Danny Verdin, R-Laurens, speaks on the Senate floor on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021 in Columbia, S.C. Verdin is chairman of the Senate Medical Affairs Committee which approved a stricter ban on abortions. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

Rape and incest exceptions quietly added to SC abortion bill

Jan. 26, 2021 4:44 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina senators on Tuesday quietly added exceptions for rape and incest to a bill that would ban almost all abortions in the state, likely boosting the proposal's chances of finally passing the chamber and becoming law. The action came during the first day of debate over the...

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2020, file photo, anti-abortion activists participate in the

Democrats defend status quo on abortion access in New Mexico

Jan. 25, 2021 9:12 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic state senators advanced a bill Monday to repeal New Mexico’s dormant, 50-year-old ban on most abortion procedures that could go into effect if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion ruling. A bill that would shore up abortion rights...

Rep. Lola Sheldon-Galloway, R-Great Falls, speaks on the house floor of the State Capitol in Helena, Mont. on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. (Thom Bridge/Independent Record via AP)

Montana GOP advances four bills limiting abortion access

Jan. 25, 2021 8:07 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana House on Monday advanced four bills that would limit abortion access in the state, capitalizing on the election of a Republican governor for the first time in 16 years. Three of the bills are repeats of similar bills vetoed last session by former Gov. Steve Bullock, a...

New bill bans abortions based on Down syndrome diagnosis

Jan. 25, 2021 12:13 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Kristi Noem has introduced a bill that would ban abortions based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome. The bill was introduced Monday as part of South Dakota's legislative session. Noem first unveiled the proposal during her State of the State address earlier this month. Noem's...

FILE - In this Dec. 30, 2020 file photo, abortion-rights activists watch live video streaming of lawmakers in session, outside Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentina became the largest nation in Latin America to legalize elective abortion after its Senate on Dec. 30 passed a law guaranteeing the procedure up to the 14th week of pregnancy. The abortion law goes into force Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021.  (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File)

Argentina's abortion law enters force under watchful eyes

Jan. 24, 2021 1:04 PM EST

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina’s groundbreaking abortion law went into force Sunday under the watchful eyes of women’s groups and government officials, who hope to ensure its full implementation despite opposition from some conservative and church groups. Argentina became the...

Hands Around the Capitol canceled because of safety concerns

Jan. 23, 2021 1:43 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The “Hands Around The Capitol” event is not being held for the first time in 47 years in Maine. The annual protest over the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion was canceled because of safety concerns at state capitols around the inauguration of President Joe...