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After 40 Years, GOP to Drop Call for Federal Abortion Ban

At Trump's urging, party platform won't call for a federal ban but instead leave it up to the states

(Newser) - Donald Trump is pushing through changes to the Republican Party's national platform that soften its stance on abortion, reports the Washington Post and the New York Times .
  • Biggest change: The platform will no longer call for a federal ban on abortion or for a constitutional amendment granting rights to

Feds Say Hospitals Must Provide Emergency Abortions

Letter follows SCOTUS ruling in Idaho case

(Newser) - The Biden administration has told emergency room doctors they must perform emergency abortions when necessary to save a pregnant woman's health. The move follows last week's Supreme Court ruling that failed to settle a legal dispute over whether state abortion bans override a federal law requiring hospitals to...

In Iowa, a Big Win for Opponents of Abortion

State Supreme Court upholds law banning abortion after fetal 'heartbeat' detected

(Newser) - In a 4-3 decision, Iowa's Supreme Court upheld a ban on abortion after six weeks of pregnancy on Friday, meaning the law will replace current rules allowing abortions up to 22 weeks. Many women don't know they're pregnant at six weeks. After that point, women in Iowa...

Idaho Hospitals Must Provide Emergency Abortions, for Now

Supreme Court issues a procedural ruling and could get the case back again

(Newser) - Hospitals in Idaho must provide emergency abortions, at least for the time being, based on a Supreme Court ruling released Thursday. The ruling is a procedural one that doesn't address key questions in the case, meaning it could end up back before the court again in the not-too-distant future,...

Kavanaugh Wrote Decision in Favor of Abortion Pill
Kavanaugh Wrote Decision
in Favor of Abortion Pill
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Kavanaugh Wrote Decision in Favor of Abortion Pill

But narrow ruling on legal standing doesn't mean the fight over mifepristone is over

(Newser) - Advocates of abortion rights won a significant Supreme Court victory on Thursday in a unanimous ruling that means a widely used abortion pill will remain accessible. But the decision was a narrow one—on legal standing, not on the merits of the argument—and it leaves the door open for...

Abortion Rights Advocates Score a Supreme Court Win

Justices reject a legal challenge to the widely used abortion pill mifepristone

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously preserved access to a medication that was used in nearly two-thirds of all abortions in the US last year—the court's first abortion decision since conservative justices overturned Roe v. Wade two years ago. The justices ruled that abortion opponents lacked the legal...

Plaintiff 'Outraged' After Texas Supreme Court Abortion Ruling

State Supreme Court rejects challenge to law that would've forced clarification on medical exemptions

(Newser) - The Texas Supreme Court on Friday rejected a challenge to one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the US. The unanimous ruling from the court, whose nine justices are all elected Republicans, is the latest decision to uphold Texas' abortion ban, which critics say doesn't offer enough clarity...

Abortion Drugs Are Now Controlled Substances Here

Lousiana Gov. Jeff Landry signs legislation on mifepristone, misoprostol

(Newser) - First-of-its-kind legislation that classifies two abortion-inducing drugs as controlled and dangerous substances was signed into law Friday by Louisiana Gov. Jeff Landry. The Republican governor announced his signing of the bill in Baton Rouge a day after it gained final legislative passage in the state Senate. The measure affects the...

California Now Allows Arizona Doctors to Perform Abortions

New law allows doctors to perform abortions for their patients amid a temporary state ban

(Newser) - Arizona doctors can temporarily come to California to perform abortions for their patients under a new law signed Thursday by Gov. Gavin Newsom, reports the AP . California's law is meant to give Arizonans an option to receive legal abortions from their doctor over the next several months when nearly...

Abortion Pills on Brink of Being Reclassified in Louisiana

State House and Senate have both passed bill

(Newser) - Louisiana is one signature away from being the first US state to reclassify two abortion-inducing drugs as dangerous controlled substances. The State Senate passed the bill 29-7 on Thursday, and GOP Gov. Jeff Landry is expected to sign it. The law would move the abortion pills mifepristone and misoprostol into...

Louisiana Looks to Criminalize Possession of Abortion Drugs

Bill would make mifepristone and misoprostol 'controlled dangerous substances'

(Newser) - Louisiana could become the first state to label abortion pills as controlled dangerous substances. Lawmakers have added a last-minute amendment to a bill, SB 276, that would criminalize an abortion involving a pregnant woman given abortion pills without her consent. The bill unanimously passed the Senate last month. The amendment...

In States With Abortion Bans, This Trend Could Be Bad News

Those states saw greater drops in medical school graduates applying for residencies

(Newser) - Fewer US medical school graduates are applying to residency programs, but the drop is more striking in states that ban abortion compared with other states, the AP reports. Figures released Thursday by the Association of American Medical Colleges showed continuing declines after the group first spotted the difference in an...

After Roe, an Abortion 'Underground' Emerges

Meet the doulas and others in this 'makeshift national network of helpers'

(Newser) - Waiting in a long post office line with the latest shipment of "abortion aftercare kits," Kimra Luna got a text. A woman who'd taken abortion pills three weeks earlier was worried about bleeding—and disclosing the cause to a doctor. "Bleeding doesn't mean you need...

Arizona Governor Signs Repeal of 1864 Abortion Law

Hobbs slams ban 'passed by 27 men before Arizona was even a state'

(Newser) - Arizona's 1864 ban on almost all abortions is a dead law walking. Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs signed a repeal of the law Thursday, a day after it was passed by the state Senate. She slammed the "ban that was passed by 27 men before Arizona was even a...

Trump Spills Plans for Migrants, Abortion If He Gets to WH

Ex-president lays out for 'Time' what his next administration would do if he's elected again

(Newser) - Donald Trump has been spending his days of late mired in court proceedings , but he took some time out last month in Palm Beach, Florida, to chat with Eric Cortellessa for a new profile entitled "If He Wins" in Time . The former president, who wants to be the next...

Florida's 6-Week Abortion Ban Will Be Widely Felt
Florida's 6-Week Abortion
Ban Will Be Widely Felt
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Florida's 6-Week Abortion Ban Will Be Widely Felt

The state had served those in other Southern states with strict abortion laws

(Newser) - As of Wednesday, a law banning abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, before many women know they're pregnant, took effect in Florida. As the Washington Post reports, the state went "from one with the fewest restrictions for the procedure in the South" to one where abortion is "...

Arizona House Votes to Repeal 1864 Abortion Ban

State Senate vote is expected next week

(Newser) - Arizona's 1864 abortion ban appears unlikely to survive 2024. After two failed efforts , the state House voted 32-28 Wednesday to repeal the near-total ban on abortions, the Arizona Republic reports. Three Republican lawmakers voted with all 29 of the chamber's Democrats, while other Republicans delivered speeches describing the...

SCOTUS Hears Case on Emergency Abortions
SCOTUS Appears Split on
Emergency Abortions Case
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SCOTUS Appears Split on Emergency Abortions Case

Solicitor general says Idaho law has left patients, doctors in an 'impossible position'

(Newser) - As pro- and anti-abortion rights protesters gathered outside, the Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a case that pits Idaho's strict abortion law against a federal law on emergency treatment. The Washington Post reports that the court's conservative justices appeared skeptical of arguments that a 1986 federal law...

These Pregnancy Rules Could Upend the Workplace

New regulations offer guidance on morning sickness, doctor appointments, abortion, and more

(Newser) - Pregnant employees have the right to a wide range of accommodations under new federal regulations for enforcing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act that supporters say could change workplace culture for millions of people. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the agency in charge of enforcing the law, adopted an expansive view...

In Arizona Senate, a Vote to Repeal 1864 Abortion Law Could Happen

Chamber diverges from Arizona House

(Newser) - Not long after Arizona House Republicans again blocked attempts to repeal the state's controversial 1864 law banning nearly all abortions, which was just ruled enforceable by the state Supreme Court, Arizona Senate Democrats—with the help of two Republicans—on Wednesday managed to move forward on the possibility of...

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