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Suit: Raped Minors, Cancer Patients Denied Abortions in Ohio

Judge extends pause on 'heartbeat' law

(Newser) - A judge has extended a pause on Ohio's "heartbeat" law banning almost all abortions in the state. The law bans abortion after around five or six weeks—before many women know they're pregnant—and court filings in the case detailed its impact on women and girls in...

Idaho's Abortion Ban Has Ripple Effect on Birth Control

University of Idaho might have to stop providing contraception

(Newser) - Idaho's near-total abortion ban could have consequences beyond abortion: In new guidance regarding the ban issued Friday, the University of Idaho's general counsel said the school should no longer make birth control available to students. The law's language is "unclear and untested," the message says,...

What Did NPR Reporter's Friendship With RBG Cost Us?

Politico essay examines journalist Nina Totenberg's longtime relationship with Supreme Court justice

(Newser) - Nina Totenberg, a longtime correspondent for NPR, has a new memoir out, and it delves into her storied 40-year relationship with the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Dinners With Ruth examines Totenberg's conflict as she watched her old friend's health decline in 2020, and on the complexities of being...

Judge Says Arizona Can Enforce 1864 Abortion Law

Near-total ban was blocked by 1973 injunction

(Newser) - Arizona can enforce a near-total ban on abortions that has been blocked for nearly 50 years, a judge ruled Friday, meaning clinics statewide will have to stop providing the procedures to avoid the filing of criminal charges against doctors and other medical workers. The judge lifted a decades-old injunction that...

Another State Bans Virtually All Abortions

West Virginia governor signs legislation into effect

(Newser) - Gov. Jim Justice on Friday signed into law a ban on abortions at all stages of pregnancy, making West Virginia the second state to enact a law prohibiting the procedure since the Supreme Court's June ruling overturning its constitutional protection. The bill will go into effect immediately, except for...

She Traveled 1.4K Miles With an Unviable Fetus for an Abortion

Nancy Davis says Louisiana's strict abortion law needs to change

(Newser) - After learning in late July that her 10-week-old fetus was without the top of its skull and would die shortly after birth, Nancy Davis faced another difficulty. The 36-year-old Louisiana woman says Woman's Hospital in her home city of Baton Rouge refused to terminate the pregnancy for fear that...

McConnell Distances Himself From Graham's Abortion Bill

GOP strategist calls bill 'politically inexplicable' with midterms looming

(Newser) - Sen. Lindsey Graham introduced a bill to bring in a nationwide ban on abortion after 15 weeks Tuesday—and his fellow Republicans didn't exactly embrace it. With Democratic candidates including John Fetterman in Pennsylvania putting abortion rights at the center of their campaigns, GOP strategists said it was a...

Graham Introduces Bill for Nationwide Abortion Ban

Republican wants to outlaw abortions after 15 weeks

(Newser) - Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham introduced a bill Tuesday that has no chance of advancing while Democrats control the Senate—a nationwide ban on abortions after 15 weeks. The Protecting Pain-Capable Unborn Children from Late-Term Abortions Act includes exceptions for incest or rape, though patients will have to prove they have...

VA Makes 'Historic Shift' on Abortion Access

Agency will start offering abortion access to veterans, even in states where procedure is banned

(Newser) - The Department of Veterans Affairs hasn't offered abortions, or even counseling for patients considering one, to the former service members covered by its health care services. That's about to change, thanks to what the Washington Post calls a "historic shift" that will allow veterans and eligible family...

Idaho Blocked From Enforcing Abortion Ban in Medical Emergencies

Judge has concerns that would violate federal law on emergency care

(Newser) - A federal judge in Idaho has barred the state from enforcing a strict abortion ban in medical emergencies over concerns that it violates a federal law on emergency care, the AP reports. The ruling Wednesday evening came after a federal judge this week in Texas made the opposite call, barring...

Court Says Florida Teen 'Not Mature Enough' for Abortion

Parentless 16-year-old sought to bypass law requiring written consent

(Newser) - A 16-year-old girl in Florida has to become a mother because she's not "mature" enough to decide whether to have an abortion, according to an appeals court in Florida. A three-judge panel of the state's 1st District Court of Appeal upheld a ruling that blocked "Jane...

Meta Wants to 'Correct Record' in Abortion Case

Company says warrant for Facebook messages didn't mention abortion

(Newser) - There was an angry backlash against Facebook this week after it emerged that it had turned over private messages that led to a felony abortion-related charge against a Nebraska mother—but its parent company says reporting on the case was "plain wrong." In a statement, Meta said it...

Nebraska Mom, Daughter Charged After Teen's Abortion

Prosecutors say mom helped her daughter end pregnancy

(Newser) - A Nebraska woman has been charged with helping her teenage daughter end her pregnancy at about 24 weeks after investigators uncovered Facebook messages in which the two discussed using medication to induce an abortion and plans to burn the fetus afterward, the AP reports. The prosecutor handling the case said...

This Just Became First State After Roe to Pass Abortion Ban

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb signed bill Friday barring procedure, with few exceptions

(Newser) - Indiana residents have just over a month before a restrictive new abortion ban goes into effect, after the state became the first one to pass such a law since Roe v. Wade was overturned. CNN reports that the Republican-sponsored law, set to start Sept. 15, was approved by the state...

Abortion Rights Supporters May Wind Up Thanking Alito

Kansas result suggests court decision could lead to a national consensus in favor of access

(Newser) - The overwhelming support for abortion rights in Kansas is giving Democrats new wind in their sails ahead of the November midterms, which have looked bad for the party for a while, particularly given President Biden's approval ratings . The Kansas vote suggests strong national support for abortion rights—a focus...

Vote Suggests Strong Support for Abortion Rights Nationwide

'NYT' analysis says Kansas vote likely would have gone the same way in all but 7 states

(Newser) - Most analysts expected a narrow victory at best for abortion rights supporters in a vote in Kansas on Tuesday. Instead, they had an overwhelming win in the conservative state, which has energized the movement and upended predictions about this year's midterm elections. A ballot measure that would have removed...

In Wake of Roe v. Wade, Kansas Delivers Its Own Verdict

Conservative-leaning state votes to protect abortion rights

(Newser) - Abortion rights have been upheld in the first state to vote on the issue since the overturning of Roe v. Wade—a reliably Republican state, too. Kansas voters on Tuesday rejected a state constitutional amendment that would have ended abortion protections, meaning the state will remain one of the few...

Doctor Tied to Ohio Girl's Abortion Gets Notice From AG

Dr. Caitlin Bernard was informed Tuesday that she is under investigation

(Newser) - The Indiana doctor who helped a 10-year-old rape victim from Ohio abort her pregnancy has received official notice that she is under investigation by Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita. The notice arrived Tuesday, Dr. Caitlin Bernard's lawyer tells CNN and CBS News . "It's unclear to us what...

Bullied by Gaetz, Teen Raises $115K for a 'Cause He Hates'

Olivia Julianna, 19, says money will be split between abortion funds

(Newser) - A teen activist who received hateful messages after Rep. Matt Gaetz shared a photo of her online says she won the " rumble " in the end. Olivia Julianna, a 19-year-old political strategist with Gen-Z for Change who uses her first and middle names, says she raised roughly $115,000...

Med Students Walk Out of Own Induction Ceremony

U of Michigan students were protesting pro-life speaker Kristin Collier

(Newser) - Dozens of incoming medical students at the University of Michigan walked out of their induction ceremony last weekend in protest of a keynote speaker who opposes abortion. Dr. Kristin Collier, an assistant professor of medicine who directs the medical school's program on health, spirituality and religion, has expressed her...

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