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May 3, 2023

Utah judge delays implementing statewide abortion clinic ban

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A state court on Tuesday blocked Utah’s first-in-the-nation ban on abortion clinics from taking effect Wednesday in a ruling in which the judge called the Republican-controlled Legislature’s objective in enacting the ban “nebulous.” The decision allows the state’s four clinics to continue providing abortions while Judge Andrew Stone takes more [...]

May 1, 2023

Abortion bans fail in conservative South Carolina, Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Abortion bans in Nebraska and South Carolina fell short of advancing in close votes amid heated debates among Republicans, confounding conservatives who have dominated both legislatures and further exposing the chasm on the issue of abortion within the GOP. In Nebraska, where abortion is banned after 20 weeks of pregnancy, an […]

Apr 25, 2023

S. Carolina Senate weighs abortion ban it recently rejected

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Republican-controlled South Carolina Senate is set to rehash an ongoing disagreement with the GOP-dominated House over when the conservative state should ban abortion. Lawmakers have less than three weeks left to pass any new restrictions in a legislative session that began days after the state’s highest court overturned a 2021 […]

Apr 18, 2023

Federal judge halts Colorado ban on ‘abortion pill reversal’

DENVER (AP) — A judge has temporarily halted enforcement of a Colorado ban on what experts consider unproven treatments to reverse medical abortions at a religious clinic that alleged in a lawsuit that the newly signed law violated its Constitutional rights. Judge Daniel Domenico, who noted that Colorado is the only state to ban the […]

Apr 17, 2023

High court temporarily blocks restrictions on abortion pill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Friday it was temporarily keeping in place federal rules for use of an abortion drug, while it takes time to more fully consider the issues raised in a court challenge. In an order signed by Justice Samuel Alito, the court put a five-day pause on the fast-moving case […]

Apr 13, 2023

DOJ to ask Supreme Court to put abortion pill limits on hold

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled that the abortion pill mifepristone can still be used for now but reduced the period of pregnancy when the drug can be taken and said it could not be dispensed by mail. The decision late Wednesday temporarily narrowed a ruling by a lower court judge in […]

Apr 12, 2023

White House moves to protect some abortion patients’ records

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Wednesday proposed a new federal rule to limit how law enforcement and state officials collect medical records if they investigate women who flee their home states to seek abortions elsewhere. The proposal, prompted by a string of blows to abortion access across the country, follows a federal judge’s […]

Apr 10, 2023

Competing abortion pill rulings sow broad alarm, confusion

Emma Hernandez is defiant even if she fears what may come in the latest stage of the nation’s fight over abortion: a widening prohibition to safe and legal ways to end unwanted pregnancies, including access to abortion pills. Competing rulings by two federal judges over the availability of the abortion drug mifepristone are sowing alarm […]

Mar 15, 2023

Abortion pill access case: Judge wants ‘less advertisement’

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — A federal judge overseeing a high-stakes case that could threaten access to medication abortion across the nation asked lawyers for the “courtesy” of not publicizing upcoming arguments, according to a court record released Tuesday that reveals new details of a move experts say is outside the norm for the U.S. judicial […]

Jul 22, 2022

Employment implications arising from Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization 

By Lisa Michelle Kohring and Weston J. Mumme  The U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization on June 24, 2022, overturning Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey and holding that there is no right to abortion in the U.S. Constitution. In doing so, the court returned the […]

Jul 12, 2022

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 24 overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led states banned or severely limited abortion immediately, while […]

Jun 29, 2022

In flurry of court activity, rulings on abortion bans mixed

By AMY FORLITI and GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press A federal court Tuesday allowed Tennessee to ban abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy, while in Texas — which is already enforcing a similar ban based on an embryo’s cardiac activity — a judge temporarily blocked an even stricter decades-old law from taking effect. The […]

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