Judge says Missouri’s only abortion clinic can remain open

U.S. 06/10/19, 19:18

A St. Louis judge issued another order Monday to keep Missouri's only abortion clinic operating while a fight over the facility's license plays out in court.Circuit Judge Michael Stelzer granted Planned Parenthood's request for a preliminary injunction, which extends his earlier order to temporarily block the state from allowing the ...

Democrats press to retain longtime abortion funding ban

Politics 06/10/19, 14:59

Top Capitol Hill Democrats are intent on preserving a four-decade ban on taxpayer-financed abortions despite calls from their party's presidential candidates to abandon it, arguing that attempts to undo the long-standing consensus will fail and won't be worth scuttling a key education and health funding bill. While presidential candidates such as ...

Catholic Bishop bans Illinois pro-abortion politicians from Holy Communion

U.S. 06/10/19, 13:49

The Catholic bishop in Springfield, Illinois, banned Holy Communion to Catholic lawmakers who voted for an extreme abortion law that also repeals decades-old restrictions on abortions in Illinois. Bishop Thomas Paprocki issued the decree on June 2. Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan, and Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, both Catholics, have ...

Hyde Amendment, abortion debate haunt 2020 Democrats

2020 Campaign 06/07/19, 21:08

The Hyde Amendment has become a top discussion point in 2020 politics — and something of a purity test for Democrats — after Joe Biden, the leader of his party's presidential pack, announced that he's now an opponent of the 1976 policy. But the amendment that restricts government funding for most ...

Joe Biden reverses course on Hyde abortion amendment

Politics 06/06/19, 19:18

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is reversing course and declaring that he no longer supports a long-standing congressional ban on using federal health care money to pay for abortions. Biden made the declaration Thursday following two days of intense scrutiny and criticism from rivals after his campaign affirmed that the 76-year-old ...

President Trump ending fetal tissue research by federal scientists

Politics 06/05/19, 11:27

The Trump administration said Wednesday it is ending medical research by government scientists using human fetal tissue, a victory for abortion foes that comes despite impassioned pleas from scientists that some health problems can't be studied any other way. Officials said government-sponsored research by universities will be allowed to continue, subject ...

Missouri subpoenas abortion clinic doctors amid legal battle

U.S. 06/04/19, 08:58

A St. Louis judge on Tuesday is set to weigh whether physicians from the state's only abortion clinic can be forced to testify amid a legal fight over the facility's license.The state issued subpoenas to staffers, contractors and former medical residents who worked at Planned Parenthood's St. Louis facility, according ...

Judge says Missouri clinic can keep providing abortions

U.S. 05/31/19, 15:34

A judge issued an order Friday to keep Missouri's only abortion clinic operating over the objections of state health officials, delivering abortion-rights advocates a courtroom victory after a string of setbacks in legislatures around the U.S. St. Louis Circuit Judge Michael Stelzer said Planned Parenthood's St. Louis clinic can continue providing ...

Louisiana’s Democratic governor signs abortion ban into law

U.S. 05/30/19, 22:14

Louisiana's Democratic governor signed a ban on abortion as early as six weeks of pregnancy Thursday, a move that puts him squarely in line with the leaders of other conservative Southern states while provoking anger from members of his own party. With his signature, Gov. John Bel Edwards made Louisiana the ...

Judge considering Missouri abortion clinic license case

U.S. 05/30/19, 17:29

A judge is deciding whether to ensure Missouri's only abortion clinic can keep its license past Friday, the latest development in a decades-long push by abortion opponents to get states to enact strict rules on the procedure.Like many states, Missouri over the years enacted a series of regulations, ranging from ...

Louisiana lawmakers send new abortion ban to governor’s desk

U.S. 05/29/19, 19:19

Louisiana lawmakers on Wednesday passed a strict new abortion ban that would prohibit the procedure before some women even know they are pregnant, joining a half-dozen conservative states with similar measures. In a 79-23 vote, the Louisiana House gave final passage to a bill barring abortion once there's a detectable fetal ...

Lawsuit seeks to overturn Minnesota abortion restrictions

U.S. 05/29/19, 15:37

Abortion-rights supporters filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking to overturn Minnesota's restrictions on abortion, including its 24-hour waiting period and parental notification requirements.The lawsuit, filed by Gender Justice and the Lawyering Project, argues that the restrictions violate the Minnesota Constitution and aren't necessary to protect patient health or other compelling state ...

Illinois to expand abortion rights as other states restrict

Health 05/28/19, 17:11

The Illinois House voted to bolster the right to abortion on Tuesday as Democratic-led states respond to restrictions placed by some Republican-led states that conservatives hope will lead the U.S. Supreme Court to review the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that guaranteed the right to abortion.The Illinois House voted ...

Abortion-rights activists renew battle in Argentina

Health 05/28/19, 14:40

Argentine activists on Tuesday were launching a renewed effort to legalize elective abortions in the homeland of Pope Francis after narrowly falling short last year.Lawmakers said they would introduce a bill to legalize abortion for pregnancies up to 14 weeks. A similar measure last year passed the lower house of ...

In some Democrat-led states, lawmakers differ on abortion

U.S. 05/27/19, 15:08

A bill seeking to preserve abortion protections in state law fails to pass a key committee. Lawmakers cite God, church and faith in proclaiming their opposition to it. Abortion-rights groups protest outside a gathering of lawmakers.What sounds like a legislative fight in a state controlled by anti-abortion Republicans is actually ...

Pope says abortion is never OK, equates it to “hiring a hitman”

Europe 05/25/19, 08:19

Pope Francis said Saturday that abortion can never be condoned, even when the fetus is gravely sick or likely to die, and urged doctors and priests to support families to carry such pregnancies to term. Speaking to a Vatican-sponsored anti-abortion conference, Francis said the opposition to abortion isn't a religious issue ...

Pregnancy centers near campus draw debate on abortion access

Health 05/25/19, 00:05

A handful of student protesters lined the sidewalk in front of First Care Pregnancy Center in Prospect Park in late April. One of their signs proclaimed that the clinic behind them was a "fake center."The University of Minnesota students turned out to caution others against visiting pregnancy centers they view ...

‘Here we go again’: Judge blocks Mississippi abortion ban

U.S. 05/24/19, 16:38

A federal judge on Friday temporarily blocked a Mississippi law that would ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, at about six weeks of pregnancy."Here we go again," U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves wrote in his order. "Mississippi has passed another law banning abortions prior to viability."His new ...

Federal lawsuit filed to block Alabama’s new abortion ban

U.S. 05/24/19, 09:18

A federal lawsuit filed Friday asks a judge to block an Alabama law that outlaws almost all abortions, the most far-reaching attempt by a conservative state to seek new restrictions on the procedure.The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood filed the lawsuit on behalf of abortion providers seeking to ...

Nevada lawmakers close to repealing tough abortion rules

U.S. 05/21/19, 18:56

Nevada lawmakers are bucking a national trend of restrictive abortion laws by voting to repeal requirements that physicians document a pregnant woman's marital status and tell her about the "emotional implications" of an abortion.Democrats in the Assembly passed the bill in largely party-line vote on Tuesday, the same day protesters ...

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