Arkansas, Utah lawmakers pass 18-week abortion bans

U.S. 03/13/19, 22:56

Lawmakers in Arkansas and Utah sent their governors legislation Wednesday banning most abortions 18 weeks into a woman's pregnancy, moving the states closer to enacting bans that could be among the strictest in the country. The Arkansas House gave final approval by an 86-1 vote to the bill there, which Republican ...

Bill passes to ban abortions based on gender, disability

Politics 03/13/19, 18:52

Kentucky's Republican-led legislature on Wednesday passed its latest measure to put more restrictions on abortion, setting up another legal fight with abortion-rights defenders. The legislation would ban abortion for women seeking to end their pregnancies because of the gender, race or disability of the fetus. The GOP-dominated Senate voted 32-4 to ...

Kansas conservatives vote to condemn New York’s abortion law

New York 03/13/19, 17:22

The conservatives who dominate the Kansas Legislature voted Wednesday to tell New York's leaders just how much they hate the Empire State's new law expanding abortion rights, ignoring Democrats who called the endeavor a toothless waste of time and money. The Kansas House voted 85-38 on Wednesday to approve the resolution, ...

Update: Planned Parenthood blasts federal ruling

Health 03/12/19, 14:28

The Latest on a federal court ruling approving an Ohio anti-abortion law on funding (all times local):3:25 p.m.Leaders of Planned Parenthood are voicing outrage against a federal appeals court ruling upholding an Ohio anti-abortion law that blocks public money for the organization.FILE - In this March 5, 2019 file photo, ...

Texas picks up anti-abortion efforts blocked in US Senate

U.S. 03/07/19, 14:16

The Texas Legislature is reviving similar efforts blocked in the U.S. Senate last month that threatened doctors who don't try saving the life of infants born alive during abortions.Republican state Sen. Lois Kolkhorst said Thursday that "where D.C. is unclear, we're going to be very clear here in Texas." Her ...

Georgia House panel approves anti-abortion ‘heartbeat’ bill

Politics 03/06/19, 21:26

Amid tears, gasps and handshakes, a Georgia House committee approved legislation Wednesday to outlaw abortion after a fetus' heartbeat can be detected, which is around the same time many women medically confirm they are pregnant. Women in Georgia can currently seek an abortion up to 20 weeks of a pregnancy. A ...

Trump’s protect life rule is good news for America

Opinion 02/27/19, 21:51

The Trump administration has taken another critically important step in strengthening the moral health of our nation, and hence our future. The Department of Health and Human Services has issued the Protect Life Rule, stopping the flow of Title X federal funds to family planning clinics that perform abortions or do ...

Missouri House passes wide-ranging abortion restrictions

U.S. 02/27/19, 16:08

Missouri's Republican-led House on Wednesday took steps to try to ensure most abortions would be outlawed in the state should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade. Legislation that the House approved 117-30 would greatly restrict the procedure even if the Supreme Court doesn't undo its 1973 ruling establishing the ...

Senate to vote soon on bill protecting abortion survivors

Politics 02/17/19, 11:40

Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., praised Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for green-lighting a Senate roll call vote on Feb. 25 for Sasse’s legislation protecting abortion survivors.   “I want to thank the majority leader for scheduling this vote so that every American can know where their senator stands on the ...

Trump meets with abortion survivor, pro-life activists

Politics 02/15/19, 05:56

President Donald Trump met with a survivor of an attempted abortion, now in her 40s, as well as a young boy who survived when born just over 20 weeks of pregnancy.  Trump’s conference with pro-life activists Thursday comes after Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam suggested that unwanted children can be terminated shortly ...

Kentucky Senate passes fetal heartbeat abortion bill

U.S. 02/14/19, 17:42

Kentucky lawmakers heard the beating heart of a woman's unborn baby Thursday as they advanced a bill that would ban most abortions in the state once a fetal heartbeat is detected. The state Senate voted 31-6 to pass the measure, continuing an aggressive push to restrict abortion since Republicans consolidated their ...

High court takes abortion vote, but key tests still to come

Politics 02/08/19, 18:27

Activists on both sides of the abortion debate are reacting cautiously to a 5-4 Supreme Court vote blocking Louisiana from enforcing new abortion regulations. They agree that the crucial tests of the court's stance are still to come. Depending on the viewpoint, the vote represented a temporary victory or setback — ...

Supreme Court blocks Louisiana abortion clinic law

Politics 02/08/19, 02:01

A divided Supreme Court stopped Louisiana from enforcing new regulations on abortion clinics in a test of the conservative court’s views on abortion rights. The justices said by a 5-4 vote late Thursday that they will not allow the state to put into effect a law that requires abortion providers to ...

Anti-abortion bills: Odds good in GOP states, not Congress

Politics 02/07/19, 04:04

President Donald Trump's call for a ban on late-term abortions is unlikely to prevail in Congress, but Republican legislators in several states are pushing ahead with their own tough anti-abortion bills that they hope can pass muster with the Supreme Court. Two bills proposing to outlaw abortions after a fetal heartbeat ...

German Cabinet backs compromise in abortion dispute

Europe 02/06/19, 05:11

Germany's Cabinet has approved legislation that would loosen but not scrap a ban on doctors "advertising" abortions, an attempt to bridge a divide between the country's governing parties.Chancellor Angela Merkel's junior governing partners, the center-left Social Democrats, wanted to remove the ban from Germany's criminal code. It provides for a ...

Mississippi considers abortion ban after fetal heartbeat

U.S. 02/05/19, 20:21

Mississippi lawmakers are considering what could become one of the strictest abortion laws in the country. Bills that passed legislative committees Tuesday would ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.Republican Gov. Phil Bryant has said he will sign either House Bill ...

Democrats’ radical push on abortion will backfire

Opinion 02/05/19, 10:48

In a frenzy to expand abortion access, several states have recently passed or proposed laws to legalize abortion up until birth. In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a law that legalizes abortion even after the unborn child is viable as long as the abortionist makes a “reasonable and good-faith judgement” ...

Tennessee’s legislative leaders talk top issues for 2019

Sports 02/02/19, 11:43

Tennessee lawmakers are set to tussle for months over how to change the state's criminal justice and education systems, whether they should legalize sports betting or medical marijuana, and how much they're willing to wade into hot-button topics like guns, abortion, and immigration.The Republican-supermajority General Assembly is finally digging into ...

Virginia abortion feud erupts; governor blasted for comments

Health 01/30/19, 16:58

A push by Virginia Democrats to loosen restrictions on late-term abortions is erupting into a fierce partisan clash because of a viral video in which a lawmaker acknowledges her legislation would allow abortions up until moments before birth.Gov. Ralph Northam added gas to the fire Wednesday by describing a hypothetical ...

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