Washington (CNN) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a pending appeal from Oklahoma officials who were defending a state law limiting abortions performed with medicine instead of surgery.
The law would have regulated the ability of doctors to prescribe a medication regime - using RU-486 pills - to terminate early pregnancies, and make it a crime to deviate from the federal government-approved dosage and time limits on the drugs.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Hours before Thursday's final debate in the race for Virginia governor, a leading abortion rights group says it's going up with internet ads that attack the Republican candidate in the race, state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, for "meddling in women's private health decisions."
NARAL Pro Choice America tells CNN that they'll spend five figures to run the spot between now and the November 5 election. FULL POST
CNN) - As more states pass measures tightening abortion laws, California is making abortions more accessible.
Nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives and physicians' assistants who complete specified training are now able to perform abortions in California. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the measure into law Wednesday.FULL STORY
(CNN) - A federal lawsuit filed Friday seeks to overturn portions of Texas' new abortion law, considered among the most restrictive legislation in the nation, just weeks before it takes effect.
The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Austin by Planned Parenthood on behalf of more than a dozen women's health care providers across Texas alleges the law violates the constitutional rights of women and puts unreasonable demands on doctors who perform abortions.FULL STORY
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(CNN) – "Incredibly bizarre" is not the typical response to a plate of chocolate chip cookies, particularly when the treats are delivered personally by a state's governor.
But that's how Irene Godinez, director of public affairs for Planned Parenthood Health Systems Action Fund, describes the moment North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory handed the baked goods to a woman staked outside his home, protesting the controversial abortion bill McCrory signed into law earlier this week.
(CNN) - As was expected, Republican North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law Monday a controversial, restrictive abortion bill.
The state's Senate and House of Representatives, both controlled by the Republican Party, passed the legislation earlier this month.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - As lawmakers in state capitals battle this summer over increasing restrictions on abortion, a new poll indicates where you live may determine your stance on the controversial issue.
According to a Pew Research Center survey released Monday, opposition to legal abortion is highest in the Southern Central part of the U.S., including Texas, where Gov. Rick Perry earlier this month signed into law a bill that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. By contrast, support for legal abortions remains highest in the Northeast (in particular New England) and the West Coast states.
Washington (CNN) - It's one of the hottest and most controversial issues in front of lawmakers this summer.
And as both federal and state legislators grapple with increased restrictions on abortion, a new national poll indicates Americans have mixed reactions to some of the moves being made right now in state houses and the nation's capital.
(CNN) - One of the most restrictive abortion laws in the U.S. was temporarily blocked from enforcement after a federal judge said Monday that North Dakota's pre-viability provisions were "invalid and unconstitutional."
The state legislature had passed a law that would ban an abortion when a fetal heartbeat was detected–sometimes as early as six weeks into pregnancy. The legislation was set to go into effect August 1, but Judge Daniel Hovland granted a temporary injunction, after a Fargo women's clinic filed a lawsuit last month.