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Judge Blocks Mississippi's Strict New Abortion Law

Temporary ruling will set up bigger legal showdown over 15-week ban

(Newser) - A federal judge has temporarily blocked a new Mississippi law that bans abortion after 15 weeks, the most restrictive abortion law in the United States. US District Judge Carlton Reeves on Tuesday granted a temporary restraining order requested by the state's only abortion clinic, per the AP . Dr. Sacheen... More »

Mississippi Imposes 15-Week Abortion Ban

It's the toughest ban in the nation

(Newser) - Mississippi's governor signed a law Monday banning most abortions after 15 weeks' gestation, the tightest restrictions in the nation, the AP reports. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant said while signing that by enacting the law, the state is "saving more of the unborn than any state in America, and... More »

They Called It Stillbirth. El Salvador Called It Murder

2nd woman sees aggravated murder sentence commuted

(Newser) - El Salvador is one of a few countries where abortion is banned outright, with no exceptions for women raped or at risk of death. Activists, however, are calling attention to a "pivotal moment for El Salvador's abortion law reform" after a welcome move Tuesday. After serving 15 years... More »

Mississippi Passes Nation's Most Restrictive Abortion Law

Measure bans abortion after 15 weeks

(Newser) - Mississippi has passed an abortion bill believed to be the nation's most restrictive—and state Attorney General Jim Hood says he expects an "immediate and expensive legal challenge." House Bill 1510 bans abortion after 15 weeks following a woman's last menstrual period, down from 20 weeks... More »

Mocking GOP Campaign Ad Doesn't Go Over Well in Illinois

Jeanne Ives' ad blasted as not reflective of 'who we are as Party of Lincoln'

(Newser) - On March 20, Illinois state Rep. Jeanne Ives will challenge Gov. Bruce Rauner in the GOP primary for his seat, but the most highly charged night in the race may not be that one. Ives is under fire for a campaign ad , one that the state's GOP chair says... More »

Change May Be in Store for Europe's Strictest Nation on Abortion

Irish referendum could see abortion ban repealed

(Newser) - Irish women are having abortions regardless of a near-total constitutional ban on terminating pregnancies, the country's health minister said Tuesday in defense of a planned referendum that will ask voters whether the amendment that bars abortion in almost all cases should be repealed. Health Minister Simon Harris said on... More »

Speech to March for Life Cements Trump's 180 on Abortion

He's now at the forefront of the anti-abortion movement in the US

(Newser) - He once called himself "pro-choice." But a year into his presidency, Donald Trump is stepping to the forefront of his administration's efforts to roll back abortion rights, the AP reports. "Love saves lives," the president said Friday from the White House Rose Garden, in an... More »

Report: HHS to Offer 'Conscience Protections' for Medical Staff

Official announcement expected Thursday on agency's new moral and 'religious liberty' rules

(Newser) - A planned Health and Human Services initiative would offer "conscience protections" for medical workers, and women's and LGBT rights advocates are teaming up with doctors' groups to push back against it before it's even announced. It appears a new civil rights division within the HHS would offer... More »

Judge Orders Trump to Allow Abortions for Immigrant Teens

Judge gives the administration 24 hours to convince a higher court to block the order

(Newser) - A federal judge is ordering President Donald Trump's administration to allow two pregnant immigrant teenagers in US custody to obtain abortions, the AP reports. Judge Tanya Chutkan said in an order Monday that the administration can't prevent the 17-year-old girls from exercising their right to an abortion. The... More »

Mom Fights for Son by Declaring She Would Have Aborted Him

Best chance of paying for toddler's pricey cystic fibrosis care is by filing wrongful-birth suit

(Newser) - Jen Gann was talking with someone earlier this year about her toddler Dudley's cystic fibrosis , a noncurable genetic disorder that afflicts sufferers with thick mucus in the lungs, causing lung infections and, for many, early death. In her piece for the Cut , Gann says that when the woman she... More »

No Jail Time for Man Who Impregnated Young Daughter

WV judge gives man who forced daughter to get abortion 5 years' probation

(Newser) - A West Virginia man was sentenced to five years' probation and 50 years of supervision for impregnating his 11-year-old daughter in 2011 and forcing her to get an abortion. Michael Joe Adkins of Ona entered a Kennedy plea two years ago, reports the Huntington Herald-Dispatch , which allowed him to concede... More »

Judge Declares Texas Abortion Law Unconstitutional

The federal judge overturned ban on common second-trimester procedure

(Newser) - A lawyer for abortion providers in Texas is hailing a "complete victory" after a federal judge in Austin struck down a law restricting the most common form of second-trimester abortion yesterday. The ban on so-called "dilation and evacuation" abortions was approved by the Texas Legislature in May as... More »

Immigrant Teen's Fight Against Feds for Abortion Is Over

17-year-old had procedure Wednesday

(Newser) - An immigrant teen held in federal custody in Texas has had the abortion she had been seeking for a month, overcoming the Trump administration's objection . The American Civil Liberties Union said on Twitter that the 17-year-old had the procedure early Wednesday. Susan Hays, legal director for the Texas group... More »

Appeals Court Reverses Itself on Immigrant Seeking Abortion

17-year-old Jane Doe must be allowed to have abortion, court rules

(Newser) - In a new twist in the ongoing saga of a 17-year-old's attempts to get an abortion while being held in a federal immigration shelter, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday the Trump administration must stop blocking her from the procedure, Politico reports. A three-judge panel of the... More »

Immigrant Teen's Access to Abortion Overturned on Appeal

Jane Doe has until Halloween to find sponsor to take her in, get her abortion

(Newser) - A federal appeals court Friday blocked a 17-year-old immigrant being held in a federal detention facility from getting an abortion days after a lower court ruled she must be allowed to get one "promptly and without delay," the Hill reports. In a 2-1 decision—the Los Angeles Times... More »

Undocumented Teen Must Be Allowed to Get Abortion: Judge

Ruling comes in ACLU case that made headlines

(Newser) - A judge has ordered the federal government to allow a pregnant 17-year old immigrant who entered the country illegally to undergo an abortion, the AP reports. US District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan ordered Wednesday that authorities either transport the woman or allow her to be transported by others to the... More »

Report: Undocumented Teens Stopped From Having Abortions

ACLU takes up the case of one teen in Texas

(Newser) - The Trump administration has allegedly been preventing undocumented pregnant teenagers at federally funded shelters from getting abortions. One case will test the policy: The ACLU is suing on behalf of a pregnant 17-year-old, named only as Jane Doe, in a Brownsville, Texas, shelter. Politico takes an extensive look at the... More »

Anti-Abortion Rep. Who Urged Lover to Get Abortion Resigning

Tim Murphy has submitted his resignation, says Paul Ryan

(Newser) - GOP Rep. Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania, caught up in tawdry revelations of an extramarital affair, is resigning from Congress. That's the word from House Speaker Paul Ryan, the AP reports. Murphy, an anti-abortion lawmaker, allegedly urged his mistress to get an abortion when he thought she was pregnant. Ryan... More »

'Pro-Life' Rep. Who Reportedly Urged Abortion Seeks 'Healing'

Tim Murphy will not seek re-election after term ends

(Newser) - Rep. Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania will not seek re-election at the end of this term following a report suggesting the anti-abortion Republican asked his mistress to have an abortion. "After discussions with my family and staff, I have come to the decision that I will not seek re-election,"... More »

Ban on Abortion After 20 Weeks Passes House

Legislation is unlikely to survive Senate

(Newser) - A bill outlawing most abortions after 20 weeks cleared the House of Representatives on Tuesday, mostly along party lines, in the third time that House Republicans have passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, CNN reports. While the bill is expected to founder in the Senate, as it did on... More »

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