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NC Can't Force 'Narrated' Ultrasound Before Abortion

Supreme Court today refused to hear an appeal

(Newser) - Some North Carolina officials had their hopes dashed today by the Supreme Court, which declined to hear their appeal to revive what Reuters terms "narrated ultrasounds": a requirement that abortion providers perform an ultrasound and display and describe that ultrasound to a woman seeking an abortion—even if she... More »

No Charges for Mom Who Took Abortion Pill at 5 Months

Georgia DA drops murder count

(Newser) - Murder charges have been dropped against a Georgia woman who took an abortion pill she bought online and delivered a five-and-a-half-month-old fetus that lived for 30 minutes, reports WALB . Kenlissa Jones, 23, reportedly took four pills of Cytotec—the brand name of the drug misoprostol used alongside mifepristone in non-surgical... More »

Court Ruling May Shutter Most Texas Abortion Clinics

After appellate decision, only seven meet new requirements

(Newser) - An appellate court ruling today means that women in rural Texas may have a long drive on their hands if they plan to get an abortion. The 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the state's new rules , which essentially require clinics to have hospital-level building codes, reports the... More »

Abortions Dropping in Nearly All States

Blue and red states alike see abortion-rates falling

(Newser) - Abortions have declined in states where new laws make it harder to have them—but they've also waned in states where abortion rights are protected, an AP survey finds. Nearly everywhere, in red states and blue, abortions are down since 2010. Explanations vary: Abortion-rights advocates attribute it to expanded... More »

NC Voters Feel Betrayed Over Abortion Move

Critics say Gov. Pat McCrory promised he'd never sign such a bill

(Newser) - Some voters in North Carolina are feeling betrayed after Gov. Pat McCrory announced last night he'd rubber-stamp a bill that will triple the waiting period for abortions in the state, the News & Observer reports. "I will sign this bill," McCrory said in a statement issued last... More »

Paraguay Busts Alleged Rapist at Heart of Its Abortion Furor

Man accused of impregnating girl, 10

(Newser) - The man who stands accused of impregnating the 10-year-old daughter of his girlfriend—and consequently igniting a firestorm of controversy over Paraguay's refusal to allow the child an abortion —has been arrested after more than two weeks on the lam. And as the AFP reports, 42-year-old Gilberto Benitez... More »

10-Year-Old Rape Victim Denied Abortion

Paraguay only allows abortion in cases that threaten mother's health

(Newser) - The girl is 10 years old, 22 weeks pregnant with the child of the stepfather who raped and impregnated her even after he was reported to social services. And she's the subject of a fierce debate among adults over the moral, legal, physical, and psychological implications of whether she... More »

Ariz. Doctors Forced to Say Abortions May Be Reversed

Gov. Doug Ducey signs law critics say is based on quackery

(Newser) - Women seeking abortions in Arizona will be hearing new advice from their physicians. Gov. Doug Ducey signed into law this week a mandate that doctors must tell patients that abortions performed using drugs may be reversible, the New York Times reports. The news has met with outcry from medical community... More »

Chile Busts Woman Hospital Said Had an Abortion

25-year-old arrested for illegal act after she came in for severe stomach pain

(Newser) - A 25-year-old woman who showed up at a Chilean public hospital Sunday with severe stomach pains and vaginal bleeding was arrested after a doctor suspected she used a drug to induce her own abortion, the Guardian reports. The unidentified patient at the Carlos Cisternas facility is still under medical supervision... More »

Texas Rep: Fellow GOPer Tore My 'Former Fetus' Sign

State Rep. Jonathan Stickland points finger at Rep. Charlie Geren

(Newser) - Texas state Rep. Jonathan Stickland used to be a fetus, and a fellow Republican he clashed with over a sign advertising that fact accuses him of acting like a child. Stickland was one of what an anti-abortion group says is hundreds of lawmakers who received "Former Fetus" nameplates ahead... More »

Girl Born Pregnant With Twin Fetuses

Condition, called fetus in fetu, has only been reported 200 times

(Newser) - Being born pregnant is so rare it has only been documented 200 times, but it does happen. Now researchers are reporting this week in the Hong Kong Medical Journal on the November 2010 case of a newborn girl thought to have two tumors in her abdomen that were found to... More »

After Revolt, House GOP Shelves Abortion Bill

Female lawmakers were against 20-week bill

(Newser) - House Republicans have abruptly dropped plans to debate a bill banning virtually all late-term abortions after objections from GOP women and other lawmakers left them short of votes. The decision was embarrassing for Republican leaders eager to display a united, GOP-led Congress, which had planned to push the legislation through... More »

Court Strikes Down NC Abortion Ultrasound Law

Law required providers to show, describe image

(Newser) - A North Carolina law requiring abortion providers to show and describe an ultrasound to the pregnant woman is "ideological in intent" and violates doctors' free-speech rights, a federal appeals court ruled yesterday. Fourth US Circuit Court of Appeals Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III wrote that the law goes far... More »

Family to Ireland: Let 'Dead' Pregnant Woman Die

Family wants her off life support, doctors are wary of making that move

(Newser) - An Irish constitutional amendment protects fetuses from inception—they're considered Irish citizens—but the case of a brain-dead pregnant woman is putting that to the test. The parents of the unnamed twentysomething, who the Guardian reports sustained head trauma, want to turn her life support off. But though she'... More »

Ballot Issues: Voters May Loosen Pot Rules

Issues on abortion, minimum wage also on ballots across US

(Newser) - The legalization of marijuana could take three more steps forward tonight. The first related vote is in Washington, DC, where a measure on the ballot would allow people to grow and possess pot but not sell it. Later results will come in from Oregon and Alaska, whose residents will decide... More »

School Board to Edit Abortion Out of Textbook

Arizona district says it doesn't comply with new state law

(Newser) - Students in an Arizona school district will soon be working with a biology textbook that has a page missing or at least blotted out. The board of Gilbert Public Schools has voted to redact the page because it discusses drug-induced abortions in a section on contraception, reports KTVK . As the... More »

Supreme Court Lets Abortion Clinics Stay Open in Texas

More can open doors as case is heard in lower courts

(Newser) - Thirteen abortion clinics that shut down in Texas earlier this month can reopen while legal challenges wind through the court system, the Supreme Court ruled today. The decision means that a total of 21 clinics will be open throughout the state, reports ScotusBlog . Justices issued a four-sentence order that blocked... More »

Most Texas Abortion Clinics Shut Down Overnight

Court decision closes 13 of 21 clinics

(Newser) - All but eight of the remaining 21 abortion clinics in Texas were forced to shut down overnight after a federal appeals court upheld the state's tough restrictions on abortion. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals decided that the law's requirement for abortions to take place in expensive ambulatory... More »

Jailed Mom: Why I Helped My Daughter Miscarry

Jennifer Ann Whalen found pills online

(Newser) - A mother who has been jailed for nine to 18 months after providing abortion drugs for her daughter has offered her side of the story to the New York Times . Jennifer Whalen says she doesn't want to be an icon for the activists who have been calling her, but... More »

In El Salvador, a Stillbirth Landed Teen Mom in Prison

She was sentenced to 30 years under country's restrictive abortion laws

(Newser) - In October 2004, 17-year-old Salvadoran Christina Quintanilla was seven months pregnant with her second baby. One night she experienced excruciating back pain and went into labor. "I felt like I couldn't breathe, like I was drowning," she tells NPR . She passed out, only to be found by... More »

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