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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 »

Guess What Anti-Abortion Rep. Apparently Wanted Mistress to Get

Rep. Tim Murphy is sponsor of new bill banning abortion after 20 weeks

(Newser) - US Rep. Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania has been praised for his anti-abortion stance by the Family Research Council, is a member of the House Pro-Life Caucus, and is one of the sponsors of a current bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks. He also, apparently, encouraged the woman with whom... More »

WHO: Nearly Half of Abortions Around the World Aren't Safe

Most disturbing are those abortions that fall into the 'least safe' category

(Newser) - Between 2010 and 2014, nearly 56 million women around the world got abortions each year—and the World Health Organization has found that almost half of them weren't safe. Per a WHO/Guttmacher Institute study published in the Lancet journal, of those 55.7 million annual abortions, just over 17... More »

Story About Iceland Sets Off Angry Debate Over Abortion

CBS explored the declining number of Down syndrome births

(Newser) - A story by CBS News about the declining number of Down syndrome births in Iceland has caused an uproar, with conservative critics accusing the story of celebrating abortion and others lashing out at Iceland itself. There's so much to unpack that even the myth-busting site Snopes has weighed in... More »

Indian Rape Victim, 10, Gives Birth Without Knowing It

Girl's parents told her the bulge in her stomach was a stone

(Newser) - A 10-year-old rape victim in India has given birth, though the BBC reports she is unaware of that fact. The girl's case grabbed headlines after it reached as high as the Indian Supreme Court, which in July denied her family's request for an abortion. While the court battles... More »

Buffer Zone Created at Last Abortion Clinic in Kentucky

Protesters will converge on clinic this weekend

(Newser) - Both sides in the abortion fight raging in Kentucky agree on one thing: The stakes are as high as ever in a state that could become the first in the nation without an abortion clinic. Political pressure has intensified since the Kentucky GOP took control of state government and moved... More »

Indian Court: 10-Year-Old Rape Victim Can't Get Abortion

The girl is 26 weeks pregnant

(Newser) - A 10-year-old rape survivor in India has been denied an abortion, despite the fact that giving birth is risky at such a young age, the Times of India reports. Medical termination of pregnancy is allowed up to 20 weeks gestation, though exceptions are allowed if the mother's health is... More »

Catholic Doc Claims He Can Reverse Early Abortions

George Delgado is 'experimenting on women' with controversial procedure, detractors say

(Newser) - Several US states, including Georgia, Utah, and Idaho, have enacted laws or are considering bills allowing for "abortion reversals." Per the concept driven by California doctor George Delgado, if a woman takes only the first of two pills in the first 10 weeks of pregnancy and regrets her... More »

Woman, 19, Gets 30 Years in Prison After Stillbirth

Prosecutors in El Salvador argued she blew off prenatal care

(Newser) - In what the Guardian is calling "the latest in a long line of failures of justice against pregnant women" in El Salvador, a 19-year-old was on Wednesday sentenced to 30 years in prison after a stillbirth. Per Al Jazeera , Evelyn Beatriz Hernandez Cruz was convicted of "aggravated homicide,... More »

Irish Girl Sent to Psych Ward After Trying to Get an Abortion

She and her mom thought they were traveling to Dublin for the procedure

(Newser) - When a girl in Ireland went with her mother to try to get an abortion last year, she was instead detained against her will in a psychiatric clinic. CNN reports that the girl, who is a minor, had said her pregnancy was making her suicidal. But instead of being granted... More »

Weeks Before Olympic Win, She Had an Abortion

Sanya Richards-Ross reveals what she went through in new memoir

(Newser) - Weeks before she won gold at the 2008 Olympics , Sanya Richards-Ross had an abortion. The now-32-year-old reveals the story in her new memoir, Chasing Grace , People reports. She was engaged to Aaron Ross at the time (the two are now married), and the pregnancy was not planned. Her dream was... More »

Study: Mail-Order Abortions 95% Effective

Study says that's as safe as in a clinic

(Newser) - Medical abortions done at home with online help and pills sent in the mail appear to be just as safe as those done at a clinic, according to a new study. The research tracked the outcomes of 1,000 women in Ireland and Northern Ireland, who used a website run... More »

For a 10-Year-Old Pregnant by Rape, a 2nd Trauma

Victim had to fight for right to abort

(Newser) - India has dealt with a series of high-profile rape cases , and the latest is a particularly thorny one: It involves a 10-year-old who is now pregnant. The New York Times reports the child is more than 20 weeks along after being "repeatedly raped by her stepfather over a period... More »

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