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Okla. Gov. Vetoes Bill Criminalizing Performing Abortions

She says it wouldn't have withstood a legal challenge

(Newser) - Oklahoma Republican Gov. Mary Fallin on Friday vetoed legislation that would make it a felony for doctors to perform an abortion, a measure that would have effectively outlawed the procedure in the state, the AP reports. In vetoing the measure, Fallin said it was vague and would not withstand a... More »

Okla. Votes to Make Performing Abortion a Felony

Critics say the law is 'insane,' a 'new low,' and unconstitutional

(Newser) - The Oklahoma Senate voted Thursday to make it a felony punishable by up to three years in prison to perform an abortion, the AP reports. The Center for Reproductive Rights says the bill, which needs to be approved by Gov. Mary Fallin, is a first in the US and a... More »

Abortion Doc Takes on Hospital Over 'Gag Order'

She claims hospital has forbid her to speak out on abortion

(Newser) - Dr. Diane Horvath-Cosper, an OB-GYN at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington DC, filed a federal civil rights complaint against the hospital Monday, the New York Times reports. Horvath-Cosper claims the hospital—citing security concerns—put a "gag order" on her to prevent her from defending abortion publicly. According... More »

SC Men Who Want Viagra May Need Note (and Patience)

Just like women who want to get an abortion, bill sponsor says

(Newser) - If women have to wait 24 hours in South Carolina to get an abortion, men should have to do the same before they can get Viagra or other drugs to help them have sex, according to a tongue-in-cheek proposal discussed Wednesday. Lawmakers cracked jokes about the bill, but sponsor Rep.... More »

N. Ireland Woman Convicted of Self-Induced Abortion

She gets a 3-month suspended sentence

(Newser) - A woman in Northern Ireland who aborted a fetus after ordering drugs off the Internet has received a three-month suspended sentence. Abortion is illegal in Northern Ireland, though it's legal everywhere else in the UK, notes the Guardian . The unidentified woman, now 21, pleaded guilty and told the court... More »

Trump Offends Both Sides of Abortion Debate

He says he's 'like Ronald Reagan' on the issue

(Newser) - Donald Trump entered the national abortion debate on Wednesday as smoothly as a burning oil tanker slamming into a fireworks warehouse. After causing an outcry by saying that if abortions are banned, women who have them should be punished , he went on to claim the issue was "unclear" before... More »

Trump: Women Who Get Illegal Abortions Should Be Punished

Then he immediately reversed that opinion

(Newser) - If abortions are banned, which they should be, there needs to be "some form of punishment" for women who have them. So says Donald Trump in an interview with MSNBC's Chris Matthews scheduled to air Wednesday evening, Bloomberg reports. During the interview, Trump proclaimed himself pro-life multiple times... More »

FDA Loosens Restrictions on Abortion Drug

More women expected to gain access to Mifeprex

(Newser) - More women are expected to gain access to a common abortion drug after the FDA announced a major shift on Wednesday. The agency approved a new label for the drug Mifeprex, a move that has bigger implications than it might sound. Also known as mifepristone, Mifeprex is used in combination... More »

Anesthesia Now Required in Utah Abortions After 20 Weeks

To 'minimize any pain that may be caused to an unborn child'

(Newser) - Women who receive an abortion in Utah after they've reached the 20th week of their pregnancy can expect to do so heavily sedated: On Monday, Gov. Gary Herbert signed into law a bill requiring anesthesia for patients who reach this mark, USA Today reports. The "Protecting Unborn Children"... More »

New Indiana Law: No Abortions for Fetal Defects

Gov. Mike Pence says bill he signed 'affirms the value of all human life'

(Newser) - Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill into law Thursday making Indiana the second state to ban abortions because of fetal genetic abnormalities such as Down syndrome. It's due to take effect in July, but Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky says it will ask a court to block... More »

Group Says Men Should Be Able to 'Legally Abort' Unborn Child

'It is important to discuss the role of men in pregnancy'

(Newser) - Men should be able to "legally abort" their unborn children up to the 18th week of pregnancy. At least that's what the youth wing of Sweden's centrist Liberal Party is proposing, the Washington Post reports. The law would allow men to officially do away with all legal... More »

'Blockbuster' Abortion Case Arrives at Supreme Court

All eyes on Anthony Kennedy

(Newser) - The abortion case being argued in front of the Supreme Court Wednesday isn't only the "biggest case on the topic in nearly a quarter century," the AP notes—it's also the first major case taking place since Justice Antonin Scalia died , and it's happening during... More »

Cops Look Into Reports of Fetus Surviving Abortion

Phoenix police investigating after fire department call

(Newser) - Phoenix police are investigating a potentially volatile case: one that involves reports of a fetus briefly surviving an abortion. Police confirmed the investigation after anti-abortion protesters staged a vigil for the fetus over the weekend, though authorities have offered no confirmation that the fetus spent any period of time alive... More »

2 US Women Get Abortions Following Zika Diagnosis

Another two miscarried

(Newser) - Two of the nine pregnant American woman who tested positive for the Zika virus have had abortions, People reports. In one of the cases, an ultrasound showed the woman's fetus had "severe brain abnormalities." Two more of the women have miscarried and another gave birth to a... More »

I Was a Mom With a Failed IUD Who Chose Abortion

Kathryn Jezer-Morton #shoutsherabortion

(Newser) - If not for Lindy West's #ShoutYourAbortion campaign , "I would not have written this." This is Kathryn Jezer-Morton's "Two Kids, An IUD, and Then, An Abortion," Jezer-Morton's own experience with having an abortion after learning that, "after two years of loyal service,"... More »

Kentucky Bill Would Require Note From Wife to Get Viagra

'This is about family values,' says cheeky Rep. Mary Lou Marzian

(Newser) - If a bill introduced in Kentucky this week becomes law, men seeking Viagra or other erectile dysfunction drugs would be required to get a signed note from their wife and swear on a Bible they would only use the drugs during sex with their spouse, the Courier-Journal reports. The men... More »

What Happens When a Woman Is Refused Abortion

So-called 'turnaways' don't fare as well as others, study suggests

(Newser) - Are women more likely to have better futures if they can terminate unwanted pregnancies? New research suggests this is in fact often the case: "There is a belief that access to abortion is important for equal opportunities for women and for their financial stability," researchers write in a... More »

Surrogate, Told to Abort, Sues the Father

Melissa Cook wants to adopt baby the dad doesn't want—and maybe the other 2, too

(Newser) - A complicated case has become even more so after a surrogate mom of triplets refused the biological dad's demand to abort one of the fetuses. Melissa Cook says she was threatened with financial ruin by the father for violating her contract (he was allowed a "reduction" if he... More »

Why a Christmas Eve 1955 Death Still Matters

Jacqueline Smith's abortion was performed illegally in an apartment

(Newser) - In the 1950s, when abortions were rarely sanctioned and only when a committee of doctors approved them, somewhere between 200,000 and 1.2 million illegal abortions were performed every year. One such case in particular grabbed grim headlines across the country: A young woman by the name of Jacqueline... More »

Judge Sees No Crime in Planned Parenthood Videos

US District Judge William Orrick speaks out

(Newser) - Recordings secretly made by an anti-abortion group at meetings of abortion providers do not show criminal activity and could put the providers at risk, a federal judge said Friday, citing the recent shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic. US District Judge William Orrick made the comments during a hearing... More »

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