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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 »

Missouri Now Home to One of the Strictest Abortion Laws

GOP kills Dem filibuster to push through bill last night

(Newser) - Missouri is now one of two states requiring a 72-hour waiting period before having an abortion, with no exception for rape or incest, the AP reports. Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of the bill—which he called "extreme and disrespectful" toward women—was overridden by the legislature by the... More »

Mom Imprisoned for Giving Daughter Abortion Pills

Pennsylvania mom Jennifer Whelan gets up to 18 months

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania mom who helped her 16-year-old daughter end an unwanted pregnancy is going to spend up to 18 months behind bars. Single mother Jennifer Ann Whalen, 39, was sentenced Friday to between 12 and 18 months under a state law that says only doctors can carry out abortions, reports... More »

Wendy Davis Reveals Abortion in Memoir

Defender of abortion rights discloses decision made on medical grounds

(Newser) - Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis ' new memoir is dedicated in part to daughters Amber, Dru, and Tate, and those familiar with Davis' life story might be puzzled by the last name on that list. That's because Davis is revealing for the first time that Tate is the unborn... More »

Now Online: the Stay-at-Home Abortion

Rebecca Gomperts is among activists who sell abortion drugs online

(Newser) - With millions of women worldwide lacking access to abortion clinics, some activists are considering a new approach: the stay-at-home abortion. Leading the charge is Dutch physician Rebecca Gomperts, whose website Women on Web receives about 2,000 requests monthly for drugs that will induce miscarriages, the New York Times Magazine ... More »

Judge Blocks Louisiana's New Abortion Law

Suit says law would force all 5 state clinics to close

(Newser) - A federal judge has temporarily blocked Louisiana from enforcing its restrictive new abortion law, which requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges to a hospital within 30 miles of their clinics. But lawyers and advocates appeared to disagree about whether the judge's order affects doctors at all... More »

Judge Halts Texas Abortion Law Targeting Clinics

Restrictions create 'an impermissible obstacle' to women, judge says

(Newser) - A federal judge today threw out new Texas abortion restrictions that would have effectively closed more than a dozen clinics in the state. US District Judge Lee Yeakel sided with clinics that sued over one of the most disputed measures of a sweeping anti-abortion bill signed by Gov. Rick Perry... More »

Richard Dawkins: Keeping Fetus With Down's Is 'Immoral'

Renowned atheist sparks a Twitter war

(Newser) - What to do when you're pregnant with a fetus that has Down's syndrome? Simple, tweeted Richard Dawkins: "Abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice." The renowned evolutionary theorist and atheist later apologized for... More »

Denied Abortion, Woman Forced to Have Baby at 25 Weeks

Irish case tests new law that permits some abortions

(Newser) - The abortion issue is heating up in Ireland, where a woman was denied termination under a new law—then threatened a hunger strike and was forced to have a Caesarean section, the Guardian reports. The woman (impregnated via rape, a friend says) demanded an abortion at eight weeks' pregnancy and... More »

Court: Mississippi Can't Close Only Abortion Clinic

Judges: state shouldn't force women to go elsewhere

(Newser) - A law that would have forced the only abortion clinic in Mississippi to close appears doomed after a federal court ruled against it once again. An appeals court panel decided 2-1 that State House Bill 1390, which requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at local hospitals, would shift Mississippi'... More »

Missouri Governor Vetoes Abortion Waiting Period

Because it has no exception for cases of rape or incest

(Newser) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon today vetoed legislation that would have required a 72-hour waiting period for women seeking abortions. The Democratic governor said he vetoed the bill because it didn't include an exception for rape and incest victims, and hence showed "a callous disregard for women who find... More »

Big Supreme Court Rulings Are Coming

Decisions due on TV, environmental rules

(Newser) - It's a big week for the Supreme Court, which wraps up its term next Monday. We'll be hearing from the justices on a number of key cases that have been argued since January, ranging from ObamaCare to free speech. USA Today outlines the highlights; this week's decisions... More »

Supreme Court OKs Challenge on Law Against Lying

Court also strikes down 'straw man' gun purchases

(Newser) - The Supreme Court ruled unanimously today that an anti-abortion group can challenge an Ohio law that bars people from making false statements about political candidates during a campaign. The high court said the Susan B. Anthony List does not have to wait until it is prosecuted under the law to... More »

Missouri Passes 72-Hour Abortion Waiting Period

It's not clear whether governor will sign

(Newser) - Missouri women who want an abortion may soon have to wait three full days before getting one. The state House voted 111-39 last night to approve legislation that will require a 72-hour waiting period. The state Senate had passed it earlier this week, and now it heads to Gov. Jay... More »

Power Plant Ordered to Stop Burning Fetal Tissue

Medical waste issue horrifies Oregon commissioners

(Newser) - Two horrified anti-abortion county commissioners in Oregon have ordered a waste-to-energy plant to stop burning any medical waste until it can be sure that no fetal tissue is being incinerated. The Marion County plant burns large amounts of biomedical waste from British Columbia, and the commissioners say they were disgusted... More »

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