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High Court Sides With Trump Administration in Abortion Case

Justices toss lower-court decision that could have helped immigrant minors get abortions

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Monday sided with the Trump administration in a case involving an immigrant teen's abortion. In one sense, the case is moot because the teen in question already had an abortion. But the justices tossed a lower-court ruling that allowed the abortion to take place, thus... More »

Abortion Rights Groups Win Reprieve in Iowa

Judge agrees to temporarily block most restrictive abortion law in US, set to go into effect July 1

(Newser) - A judge agreed Friday to temporarily block the most restrictive abortion law in the country from taking effect in Iowa next month under an agreement between lawyers for the state and abortion rights groups. Attorneys for the state and Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds said during a court hearing that they... More »

Supreme Court Won't Block Arkansas Abortion Restrictions

Allows new law on pills to stay in place, at least for the time being

(Newser) - The Supreme Court is allowing Arkansas to put in effect restrictions on how abortion pills are administered. Critics of a challenged state law say it could effectively end medication abortions in the state. The justices did not comment Tuesday in rejecting an appeal from the Planned Parenthood affiliate in Arkansas... More »

Abortion Vote in Ireland Is a Landslide

Pro-choice side wins by two-to-one margin

(Newser) - Irish voters cleared the way for abortions to be legal in their country for the first time by repealing a constitutional ban on the procedure and authorizing legislators to reflect the popular will by giving pregnant women a choice, results from a landmark referendum showed Saturday. Voters in Friday's... More »

Exit Poll Suggests Ireland on Brink of Historic Shift

Voters look poised to lift the nation's strict ban on abortion

(Newser) - Ireland's referendum Friday represented more than a vote on whether to end the country's strict abortion ban. It was a battle for the very soul of a traditionally conservative Roman Catholic nation that has seen a wave of liberalization in recent years. An Irish Times exit poll released... More »

Irish Expats Fly Home for 'Once in a Generation' Vote

Near-total ban on abortion could be repealed in Friday vote

(Newser) - A big change could be in store for what's considered Europe's most restrictive nation on abortion. The Irish people are voting Friday in a referendum that could see the removal of a near-total constitutional ban on abortion, enacted by another referendum 35 years ago with support from the... More »

Report: HHS to 'Disentangle Taxpayers' From Abortions

Mandate would ban federally funded clinics from referrals, sharing space with abortion providers

(Newser) - An announcement expected Friday out of Health and Human Services has abortion rights advocates and doctors' groups steeled for a new battle on the family planning front. Per the AP and New York Times , White House officials and other sources say a Reagan-era ban is about to be rebooted: one... More »

Doc Who Says He's Done 40K Abortions Pleads Guilty for One

Prosecutors say Robert Rho botched 30-year-old woman's abortion, leading to her death

(Newser) - A doctor's attorney says a death under his client's watch was tragic but not criminal; an assistant DA calls it a case of "greed and arrogance." Either way, Dr. Robert Rho, who says he's done at least 40,000 abortions, has pleaded guilty to criminally... More »

Iowa Just Became Ground Zero in Debate Over Abortion

Governor signs toughest law in the US, and opponents promise a court fight

(Newser) - Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Friday signed a law banning most abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be detected, or at around six weeks of pregnancy, marking the strictest abortion regulation in the nation. The move sets the stage for a lengthy court fight. The Republican governor signed the legislation... More »

Iowa Lawmakers Pass Bill That Would Ban Most Abortions

If signed, 'heartbeat bill' will be the nation's strictest abortion law

(Newser) - Iowa legislators on Wednesday passed a bill that would ban abortions as soon as a heartbeat is detected—meaning most women would not be able to get an abortion by the sixth week of pregnancy. The Des Moines Register says most abortions would be banned under the legislation; critics say... More »

John Oliver's Weapon Against 'Crisis Pregnancy Centers': His Own

Late-night host says controversial CPCs 'mislead' vulnerable pregnant women, founds his own

(Newser) - So-called crisis pregnancy centers have come under fire for years for allegedly using misinformation to talk vulnerable pregnant women out of having an abortion, and John Oliver took up the topic Sunday on Last Week Tonight . "What is happening with CPCs is that, way too often, women with unplanned... More »

Planned Parenthood CEO: I Shut Down Kushner's Abortion Idea

Cecile Richards writes he suggested a trade: money for no more abortions

(Newser) - Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards' new memoir dropped Tuesday, and one passage in it is getting some attention. People reports that Richards writes of being encouraged by a "friendly acquaintance in the fashion industry" to reach out to Ivanka Trump in the wake of Hillary Clinton's loss, amid... More »

Court Rules on Immigrant Teen Abortions

Order pertains to teens in federal custody

(Newser) - A federal court in Washington told the Trump administration Friday that the government can't interfere with the ability of pregnant immigrant teens being held in federal custody to obtain abortions, the AP reports. A judge issued an order Friday evening barring the government from "interfering with or obstructing"... More »

14-Year-Old Rape Victim Dies in Childbirth

'Her body was not ready for a pregnancy,' hospital director says in Paraguay

(Newser) - Paraguay is facing pressure to rewrite its strict abortion laws following the death of a 14-year-old rape victim during childbirth. Complications meant the unnamed teen—whose alleged rapist, 37, is in custody—was hospitalized for 20 days before going into labor. She then experienced a respiratory issue that prompted an... More »

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 »

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