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Judge Blocks Ohio Anti-Abortion Law

Law would have defunded Planned Parenthood

(Newser) - An Ohio anti-abortion law signed by Gov. John Kasich during his presidential bid is unconstitutional and will do "irreparable injury" to Planned Parenthood and its patients, a federal judge ruled Friday The law effectively defunded Planned Parenthood by banning funds from the state's health department from going to... More »

Colorado Planned Parenthood Shooter Mentally Incompetent

Robert Dear's team can now use his mental health as a defense

(Newser) - A man who acknowledged killing three people at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic is mentally incompetent to continue with his criminal case, a judge ruled Wednesday, stalling the proceedings and potentially setting the stage for a mental health defense. The decision by Judge Gilbert Martinez puts the case against Robert... More »

Clinic Shooting Suspect Recounted Bizarre 'Dream'

Told cops that aborted fetuses will thank him in heaven

(Newser) - The suspect in the Nov. 27 shooting rampage at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs says "his dream" is for aborted fetuses to "thank him what for what he did" when he dies and goes to heaven. Robert Lewis Dear, the self-proclaimed "warrior for the babies"... 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 »

Fla. Lawmakers Want Women to Get Pap Smears at Elementary Schools

If Planned Parenthood is defunded, list of alternatives is ... odd

(Newser) - If Florida's HB 1411—which passed the state legislature this month—is signed into law, Planned Parenthood will no longer be able to take Medicaid. So lawmakers have released a list of places women can go instead to get reproductive services including birth control, breast exams, STI screenings, and... More »

Kasich Defunds Planned Parenthood

Group warns that move will have 'devastating consequences'

(Newser) - In a move likely to please the next batch of Republican primary voters, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a bill on Sunday that effectively defunds Planned Parenthood in his state. The bill he signed doesn't actually name Planned Parenthood, CNN reports, but it bans Ohio from contracting health services... More »

Leaders Behind Planned Parenthood Videos Are Indicted

Grand jury finds no wrongdoing by abortion provider

(Newser) - A Houston grand jury investigating undercover footage of Planned Parenthood found no wrongdoing Monday by the abortion provider but instead indicted anti-abortion activists involved in making the videos that provoked outrage among Republican leaders nationwide, the AP reports. David Daleiden, founder of the Center for Medical Progress, was indicted on... More »

Planned Parenthood Sues Over Video 'Conspiracy'

'Sting' video maker accused of violating racketeering laws

(Newser) - The undercover "sting" videos targeting Planned Parenthood were part of a "complex criminal enterprise" created by "anti-abortion extremists," according to a federal lawsuit filed by the organization. The lawsuit filed Thursday against an anti-abortion group called the Center for Medical Progress accuses the group of committing... 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 »

Planned Parenthood Shooting Suspect: 'I am a Warrior for the Babies'

Prosecutors brought 179 charges against Robert Dear on Wednesday

(Newser) - “I am guilty—there will be no trial," Robert Dear said during a court hearing Wednesday. "I am a warrior for the babies." The statement was one of a number of "outbursts" made by the accused Colorado Planned Parenthood shooter as prosecutors brought 179 charges... More »

Senate Defunds Planned Parenthood With 'Symbolic' Vote

Planned Parenthood says the vote's timing is 'unconscionable'

(Newser) - Republicans in the Senate voted Thursday to defund Planned Parenthood in a move the Huffington Post calls "symbolic" and Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin—as quoted by Vice —calls a "waste of the time of the Senate." According to the Hill , the measure takes one year of... More »

Suspect Vandalized Planned Parenthood Before: Ex-Wife

Robert Lewis Dear thought he was doing 'God's work,' says source

(Newser) - The shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Friday wasn't Robert Lewis Dear 's first alleged attack on the agency, his ex-wife says. Barbara Micheau, Dear's second wife from 1985 to 1993, says her ex-husband told her he put glue in the locks... More »

Cruz: Most Violent Criminals Are Democrats

He slams Clinton, media's 'ugly underbelly'

(Newser) - Democrats might be surprised to hear that their party is the choice of the "overwhelming majority" of violent criminals; they may be less surprised to hear that Ted Cruz is the source of that information. The Republican candidate, discussing the Planned Parenthood shooting with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt... More »

Mom of 2, Iraq Vet Died in Planned Parenthood Attack

Gunman never made it into main clinic area

(Newser) - The two civilians killed in Friday's attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic have been identified as an Iraq War veteran and a mother of two, both of whom were at the Colorado Springs, Colo., clinic to support friends. Jennifer Markovsky, 35, was a stay-at-home mom who "lived for... More »

Gunman Said 'No More Baby Parts': Report

Accused Planned Parenthood shooter was politically motivated: source

(Newser) - The man being held in Friday's shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood talked about "no more baby parts" and President Obama after his arrest, reports the Washington Post , citing an anonymous law enforcement official, who contends that the attack was "definitely politically motivated." But sources tell... More »

Planned Parenthood Shooter ID'd as NC Man

Police haven't disclosed motive for Colorado Springs shooting

(Newser) - The suspect accused of killing a police officer and two civilians at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs on Friday was a long way from home, according to law enforcement sources. The sources tell the Denver Post that the suspect, who surrendered after an hours-long standoff, has been identified as... More »

2 Civilians, 1 Officer Dead in Shooting at Planned Parenthood

Suspect is in custody

(Newser) - An active shooting situation at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic is over, but two civilians and one police officer are dead, the Denver Post reports. Several others were wounded, but the severity of their injuries wasn't known, reports AP . Police were seen leading one male suspect out of... More »

Planned Parenthood Is Suing Texas

The state is trying to block Medicaid dollars

(Newser) - Planned Parenthood sued again Monday over efforts by Republican governors to block Medicaid funding to the nation's largest abortion provider, this time against Texas, where the organization says health care access to 13,500 women is on the line. Federal courts have so far halted similar attempts in Arkansas,... More »

SCOTUS Not Interested in Planned Parenthood Case

High court rejects NH anti-abortion group's push for docs related to gov't grant

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has rejected an anti-abortion group's bid to force disclosure of confidential Planned Parenthood and federal government records about a contract for family planning services in New Hampshire. The justices on Monday let stand a ruling that allowed the Health and Human Services Department to withhold some... More »

Planned Parenthood Foe Sued for Being Too Loud

He's facing a restraining order and $5,000 fine

(Newser) - Maine's attorney general said Tuesday that she has sued a protester who she says yelled so loudly outside a Planned Parenthood facility that he disrupted health care services there. Janet Mills filed the complaint against Brian Ingalls, 26, under the state's civil rights act. Mills said he violated... More »

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