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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 »

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 »

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 »

How Mila Kunis' Pence Prank Sparked Calls to #BoycottBeam

The actress donates to Planned Parenthood in the vice president's name

(Newser) - While promoting her new movie, A Bad Moms Christmas, on Conan Thursday night, actress Mila Kunis waded deep into the culture wars, and now it looks like she may have taken a beloved brand of bourbon with her. During her interview, Kunis admitted to Conan O'Brien that she's... More »

Twitter Bars Candidate's Ad Over 'Baby Body Parts' Line

Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee is running to replace Bob Corker in the Senate

(Newser) - Conservative congresswoman Marsha Blackburn is running for the Senate, and her entry into the Tennessee race has gotten more attention than anticipated thanks to a decision by Twitter. The company blocked a video ad in which Blackburn declares, "I fought Planned Parenthood and we stopped the sale of baby... More »

Court Decision Could Pave Way for 'Showdown' Over Planned Parenthood

Court says Arkansas can block funding for the organization

(Newser) - A federal appeals court panel ruled Wednesday that Arkansas can block Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood, the AP reports. In a 2-1 ruling, an 8th US Circuit Court of Appeals panel vacated preliminary injunctions a federal judge issued preventing the state from suspending any Medicaid payments for services rendered to... More »

Trump Signs Law to Let States Defund Planned Parenthood

He rolls back Obama's funding protection

(Newser) - President Trump has signed into law a bill so controversial that Mike Pence had to cast a tie-breaking vote in the Senate when two Republicans refused to support it: the rollback of President Obama's protection for Planned Parenthood funding . The bill allows states to withhold Title X federal family-planning... More »

Ivanka Had Secret Meeting With Planned Parenthood

Her relationship with Cecile Richards has since soured: Politico

(Newser) - Not long before explaining that "lack of public denouncement" does not equal silence , Ivanka Trump secretly met with the head of Planned Parenthood, reports Politico . After indicating she wanted to know more about the organization, Trump sat down with Cecile Richards in the weeks following her father's inauguration,... More »

Pence Breaks Tie in Vote Targeting Planned Parenthood

Senate advances measure allowing states to block federal funding

(Newser) - The Senate on Thursday advanced legislation that would allow states to block federal funding to Planned Parenthood, after calling in Vice President Pence to break a tie, Politico reports. First, Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson was called in to the procedural vote, despite the fact that he's recovering from back... More »

2 Face Felony Charges Over Planned Parenthood Videos

David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt posed as execs with a fake bioresearch company

(Newser) - Two anti-abortion activists whose secretly recorded conversations with executives from Planned Parenthood made national headlines are each facing 15 felony charges in California, reports the Los Angeles Times . David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt posed as executives of a fake bioresearch company and filmed their conversations with Planned Parenthood officials about... More »

Judge Tells Texas It Can't Defund Planned Parenthood

But Trump might federally defund the organization

(Newser) - A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Texas can't cut off Medicaid dollars to Planned Parenthood over secretly recorded videos taken by anti-abortion activists in 2015 that launched GOP efforts across the US to defund the nation's largest abortion provider. An injunction issued by US District Judge Sam Sparks... More »

Abortion Rate Hits Lowest Point Since 1974

There were 926K in US in 2014: Guttmacher Institute

(Newser) - Even as the election outcome intensifies America's abortion debate, a comprehensive new survey finds the annual number of abortions in the US has dropped to well under 1 million, the lowest level since 1974, reports the AP . The report, which counted 926,200 abortions in 2014, was released Tuesday... More »

Paul Ryan Says GOP to Quickly Defund Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood says it stands to lose about 40% of its funding

(Newser) - Paul Ryan says Republicans will pass a "fast-track bill" defunding Planned Parenthood as soon as next month as part of their repeal of ObamaCare, the Washington Post reports. Republicans will use a special legislative procedure that allows a bill to be passed with a simple majority instead of a... More »

Obama Makes Late Move to Protect Planned Parenthood

Last-minute rule is unlikely to last long under Trump

(Newser) - President Obama has brought in a last-minute rule to protect Planned Parenthood funding but it may not be around for long: BuzzFeed reports that the rule barring states from defunding Planned Parenthood and other family planning services will take effect on Jan. 18, just two days before Donald Trump becomes... More »

20K People Just Trolled Mike Pence

They donated to Planned Parenthood in his name

(Newser) - Donald Trump has many fearing for the future of women's reproductive freedom, but last week's election outcome wasn't all bad for Planned Parenthood. The organization has seen an "unprecedented outpouring (of) support" in the days since in the form of 160,000 donations, including 20,000... More »

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 »

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