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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

North Dakota Judge Scraps Tough Anti-Abortion Law

Fetal heartbeat measure would have effectively barred the procedure after 6 weeks

(Newser) - A federal judge today overturned a North Dakota law that bans abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as six weeks into pregnancy and before many women know they're pregnant. US District Judge Daniel Hovland ruled that the law is "invalid and... More »

Strict Rules on Abortion Drugs Take Effect in Arizona

Judge refused to stay them as case goes through courts

(Newser) - As of today, women in Arizona face the strictest rules in the nation regarding the use of the abortion drug RU-486, reports AP . A federal judge declined to block the rules from taking effect while a legal fight over them makes its way through the courts. The upshot is that... More »

Wendy Davis: I'd Support a 20-Week Abortion Ban

...But only if it gave 'deference' to a woman and her doctor

(Newser) - Wendy Davis may have become famous by filibustering a law that would ban abortions after 20 weeks, but now the would-be governor tells the Dallas Morning News that she could support such a ban—if it were written correctly. Less than 0.5% of Texas' abortions occur that late, and... More »

Abortion Rate Hasn't Been This Low Since 1973

Researchers say recession had a role

(Newser) - The American abortion rate has dropped to its lowest level since 1973's landmark Roe v. Wade decision—and the fall appears to have a lot more to do with contraception and the economy than with state laws restricting abortion, a new study finds. Researchers say there were fewer than... More »

Wendy Davis' Daughters Defend Their Mom

Amber and Dru write open letters after critics lash out at Davis

(Newser) - Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis has been taking flak of late from critics who say she was a lousy mom who has embellished her story of being a single parent, but two people very much in the know came to her defense today, reports the Washington Post . Her grown daughters.... More »

At Center Stage in Midterms: Abortion

Both parties look to capitalize on issue

(Newser) - With the midterm elections ahead, both parties are looking to use abortion rights as a rallying issue. Republicans are hoping related state ballot initiatives will bring voters to the polls. Meanwhile, they're looking to avoid another Todd Akin "legitimate rape" embarrassment, instead emphasizing a fiscally conservative take on... More »

Poll: Americans Back 20-Week Abortion Limit

Sorry, Wendy Davis

(Newser) - Wendy Davis fans might want to look away: It turns out that more Americans support the 20-week abortion ban she filibustered than oppose it. In a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll , 44% said they supported the limit, while 37% opposed. Even among people who described themselves as pro-choice, nearly one... More »

Contentious Abortion Bill Clears Texas House

GOP dissenter blasts it as 'de facto ban on abortion;' expected to pass Senate

(Newser) - Despite the best efforts of Wendy Davis , the Texas abortion bill is back. The Texas House has finally (this was the third attempt this year) approved new abortion restrictions, including a ban on abortions after 20 weeks, restricting the procedure to surgical centers, and requiring doctors performing abortions to have... More »

In Surprise, NC Lawmakers OK Abortion Restrictions

Senators amend unrelated bill, then pass it this morning

(Newser) - Democrats in Texas may have used creative parliamentary tactics to stall new abortion restrictions, but Republicans in North Carolina used a few of their own last night for the opposite cause. They amended an unrelated bill in the state Senate to include several new restrictions, including one that requires clinics... More »

Perry Calls Another Special Session on Abortion

After Wendy Davis kills first one with filibuster; it starts next week

(Newser) - Will Wendy Davis bust out her pink tennis shoes again? Texas Gov. Rick Perry has called another special legislative session beginning July 1 to put in place stringent new abortion restrictions statewide, reports the Dallas Morning News . Davis famously foiled him the first time around with a 12-plus-hour filibuster last... More »

Texas Lawmaker Trying to Kill Abortion Bill With Filibuster

State Sen. Wendy Davis has to make it until midnight local time

(Newser) - A Texas lawmaker is trying to keep sweeping new abortion restrictions from taking effect in the state, but she'll have to stay on her feet for about 13 hours to be successful. Democrat Wendy Davis began a filibuster at 11:18am local time and needs to make it until... More »

Why I Had My Abortion at 23 Weeks

Mother says medical problems weren't clear until then

(Newser) - The House bill to ban abortions once a fetus is 20 weeks old has no chance of becoming law of the land this time around, but Judy Nicastro offers her own wrenching story to make the case why it never should be. She and her husband chose to abort one... More »

House Passes 20-Week Abortion Ban

But measure stands zero chance in the Senate

(Newser) - House Republicans got to make their stand against abortion today—they passed a bill that would outlaw the procedure nationally after 20 weeks, reports the AP . The final vote was 228-196 and almost entirely along party lines. (Six Democrats and six Republicans bucked their respective parties on the vote.)... More »

Latest Claim in Abortion Fight: Fetuses Masturbate

Lawmaker says they feel pleasure, so why not pain?

(Newser) - As the House debates a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks , Texas Republican Michael Burgess has offered the most headline-grabbing defense of the legislation so far:
  • "Watch a sonogram of a 15-week baby, and they have movements that are purposeful. They stroke their face. If they're
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Obama: GOP Putting Women's Health Back to 1950s

He becomes first sitting president to address Planned Parenthood

(Newser) - President Obama became the first sitting president to address Planned Parenthood today, and he offered a robust defense of the group, report AP and CNN . Among the lines getting attention:
  • What year is this? Citing strict anti-abortion laws in states such as North Dakota and Arkansas , Obama said, "When
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