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One State Tells Public Schools: You Must Offer Abortions

California tells public universities to offer medical abortions in student health centers

(Newser) - Coming to a California university near you: abortion pills. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill Friday ensuring that public universities will provide medication abortions at student health centers on campus starting in 2023, the Hill reports. This after the state assembly voted 55-19 in September to pass Senate Bill 24... More »

Missouri's 8-Week Abortion Ban Temporarily Blocked

Judge orders it can't be implemented Wednesday after all

(Newser) - A new Missouri ban on abortions at or after eight weeks of pregnancy won't take effect Wednesday after a federal judge temporarily blocked it from being implemented, the AP reports. US District Judge Howard Sachs put a pause on the law as a legal challenge against it plays out... More »

Alyssa Milano Reveals Her 'Anxiety' Before 2 Abortions

The actress opens up in her latest podcast

(Newser) - Alyssa Milano is getting personal about abortion. The actress—who recently called for a sex strike to oppose anti-abortion laws—revealed in her podcast Sunday that she had abortions twice in her 20s. "In 1993, I had two abortions," the 46-year-old said, per USA Today . "I was... More »

Pussy Riot Going to Fight 'Patriarchal Ghosts' in Alabama

Feminist punk-rock group is heading there to hold protest concert on strict new abortion law

(Newser) - Alabama's strict new abortion law is "ridiculous." So says Pussy Riot, which has decided to take action on it, per AFP . The Russian punk-rock group will perform a protest concert in Birmingham on Thursday, with all proceeds set to go to Planned Parenthood and the Yellowhammer Fund,... More »

For Missouri's Only Abortion Clinic, a 'Last-Minute Reprieve'

St. Louis Planned Parenthood can keep offering abortions at least until Aug. 1 license hearing

(Newser) - A Missouri commissioner on Friday ruled that the state's only abortion clinic can continue providing the service at least until August as a fight over its license plays out, adding that there's a "likelihood" that the clinic will succeed in the dispute. Administrative Hearing Commissioner Sreenivasa Rao... More »

State's Last Abortion Clinic: Mandated Exam Is 'Assault'

Planned Parenthood of St. Louis won't comply with Missouri's pelvic exam rule

(Newser) - Friday is the judge-mandated deadline for Missouri's Department of Health and Senior Services to decide whether to renew the abortion license of the sole remaining abortion clinic in the state. Just two days before the deadline, a defiant move by Planned Parenthood of St. Louis: It will no longer... More »

They Debated Abortion. What She Said Next Brought Groans

Calif. Rep. Norma Torres got irritated during conversation

(Newser) - Remarks by a California Democratic congresswoman during a debate about abortion on the House floor Wednesday spurred "audible outrage," per Roll Call . Lawmakers were discussing Health and Human Services appropriations bills and how spending on abortion fit in. Florida GOP Rep. Ross Spano objected to some of the... More »

Joe Biden Does U-Turn on Federal Funding for Abortions

'Folks, times have changed'

(Newser) - Joe Biden is no longer out of step with his Democratic rivals on the Hyde Amendment, which bans federal funding for most abortions. Biden—whose campaign said as recently as Wednesday that he still supports the measure—announced Thursday that he now wants to end the amendment that he defended... More »

Disney CEO on Filming in Ga.: 'Don't See How It's Practical'

Bob Iger says it will be 'very difficult' to do production there if abortion law goes into effect

(Newser) - First Netflix said it may "rethink" filming in Georgia over a strict new abortion law . Now another big entertainment company is expressing similar doubts. Reuters reports that on Wednesday, Disney CEO Bob Iger noted his company filming in the Peach State could be up in the air if the... More »

SCOTUS Defers on Abortion, but 2 Justices are 'at War'

Clarence Thomas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg have drawn their 'battle lines'

(Newser) - The Supreme Court may have put off for now some of the core questions tied to Roe vs. Wade, but the Cut and CNN note justices Clarence Thomas and Ruth Bader Ginsburg are now "officially at war" and "drawing their battle lines." All of the justices agreed... More »

Judge Rules on State's Abortion Law: 'Here We Go Again'

Judge Carlton Reeves places temporary block on 'heartbeat' law in Mississippi

(Newser) - "Here we go again." Those were the words of Judge Carlton Reeves as he handed down a new ruling on Mississippi's "heartbeat" abortion law, and his decision didn't come down on the side of the state. The AP reports Reeves issued a ruling Friday that... More »

2 Big Names Just Filed Suit Over 'Extreme' Abortion Law

Planned Parenthood, ACLU are behind complaint on Alabama's near-total ban

(Newser) - As states across the country have started passing more restrictive abortion laws , one has now been hit with a federal lawsuit, with two big names behind it. NBC News reports Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a complaint Friday over Alabama's so-called "heartbeat" law , which... More »

Female Lawmakers Reveal Their Rape Stories

It's part of the nation's new abortion debate

(Newser) - For more than two decades, Nancy Mace did not speak publicly about her rape. In April, when she finally broke her silence, she chose the most public of forums—before her colleagues in South Carolina's legislature, the AP reports. A bill was being debated that would ban all abortions... More »

Sweeping Roe v. Wade Decision? Not Roberts' Style

Analysts think his Supreme Court more likely to 'chip away' than overturn

(Newser) - As several states move to restrict abortion—including Alabama and now Missouri, per CBS News —the big question is whether these new laws will lead to a direct challenge at the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade. But one common theme in coverage is that Chief Justice John... More »

Alabama Governor Signs It

Gov. Kay Ivey puts pen to paper

(Newser) - Alabama's Republican governor signed the most stringent abortion legislation in the nation Wednesday, making performing an abortion a felony in nearly all cases, the AP reports. "To the bill's many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians' deeply held belief that every life is... More »

'Heartbeat' Abortion Bill Is Now Law in Ohio

It's one of the country's toughest abortion laws

(Newser) - A bill imposing one of the most stringent abortion restrictions in the nation was signed into law in Ohio on Thursday, banning abortions after a detectable heartbeat in a long-sought victory for abortion opponents that drew an immediate constitutional challenge. In signing the heartbeat bill, Republican Gov. Mike DeWine broke... More »

Celebs Threaten State Over New Abortion Bill

Alyssa Milano spearheads petition against Georgia's 'heartbeat' bill

(Newser) - Hollywood has Georgia on its mind—and not in a good way. Fifty actors have signed a petition threatening to urge film and TV production away from the state if it passes a new abortion bill, the Huffington Post reports. Alyssa Milano spearheaded the petition, which says "billions of... More »

Girl, 11, Forced to Deliver Rapist's Baby

Baby, born via C-section at 23 weeks, is not expected to survive

(Newser) - Abortion is illegal in Argentina except in cases of rape or when the mother's life is in danger. Yet the country refused to allow an 11-year-old girl raped by a 65-year-old man to get an abortion, despite a doctor's declaration that she faced "high obstetric risk" should... More »

New Roadblocks on Abortion Put Out by Trump Administration

Taxpayer-funded family planning clinics now barred from making abortion referrals

(Newser) - The Trump administration on Friday set up new obstacles for women seeking abortions, barring taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from making abortion referrals. The new policy is certain to be challenged in court. The final rule released Friday by the Health and Human Services Department also would prohibit federally funded family... More »

Kavanaugh Dissents as Supreme Court Blocks Abortion Law

Temporary stay granted in Louisiana case

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has blocked a restrictive abortion law in Louisiana—but only temporarily. Chief Justice John Roberts, who voted to uphold an almost identical law in Texas in 2016, joined the court's four liberal justices in voting to block the law, which would require abortion providers to have... More »

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