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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 »

Supreme Court Takes Big Abortion Case

SCOTUS to consider law that could leave Louisiana with one abortion clinic

(Newser) - The Supreme Court will weigh in on abortion—specifically, a law that opponents say would effectively limit Louisiana to one abortion provider. The court said Friday that it would take up the law signed in 2014 requiring doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30... More »

Planned Parenthood: We Built a Huge Clinic in Secret

Facility in Illinois will be open later this month, not far from last abortion clinic in Missouri

(Newser) - One of the largest abortion clinics in the US has been under hush-hush construction for more than a year, but Planned Parenthood is now revealing details. In August, CBS News got one of the first glimpses of the 18,000-square-foot "mega-clinic" in southern Illinois, built about 15 miles from... More »

Georgia's 'Heartbeat' Abortion Ban Blocked

At least temporarily, by a federal judge

(Newser) - A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked Georgia's restrictive new abortion law from taking effect, following the lead of other judges who have blocked similar measures in other states. The law signed in May by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp bans abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can... More »

She Went to Doctor for Shot, Mistakenly Got an Abortion

The nurse and doctor are being investigated

(Newser) - "The doctor and nurse have acknowledged their fault," police tell CNN , in a jarring case out of South Korea. Police say a pregnant woman visited a clinic in Seoul on Aug. 7 to get a nutritional shot—and had an abortion unknowingly performed on her instead. A nurse... More »

New Details in Grim Discovery in Dead Doctor's Garage

Dr. Ulrich Klopfer stored fetal remains going back 2 decades

(Newser) - Dr. Ulrich Klopfer died on Sept. 3, but it's not his remains that are making headlines. As his widow and her sister began going through his things, they came upon what would ultimately be described as 2,246 fetal remains kept in his garage, all contained within sealed plastic... More »

Number of Abortions Hits Lowest Since 1973

Rate in 2017 was less than half what it was in 1990

(Newser) - The number and rate of abortions across the United States have plunged to their lowest levels since the procedure became legal nationwide in 1973, according to new figures released Wednesday. The report from the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights, counted 862,000 abortions in the US... More »

Family Makes 'Sickening' Find at Home of Abortion Doctor

Ulrich Klopfer was the most prolific abortion doctor in Indiana

(Newser) - Talk about hoarding: Over 2,200 fetal remains were found Thursday at the home of a late abortion doctor in Illinois, CNN reports. The family of Ulrich Klopfer said they discovered the medically preserved remains at his Will County home after he died on September 3. A family attorney says... 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 »

Taylor Swift's Political 'Awakening' Reaches a New Level

The singer/songwriter sits down with the 'Guardian'

(Newser) - When it comes to politics, Taylor Swift isn't in the best of moods. The 29-year-old singer/songwriter tells the Guardian about her latest thoughts on President Trump, abortion, and her own mental health—all of which have rung alarm bells for her. She describes the US political climate as "... 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 »

Judge Blocks 3 New Arkansas Abortion Laws

Temporary measure grants 14-day temporary restraining order

(Newser) - A federal judge blocked three new abortion restrictions from taking effect Wednesday in Arkansas, including a measure that opponents say would likely force the state's only surgical abortion clinic to close. US District Judge Kristine Baker granted a 14-day temporary restraining order shortly before midnight Tuesday, the AP reports.... More »

In 132 Villages, All Babies for Past 3 Months Have Been Boys

Suspicions of mass female feticide renewed in one district in India

(Newser) - Birth statistics in one district in India have left local officials "baffled," per NDTV , but others have a sneaking suspicion on just what's driving the oddity. The Independent reports government data shows that, over the past three months, all 216 newborns in 132 villages across Uttarkashi in... More »

Planned Parenthood President Booted as New Trump Ban Takes Effect

Organization announces it will defy Trump administration ban on abortion referrals

(Newser) - The president of Planned Parenthood, Dr. Leana Wen, was ousted Tuesday after just eight months on the job as the organization faced unprecedented challenges related to its role as the leading abortion provider in the US. Wen, in a Twitter post, said she learned that Planned Parenthood's board "... More »

Gauge of a 'Political Mood': a Teen Rape Victim's Retrial

Evelyn Hernandez, jailed in El Salvador after a stillbirth, will get a new day in court

(Newser) - A teen rape victim in El Salvador convicted in 2017 of murder and sentenced to 30 years in jail after a stillbirth will face a new day in court Monday. Reuters reports Evelyn Beatriz Hernandez, now 21, will be retried, and this time advocates are hoping she'll be acquitted.... 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 »

Judge Blocks Ohio's 'Heartbeat' Abortion Ban

At least temporarily; his ruling halts the planned July 11 enforcement

(Newser) - A federal judge temporarily blocked an Ohio law banning abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected on Wednesday, siding with abortion clinics that had argued the law would effectively end the procedure in the state, the AP reports. The ruling by US District Judge Michael Barrett halts the July 11... More »

Trump Administration Agrees to Delay 'Conscience' Rule

Medical workers won't be able to decline controversial procedures while courts duke it out

(Newser) - The Trump administration has agreed to postpone implementing a rule allowing medical workers to decline performing abortions or other treatments on moral or religious grounds while the so-called "conscience" rule is challenged in a California court. The rule was supposed to take effect on July 22 but the AP... 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 »

She's Mentally Disabled and Pregnant. A Judge Has Ordered Abortion

'Horrendous,' say anti-abortion advocates of controversial case out of the UK

(Newser) - A UK judge's ruling is being called "horrendous" by anti-abortion advocates, with even abortion rights supporters acknowledging how "heartbreaking" it is. Per reports cited in the New York Times confirmed by a court rep, a mentally disabled woman in her 20s who's 22 weeks pregnant has... More »

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