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Dems, Republicans Have Similar Take on Abortion Laws

Voices on both sides see a possible win for Democrats

(Newser) - A flood of laws banning abortions in Republican-run states has handed Democrats a political weapon heading into next year's elections, helping them paint the GOP as extreme and court centrist voters who could decide congressional races in swing states, members of both parties say, per the AP . The Alabama... More »

Pope Weighs In on Abortion: It's Never Acceptable

Francis made remarks at Vatican on Saturday

(Newser) - Pope Francis says abortion can never be condoned, even when the fetus is gravely sick or malformed, and he's urging doctors and priests to support families to carry such pregnancies to term, the AP reports. During an audience Saturday with participants of a Vatican-sponsored anti-abortion conference, Francis said opposition... 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 »

Another State Puts Strict Abortion Law in Place

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signs 8-week law, with no exceptions for rape or incest

(Newser) - Add Missouri to the list of states with strict new laws on abortion. Gov. Mike Parson on Friday signed a measure banning the procedure after eight weeks, with no exceptions for rape or incest, reports the Hill . As with laws in other states, including Alabama and Georgia , legal challenges await.... 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 »

Lawmaker's Use of This Term Drew Hisses, Outrage

Barry Hovis brought up 'consensual rape' on Mo. House floor during arguments on new abortion bill

(Newser) - As pushback continues against strict abortion laws showing up in states around the country, including Georgia and Alabama , news out of the Show-Me State offers fresh controversy. On Friday, Missouri passed a ban against abortion at eight weeks, and during arguments on the state House floor about the measure, which... 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 »

Keeping 2 Exceptions Out of Alabama Abortion Bill Was Key

Because the eye is on the prize: the Supreme Court

(Newser) - For now, we wait. CNN reports Gov. Kay Ivey is not expected to receive the abortion bill passed by the Alabama state Senate until this afternoon. Then the clock starts ticking: She has six days to sign it if she plans to do so. It would then be six months... More »

Alabama Senate Passes Nation's Strictest Abortion Bill

They rejected exception for rape, incest

(Newser) - After rejecting an attempt to add an exception for rape or incest, Alabama's Senate passed the nation's strictest abortion law Tuesday. The bill, which passed by a vote of 25-6, makes performing an abortion at any stage of pregnancy a felony punishable by up to 99 years or... More »

Alyssa Milano Defends Her Controversial Idea

Actress taking flak for her 'sex strike' proposal in response to Georgia abortion law

(Newser) - Georgia's new "heartbeat bill," as well as other laws around the country targeting abortion rights, has created a whole new maelstrom swirling around a very vocal TV star. Last week, Charmed actress Alyssa Milano went online to propose women go on a "sex strike" to protest... More »

Mother's Day Joke From IHOP Displeases Twitter

Image of a uterus full of pancakes does not land well

(Newser) - If IHOP wanted only to generate attention with a jokey Mother's Day tweet , mission accomplished. If it wanted to charm everyone, not so much. The tweet in question shows a photoshopped image of a uterus in an ultrasound filled with a stack of pancakes. "If you have pancakes... More »

Alyssa Milano Lights Up Twitter With Proposed Strike

The actor is among those opposing new Georgia abortion law

(Newser) - Georgia's new abortion law —the so-called "heartbeat bill"—is generating heat from Hollywood and elicited an unusual proposal from Alyssa Milano , reports USA Today . The actor and activist urged women on Twitter to join her in a strike against the bill that forbids abortion after a... More »

Alabama Abortion Bill Hits Friction Over Rape Exception

Democrats want a roll call vote to make opponents of exception go on record

(Newser) - Even among a slew of near-total abortion bans passed by states this year, Alabama's proposed law stands out. It would be the strictest in the nation by classifying abortion as a Class A felony, meaning a performing doctor would face up to 99 years in prison if convicted, reports... More »

Georgia Now Has One of the Strictest Abortion Laws in US

'We will see Governor Kemp in court'

(Newser) - One, two, three—and now, four. Georgia has passed a bill banning abortions after a detectable fetal "heartbeat," making it the fourth US state to pass such a law this year, per Vox . "All life has value, all life matters and all life is worthy of protection,... More »

US Threatened to Veto UN Resolution on Sexual Violence

References to sexual health were removed

(Newser) - A United Nations resolution on ending the use of rape as a weapon in war was watered down Tuesday after the US threatened to veto it. References to sexual and reproductive health were dropped because the US felt it implied support for abortion, the BBC reports. The removed passage urged... 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 »

South Korean Court Makes Huge Abortion Ruling

Judges overturn ban after 66 years

(Newser) - South Korea is one of the last developed nations to criminalize abortion, but that's about to change. The nation's Constitutional Court declared Tuesday that the South's 66-year-old ban on the procedure is unconstitutional, reports the Guardian . Currently, a woman faces up to a year in jail or... 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 »

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