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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 »

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 »

Small Texas City Makes Controversial Abortion Move

Waskom declares itself a 'sanctuary city for the unborn,' outlaws the procedure

(Newser) - The small city of Waskom, Texas, has no abortion clinics, and the town council wants to make sure it stays that way. The five-member all-male panel unanimously approved an ordinance this week declaring Waskom to be a "sanctuary city for the unborn," reports East Texas Matters . The move,... More »

Maine to Allow Non-Doctors to Perform Abortions

Nurse practitioners, physician assistants, certified nurse-midwives will be able to do so

(Newser) - Maine is making it easier to get an abortion with the governor's signing of a bill Monday to allow medical professionals who are not doctors to perform the procedure. The bill, which Democratic Gov. Janet Mills introduced herself, will go into effect 90 days after the Legislature adjourns, which... More »

Hotel Makes Offer to Abortion Seekers

Owner of The Yale Hotel is getting involved

(Newser) - Seeking a safe abortion in Michigan? You've got a place to stay. Shelley O'Brien, owner of a hotel in the town of Yale, says she'll help out women who come from staunchly anti-abortion states like Alabama, Ohio, or Georgia, CNN reports. "We cannot do anything about... More »

University to Donor Fighting Abortion Law: Here's Your $21.5M Back

Hugh Culverhouse Jr. has been calling for boycott of University of Alabama

(Newser) - Lots of people are upset about the passing of a law in Alabama almost totally banning abortion, none more so than Hugh Culverhouse Jr. Now the trustees at the University of Alabama are set to return the $21.5 million Culverhouse has donated to the school after the donor called... 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 »

Judge Prevents Abortion Shutdown in Missouri

Allows state's only remaining clinic to stay open

(Newser) - A Missouri judge issued an order Friday ensuring the state's only abortion clinic can continue providing the service, acting just hours before the St. Louis Planned Parenthood facility's license was set to expire, per the AP . The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services had not renewed the... 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 »

For 1st Time Since Roe v. Wade, One State Will Likely Not Offer Abortions

Missouri is likely to lose its last abortion clinic

(Newser) - By the end of this week, it will likely be impossible to get a legal abortion in Missouri. The state's last remaining abortion clinic warned that its license to provide abortions expires Friday, and Planned Parenthood says the state is "refusing to renew" it. If indeed Missouri's... More »

Supreme Court Offers Up a Signal on Abortion Cases

New ruling suggests justices not yet ready to tackle core constitutional questions

(Newser) - The Supreme Court weighed in on abortion restrictions Tuesday, but the result suggests justices aren't yet ready to tackle the core principles at issue in Roe v. Wade, according to early analysis in multiple outlets. In Tuesday's ruling, the court delivered good and bad news for both sides... More »

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