Roe v. Wade

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In Abortion Fight, the Date Dec. 1 Just Became Huge

Supreme Court will hear direct challenge to Roe v. Wade out of Mississippi

(Newser) - Those on both sides of the abortion debate now have a crucial date to circle on the calendar: December 1. The Supreme Court on Monday said it would hear arguments on that day in a Mississippi case that represents a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, reports Bloomberg . The case...

Doctor Says It Was His 'Duty' to Defy Texas Abortion Law

Provided abortion after 6-week mark

(Newser) - A Texas doctor has penned a Washington Post op-ed in which he says he defied Texas's highly restrictive abortion law. In fact, the admission is right there in the title of Dr. Alan Braid's “Why I violated Texas’s extreme abortion ban.” "I acted because...

'Roe' Baby Reveals Her Identity
The Child of 'Jane Roe'
Has Come Forward
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The Child of 'Jane Roe' Has Come Forward

Her name is Shelley Lynn Thornton

(Newser) - "Jane Roe," whose real name was Norma McCorvey , was at the heart of the case that secured a woman's right to an abortion—but the pregnancy that she was suing to abort came to term before the Supreme Court's decision on the case, and the baby...

One City May Punish Texas For Abortion Rule

Portland, Oregon city council will vote on ending trade and travel with the state

(Newser) - While the full impact of the SCOTUS ruling that protects a Texas law banning most abortions remains unclear, one large US city wants to cut ties with the state. Per Oregon Public Broadcasting , the City of Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said Friday that Portland City Council will vote this week...

One of the Biggest Threats to Roe v. Wade Is on Track

Texas court declines to stop restrictive new law from taking effect this week

(Newser) - What is thought to be the most restrictive abortion law in the nation is on track to take effect this week in Texas after a federal court opted not to step in. On Sunday, the 5th US Court of Appeals denied an emergency motion filed by supporters of abortion rights,...

Mississippi to Supreme Court: Overturn Roe v. Wade

A decision in big abortion rights case could come by June

(Newser) - The Mississippi attorney general on Thursday asked the US Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, a challenge to the 1973 law that's been expected since May , when the high court agreed to hear a case involving a Mississippi law banning most abortions after 15 weeks. Lower courts blocked...

Supreme Court to Consider Curb on Abortion Rights

Ruling could give states more leeway to restrict procedures

(Newser) - The Supreme Court agreed Monday to consider a major rollback of abortion rights, saying it will decide whether states can ban abortions before a fetus can survive outside the womb, per the AP . The court’s order sets up a showdown over abortion, probably in the fall, with a more...

'Jane Roe' Offered Up a Shocking 'Deathbed Confession'

Roe v. Wade plaintiff turned anti-abortion later in life—but it 'was all an act'

(Newser) - "Jane Roe," the plaintiff in landmark abortion rights case Roe v. Wade, died in 2017 at age 69. But a documentary on the life of the woman whose real name is Norma McCorvey reveals that shortly before her death, she made what she referred to as a "...

Judge: Alabama Abortion Law 'Defies the US Constitution'

Would have made it a felony in almost all cases

(Newser) - A federal judge on Tuesday blocked Alabama's near-total abortion ban from taking effect next month, saying the law, part of wave of abortion restrictions by conservative states, is clearly unconstitutional. US District Judge Myron Thompson issued an expected preliminary injunction blocking Alabama from enforcing the law that would make...

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...

Sweeping Roe v. Wade Decision? Not Roberts' Style
Sweeping Roe v. Wade
Decision? Not Roberts' Style
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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...

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...

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...

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...

'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...

Evangelical Leaders Careful on Roe v. Wade Reversal

The Supreme Court vacancy could doom the landmark abortion case

(Newser) - For evangelical Christian leaders like Jerry Falwell Jr., this is their political holy grail. Like many religious conservatives in a position to know, the Liberty University president with close ties to the White House suspects that the Supreme Court vacancy President Donald Trump fills in the coming months will ultimately...

'Jane Roe' of Roe v. Wade Dies at 69

Norma McCorvey later became a staunch anti-abortion crusader

(Newser) - Norma McCorvey, whose legal challenge under the pseudonym "Jane Roe" led to the US Supreme Court's landmark decision that legalized abortion but who later became an outspoken opponent of the procedure, died Saturday. She was 69. McCorvey died at an assisted living center in Texas, journalist Joshua Prager,...

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...

Ginsburg: I'm Not Going Anywhere

Ruth Bader Ginsburg says she'll retire from water-skiing—but not the Supreme Court

(Newser) - Ruth Bader Ginsburg is now 80, but she doesn't plan on retiring any time soon. In an interview with the New York Times , the Supreme Court justice, who has twice overcome cancer, says she still works out twice a week and the only concession she's had to make...

N. Dakota Bans Abortions If There's a Heartbeat

Gov. Jack Dalrymple signs bill

(Newser) - North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple has signed legislation that would ban most abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be detected, something that can happen as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. The Republican governor also signed into law another measure that would makes North Dakota the first to ban...

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