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In States With Abortion Bans, This Number Stands Out

There were 520K rapes in 14 states, resulting in 64K pregnancies

(Newser) - In September 2021, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott insisted that his state's strict six-week abortion ban was adequate time for women to obtain an abortion, and that he would "eliminate all rapists" in his state, implying that pregnancies from rape in Texas would eventually no longer be an issue....

South Carolina Judge Halts 6-Week Abortion Ban

Ban reverts back to 20 weeks until state Supreme Court can review law, per Judge Clifton Newman

(Newser) - A judge on Friday put a temporary halt to South Carolina's new law banning most abortions around six weeks of pregnancy until the state Supreme Court can review the measure. The ruling by Judge Clifton Newman came just about 24 hours after Gov. Henry McMaster signed the bill. The...

On the Same Day, 2 Big Abortion Decisions

In South Carolina, a win for abortion rights supporters; in Idaho, a loss

(Newser) - The South Carolina Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a ban on abortion after six weeks, ruling the restriction enacted by the Deep South state violates a state constitutional right to privacy, the AP reports. The decision marked a significant victory for abortion rights' advocates suddenly forced to find safeguards...

Georgia's Abortion Ban, Found to Be Invalid, Is Back in Place

State Supreme Court reinstates ban days after lower court ruling found law to be invalid

(Newser) - The Georgia Supreme Court on Wednesday reinstated the state's ban on abortions after roughly six weeks of pregnancy, abruptly ending access to later abortions that had resumed days earlier . In a one-page order, the justices put a lower court ruling overturning the ban on hold while they consider an...

Texas Abortion Law Blocked by Judge
On Texas Abortion Ban,
a New 'Terse Ruling'

On Texas Abortion Ban, a New 'Terse Ruling'

Federal appeals court panel has temporarily reinstated 'heartbeat' ban

(Newser) - Update: Just two days after Texas' restrictive ban on abortion was suspended, a three-judge appeals court panel has put that ban back in place, at least for now. The New York Times reports the "terse ruling" on the ban, which bars the procedure after about six weeks of pregnancy,...

Abortions Resume in Texas After Judge Blocks Law

But it's not clear how long this reprieve might last

(Newser) - Abortions past six weeks of pregnancy have officially resumed in Texas following a federal judge's ruling that blocked the state's enforcement of the most restrictive abortion ban in the country. However, the New York Times reports the majority of the state's roughly two dozen abortion clinics had...

Justice Alito Takes Issue With the 'Sinister' Term 'Shadow Docket'

Justice blasts 'shadow docket' criticism in speech at Notre Dame

(Newser) - Justice Samuel Alito on Thursday lashed out at the suggestion that there's "something sneaky and dangerous" about the Supreme Court's emergency docket, through which it allowed Texas' restrictive abortion law to take effect . In a speech at the University of Notre Dame days before the start of...

Texas Doctor Who Performed Abortion Gets What He Wanted

2 lawsuits filed against Dr. Alan Braid

(Newser) - The Texas doctor who performed an abortion in defiance of the state's new "heartbeat law" said he wanted to make sure the law was tested in court. He's getting his wish. Two lawsuits have been filed against Dr. Alan Braid, the first tests of the legislation, the...

John Roberts Joins Liberals, but Abortion Law Stands

Supreme Court leaves legislation in place that greatly restricts abortions in Texas

(Newser) - A deeply divided Supreme Court is allowing a Texas law that bans most abortions to remain in force, for now stripping most women of the right to an abortion in the nation’s second-largest state, the AP reports. The court voted 5-4 to deny an emergency appeal from abortion providers...

Most Restrictive Abortion Law in the Nation Takes Effect

This is the first time a 6-week abortion ban has taken effect in the US, even briefly

(Newser) - A Texas law banning most abortions in the state took effect at midnight, but the Supreme Court has yet to act on an emergency appeal to put the law on hold . If allowed to remain in force, the law would be the most dramatic restriction on abortion rights in the...

Texas Valedictorian's Speech Switch Makes Waves

Paxton Smith says she could not stay silent

(Newser) - The commencement speech that Lake Highlands High School valedictorian Paxton Smith planned to give—and that administrators approved—had to do with media and content consumption. But in light of the "heartbeat" abortion bill her home state of Texas just signed into law, which will essentially ban all abortions...

Texas Law Allows Private Citizens to Enforce Abortion Ban

Gov. Abbott signs 'heartbeat' bill into law

(Newser) - "This bill ensures that every unborn child who has a heartbeat will be saved from the ravages of abortion," Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday as he signed one of the nation's most restrictive anti-abortion bills into law. The measure bans abortion as early as six weeks,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Alyssa Milano Defends Her Controversial Idea
Alyssa Milano Defends
Her Controversial Idea

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...

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,...

'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...

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