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New Laws, Fewer Clinics Have Women Going Out of State for Abortions

Missouri women account for half the procedures in Kansas

(Newser) - Thousands of women have crossed state lines for an abortion in recent years as states have passed ever-stricter laws and the number of clinics has declined. Although abortion opponents say the laws are intended to reduce abortions and not send people to other states, at least 276,000 women terminated... 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 »

Democratic Governor Signs Louisiana Abortion Legislation

(Newser) - Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, signed the state's new legislation restricting abortion into law Thursday. The measure prohibits abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected, as early as six weeks of pregnancy, and allows no exceptions, per the AP . The state's three clinics that perform abortions... 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 »

Georgia's Abortion Legislation Could Drive Netflix Out

If measure takes effect, company to 'rethink' its presence in state

(Newser) - Netflix says filming in Georgia will go on, but if the state's new legislation imposing new restrictions on abortions takes effect, that could change . "We have many women working on productions in Georgia, whose rights, along with millions of others, will be severely restricted by this law,"... 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 »

Georgia Just Lost 2 Big Productions Over Abortion Law

Kristen Wiig's new movie is out, as is an Amazon show

(Newser) - Georgia's strict new abortion law is starting to take a toll on the state's burgeoning entertainment industry. A film starring Kristen Wiig won't film there, nor will a TV show for Amazon Studios. The Wiig film is Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar, being written... More »

Trump Splits With New Abortion Laws

President makes first reference to new legislation, backs exceptions for rape, incest, mother's life

(Newser) - President Trump appeared to disagree with provisions of the new anti-abortion laws approved in several states recently. "I am strongly Pro-Life," Trump tweeted Saturday night, "with the three exceptions — Rape, Incest and protecting the Life of the mother." It was the president's first reference... 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 »

Kansas Court Delivers Big Victory for Abortion Rights

Justices say state constitution protects those rights

(Newser) - Kansas' highest court ruled for the first time Friday that the state constitution protects abortion rights and blocked a first-in-the-nation ban on a common second trimester method for ending pregnancies. The state Supreme Court's ruling represented a big victory for abortion rights supporters in a state with a Republican-controlled... More »

Supreme Court Dumps Texas' Tough Abortion Laws

Justices vote 5-3 that clinic regulations are unconstitutional

(Newser) - In what the AP is calling the Supreme Court's "biggest abortion case in nearly a quarter century," a 5-3 vote Monday has deemed Texas' restrictions on abortion clinics unconstitutional, refuting the state's assertion that these regulations were medically necessary to protect women's health. These rules... More »

New Indiana Law: No Abortions for Fetal Defects

Gov. Mike Pence says bill he signed 'affirms the value of all human life'

(Newser) - Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill into law Thursday making Indiana the second state to ban abortions because of fetal genetic abnormalities such as Down syndrome. It's due to take effect in July, but Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky says it will ask a court to block... More »

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Major Abortion Case

For the first time since 2007

(Newser) - The Supreme Court is taking on its first abortion case in eight years, a dispute over state regulation of abortion clinics. The justices said Friday they will hear arguments over a Texas law that would leave about 10 abortion clinics open across the state. A decision should come by late... More »

Abortions Dropping in Nearly All States

Blue and red states alike see abortion-rates falling

(Newser) - Abortions have declined in states where new laws make it harder to have them—but they've also waned in states where abortion rights are protected, an AP survey finds. Nearly everywhere, in red states and blue, abortions are down since 2010. Explanations vary: Abortion-rights advocates attribute it to expanded... More »

Missouri Now Home to One of the Strictest Abortion Laws

GOP kills Dem filibuster to push through bill last night

(Newser) - Missouri is now one of two states requiring a 72-hour waiting period before having an abortion, with no exception for rape or incest, the AP reports. Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of the bill—which he called "extreme and disrespectful" toward women—was overridden by the legislature by the... More »

Missouri Governor Vetoes Abortion Waiting Period

Because it has no exception for cases of rape or incest

(Newser) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon today vetoed legislation that would have required a 72-hour waiting period for women seeking abortions. The Democratic governor said he vetoed the bill because it didn't include an exception for rape and incest victims, and hence showed "a callous disregard for women who find... More »

Texas Democrat Files Another Abortion Bill

This one would require women to take adoption courses

(Newser) - Yet another controversial abortion bill has been filed in Texas, this one by a Democrat in the state Senate. Eddie Lucio's Senate Bill 42 would require women to take a free, three-hour "adoption education course" before being cleared to get an abortion, the San Antonio Express-News reports. The... More »

Judge Blocks N. Dakota Abortion Ban

Says ban on abortions after a heartbeat is detected is 'invalid and unconstitutional'

(Newser) - A federal judge has temporarily blocked the new North Dakota law that bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected , calling it "clearly invalid and unconstitutional," the AP reports. The law was set to go into effect at the beginning of August but the judge granted the temporary... More »

Perry Signs It: Texas Abortion Bill Now Law

New requirements will take effect in October

(Newser) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry made Texas' sweeping new abortion regulations law today, signing a bill that spawned weeks of protests, a legislative three-ring circus , and Wendy Davis' last-ditch filibuster . The law, which takes effect in October, bans abortions after the 20-week mark and requires abortion doctors to have hospital-admitting privileges;... More »

Amid 'Circus' Scene, Texas Senate OKs Abortion Bill

It heads to Perry, who will sign it; Dems vow courts will overturn

(Newser) - Texas' Senate passed its contentious abortion bill last night in no uncertain terms, reports the Houston Chronicle , voting 19-11 to send the legislation to Gov. Rick Perry for final approval. Perry has left no doubt that he'll sign "our historic effort to protect life," and yesterday praised... More »

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