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Missouri's 8-Week Abortion Ban Temporarily Blocked

Judge orders it can't be implemented Wednesday after all

(Newser) - A new Missouri ban on abortions at or after eight weeks of pregnancy won't take effect Wednesday after a federal judge temporarily blocked it from being implemented, the AP reports. US District Judge Howard Sachs put a pause on the law as a legal challenge against it plays out... More »

Missouri's Legislature Approves Abortion Ban at 8 Weeks

Legislation is designed to withstand court challenges, sponsor says

(Newser) - Missouri's Republican-led House on Friday passed sweeping legislation designed to survive court challenges, which would ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy. The ban would be among the most restrictive in the nation, the AP reports. It includes exceptions for medical emergencies, but not for pregnancies caused by rape... More »

What Happens When a Woman Is Refused Abortion

So-called 'turnaways' don't fare as well as others, study suggests

(Newser) - Are women more likely to have better futures if they can terminate unwanted pregnancies? New research suggests this is in fact often the case: "There is a belief that access to abortion is important for equal opportunities for women and for their financial stability," researchers write in a... More »

20-Week Abortion Ban Moves Forward in Texas

House votes at 3:23am

(Newser) - Texas' state House has preliminarily backed a clampdown on abortions, with a 97-33 vote on a bill that most notably includes a ban on the procedure after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The mostly party-line vote came with 19 representatives absent, 18 of whom were Democrats, the Dallas Morning News notes.... More »

Judge Blocks Arkansas Abortion Ban—for Now

12-week ban cannot be enforced while lawsuit is pending

(Newser) - A federal judge granted a request today to temporarily block enforcement of a new Arkansas law that bans most abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy. District Judge Susan Webber Wright granted a motion for preliminary injunction in a lawsuit that the ACLU of Arkansas and the Center for Reproductive Rights... More »

North Dakota Bans Abortions After 20 Weeks

Latest in a raft of new measures to challenge Roe v. Wade

(Newser) - Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple has signed into law a measure that outlaws abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, based on the disputed premise that a fetus can feel pain at that point. The law signed yesterday is the latest among a raft of measures passed in North Dakota this session... More »

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... More »

Judge Clears Way for Arizona Abortion Ban to Start

Law would block abortions beginning at 20 weeks

(Newser) - Arizona's new law banning abortions beginning at what the state defines as 20 weeks of pregnancy is constitutional, a US district judge has ruled, setting the stage for the law to go into effect this week. The new law may force some pregnant women to opt for an abortion... More »

Abortion Ban Blocks Chemo for Cancer Teen

'My daughter's life comes first,' says Santo Domingo mom

(Newser) - An abortion ban in the Dominican Republic is blocking chemotherapy treatment for a pregnant teenager with leukemia. The 16-year-old girl, who's nine weeks pregnant, needs aggressive chemotherapy to fight acute leukemia. But the treatment would likely end the pregnancy, so it's being withheld. The girl's mom is... More »

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