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Oklahoma enacts Texas-style law endangering womens’ health clinics

By Kathy Finn NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Oklahoma, soon to be followed by Louisiana, has joined other socially conservative states in adopting laws that place new restrictions on abortions, measures that critics say are aimed at shutting abortion clinics. Legislation in the two states require physicians who perform abortions to…

Virginia Gov. McAuliffe orders review of state’s ‘extreme and punitive’ abortion clinic rules

By Gary Robertson RICHMOND, Virginia (Reuters) – Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, on Monday ordered a review of “extreme and punitive” state health rules that make it harder to operate abortion clinics, saying he would protect women’s rights to make health decisions. The review by the state Board of…

Oklahoma House approves bill ‘designed to shut down abortion clinics’

By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) – The Oklahoma House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill on Thursday to apply new restrictions on abortions that lawmakers said are aimed at protecting women’s health but opponents say are designed to shut down clinics. The legislation includes a provision similar to one…

Supreme Court mulls over case involving abortion clinic ‘buffer zone’

More than 40 years after legalizing abortion in the United States, the Supreme Court Wednesday appeared skeptical of a law creating a buffer zone at abortion clinics, where opponents want to be able to protest freely. The case, which combines the controversial question of abortion with the always sensitive issue…

Welcome To The Post-Roe World

While the Supreme Court upholding the Fifth Circuit Court’s decision to allow Texas to keep enforcing its unconstitutional abortions restrictions does not mean they will eventually not strike down the law, it’s also not a good sign. The reason district court judge initially put a block on enforcing the law…

New Ohio law could create nation’s largest metro area without an abortion clinic

Cincinnati could soon become the nation’s largest metropolitan area without an abortion provider as a result of new restrictions on clinics tucked into Ohio’s budget bill. Lawmakers passed a two-year budget in June that includes a provision that prohibits abortion clinics, which are classified under state law as outpatient surgery…

Federal judge strikes down parts of Texas anti-abortion law

Some of the heavily-criticized restrictions on women’s health clinics that provided the impetus for state Sen. Wendy Davis’ (D) gubernatorial campaign were declared unconstitutional by a federal judge on Monday, the Associated Press reported. District Judge Lee Yeakel wrote in his decision that House Bill 2′s requirement that doctors at…

North Carolina governor signs controversial anti-abortion law

By Karen Brooks (Reuters) – North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed into law on Monday new requirements for clinics performing abortions that supporters say will protect women’s safety and opponents say will restrict access to the procedure. The new law places sweeping new restrictions on abortion clinics, including a requirement…

Judge delays implementation of Alabama anti-abortion law until 2014

By Verna Gates BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) – A federal judge on Tuesday delayed until next year the enforcement of Alabama’s new abortion law, which tightens restrictions on providers and, according to opponents, could force the closing of more than half of the state’s abortion clinics. The law, signed by Republican…

Cantor staffer linked to ordinance that helped close Virginia’s busiest abortion clinic

The busiest abortion clinic in the state of Virginia has closed after a part-time Fairfax City councilmember and full-time staffer for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor pushed for a last-minute ordinance to place additional restrictions on women’s health clinics just as it was relocating to a new space. Court records…

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