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Wisconsin Gov. Walker signs mandatory ultrasound bill into law

MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on Friday signed into law new abortion restrictions that opponents said could lead to the closing of two of the state’s four abortion clinics. Walker’s office said in an emailed statement that he signed the law requiring women to undergo an ultrasound before…

Texas Abortion Fight Not Over

Gov. Rick Perry petulantly called another special session to pass a massive anti-abortion bill, basically giving up any pretense of using the special sessions for what they were created for, emergencies. Obviously, the hope is that by returning to the same well over and over again, Texas Republicans can just…

Supreme Court to consider letting protesters near abortion clinics

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a challenge to a Massachusetts law that prevents anti-abortion demonstrators from standing within 35 feet of abortion clinics, which was passed to prevent harassment of clinics’ staff and patients. Justices said Monday they will consider whether the law infringes upon free…

Texas Senate OKs bill aimed at closing nearly every abortion clinic in the state

Republicans on Tuesday passed a slate of new abortion restrictions by a vote of 20 to 10 that critics say will force all but five of the state’s abortion clinics to shut their doors forever. S.B. 5 would require abortion clinics to hire doctors with hospital admitting privileges, mandate that…

Planned Parenthood and ACLU fight Alabama abortion restrictions

By Verna Gates BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) – Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday challenging a new Alabama law that tightens restrictions on abortion clinics in the state. The law, signed by Gov. Robert Bentley in April and set to take effect next…

Virginia health board adopts regulations likely to shut down abortion clinics

In an 11-2 vote, the Virginia Board of Health passed regulations likely to threaten the state’s remaining abortion clinics, according to the Washington Post. The regulations come out of legislation the Virginia State Assembly passed in 2011 to regulate women’s health clinics that provide abortion like outpatient surgical centers, which…

Alabama governor signs bill that may close state’s few remaining abortion clinics

Alabama on Tuesday became the latest state to tightly regulate facilities where abortions are performed, placing onerous new requirements on doctors that could force the state’s five remaining abortion clinics to shut down. “As a physician, and as a governor, I am proud to sign this legislation,” Governor Robert Bentley…

Texas state senator: Close abortion clinics because sometimes men have anal bleeding

A Texas state senator said Tuesday that she supports a bill which would force nearly all of the state’s abortion clinics to close, namely because if a man ever suffers from anal bleeding after a colonoscopy, trained surgeons are needed to help him. That insight came from state Sen. Donna…

Newly-Passed Abortion Clinic Bill Puts Mississippi’s Sole Abortion Provider in Danger

Women in Mississippi may not have access to any in-state abortion clinics once Governor Phil Bryant signs into law HB 1390. The bill requires that all physicians who perform abortions have admitting privileges at a local hospital, and be board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology.  While this seems like a…

40 Days for Life promises to continue UK anti-abortion vigils

The group behind a US-style Christian protest outside an abortion clinic in central London was urged on Thursday to stop harassing women but vowed to continue its daily vigils. Campaigners from 40 Days for Life were “haranguing” women as they approached the building in Bedford Square in Bloomsbury, said Ann…

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