Appeals Court Upholds Missouri Abortion-Law Injunction

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt said his office will seek a U.S. Supreme Court review of a U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling that upholds an injunction prohibiting the state from implementing a 2019 abortion law. A three-judge 8th Circuit panel heard arguments in September and handed down its ruling determining Missouri's law prohibiting abortions after eight weeks and abortions based on Down syndrome diagnoses prevent women from making their own decisions. Missouri "failed to demonstrate its policy priorities outweigh the public interest in access to pre-viability abortions or the significant interference with (Planned Parenthood's) business and the harm to pregnant individuals who might seek a pre-viability abortion before final judgment in this case," reads the opinion. The opinion was penned by Judge Jane Kelly and joined by Justices Roger Wollman and David Stras, who dissented on retaining the injunction against abortions based on Down syndrome diagnoses. Read more...

47 Percent Think Abortion Is Morally Acceptable

Americans are sharply divided in their abortion views, including on its morality, with an equal split between those who believe it is morally acceptable and those who say it is morally wrong. The 47% who say it is acceptable is, by two percentage points, the highest Gallup has recorded in two  […]

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California Moves to Make Abortion Cheaper

Even as most states are trying to make it harder to get an abortion, California could make it free for more people. State lawmakers are debating a bill to eliminate out-of-pocket expenses like copays and payments toward deductibles for abortions and related services, such as counseling. The measure,  […]

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Pennsylvania Governor Vows to Veto Pro-Life Bills

Efforts to update Pennsylvania's abortion law made the first step forward on Tuesday, May 25 with the passing of three pro-life bills. Under the leadership of State Representative Kathy Rapp (R-Warren), the PA House Health Committee passed the Heartbeat Bill (House Bill 904), the Unborn Child  […]

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Supreme Court to Take Up Mississippi 15-Week Abortion Ban

The Supreme Court agreed to decide a major abortion case that could dramatically alter decades of rulings on abortion rights and eventually lead to dramatic restrictions on abortion access. It's been nearly 50 years since the court announced in its landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that women have  […]

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Pro-Life Utah Opening Mobile Ultrasound Clinic

Pro-Life Utah is debuting its free ultrasound clinic right in front of the downtown Salt Lake Planned Parenthood location. Now Planned Parenthood officials are voicing their concerns. The group says it’s doing this to help women and end abortions and they're opening the clinic right in front of  […]

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Iowa Plans 'Protect Life Amendment' for 2024 Ballot

Lawmakers and activists opposed to abortion rights say they are on track to put what they call a "Protect Life Amendment" asking voters to declare the Iowa Constitution does not provide a right to abortion on the statewide ballot as early as 2024. Similar versions of the resolution have  […]

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Lubbock Voters Pass 'Sanctuary for the Unborn' Ordiance

Lubbock voters backed a "sanctuary city for the unborn" ordinance that tries to outlaw abortions in the city's limits, likely prompting a lawsuit over what opponents say is an unconstitutional ban on the procedure. The unofficial vote, 62% for and 38% against the measure, comes less than a  […]

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Arizona Bans Abortions Based on 'Genetic Abnormalities'

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed into law a measure banning abortions performed strictly on the basis of genetic disorders detected in the fetus, such as Down syndrome or cystic fibrosis, unless the condition is considered lethal. The bill, approved in Arizona's Republican-controlled legislature  […]

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Idaho Governor Signs 'Heartbeat' Bill

Idaho became the second state this week to enact a so-called heartbeat ban -- a law barring most abortions at the onset of a fetal heartbeat, which can occur as early as six weeks into a pregnancy and before many people know they are pregnant. The Idaho bill -- which states that it will go into  […]

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