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U.S. More Divided Than Ever on Abortion

While state after state is choosing life, other states are choosing death, even allowing for things as barbaric as partial-birth abortion, along with refusing to guarantee medical care for babies who survive abortions. Surely these grotesque and obscene bills will ultimately be overturned. Surely  […]

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Charleston WV Votes to Restrict Free Speech

The West Virginia state capital has a new ordinance that makes it harder for pro-lifers to counsel women going into abortion facilities. The Charleston City Council voted 21-5 in favor of the ordinance, despite concerns about it violating pro-life advocates' freedom of speech. City council members  […]

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Illinois Pushes 'Any Time, Any Reason' Bill

Lawmakers in Illinois have advanced what could be the nation's most liberal abortion law. Supporters say the measure is necessary to counter other states' actions to restrict abortion and the threat to overturn Roe v. Wade – the Supreme Court ruling that created abortion rights. Illinois state House  […]

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Alabama Ban Sets Up Legal Showdown

Pro-life lawmakers in Alabama lit a national firestorm this week by approving a near-total ban on abortion and imposing harsh penalties on doctors who perform the procedure. But supporters of the legislation do not expect it to take effect without a fight -- and that's by design. The bill, known as  […]

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Georgia Governor Signs Heartbeat Bill

Georgia governor Brian Kemp signed into law a “heartbeat bill,” which prohibits abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, usually about six weeks into pregnancy. The state legislature passed the bill in late March and it has been awaiting Kemp’s signature, though he assured Republicans and  […]

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Bill Would Force Planned Parenthood Funding

House Democrats, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, introduced a bill to block the Trump administration’s new “Protect Life” rule, which would strip away taxpayer funding from Planned Parenthood. The measure is part of a larger spending bill for the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor  […]

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South Carolina House Passes Heartbeat Bill

The South Carolina House passed a bill that would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which is sooner than some women may know they're pregnant. State representatives voted 64 to 22. It's called the "fetal heart beat bill." This would take affect around six weeks, which is typically when a fetal heartbeat can be first detected in the womb. Gov. Henry McMaster, a Republican, is a strong supporter of this legislation. South Carolina is just one of several state legislatures taking up this measure. Read more...

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Kansas Governorette Vetoes 'Reversal' Bill

Kansas' new governor vetoed a bill that would require doctors and abortion clinics to tell their patients about a disputed treatment meant to stop a medication abortion. The veto from Gov. Laura Kelly, a Democrat, sets up a showdown with a Republican-dominated legislature that appears to have the two-thirds majorities needed in both chambers to override the veto. The bill would require abortion clinics to display a sign notifying women that they could stop a medication abortion by taking the hormone progesterone. Read more...

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Oklahoma Passes Abortion Pill Reversal Law

Senate Bill 614 requires that, at least 72 hours before dispensing Mifepristone as well as after the initial dose, abortionists must inform women in writing that it may be possible to reverse the effects of the first dose as well as where they can find help in doing so. Refusing to provide the information would be a felony, and any facility that refuses to post the information would be subject to a $10,000 fine. The bill passed the House 74-24. Read more...

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Florida House Passes Parental Consent Law

Florida House lawmakers passed legislation Wednesday to require pregnant minors to obtain a parent’s consent before they can have an abortion. State representatives passed House Bill 1335 in a 69-44 vote after a lengthy and sometimes heated debate. Florida currently requires that a parent be notified before a girl under age 18 has an abortion. The bill would strengthen protections for minors and their unborn babies by requiring a parent’s consent. It includes exceptions for medical emergencies as well as for situations where there is evidence that the minor is being abused by a parent. The state Senate is considering similar legislation. Read more...

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