Legislation

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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Restrictions Are Lowering Abortion Rates

There is a substantial body of academic research demonstrating that the incidence of abortion is sensitive to its legal status. The best study on this subject was published in the Journal of Law and Economics in 2004, specifically analyzing Eastern-European countries after the fall of Communism. Some countries, such as Romania, liberalized their abortion laws while others, such as Poland, instituted legal protections for the unborn. The study held constant a range of economic and demographic variables and found that modest abortion restrictions reduced abortion rates by 25 percent. Stronger limits had an even larger effect. Read more...

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Arkansas Lawmakers Pass 72-hour Waiting Period

Arkansas lawmakers have sent the governor legislation requiring women to wait 72 hours before having an abortion, one of the strictest waiting periods in the country. The majority-Republican Senate approved the proposal to expand the current waiting period of 48 hours by a 29-5 vote. The bill now heads to Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who plans to sign it into law. Read more...

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Puerto Rico Governor Vetoes Pro-Life

Although the pro-life bill passed both houses of the commonwealth legislature with overwhelming majorities, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló has vowed to veto it. The bill, entitled the “Law for the Protection of Women and the Preservation of Life” (PS 950), would have introduced a number of common-sense restrictions on abortion in the U.S. commonwealth, including requiring parental consent for minors under 18 years of age seeking abortion and requiring that infants born alive after an abortion are provided with appropriate medical care. Read More

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South Dakota Toughens Abortion Laws

Gov. Kristi Noem signed several pro-life bills into law. Noem said in a statement that the bills will "crack down" on abortion providers in South Dakota by requiring the facilities to provide women with "specific, scientific information" about the fetus. "A strong and growing body of medical research provides evidence that unborn babies can feel, think and recognize sounds in the womb," Noem said. "These are people, and they must be given the same basic dignities as anyone else." The new laws will go into effect July 1. Read More

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Arkansas Passes '18-Week' Abortion Limit

A bill outlawing abortions after 18 weeks into a woman's pregnancy -- except in medical emergencies and in cases of rape or incest -- cleared its final legislative hurdle in the House. The House voted 86-1 to accept a Senate amendment to House Bill 1439 by Rep. Robin Lundstrum, R-Elm Springs, that added an exemption for pregnancies that resulted from rape or incest. Rep. David Whitaker, D-Fayetteville, was the sole "no" vote. B1439 was passed in the House in February with only an exemption for medical emergencies. Read More

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