Abortion Laws

Texas city bans abortion, says it’s a ‘sanctuary city for the unborn’

WASKOM, Texas (AP) — A small Texas city has passed a local abortion ban and declared itself a “sanctuary city for the unborn.” Right to Life of East Texas says the vote Tuesday by the all-male Waskom City Council means the city along the Louisiana border is “standing for life.” The ordinance refers to groups that provide abortion services as… READ MORE

A Michigan hotel is offering free accommodations for anyone traveling for an abortion

In recent months, states across the country have been passing laws designed to make it harder — and in some cases, nearly impossible — to get an abortion. So Shelley O’Brien, manager of The Yale Hotel in the tiny Michigan town of Yale, made an offer to anyone traveling out of their state for the procedure: Come to Michigan and… READ MORE

NC House fails to block Cooper’s veto on ‘born alive’ abortion bill

A controversial abortion-related bill prompted North Carolina lawmakers to vote to uphold a veto from Gov. Roy Cooper for the first time during his tenure. The NC House on Wednesday failed to block Cooper’s veto of Senate Bill 359, which would bring new penalties for medical professionals who allow abortion survivors to die. Lawmakers debated for more than an hour… READ MORE

Biden faces first crisis as front-runner

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s embrace of the Hyde amendment, prohibiting federal funds from being used for abortion, combined with a new plagiarism controversy have created the most challenging week for the Democratic front-runner since he entered the race for the White House earlier this spring. Biden has led public opinion polls by double-digits since announcing his campaign but will… READ MORE

LA Gov signs ‘heartbeat’ abortion ban into law

Louisiana’s Democratic governor has signed a ban on abortion as early as six weeks of pregnancy, a move that has provoked anger from members of his own party. Gov. John Bel Edwards signed the measure Thursday, making Louisiana the fifth state to enact such a law, joining Mississippi, Kentucky, Ohio and Georgia. Alabama’s gone further, outlawing virtually all abortions. The… READ MORE

Missouri’s last abortion provider is about to shut down, Planned Parenthood says

Missouri could soon be the first state without a single place providing legal abortions. Planned Parenthood officials said Tuesday that the state is on the verge of pulling the license from its St. Louis location, which is the last one still providing abortion services following the passage of a series of restrictive laws. But in a conference call Tuesday, Leana… READ MORE

Los Angeles bans travel to Alabama due to abortion law

Los Angeles County has instituted a one-year travel restriction to Alabama in response to the state’s new restrictive abortion law. HB 314 makes it a felony for doctors in Alabama to perform or attempt to perform an abortion. Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis, author of the travel measure, said the bill is nothing more than an “attack on reproductive… READ MORE

Hundreds turn out to protest abortion law at Alabama Capitol

Hundreds of people chanted, carried signs and cheered speakers at a march today at the state Capitol opposing Alabama’s new law to ban abortion. Megan Skipper of Montgomery, one of the organizers, said she was overwhelmed by the turnout for the event, initially announced on Facebook a few days ago. “We never planned for it to be this big,” Skipper… READ MORE

Missouri Senate passes bill to ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. —Missouri’s Republican-led Senate passed a bill to ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy. Senators approved the legislation 24-10 early Thursday with just hours left before lawmakers’ Friday deadline to pass bills. It needs at least another vote of approval in the GOP-led House before it can go to Republican Gov. Mike Parson, who supports it. Parson… READ MORE

Alabama abortion ban passes overwhelmingly with no changes

Alabama lawmakers aiming to challenge abortion rights nationally are one step from their goal of putting an almost total ban on the procedure into state law. The Senate tonight voted 25-6 to pass a bill to make it a felony for a doctor to perform an abortion. The bill is a priority for the Legislature’s Republican majority. Tonight’s vote sends… READ MORE

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