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June 30, 2020 | Via Sky News

US Supreme Court Strikes Down Louisiana Restrictions for Abortions

The US Supreme Court has defended abortion rights in Louisiana in the first ruling on the procedure since two Trump appointees joined the court. The major ruling struck down a state law that would have required doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. It marked the second time in four years that the court ruled against the abortion law after it was voted down in Texas in 2016.

March 25, 2020 | Via Texas Tribune

Texas Stops Most Abortions During Coronavirus Outbreak

Citing the need to preserve health care capacity for COVID-19 patients, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Monday that abortions should not be performed unless the mother’s life is in danger. The warning comes one day after Gov. Greg Abbott ordered health care facilities and professionals to postpone all procedures that are deemed “not medically necessary” as the state gears up for an influx of patients with COVID-19.

April 24, 2019 | Via The Guardian

UN Waters Down Rape Resolution to Appease US’s Hardline Abortion Stance

The UN has backed a resolution on combatting rape in conflict but excluded references in the text to sexual and reproductive health, after vehement opposition from the US. The resolution passed by the security council on Tuesday after a three-hour debate and a weekend of fierce negotiations on the language among member states that threatened to derail the process. In recent months, the Trump administration has taken a hard line, refusing to agree to any UN documents that refer to sexual or reproductive health, on grounds that such language implies support for abortions.

May 3, 2018 | Via CNN

Iowa Passes ‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Bill, Most Restrictive in U.S.

Iowa’s House and Senate passed the ‘heartbeat’ bill which would ban abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected at as early as six weeks of pregnancy. The bill is a significant step toward one of the most restrictive US laws of its kind and is intended to pose an aggressive challenge to Roe vs. Wade, a landmark decision issued in 1973 by the United States Supreme Court on the issue of the constitutionality of laws that criminalized or restricted access to abortions.

March 20, 2018 | Via NPR

Mississippi Bans Abortions After 15 Weeks

Governor Phil Bryant of Mississippi signed a law on Monday banning almost all abortions after 15 weeks, saying he was ‘saving the unborn.’ The Gestational Age Act, effective immediately, means Mississippi holds the earliest abortion ban in the US. Mississippi state director for Planned Parenthood Southeast Advocates Felicia Brown-Williams called the ban ‘unconstitutional.’

May 15, 2019 | Via NPR

Alabama Lawmakers Pass Bill Banning Nearly all Abortions

The Alabama Senate passed a bill Tuesday evening to ban nearly all abortions. The state House had already overwhelmingly approved the legislation. It’s part of a broader anti-abortion strategy to prompt the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider the right to abortion. It would be one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the United States. The bill would make it a crime for doctors to perform abortions at any stage of a pregnancy, unless a woman’s life is threatened or in case of a lethal fetal anomaly.

January 30, 2018 | Via CBS News

Senate Rejects Bill to Ban Abortions After 20 Weeks

The Senate rejected a bill, Monday, aimed at banning the majority of abortions after 20 weeks. The vote forced conservative Democrats to show their hand, potentially hurting their re-election prospects in states won by President Trump. The 51 to 46 vote fell along party lines and did not come as a surprise.

October 25, 2017 | Via Chicago Tribune

Undocumented Teenager Granted Abortion by Federal Appeals Court

A Federal appeals court ruled that an undocumented teenager must be allowed to have an abortion in the United States. A legal battle ensued between civil rights lawyers and the Trump administration at the 17-year-old’s expression of desired abortion. Lawyers accused federal officials of persuading undocumented pregnant minors to have their babies without choice.

October 6, 2017 | Via

Republican Tim Murphy Resigns From Congress After Abortion Scandal

Republican Congressman, Tim Murphy, announced his resignation from Congress after reports surfaced that he had urged a woman, with whom he was in an extramarital relationship, to have an abortion. Murphy, a vocal pro-life advocate, was pressured by senior Republicans and House GOP leaders to resign, after the scandal, to avoid further damaging revelations.

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