- Slate of new Arizona laws involve ride-hailing, abortions Updated: Jul-02-15 4:58 pm
PHOENIX - A slew of Arizona laws that take affect Friday include new rules for ride-hailing companies like Uber, access to vouchers for all children living on Indian reservations, and a ban on abortion coverage in insurance policies bought through the federal exchange.
- No immediate high court action on Mississippi abortion law Updated: Jun-30-15 12:41 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - Mississippi's only abortion clinic will likely remain open at least until the fall, because the U.S. Supreme Court is taking no action until then on a dispute over a state law that could close it.
- Texas abortion providers study whether clinics could reopen Updated: Jun-30-15 9:19 am
AUSTIN, Texas - Abortion providers cheered a move by the U.S. Supreme Court to temporarily block part of a Texas law that would have closed more than half the state's 19 remaining abortion clinics. Now they are studying whether it could also allow them to reopen some previously shuttered facilities and whether that would even be feasible.
- Ireland reports 26 abortions last year, 3 to deter suicide Updated: Jun-29-15 12:44 pm
DUBLIN - Ireland's Health Department says doctors last year performed 26 abortions to protect women's lives, including on three women who had threatened to kill themselves if denied one.
- Correction: Abortion Decline-Illinois story Updated: Jun-26-15 4:46 pm
CHICAGO - In a story June 7 about a decline in abortions in Illinois, The Associated Press, relying on incorrect information from the Illinois Department of Public Health, reported erroneously that the Illinois numbers were for surgical abortions only. The Illinois numbers include both surgical and medical abortions.
- Judge blocks Kansas' ban on 2nd-trimester abortion procedure Updated: Jun-25-15 9:56 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - A judge on Thursday blocked Kansas' first-in-the-nation ban on an abortion procedure that opponents describe as dismembering a fetus, concluding that the law would likely present too big of an obstacle for women seeking to end their pregnancies.
- Indiana medical board rules against abortion doc Klopfer Updated: Jun-25-15 2:21 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Medical Licensing Board has rejected an Illinois abortion doctor's request for a summary judgment in his favor and instead will hold a full hearing on a complaint accusing him of 1,833 violations at clinics in Gary, South Bend and Fort Wayne.
- Report: Illinois insurers lack clear information for women Updated: Jun-24-15 2:50 pm
CHICAGO - Most insurance plans offered in Illinois on the health overhaul law's new marketplace meet the law's requirements for women's health, according to a report released Wednesday.
- Testimony: Abortion clinic likely to close if law enforced Updated: Jun-22-15 8:45 pm
NEW ORLEANS - The medical director of a northwest Louisiana abortion clinic testified Monday that it probably would close if the state is allowed to enforce a law requiring doctors who perform the procedure to be able to admit patients to a hospital within 30 miles of their clinics.
- High court to decide whether to take up major abortion case Updated: Jun-22-15 3:17 am
WASHINGTON - Abortion is back before the Supreme Court, and the justices could signal by the end of June whether they are likely to take up the biggest case on the hot-button subject in nearly a quarter-century.
- Planned Parenthood: No new Texas abortion clinics in works Updated: Jun-20-15 7:40 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said Saturday that her organization has no immediate plans to build more abortion clinics in Texas, where only eight facilities are likely to remain if another round of strict regulations takes effect July 1.
- DHH clears way for clinic to apply for abortion license Updated: Jun-20-15 6:52 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - The Louisiana health department has cleared the way for Planned Parenthood to apply for a license for its New Orleans clinic to provide abortion services.
- Iowa court allows remote dispensing of abortion pill Updated: Jun-19-15 11:28 am
DES MOINES, Iowa - The Iowa Supreme Court has struck down a restriction that would have prevented doctors from administering abortion-inducing pills remotely via video teleconferencing, saying it would have placed an undue burden on a woman's right to get an abortion.
- Arizona doctors won't have to say abortions can be reversed Updated: Jun-16-15 4:05 pm
PHOENIX - Arizona's attorney general won't enforce a disputed section of a new law requiring abortion providers to tell women they can reverse drug-induced abortions until the matter can be sorted in court.
- Louisiana: Texas abortion ruling reopens question in La case Updated: Jun-11-15 6:50 pm
NEW ORLEANS - Eleven days before trial, Louisiana has asked a federal judge to throw out one of two claims against its law requiring doctors who perform abortions to be able to admit patients to a hospital within 30 miles.
- Arkansas seeking rehearing in 12-week abortion ban case Updated: Jun-10-15 9:16 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - The Arkansas Attorney General's Office requested a rehearing Wednesday before the U.S. appeals court that agreed last month with a lower court that a state law unconstitutionally burdens women by banning abortions after the 12th week of pregnancy if a doctor can detect a fetal heartbeat.
- Scott approves abortion 24-hour waiting period bill Updated: Jun-10-15 8:08 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Women will have to wait 24 hours before having an abortion under a bill Republican Gov. Rick Scott signed into law Wednesday, a reflective period supporters said they hoped would change some women's minds before ending their pregnancies.
- Renewed fight expected over Indiana abortion clinic rules Updated: Jun-10-15 4:34 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana's push to place tougher restrictions on a Lafayette Planned Parenthood clinic that provides abortions only by using drugs, not surgery, could spark a new court fight under a revised law set to take effect in July.
- Hearing scheduled on request to block Arizona abortion law Updated: Jun-10-15 8:43 am
PHOENIX - A federal judge will hold a June 23 hearing to consider blocking implementation of a recently passed Arizona law that would require doctors to tell women they can reverse the effects of a drug-induced abortion.
- Wisconsin Senate approves 20-week abortion ban bill Updated: Jun-09-15 9:23 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - After three hours of debate, the Wisconsin state Senate approved a bill Tuesday night that would ban non-emergency abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
- Court upholds key parts of Texas' strict anti-abortion law Updated: Jun-09-15 7:35 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld Texas' strict abortion restrictions that could soon leave only seven abortion clinics open in a state of 27 million people.
- NC's drop in abortions is among nation's sharpest since 2010 Updated: Jun-07-15 4:55 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - The number of abortions performed in North Carolina has dropped by more than a quarter in the past five years - one of the steepest declines in the nation - and new rules including a 72-hour waiting period could extend the trend.
- AP survey: Abortions in Oklahoma down nearly 19 percent Updated: Jun-07-15 2:26 pm
TULSA, Oklahoma - Oklahoma's abortion rate has dropped since Republicans took control of state government, but abortion rights groups say the decline likely has more to do with more access to effective contraceptives and education programs, among other factors.
- Data shows abortion rate in Iowa is declining Updated: Jun-07-15 1:05 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - The number of abortions performed annually in Iowa is declining, according to newly released data, but two opposing groups attribute the drop to different factors.
- Hawaii's abortion drop coincides with sex education changes Updated: Jun-07-15 1:02 pm
HONOLULU - A dramatic drop in the number of abortions performed in Hawaii over a recent five-year period has health and education experts wondering what caused the change.