More than 35 U.S. states have laws classifying a fetus as a victim in a homicide or an assault. Those laws can result in criminal charges against pregnant women, as highlighted by a recent Alabama case involving a woman whose…
By Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press
The ruling by U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett halts enforcement of the so-called heartbeat bill law that opponents argued would effectively ban the procedure. That's because a fetal heartbeat can be detected as early as six weeks into pregnancy, before…
By Kate Brumback, Associated Press
The so-called heartbeat law bans abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can occur as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, before many women know they're pregnant.
By Associated Press
The St. Louis Planned Parenthood affiliate can continue to perform the procedure for now as a court case proceeds.
By Bill Barrow, Associated Press
Biden's recent fumbles on abortion and race are a reminder that early front-runners often face the most intense scrutiny.
By Gene Johnson, Associated Press
More than 20 states and several civil rights and health organizations challenged the rules in cases filed in Oregon, Washington and California. But a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco called the rules…
By Jim Salter, Associated Press
Calling the exam requirement "disrespectful and dehumanizing," a Planned Parenthood spokeswoman confirmed that the St. Louis clinic no longer performs it during a consultation at least 72 hours before an abortion. Doctors do perform a pelvic exam at the time…
By Jessica Gresko, Associated Press
A federal appeals court in Washington ruled against the Trump administration and kept in place an order blocking a policy it described as a "blanket ban" preventing immigrant teens in government custody from getting abortions.
By Sophia Tareen, Associated Press
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed sweeping protections for abortion on Wednesday in a new law that establishes access to the procedure as a "fundamental right" for women.
By Andrew Taylor, Associated Press
Top Capitol Hill Democrats are intent on preserving a four-decade ban on taxpayer-financed abortions despite calls from their party's presidential candidates to abandon it, arguing that attempts to undo the longstanding consensus will fail and won't be worth scuttling a…
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