Trend – Abortion

Saying pregnancy is ‘very complicated,’ Kentucky Democrat seeks to restore abortion access

BY: - January 31, 2024

FRANKFORT — Despite believing there is “very little appetite” in the Republican-controlled Kentucky legislature to roll back abortion bans, a Lexington Democrat hopes her own story of becoming a mother appeals to “friendly faces across the aisle.” Rep. Lindsey Burke, D-Lexington, is filing three bills that roll back all abortion bans in Kentucky, protect medical […]

Kentucky woman who sued for right to abortion now carrying embryo with no ‘cardiac activity’

BY: - December 12, 2023

Four days after a Kentucky woman sued for the right to an abortion, her lawyers said the embryo she carried “no longer had cardiac activity” as of Monday morning. A spokesperson for the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky declined to say whether Jane Doe, as the woman is called in her suit, will now […]

Kentucky woman sues to challenge state’s abortion ban in historic case

BY: - December 8, 2023

A Kentucky woman who is pregnant but does not want to be is suing Attorney General Daniel Cameron and others in Jefferson County Circuit Court to challenge the state’s near total abortion bans, the first lawsuit of its kind in Kentucky.  The woman, identified only as Jane Doe, said in a statement that “I am […]

Abortion pill to stay on the market until U.S. Supreme Court ruling after appeals court order

BY: - August 16, 2023

This story has been updated WASHINGTON —  A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday the abortion pill can stay on the market, but it agreed with a lower court that ultimately use should revert to prescribing and dosage instructions that were in place before 2016 That appeals court ruling will immediately be put on hold until […]

Echoing history, reliance upon travel rises for abortion care post-Dobbs

BY: - June 22, 2023

Editor’s note: This report is part of a special States Newsroom series on abortion access one year after the U.S. Supreme Court decision struck down the federal right to abortion. When the U.S. Supreme Court issued its Dobbs decision one year ago, people of childbearing age in states across the country suddenly faced what seemed […]

Democrats predict abortion access, reproductive rights will be key issues in 2024 

BY: - June 21, 2023

WASHINGTON — Democrats on Wednesday released new campaign ads and detailed how they plan to talk about abortion access and reproductive rights leading up to the 2024 elections. Top Democratic campaign leaders said during a press call they expect the issues will be key to regaining control of the U.S. House and keeping control of […]

After Dobbs, abortion access is harder, comes later and with a higher risk

BY: - June 21, 2023

Editors’ note: This report is part of a special States Newsroom series on abortion access one year after the U.S. Supreme Court decision struck down the federal right to abortion. In April, a Reddit user in Alabama posted a breathless message to the abortion subreddit the morning after learning she was pregnant. She guessed she […]

Appeals court judges embrace anti-abortion speculation

BY: and - May 18, 2023

America’s major medical institutions and drug policy scholars have roundly denounced as “pseudoscience” many of the claims brought by anti-abortion groups in a high-profile federal lawsuit asking the Food and Drug Administration to revoke its 23-year-old approval of mifepristone, one half of a two-drug regimen that has become the most common form of pregnancy termination […]

Lawmakers debate violence against abortion clinics, anti-abortion pregnancy centers

BY: - May 18, 2023

WASHINGTON — Republicans at a U.S. House hearing aired frustration with the Department of Justice this week for what they contended is a lack of enforcement of a Clinton-era law that protects access to reproductive health care at anti-abortion pregnancy centers and abortion clinics. GOP lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee expressed anger the Federal […]

Three-judge panel in U.S. appeals court hears arguments in abortion pill case

BY: and - May 17, 2023

NEW ORLEANS — A federal appeals court panel quizzed lawyers during oral arguments Wednesday over a Texas judge’s decision that could end access to the abortion pill nationwide. Observers see the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals as a legal way station for the case, in which anti-abortion groups sued the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, […]

Arguments on landmark abortion pill case to be heard Wednesday in appeals court

BY: - May 16, 2023

WASHINGTON — The lawsuit over access to the abortion pill goes before the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans on Wednesday, the next step on a path that will likely end at the U.S. Supreme Court.  The three-judge panel will decide whether to keep, overturn, or alter a ruling from U.S. District Court […]

Health experts urge FDA to approve over-the-counter birth control in unanimous vote

BY: - May 12, 2023

Dyvia Huitron started having sex when she was 16. Worried about getting pregnant, she talked to her parents about getting on hormonal birth control. Instead, they grounded her. The now-19-year-old had expected pushback – she was living in a religious community in conservative McAllen, Texas. But she underestimated how many years it would eventually take […]