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Legal News
15 Jun 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday denied certiorari [order list, PDF] in Walker-McGill v. Stuart [docket; cert. petition, PDF], letting stand a decision blocking North Carolina's abortion ultrasound requirement. The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] in December affirmed [JURIST report] a lower court … [read more]

Legal News
18 Mar 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] Chilean lawmakers are considering a bill introduced on Tuesday to legalize abortions under certain circumstances. Rights groups believe the bill, which allows women to receive an abortion within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy if the mother's life is at risk, the fetus will not survive pregnancy or in … [read more]

Legal News
1 Feb 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Chilean President Michelle Bachelet [Forbes profile] on Saturday announced a plan to end the country's complete ban on abortions. Bachelet stated in a televised address [YouTube video] that she has sent a bill to Congress that would allow abortion when a mother's life is at risk, a fetus will … [read more]

Academic Commentary
15 Jan 2015
by Caitlin Borgmann of CUNY Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist Caitlin Borgmann of the City University of New York School of Law, discusses recent circuit court decisions addressing state abortion laws and predicts that one of the decisions may reach the US Supreme Court...Federal Courts of Appeals have recently addressed two important abortion cases, either of which … [read more]

Legal News
26 Dec 2014
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] North Carolina's Attorney General (AG) Roy Cooper [official website] announced Friday that he plans to appeal a recent decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] that struck down [JURIST report] the state's ultrasound abortion law, the Women's Right to Know Act [text, PDF]. … [read more]

Legal News
23 Dec 2014
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] on Monday affirmed [text, PDF] a lower court decision that the Woman's Right to Know Act, which requires physicians to display and describe ultrasound images to women seeking abortions, is an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment [text]. … [read more]

Legal News
12 Feb 2014
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that a 2011 North Carolina law that permits residents to display a license plate reading "Choose Life" is unconstitutional. North Carolina appealed to the Fourth Circuit after a federal district court judge struck down … [read more]

Legal News
12 Feb 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The Virginia state Senate [official website] on Tuesday voted to repeal [SB 617] a 2012 law [text] requiring women seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound. The measure passed after Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam [official website] cast his vote [AP report] in favor of repeal, breaking a 20-20 tie. … [read more]

Legal News
19 Jan 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina [official website] on Friday ruled [opinion, PDF] that a North Carolina state law requiring women seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound procedure is unconstitutional because it violates the First Amendment rights [LII backgrounder] of … [read more]

Legal News
12 Nov 2013
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] denied certiorari [order list, PDF] on Tuesday in Pruitt v. Nova Health Systems [SCOTUSblog backgrounder], letting stand an Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling striking down [opinion] a law requiring women to be shown ultrasounds of the fetus before undergoing an abortion. Oklahoma officials appealed … [read more]

Legal News
30 Oct 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The Oklahoma Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that a 2011 state law restricting the use of chemical-abortions is unconstitutional, reaffirming the court's 2012 decision [JURIST report]. The law [HB 1970, text] imposes broad and stringent limitations on physicians when prescribing abortion-inducing medications to patients, and … [read more]

Legal News
23 Aug 2013
by G. Redd

[JURIST] Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK) [advocacy website] sued [complaint, PDF; press release] the Indiana State Department of Health [official website] on Thursday, challenging a new regulation [text] on abortion facilities. Under the law, facilities prescribing Mifepristone, the so-called "abortion pill," will be defined as an abortion clinic … [read more]

Legal News
9 Aug 2013
by G. Redd

[JURIST] The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Thursday asked a judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin [official website] to stay a challenge to the state's new abortion law [text], pending an appeal to the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh … [read more]

Legal News
7 Aug 2013
by Endia Vereen

[JURIST] The Wisconsin Department of Justice on Tuesday appealed a federal judge's injunction [JURIST report] blocking a new law that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals within 30 miles of their clinics [WP report] and administer a mandatory ultrasound before a woman receives an abortion. DOJ … [read more]

Legal News
3 Aug 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] A federal judge blocked [opinion, PDF] part of a new Wisconsin law [text, PDF] on Friday that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, extending a preliminary injunction as a case against the law proceeds to trial. Specifically, the law requires abortion doctors to have admitting … [read more]

20 Jul 2013

Since Roe, states have reacted in a variety of ways, with most states seeking to limit the availability of abortion. These restrictions have taken various forms, including placing limits based on the gestational age of the fetus, adding informed consent requirements, and placing stricter limitations on minors seeking abortions. Gestational … [read more]

19 Jul 2013

The continuing legal conflict over reproductive rights has embroiled the US legal system for decades. Since the US Supreme Court's landmark decision in Roe v. Wade, the regulation of abortion services has been a major target of legislation in the US Congress and in the legislatures of every US state. … [read more]

Legal News
13 Jul 2013
by Blake Lynch

[JURIST] The Texas Senate [official website] passed an abortion bill [HB 2 text] which will ban abortions after twenty weeks, require abortion clinics to become ambulatory surgical centers, dictate the usage of the drug RU486 and require abortion doctors at clinics to have admitting privileges at hospital within a 30 … [read more]

Legal News
9 Jul 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin [official website] on Monday issued a temporary restraining order [text, PDF] on a Wisconsin law that would place certain restrictions on abortion providers in the state. Section 1 of 2013 Wisconsin Act 37 [text, PDF] requires … [read more]

Legal News
6 Jul 2013
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker [official website] on Friday signed a bill [text] requiring women seeking abortions to have an ultrasound and banning doctors without admitting privileges at local hospitals from performing the procedures. The law goes into effect Saturday. Within hours of the signing, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and … [read more]

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