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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]


Features
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]


Features
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
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]


Legal News
4 Jul 2013
by Max Slater

[JURIST] The North Carolina Senate [official website] passed 29-12 legislation [HB 695, materials] on Wednesday that places severe restrictions on abortion. The bill will likely shut down most of the state's abortion clinics because it requires clinics to meet the same standards as ambulatory surgery centers [AP report]. The bill … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jul 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Ohio Governor John Kasich [official website] signed new abortion restrictions into law Sunday night as part of the state's budget [press release, PDF]. The provisions will require ultrasounds for anyone seeking an abortion, make it more difficult for family planning services to obtain funding, and limit the ability of … [read more]


Academic Commentary
15 May 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist LaJuana Davis of the Cumberland School of Law evaluates the implications of legislative efforts in Alabama and other states to restrict access to abortions...Alabama's recent passage of the Women's Health and Safety Act joins a wave of state abortion reform laws requiring abortion clinics to meet the … [read more]


Legal News
7 Mar 2013
by Jerry Votava

[JURIST] Oklahoma Attorney General E Scott Pruitt [official profile] on Tuesday filed a petition [text, PDF; press release] asking the US Supreme Court [official website] to review a decision by the Oklahoma Supreme Court [official website] which struck down two state laws limiting abortion rights for physicians and patients. In … [read more]


Legal News
5 Dec 2012
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] The Oklahoma Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday struck down two state laws, HB 2780 and HB 1970 [opinions], limiting abortion rights for physicians and patients for unconstitutionality. The first law [HB 2780 text] mandated that physicians must require that any patient seeking an abortion undergo an ultra-sound, whereby … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jun 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt [official website] on Thursday appealed a ruling by a district court judge that held that an abortion ultrasound bill [HB 2780, PDF] is unconstitutional. In his appeal, Pruitt argued [Tulsa World report] that the district court's ruling prevents women from obtaining important medical information … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jun 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt [official profile] on Thursday appealed [text, PDF] a ruling [docket materials] that struck down an Oklahoma law [HB 1970 text] restricting how doctors may use abortion-inducing drugs to treat patients. Three weeks ago, a judge for the District Court of Oklahoma County invalidated the … [read more]


Legal News
15 May 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] A judge for the District Court of Oklahoma County on Friday ruled [docket materials] that an Oklahoma law [HB 1970 text] restricting how doctors may use abortion-inducing drugs to treat patients was a violation of the Oklahoma Constitution [text]. The law required doctors prescribing abortion drugs to meet stricter … [read more]


Legal News
25 Apr 2012
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The Louisiana State Senate on Tuesday approved a bill [text] to change the requirements regarding ultrasounds before a woman can undergo an abortion, including a new requirement to listen to the fetus' heartbeat. Current state law already already requires an ultrasound two hours before the procedure, but the new … [read more]

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