June 26, 2014
by William Hibbitts
The US Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a Massachusetts law creating a 35-foot protester-free buffer zone around the entrance or driveway of an abortion clinic is unconstitutional. In McCullen v. Coakley the court considered the questions of whether the buffer zone, created by the Reproductive ...[read more]
June 13, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal on Thursday signed into law two bills dealing with abortion. HB 388 requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. Opponents claim that this law will force three of the state's five abortion clinics to close. HB 305 bars ...[read more]
June 4, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
A three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a preliminary injunction on Tuesday, continuing to block Arizona's strict new abortion law from taking effect until the lawsuit challenging it is resolved. Federal judge William Fletcher, writing for the court, found that ...[read more]
May 30, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed a bill into law on Wednesday that requires abortion clinics to have a physician with admitting privileges at a hospital within a 30-mile radius present when an abortion is performed. The bill also requires the Oklahoma Board of Health to establish facility ...[read more]
May 22, 2014
by Max Slater
The Louisiana State Legislature approved a bill on Wednesday that requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. If the bill becomes law, it will likely shut down three of the state's five abortion clinics. Proponents of the bill argue that admitting ...[read more]
May 16, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The Missouri House of Representatives approved a bill Wednesday to extend the abortion waiting period from 24 to 72 hours. The House voted 111-39 in favor of the bill after the Missouri Senate approved the measure by a vote of 22-9 on Monday. The bill is now forwarded to Governor Jay Nixon for ...[read more]
May 9, 2014
by Maria Coladonato
JURIST Guest Columnist Michael J. DeBoer of the Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law discusses the recently passed Women's Health and Safety Act and the challenges facing this legislation... On April 9, 2013, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed into law the Women's Health and ...[read more]
April 26, 2014
by William Helbling
The Florida Senate approved a bill Friday that will prevent most abortions after the fetus reaches viability. The legislation would require the doctor to conduct an exam before performing an abortion to determine if the fetus is viable. The bill could reportedly prevent abortions as early as the ...[read more]
April 24, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant on Wednesday signed a bill into law that bans abortions after 20 weeks after a woman's last menstrual period, or as early as 18 weeks of pregnancy. The bill, passed earlier this month, allows for an exception to the ban if the woman faces death or permanent injury ...[read more]
April 17, 2014
by Theresa Donovan
A judge for the US District Court for the District of North Dakota on Wednesday overturned a North Dakota law that prohibits physicians from performing abortions on women as soon as the fetus has a detectable heartbeat. This would disallow abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy, before the ...[read more]

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