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Poland activists vow largest protest yet over abortion ban

Throngs of people poured into downtown Warsaw on Friday to join what women's rights activists vowed would be the largest street demonstration in more than a week of mass nationwide protests against a court ruling that further restricts abortion rights in Poland.

Trump sets up abortion obstacles, barring clinic referrals

The Trump administration is setting up new obstacles for women seeking abortions, barring taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from making abortion referrals. The new policy is certain to be challenged in court. The move was decried by women’s groups and praised by religious conservatives, but it could be some time before women served by the federal family program feel the full impact.

Parental notification for teen abortion bill likely to pass committee

A perennial proposal to require Washington minors to notify parents before getting an abortion drew familiar support and opposition Thursday, and may wind up with the same fate as last year’s proposal: Getting partway through the Legislature, then dying.

Pullman Planned Parenthood rallies draw hundreds

PULLMAN – Supporters and protesters of Planned Parenthood lined a busy intersection Saturday morning in Pullman, where a health center run by the embattled health care provider was damaged last month in what investigators call an arson attack. Toting signs that accuse Planned Parenthood of selling “baby parts” for profit, protesters echoed the concerns of Republicans in Congress who have threatened to cause a government shutdown if there aren’t enough votes to defund the organization.

North Dakota governor approves 6-week abortion ban

BISMARCK, N.D. — Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed legislation today that that would make North Dakota the nation’s most restrictive state on abortion rights, banning the procedure if a fetal heartbeat can be detected — something that can happen as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.

Bill links maternity, abortion coverage

OLYMPIA – Nearly all medical insurance plans in Washington that offer maternity care would be required to cover abortions under a bill supporters described as a minor adjustment to conform with new federal laws but opponents denounced as an infringement on religious liberties. House Bill 2330 has broad support in the House, where it has 33 co-sponsors. But it’s also a target of abortion opponents who held their annual rally earlier this week on the Capitol steps.