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Iowa court blocks 72-hour waiting period for abortion

The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday struck down a law requiring a 72-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion, ruling that the restriction was unconstitutional and that “autonomy and dominion over one’s body go to the very heart of what it means to be free.”

Trump protecting medical providers who oppose abortion

Reinforcing its strong connection with social conservatives, the Trump administration announced Thursday a new federal office to protect medical providers refusing to participate in abortion, assisted suicide or other procedures on moral or religious grounds.

IUD program leads to decline in teen pregnancies, abortions

Colorado teen pregnancies and abortions have dropped sharply since 2009, and state health officials attribute much of the trend to the increased availability of free and low-cost access to intrauterine devices at health clinics.

Insurers move to cover abortion

OLYMPIA – Two insurance companies that filed to compete in Washington state’s health care exchange initially proposed not to provide abortion coverage, officials said Wednesday. All current Washington health plans provide abortion insurance. Stephanie Marquis, a spokeswoman with the Washington state Office of the Insurance Commissioner, said the plans without such coverage in the health exchange were recently filed by Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest and BridgeSpan Health Co.

Abortions rise 36 percent among Idaho women

BOISE — The number of abortions among Idaho women rose 36 percent between 2001 and 2011, with about 40 percent of the procedures happening in other states, according to a report released by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

Abortion parental notification bill gets hearing

OLYMPIA – A hearing on a bill that would require minors to notify their parents before terminating a pregnancy pitted those who argued it was an issue of parental rights against those who say the measure is an effort to restrict access to abortion. The Senate Law & Justice Committee was packed Wednesday with supporters and opponents of the measure that would deny a pregnant minor an abortion unless she had given at least 48 hours’ notice to one parent or a legal guardian. A pregnant teen could petition a superior court for a waiver of the requirement.

Spin Control: War or no war, there’s plenty to fight about

Whether there’s a War on Women being waged by politicians around the country is open to debate. There is definitely a War over the War on Women, and Washington has a top commander on both sides of the battle lines. Field marshal for the Democrats is Sen. Patty Murray, who has been using the phrase “war on women” for months, often in fundraising appeals for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Idaho panel OKs pre-abortion bill

BOISE – Prompting shouts of protest, a Republican-backed measure requiring pre-abortion ultrasounds in Idaho cleared a key Senate committee Wednesday on a party-line vote. The 7-2 vote followed two hours of emotional testimony, mostly in opposition to the proposal, and came as lawmakers in a growing number of states confront similar politically charged debates. Security guards at the Idaho Capitol quickly moved to stand in front of the senators as they gathered their computers and papers to leave the committee hearing in front of a crowd of 250; the bill now moves to the full Senate for a floor vote.

Idaho Senate panel advances ban on 20-week abortions

BOISE – Idaho could follow Nebraska in banning abortions once a fetus has reached 20 weeks, despite a state attorney general’s opinion the bill is unconstitutional and doctors’ concerns that it could force women to deliver babies suffering from diseases that leave them little chance of survival outside the womb. The measure, which relies on disputed evidence of just when humans begin feeling pain, cleared the Republican-dominated Senate State Affairs Committee on a 7-2 vote Wednesday morning after 2  1/2 hours of testimony. It now goes to the full Senate.