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Texas senator filibusters against abortion bill

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Wearing pink tennis shoes to prepare for nearly 13 consecutive hours of standing, a Democratic Texas state senator on Tuesday began a one-woman filibuster to block …


Abortion protest prompts Bloomsday complaints

Bloomsday organizers are struggling to come up with what they could have done differently after dozens of runners on Sunday complained about an anti-abortion protest along the route. Race director …


Philadelphia abortion trial nears closing arguments

A Philadelphia jury won’t hear from an abortion provider before they weigh charges he killed a woman and four babies. Dr. Kermit Gosnell has decided not to testify or call …


Spin Control: Cutoff threat creates drama in Legislature

OLYMPIA – The Legislature has a variety of deadlines designed to winnow the thousands of bills introduced in any given session to a few hundred that actually require everyone to …


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 …


Abortion coverage bill drawing debate

OLYMPIA – In 1970, Washington became the first – and remains the only – state in the country to legalize elective abortions by a popular vote. A generation later, and …


Federal judge throws out Idaho abortion laws

BOISE – A federal judge has struck down Idaho’s so-called fetal pain law banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill ruled late Wednesday in …


Judge rules Idaho’s abortion law unconstitutional

BOISE — A federal judge has struck down Idaho’s law banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy based on beliefs held by physicians and others that the fetus is able …


Koop, who transformed surgeon general post, dies

With his striking beard and starched uniform, former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop became one of the most recognizable figures of the Reagan era — and one of the most …


Abortion rights legislation shows two houses clearly divided in Olympia

OLYMPIA – Democrats in Washington’s House of Representatives passed an abortion-rights bill Friday, sending it to the Senate, where Republicans have refused to hold hearings on identical proposals. The handling …


Idaho bill seeks tax exemption for certain pregnancy centers

BOISE – The Idaho House’s tax committee has endorsed a sales tax exemption for nonprofit pregnancy resource centers that don’t perform abortions. The legislation is being sought by Stanton Healthcare, …


Abortion notification bill will get hearing in Senate

OLYMPIA – A proposed law requiring parents to be notified of an abortion for any girl under 18 will get a hearing in a Senate committee this year, and possibly …


Idaho lawmaker equates abortion rights to prostitution

BOISE – A lawmaker from North Idaho drew audible gasps Wednesday morning when he asked representatives from the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho if their pro-abortion-rights stance also means …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 16, 2013

Idaho lawmaker compares abortion to prostitution

A lawmaker from North Idaho drew audible gasps when he asked representatives from the American Civil Liberties Union-Idaho if their pro-abortion rights stance also means that they support prostitution.


US abortions fall 5 pct, biggest drop in a decade

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. abortions fell 5 percent during the recession and its aftermath in the biggest one-year decrease in at least a decade, perhaps because women are more …


Hobby Lobby asks judge to block health care law

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An arts and craft supply company owned by a Christian family asked a judge Thursday to block a portion of the new federal health care law, …


Court blocks Ind. defunding of Planned Parenthood

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana stepped between women and their physicians when it enacted a law that blocked Medicaid funds for Planned Parenthood just because the organization provides abortions, a federal …


Steve Massey: Free birth control encourages irresponsibility

Would you be in favor of giving away your cash if it helped lower the number of thefts in your community? Most of us would answer no.


Study: Free birth control leads to fewer abortions

WASHINGTON (AP) — Free birth control led to dramatically lower rates of abortions and teen births, a large study concludes. The findings were eagerly anticipated and come as a bitterly …


Oklahoma to end Planned Parenthood contracts

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma is withdrawing federal funding to three Planned Parenthood clinics in Tulsa that for 18 years has allowed them to provide food and nutritional counseling to …


More Akin abortion remarks stir criticism

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin is again drawing attention for comments about abortion — this time, for saying that doctors are “giving abortions to women who …


Pastors protest Hobby Lobby on morning-after pill

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Christian activists attempted Thursday to deliver a petition to Hobby Lobby criticizing its challenge to a portion of the new federal health care law, but guards …


Mo. lawmakers override veto of birth control bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers enacted new religious exemptions from insurance coverage of birth control Wednesday, overriding a gubernatorial veto and delivering a political rebuke to an Obama …


Hobby Lobby sues over morning-after pill coverage

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Christian-oriented Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday challenging a mandate in the nation’s health care overhaul law that requires employers to provide coverage …


Texas hearing on Planned Parenthood gets emotional

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — State lawmakers, hospital system administrators and dozens of women urged Texas officials Tuesday not to sever funding to Planned Parenthood under a law barring state support …


Romney says abortion legal for mother’s health

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Republican Mitt Romney says he is in favor of abortion in cases of rape, incest and the health and life of the mother. The presidential candidate’s …


Ohio doctor helps perpetuate rape pregnancy ideas

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The discredited notion that a woman’s body can resist conception in a sexual assault has persisted in anti-abortion circles for decades, largely because of the efforts …


Suit challenges abortion law

POCATELLO, Idaho – When Pocatello police got a tip that Jennie Linn McCormack had ended her pregnancy by taking an abortion drug obtained over the Internet, they showed up at …


Idaho ultrasound bill killed

BOISE – Idaho’s forced ultrasound bill was killed for good Tuesday, when a House committee chairman said he won’t allow a hearing on the bill and anti-abortion activists said they’re …


Idaho’s forced ultrasound bill may be dead

BOISE – In a tumultuous day at Idaho’s state Capitol on Wednesday, anti-abortion activists staged a live ultrasound demonstration in a Capitol hearing room, sign-waving protesters gathered outside, and a …