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Supreme Court blocks Louisiana abortion clinic law

The Supreme Court is stopping Louisiana from enforcing new regulations on abortion clinics in a test of the conservative court’s views on abortion rights.

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 5, 2019, 9:34 p.m.

How Trump’s State of the Union is connected to Spokane and Inland Northwest

President Donald Trump will address a very different Congress than he did a year ago, but many of the issues are the same. Lawmakers remain at odds on funding for …

Spokane Bishop Thomas Daly calls on local Catholic politicians to examine abortion positions before worshiping

The bishop’s writing is drawn from Catholic canonical law, but local lawmakers said Monday they found the statement divisive as several states across the country re-examine their laws governing abortion …

Judge declares Iowa fetal heartbeat law unconstitutional

A state judge on Tuesday struck down Iowa’s restrictive “fetal heartbeat” abortion law, which would have been the most restrictive anti-abortion law in the nation.

Trump promises March for Life crowd that he stands with them

President Donald Trump sought to assure opponents of abortion rights on Friday that he stands with them and would veto any legislation from a Democratic-controlled House that “weakens the protection …

Sue Lani Madsen: Beyond abortion

In the case of post-abortion stress syndrome (PASS), politics has superseded medicine.

Attorneys ask for temporary stop to new Idaho abortion reporting law

For roughly an hour Monday, attorneys in Boise’s U.S. District Court argued for and against a preliminary injunction blocking a new Idaho law requiring doctors to report extensive personal information …

UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 26, 2018, 12:21 a.m.

Where they stand: Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown on abortion, Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood

A vacancy on the closely divided U.S. Supreme Court has renewed talks about the long-standing court decision that ensured the availability of abortion in the United States. The congresswoman and …

How Washington state made its abortion laws Trump-proof

In 1991, activists rallied behind a law protecting abortion access in Washington. Their goal? To limit the reach of attacks on Roe v. Wade in an abortion-hostile political climate marked …

With scant record, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh elusive on abortion

Twice in the past year, Brett Kavanaugh offered glimpses of his position on abortion that strongly suggest he would vote to support restrictions if confirmed to the Supreme Court.

Gary Abernathy: Changing abortion law won’t change hearts

As President Donald Trump zeroes in on his nomination to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, abortion has returned to the forefront of a national debate, and to …

UPDATED: Sat., June 30, 2018, 6:31 p.m.

Evangelical leaders downplay potential Roe v. Wade reversal

For evangelical Christian leaders like Jerry Falwell Jr., this is their political holy grail.

Judge temporarily blocks abortion reporting rule in Indiana

A federal judge on Thursday temporarily blocked a new Indiana law’s requirement that medical providers report detailed patient information to the state if they treat women for complications arising from …

UPDATED: Tue., June 26, 2018, 2:42 p.m.

Supreme Court voids part of crisis pregnancy center law

The Supreme Court on Tuesday effectively put an end to a California law that forces anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers to provide information about abortion.

UPDATED: Sat., June 16, 2018, 7:04 p.m.

Pope: Abortion is ‘white glove’ equivalent to Nazi crimes

Pope Francis denounced abortion on Saturday as the “white glove” equivalent of the Nazi-era eugenics program and urged families to accept the children that God gives them.

High court rules in dispute over immigrant teen’s abortion

The Supreme Court ruled Monday in a case about a pregnant immigrant teen who obtained an abortion with the help of the ACLU, siding with the Trump administration and wiping …

UPDATED: Sat., May 26, 2018, 6:06 p.m.

Official tally shows big win for abortion rights in Ireland

Irish voters overwhelmingly repealed a constitutional ban on abortions and asked the country’s parliament to enact laws that reflect the popular will and make abortions legal in the country for …

UPDATED: Fri., May 25, 2018, 3:05 p.m.

Early exit polls show strong support to lift Ireland ban on abortion

Ireland’s referendum Friday represented more than a vote on whether to end the country’s strict abortion ban. It was a battle for the very soul of a traditionally conservative Roman …

UPDATED: Tue., May 22, 2018, 6:01 p.m.

Trump rallies abortion opponents to vote for Republicans

President Donald Trump on Tuesday issued a rallying call to opponents of abortion, encouraging them to the polls to elect conservative lawmakers.

UPDATED: Fri., May 18, 2018, 11:24 p.m.

Trump thrusts abortion fight into crucial midterm elections

The Trump administration acted Friday to bar taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from referring women for abortions, energizing its conservative political base ahead of crucial midterm elections while setting the stage …

UPDATED: Tue., May 15, 2018, 3:33 p.m.

Nation’s most restrictive abortion law is challenged in Iowa

Abortion-rights groups said Tuesday that they had filed a lawsuit challenging the nation’s most restrictive abortion law, an Iowa provision that bans most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, …

UPDATED: Wed., May 9, 2018, 3:07 p.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: Midwife denies performing abortion

Dr. Mary Swartz, a midwife, took the stand in her second-degree murder trial and denied performing an “illegal operation” (abortion) and causing the death of Fay Hamilton, 17.

UPDATED: Wed., May 9, 2018, 9:42 a.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: Differing account in midwife’s murder trial

The first day of testimony in the second degree murder trial of Dr. Mary Swartz, midwife, offered starkly different versions of the events which caused the death of Fay Hamilton, …

UPDATED: Fri., May 4, 2018, 1:30 p.m.

Iowa governor signs strictest abortion regulation in U.S.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a six-week abortion ban into law on Friday, marking the strictest abortion regulation in the nation but setting the state up for a lengthy court …

UPDATED: Sat., April 21, 2018, 7:56 a.m.

GOP congressional candidate clarifies abortion claim

Republican Russ Fulcher, who is currently running for Idaho’s open 1st Congressional District, has clarified his campaign claim that he’s passed more “pro-life” legislation than anyone in Idaho’s history.

UPDATED: Thu., April 19, 2018, 9:53 p.m.

Anti-abortion politicians push efforts to prosecute women

Anti-abortion rhetoric is intensifying ahead of midterm elections as officials in Republican-dominant states push legislation that would punish both doctors and patients, even though such laws are likely unconstitutional.

UPDATED: Mon., April 9, 2018, 9:32 a.m.

Top GOP candidates talk penalties, prosecution for abortion

Idaho Republican gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist once promised to sign legislation allowing for the prosecution of women who have had abortions, while challenger Lt. Gov. Brad Little offered tepid support …

UPDATED: Tue., April 3, 2018, 3:38 p.m.

Idaho GOP candidate supports threat of death penalty to stop abortions

A Republican lieutenant governor candidate on Tuesday softened his stance that women who get an abortion should be punished if it is ever criminalized in Idaho, a day after saying …

Court: Government can’t block immigrant teens from abortion

A federal court in Washington told the Trump administration Friday that the government can’t interfere with the ability of pregnant immigrant teens being held in federal custody to obtain abortions.

UPDATED: Wed., March 21, 2018, 9:51 p.m.

Gov. Jay Inslee signs abortion insurance bill

Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a measure that requires Washington insurers offering maternity care to also cover elective abortions and contraception.