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Sep 21, 2023

Court orders part of abortion referendum rewritten

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A wildly divided Ohio Supreme Court ruled late Tuesday that only one element of the disputed ballot language for describing a closely watched fall abortion rights question is misleading and must be rewritten. The decision lets stand most of the word choices targeted in a lawsuit by Ohioans United for Reproductive Rights, […]

Sep 20, 2023

VIDEO: Counsel’s focus firmly set on reproductive rights 

Behind Susanna Birdsong’s mild voice stands a steely resolve.  The counsel for Planned Parenthood South Atlantic speaks clearly and unequivocally about her job and what she sees as its importance to herself and others.  “The issue of reproductive freedom and bodily autonomy was deeply personal to me,” she said about what drew her to the […]

Sep 14, 2023

VIDEO: Lawyer ponders future of reproductive rights

Susanna Birdsong, the general counsel and vice president of compliance for Planned Parenthood South Atlantic, is very familiar with the controversies surrounding abortion and other reproductive rights issues. In a video available now that will accompany the profile of her to be posted at, she discusses the state of reproductive freedom her three daughters might experience on[...]

Sep 8, 2023

Florida high court hears challenge to abortion restrictions

The Florida Supreme Court was confronted Friday with whether to overrule broad abortion rights protections provided for decades under the state constitution and instead uphold a law signed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis that bans the procedure in most cases after 15 weeks of pregnancy. If the 15-week ban remains on the books, an even […]

Sep 1, 2023

Alabama AG: State can charge those who help women travel for abortions

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's attorney general argued in a court filing that the state has the authority to bring conspiracy charges against groups who help women travel out of the state for an abortion. Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall's office made the assertion in a Monday motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by an abortion assistance fund and others arguing such prosecutions would [...]

Aug 9, 2023

Professors sue over a law they say criminalizes classroom abortion discussions

BOISE, Idaho — Six university professors and two teachers’ unions are suing Idaho over a law that they say violates their First Amendment rights by criminalizing teaching and classroom discussion about pro-abortion viewpoints. The 2021 No Public Funds for Abortion Act prohibits state contracts or transactions with abortion providers and also bans public employees from […]

Aug 9, 2023

Judge: Southwest failed to follow order in free-speech case

DALLAS — A judge has sanctioned Southwest Airlines, writing that the airline twisted his words and disregarded his order in the case of a flight attendant who claimed that she was fired for expressing her opposition to abortion. U.S. District Judge Brantley Starr found Southwest in contempt for the way it explained the case to […]

Aug 9, 2023

State courts flex power over new laws regulating abortion

SALT LAKE CITY — State courts in Utah and Kansas are set to hear arguments Tuesday in legal challenges to new laws on abortion as judges tussle with legislatures over how to regulate the medical procedure and its providers after the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Those and other state courts have become key venues […]

Aug 1, 2023

Care providers sue over threat of prosecution for abortion aid

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Health care providers in Alabama have filed lawsuits against state Attorney General Steve Marshall over threats to prosecute people who help women arrange abortions outside the state. The lawsuits seek a court declaration and injunction clarifying that the state's criminal statute can't be used to prosecute people who help women leave the state to obtain abortions. The Am[...]

Jul 19, 2023

Women denied abortions in Texas ask court for clarity over state’s exceptions to ban

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Women who sued Texas after saying they were denied abortions despite serious risks to their health are asking a court to step in. A Texas judge on Wednesday is set to hear testimony from the women, who say they were told they could not end their pregnancies in Texas even though their lives and health were in danger. The lawsuit asks the court for clarity on when exceptions a[...]

Jul 14, 2023

Iowa law banning most abortions after about 6 weeks takes effect, as judge weighs whether to block

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s ban on most abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy was signed into law Friday by Gov. Kim Reynolds, but a judge is still considering abortion advocates’ request to put the restrictions on hold. The new legislation prohibits almost all abortions once cardiac activity can be detected, which is […]

Jul 6, 2023

North Carolina governor vetoes trio of LGBTQ+ restrictions in ongoing fight with GOP supermajority

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed Wednesday a trio of bills aimed at LGBTQ+ youth that would ban gender-affirming health care for minors, restrict transgender participation in school sports and limit classroom instruction about gender identity and sexuality. While LGBTQ+ rights advocates say Cooper’s attempt to block the bills demonstrates […]

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