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  • Federal judge asked to toss some claims in abortion lawsuit

    March 19, 2015 4:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal judge is considering a request from Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration to throw out part of a legal challenge against a state law that adds new restrictions to abortion doctors. The law requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30... more »
  • Planned Parenthood files appeal, seeking to offer abortions

    February 11, 2015 11:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Planned Parenthood is appealing a state health department rejection of its application seeking to perform abortion services in New Orleans. The organization said Wednesday it filed a notice of appeal with the state Division of Administrative Law, rather than file a lawsuit challenging the rejection. In a... more »
  • Scenes from BR abortion clinic check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 29, 2015 6:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The abortion debate raged downtown at a public hearing Thursday over tighter clinic regulations, but across town at Baton Rouge's only abortion clinic people were largely unaware of the regulation battle. However, they were still very invested in the outcome. Samantha Bowen, 20, has three children.... more »
  • Jindal walks fine line at prayer rally check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 24, 2015 8:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Saturday Governor Bobby Jindal walked a fine line between religion and politics. The governor was a central figure at the Response prayer rally and the Louisiana Life March South, an anti-abortion demonstration. Both events were held on the LSU campus. First Jindal led the prayer rally held... more »
  • Thousands expected at prayer rally check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 23, 2015 7:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Thousands are expected to attend a Saturday prayer rally at LSU where Governor Bobby Jindal will be the headlining speaker. Some say "The Response" rally is a political stunt for Jindal to announce a run at the Oval Office, but event organizers say there's nothing controversial... more »
  • Shy of votes, House GOP drops planned vote on abortion bill

    January 22, 2015 2:29 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - With thousands of anti-abortion protesters in the nation's capital, Republicans are ready to push legislation through the House designed to please them. But it's not the bill an embarrassed GOP was hoping for. Republican leaders were forced late Wednesday to abruptly drop plans for House debate of... more »
  • New Texas abortion restrictions before US appeals court

    January 7, 2015 2:42 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court in New Orleans is hearing arguments on the constitutionality of a Texas requirement that abortion clinics meet the same standards as the state's ambulatory surgical centers. A federal judge had said the requirement - part of broad abortion legislation passed in Texas in... more »
  • Citing costs, 2 clinics drop La. abortion suit

    December 11, 2014 4:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Abortion clinics in Baton Rouge and New Orleans have dropped their challenge to Louisiana's newest abortion law. An earlier lawsuit filed by clinics in Metairie, Shreveport and Bossier City remains intact. The law requires doctors who perform abortions to be able to admit patients to a hospital... more »
  • 2 clinics ask to drop suit against La abortion law

    December 8, 2014 2:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two clinics challenging Louisiana's newest abortion law now want their suit dismissed. An earlier lawsuit would remain intact. Attorney Ellie Schilling says cost is the only reason for the request. It was filed Friday for Delta Clinic of Baton Rouge, Women's Health Care Center in New Orleans... more »
  • Reproductive rights on center stage for Democrats

    October 3, 2014 3:40 AM

    DENVER, CO - Democrats defending their Senate majority this year are increasingly relying on an issue once seen as a wash with voters: reproductive rights. U.S. Sen. Mark Udall in Colorado has made it a centerpiece of his campaign to stave off a strong challenge from GOP Rep. Cory Gardner.... more »
  • Vitter on the campaign trail against Landrieu

    September 26, 2014 3:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter will be out knocking on doors this weekend with anti-abortion activists encouraging people to vote against his colleague, Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu. National anti-abortion group the Susan B. Anthony List announced that Vitter will be door-knocking Saturday morning in Baton Rouge... more »
  • Texas asks NO court to allow closure of most clinics

    September 12, 2014 1:23 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The state of Texas has asked a federal appeals court for an order that would let the state close 13 of 20 abortion clinics operating there. Texas Solicitor General Jonathan Mitchell on Friday asked a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New... more »
  • Mom imprisoned for giving abortion pills to teen

    September 7, 2014 12:02 PM

    DANVILLE, Pa. - A Pennsylvania woman has been sentenced to prison for helping to end her teen daughter's pregnancy by giving her pills purchased online. 39-year-old Jennifer Ann Whalen of Washingtonville was sentenced Friday to nine to 18 months behind bars after pleading guilty to performing an illegal abortion. Whalen... more »
  • Judge: Sept 30 conference on La abortion law

    September 3, 2014 3:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. District Judge John deGravelles has scheduled a status conference Sept. 30 on a request to block Louisiana's restrictive new abortion law while a suit challenging it is in court. He told lawyers Tuesday that he wants brief memos by Sept. 23 on what issues each side... more »
  • Federal Judge temporarily blocks La. abortion law

    August 31, 2014 8:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal judge has temporarily blocked enforcement of Louisiana's restrictive new abortion law. District Judge John deGravelles says the law can still take effect Monday but officials cannot penalize doctors or clinics for breaking it while a challenge is heard. The law would require doctors who perform... more »
  • Federal lawsuit filed against new La. abortion law

    August 22, 2014 2:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE- An abortion rights organization has filed the first court challenge to a Louisiana law that would require doctors who perform abortions to be able to admit patients to a nearby hospital. The Center for Reproductive Rights filed its lawsuit Friday in U.S. District Court in Baton Rouge on... more »
  • Legislator says La. abortion law not in jeopardy

    July 29, 2014 4:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The sponsor of a Louisiana law that requires doctors that perform abortions to have hospital admitting privileges doesn't believe the provision is in jeopardy after a federal appeals court struck down a similar Mississippi law. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1 Tuesday to overturn... more »
  • US appeals panel strikes down Miss. abortion law

    July 29, 2014 1:35 PM

    JACKSON, Miss.- A federal appeals court panel has ruled that a Mississippi law that would close the state's only abortion clinic is unconstitutional. The three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued its ruling Tuesday in a case involving the state's 2012 law, which required physicians at... more »
  • National pro-life organization visits Baton Rouge check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 24, 2014 6:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Protesters from across the country were in Baton Rouge Thursday to rally against abortion. More than 100 people gathered outside Delta Women's Clinic chanting, singing and praying in an effort to spread their message. A majority of the protestors were members of "Operation Save America,"... more »
  • High court voids 35-foot abortion clinic buffer

    June 26, 2014 12:06 PM

    WASHINGTON - Abortion rights advocates are criticizing today's ruling from the Supreme Court, saying it will put at risk the safety of women seeking abortions. The court struck down a 35-foot zone in which protests are prohibited outside abortion clinics in Massachusetts, finding that it violates the First Amendment rights... more »
  • La. Family Forum touts abortion success Play Video

    June 24, 2014 5:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With nearly forty bills signed into law with their backing, the pro-life group, The Louisiana Family Forum, took today to celebrate their legislative success. They said the biggest accomplishment was a bill that puts further restrictions on abortions in the state. Those in favor of pro-choice... more »
  • Jindal signs anti-abortion bills in West Monroe

    June 12, 2014 11:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed new restrictions against abortion in Louisiana into law, including a requirement that doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. The Republican governor held the bill signing Thursday at a West Monroe Baptist church. He says the bill protects... more »
  • Catholic bishops keep focus on abortion, marriage

    June 11, 2014 4:21 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Roman Catholic bishops are staying focused on abortion and gay marriage under Pope Francis. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voted Wednesday to make only limited revisions to the voting guide they publish every presidential election year. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Texas,... more »
  • New pamphlets required for women seeking abortion

    May 29, 2014 2:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Women in Louisiana seeking an abortion will have to receive a pamphlet that describes possible psychological effects of the procedure, though studies disagree on those effects. With an 87-0 vote, the House gave final passage Thursday to a bill requiring the information. It also requires women... more »
  • Abortion providers banned from public schools

    May 27, 2014 11:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Organizations or people that perform abortions will be prohibited from distributing any health information at Louisiana's public schools. The Senate voted 31-5 Tuesday to give final passage to a bill that opponents call a direct attack on Planned Parenthood in the state. The proposal moves next to... more »
  • Senators overwhelmingly support new abortion rules

    May 14, 2014 5:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators have agreed to require Louisiana's abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles, moving the Texas-style restrictions one step from final passage. The Senate voted 34-3 Wednesday for the bill by Rep. Katrina Jackson, a Democrat. The proposal returns to the House... more »
  • Protestors demonstrate against abortion bill check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 8, 2014 6:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Demonstrators with Planned Parenthood spoke out against legislation that critics said could shut down almost every abortion clinic in Louisiana. Lawmakers are considering a bill which would require all doctors that perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. Critics said that would only... more »
  • House approves bill blocking family planning info at schools

    April 16, 2014 4:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House agreed Wednesday to ban organizations that perform abortions from distributing any information on family planning or human sexuality at public schools. Rep. Frank Hoffmann, R-West Monroe, said his bill (House Bill 305) was in line with "Louisiana's long-standing policy of respecting the dignity of... more »
  • Judge: North Dakota abortion law unconstitutional

    April 16, 2014 11:51 AM

    BISMARCK, N.D. - A federal judge has ruled that a North Dakota law that bans abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected is "invalid and unconstitutional." U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland on Wednesday ruled that the law passed last year by the North Dakota Legislature "cannot withstand a constitutional challenge."... more »
  • Bill requiring mental health info before abortion passes

    April 9, 2014 2:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Anti-abortion lawmakers want women seeking the procedure in Louisiana to get pamphlets describing possible psychological effects, the illegality of coerced abortions and services available to human trafficking victims. The House Health and Welfare Committee backed a bill that would require clinics to provide that information to women at... more »
  • House backs new restrictions on abortion clinics

    March 31, 2014 5:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With no debate, the Louisiana House has backed new abortion regulations to require doctors performing the procedure to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. Critics say that would shut down three of Louisiana's five abortion clinics, leaving two in the Shreveport area. The bill sailed through the... more »
  • Candidate says abortion groups contemplate infanticide

    March 12, 2014 8:00 PM

    WASHINGTON- The abortion debate is heating up a Senate race in North Carolina. Republican candidate Greg Brannon charges that killing babies that survive abortions could happen in America. Brannon was quoted as saying "Florida's trying to do it right now" last November but the remark was just made... more »
  • House bill calls for list of each abortion

    March 10, 2014 11:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Among the eleven pre-filed bills that lawmakers hope to become law during the regular legislative session at the state capitol, one requires doctors report performing an abortion. Written by Monroe Democrat and House member Katrina Jackson, House Bill 388, creates a catalog of procedures when one is... more »
  • Supreme Court won't block Texas abortion law

    November 19, 2013 6:24 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court won't rule against a Texas law that has led to the stoppage of abortions at a third of the state's clinics. The provision states that doctors who perform abortions must have admitting priveleges at a nearby hospital. The law will remain in effect... more »
  • Texas abortion clinics to stay open

    October 29, 2013 8:17 AM

    LUBBOCK, Texas - The only abortion clinic in a 300-mile swath of West Texas can resume business after a federal judge struck down new restrictions that would have effectively shuttered it. Lubbock's Planned Parenthood Women's Health Center stopped making appointments last week, bracing for this week's scheduled enforcement of a... more »
  • Perry says Texas abortion bill constitutional

    July 13, 2013 5:17 PM

    WEST, Texas - Gov. Rick Perry says the abortion bill awaiting his signature to become Texas law is constitutional and will withstand court challenges by those who oppose it. Perry told reporters Saturday, hours after the bill passed, that "we wouldn't have passed it if we didn't think it was... more »
  • Texas Senate convenes to debate abortion bill

    July 12, 2013 2:20 PM

    AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Senate has convened to begin debate and ultimately vote on a bill to implement some of the nation's toughest abortion restrictions. Demonstrators on either side of the issue filled the Senate chamber Friday afternoon, with state police lining the gallery to stop anyone from disrupting... more »
  • Texas House passes abortion bill; Senate next stop

    July 10, 2013 11:24 AM

    AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas House has approved new abortion limits in a second special session, less than two weeks after Senate Republicans failed to finish work on the bill amid a filibuster and raucous protests. A final vote could be held as early as Friday in the Senate, where... more »
  • Child's pregnacy sets off abortion debate

    July 5, 2013 7:48 PM

    SANTIAGO, CHILE- An eleven-year-old girl who's pregnant in Chile set off a national debate about abortion in the socially-conservative country. The girl is known as "Belen" and is 14-weeks pregnant. Police say her mother's partner confessed to abusing her. Doctors contend her life and that of the fetus are at... more »
  • Texas gov. calls 2nd special session on abortion

    June 26, 2013 4:20 PM

    AUSTIN, Texas - Gov. Rick Perry is calling for the Texas Legislature to meet in a second special session to pass restrictions on abortion. The first such effort died following a filibuster and rollicking late Tuesday night protest. The announcement gives Republicans another crack at passing sweeping anti-abortion rules that... more »
  • "People's filibuster" stops Texas abortion measure

    June 26, 2013 7:38 AM

    AUSTIN, Texas - It's being called the "people's filibuster" at the Texas State Capitol. Demonstrators against tough restrictions on abortions in the state shouted at deafening levels in the Senate chamber late last night, preventing lawmakers from voting on those restrictions before the midnight deadline. They created a ruckus... more »
  • Texas senator filibusters against abortion bill

    June 25, 2013 11:54 AM

    AUSTIN, Texas - A Democratic state senator has begun a filibuster to block passage of a proposal that would effectively close most abortion clinics in the state. Sen. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth began the filibuster at 11:18 a.m. CDT Tuesday. To derail a vote in the GOP-dominated Senate, she... more »
  • House prepares for new abortion debate

    June 12, 2013 8:04 PM

    WASHINGTON- Expect another contentious debate on abortion after a House committee approved a bill that would ban almost all procedures after 20-weeks of pregnancy. The legislation is called the "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" could be voted on as early as next week. The bill says fetuses can feel pain... more »
  • Convicted Pa. abortion doctor gets life in prison

    May 14, 2013 3:38 PM

    PHILADELPHIA - A Philadelphia abortion doctor convicted of killing three babies who were born alive has agreed to give up his right to an appeal and will be spared a potential death sentence. Dr. Kermit Gosnell was convicted Monday of first-degree murder in the deaths of the babies who were... more »
  • Philly abortion doc guilty in 3 babies' deaths

    May 13, 2013 2:35 PM

    PHILADELPHIA- A Philadelphia doctor accused of performing illegal, late-term abortions in a filthy clinic has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the deaths of three babies born alive. He was acquitted in the death of a fourth baby. Dr. Kermit Gosnell was also found guilty of involuntary... more »
  • Bill banning so-called "tele-medicine abortions" approved

    April 17, 2013 2:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Anti-abortion advocates are pushing to add new restrictions for the procedure in Louisiana, banning doctors from remotely administering the abortion pill via a video hookup. A proposal barring the practice they call "telemedicine abortions" or "web cam abortions" received the backing of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee... more »
  • Ark. House overrides veto of 12-week abortion ban

    March 6, 2013 2:30 PM

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Arkansas House has completed a veto override that gives the state the toughest anti-abortion law in the country. Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe had vetoed a ban on most abortions beginning in the 12th week of pregnancy. The GOP-dominated House voted 56-33 on Wednesday to override.... more »
  • Abortion opponents to march in Washington

    January 25, 2013 2:36 PM

    WASHINGTON- Thousands of anti-abortion demonstrators are marching through Washington to the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court to protest the landmark decision that legalized abortion. Crowds held signs and chanted Friday on the National Mall and surrounding streets for the March for Life. The demonstration this year coincides with the... more »
  • Making changes 40 years after Roe vs. Wade check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 22, 2013 6:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Today marks 40 years since the Roe v. Wade decision, making abortion legal in the United States. Pro-choice advocates say prior to Roe vs. Wade, abortions were dangerous and to be a patient of an abortion was a crime. "Women could not get safe abortions,"... more »
  • Govt appeals judge's contraceptive mandate ruling

    January 15, 2013 4:30 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is appealing a judge's order that is temporarily preventing the government from forcing a Christian publishing company to provide its employees with certain contraceptives under the new health care law. In November, U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton granted a preliminary injunction sought by Tyndale House... more »
  • Woman asks thieves to return urn with baby's ashes

    November 16, 2012 12:48 PM

    ANTIOCH, Calif. - A Northern California woman whose home was robbed is pleading with the thieves to return just one item: a silver urn that contains her baby's ashes. The Contra Costa Times reports Michiko Koyoi's Antioch home was ransacked Wednesday. Police are investigating the robbery. Among the missing items... more »
  • Romney moves to reframe debate on abortion, autos

    October 30, 2012 5:09 PM

    KETTERING, Ohio - Republican Mitt Romney seems determined to soften his emphasis on abortion and ignore facts critical to the auto industry as he seeks support from key voting groups in the waning days of a close presidential race. That's the message in ads, his own remarks and most... more »
  • Obama: Romney trying 'to cloud' abortion stance

    October 10, 2012 5:18 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says Mitt Romney's recent remark about not having abortion on his agenda is an attempt "to cloud" his rival's position on the issue. Obama says he had a "bad night" in last week's debate with Romney but says the fundamentals of the election did not... more »
  • Mo. lawmaker still defiant, won't quit Senate race

    August 22, 2012 7:21 AM

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Embattled Rep. Todd Akin is insisting he's in the U.S. Senate race to stay, saying "this is not about my ego" but about the voters of Missouri who chose him as their nominee. Akin confirms in a nationally broadcast interview that Republican vice presidential candidate... more »
  • Judge says Arizona's abortion ban can take effect

    July 30, 2012 6:15 PM

    PHOENIX - Arizona's ban on abortions starting at 20 weeks of pregnancy is poised to take effect this week after a federal judge ruled Monday that the new law is constitutional. U.S. District Judge James Teilborg says the statute may prompt a few pregnant women who are considering abortion to... more »
  • Judge continues to block Mississippi abortion law

    July 11, 2012 3:03 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - A federal judge is continuing to block a new anti-abortion law in Mississippi. If the law were allowed to take effect, it could shut down the state's only abortion clinic and make it nearly impossible for a woman to get an abortion in Mississippi. The U.S. Supreme... more »
  • Bill banning abortion after 20 weeks passes Senate

    May 22, 2012 4:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A bill prohibiting doctors from performing abortions 20 weeks after fertilization by declaring the fetus can feel pain has passed the Senate without opposition. The measure by Senate President John Alario declares that the state should protect "the lives of unborn children from the stage at which... more »
  • Abortion bills advance through La. Legislature Play Video

    May 16, 2012 2:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two bills focused on deterring pregnant women from getting abortions have been overwhelmingly approved by two legislative health committees. Sen. Sharon Weston Broome said Wednesday that her proposal gives women the opportunity to listen to a fetal heartbeat before an abortion is performed. The measure is... more »
  • At the Capitol: Abortion legislation

    May 16, 2012 8:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Senate Bill 708 is up for discussion at the Capitol today. It would require a mother to hear her fetus's heartbeat via ultrasound as well as see images of the fetus prior to abortion. This is not the first time Senator Broome has attempted to back this... more »
  • Strict new Mississippi abortion law

    April 12, 2012 4:02 PM

    JACKSON- Mississippi's already strict abortion laws are set to become even tighter amid social conservatives' efforts to shut the state's only abortion clinic. The new law awaits Republican Gov. Phil Bryant's promised signature. With it, women's legal options could be restricted to finding a doctor willing to quietly terminate a... more »
  • Obama: Insurance companies will pay for contraceptives

    February 10, 2012 11:39 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama introduced a revamped birth control policy Friday morning that he says will protect both religious liberties and women's access to contraception. Speaking at the White House, Obama announced changes that religious employers will not have to cover birth control for their employees. Instead,... more »
  • Abortion, birth control grab political spotlight

    February 7, 2012 3:48 PM

    DAYTON, Ohio - A political firestorm over abortion and birth control is spreading on multiple fronts. A high-ranking official resigned from the Komen breast-cancer charity Tuesday after its hard-fought peace agreement with Planned Parenthood. And Catholics are assailing an Obama administration ruling on contraception. Republican presidential candidates are trying to... more »
  • Komen drops plan to cut Planned Parenthood grants

    February 3, 2012 10:58 AM

    NEW YORK - After three days of controversy, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast-cancer charity says it is reversing its decision to cut breast-screening grants to Planned Parenthood. "We want to apologize to the American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission... more »
  • Oklahoma senator wants ban on human fetuses in food

    January 25, 2012 1:04 PM

    OKLAHOMA CITY - A Republican state senator from Oklahoma City has introduced a bill that would ban the use of aborted human fetuses in food, though there's no indication that this is a concern. Freshman Sen. Ralph Shortey said Tuesday that Internet research he has conducted led him to believe... more »
  • Britain OKs television ads for abortion clinics

    January 21, 2012 11:22 AM

    LONDON - Britain's broadcast advertising body has given the go-ahead for private abortion clinics to advertise their services on television. The Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice says there is no justification for barring private clinics that offer post-pregnancy services, including abortions, from advertising on television. Nonprofit post-pregnancy services are already... more »
  • Personhood group forming Miss. PAC

    November 16, 2011 4:12 PM

    NEW ALBANY, Miss. - Supporters of the so-called personhood movement, which defines life as beginning at fertilization, have formed a political action committee to help elect anti-abortion candidates and to educate voters. The Mississippi personhood amendment was defeated by voters on Nov. 8. Les Riley and the Board... more »
  • New laws impact abortion clinics, sex offenders

    August 15, 2011 2:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE- More than 230 new laws take effect Monday after being passed by legislators earlier this year. Among the changes, abortion clinics must post new signs about adoption options and child support. Certain sex offenders have to shut down their Facebook and MySpace pages. Hunters can shoot wild pigs... more »
  • New laws impact abortion clinics, sex offenders

    August 14, 2011 9:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE- More than 230 new laws, from the arcane to the attention-grabbing, take effect Monday after being passed by legislators earlier this year. Among the changes, abortion clinics must post new signs about adoption options and child support. Certain sex offenders have to shut down their Facebook and... more »
  • Abortion ban clears committee

    May 25, 2011 5:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State Representative John LaBruzzo, R- Metairie, says he expects legal battles to be part of his bill which bans abortion and that those fights will be key to overturning Roe versus Wade. Pro-choice organizations oppose the bill. Others say the legal moves will be costly at a... more »
  • NC teacher faces sex charges after student essay

    April 28, 2011 12:31 PM

    A former high school band teacher in North Carolina has been arrested on sex charges after a young woman wrote in an essay published in her college newspaper that he got her pregnant and took her to get an abortion when she was his student. The essay used some... more »
  • Judge dismisses abortion clinic lawsuit

    February 25, 2011 12:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state has won a federal lawsuit over a new law that gives Louisiana's health secretary more discretion to shut down an abortion clinic for safety or health concerns. A group of abortion clinics had sued the state health department, saying the law deprives the clinics... more »
  • BR abortion clinic, 4 others say new laws not constitutional

    November 18, 2010 6:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Five Louisiana abortion clinics, including one in Baton Rouge, have filed suit against the Department of Health and Hospitals, claiming new laws are not constitutional and could land them in bankruptcy. According to the suit, filed Wednesday in Federal Court, the new laws violate the clincs'... more »
  • La. abortion clinics sue over state law

    November 18, 2010 6:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A third challenge to Louisiana's new abortion-clinic laws has been filed in Baton Rouge federal court. Five abortion clinics in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Metairie and Bossier City allege in their civil suit filed Wednesday that state regulatory officials now can shut them down for any alleged... more »
  • Judge rules in abortion clinic's license

    September 22, 2010 7:30 AM

    A Baton Rouge judge has indefinitely barred state health officials from enforcing the Sept. 3 suspension of a north Louisiana abortion clinic's license. Attorneys for Hope Medical Group for Women argued the Shreveport-based clinic is a law-abiding business that provides a service that is distasteful and unpopular to many. Department... more »
  • Abortion clinics drop part of LA ultrasound lawsuit

    August 19, 2010 5:31 PM

    A group of abortion clinics has dropped its challenge of a Louisiana abortion law that requires ultrasound exams for all women getting abortions, after working out an agreement with the state health department. The agreement was approved by a federal judge on Wednesday. The clinics had argued the ultrasound law... more »
  • La. blocked from enforcing parts of abortion law

    August 12, 2010 2:15 PM

    A federal judge has temporarily banned Louisiana state officials from enforcing part of a new law that requires women to have an ultrasound, when considering an abortion. The order also allows doctors to perform abortions without giving patients copies of certain printed material required by the new law. ... more »
  • Lawsuit challenges new La. abortion laws

    August 7, 2010 9:50 AM

    A group of abortion clinics files a federal lawsuit against two new Louisiana abortion laws. One law requires ultrasound exams for all women getting abortions. The other bars medical malpractice coverage for doctors who perform elective abortions. The lawsuit was filed Friday in Baton Rouge claims the laws interfere... more »
  • Ultrasounds to be required for abortions

    June 16, 2010 12:34 PM

    Women seeking abortions in Louisiana will now be required to get an ultrasound first, under a bill that has received final legislative passage. The bill was sent to the governor's desk with a 79-0 vote of the state House. Governor Bobby Jindal supports the measure. There is no exception... more »
  • La. Senate approves abortion regulation bill

    June 14, 2010 12:24 PM

    The Louisiana Senate has given final passage to a bill that gives the state's health secretary broader discretion to deny or revoke abortion clinic licenses for safety concerns. The proposal by Rep. Fred Mills heads to the governor's desk with unanimous backing Monday of the Senate. Supporters say... more »
  • Insurance ban on elective abortions limited

    May 26, 2010 11:39 AM

    A proposed ban on health insurance coverage for all elective abortions has been scaled back by a Senate committee to affect only the state insurance purchasing pools set up by the federal health overhaul legislation. Lawmakers on the Senate Health and Welfare Committee say they were limiting the bill... more »
  • Senate committee waters down abortion bill

    April 28, 2010 2:56 PM

    A bill that would have required anyone seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound and get details and a picture of it, was watered down today in a Senate committee. However, senators voted to strip the requirements of the description and ultrasound print, instead making them optional. more »
  • Committee to hear abortion bill

    April 28, 2010 11:51 AM

    A Louisiana Senate committee is scheduled to hear bill that requires an ultrasound to be performed prior to an abortion procedure. News 2's Mike Steele will have updates from the Capitol throughout the day on WBRZ.com. more »
  • Legislature: Abortion debate

    April 14, 2010 11:23 AM

    Insurance coverage for elective abortions should be banned in Louisiana, according to the House Insurance Committee. The committee approved a bill that would prohibit covering abortions in state purchasing pools set up by the federal health care bill. Opponents say the bill goes too far, also prohibiting private insurers... more »
  • Proposed bill requires ultrasound before abortion

    March 26, 2010 4:59 PM

    UPDATE: A Louisiana lawmaker has proposed a law that would require a physician intending to terminate a pregnancy to first perform an ultrasound. Similar legislation has yet to pass the Texas Legislature. Texas Sen. Dan Patrick has been trying for two years and he says he'll keep trying. ... more »
  • Proposed bill requires ultrasound before abortion

    March 26, 2010 10:21 AM

    The Legislative Session begins Monday. When lawmakers convene, one of the issues they'll be hearing about is contained within Senate Bill 528, authored by Senate President Pro Tem Sharon Weston Broome. The proposed law "requires a physician intending to terminate a pregnancy to first perform an ultrasound..." It also... more »
  • Obama signs order affirming law on abortion

    March 24, 2010 2:05 PM

    President Barack Obama has signed an executive order saying that federal funds can't be used for elective abortions under the nation's new health care legislation. Obama agreed to the deal to ensure passage of the health care overhaul that is central to his agenda. The deal won the votes... more »
  • Obama will issue executive order on abortion

    March 21, 2010 3:28 PM

    President Barack Obama will issue an executive order to insure health care legislation would not allow federal money to be spent on elective abortions. The order is designed to win support from anti-abortion lawmakers for the President's health care bill. White House officials say the order upholds and... more »
  • Senate to vote on abortion issue

    December 7, 2009 8:58 AM

    The issue of abortion comes to the forefront of the health care reform debate today in the Senate. The House last month adopted language that would bar federally-subsidized health insurance plans from covering abortion, even if the procedures were entirely paid for with customers' premiums. The Senate today... more »
  • EBay says no to auction for accused killer

    October 27, 2009 8:44 PM

    EBay says it'll block an online auction that would have supported a man who's accused of murdering an abortion doctor in Kansas. Supporters had planned on the auction to raise money for his defense. EBay says the auction would have violated its policy against offensive material. The items included a... more »

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