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  • Oklahoma governor vetoes bill criminalizing abortion

    May 21, 2016 2:55 PM

    OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma Republican Gov. Mary Fallin has vetoed legislation that would have effectively outlawed abortion in the state by making it a felony for doctors to perform the procedure. Fallin opposes abortion but said the measure was vague and would not withstand a legal challenge. The bill's sponsor,... more »
  • Ban on fetal tissue sales from abortions gets final passage

    May 16, 2016 6:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have agreed to ban selling or transporting fetal tissue from an abortion. With a 33-0 vote Monday, the Senate gave the bill by Republican Sen. Ryan Gatti, of Bossier City, final passage and sent it to the governor's desk. The measure stems from outcry over undercover... more »
  • Louisiana lawmakers boost wait for an abortion to 72 hours

    May 11, 2016 4:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana will become the sixth state to make women wait three days before they can have an abortion after meeting with the doctor. Lawmakers in the House gave final passage Wednesday to the mandatory 72-hour waiting period. The 83-0 vote sends the bill to Gov. John Bel... more »
  • Ban on fetal tissue sales, donations nearing final passage

    May 3, 2016 12:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's lawmakers are close to enacting a prohibition on collecting, selling, transporting or donating fetal tissue from an abortion. The Senate-approved bill was backed by the House health committee without objection Tuesday. It heads to the full House for debate. The measure by Sen. Ryan Gatti, a... more »
  • La. House votes to ban second-trimester abortion procedure

    April 28, 2016 5:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An effort to prohibit a commonly used second-trimester abortion procedure has received overwhelming support from lawmakers in the Louisiana House. The bill by Rep. Mike Johnson, a Republican from Bossier City, would ban a procedure called dilation and evacuation. The procedure would only be allowed if necessary... more »
  • Louisiana House agrees to 72-hour wait period for abortion

    April 7, 2016 9:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana House has voted to triple the wait time for women seeking an abortion to 72 hours. If passed by the Senate, Louisiana would match five other states with the longest waiting periods in the country. The change to Louisiana's abortion restrictions is supported by Democratic Gov.... more »
  • Trump says abortion comments were taken out of context

    April 1, 2016 9:52 AM

    WASHINGTON - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump now says his contentious comments on abortion were taken out of context. Trump was answering questions during an MSNBC town hall taping Wednesday when he said there should be "some form of punishment" for women who get abortions if the procedure is outlawed.... more »
  • Trump: Women who abort should be 'punished'

    March 30, 2016 3:05 PM

    WASHINGTON - Donald Trump says women who get abortions should receive "some form of punishment" without indicating specifically what the punishment should be. "There has to be some form of punishment," Trump told MSNBC's Chris Matthews at the taping of a town hall in Wisconsin Wednesdays in a heated exchange... more »
  • House to consider longer waiting period for abortion in La.

    March 30, 2016 11:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana women would have to wait 72 hours for an abortion if state lawmakers agree to a proposal that sailed through the House health committee. The bill would lengthen the current 24-hour waiting period by another two days, with an exception for women who live 150 miles... more »
  • US appeals court: N. Carolina can print 'Choose Life' plates

    March 10, 2016 1:50 PM

    RALEIGH, N.C. - A federal appeals court says North Carolina can issue specialty vehicle license plates that express anti-abortion sentiment while refusing to also produce tags expressing pro-abortion rights views. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that North Carolina can issue "Choose Life" license plates. The General... more »
  • Abortion case appears to split depleted Supreme Court

    March 2, 2016 11:41 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court appears sharply divided over Texas abortion clinic regulations in its biggest abortion case in nearly a quarter-century. The court's liberals and conservatives are signaling in nearly 90 minutes of arguments that there's little common ground as they try to figure out what to do about... more »
  • Abortion returns to Supreme Court altered by Scalia's death

    February 27, 2016 4:32 PM

    WASHINGTON- The Supreme Court challenge to a Texas law that has dramatically reduced the number of abortion clinics in the state is the justices' most significant case on the hot-button issue in nearly a quarter-century. One of this election-year term's biggest cases is being argued Wednesday before a court that's... more »
  • Clinic no longer performing abortions in Baton Rouge

    February 25, 2016 1:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Abortions are no longer being performed in Baton Rouge since the only abortion clinic here no longer meets state law. After a court upheld the law requiring doctors at clinics have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, the facility in East Baton Rouge was forced to... more »
  • Appellate court rules against abortion clinics in Louisiana

    February 25, 2016 4:34 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A federal appeals court has ruled against abortion clinics by allowing a Louisiana law to take effect that requires doctors who provide abortions to have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles. On Wednesday, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals blocked a federal judge's ruling that had... more »
  • 5th Circuit ruling allows admitting privileges law to take effect

    February 24, 2016 7:10 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has ruled against abortion clinics by allowing a Louisiana law to take effect that requires doctors who provide abortions to have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles. On Wednesday, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals blocked a federal judge's ruling... more »
  • House GOP subpoenas 3 groups in Planned Parenthood probe

    February 16, 2016 6:13 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Republican chairman of a special House panel investigating Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers has issued the first three subpoenas to groups she says are withholding information. Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn said Tuesday she'd subpoenaed documents from StemExpress, a company that supplies fetal tissue from abortion... more »
  • Judge: new order against enforcing Louisiana abortion law

    February 10, 2016 3:18 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge in Louisiana has issued a new order blocking the state from enforcing an abortion law that he says would prevent most women from getting abortions. Attorneys for the state immediately asked Judge John deGravelles to stay Wednesday's order while they appeal it and his... more »
  • Edwards passes the abortion buck to Landry

    January 26, 2016 8:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lucrative contracts for outside lawyers handling the state's defense of a law requiring abortion doctors to have certain admitting privileges at area hospitals will be supervised by the State Attorney General. The AG will take responsibility from the Department of Health and Hospitals, which had been... more »
  • Judge rules La. anti-abortion law unconstitutional

    January 26, 2016 6:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a Jindal-era law which would have required abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at local hospitals is unconstitutional. U. S. District Court Judge John deGravelles said the law, Act 620, places too much of an undue burden on women in... more »
  • Grand jury indicts leader behind Planned Parenthood videos

    January 25, 2016 5:47 PM

    AUSTIN, Texas - A Texas grand jury investigating Planned Parenthood has indicted two anti-abortion activists who covertly shot videos of the organization. Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson announced Monday that Center for Medical Progress founder David Daleiden was indicted on a felony charge of tampering with a governmental record... more »
  • New flare-ups over the racial demographics of abortion

    January 20, 2016 3:12 PM

    NEW YORK - Two volatile topics, abortion and race, have intersected in recent flare-ups related to the disproportionately high rate of abortion among black women. In Congress, Rep. Sean Duffy, a white Republican from Wisconsin, lambasted black members of Congress for failing to decry these high abortion numbers. The next... more »
  • Activists predict abortion will be a hot issue in campaigns

    December 27, 2015 2:22 PM

    NEW YORK - The divide between Republicans and Democrats over abortion is deeper than ever. Activists on both sides foresee a 2016 presidential campaign in which the nominees tackle the volatile topic more aggressively than in past elections. Friction over the issue also is likely to surface in key Senate... more »
  • Planned Parenthood: Long a lightning rod in US culture wars

    November 29, 2015 6:57 PM

    NEW YORK - As a longtime defender of abortion rights and comprehensive sex education, Planned Parenthood deals daily with some of America's most contentious issues. One consequence: verbal attacks of an intensity faced by few other organizations in the nation. Planned Parenthood's supporters say the vilification has gone too far.... more »
  • Planned Parenthood sues Texas over blocked Medicaid dollars

    November 23, 2015 2:16 PM

    AUSTIN, Texas - Planned Parenthood is suing Texas over attempts to block Medicaid dollars, beginning another courtroom fight between the nation's largest abortion provider and a Republican-controlled state. Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said Monday the lawsuit aims to protect health care access for 13,500 patients statewide. Texas moved to... more »
  • Justices agree to hear first abortion case since 2007

    November 13, 2015 2:45 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is taking on its first abortion case in eight years, a dispute over state regulation of abortion clinics. The justices said Friday they will hear arguments over a Texas law that would leave about 10 abortion clinics open across the state. A decision should come... more »
  • Maine sues Planned Parenthood foe, says he yelled too loudly

    November 10, 2015 11:34 AM

    PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's attorney general is suing a protester who she says yelled so loudly outside a Planned Parenthood facility that he disrupted health care services there. Attorney General Janet Mills filed a complaint under the state's civil rights act against 26-year-old Brian Ingalls, of Lisbon. She says he... more »
  • Texas cuts off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood

    October 19, 2015 11:34 AM

    AUSTIN, Texas - Texas is cutting off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood clinics following undercover videos of officials discussing fetal tissue - potentially triggering legal battles like the one unfolding in neighboring Louisiana. In a letter Monday, Texas health officials informed Planned Parenthood affiliates statewide that all Medicaid funding was... more »
  • Planned Parenthood chief says Congress should be investigating activists instead

    September 29, 2015 6:49 PM

    WASHINGTON - The president of Planned Parenthood is asking why Congress is investigating her group -- instead of investigating the anti-abortion activists who secretly made recordings in which Planned Parenthood officials talk about providing fetal tissue for research. Cecile Richards testified before a House panel today. She says it's... more »
  • Judge blocks order cutting off federal funding for Planned Parenthood in Utah

    September 29, 2015 4:19 PM

    SALT LAKE CITY - A judge has blocked an order by Utah's governor to cut off federal money from going to the state's Planned Parenthood organization. Judge Clark Waddoups issued a restraining order Tuesday during a hearing in federal court to allow the money to keep flowing to the group... more »
  • El Paso abortion clinic reopens amid Texas court battles

    September 29, 2015 11:21 AM

    AUSTIN - An El Paso clinic closed by Texas' tough abortion law is the state's first to reopen since the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily blocked some key restrictions in June. The reopening of the Reproductive Services clinic Tuesday brings the number of Texas abortion clinics to 20. That's down from... more »
  • House chair: Planned Parenthood doesn't need federal money

    September 29, 2015 11:19 AM

    WASHINGTON - A House committee chairman is using Planned Parenthood's first congressional appearance since being embarrassed by surreptitiously recorded videos to say the organization does not need federal money. Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz lashed out at the organization for what he called "exorbitant" spending for salaries, travel, parties and... more »
  • Democratic-led filibuster stalls stopgap funding measure

    September 24, 2015 3:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has blocked an effort by GOP leaders to keep the government open over GOP efforts to strip Planned Parenthood of its taxpayer funding. The measure failed on a 47-52 vote, failing to win a majority of the Senate, much less the 60 votes required to overcome... more »
  • Pope urges Congress to welcome immigrants, protect family

    September 24, 2015 8:20 AM

    WASHINGTON - In his historic address to Congress, Pope Francis urged lawmakers to embrace immigrants, abolish the death penalty, and protect families while also calling for the U. S. to help avert climate change. Tens of thousands of spectators watched from the West Lawn of the Capitol as the... more »
  • Pope crosses ideological lines in US

    September 23, 2015 4:24 PM

    WASHINGTON - In a single sentence, Pope Francis has shown how he transcends the ideological polarities of U.S. politics. In his address to bishops, the pope spoke out against abortion, an issue close to the heart of Republicans, and against environmental devastation, a surefire applause line for Democrats. He... more »
  • Senate Dems block GOP bill curbing late abortions

    September 22, 2015 11:35 AM

    WASHINGTON - Democrats have blocked a Senate Republican bid to ban most late-term abortions. Two days before Pope Francis was to deliver an unprecedented papal speech to Congress, a GOP effort to begin debating the legislation failed. Tuesday's vote was 54-42 to move ahead on the bill, but that... more »
  • Judge reinstates Arkansas' Planned Parenthood contract

    September 18, 2015 6:20 PM

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A federal judge has ordered Arkansas to temporarily reinstate its Medicaid contract with Planned Parenthood after the state blocked funding over concerns about secretly recorded videos released by an anti-abortion group. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker on Friday granted Planned Parenthood of the Heartland's request to... more »
  • Planned Parenthood sues Jindal over Medicaid order

    August 25, 2015 11:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Planned Parenthood filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday asking a judge to stop Governor Bobby Jindal's attempt to end their Medicaid service provider agreement, and with it Medicaid funding. Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast and three patients filed the suit requesting an injunction to stop enforcement of Jindal's... more »
  • Jindal to show anti-abortion videos at Planned Parenthood rally Play Video

    August 20, 2015 12:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal's office said large-screen projectors will play videos released by an anti-abortion group during a Planned Parenthood protest at the Governor's Mansion Thursday afternoon. Jindal's office said the screens will play the videos from the Centers for Medical Progress on a loop during the... more »
  • Planned Parenthood supporters deliver thousands of letters to Gov. Jindal Play Video

    August 14, 2015 6:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - More than a dozen Planned Parenthood supporters showed up on the steps of the State Capitol Friday to stand against the governor's decision to halt state funding to the organization. The group delivered more than 6,000 personalized letters to Gov. Bobby Jindal's desk, and they're all... more »
  • Arkansas ending Medicaid payments to Planned Parenthood

    August 14, 2015 5:20 PM

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he's ending the state's Medicaid payments to Planned Parenthood, despite U.S. health officials warning other states that such a move could violate the law. The Republican governor on Friday announced Arkansas is terminating its Medicaid provider contract with Planned Parenthood.... more »
  • Jindal ends Medicaid contract with Planned Parenthood

    August 3, 2015 3:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Governor Bobby Jindal announced Monday the state's health department is cancelling its Medicaid contract with Planned Parenthood because of hidden videos recorded by a pro-life activist group. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals said they informed Planned Parenthood of the decision Monday. The governor's office... more »
  • Protests of alleged selling of unborn fetus parts Play Video

    July 28, 2015 7:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Protests just weeks after a Planned Parenthood video went viral. The protesters claim that, according to the video, Planned Parenthood sells parts of unborn fetuses. "To call attention to the recent planned parenthood videos, and to really just talk about what happened in those videos," said... more »
  • Planned Parenthood official says no profit from fetal organs

    July 26, 2015 1:04 PM

    WASHINGTON - The president of Planned Parenthood says her organization's clinics never adjust the abortion procedure to better preserve fetal organs for medical research and the organization's charges only cover the cost of transmission to researchers. Planned Parenthood has come under congressional scrutiny after two stealthily recorded videos showed... more »
  • Planned Parenthood: Video latest in 10 years' harassment

    July 20, 2015 3:21 PM

    WASHINGTON - Planned Parenthood says a secret video released last week by an anti-abortion group is a fraud and part of a decade long pattern of illegal harassment aimed at prohibiting abortion and intimidating women and doctors. The video was released last week by the Center for Medical Progress. It... more »
  • Jindal continues push against Planned Parenthood

    July 15, 2015 5:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal continued his push against Planned Parenthood after a video from pro-life advocates claimed group was selling fetal remains. Jindal's office released a letter Wednesday in which the governor asked the state Inspector General to join an investigation into the claims made by the... more »
  • Jindal orders investigation into Planned Parenthood claims

    July 14, 2015 3:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal announced Tuesday he was directing state health officials to investigate claims Planned Parenthood was selling fetal body parts harvested after abortions. That claim was made by a pro-life advocacy group called the Center for Medical Progress, which posted a hidden camera video on... more »
  • No Supreme Court action on Mississippi abortion clinic law

    June 30, 2015 11:46 AM

    JACKSON, MS - The U.S. Supreme Court is taking no action before the fall on a dispute over a Mississippi law that could close the state's only abortion clinic. The justices' silence Tuesday on an appeal by the state means a lower court order blocking Mississippi from enforcing the law... more »
  • Supreme Court blocks Texas abortion-clinic rules

    June 29, 2015 3:44 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is refusing to allow Texas to enforce restrictions that would force 10 abortion clinics to close. The justices voted 5-4 on Monday granting an emergency appeal from the clinics after a federal appeals court upheld new regulations and refused to keep them on hold while... more »
  • Docs testify abortion clinic likely to close if law enforced Play Video

    June 22, 2015 1:48 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The administrator of a northwest Louisiana abortion clinic says it probably would close if the state is allowed to enforce a law requiring doctors who perform the procedure to be able to admit patients to a hospital within 30 miles of their clinics. Kathaleen Pittman of Hope... more »
  • 'John Doe' doctors to testify behind screen in abortion case

    June 22, 2015 8:40 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Evidence and testimony will be the order of the day as a federal judge in Baton Rouge opens a six-day trial of three clinics' challenge to Louisiana's law requiring them to be able to admit patients to a hospital within 30 miles. The docket notes that attorneys for... more »
  • Bill to ban abortions based on gender fails to win support Play Video

    May 26, 2015 2:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana appears unlikely to add a new legal restriction banning "sex-selection" abortions performed based on gender. The House-backed proposal stalled Tuesday in a Senate judiciary committee, on a 2-2 vote that keeps the bill stuck in committee. Bill sponsor Rep. Lenar Whitney, a Houma Republican, said she's... more »
  • La. House backs ban on abortions based on gender Play Video

    May 14, 2015 12:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House has agreed to prohibit abortions based on gender, despite questions about whether provisions in the bill that allow for lawsuits and damage claims go too far. Rep. Lenar Whitney, a Houma Republican, described her bill Thursday as protecting "baby girls" from discrimination. Rep. Walt... more »
  • Judge throws out part of suit against Louisiana abortion law

    May 12, 2015 6:09 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge in Baton Rouge says there is a rational reason for Louisiana's law requiring abortion clinic doctors to get hospital admitting privileges, but the law could still turn out to be an undue burden on women who want abortions. District Judge John deGravelles threw... more »
  • Lawmakers to tackle budget, controversial issues in session

    April 13, 2015 7:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers slogged through rainy traffic and higher security to gavel in what's going to be a crucial legislative session in Louisiana. Legislators must figure out how to plug a $1.6 billion budget hole which threatens to hobble or even cripple higher education and healthcare in the... more »
  • 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 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 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 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 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 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 »

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