Abortion controversy

March 23, 2020 - 1:47 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The governor and attorney general of Texas are moving to ban most abortions in the state during the coronavirus outbreak, declaring they don't qualify as essential surgeries. Attorney General Ken Paxton said Monday that the order issued over the weekend by Gov. Greg Abbott...
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This 2016, photo shows Margaret Sparrow at her daughter's home in Greytown, New Zealand. Sparrow was delighted Wednesday, March 18, 2020 when New Zealand lawmakers have voted in favor of a landmark bill that treats abortion as a health issue rather than a crime. (Courtesy of Margaret Sparrow via AP)
March 18, 2020 - 1:47 am
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Margaret Sparrow was 21 years old when she drank a concoction to induce an abortion, at a time when the procedure was both illegal and socially unacceptable in New Zealand. Now age 84, Sparrow was delighted Wednesday when lawmakers passed a landmark bill that treats...
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In this Monday, March 9, 2020, photo, Marie Newman smiles as she campaigns in the Archer Heights neighborhood of Chicago. Newman almost unseated Illinois Republican Rep. Dan Lipinski a staunch abortion opponent and one of the most conservative Democrats in Congress, in 2018, and is trying again in the March 17 primary. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
March 17, 2020 - 9:49 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Progressive Marie Newman won a rematch Tuesday with Illinois Rep. Dan Lipinski, unseating one of the most conservative Democrats in Congress in a victory for abortion-rights and women's groups that have targeted the eight-term congressman for years. Newman topped Lipinski and two...
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FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2020, file photo, lawmakers conduct business on the floor of the Utah House of Representatives in Salt Lake City. The Utah Legislature is wrapping up its work for the year, capping off a session that saw major changes to the state's polygamy statute, a revision of a voter-approved redistricting law and a compromise on education funding. The 45-day meeting is ending in the shadow of the new coronavirus, which caused widespread cancellations but didn't cause major disruptions in legislative business. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
March 12, 2020 - 7:32 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Additional regulations for abortion could be coming for Utah as the Republican-controlled Legislature counts down the hours until the end of its session Thursday. A requirement for abortion clinics to cremate or bury fetal remains is already on GOP Gov. Gary Herbert’s desk...
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In this May 1, 2019 file photo a sign criticizing Kansas Senate majority leader Jim Denning, R-Overland Park and favoring Medicaid expansion was left on the Kansas Statehouse grounds after a protest in Topeka, Kan. Denning helped block a Medicaid expansion plan in 2019 but is now pushing a bipartisan plan he and Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly authored. (AP Photo/John Hanna)
March 07, 2020 - 8:44 am
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Jim Denning once symbolized what for Medicaid expansion supporters was wrong with the Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature. Now, the Kansas Senate majority leader is an expansion champion who's under fire from some GOP lawmakers he's supposed to be leading for working with...
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. speaks during abortion rights rally outside of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, March 4, 2020. The Supreme Court is taking up the first major abortion case of the Trump era Wednesday, an election-year look at a Louisiana dispute that could reveal how willing the more conservative court is to roll back abortion rights. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
March 05, 2020 - 12:02 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Thursday that he “should not have used the words I used” when he declared at a rally in front of the Supreme Court that two justices would “pay the price” for their decision in an abortion case. Republicans chastised Schumer for the...
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A supporter of President Trump poses for a photo next to a figure during Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC 2020, at the National Harbor, in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
February 28, 2020 - 12:45 pm
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Four years ago, candidate Donald Trump didn’t bother attending the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, jabbing that he was too controversial for the buttoned-up, establishment Republican gathering. This year, as bedrock conservatives gather outside the nation’s...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined by the GOP leadership, speaks to reporters just after meeting with Attorney General William Barr to discuss expiring provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and other government intelligence laws, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
February 25, 2020 - 1:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats on Tuesday blocked a pair of Republican bills that would ban most late-term abortions and threaten prison for doctors who don't try saving the life of infants born alive during abortions. The measures have been defeated multiple times in recent years, but Senate...
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FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Las Vegas. A U.S. appeals court has upheld the Trump administration's rules imposing more hurdles for women seeking abortions. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision Monday, Feb. 24 overturns decisions that had been issued by judges in Washington, Oregon and California. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
February 24, 2020 - 2:37 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — In a victory for the Trump administration, a U.S. appeals court on Monday upheld rules that bar taxpayer-funded family-planning clinics from referring women for abortions. The 7-4 ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned decisions issued by judges in Washington,...
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FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2018, file photo, Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas sits as he is introduced during an event at the Library of Congress in Washington. Thomas has made no secret of his dislike of past Supreme Court decisions written by other justices, including seminal opinions about abortion rights, press freedoms and a defendant's right to a lawyer. On Monday, he turned inward, focusing his criticism on a court opinion he wrote in 2005 defending the power of federal administrative agencies. Thomas' evolving views about federal agencies is part of a growing conservative movement to rein in the powers of the bureaucracy.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
February 24, 2020 - 9:36 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Clarence Thomas has made no secret of his dislike of past Supreme Court decisions written by other justices, including seminal opinions about abortion rights, press freedoms and a defendant's right to a lawyer. On Monday, the 71-year-old justice turned inward, focusing his...
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