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U.S. Department of Justice investigating fetal tissue transfers

(Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice asked on Thursday for documents related to a Senate committee's report on the transfer of fetal tissue by abortion provider Planned Parenthood, according to a letter seen by Reuters.

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U.S. Department of Justice seeks documents on fetal tissue transfers

(Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice sent a letter on Thursday, seen by Reuters, seeking documents related to a Senate committee's report on the transfer of fetal tissue by abortion provider Planned Parenthood.

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House Republican Trent Franks Plans to Resign

Mr. Franks, who made his name with strident social conservatism and adamant opposition to abortion in all forms, would be the third lawmaker to step down from office this week.

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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: When the Truth Is Unconstitutional

The Supreme Court takes up regulated speech in doctors’ offices, an issue that cuts both ways in the context of abortion.

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Why they're telling the world about their stillborn daughter

Complications emerged in a Kentucky couple's pregnancy as a new law there banned abortions at 20 weeks. They had to decide: Schedule an abortion, or wait for a miscarriage.

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How Ireland Moved to the Left: ‘The Demise of the Church’

In recent years, the one-time bastion of Catholic conservatism has moved left on same-sex marriage and gay rights, and is poised to repeal a constitutional ban on abortion.

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Lawsuit seeks to block Illinois abortion coverage expansion

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Abortion opponents in Illinois filed a lawsuit on Thursday to block a recently approved law expanding state-funded coverage of abortions for low-income Medicaid recipients and state workers.

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Analysis: What this conservative activist doesn't get about the media

As someone who spent a decade working in The Washington Post newsroom, I could have told James O'Keefe that his attempt to trick Post reporters into running a made-up story about Roy Moore forcing a woman to have an abortion -- and capture those same reporters saying bad things about the Alabama Republican Senate candidate (and Donald Trump) -- was never going to work.

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South Korea to review whether or not to abolish anti-abortion law

SEOUL (Reuters) - The South Korean president's office said on Sunday that it will begin a review on the country's 64-year-old law to ban abortion.

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Judge strikes down Texas abortion ban

A federal judge has struck down Texas' ban on a common second-trimester abortion procedure.

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U.S. judge strikes down Texas measure to limit second-trimester abortions

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. district judge on Wednesday struck down parts of a Texas law that would ban the most common type of second-trimester abortions in the state, after plaintiffs argued the procedure was safe, legal and necessary for women's health.

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U.S. judge strikes down Texas law to limit second-trimester abortions

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. district judge in Austin on Wednesday struck down parts of a Texas law that would restrict the most common type of second-trimester abortions in the state, after plaintiffs argued the procedure was safe, legal and necessary for women's health.

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Judge strikes down Texas law to limit second-trimester abortions

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. district judge in Austin on Wednesday struck down parts of a Texas law that would restrict the most common type of second-trimester abortions in the state, after plaintiffs argued the procedure is safe, legal and necessary for women's health.

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Fighting Gay Rights and Abortion With the First Amendment

Alliance Defending Freedom has had some notable victories. Now it hopes to persuade the Supreme Court to blunt the sweep of its ruling enshrining same-sex marriage into law.

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U.N. calls on El Salvador to stop jailing women for abortion

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - El Salvador should apply a moratorium on laws that punish women with harsh jail terms for having an abortion while it reviews cases of those already incarcerated in the socially conservative Central American country, a top U.N. official said Friday.

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Philippines reallows contraceptive devices after certifying them safe

MANILA (Reuters) - The Roman Catholic-majority Philippines will reallow the use of contraceptive implants after certifying 51 drugs and devices safe and not the cause of abortions, the health department announced on Thursday.

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How one state could become the first with no abortion clinics

Dona Wells vividly remembers when abortions were illegal. When women had little choice after their contraceptive failed.

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First Amendment case may become proxy for abortion rights at Supreme Court

In announcing plans to take up a challenge to California law that requires anti-abortion pregnancy centers to post information about low-cost abortion services, the Supreme Court will return to familiar yet rocky ground pitting speech rights against abortion rights. Such cases turning on the First Amendment sometimes become proxies for the larger, enduring fight over a woman's right to end a pregnancy.

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U.S. top court to hear fight over California pregnancy center law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether a California law requiring private facilities that counsel pregnant women against abortion to post signs telling clients how to get state-funded abortions and contraceptives violates free speech rights.

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Justices Take Cases on Free Speech at Pregnancy Centers and Polling Places

One case asks whether centers operated by abortion opponents must provide information on the procedure. The other is on political apparel at polling places.

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Supreme Court takes up First Amendment challenge to California abortion law

The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to take up a First Amendment challenge to a California law that requires licensed pregnancy centers to disseminate information about the availability of state run programs that provide abortions.

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U.S. top court to hear dispute over California pregnancy center law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether a California law requiring private facilities that counsel pregnant women against abortion to post signs telling clients how to get state-funded abortions and contraceptives violates free speech rights.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Abortion in Italy, a Right Wronged

Why do 7 out of 10 Italian gynecologists refuse to terminate pregnancies when the procedure is legal?

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Op-Ed Contributor: Facebook Is Ignoring Anti-Abortion Fake News

The social media platform has become a hub for rampant misinformation on reproductive rights.

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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: The Worrisome Future of Abortion Rights

The Justice Department is becoming an outpost of the National Right to Life Committee.

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Brazilian Congressional committee votes to ban all abortions

BRASILIA (Reuters) - A Congressional committee led by Evangelical Christians has voted to ban abortion in Brazil in all situations, including cases of rape and where the mother's life is in danger.

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Justice Department says it was misled by pregnant immigrant teen's lawyers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lawyers for a pregnant immigrant teenager, who successfully fought a legal battle to have an abortion, misled the Justice Department over the timing of the procedure, the government alleged in a court filing Friday.

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‘I’m Icing My Knee and I’m Hard Boiling Some Eggs’

Our top 10 comments of the week: Readers discussed Republicans breaking with Trump, Jane Doe’s abortion, and memories of Fats Domino.

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Federal judge strikes down two abortion restrictions in Alabama

(Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Thursday struck down two abortion restrictions in Alabama that limited how close clinics can be to public schools and banned a procedure used to terminate pregnancies in the second trimester.

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Undocumented Teenager Obtains Abortion After Court Victory

A 17-year-old from Central America who is in federal custody underwent the procedure a day after an appeals court said the government must permit it.

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Immigrant teenager at center of U.S. legal fight has abortion

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The 17-year-old illegal immigrant held in federal custody in Texas who the Trump administration had sought to block from having an abortion underwent the procedure on Wednesday, a day after a court overruled the government's objections, her lawyers said.

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‘Alias Grace’: 20 Years in the Making, but on TV at the Right Time

In Sarah Polley’s mini-series adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel, old issues of anti-immigrant sentiment, abortion and class warfare are suddenly new again.

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Iowa Supreme Court puts state's abortion waiting period on hold

(Reuters) - The Iowa Supreme Court has maintained a block on a three-day waiting period for women seeking an abortion until a legal challenge concludes, a decision cheered by abortion-rights advocates.

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Stricter Missouri abortion rules take effect after legal fight

(Reuters) - New abortion regulations took effect on Tuesday in Missouri that critics argue will make it more difficult for women to access the procedure.

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U.S. court sides with illegal immigrant teen seeking an abortion

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A 17-year-old illegal immigrant in federal custody in Texas can have an abortion immediately despite the objections of President Donald Trump's administration, a U.S. appeals court decided on Tuesday in a ruling spearheaded by Democratic-appointed judges.

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U.S. Must Let Undocumented Teenager Get an Abortion, Appeals Court Says

The court ruled that the administration cannot block a pregnant 17-year-old from Central America, who is in federal custody in Texas, from obtaining an abortion.

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Appeals court paves way for undocumented teen's abortion

A US appeals cleared the way on Tuesday for an undocumented teen in detention in Texas to end her pregnancy against the objections of the Trump administration.

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U.S. court paves way for illegal immigrant teen to have abortion

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday ruled that a 17-year-old illegal immigrant in federal custody in Texas should be able to obtain an abortion immediately despite the objections of President Donald Trump's administration.

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UK Supreme Court hears attempt to change Northern Ireland abortion law

LONDON (Reuters) - An attempt to change the law in Northern Ireland to allow abortions in cases of rape, incest or serious malformation of the fetus started in the UK Supreme Court on Tuesday with harrowing accounts of women's experiences.

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First major abortion battle of Trump era may head to SCOTUS

The case of a pregnant migrant teen held in Texas and blocked by the Trump administration from obtaining an abortion may be heading toward a point of no return.

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Attempt to loosen Northern Ireland abortion law reaches UK Supreme Court

LONDON (Reuters) - An attempt to change the law in Northern Ireland to allow abortions in cases of rape, incest or serious malformation of the fetus reaches the UK Supreme Court on Tuesday after years of legal wrangling.

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Undocumented 17-Year-Old Must Delay Abortion, Court Rules

The ruling, which gave the federal government 11 days to find a sponsor to take custody of the teenager, could put her health at risk, doctors said.

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Editorial: Abortion Ideologues Subvert a Woman’s Rights

With an argument as weak as it is brazen, the administration is fighting an undocumented immigrant who wants to end her pregnancy.

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Court delays undocumented teen's abortion

A federal appeals court Friday ruled that an undocumented teenage immigrant held in detention in Texas may obtain an abortion, but it delayed the process, giving the Trump administration 11 days to find a sponsor to take custody of the girl beforehand.

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U.S. court blocks immigrant teen's bid to obtain abortion

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Friday prevented a pregnant teen detained by the government as an illegal immigrant from immediately obtaining an abortion while leaving open the possibility that she could undergo the procedure within days.

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U.S. court hears arguments over immigrant detainee's abortion access

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. attorney told a federal appeals court on Friday that the government had no obligation to facilitate an abortion for a 17-year-old detained as an illegal immigrant in Texas, but a lawyer for the teen argued she has a constitutional right to receive the procedure.

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U.S. Must Allow Undocumented 17-Year-Old to Have Abortion, Judge Says

Lawyers for the teenager accused federal officials of blocking her access to an abortion by not letting her leave a Texas shelter.

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Judge orders government to allow teen immigrant's abortion

A federal judge has ordered the government to allow a pregnant undocumented teen immigrant in detention in Texas to get an abortion after the Trump administration denied her access to one.

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U.S. congressman to resign after report alleged he asked woman to have an abortion

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republican Representative Tim Murphy will resign from Congress on Oct. 21, House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Thursday, following a report alleging that Murphy had asked a woman with whom he was having an affair to get an abortion.

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Conservative Pennsylvania Congressman Resigns Amid Abortion Scandal

Representative Tim Murphy said he would step down this month, after a backlash over reports that he encouraged his lover to consider terminating a pregnancy.

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What women's lives are like when abortion is a crime

During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump famously said that there should be "some form of punishment" for abortion. Although he later tried to walk these remarks back, he and his mostly male fellow Republicans have quietly been making headway since he took office on an agenda to make sure women have as few options as possible for reproductive choice and education, including limited access to birth control and the preventative care offered by Planned Parenthood.

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G.O.P. Congressman to Retire After Reports He Asked Woman to Have Abortion

Representative Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania said he would not run for re-election next year after reports that he encouraged his lover to consider terminating a pregnancy.

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Opinion: Congressman's unbearable hypocrisy on abortion

When is abortion OK even for the most vociferous pro-lifer? When that person needs one, of course.

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Anti-abortion lawmaker, who reportedly urged abortion, won't seek reelection

Rep. Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania will not seek reelection at the end of his term, his office confirmed on Wednesday.

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Irish PM prefers May abortion referendum to maximize student vote

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said he would prefer to hold a referendum on easing the country's abortion laws next May in June in order to maximize the number of students who can vote.

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Anti-abortion congressman urged woman get an abortion, text messages suggest

Rep. Tim Murphy, a Pennsylvania Republican with a staunchly anti-abortion voting record, urged a woman he was having an affair with to get an abortion, according to messages obtained by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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How far US women travel for an abortion

For most women, access to reproductive and sexual health services is crucial to well-being. A new study highlights the difficulties surrounding access to one aspect of health care -- abortion services -- faced by women in some areas of the United States.

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ACLU sues over FDA restrictions on abortion pill access

(Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on Tuesday seeking to challenge U.S. Food and Drug Administration restrictions that limit the ability of women to access the so-called abortion pill.

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Poles dressed in black march in defense of women's rights

WARSAW (Reuters) - Several thousand Poles dressed in black marched through city streets in Poland on Tuesday in defense of women's rights, on the first anniversary of mass protests against a planned near-total ban on abortion.

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House to vote on abortion ban after 20 weeks of pregnancy

The House of Representatives will vote Tuesday on legislation that would criminalize abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, with exceptions for instances where the life of the mother is at risk and in cases involving rape or incest.

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Thousands Rally in Dublin Against Ireland’s Abortion Ban

This year’s march occurred just days after the government announced that a referendum on the nation’s abortion law would be held next year.

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Tens of thousands march for abortion rights in Ireland

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people marched in Dublin on Saturday to demand the loosening of some of the strictest abortion laws in the world ahead of a 2018 referendum on the issue.

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Illinois Republican governor signs controversial abortion bill

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Illinois Republican Governor Bruce Rauner signed a controversial bill into law on Thursday to expand state-funded coverage of abortions for low-income residents on Medicaid and state employees.

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WHO reports 25 million unsafe abortions a year; expert sees higher risk from U.S. cutbacks

(The Sept. 27 story corrects headline to attribute risk factor to expert, not WHO)

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Federal court strikes down abortion ultrasound law in Kentucky

(Reuters) - A federal court struck down a law in Kentucky on Wednesday that requires women seeking an abortion to first undergo an ultrasound and hear a description of the embryo or fetus.

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Kentucky's pre-abortion ultrasound requirement struck down

A Kentucky federal judge struck down an anti-abortion law that required women to receive an ultrasound before they can legally have an abortion.

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WHO reports 25 million unsafe abortions a year, sees higher risk from U.S. cutbacks

GENEVA (Reuters) - Nearly half of the estimated 56 million abortions performed worldwide every year are unsafe and women in poor countries face even higher risks due to U.S. funding cuts to family planning programs abroad, health experts said on Thursday.

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Nearly half of abortions unsafe, study says

Dr. Lisa Haddad remembers the women's faces clearly.

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Ireland to Hold Abortion Referendum Next Year

Voters will be asked to lift or ease the bitterly contested constitutional prohibition.

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Ireland's restrictive abortion laws to be put to a vote

The Irish government announced Tuesday that a referendum on the country's abortion laws -- some of Europe's most restrictive -- will be held next year.

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Ireland set to vote on loosening abortion laws in May or June

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland plans to hold a referendum next May or June on whether it should loosen some of the strictest abortion laws in the world, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Tuesday.

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Where Trump’s Hands-Off Approach to Governing Does Not Apply

Social conservatives are enjoying clout in Washington as they secure new policies on gays, guns and abortion. Some civil servants have left as a result.

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Fate of Kentucky's last abortion clinic goes to judge

(Reuters) - The fate of Kentucky's last remaining abortion clinic is in the hands of a federal judge following a three-day trial that could make it the first U.S. state without a single clinic.

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Abortion via telemedicine as safe as seeing doctor in person

(Reuters Health) - Though 18 states insist that doctors see abortion patients in person, new research shows that medication abortion is just as safe when doctors guide patients in the use of abortion-inducing drugs using remote video technology.

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Fight to keep state's last abortion clinic underway

The last abortion clinic in Kentucky is fighting to stay open.

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Kentucky trial could make state first in U.S. with no abortion clinic

(Reuters) - Kentucky's "unapologetically pro-life" governor and the state's last abortion clinic will square off on Wednesday in a federal courtroom in a case that could make it the first U.S. state without an abortion provider.

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Texas Abortion Restriction Is Temporarily Blocked

A federal judge ruled that opponents of the law, which would restrict the most common type of second-trimester abortion, were likely to succeed in court.

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Texas law banning second-trimester abortion procedure delayed by federal judge

(Reuters) - A Texas law restricting a second-trimester abortion technique, initially due to take effect on Friday, was put on hold for two weeks pending a court hearing on a challenge to the legislation, a federal judge in Austin, Texas, ruled.

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South Carolina governor bans public funding for abortion

(Reuters) - South Carolina's governor has ordered a ban on all state funding for abortion providers in a move Planned Parenthood on Friday called "political" and an attack on patients' access to healthcare.

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Chile court ruling ends abortion ban; new law allows in limited cases

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - A Chilean court on Monday ruled that a law legalizing abortion in certain cases is constitutional, a win for President Michelle Bachelet's center-left coalition and for groups that have campaigned for years against the country's strict ban.

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Indian Girl, 10, Who Was Raped and Denied an Abortion Gives Birth

The girl, who had been raped by an uncle, was told that she had a kidney stone that needed removal. She was under anesthesia while a cesarean section was performed.

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Ten-year-old rape victim gives birth in India

A ten-year old rape victim who was denied an abortion has given birth in northern India.

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U.S. court rules Arkansas can block Planned Parenthood funding

(Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday reversed a ruling that prevented Arkansas from cutting off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood following the release of controversial videos secretly recorded by an anti-abortion group.

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Texas governor signs bill to limit insurance coverage for abortions

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The Republican governor of Texas signed into law on Tuesday a measure that will restrict insurance coverage for abortions, compelling women to buy a supplemental plan if they want coverage for the procedure.

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Abortion after-care costs driven up by scarcity of nearby clinics

(Reuters Health) - The absence of a nearby abortion clinic drives up healthcare costs, a study of California's poor has found.

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Can the Abortion Pill Be Reversed?

Through two women’s stories of unplanned pregnancy, we look at an unproven treatment to stop a medication abortion after it’s begun.

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Texas bill restricting insurance coverage for abortions nears approval

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A Texas bill that would restrict insurance coverage for abortions was approved by the state's Republican-controlled House of Representatives on Wednesday, a move critics called cruel and damaging to women's health.

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Democrats' disastrous mistake on abortion

The chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Ben Ray Luján, said in an interview this week that his party intended to support candidates who can win, regardless of their position on abortion rights.

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Chile's Congress eases strict abortion ban, court battle awaits

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile's Congress approved late on Wednesday night a bill that legalizes abortion in certain cases, though it will still need to win the approval of the nation's courts to go into effect.

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Arkansas limits on abortion pill can proceed: appeals court

(Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court ruled on Friday that an Arkansas law restricting the use of the so-called abortion pill could proceed, overturning a lower court's decision in 2015 that blocked the law a day before it was to go into effect.

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U.S. appeals court ends block on Arkansas abortion pill law

(Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court ruled on Friday that an Arkansas law restricting the use of the so-called abortion pill could proceed, overturning a lower court's decision in 2015 that blocked the law a day before it was to go into effect.

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U.S. abortion support groups put on more public face

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (Reuters) - Patricia Canon drives poor rural Kentucky women to distant abortion clinics each week, part of a national army of volunteers who are growing bolder even as abortion foes ratchet up opposition to the activists they have branded as "accomplices to murder."

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Bid to ease Chile's abortion ban hits roadblock

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile's Chamber of Deputies fell one vote short of passing the Senate version of a bill easing the country's strict abortion law, a surprise setback to President Michelle Bachelet and abortion rights advocates.

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Abortion rights groups sue Texas to block procedure ban

(Reuters) - Abortion rights groups filed a lawsuit on Thursday seeking to block a Texas law that bans the most common method of second-trimester abortion which critics argue erodes women's rights.

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Feature: A New Front in the War Over Reproductive Rights: ‘Abortion-Pill Reversal’

A San Diego doctor claims his injection can save a fetus after a medication abortion has already begun — the latest attempt by abortion foes to create a narrative of regret.

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Swedish aid agency to halt funds for supporters of U.S. anti-abortion 'gag rule'

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden's international aid agency is set to halt funding for sexual and reproductive health programs of organizations which acquiesce in President Donald Trump's ban on federal funding for foreign groups providing abortions or abortion support.

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France pays tribute to Veil, Holocaust survivor and women's rights icon

PARIS (Reuters) - France paid homage on Wednesday to Simone Veil, who survived the Nazi death camps and went on to make her mark in the male-dominated world of French politics by championing the legalization of abortion as health minister in the 1970s.

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Simone Veil, Ex-Minister Who Wrote France’s Abortion Law, Dies at 89

An Auschwitz survivor, Mrs. Veil was a vocal advocate for women’s rights who served as health minister and later as president of the European Parliament.

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French Holocaust survivor and pro-abortion campaigner Simone Veil dies at 89

PARIS (Reuters) - Simone Veil, a French politician and Holocaust survivor who secured the legalization of abortion in France in the 1970s, died at her home in Paris on Friday, her family said. She was 89 years old.

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Judge halts Indiana abortion law targeting minors

(Reuters) - Indiana may appeal a U.S. court ruling that blocked parts of the state's latest abortion law that critics said would deter girls under 18 who lacked parent approval from getting an abortion, the state attorney general's office said on Thursday.