The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment ruled Wednesday it lacks the authority to investigate a complaint, filed by the ACLU of Colorado, alleging that a rural hospital illegally mandated a staff doctor not to discuss abortion with patients.
The bill does not explicitly recognize abortion rights, as another similar bill did, but it protects doctors from prosecution by repealing old criminal statutes.
The bill’s house passage comes three months after an Iowa judge blocked from going into effect a state medical board rule that would have banned the practice.
On Thursday, the Mississippi house passed a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks, without exceptions for rape or incest, even though the state’s only remaining abortion clinic only performs abortions up to 16 weeks.
Sanford Health has announced it’s credentialed physicians from the Red River Women’s Clinic, drawing a lawsuit over the constitutionality of North Dakota’s hospital admitting privileges requirement closer to an end.
Despite the 3-2 committee vote against the patient safety zone, it could still pass in a floor vote because of New Hampshire’s unusual legislative process.
An Oklahoma house committee has passed two bills that would further restrict access to safe, legal abortion in the state.
There is now proof positive that Byron Calhoun, an anti-choice doctor who has been influential in West Virginia politics, grossly overstated the number of abortion-related complications that are treated at Charleston Area Medical Center Women and Children’s Hospital in West Virginia each year.
For five years, Steven Massof worked with Kermit Gosnell, the rogue abortion doctor who earlier this year was convicted of first-degree murder for killing babies born alive in his West Philadelphia clinic. On Wednesday,
Massof was sentenced to six to 12 years for his role in the “house of horrors.”
RH Reality Check spoke with reproductive health-care professionals, including abortion providers, about their concerns regarding the vague language in the bill and how it could affect access to reproductive health care in the state.