I know firsthand that for many people, poverty is often related to a lack of access to basic health care, including abortion. This growing burden, carried primarily by poor people, is a blind spot for many legislatures and courts around the country.
An Ohio abortion clinic will remain open despite an almost yearlong effort by anti-choice state officials to shutter its doors, thanks to a county judge’s ruling on Friday that the state’s abortion clinic licensing laws are unconstitutional.
Ohio senators on Thursday dealt a blow to abortion access in the state with the approval of a budget amendment that advocates say is designed to force the closure of at least one clinic.
Following three days of hearings, a man with connections to a local anti-choice group was sentenced on Thursday to five years in prison for vandalizing a Kalispell, Montana reproductive health-care facility in 2014.
Republicans in the Maine legislature are pushing forward a TRAP bill that would task the state Department of Health and Human Services with creating new licensing requirements targeting abortion clinics across the state.
Virginia abortion clinics don’t have to comply with the harsh targeted regulation of abortion providers (TRAP) regulation under review by the state, according to a decision passed down by state Attorney General Mark Herring.
The Roberts Court could decide in May to take up a Mississippi law designed to close the state’s only abortion clinic.
The amendment to the Minnesota Health and Human Services omnibus bill was defeated in the state senate by a 32-29 vote, mostly along partisan lines, with four anti-choice Democrats joining Republicans in supporting the measure.
A federal court in Pennsylvania was the first to uphold an abortion clinic buffer zone ordinance since the Supreme Court called into question the constitutionality of similar laws last summer.
Friday’s ruling means that, for now, women in the Cincinnati area will not be forced to potentially travel out of state for abortion care.