Through the first six months of 2015, states enacted 51 new abortion restrictions; this brings the number of restrictions enacted since 2010 to 282.
The unanimous ruling protects a practice designed to improve abortion access in rural parts of the state.
An Arkansas nurse has been criminally charged with performing an unlicensed abortion, a class D felony punishable with up to six years in prison and a fine as much as $10,000.
Lawmakers in the Kansas house approved a bill Saturday making a technical change to a GOP law banning telemedicine abortion care. Supporters hope the legislative “fix” will end an injunction imposed by a state court.
On the last day of the legislative session Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock vetoed several bills, including House Majority Leader Keith Regier (R-Kalispell)’s HB 587.
The president of Planned Parenthood of Montana has said the bill would restrict abortion access in a state that has a large rural population.
An Idaho senate committee on Monday approved a proposal that would effectively ban telemedicine abortion in the state, sending the bill to the full senate for amendment.
Telemedicine abortion care isn’t available in Arkansas, but a state representative told local media the law would “stop it before it starts.”
Idaho legislators have introduced a bill that would effectively ban the use of telemedicine to provide medication abortions to women who have limited access to reproductive health care.
Anti-choice lawmakers in Iowa, after a relatively quiet year in 2014, appear to be preparing for an active 2015 legislative session.