In recent months, several cities and states have passed measures to strengthen protections for pregnant workers. But the way in which these laws passed—with overwhelming, bipartisan support—may be almost as notable as what they will do.
Senior political reporter Andrea Grimes traveled to McAllen’s Whole Woman’s clinic, one of the last abortion clinics in the Rio Grande Valley, for a candlelight vigil marking the closure of a building where Texans have gone for safe, legal abortion care since Roe v. Wade.
The Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled this week that the state’s “Peeping Tom” law designed to prevent voyeurism does not apply to taking pictures up a woman’s skirt. In response, the state legislature has pushed through an anti-”upskirting” law with lightning speed.
Attorneys for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Center for Reproductive Rights have challenged a new regulation they argue threatens to make medication abortion unavailable in the state.
A bill that would make it a separate crime to kill or injure a fetus in crimes committed against a pregnant woman passed the Florida House Judiciary Committee on Monday, and now heads to a vote on the house floor.
After six hours of, at times, heated and racially charged debate Tuesday, the Alabama house passed four bills restricting abortion, the most severe of which would ban abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected and with no exceptions for rape or incest.
HB 1180 would mandate that CPCs that wish to be registered as “pregnancy help centers” in the state cannot “place children for adoption,” either directly or indirectly, such as by referring women to outside agencies that handle adoptions.
If SB 98 becomes law, Georgia will become the 25th state to forbid health plans on the insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act from covering abortion care.
A South Carolina house committee has passed a budget that includes fiscal punishment for two state-funded schools that assigned “gay-themed” books to students.
Friday’s ruling leaves in place a new ordinance that creates buffer zones at entrances to health-care facilities in the city while a legal challenge to its constitutionality moves forward.