Abortion controversy

Dr.Colleen McNicholas, chief medical officer at Planned Parenthood, holds a plastic cannula, a piece of equipment Planned Parenthood uses during abortion procedures, as she answers questions by Planned Parenthood attorney Richard Muniz on the third day of hearings between Planned Parenthood and Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services on whether Planned Parenthood can keep its abortion license on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, in St. Louis. (Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)
October 30, 2019 - 8:39 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The top doctor at Missouri's sole abortion clinic on Wednesday defended its handling of four patients who faced complications — women whose care has been cited by the state as it seeks to revoke the clinic's license. The testimony from Dr. Colleen McNicholas at a hearing that could...
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Sreenivasa Rao Dandamudi, left, commissioner of the Missouri Administrative Hearing Commission, listens as Dr. Randall Williams, director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, answers questions from Assistant Missouri Attorney General John Sauer on the second day of hearings between Planned Parenthood and Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, at the Wainwright State Office Building in St. Louis. At stake is whether Planned Parenthood will keep its abortion license. (Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)
October 29, 2019 - 6:18 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri's health department director on Tuesday said he tracked the menstrual cycles of Planned Parenthood patients as part of an effort to identify what the agency says were "failed abortions" at a St. Louis clinic. Department of Health and Senior Services Director Randall...
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FILE-In this Wednesday, May 15, 2019 file photo released by the state shows Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signing a bill that virtually outlaws abortion in the state, in Montgomery, Ala. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, has blocked an Alabama abortion ban that would have made the procedure a felony at any stage of pregnancy in almost all cases. (Hal Yeager/Alabama Governor's Office via AP, File)
October 29, 2019 - 2:07 pm
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday blocked Alabama's near-total abortion ban from taking effect next month and called the law — part of a wave of new abortion restrictions by conservative states — clearly unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson issued a preliminary...
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FILE - This Nov. 4, 2015, file photo, provided by the Ohio House of Representatives, shows Ohio state Rep. Niraj Antani, a Republican who represents Ohio's 42nd District. Conservatives in states including Wyoming, Utah and Ohio vowed Monday to keep pushing for state-level death-penalty repeal even as U.S. officials move toward resuming federal executions. "Even the chance of someone being put to death who could be innocent, I believe, for pro-life people across the country, is enough to oppose the death penalty," said Rep. Antani, of Miamisburg, Ohio. (Mike Elicson/Ohio House of Representatives via AP, File)
October 28, 2019 - 8:16 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Conservatives in states including Wyoming, Utah and Ohio vowed Monday to keep pushing for the repeal of state-level death penalty sentences, even as U.S. officials move toward resuming federal executions. The national group Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty...
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FILE- In this file photo from Friday, June 28, 2019, Ashlyn Myers of the Coalition for Life St. Louis waves to a Planned Parenthood staff member. The fate of Missouri's only abortion clinic is at stake starting Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, when a member of the state's Administrative Hearing Commission will begin hearing arguments over whether the clinic can keep its abortion license. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP, File)
October 28, 2019 - 12:24 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Patient safety at Missouri's only abortion clinic is the point of contention at a state administrative hearing that will decide if the clinic can remain open. Opening statements and testimony began Monday before a commissioner with the Missouri Administrative Hearing Commission. At...
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FILE - This Sept. 17, 2014, file photo, shows Dr. Ulrich Klopfer. Questions about what motivated the enigmatic abortion doctor to keep over 2,000 fetal remains at his Chicago-area home may never be fully answered. The remains were discovered stacked in his garage after Klopfer died at 79 on Sept. 3. (South Bend Tribune via AP, File)
October 25, 2019 - 12:33 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Dr. Ulrich Klopfer competed so avidly in the 1970s to perform the most abortions each day at a Chicago clinic that it was said he would set his coffee aside, jump to his feet in the break room and rush to the operating table whenever his chief rival in the macabre derby walked by...
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FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2019, file photo, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards acknowledges his supporters as he comes out onstage for a debate with Eddie Rispone and Republican Rep. Ralph Abraham in Baton Rouge, La. Angry callers flooded Edwards’ office with opposition during debate over an abortion ban the Democrat supported, threatening to withhold support for his reelection bid. Months later, Edwards is hoping outrage over the ban on abortion as early as six weeks of pregnancy won’t damage support from his Democratic base as voters make decisions in Saturday’s election on Oct. 12. (Bill Feig/The Advocate via AP, Pool, File)
October 10, 2019 - 10:17 am
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — At the height of Louisiana's debate over a strict new abortion ban, phone calls poured into Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards' office, from people urging him to jettison the measure and threatening to withhold votes for his reelection bid as he signed the new law. So many...
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FILE - In this June 20, 2019 file photo, The Supreme Court is seen under stormy skies in Washington. The Supreme Court is adding an abortion case to its busy election-year docket. The justices have agreed to take up a Louisiana law that could leave the state with just one clinic. The justices won’t hear arguments until the winter. A decision is likely to come by the end of June. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
October 04, 2019 - 11:29 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed Friday to plunge into the abortion debate in the midst of the 2020 presidential campaign, taking on a Louisiana case that could reveal how willing the more conservative court is to chip away at abortion rights. The justices will examine a Louisiana law...
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FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2019 file photo, an abortion opponent sings to herself outside the Jackson Womens Health Organization clinic in Jackson, Miss. Three judges from a conservative federal appeals court are hearing arguments, Monday, Oct. 7, over a Mississippi law that would ban most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed the law in 2018, the state’s only abortion clinic immediately sued and U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves blocked the law from taking effect. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
October 03, 2019 - 9:45 am
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Noisy conflict is common outside Mississippi’s only abortion clinic, with protesters sometimes using bullhorns to amplify their voices and the clinic itself blaring music to keep patients from hearing the protesters. Owners of nearby businesses say the commotion is a headache...
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September 30, 2019 - 10:23 pm
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday upheld a Virginia law requiring women to undergo an ultrasound and wait at least 24 hours before having an abortion, as well as the state's "physician-only law" barring nurse practitioners and physician's assistants from performing abortions. The...
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