Feb 2, 2014 — A reproductive health think tank says the recent surge of state laws intended to restrict the procedure is likely not the reason. Instead, it cites the economy and long-acting contraceptives. But there's also a wild card.
Jan 26, 2014 — Marlise Munoz, who was 14 weeks pregnant when she suffered a pulmonary embolism, was the subject of a weeks-long court battle.
Jan 17, 2014 — The state's controversial law required women who want to have an abortion to first have an ultrasound scan and have it described to them. A federal judge calls the law "an impermissible attempt to compel these providers to deliver the state's message in favor of childbirth and against abortion."
Jan 13, 2014 — Francis, who has been criticized by some conservative Catholics for not speaking out forcefully against abortion, said the practice is "horrific."
Jan 13, 2014 — With the high court refusing to hear the state's appeal, a lower court ruling striking down the ban remains.
Jan 4, 2014 — The 205 restrictions enacted between 2011 and 2013 outpaced the 189 enacted during the entire previous decade. Also, the number of U.S. states deemed by a leading reproductive rights group to be "hostile" to abortion rights continues to rise — from 13 states at the turn of the millennium to 27 today.
Dec 2, 2013 — A woman in Michigan says that a Catholic hospital failed to give her adequate health care when she came to the hospital after her water broke when she was 18 weeks pregnant. That has sparked a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union.
Nov 19, 2013 — Planned Parenthood and other opponents of the law had won an initial victory that was overturned days later by a U.S. Court of Appeals. Tuesday, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to allow Texas to keep enforcing the law during an ongoing court battle.
Nov 1, 2013 — Many health plans under the Affordable Care Act don't cover abortion. But people won't have an easy time figuring out which ones do and which ones don't. Even insurance brokers don't necessarily have that information. It's surfaced as yet another issue dogging the rollout of health exchanges.
Oct 31, 2013 — A panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals says the state can go ahead with implementing the new restrictions, which require abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their practice.