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Iowa Court Allows Remote Dispensing Of Abortion Pill

The Iowa Supreme Court has struck down a restriction that would have prevented doctors from administering abortion-inducing pills remotely via video teleconferencing, saying it would have placed an undue burden on a woman’s right to get an abortion.

06/19/2015

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Session 2015: Where Issues Stand With Special Session Done

The Legislature wrapped up its 2015 work in a flurry, with lawmakers working nearly a month late to finalize a $42 billion budget. Here’s a look at some of the state’s new laws, some that failed, and what may be on the horizon.

06/15/2015

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Gov. Walker Backs 20-Week Abortion Ban With Or Without Exemption

Gov. Scott Walker says he will sign a 20-week abortion ban whether or not it includes an exemption for cases of rape or incest. Walker was asked Monday about the bill following a speech at a Boys and Girls Club event in Delavan.

06/01/2015

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Public Hearing Tuesday On 20-Week Abortion Ban In Wis.

A public hearing has been set on a fast-tracked Republican proposal in the Wisconsin Legislature that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

05/27/2015

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Health Care Debate Wades Into Abortion Restrictions

House Republicans are moving to license Minnesota abortion providers and ban taxpayer dollars for paying for the procedure. The Republican-controlled House added both provisions to a health care budget bill on the floor Tuesday night. A handful of Democrats joined Republicans to approve the changes.

04/28/2015

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Session 2015: Lawmakers Have Lots Left To Tackle After Break

The Legislature has reached its spring break before grinding its way to the May 18 mandatory adjournment. Once lawmakers return in early April they’ll concentrate on shaping a new two-year budget, but there’s much more hanging in the balance. Here’s a look at where many issues stand.

03/28/2015

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Abortion Issue Clouds Fate Of Trafficking Bill

Bipartisan legislation to crack down on human trafficking turned unexpectedly controversial Tuesday because of a Republican-backed provision relating to abortion that Democrats said they failed to notice. Democrats privately conceded they lack the votes to strip out the abortion provision, and some lawmakers suggested they would attempt to prevent a final vote on the entire measure instead.

03/10/2015

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Republican House Helping Abortion Opponents Make Case

Republican control of the Minnesota House is helping abortion opponents make their case this year. A House health committee on Wednesday passed a bill to end state funding for abortions. Another bill passed would require licensure for abortion clinics.

03/04/2015

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Abortion Opponents: House Republicans Could Help The Cause

Abortion opponents say a new Republican majority in the Minnesota House could help them out this year. They’re undeterred by a governor who says he doesn’t see himself signing any new abortion restrictions. Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life has three legislative priorities this year.

01/22/2015

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Wis. Gov. Walker Outlines Abortion, Gay Marriage Positions

Republican Gov. Scott Walker hasn’t said much publicly about his positions on abortion or gay marriage, but he proudly trumpets his stances on both issues in a letter to a conservative group whose endorsement he wants. In the Sept. 5 letter to Wisconsin Family Action, Walker says he passed legislation that gives women seeking abortions more information and health protection and that he cut off state funding for abortion providers.

10/21/2014

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Wis. Battle Of Abortion-Themed License Plates Continues

Two weeks after Republicans who control the state Assembly voted to create anti-abortion license plates that say “Choose Life,” Democrats have introduced a proposal to create plates that say “Support Planned Parenthood.”

11/26/2013

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Defense: Death Of Fetus Was Abortion, Not Murder

The attorney for an Apple Valley man accused of killing his pregnant wife argues the death of the 15-week-old fetus was an abortion, not murder. Dakota County prosecutors say Roger Holland strangled 37-year-old Margorie Holland at their townhouse last March.

10/22/2013

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Federal Judge Delays North Dakota Abortion Law

A federal judge on Monday temporarily blocked a new North Dakota law that bans abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected — as early as six weeks into pregnancy, calling the law “clearly invalid and unconstitutional.”

07/22/2013

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Judge Won’t Lift Block On Wis. Abortion Law

A federal judge has refused to lift a temporary stay on a crucial section of a new Wisconsin abortion law. The language requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

07/17/2013

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Gov. Walker Signs Abortion Bill Requiring Ultrasound

Gov. Scott Walker quietly signed a contentious Republican bill Friday that would require women seeking abortions to undergo an ultrasound and ban doctors who lack admitting privileges at nearby hospitals from performing the procedures. Opponents contend legislators shouldn’t force women to undergo any medical procedure and the bill will force at least two abortion clinics where providers lack admitting privileges to shut their doors. The Republican-controlled Legislature passed the bill in mid-June. Walker, a Republican, could have chosen to sign it at any time since then but decided to do it on Friday in the middle of the long 4th of July holiday weekend. The measure’s opponents accused him of trying to bury news of the signing.

07/05/2013

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Number Of Abortions Performed In Minn. Drops Again

The number of abortions performed in Minnesota has dropped again. New figures from the Minnesota Department of Health show the number of abortions performed in Minnesota dropped from just over 11,000 in 2011 to about 10,700 in 2012, for a decrease of 370.

07/02/2013

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Minn. House Backs Abortion Clinic Licensing, Fee

The Minnesota House has voted to require clinics that perform abortions to pay new yearly license fees and undergo special inspections.

04/22/2013

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Sex-Ed Amendment Struck From ND Abortion Bill

North Dakota lawmakers negotiating final details of an anti-abortion measure killed an amendment Tuesday that threatened a three-year, $1.2 million federal sex education grant for North Dakota State University.

04/02/2013

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Minn. Health Care Exchange Heads For Final Votes

The Minnesota House is preparing for what could be its final vote on a bill creating an health insurance exchange, but the debate could steer into abortion politics.

03/14/2013

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SD House Panel Approves Longer Abortion Wait

A bill that could require some women seeking abortions to wait longer after first seeing a doctor was approved Friday by a South Dakota House committee after supporters said women need time to reflect and seek counseling before ending a pregnancy.

02/15/2013

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Iowa GOP Lawmakers Back Bill Restricting Abortions

Republican lawmakers are introducing legislation that would outlaw abortion and allow prosecution of doctors in Iowa.

02/06/2013

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Woman’s Sign At Capitol Rally: ‘I Had An Abortion And I Regret It’

Colleen Tronson held a sign on the Capitol steps on Tuesday saying “I had an abortion and I regret it” as part of the anti-abortion rally.

01/22/2013

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Minn. Seeks To Dismiss Anti-Abortion Lawsuit

A state agency has asked a court to throw out a lawsuit alleging that Minnesota taxpayers have been wrongfully charged for more than 37,000 abortions on indigent women since 1999.

12/19/2012

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Opinion: Brain Dead Politics In Virginia

Ken Cuccinelli aspires to be the next governor of Virginia after spending four years trying to deny women’s health care rights, blocking Obamacare and forcing his ideology and personal beliefs on the Commonwealth of Virginia.

11/28/2012

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Lawsuit: Minnesota Improperly Pays For Abortions

A conservative legal group has filed a lawsuit alleging that Minnesota taxpayers are being wrongfully charged for elective abortions.

11/28/2012

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