Science & Health
10:00 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Federal Appeals Court In New Orleans Considering Review Of Restrictive Texas Abortion Laws

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans is considering an appeal of Texas laws restricting access to abortions.

Covering the story for Houston Public Radio is health and science reporter Carrie Feibel.

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Latest News
7:32 am
Tue September 2, 2014

State Putting Abortion Restrictions On Hold

The Louisiana health department says it will follow a federal judge's order and refrain from immediately penalizing doctors who are trying to comply with a new abortion law.

U.S. District Judge John deGravelles issued a temporary restraining order late Sunday, blocking enforcement of a new law that took effect yesterday.

The law requires doctors at all five abortion clinics in Louisiana to obtain privileges to admit patients to a local hospital.

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Latest News
7:04 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Federal Judge Blocks Restrictive Louisiana Abortion Law

A federal judge has blocked a restrictive abortion law from taking effect in Louisiana. At issue is the requirement that doctors providing abortions to have admitting privileges at area hospitals.

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3:56 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Abortion Providers Face Looming Deadline for Admitting Privileges

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 6:47 am

A new law that could close every abortion clinic in south Louisiana goes into effect in less than three weeks, on Sept. 1. Clinics in Baton Rouge and New Orleans are fighting to stay open. 

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Latest News
7:44 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Louisiana Abortion Law May Not Be Affected By Appeals Court Ruling

The sponsor of a Louisiana law restricting abortions doesn’t believe it’s in jeopardy, despite a federal appeals court striking down a similar law in Mississippi.

The legislation requires doctors performing abortions to have hospital admitting privileges.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1 yesterday to overturn Mississippi's 2012 law, which would have closed the state's only abortion clinic.

The judges said every state must guarantee the right to an abortion.

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12:58 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Admitting Privilege Rules for Louisiana Abortion Providers Signed into Law

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 6:55 pm

Doctors providing abortions in Louisiana will need admitting privileges at a nearby hospital according to a law signed by Gov. Bobby Jindal Thursday. 

Supporters of Louisiana’s new law say it’s aimed at protecting a woman in the event something goes wrong with an abortion.  

Advocates for access say the requirements could lead to the closure of all the clinics providing abortions in Louisiana, except for two in north Louisiana whose doctors already have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. 

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3:02 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Louisiana Senate Approves House Abortion-Restriction Bill

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 4:44 pm

 With a 34 to 3 vote, the full Senate has approved HB 388, requiring doctors who perform any abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their practice.

“There are parts of the state where there is no hospital within 30 miles, period,” protested New Orleans Senator J.P. Morrell. “That would make it impossible for there to be procedures done in rural areas.”

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3:03 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Abortion Restrictions Advance in the House

Rep. Katrina Jackson (D-Monroe), center, and Louisiana Family Forum president Gene Mills, right.

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 4:38 pm

A bill that would impose tighter restrictions on abortion providers is headed to the House floor. Monroe Representative Katrina Jackson is the author of the measure, HB 388, which requires any doctor who performs more than five abortions annually to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of his or her practice. That rule is not just for those who perform surgical abortions, either. It’s required for doctors prescribing the so-called “abortion pill”, also known as RU-486.

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Election 2012
3:29 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Conservatives Vow To Maintain Anti-Abortion Fight

On Oct. 24, women backing President Obama protest outside a convention center in Reno, Nev., where Republican Mitt Romney was giving a campaign speech. Exit polls show significant support from women was a key factor in Obama's victory over Romney in Nevada.
Scott Sonner AP

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 11:47 am

In an election that highlighted the political divide over abortion, female voters turned out to be a key to victory for President Obama.

Public outcry over Republican Todd Akin's comments on "legitimate rape" ultimately gave Democrat Claire McCaskill a U.S. Senate victory in Missouri. And in Indiana, Republican Senate hopeful Richard Mourdock lost his race at least in part because of his comments about pregnancy resulting from rape.

The Republicans' comments pushed the abortion issue to the forefront — and also united and motivated abortion rights activists.

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Health Care
11:27 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Miss. Rep: Abortion Clinic Regulation Protects Women

Originally published on Tue July 10, 2012 11:42 am



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