Arizona Republican Gov. Jan Brewer signed a bill into law Tuesday approving surprise inspections at the nine abortion clinics located in the state.
"This legislation will ensure that the Arizona Department of Health Services has the authority to appropriately protect the health and safety of all patients," Andrew Wilder, a spokesman for Brewer, said in a statement after the governor signed the bill.
The bill, known as House Bill 2284, removes a section from state law that requires a judge to grant a warrant before a surprise inspection of an abortion clinic can take place. Proponents of the bill argued that because warrants are not required for other medical facility inspections in the state, abortion clinics should not require a warrant either. Eliminating the warrant requirement elevates abortion clinics to the same health code expectations as other medical facilities, supporters of HB 2284 argue. more >>
Colorado legislators are currently debating a controversial "reproductive health bill" that has attracted the attention of pro-life supporters in the state, including the Archbishop of Denver, who sent an open letter to dioceses this past Sunday encouraging Catholics to contact their congressperson or local media about their opposition to the bill.
The highly-debated piece of legislation is Senate Bill 175, also known as the "Reproduction Health Freedom Act." The legislation, described by some as the "anti-personhood bill," prohibits state or local governments from interfering with "reproductive health care," meaning "treatments related to services, procedures, supplies, products, devices, or information related to human sexuality, contraception, pregnancy, abortion, or assisted reproduction."
The bill also states that any newly enacted policies relating to reproductive health must be in line with "current evidence-based scientific data and medical consensus." more >>
"Teen Mom 2" star Kailyn Lowry is now the mother of two sons and is happily married to Javi Marroquin. However, it has not been an easy path to motherhood or marriage for the star, who has revealed that she had her first sexual experience when she was in the eighth grade and later went through a traumatizing abortion.
"I was too young to understand that I wasn't ready – physically or emotionally – for sex," Lowry writes in her new memoir, "Pride Over Pity." "I believed then that I had to have sex to keep up with my friends."
The 22-year-old lost her virginity when she was only in the eighth grade, a decision she now regrets. Just one year later, she was raped by a boyfriend when she was alone with him at his home. That experience, while traumatic enough, led to a heartbreaking decision and a terrifying abortion. more >>
The Alaska House recently passed legislation defining a "medically necessary" abortion, essentially placing limits on state funding for an abortion.
Those supporting the legislation, Senate Bill 49, argue that the bill does not discriminate against who may receive an abortion, but rather ensures that state funds are not used to pay for elective abortions through Medicaid. The bill passed the state's House by a 23 to 17 vote on Sunday evening.
Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, (R-Anchorage), who is sponsoring the House version of the bill, argued that the legislation's intent is not to limit abortion access, as some opponents of the bill argue that its purpose is to prevent low-income women from receiving the procedure. more >>
"Teen Mom 2" wrapped up its fifth season last night, and one of the most dramatic moments came when Jenelle Evans' boyfriend suggested that she get an abortion because their relationship was "unstable." As viewers know, Evans chose not to have an abortion and is expecting her second child any day now.
After a doctor's appointment, Jenelle's boyfriend Nathan Griffith tells her that there's a "90 percent" chance of them breaking up because they fight so much. He doesn't want to bring a child into that type of environment and suggests that Jenelle have an abortion because they are so "unstable." However, Jenelle counters that she is already 12 weeks along and it's too late for her to have an abortion.
It's an extremely emotional moment for Jenelle, who has already had one abortion because of an unplanned pregnancy with husband Courtland Rogers. She allegedly did not tell him about the pregnancy or abortion, but Jenelle insists that she told him it was in their best interest to have the procedure since he was in jail and they were planning to get divorced. It was a big deal for Jenelle, even though she had the full support of her mother, Barbara. more >>
Texas abortion providers filed a second lawsuit this week against the state's pro-life regulations passed in July 2013. The lawsuit was filed just one week after a three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld another provision of the state's omnibus abortion law already in effect.
The lawsuit filed Wednesday by the Center for Reproductive Rights on behalf of several abortion providers in the state challenges the new abortion provision, set to take effect Sept. 1, that requires abortion clinics to meet the same surgical standards as ambulatory care centers. The lawsuit states that this provision would require all but "fewer than 10 clinics" in the state to close because the upgrades are so costly.
"There is no question that the politicians who passed this law intended this as the final blow in their assault on women's constitutional right and ability to safely and legally end a pregnancy in Texas," Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, said in a statement, according to The Texas Tribune. more >>