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October 28, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
A federal appeals court in Chicago has upheld Illinois and Wisconsin laws banning certain late-term abortions, but opponents of the laws said the issue is still far from a legal resolution. The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois said it would appeal the decision, seeking a reconsideration of the order and an injunction preventing the two laws from being enforced while the appeals process is underway.
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February 14, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON - Wendy Davis, the Texas gubernatorial candidate who garnered national attention for an 11-hour filibuster last year against state abortion restrictions, this week said she would support certain qualified restrictions. The state senator from Fort Worth said during an appearance in Houston Wednesday that she would not oppose a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, with caveats. A 20-week ban, included in recent abortion laws proposed in other states, was not part of the Texas abortion legislation eventually passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature.
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NEWS
October 21, 1999 | From Associated Press
The Senate, reopening an emotional debate on a bill that would ban some late-term abortions, rejected an alternative Wednesday that offered an exception for women whose pregnancies endangered their health. Supporters of the stronger bill argued that the alternative, defeated by a 61-38 vote, would permit late-term abortions in virtually any circumstance. "This is about infanticide," said Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), chief sponsor of a stricter version.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
The battle over abortion continues to rage, and both sides got good news this week. In a win for antiabortion forces Tuesday, an ideologically split Supreme Court refused, 5-4, to stop the implementation of a Texas law aimed at squeezing abortion providers out of the state by requiring doctors to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. Doctors don't need admitting privileges; abortions are among the safest medical procedures performed today. Any emergency room physician is capable of handling a post-abortion complication.
NEWS
January 14, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A judge has ordered a permanent ban on a state law restricting late-term abortions and a procedure that involves collapsing the fetus' skull. U.S. District Judge Walter Rice's ruling came two months after he had temporarily blocked enforcement of the law right before it was to go into effect. The state would have been the first in the nation to ban the "dilation and extraction" procedure. A similar ban is pending in Congress.
NATIONAL
February 13, 2004 | From Associated Press
Under fire from abortion rights groups, Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft insisted Thursday that doctor-patient privacy was not threatened by a government attempt to subpoena medical records in a lawsuit over the federal ban on a controversial abortion procedure. At stake are records documenting certain late-term abortions performed by doctors who have joined in a legal challenge of the disputed ban. President Bush signed the act banning the abortions last year.
NEWS
July 18, 1998 | From Associated Press
A judge on Friday blocked the parents of a 12-year-old girl who is six months pregnant by her older brother from taking her to Kansas for a late-term abortion. Intervening at the request of prosecutors, Judge Pamela Gilbert O'Sullivan ordered the girl to undergo psychological tests before the court decides whether to allow the abortion. The judge ruled without explanation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 1996
The families gathered around President Clinton at the White House Wednesday bore wrenching testimony to the wisdom of his decision to veto a bill that would have outlawed one form of late-term abortions. Each family at one time had to make one of the most painful decisions imaginable: to terminate a desired pregnancy after 20 weeks' gestation because of catastrophic physical deformities in the fetus that eventually would have caused it to die.
WORLD
June 15, 2012 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
LIJIN China - Six months pregnant, 38-year-old Ma Jihong was healthy and fit, her body toned from working in the cotton fields. So when 10 people from the local family planning office showed up one morning in October, she slipped through a gap in the concrete wall around the house and bolted like a sprinter toward the main road. Five-year-old Yanyan, the younger of Ma's two daughters, was alone in the house with her mother at the time. Her father came rushing in from the yard when he heard the screaming.
NEWS
November 6, 1995 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Viki Wilson, a 37-year-old nurse from Fresno, was looking forward to the birth of her third child, a baby girl who was due on Mother's Day, 1994. But in the eighth month of her pregnancy, a final ultrasound test portrayed a tragedy. "About two-thirds of Abigail's brain had grown outside her skull. And what I had thought were strong baby movements were actually seizures," Wilson said. "It wasn't a question of whether our baby would die. It was only a question of when and how."
NATIONAL
November 19, 2013 | By Cindy Carcamo
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The nation's first citywide ballot initiative that would ban abortion after 20 weeks was trailing in early returns Tuesday night. Among 50,000 early and absentee ballots,  about 56% opposed  the proposal and 44% supported it. There was no way to know whether those returns would be representative of the full turnout in New Mexico's largest city, however. Polls closed in Albuquerque at 7 p.m., but news reports showed that people were still waiting in line to cast ballots.
NATIONAL
November 16, 2013 | By Cindy Carcamo
ALBUQUERQUE - A high-desert city in one of the poorest states in the nation has become the abortion debate's latest battlefield and a testing ground for whether abortion limits can be imposed on the local level. Early voting is underway in Albuquerque for an election Tuesday, which will decide whether to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Although similar bans have been passed by state legislatures, New Mexico's largest city is believed to be the first municipality in the country to place such an initiative on a ballot.
NEWS
June 27, 2013 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court told the high court of Oklahoma on Thursday to clarify a new state law restricting the use of the RU-486 abortion pill, setting the stage for a possible future ruling on how far states can go in regulating the practice of abortion. Legislators in several states, including Oklahoma, have passed laws to strictly regulate the practice of abortion. Among them are measures that require all women seeking abortions to undergo an ultrasound test. Oklahoma also adopted a law restricting the use of RU-486.
NATIONAL
April 30, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
After six weeks of testimony, a Philadelphia jury began deliberating the fate of a veteran doctor accused of four counts of murder while performing late-term abortions in his clinic that served poor women. The case, which has reignited passions over the thorny issues surrounding abortion rights, went to the jury of seven women and five men on Tuesday. Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 72, is charged with four counts of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of four babies that the prosecution contends were delivered alive during late-term abortions, then killed when their spines were cut with surgical scissors.
NATIONAL
April 6, 2013 | By David Kelly
In yet another victory for antiabortion forces this year, Kansas legislators have become the latest state lawmakers to approve a sweeping antiabortion measure - this one a law that says life begins at fertilization, bans abortions due to the sex of the fetus and eliminates tax breaks for abortion providers. “I voted for the bill because it's obviously true,” state Sen. Steve Fitzgerald, a Republican from Leavenworth, told the Los Angeles Times on Saturday. “Life does begin at fertilization.” The bill passed the Kansas House of Representatives by a vote of 90 to 30 Friday night shortly after the Senate approved it 28 to 10. Governor Sam Brownback, a Republican and staunch opponent of abortion, is expected to sign it. The legislation bans abortion providers from taking part in school sex education courses and requires them to tell patients about possible links between abortion and breast cancer and future miscarriages.
NATIONAL
March 26, 2013 | By Jenny Deam, Los Angeles Times
WICHITA, Kan. - Julie Burkhart's high heels click against freshly laid tiles as she tours the construction zone. Wires jut from walls waiting for connection, and the smell of new paint fills the air. With the countdown on, her walk and talk say crisp determination. Next week the newly remodeled South Wind Women's Center is scheduled to open. Under heavy security, doctors will perform abortions, as well as offering other gynecological services. Burkhart bought the unremarkable 1970s-era building last August through her foundation, Trust Women, for an undisclosed amount.
NATIONAL
August 4, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A physician who performs late-term abortions pleaded not guilty Friday to violating state law by consulting about the procedure with a doctor to whom he had financial ties. Dr. George Tiller, one of the few U.S. doctors performing late-term abortions, turned himself in to the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office for processing on misdemeanor charges and was released on his own recognizance, his attorney said. Tiller was not in court when his attorneys entered the not-guilty plea on his behalf.
NATIONAL
July 4, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama says "mental distress" should not qualify as a justification for late-term abortions, a key distinction not often embraced by supporters of abortion rights. In an interview this week with Relevant, a Christian magazine, Obama said prohibitions on late-term abortions must contain "a strict, well-defined exception for the health of the mother." Obama then added: "Now, I don't think that 'mental distress' qualifies as the health of the mother.
NEWS
August 27, 2012 | By Michael McGough
Can you accuse someone of having “extreme” views on abortion without implicitly endorsing a middle-of-the-road position yourself?  Strictly speaking, yes.  If I am an extremist on the right side of the spectrum -- the Todd Akin/Paul Ryan position of no abortions even in cases of rape or incest -- I can accurately observe that someone at the left end of the spectrum -- abortion should be legal in every circumstance, even late in pregnancy --...
WORLD
June 15, 2012 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
LIJIN China - Six months pregnant, 38-year-old Ma Jihong was healthy and fit, her body toned from working in the cotton fields. So when 10 people from the local family planning office showed up one morning in October, she slipped through a gap in the concrete wall around the house and bolted like a sprinter toward the main road. Five-year-old Yanyan, the younger of Ma's two daughters, was alone in the house with her mother at the time. Her father came rushing in from the yard when he heard the screaming.
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