California Supreme Court turns down abortion challenge by missionary group
The state Supreme Court rejected a challenge by a Catholic missionary organization Wednesday to decisions by state health regulators and an appeals court that voluntary abortions are “medically necessary” procedures that must be provided by health care service plans in California. © Rich Pedroncelli / Associated PressIn 2014, the California Department of Managed Health Care, under then-Gov. Jerry Brown, said HMO’s must cover all abortions.Regulations requiring the coverage, adopted by the California Department of Managed Health Care in 2014, were upheld in August by a state appeals court in Sacramento.
All statistics measuringin the U.S. — the rate, the ratio to live births, and the absolute number — reached a "historic low" in 2016, according to new data released Wednesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In 2016, the most recent year available, the government agency reported 623,471 abortions, the lowest number the CDC has ever seen since it began tracking the procedure in 1969, according to the study. That's a 2.3% decline from 2015, when the CDC recorded 638,169 instances of the procedure.
During the same time period, the abortion rate dropped to 11.6 abortions per 1,000 women of reproductive age and the ratio fell to 186 abortions per 1,000 live births, according to the CDC's data. The agency compiled data from 48 reporting areas — 47 states plus New York City. (California, Washington D.C., Maryland and New Hampshire did not report data.)
Pennsylvania governor nixes Down syndrome abortion bill
Pennsylvania's Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a bill Thursday that would have banned abortions in the state if a fetus is diagnosed with Down syndrome, calling it a restriction that interferes with a decision made between women and medical professionals. Wolf's action came a day after the state's Republican-led Legislature passed the measure amid a wave of abortion restriction bills advancing in several conservative states.“Physicians and their patients must be able to make choices about medical procedures based on best practices and standards of care," Wolf, an abortion rights supporter, wrote in an online statement.
The government agency's data were similar to results released earlier this year from the Guttmacher Institute, a research organization that supports abortion rights. According to Guttmacher, the abortion rate was 13.5 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44 in 2017, the lowest rate recorded since Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide. That's an 8% decline from 2014, the last time Guttmacher calculated the United States' abortion rate, and 54% lower than when the group recorded the peak rate in 1980.
Guttmacher attributed the decline to two factors: a declining pregnancy rate and a growing disparity between abortion access in liberal and conservative states. That divide stems largely from that provide abortions, a style of regulation known as a Targeted Regulation of Abortion Provider, or TRAP, law.
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President Trump weighed in on an upcoming government watchdog report.Trump, in an interview with Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends," was commenting on an upcoming Justice Department watchdog report on the FBI's adherence to Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) requirements during the 2016 campaign.
With a newly conservative Supreme Court, access to abortion has come under fire across the South and Midwest, where state lawmakers have raced to in hopes of overturning Roe v. Wade.
In 2019, state politicians have introduced 300 bills , according to data compiled by the Guttmacher Institute. Twelve states have passed abortion bans, .
In Wednesday's CDC study, the agency reported that 59% of people who received an abortion in 2016 already had at least one child. Additionally, the CDC reported just under two-thirds of abortions in 2016 occurred at or before eight weeks into a pregnancy, and 91% of all abortion happened at or before 13 weeks into a pregnancy.
New Abortion Bills Are So Tough That Some Conservatives Have Qualms .
Months after state lawmakers around the country approved some of the most restrictive limits on abortion seen in decades, some states want to push still further. Leading the way is Ohio, where Republicans are contemplating banning nearly all abortions from the time of conception, with no exceptions for rape or incest, and the highly unusual step of allowing women who have abortions to be prosecuted for murder. Especially contentious in the Ohio proposal is a provision that would direct doctors treating women with a sometimes life-threatening condition when a fertilized egg implants outside of the uterus to try to “reimplant an ectopic pregnancy into the woman’s uterus.