Oklahoma passes strictest abortion ban; services to stop

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma lawmakers on Thursday approved a bill prohibiting all abortions with few exceptions, and providers said they would stop performing the procedure as soon as the governor signs it in the latest example of the GOP’s national push to restrict access to what has been a constitutional right for nearly a … Read more

Abortion rights supporters rally for ‘Ban Off Our Bodies’ march across US

Thousands of abortion rights supporters rallied across the United States on Saturday, angered by the prospect that the Supreme Court may soon overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide a half century ago. The protests kicked off what organizers predict will be a “summer of rage” ignited by the May 2 … Read more

Nebraska GOP governor says he will call a special session to pass total abortion ban if Roe is overturned

Washington CNN — Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts of Nebraska said Sunday that he will call a special session of his state’s legislature to pass a total ban on abortion if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade this term. “Nebraska is a pro-life state. I believe life begins at conception,” Ricketts told CNN’s Dana Bash … Read more

‘Reprehensible’: Oz condemns GOP opponent’s tweet on Islam

CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) — Republican Senate hopeful Mehmet Oz is stepping up his criticism of far-right candidates in Pennsylvania who are gaining traction ahead of Tuesday’s primary election. After spending much of the campaign steering clear of fellow Republican Senate contender Kathy Barnette, Oz on Saturday said she was out of step with the GOP … Read more

Primaries spotlight coming battles over state supreme courts

1 of 2 FILE – Judge Sam J. Ervin IV makes a statement during the North Carolina Supreme Court Candidate Forum in Raleigh, NC, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Upcoming primaries for state supreme court seats in North Carolina and Arkansas are putting the spotlight on how such races across the US have grown in importance … Read more

Show of support for abortion rights expected at US rallies

WASHINGTON (AP) — Demonstrators facing down a Supreme Court decision that could overturn the constitutional right to abortion are aiming to use rallies from coast to coast Saturday to express their outrage and to mobilize for the fight ahead. More than 380 events were set from Maine to Hawaii, with the largest gatherings expected in … Read more

California governor: $98B surplus backs true pro-life state

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP)—California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday pledged to use the state’s record-breaking $300 billion budget, including an unprecedented nearly $100 billion surplus, to “future proof” the state from the impacts of a volatile midterm election cycle that he fears will undermine abortion access, gun safety and privacy protections across the country. The first-term … Read more

Clarence Thomas says abortion leak has changed Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Clarence Thomas says the Supreme Court has been changed by the shocking leak of a draft opinion earlier this month. The opinion suggests the court is poised to overturn the right to an abortion recognized nearly 50 years ago in Roe v. Wade. The conservative Thomas, who joined the court in … Read more

Louisiana debates murder charge for women who get abortions

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana’s House of Representatives, venturing farther against abortion than lawmakers in any other state, is debating a bill to make women who end their pregnancies subject to criminal homicide prosecutions. Republican Rep. Danny McCormick pushed for a House floor debate on his bill Thursday afternoon despite a crescendo of opposition from … Read more

Conservative groups go against Trump, Oz in Pa. Senate race

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Several prominent conservative groups are getting involved in Pennsylvania’s race for US Senate and backing candidate Kathy Barnette as an alternative to Mehmet Ozthe celebrity heart surgeon endorsed by former President Donald Trump. The anti-tax Club for Growth endorsed Barnette on Wednesday and has begun airing TV ads on her behalf. … Read more