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Expectations Are High For Trump’s Moves On Abortion, But Sweeping Changes Are Unlikely

Smaller state-level skirmishes are expected to continue, but any major nationwide changes won't happen overnight — if at all.

The Wall Street Journal: Donald Trump’s Victory Looks Set To Renew Battle Over Abortion Rights
Liberal and conservative groups are girding for battle over abortion rights under President-elect Donald Trump, after nearly a decade in which the Obama administration backstopped the rollback of those rights on the federal level. Mr. Trump has adopted the antiabortion rights movement’s top priorities, vowing to nominate socially conservative Supreme Court justices, withhold federal funding from Planned Parenthood, and sign legislation banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. (Reinhard, 11/20)

In other news —

Arizona Republic: Abortion Doctor Fighting Arizona Attorney General Describes ‘Bizarre’ State Investigation
The Arizona abortion doctor at the center of a legal battle over fetal tissue collection and patient rights said she is the target of a “bizarre” state investigation that seeks unprecedented information about the identities of women who got abortions and donated remains for science. Gabrielle Goodrick, owner of Camelback Family Planning, an east Phoenix clinic that provides abortions and other medical care, has asked a judge to block state investigators from inspecting names and records of “patients who have had abortions and donated fetal tissue.” (Wingett Sanchez, Anglen, Cassidy and Beard Rau, 11/18)

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