Record Number Of Abortion Restrictions Enacted
A report by the Guttmacher Institute identifies 162 new laws passed by states this year. Meanwhile, conservatives are pointing to another report by an anti-abortion group that alleges misconduct by Planned Parenthood.
NPR: Restrictions On Abortion Multiply This Year
As predicted by those on both sides of the contentious abortion battle, states in the first half of this year have enacted a record 162 new laws or changes to existing laws that affect reproductive health, according to a new report from the Guttmacher Institute (Rovner, 7/14).
CQ HealthBeat: Planned Parenthood Refutes Report's Claims, But Some In GOP Decry Funding, Seek Investigation
A group of House Republicans used allegations of wrongdoing in a new report from anti-abortion group Americans United for Life to call for an end to federal funding for Planned Parenthood and for a congressional investigation into the family-planning group. "It's an engraved invitation to investigate. Planned Parenthood has never been adequately investigated," said Rep. Christopher H. Smith, R-N.J. "That has to change. This is a game changer." Planned Parenthood strongly disputed the report, which said the group has misused federal funds and used fraudulent overbilling practices at some of its affiliates (Ethridge, 7/14).
McClatchy/The Kansas City Star: Late-Term Abortion Restrictions Will Become Missouri Law
New restrictions on late-term abortions in Missouri will become law Aug. 28 without Gov. Jay Nixon's signature. Nixon, a Democrat, announced Thursday that he will not veto legislation passed earlier this year by the General Assembly, but he would not formally sign it either. In the absence of action by the governor, legislation passed by the General Assembly automatically becomes law (Noble, 7/15).