Legal Abortions In Indiana Drop From 700 In July To Zero In August
Indiana's near-total abortion ban took effect in August, dropping the number of procedures performed that month to zero, according to new data. Other abortion access news is reported from Missouri, Ohio, and Tennessee.
Indiana Abortions Fall To Zero
Indiana's near-total abortion ban has functionally ended the procedure. Doctors performed zero abortions in Indiana's formal health care system in August, the month the new law took effect, per the Guttmacher Institute, an abortion rights organization that tracks data. That's down from almost 700 in July. (Briggs, 11/16)
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Hearing Thursday In Religious Leaders' Lawsuit Challenging Missouri Abortion Ban
A St. Louis judge on Thursday will hear arguments in a lawsuit challenging Missouri’s abortion ban on the grounds that lawmakers who passed the measure imposed their own religious beliefs on others who don’t share them. The lawsuit was filed in January on behalf of 13 Christian, Jewish and Unitarian Universalist leaders who support abortion rights. It seeks a permanent injunction barring the state from enforcing its abortion law, and a declaration that provisions of the law violate the Missouri Constitution. (Salter, 11/16)
Ohio Considers Tax Credits For Anti-Abortion Centers After Historic Vote
A week after Ohioans voted to enshrine abortion rights in the state constitution, members of the state legislature are considering a bill that would give tax credits for donations to anti-abortion facilities. On Tuesday, the Ohio senate finance committee discussed a bill from the state senator Sandra O’Brien, a Republican, who proposed that individuals who give to “qualifying pregnancy resource centers” may be eligible for tax credits, at a cost of up to $10m to Ohio. (Sherman, 11/16)
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National Abortion Rights Group Endorses Barbara Lee For Senate
A leading national abortion rights organization endorsed Rep. Barbara Lee for Senate on Wednesday. Reproductive Freedom for All, which changed its name from NARAL Pro-Choice America in September, backs Lee because she has “loudly, proudly, and boldly” been a “driving force in our fight for abortion rights and access,” the organization’s president, Mini Timmaraju said. (Garofoli, 11/15)
She Fled Tennessee For Abortion Care. Now She’s Running For State House So Others Won’t Have To.
Allie Phillips, a 28-year-old running as a Democrat for the Tennessee House of Representatives in District 75, has told her abortion story countless times. She has explained it to her followers on TikTok, to the lawyers helping her sue her state over restrictions to reproductive care, and to the lawmakers who failed her. (Herchenroeder, 11/16)