abortion http://apr.org en Only 3 Alabama Abortion Clinics Remain Open http://apr.org/post/only-3-alabama-abortion-clinics-remain-open <p></p><p>Three of Alabama's five abortion clinics remain open after complying with a new state law that sets stricter building requirements.</p><p>The law was passed by the Legislature last year and it goes into effect Tuesday.</p><p>The Alabama Department of Public Health says clinics in Tuscaloosa, Montgomery and Mobile have worked to comply with the law's requirements for wider halls and doors and improved fire safety measures. A clinic in Huntsville closed Friday because it couldn't meet the requirements. But it is planning to move to a new location and get a new license.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 21:11:26 +0000 The Associated Press 54886 at http://apr.org Only 3 Alabama Abortion Clinics Remain Open North Ala. Clinic That Provides Abortions To Close http://apr.org/post/north-ala-clinic-provides-abortions-close <p></p><p>The only abortion clinic in north Alabama is expected to close by the end of the week.</p><p>Officials at the Alabama Women's Center said Tuesday that they'd rather close voluntarily than be faced with a state intervention.</p><p>The clinic was faced with a July 1 deadline to bring its facility up to code with a surgical treatment center.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:15:39 +0000 The Associated Press 54510 at http://apr.org North Ala. Clinic That Provides Abortions To Close Closing Arguments Set in Alabama Abortion Trial http://apr.org/post/closing-arguments-set-alabama-abortion-trial <p>A federal judge is scheduled to hear closing arguments in a trial over a new <font color="red">Alabama</font> law requiring doctors at abortion clinic to have approval to admit patients to nearby hospitals.</p><p></p><p>Clinic operators in Mobile, Montgomery and Birmingham say they use traveling doctors who can't get admitting privileges, and they will have to stop performing abortions if a federal judge allows the law to take effect. The state attorney general's office says enforcement of the law will make abortions safer.</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 10:58:38 +0000 Associated Press 53494 at http://apr.org Closing Arguments Set in Alabama Abortion Trial Abortion Trial Gets Underway http://apr.org/post/abortion-trial-gets-underway <p>The owner of a Montgomery abortion clinic says she's never had a Montgomery-based physician performing abortions at the clinic during her 36 years at the facility and she has always used out-of-town doctors.</p><p></p> Tue, 20 May 2014 11:34:26 +0000 Associated Press 52285 at http://apr.org Abortion Trial Gets Underway Federal Court Trial Begins Over Alabama Abortion Law http://apr.org/post/federal-court-trial-begins-over-alabama-abortion-law <p>A federal court trial begins Monday over an <font color="red">Alabama</font> abortion law that proponents say will make abortions safer and opponents say will close three of <font color="red">Alabama's</font> five licensed abortion clinics.</p><p>The trial in Montgomery stems from a 2013 law that requires doctors at abortion clinics to have approval to admit patients to nearby hospitals. The clinics in Mobile, Montgomery and Birmingham say they will have to close because they use traveling doctors who can't sec8ure such admitting privileges.</p><p></p> Sun, 18 May 2014 17:39:42 +0000 Associated Press 52184 at http://apr.org Federal Court Trial Begins Over Alabama Abortion Law Judge Sets Trial Over Alabama Abortion Law http://apr.org/post/judge-sets-trial-over-alabama-abortion-law <p></p><p>A federal judge has set a May 19 trial date for a lawsuit challenging a new Alabama abortion law.</p><p>U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson will hold a non-jury trial concerning an Alabama law that requires doctors at abortion clinics to have approval to admit patients to nearby hospitals. Three of Alabama's five licensed abortion clinics challenged the law on grounds it would force them to close.</p><p>The judge has ruled the trial will focus on one issue: whether the law violates the due process right of women seeking abortion by creating substantial obstacles.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:11:33 +0000 The Associated Press 49508 at http://apr.org Judge Sets Trial Over Alabama Abortion Law Ruling on Abortion Suit Delayed http://apr.org/post/ruling-abortion-suit-delayed A federal judge is delaying enforcement of an Alabama law regulating abortion clinics for one more week while he tries to rule on a lawsuit challenging the law. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson had planned to rule on the lawsuit by Monday. But he issued an order extending a prohibition against enforcing the law through April 2 to give him more time to rule. The American Civil Liberties Union and abortion clinic operators are challenging an Alabama law that requires doctors at abortion clinics to have privileges to admit patients to local hospitals. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 11:35:42 +0000 Associated Press 49005 at http://apr.org Ruling on Abortion Suit Delayed 48-Hour Wait For Abortion Closer To Being Ala. Law http://apr.org/post/48-hour-wait-abortion-closer-being-ala-law <p></p><p>The Alabama Legislature is getting closer to extending the waiting period for an abortion in the state.</p><p>The Senate Health Committee voted 7-1 Wednesday to approve a bill that extends the waiting time from 24 hours to 48 hours after a woman receives information from an abortion clinic about the procedure and associated risks. Republicans senators cast the yes votes, and Democratic Sen. Billy Beasley cast the lone nay vote.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:05:55 +0000 The Associated Press 48300 at http://apr.org 48-Hour Wait For Abortion Closer To Being Ala. Law House Passes Slate of Abortion Measures http://apr.org/post/house-passes-slate-abortion-measures —Approved a bill to ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, something that can happen as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. Goes to Senate. (see below for more) —Approved a bill to require women seeking an abortion because of lethal fetal anomalies to be advised about the availability of perinatal hospice services. Goes to Senate. — Approved a bill to extend the waiting period before abortions from 24 to 48 hours. Goes to Senate. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 02:40:11 +0000 Associated Press 47770 at http://apr.org House Passes Slate of Abortion Measures Abortion Foes Seek Tighter Rules On Doctors http://apr.org/post/abortion-foes-seek-tighter-rules-doctors <p>Abortion opponents are asking the state to impose tighter restrictions on doctors performing the medical procedure in Alabama.</p><p>The state health agency held a public hearing Thursday on a proposed rule that would drastically reduce the number of abortions a physician's office can perform without being considered an abortion clinic. Such a designation increases state oversight.</p><p>Activists told a hearing officer they want even tighter regulations, with doctor's offices unable to perform any abortions without being considered a clinic. They say that would help protect women.</p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 20:58:06 +0000 The Associated Press 40369 at http://apr.org Abortion Foes Seek Tighter Rules On Doctors Gov. Robert Bentley To Sign Abortion Bill http://apr.org/post/gov-robert-bentley-sign-abortion-bill <P>Alabama's governor says he plans to sign legislation mandating stricter abortion clinic standards like Mississippi has done.</P> <P>Opponents say Alabama's legislation will be challenged in court like Mississippi's.</P> <P>The Republican-led House and Senate approved the bill Tuesday night, mostly along party lines. It now goes to Gov. Robert Bentley. Wed, 03 Apr 2013 21:44:28 +0000 The Associated Press 27885 at http://apr.org Gov. Robert Bentley To Sign Abortion Bill Abortion Back On The Front Burner For Congress http://apr.org/post/abortion-back-front-burner-congress It's not just <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/07/12/156683431/state-legislatures-stay-busy-on-abortion-laws">states</a> where abortion is heating up as an issue this election year. Congress is getting back into the fray, too.<p>On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee approved, on a party-line vote of 18-14, a bill that would ban <a href="http://www.rollcall.com/news/house_committee_approves_ban_on_dc_abortions_after_20_weeks-216265-1.html?pos=hln">abortions in the District of Columbia</a> after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Fri, 20 Jul 2012 15:48:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 14913 at http://apr.org