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The New Push To Limit Abortion In The U.S.

May 24, 2019
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Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has signed into law what's already being considered the toughest anti-abortion legislation in the nation. 

The controversial measure is part of the latest push to test the limits of abortions rights at the state level. The ACLU of Ohio has sued the state for its own so-called “heartbeat bill,” which bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected.  

Today on All Sides, the movement to limit legal abortions in the U.S.

The recent passage of the so-called "Heartbeat Bill" has caused some confusion about the legality of abortion in Ohio. Gov. MIke DeWine signed the legislation into law last month, but it does not take effect until July. The ACLU and other organizations have sued, hoping to prevent the law from going into effect. Morning Edition host Amy Eddings spoke with Be Well Health reporter Marlene Harris-Taylor about the current realities of abortion access in Ohio.

Let's start with the facts about this new law. How does it does it work?

The New Push To Limit Abortion In The U.S.

May 21, 2019
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Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has signed into law what's already being considered the toughest anti-abortion legislation in the nation. 

The controversial measure is part of the latest push to test the limits of abortions rights at the state level. The ACLU of Ohio has sued the state for its own so-called “heartbeat bill,” which bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected.  

Today on All Sides, the movement to limit legal abortions in the U.S.

Updated at 6:23 p.m. ET Wednesday

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed a controversial bill that bans nearly all abortions into law Wednesday evening.

It's considered the most restrictive abortion law in the United States. The law makes it a crime for doctors to perform abortions at any stage of a pregnancy, unless a woman's life is threatened or there is a lethal fetal anomaly.

Under the new law, doctors in the state face felony jail time up to 99 years if convicted. But a woman would not be held criminally liable for having an abortion.

A vote on what would be the country's most restrictive abortion ban was postponed in the Alabama Senate on Thursday after chaos erupted over the stripping of an amendment to allow exceptions in the case of rape or incest.

In what would likely become the most restrictive abortion ban in the country, the Alabama House Tuesday passed a bill that would make it a crime for doctors to perform abortions at any stage of a pregnancy, unless a woman's life is threatened. The legislation is part of a broader anti-abortion strategy to prompt the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider the right to abortion.

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The surprise win by a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Alabama has caused interesting and even unexpected reactions all around the country.

All eyes were on the Alabama senate race this week. But there was also a legal battle over whether to keep digital ballot images or delete them.

Updated at 12:44 a.m. ET

Democrat Doug Jones has won the Alabama Senate special election, a victory that was a stunning upset in a deeply red state that voted overwhelmingly for President Trump. The president, who had backed Republican Roy Moore despite multiple accusations of sexual misconduct and assault, congratulated Jones on Twitter.

Election Day is finally here in Alabama's U.S. Senate race.

Ohio State is headed to the first College Football Playoff Championship game with an upset win over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Steve Brown and Thomas Bradley breakdown the win and the Big Ten’s very happy new year.

10:00 Alabama is devastated as a result of the deadly tornadoes that have made their way through the state. Leaving behind nearly 300 casualties, tornadoes of this magnitude have not been seen in almost forty years. We’ll hear from an eyewitness to the destruction, and WOSU reporter Mandie Trimble, who returned to her home state to help.  Then we’ll recall a similar storm from 37 years ago in Xenia, Ohio.