Oklahoma governor signs the nation’s strictest abortion ban

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Wednesday signed into law the nation’s strictest abortion ban, making the state the first in the nation to effectively end availability of the procedure. State lawmakers approved the ban enforced by civil lawsuits rather than criminal prosecution, similar to a Texas law that was passed last … Read more

Google data collection could endanger abortion seekers, say Dems

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-OR Sarah Silbiger | Getty Images News | Getty Images A group of 42 Democratic lawmakers urged Google CEO Sundar Pichai in a letter Tuesday to stop collecting and keeping unnecessary or non-aggregated location data that could be used to identify people seeking abortions. The letter comes ahead of the anticipated reversal … Read more

5 things to know for May 20: Ukraine, Abortion, Covid-19, January 6, Saudi Arabia

Here’s what you need to know to Get Up to Speed ​​and On with Your Day. (You can get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.) 1. Ukraine Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky yesterday said Donbas is “completely destroyed” as a result of Russia’s constant strikes. Donbas is … Read more

Archbishop of San Francisco says Pelosi can’t receive communion over efforts to protect abortion rights

The archbishop of San Francisco said Friday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who is Catholic, can no longer receive the sacrament of communion because she has declined to back down from her push for abortion access. Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone wrote in a public post Friday that his “many requests” have not been accepted to … Read more

Pelosi banned from receiving communion in San Francisco archdiocese over her position on abortion

CNN — The conservative archbishop of San Francisco, Salvatore Cordileone, says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may no longer receive the holy sacrament of Communion in the archdiocese, because she supports abortion rights. In a letter to Pelosi released Friday afternoon, the archbishop wrote that he had informed the California Democrat that “should you not publicly … Read more

Oklahoma passes strictest abortion ban; services to stop

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma lawmakers on Thursday approved a bill prohibiting all abortions with few exceptions, and providers said they would stop performing the procedure as soon as the governors signs it in the latest example of the GOP’s national push to restrict access to what has been a constitutional right for nearly a … Read more

When Abortion Goes From a Right to a Privilege

When New York legalized abortion in 1970—three years before the Supreme Court decided Roe v. wade—a shrewd entrepreneur named Martin Mitchell saw an opportunity. The 31-year-old Detroit-area man chartered a tiny private plane and began advertising frequent flights from Michigan, where elective abortion was illegal, to Niagara Falls, New York, where it was not. For … Read more

Primaries spotlight coming battles over state supreme courts

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The headliners for North Carolina’s primary on Tuesday include Republicans challenging for an open US Senate seat and candidates hoping to give the GOP a shot at veto-proof majorities in the Legislature. Getting less billing, but with equal long-term political importance, is a contest that will shape the fall matchups for … Read more

Show of support for abortion rights expected at US rallies

WASHINGTON (AP) — Demonstrators facing down a Supreme Court decision that could overturn the constitutional right to abortion are aiming to use rallies from coast to coast Saturday to express their outrage and to mobilize for the fight ahead. More than 380 events were set from Maine to Hawaii, with the largest gatherings expected in … Read more

California governor: $98B surplus backs true pro-life state

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday pledged to use the state’s record-breaking $300 billion budget, including an unprecedented nearly $100 billion surplus, to “future proof” the state from the impacts of a volatile midterm election cycle that he fears will undermine abortion access, gun safety and privacy protections across the country. … Read more