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Missouri's only abortion clinic is safe for now under judge's order — but the fight to protect Roe is 'far from over'

Editor's note: This post has been updated from its original version.

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These conservatives are actually terrified that the new anti-abortion push is backfiring

Anti-abortion activists are newly emboldened. Alabama's new draconian law placing severe restrictions on abortion — not even allowing them in the cases of rape or incest — and levying stunning prison sentences on those who violate the ban is only the latest salvo in their campaign.

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Even far-right televangelist Pat Robertson thinks Alabama's abortion law 'has gone too far'

As part of a long-running movement to overturn Roe v. Wade, the critical Supreme Court ruling that established that the constitutional right to privacy protects the decision to end a pregnancy, the Alabama Senate passed a law on Tuesday that would ban nearly all abortions.

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Hollywood is threatening a boycott of Georgia is response to its anti-abortion push

Georgia legislators have passed a so-called "heartbeat bill" that would ban abortion beyond six weeks, and Gov. Brian Kemp appears prepared to sign the legislation into law this week.

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This law professor explains the Supreme Court's plan to kill abortion rights

On Thursday evening, in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court blocked Louisiana's harsh abortion restrictions from taking effect. The Unsafe Abortion Protection Act, already on hold since 2014, is basically identical to the Texas law requiring abortion clinics obtain admitting privileges from nearby hospitals — which was struck down in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt as an undue burden on women seeking abortion in 2016. Chief Justice John Roberts, who dissented from Whole Woman's Health, nevertheless was unwilling to underhandedly blow up Supreme Court precedent on an emergency appeal just two years after that precedent was set, and so sided with the liberal justices.

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Trump Bizarrely Claims He Has a 'Solution' to Abortion that 'Nobody Else' Has - But Refuses to Say What That Is

On Wednesday, November 7, President Donald J. Trump gave his first press conference following the 2018 midterms—which found Republicans increasing their majority in the United States Senate while losing at least 28 seats to Democrats in the House of Representatives. With Democrats having achieved a majority in the House, Trump will be facing a much different political landscape in 2019. And one of the issues that the president will be grappling with is abortion.

At the press conference, a reporter told Trump, “You have campaigned as a pro-life president. You have defended the rights of unborn children. You now have a divided Congress; it’s unlikely to pass pro-life bills. How are you going to push forward your pro-life agenda?”

Trump responded, “I’m just gonna push. I’ve been pushing. I’ve done a very good job too. They’re very happy with me, but it’s a tough issue for the two sides. There’s no question about that.”

The reporter responded, “But what are you going to do?” And Trump replied, “What am I going to do? I won’t be able to explain it to you because it is an issue that is a very divisive, polarizing issue. But there is a solution. I think I have that solution, and nobody else does. We’re going to be—we’re going to be working on that.”

Trump, however, didn’t offer any specifics and abruptly changed the subject by addressing another reporter.

On Twitter, Bloomberg News’ Steven Dennis responded to Trump’s vague comments on abortion, posting, “Trump says he thinks he has a solution to the abortion issue but won’t tell us now. OK!”

With Trump’s second Supreme Court nominee, Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, having been confirmed in October, abortion rights defenders fear that the High Court will overturn Roe v. Wade—the 1973 ruling that, in effect, made abortion legal nationwide in the U.S. Overturning Roe would not automatically constitute a national abortion ban, although it would end legal abortion in many Republican-controlled states.

Absent the overturn of Roe v. Wade, Republicans in Congress have been chipping away at abortion rights. But with the new Democratic majority, GOP-sponsored anti-abortion bills will be facing a major roadblock in the House of Representatives in 2019.  
 

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Texas Is Fighting to Ban a Common Abortion Procedure

NEW ORLEANS –– The federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Monday morning about whether Texas should be able to ban doctors from performing the most common second-trimester abortion procedure, called dilation and evacuation.

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The Downfall of a Reasonable Republican: Why Susan Collins’ Senate Career Was Probably Just Dealt a Fatal Blow

Sen. Susan Collins might very well remember Thursday, September 27, 2018 as the day in which the final nail was placed in the coffin of her career in the United States Senate.

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All the President’s Flip-Flops: Here Are 5 of Trump’s Biggest and Most Embarrassing Political Reversals

In her soon-to-be-released book, “Full Disclosure,” adult film star Stephanie Clifford, a.k.a. Stormy Daniels, recalls a time when Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were on much friendlier terms. Daniels writes that back in 2007—when he was allegedly having an extramarital affair with her—the two of them were at the Beverly Hills Hotel when he received a call from Clinton. And after he got off the phone, Trump described Clinton in glowing terms, telling Daniels, “I love her. She is so smart.”

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Former GOP Deputy Finance Chair's Ex-Mistress Claims He Demanded She Have An Abortion (Updated)

On Friday, documents relating to the lawsuit against Republican megadonor and former RNC Deputy Finance Chair Elliott Broidy by former mistress and Playboy centerfold Sasha Bechard were unsealed, revealing some lurid allegations.

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MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Reveals Democrats' Targeted Plan to Block Kavanaugh's Confirmation: 'There Is a Method to What They Are Doing'

Most observers believe Democrats have no chance to stop the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, but the lawmakers are nevertheless putting up a serious fight in his Senate hearings.

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