Oklahoma approves the nation’s most restrictive abortion ban

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s Legislature gave final approval Thursday to another Texas-style anti-abortion bill that providers say will be the most restrictive in the nation once the governor signs it. The bill is part of an aggressive push in Republican-led states across the country to scale back abortion rights. It comes on the heels … Read more

Supreme Court rules for Sen. Cruz in campaign finance case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court’s conservative majority on Monday sided with Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas in his challenge to a provision of federal campaign finance law, in a ruling that a dissenting justice said runs the risk of causing “further disrepute” to American politics. The justices, in a 6-3 decision that divided … Read more

Primaries spotlight coming battles over state supreme courts

1 of 2 FILE – Judge Sam J. Ervin IV makes a statement during the North Carolina Supreme Court Candidate Forum in Raleigh, NC, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Upcoming primaries for state supreme court seats in North Carolina and Arkansas are putting the spotlight on how such races across the US have grown in importance … 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

Clarence Thomas says abortion leak has changed Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Clarence Thomas says the Supreme Court has been changed by the shocking leak of a draft opinion earlier this month. The opinion suggests the court is poised to overturn the right to an abortion recognized nearly 50 years ago in Roe v. Wade. The conservative Thomas, who joined the court in … Read more

Louisiana debates murder charge for women who get abortions

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana’s House of Representatives, venturing farther against abortion than lawmakers in any other state, is debating a bill to make women who end their pregnancies subject to criminal homicide prosecutions. Republican Rep. Danny McCormick pushed for a House floor debate on his bill Thursday afternoon despite a crescendo of opposition from … Read more

Clarence Dixon dies in Arizona’s 1st execution since 2014

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona man convicted of killing a college student in 1978 was put to death Wednesday after a nearly eight-year hiatus in the state’s use of the death penalty brought on by an execution that critics say was botched — and the difficulty state officials faced in sourcing lethal injection drugs. … Read more

Wisconsin anti-abortion office fire investigation ongoing

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Police said Monday that they hadn’t arrested anyone over a weekend fire and vandalism at the office of a prominent Wisconsin anti-abortion lobbying group. The fire at the Wisconsin Family Action office in Madison, which the FBI is helping investigate, came after two Catholic churches in Colorado, including one known for … Read more

Fire at Wisconsin anti-abortion office investigated as arson

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Vandals struck an anti-abortion group office, where a fire broke out and a Molotov cocktail was found, authorities said Sunday. Madison police spokeswoman Stephanie Fryer told the Wisconsin State Journal that the fire reported shortly after 6 am Sunday at the Wisconsin Family Action office in Madison was suspicious in nature. … Read more

What GOP-nominated justices said about Roe to Senate panel

WASHINGTON (AP) — In one form or another, every Supreme Court nominee is asked during Senate hearings about his or her views of the Roe v. Wade abortion rights ruling that has stood for a half century. Now, a draft opinion obtained by Politico suggests that a majority of the court is prepared to strike … Read more