Thursday night, at Washington's Local 16 restaurant, the bar was flowing with requests for "The Wendy," a cocktail made with vodka, Triple Sec, Prosecco and lime, the "Filibustini," a gin and elderflower liquor concoction and a number of other signature cocktails. The occasion? Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D), who last month tried to block an abortion legislation by holding a filibuster for more than 11 hours, was in town for a sold-out fundraiser to address longtime Texan supporters and new fans.
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By a margin of 56 to 27 percent, more Americans say they'd prefer to impose limits on abortions after the first 20 weeks of pregnancy rather than the 24-week mark established under current law, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Another 10 percent surveyed in the poll volunteered they would prefer to outlaw abortion in the United States altogether or limit it earlier than 20 weeks after fertilization. At the same time, however, 54 percent say they oppose state laws that make it more difficult for abortion clinics to operate; compared to 45 percent who support such legislation. (See graphic below for a breakdown of results, and here for interactive polling data).
Judge temporarily blocks North Dakota’s six-week abortion ban, calling it ‘clearly unconstitutional’
A federal judge in North Dakota on Monday blocked the state's law banning abortions as early as six weeks after fertilization, ruling the measure cannot take effect until the legal challenge it faces is resolved.
The preliminary injunction granted at the request of the Center for Reproductive Rights means the nation's most restrictive abortion law--which would bar abortions as soon as the fetal heartbeat is detectable--will not take effect Aug. 1, as originally planned. it also suggests that even as states across the country enact measures limiting abortion access, some of these laws may never take effect because of stiff legal challenges.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Thursday morning signed into law one of the nation's strictest abortion-restricting bills.
The bill was the subject of considerable debate and protests in recent weeks, with state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) creating national headlines by successfully filibustering it for about 11 hours.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Sunday that he was open to allowing a vote on a House bill that would ban abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy.
But he also suggested Congress shouldn't be focusing on such "fringe issues."
The Illinois Supreme Court is allowing the state to enforce a 1995 law that requires doctors to notify parents of girls under 17 years old if their daughter is undergoing an abortion at least two days before the procedure. The law has been disputed since its passage and has been enforceable until now.
To protest Texas' anti-abortion bill, thousands of abortion rights activists dressed in orange and came out to the state house in Austin to voice their ire. Antiabortion activists dressed in blue were also there, claiming on Twitter that abortion rights advocates' cheers were laced with profanity.
— Bryan Kemper (@BryanKemper) July 9, 2013
Updated at 3:39 p.m.
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) said Wednesday that he will veto an abortion restrictions bill moving through the state legislature unless his administration's concerns are addressed.
Within hours of that threat, state House Republicans pressed forward on the matter, passing less-restrictive abortion requirements through a committee. Supporters say the new language addresses McCrory's concerns.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) said Sunday that the state legislature is on pace to promptly pass a measure to tighten abortion laws and conclude the rest of its business in short order.
"Texans want to protect life. And that's the bottom line here. And so calling another special session, we can be in and out of here in ten days," Perry said on "Fox News Sunday."