Abortion

The U.S. Supreme Court next month is scheduled to hear its biggest abortion case in at least a decade, and the reach of that decision is likely to be impacted by the absence of Justice Antonin Scalia, who died over the weekend.

Ryan E. Poppe

Texas Senator John Cornyn joined a coalition of lawmakers in Congress in support of the State’s 2013 abortion law, which the US Supreme Court has agreed to hear in March.  

In November, Supreme Court justices agreed to take a lawsuit challenging Texas’ 2013 abortion law and ever since, support from both sides has come pouring into the high court.  

David Martin Davies / TPR News

Former Democratic Gubernatorial candidate and state Senator Wendy Davis has once again joined the fight against Texas' 2013 Abortion law.  Davis is using her own personal story in the hope of convincing the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the law. Davis gained national prominence for her filibuster of the abortion bill in 2013.

Texas Tribune

Underage Texas women seeking abortions without their parents' consent will face a tougher set of legal hurdles in the new year.

State law already requires minors — those under age 18 — to get sign-off from at least one parent before receiving an abortion, unless doing so could put the young woman in danger of physical, sexual or emotional abuse. In those cases, a judge can be asked to approve the procedure.

A High Court judge in Belfast has ruled that Northern Ireland's abortion restrictions are incompatible with human rights.

Currently, abortion is permitted only when the life of the mother is under threat or her long-term health would be compromised by carrying the fetus to term. Monday's decision will put pressure on lawmakers to allow for the procedure in some other instances.

Judge Mark Horner said that banning the procedure in the case of rape, incest, and when the fetus has fatal abnormalities violates the European Convention on Human Rights.

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