Lawsuits challenge abortion restrictions in 3 states

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"You need real facts, not junk science, to prove these anti-abortion laws are necessary".

There's no shortage of speculation about how the incoming Trump administration, whose appointees so far are staunch abortion opponents, might crack down on access to the procedure.

And restrictions in Missouri (pdf) have forced the closure of all but one abortion clinic in the state, meaning women "from all corners" of Missouri are forced to travel 370 miles to obtain an in-state abortion, the lawsuit says.

A medical abortion is a combination of medications that cause the uterine lining to shed, while a surgical abortion in the first trimester is performed by a doctor who uses a suction to empty the uterus, according to the University of California-San Francisco Medical Center's website.

The restrictions being challenged in Missouri are similar to those that the Supreme Court recently struck down in Texas. In Missouri, a woman must also receive state-directed counseling that includes information created to discourage her from having an abortion and then wait 72 hours after such counseling is administered before the abortion may be provided. Even in deep-red North Dakota, 2014's "personhood" ballot measure lost by a 2-to-1 margin, she said. "If that were to change, it would have an effect quite soon economically", she said, a result at odds with Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan, she said.

"If they really thought they had a winning hand here, they would have brought the challenge in the 5th Circuit against the Texas law", Mr. Eastman said, adding that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, under which North Carolina falls, is "pretty solidly on the left". The ACLU said this ban forces doctors caring for a woman with a high-risk pregnancy to delay necessary care until her condition imposes an immediate threat of death or major medical damage.

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Deans, one of the plaintiffs, grew up in North Carolina and moved back to the state in August 2015.

The ruling didn't invalidate similar restrictions elsewhere, however, leaving states like Missouri to pursue their own fight in court. "States can not ban abortion".

These and other medical restrictions targeted at abortion clinics have made Missouri's reproductive health climate so hostile, there's only one abortion provider left in the state.

"When these specific attacks do happen, we're prepared to advocate for our patients", she said.

As reproduction-rights groups launch more legal challenges, they have a new concern.

"So I gave that reflection to say that neither Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump was speaking to our community, and that localized voting was more important, especially when dealing with the criminal justice reform, and everything that we're trying to do to build this education system", he said.

The increase began after Republican Donald Trump won the November 8 presidential race, Stoesz said, with women seeking longer-acting forms of birth control, such as an intrauterine device.

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