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Kansas can pull Planned Parenthood funding - appeals court

(Reuters) - A federal appeals court panel on Tuesday upheld a 2011 Kansas law that would stop federal family planning money the state receives from flowing to two Planned Parenthood clinics. The ruling overturned a Kansas federal judge's preliminary injunction that stopped the state from eliminating the federal funding to family planning clinics Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri operates in Wichita and Hays.

Anti-abortion activist loses appeal over Ohio home raid

By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - A federal appeals court refused to hold members of the U.S. Marshals Service liable for raiding the home of an anti-abortion activist to enforce a money judgment favoring Planned Parenthood, but strongly criticized their tactics, saying they appeared aimed at stifling the activist's "repugnant" ideas.

Nuns get partial win in Supreme Court contraception fight

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court said on Friday that, while litigation continues, an order of Roman Catholic nuns need not comply with a part of President Barack Obama's healthcare law requiring employers to provide insurance that covers contraception.

Supreme Court declines to hear Arizona abortion appeal

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeals court ruling that said an Arizona law banning abortions starting at 20 weeks of gestation is unconstitutional, meaning the restrictive state law is struck down. A ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in May 2013 invalidated the law, saying it violated "unalterably clear" legal precedents. The justices' decision not to review the state's appeal means the lower-court ruling remains intact.

U.S. court hears appeal to ease parts of Texas abortion law

By Lisa Maria Garza (Reuters) - A federal court heard an appeal from Planned Parenthood and other advocacy groups on Monday to a relax restrictive abortion law in Texas that has caused a dozen clinics to suspend services. The law requires doctors to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic where the abortion is performed in case women have complications.

Texas attorney general asks court to reinstate abortion measure

By Karen Brooks AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott on Tuesday asked a federal appeals court judge to immediately reinstate a restriction on abortion that a lower court judge had ruled unconstitutional, according to a court filing.

Supreme Court lets stand ruling throwing out 'abortion pill' limits

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Monday left intact a state court decision invalidating an Oklahoma law that effectively banned the so-called abortion pill RU-486, with the justices deciding to sidestep a potentially contentious case. The high court had been waiting for the Oklahoma Supreme Court to clarify a December 2012 ruling that had voided the law before deciding on whether to rule on the case. Last week, the state court issued a new opinion explaining its reasoning in more detail.

Texas attorney general asks court to reinstate abortion measure

By Karen Brooks AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott on Tuesday asked a federal appeals court judge to immediately reinstate a restriction on abortion that a lower court judge had ruled unconstitutional, according to a court filing.

Man confesses to Missouri mosque and clinic fires, prosecutors say

By Kevin Murphy (Reuters) - A Missouri man has confessed to twice trying to set a Planned Parenthood Clinic on fire and also admitted to setting a blaze that destroyed a mosque in the same town in 2012, federal prosecutors said in court documents filed on Monday. When Jedediah Stout, 29, was charged Friday with two arson attempts at the Joplin, Missouri, clinic on October 3 and 4, authorities made no mention of his suspected involvement in an August 6, 2012, blaze that gutted the Islamic Society of Joplin mosque.

Man charged with attempted arson at Planned Parenthood in Missouri

By Kevin Murphy (Reuters) - A man accused of twice trying to set fire to a Planned Parenthood health clinic in Joplin, Missouri, in early October was charged on Friday with attempted arson, federal authorities said. Jedediah Stout, 30, is accused of trying to burn the clinic, which does not provide abortions, by tossing items containing an accelerant on the roof on October 3 and October 4 and then igniting attached materials, a Justice Department statement said.
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