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Abortion foes rally in Washington, spurred by pope

Thousands of marchers braved freezing temperatures in Washington on Wednesday to demand an end to abortion in the United States, with Pope Francis tweeting his support. The annual March for Life marks the anniversary -- in this case the 41st -- of the US Supreme Court's landmark Roe versus Wade decision that effectively legalized abortion nationwide. "We're pro-life because we believe in the rights of unborn children," March for Life president Jeanne Monahan told the crowd on the snow-covered National Mall, with the Capitol in the distance.

US top court won't block restrictive Texas abortion law

The US Supreme Court Tuesday refused to block a law that restricts women's access to abortions in the southern state of Texas. The measure requires that doctors performing abortions have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles (48 km) of the site of the abortion, in case complications arise. As a result, opponents say, more than a third of Texas facilities performing abortions are being shuttered. A group of women and doctors from the state asked the US Supreme Court to at least temporarily block the law's application.

Supreme Court drops abortion case from docket

The US Supreme Court announced without explanation Monday that it will not review an Oklahoma court's decision to overturn a state law that restricts the use of an abortion pill. The court had said in June it would review an appeal by the state of Oklahoma, challenging the state supreme court's decision to overturn the 2011 law.

Planned Parenthood to pay Texas $1.4 million to settle alleged fraud

By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - Women's health group Planned Parenthood has agreed to pay the state of Texas $1.4 million to settle allegations of fraud in billing to a health program for the poor, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said on Wednesday. But a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast strongly denied the allegations and said the group settled to avoid a lengthy battle with Texas.

Texas abortion law passes despite protests

The Texas senate late Friday approved a bill setting some of the strictest limits on abortion in the United States, just weeks after a filibuster by opposition Democrats dramatically thwarted the measure. The bill -- similar to the one that state Senator Wendy Davis helped block in a 13-hour filibuster on June 25 -- was approved 19-11, with one Democrat joining the Republican majority, local media reported.

Texas abortion law passes despite protests

The Texas senate late Friday approved a bill setting some of the strictest limits on abortion in the United States, just weeks after a filibuster by opposition Democrats dramatically thwarted the measure. The bill -- similar to the one that state Senator Wendy Davis helped block in a 13-hour filibuster on June 25 -- was approved 19-11, with one Democrat joining the Republican majority, local media reported.

No review for abortion-doctor killer suspected in Canadian shootings

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a petition to review the murder case of an anti-abortion extremist who is also suspected in the shootings of three Canadian doctors. James Charles Kopp claims his constitutional rights were violated during the state and federal trials that sent him to prison for life for the sniper-style slaying of an American abortion provider. The U.S. justices on Monday denied Kopp's petition to review the lower court records. The court gets around 8,000 such requests every year and accepts fewer than 150.

UPDATE 1-Anti-abortion marchers in Washington protest 40 yrs of legal abortion

(Adds details throughout, comments, background) By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Anti-abortion activists marched in Washington on Friday to protest the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that made abortion legal in the United States 40 years ago. Condemning abortion as an abuse of human rights, people from across the country participated in the March for Life that takes place annually in the nation's capital. The Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade ruling on Jan. 22, 1973, legalized abortion.

Washington protesters to mark 40 years of legal U.S. abortion

WASHINGTON, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Anti-abortion marchers are expected on Friday to mark the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing abortion, and Pope Benedict expressed support for the demonstrators. The anti-abortion March for Life, an annual event in Washington, will be preceded by a midday rally on the National Mall.
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