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Analysis: After Supreme Court abortion ruling, what’s next for Louisiana?

Analysis: After Supreme Court abortion ruling, what’s next for Louisiana?State Rep. Katrina Jackson: 'I hope one day we can overturn Roe versus Wade, but that wasn't the aim of this law'



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Supreme Court blocks restrictive Louisiana abortion law

Supreme Court blocks restrictive Louisiana abortion lawA divided U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday stopped a Louisiana law imposing strict regulations on abortion clinics from going into effect in its first major test on abortion since the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy last summer. The court on a 5-4 vote granted an emergency application by Shreveport-based abortion provider Hope Medical Group for Women to block the Republican-backed law from going into effect while litigation continues. The four liberal justices were joined by conservative Chief Justice John Roberts in the majority, suggesting that Roberts, as Kennedy used to be, is now the key vote on the issue.



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With eye on 2020, Trump seizes on abortion issue

With eye on 2020, Trump seizes on abortion issuePresident Donald Trump is proposing a congressional ban on late-term abortions as he seeks to expand his conservative support ahead of the 2020 election. In a State of the Union speech that had been billed as promoting unity, Trump seized upon one of the most sensitive and divisive issues in the country. “To defend the dignity of every person, I am asking the Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother’s womb,” Trump said.



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Trump’s abortion remarks fire up both sides

Trump’s abortion remarks fire up both sidesGroups on both sides of the abortion issue reacted swiftly to the president's comments in his State of the Union speech.



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AP FACT CHECK: Trump on late-term abortion

AP FACT CHECK: Trump on late-term abortionWASHINGTON (AP) — A look at one of President Donald Trump's statements from his State of the Union address on Tuesday night and how it compares with the facts:



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Person upset by abortion stance tipped site to racist photo

Person upset by abortion stance tipped site to racist photoA "concerned citizen" upset by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's recent comments on abortion legislation tipped off a conservative news site about a racist yearbook photo now threatening the governor's career, the site's editor said Monday.



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How the Supreme Court Handled Its First Test of Abortion Rights Since Kavanaugh Joined

How the Supreme Court Handled Its First Test of Abortion Rights Since Kavanaugh JoinedThree conservative judges issued a dissenting opinion, arguing that the Supreme Court should take the case.



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Daily Digit: Majority of Americans believe abortion should be legal

Daily Digit: Majority of Americans believe abortion should be legalDaily Digit is the story behind the numbers that make our world work. Today we’re looking at abortions and the right to choose. In 1973, the Supreme Court ruling on Roe v. Wade decriminalized abortion in the U.S. According to a new study by Pew Research Center, nearly 60% of Americans believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases. Unsurprisingly, the views about this issue vary widely between the political parties. Among the general public, the study shows there’s no significant difference in opinion between men and women. But support varies by race, with whites and blacks more accepting than members of Hispanic groups. And support is higher among individuals with higher education. Do you think abortion should be legal?



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Pope Francis compares having an abortion to 'hiring a contract killer'

Pope Francis compares having an abortion to 'hiring a contract killer'Pope Francis has likened abortion to “hiring a contract killer” in some of his strongest remarks yet on the subject. It was not fair to “take out a human life to solve a problem”, he said. “Is it fair to hire a contract killer to solve a problem? It is not fair. We cannot take out a human being, even if it is small."  The remarks, delivered during his weekly audience in St Peter’s Square, were unscripted and diverged from his prepared text. The comments are likely to be welcomed by conservative Catholics, particularly in the United States where a political battle rages over the issue, but will be viewed with dismay by more moderate Catholics who defend a woman’s right to seek an abortion in certain circumstances. Having an abortion meant eliminating “an innocent and helpless life”, the Pope told tens of thousands of people gathered in the piazza in front of St Peter’s Basilica. It is not the first time he has used emotive language to condemn abortion. In June, he compared abortion to the Nazis’ eugenics programme, the only difference being that it was performed with “white gloves”. “Last century, the whole world was scandalised by what the Nazis did to purify the race. Today, we do the same thing but with white gloves,” he told an Italian family association. He urged couples to accept children “as God gives them to us.” Pope Francis compared having an abortion to hiring a professional assassin Credit: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP “He has always been passionately against abortion. His position has been robust and consistent,” Austen Ivereigh, a Vatican expert and author of The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope, told The Telegraph. “This is in keeping with what he has always said, but he does love to use these shocking metaphors. He is trying to smash any justification for abortion, saying that it is not a cure but a violent act that takes a life.” For Francis, abortion is part of the “throwaway culture” that he frequently rails against in his homilies and addresses. He has often condemned society for marginalising the poor, the elderly and the unborn. In 2014, he said it was “horrific” to think that some unborn children “will never see the light of day”. In a yearly address to a group of diplomats accredited to the Vatican, he criticised the world’s disposable culture, saying that it was not just food and material goods that were thrown away “but often human beings themselves, who are discarded as unnecessary.” His remarks, while outspoken, are in keeping with the teaching of the Catholic Church, which judges that life begins at the moment of conception and must not be terminated. “Abortion is unacceptable in all circumstances – that remains official Catholic teaching,” said Mr Ivereigh. “Pope Francis was very active in opposing any attempt to legalise it in Argentina earlier this year.”



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Pope compares having an abortion to 'hiring a hit man'

Pope compares having an abortion to 'hiring a hit man'Abortion is a raging political battle in a number of countries, including the United States, where many conservatives hope the Supreme Court will eventually overturn the landmark 1973 ruling known as Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion. Francis made his off-the-cuff comments on abortion, some of his toughest to date, in an address to tens of thousands of people gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his weekly general audience. “I ask you: ‘Is it right to ‘take out’ a human life to solve a problem?



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