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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A leading Maryland lawmaker says he will introduce a constitutional amendment next year to protect abortion rights.

House Speaker Michael Busch announced Thursday he will introduce the proposal in next year's legislative session. If approved by the General Assembly, it will go on the ballot for voters to decide in 2020.

The Democrat says he is introducing the proposal because the Supreme Court is "currently hanging in the balance" and due to "increasing hostility" toward "women's reproductive rights by this federal Administration."

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is asking a judge to toss out a lawsuit that seeks to overturn state laws restricting abortion rights.

Herring's office filed the motion to dismiss Friday in federal court in Richmond. The attorney general's office argues that while the abortion-rights groups that filed the lawsuit raise legitimate concerns, the issues should be addressed by the state legislature, not the courts.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear from a Maryland city that wants pregnancy centers opposed to abortion to notify patients they don't provide such services.

The Daily Record of Baltimore reports the high court declined Thursday to hear Baltimore's appeal of a lower-court ruling that struck down a city ordinance requiring notification.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A group of women's health care providers has filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn a number of Virginia's abortion regulations in light of a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

The lawsuit filed in federal court Wednesday challenges Virginia laws, some decades old, that restrict who can provide an abortion and how it can be provided. The plaintiffs argue the laws are unconstitutional obstacles to care not supported by medical evidence.

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There’s an effort in the Delaware legislature to require doctors to provide but not necessarily perform ultrasounds before an abortion is performed.

WBOC reports that the measure is sponsored by State Senator Bryant Richardson (R-Seaford) who says it is an effort to provide women with information about their choice.

If doctors do not offer the ultrasound they would face a civil or criminal penalty.  

The measure comes just as state lawmakers are to consider a ban ono abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.


DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House has approved a proposed amendment to Delaware's constitution guaranteeing equal rights based on sex.

The measure easily cleared the House on Thursday, one day after the Senate recalled and revised it.

The bill had failed to win Senate passage last month amid Republican concerns about possible hidden motives, such as guaranteeing taxpayer funding for abortions or granting special rights to transgender people.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A proposed amendment to Delaware's constitution guaranteeing equal rights based on sex has failed in the state Senate.

The legislation passed the House in March but failed to gain the necessary two-thirds majority in the Senate on Wednesday.

The amendment states that equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged on account of sex.

Critics have suggested that the proposal could have hidden motives, such as guaranteeing taxpayer funding for abortions or granting special rights to transgender people.

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If Delaware Republican lawmakers had their way abortion would be banned after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

The measure would make it a felony for anyone to perform an abortion after that.

WBOC reports that the measure does provide for an exemption after 20 weeks if the woman’s life is threatened.

Planned Parenthood of Delaware CEO Ruth Lytle-Barnaby told the television station that her organization opposes the measure and disputes claims that a fetus can feel pain after 20 weeks.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Republican-led Virginia Senate committee has voted down bills aimed at increasing access to abortion services.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the committee voted along party lines last week against legislation pushed by abortion-rights advocates.

One bill was related to abortion clinic regulations and another would have removed the requirement that rape victims file a police report before receiving an abortion funded by the state.

The committee also rejected a bill that would have eliminated a waiting period before an abortion.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - As the battle over abortion rights continues to spread from Washington to state capitals, Delaware lawmakers have taken the lead in ensuring that abortion remains legal if Roe v. Wade is ever overturned.

The state House on Tuesday gave final approval to a bill eliminating restrictions on abortion in current Delaware law, which has remained on the books despite being superseded for decades by federal law.

Democratic Gov. John Carney said he'll sign the measure, for which Planned Parenthood lobbied.