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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — More than 1,000 people have rallied at the Virginia Capitol against legislation in the Democratic-controlled General Assembly that would ease restrictions on abortion access.

Speakers urged the crowd Thursday to ask lawmakers to vote against the bills they argued would undo protections for pregnant women.

Measures that have passed the House and Senate would undo restrictions including a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion, as well a requirement that women seeking an abortion undergo an ultrasound and counseling.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Senate has approved legislation that would undo abortion restrictions put in place when Republicans controlled the legislature.

The new Democratic majority voted on Wednesday to roll back provisions including a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion and a requirement that women undergo an ultrasound and counseling.

The 20-20 vote came after about an hour of debate. Sen. Joe Morrissey split with fellow Democrats and joined all the chamber's Republicans in voting against the measure.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia House has approved legislation to undo Republican-backed restrictions on abortion.

The new Democratic majority voted Tuesday to undo requirements that including a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion, as well a requirement that women seeking an abortion undergo an ultrasound and counseling.

The bill, which is part of Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam's legislative agenda, would also roll back the requirement that an abortion be provided by a physician, allowing nurse practitioners and physician assistants to perform them.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal judge has issued a mixed ruling in a case that challenged four Virginia laws that opponents say restrict access to abortion in the state.

The ruling Monday upheld a law requiring women to undergo an ultrasound and wait at least 24 hours before having an abortion. It also upheld Virginia's "physician-only" law that bars nurse practitioners and physician's assistants from performing abortions.

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President Donald Trump is being challenged for his renomination by former Massachusetts Governor William Weld. The Republican challenger stopped by Salisbury University where he talked with Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush about his view of the nation's cheif executive.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A trial has begun in a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn four abortion-restriction measures in Virginia.

The laws being challenged include a physician-only measure that bars nurse practitioners and physician's assistants from performing first-trimester abortions.

Lawyers for the women's health groups suing the state skipped their opening statement Tuesday and began their case by calling a doctor who testified that abortion "is one of the safest medical procedures that exist."

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With Alabama approving the strictest abortion law in the nation, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot wants to see if the state pension fund might divest from businesses based in that state. Delmarva Pubic Radi's Don Rush spoke with the comptroller about his reactio to the decision and what the future may hold as a number of states approve similar laws.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A trial is set to begin in a lawsuit filed by women's health groups seeking to overturn restrictions on abortion providers in Virginia.

The lawsuit is among legal challenges filed in at least a dozen states over what abortion-rights groups call Targeted Restrictions on Abortion Providers.

The trial is scheduled to begin Monday in federal court in Richmond as a handful of states have recently passed tough new anti-abortion laws, including Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Ohio and Kentucky.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's new House speaker says she will "most likely" push to protect abortion rights in the state's constitution next year, as her predecessor sought to do this year.

House Speaker Adrienne Jones said Thursday she expects the issue to come back before Maryland lawmakers, especially after Alabama's governor signed the strictest-in-the-nation abortion ban.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal judge has rescinded his own ruling that struck down a Virginia law that said only physicians may perform first-trimester abortions.

U.S. District Court Judge Henry Hudson last week found that the law was "unduly burdensome" to women seeking abortions. Hudson's ruling came ahead of a trial scheduled to begin next week in a lawsuit challenging Virginia abortion laws.

On Tuesday, the judge vacated his order and said he needs to hear more evidence during the trial on whether the law presents an "undue burden" to women.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal judge has struck down a Virginia law that says only physicians can perform first-trimester abortions.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson issued his ruling Monday. His opinion could increase access to abortions in the state by allowing more medical providers to perform the procedure.

Hudson wrote that the law "is unnecessary and provides minimal medical benefits with respect to first trimester abortions." He added that such regulations present an undue burden to women seeking an abortion.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland would become the first state to stop participating in a federal family planning program known as Title X due to a proposed Trump administration rule, under a bill approved by the Maryland General Assembly.

The state Senate gave the bill final approval on a 28-16 vote Wednesday. That sends the bill to Gov. Larry Hogan.

The Trump administration rule would prohibit family planning clinics funded by the program from making abortion referrals. Critics denounce that as a "gag rule."

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland could become the first state to stop participating in the federal Title X program due to a Trump administration rule that would prohibit family planning clinics funded by the program from making abortion referrals, under a measure headed to the state's House of Delegates.

The House is scheduled to take up the bill Friday.

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Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings says her state will join a national lawsuit against a new administration gag rule.

The Trump administration wants to prohibit family planning clinics from providing information or referring patients for abortions.  

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the rule would impact thousands of Delaware residents who seek family planning help at clinics and health centers that receive federal funds.

Jennings called the latest administration efforts, cruel, ineffective and harmful.

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

The measure cleared the House on Thursday, with six Republicans voting no. It now goes to the Senate.

The legislation also was approved last year but requires passage in two General Assemblies.

The bill initially failed to win Senate passage last year 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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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.

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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.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House is poised to vote on a bill ensuring that abortion remains legal in Delaware if Roe v. Wade is ever overturned.

The bill, which narrowly cleared the Senate last month, was scheduled for a House vote Tuesday.

Delaware's current law allows abortions only if the mother's health is at risk, if there is a substantial risk the child would be born with serious disabilities, or if pregnancy results from rape or incest. It also prohibits abortions beyond 20 weeks of pregnancy.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state House committee is poised to begin consideration of a bill to ensure abortion remains legal in Delaware if the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade is ever overturned.

The bill, which narrowly cleared the Senate last week and is up for discussion by House members Wednesday, revises Delaware's current abortion law, which remains on the books despite being superseded by federal law.

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Some Delaware lawmakers are moving to make sure that abortion will still be legal in the state even if the U.S. Supreme Court were to overturn Roe V. Wade that made it a right.

Still on the books is a Delaware law that would bar abortion except in a few instances but was made moot by the 1973 court decision.

With the possibility that President Trump may appoint enough justices to overturn that ruling State Senator Bryan Townsend says it’s time to make sure that a right to an abortion is legal in the First State.

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FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) - Police in northern Virginia say someone set of fireworks in an elevator and left sheets of paper with the word "bomb" at a building that includes an abortion clinic.

Falls Church police say they were called to the building on two separate occasions on Thursday. In the morning, people reported smoke and an explosion, and investigators found exploded fireworks in an elevator. No one was injured and people were allowed back in the building.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland has become the first state to enact legislation to mitigate any federal cuts to Planned Parenthood.

The measure was enacted Thursday after Gov. Larry Hogan decided not to veto the bill. Like 14 other bills, it went into effect after a midnight deadline without the Republican governor's signature. The Democrat-led Legislature passed the bill with enough votes to override a veto.

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