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President-elect Donald Trump has suggested that he’ll nominate U.S. Supreme Court justices that would overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that ended many abortion restrictions in the U.S. If he succeeds, some states might have laws like that in the Republic of Ireland - which has the most restrictive abortion laws of any industrialized democracy.

Under the Eighth Amendment to Ireland's constitution, abortion is illegal in the heavily Catholic country in all cases except when the life of the woman is at risk. Both the woman or the doctor performing the abortion can face up to 14 years in prison if convicted.

But polls show the constitutional amendment underpinning the ban has lost popular support, raising pressure on Ireland's government to hold a referendum on the issue. On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at the effort to repeal Ireland's constitutional ban on abortion.

Missouri’s two Planned Parenthood affiliates on Wednesday morning sued to overturn the state’s highly restrictive abortion laws, a move expected since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down similar laws in Texas in June. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Jefferson City, sets up a showdown over state statutes that were enacted in the wake of the Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade decision, which held that the right to an abortion in the early stages of pregnancy is rooted in the...

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Kristin Metcalf-Wilson said the activist in her couldn’t help leading cheers of “What do we want? Access. When do we want it? Always.” with those gathered Monday at Glenn’s Café to celebrate the Supreme Court’s decision in the case Whole Woman’s Health et al. v. Hellerstedt . Metcalf-Wilson is the lead clinician for Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, which operates the Planned Parenthood clinic in Columbia. She along with the Planned Parenthood Advocates of Kansas and Mid-Missouri...

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A U.S. Supreme Court ruling is calling into question whether some Missouri abortion regulations will stand. Supreme Court judges ruled 5-3 Monday that some Texas regulations are medically unnecessary and unconstitutionally limit women's abortion rights. Missouri has similar laws requiring abortion doctors to have privileges at nearby hospitals and clinics to meet hospital-like standards for outpatient surgery. Spokeswoman Nanci Gonder said Missouri's attorney general is reviewing the ruling....

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Measures on union fees and changes to abortion policy are pending in the final week of Missouri's 2016 legislative session.

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The Missouri House has passed a controversial "personhood" measure opponents say could ban abortion, including in cases of rape and incest.

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A proposed state constitutional amendment that would virtually outlaw abortion in Missouri is one step closer to being debated by the full State House.

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Republican Missouri lawmakers are pushing measures opponents say will ban abortions, as well as fetal-tissue donation from those procedures.

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Minors who want an abortion in Missouri would need to tell both their parents under a bill that has passed the House.

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The Missouri House has given initial approval to a bill that would tighten the requirements for a minor to get an abortion.

The Planned Parenthood clinic in Columbia has stopped performing medically-induced abortions. The Columbia Tribune reports that the clinic ceased offering the abortions Monday.

A Columbia Planned Parenthood facility likely will lose the ability to perform medication-induced abortions.

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Missouri's Democratic attorney general says an investigation by his office found no evidence that Planned Parenthood in St. Louis is selling fetal tissue from abortions. Chris Koster's report released Monday said a review of more than 300 abortions performed in June found that all tissue had been properly incinerated. Koster launched an investigation following state and national outrage, primarily by Republicans, about undercover videos released by anti-abortion activists. The videos show...

The last time the Senate Interim Committee on the Sanctity of Life met, members threatened to hold a Nixon administration official in contempt unless she produced documents identifying which hospital had a working relationship with Columbia's Planned Parenthood clinic. That became a moot point when Department of Health and Senior Services Director Gail Vasterling sent the committee a letter stating that Colleen McNicholas, M.D., had received admitting privileges from University of Missouri Health Care.

The Planned Parenthood Center in Columbia has announced it will resume medically induced abortions at its local clinic.

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Mizzou Students for Life, a local chapter of a national anti-abortion organization, gathered in the MU Student Center Wednesday as a part of a national campaign about Planned Parenthood.

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Missouri Republican lawmakers want to expand notification requirements for minors in the state seeking abortions. Current state law requires only one parent to give consent for a minor to get an abortion; the other parent does not have to be notified.

This week, Congress returns with House leaders vowing to revisit the anti-abortion bill they pulled off the floor last week. The ban on abortions after 20 weeks was withdrawn when it appeared there weren't enough Republican votes to pass it. Why did it need quite so many Republican votes? Because the GOP can no longer count on a contingent of Democrats to help out on abortion-related votes. That was obvious last week, on Thursday, when the leaders brought out a backup bill relating to federal...

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri Republican is proposing that women be required to get notarized permission from the father to receive an abortion. State Representative Rick Brattin of Harrisonville recently filed legislation requiring a father's consent except in cases of rape or incest.

A new Missouri state law requiring women to wait 72 hours to have an abortion after their initial consultation is set to take effect Friday, and the state’s only abortion provider says it will not immediately appeal the measure in court. President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri, Paula Gianino, said attorneys for their national organization did not think an appeal would be successful in state or federal court. “Until we have a change in the...

Giving teenagers access to free, long-term contraception can dramatically reduce rates of unintended pregnancy and abortion. That's according to n ew research out of Washington University in St. Louis. The study is part of a larger effort called the Contraceptive CHOICE Project , whose goal is to promote long-acting forms of birth control like intrauterine devices (IUDs) and contraceptive implants in order to reduce unplanned pregnancies in the St. Louis region. This component of the project...

(Updated 12:15 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 11) The Missouri General Assembly has made the state the third in the country to require a 72-hour waiting period before a woman can obtain an abortion, after the state Senate killed off a filibuster. The Senate voted 23-7 – along party lines -- to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of the bill, but only after deploying a procedural action that it hadn’t used in seven years to end a Democratic filibuster that had gone on for about two hours. The last time the...

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones says extending the abortion waiting period to “a mere 72 hours” is not excessive when considering the sanctity of life. His speech Monday at the Springfield Pregnancy Care Center comes two days before lawmakers are set to convene for its annual veto session at the state capitol. He was joined Monday by Republican representatives Kevin Elmer, Eric Burlison and Sonya Anderson. If passed, the wait period would become the second most stringent in the nation. “My...

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Missouri lawmakers are poised to vote this week to enact one of the nation's longest abortion waiting periods.

(Updated 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 2) Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed a bill that would have tripled the state’s waiting period for an abortion to 72 hours, saying it reflected “a callous disregard for women who find themselves in horrific circumstances.” The governor noted in Wednesday’s veto message that the bill, HB 1307, had no exceptions for rape or incest. “This extreme and disrespectful measure would unnecessarily prolong the suffering of rape and incest victims and jeopardize the...

(Updated 11:40 a.m Thursday, May 15) After more than an hour of emotional – and often loud – debate, the Missouri House voted to send to the governor a bill that would triple Missouri’s waiting period for abortions to 72 hours from 24 hours. If approved by Gov. Jay Nixon, the measure would make Missouri only the third state in the nation to mandate a 72-hour wait – and possibly set the stage for a legal challenge. The House’s 111-39 vote late Wednesday was veto-proof. It follows the state...

Bobby and Christie Clark share a late afternoon snack of frozen chicken fingers inside their Sedalia, Mo., home on Monday, April 21, 2014. Christie and her two kids receive food stamps, but Missouri denies Bobby access because of his drug felony. Missouri
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Missouri lawmakers are scrambling this week to finalize and pass legislation before the end of the legislative session on Friday, May 16. As Missouri senators and representatives put the finishing touches on their work, we took a look at some of the biggest bills this legislative session. This edition of Talking Politics looks into the abortion wait-time bill, the student transfer bill and the override of Nixon's veto on an income tax decrease. Also on this edition of Talking Politics,...

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Republicans in the Missouri Senate succeeded in passing two of their top priorities early Tuesday morning. In a bit of old-fashioned horse-trading, Democrats agreed to allow votes on a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow early voting during regular business hours ( HJR 90 ), and on a bill that would require women to wait 72 hours before getting an abortion ( HB 1307 ). In exchange, Republicans agreed to drop their push for 'paycheck protection' ( HB 1617 ) and for requiring...

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Missouri's Republican-led Senate has defeated a rape and incest exemption to the state's abortion waiting period.

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The issue of abortion in Missouri seems like old news. But it's an issue that remains very much at the forefront of Missouri politics this year. In this year's legislative session, there are over thirty pieces of legislation touching the issue. Is this year different than others? The Guttmacher Institute , a national reproductive rights advocacy organization, said there is a greater legislative focus on regulating abortion in the Missouri general assembly than ever before. At least one of...

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