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Texas Catholic Conference disappointed by court ruling on abortion law

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The Texas Catholic Conference expressed disappointment with the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 decision Monday that temporarily blocks Texas from enforcing new requirements on abortion clinics that would force many of them to close.

The Texas law requires the clinics to meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers when performing abortions. Other provisions of the law, such as requiring abortion doctors to have hospital privileges and prohibiting abortions after 20 weeks gestation, were not affected.

Block on Kansas law said to leave unborn 'vulnerable to painful death'

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A Kansas District Court judge June 25 granted a temporary injunction against Kansas' Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act, which was to take effect Wednesday.

The law bans the dilation and evacuation abortion procedure -- which pro-life advocates describe as "dismemberment" -- that is commonly used during the second trimester of pregnancy.

"Today's injunction leaves unborn children vulnerable to painful death by dismemberment," said Mary Spaulding Balch, National Right to Life's director of state legislation.

5th Circuit says HHS accommodation on mandate not a burden on religion

The religious rights of faith-based entities -- including the dioceses of Fort Worth and Beaumont, Texas, and the University of Dallas -- are not substantially burdened by the process to receive an accommodation from the federal government to avoid participating in a health care mandate for contraceptive coverage, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday.

Iowa court says state's ban on 'webcam abortions' unconstitutional

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The Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday that women in Iowa may obtain a medically induced abortion without an in-person examination by a physician.

Abortions by telemedicine -- or "webcam" abortions as they are known -- take place when a woman gets a chemical abortion without any doctor being physically present.

The patient consults with the doctor via webcam at a clinic and the doctor remotely activates a drawer in an examination room that opens to provide the woman with abortion drugs, such as RU-486.

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