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  • By WILL WEISSERT
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Abortions in Texas plummeted about 15 percent during the first year after approval of tough restrictions that the U.S. Supreme Court has since struck down — a decline that activists say shows how hard it had become to get an abortion in America's second-largest state.

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FILE - In this April 9, 2016, file photo, hundreds of abortion rights supporters gather at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis to protest a…

  • By TOM DAVIES
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge blocked an Indiana law Thursday that would have banned abortions sought because of a fetus' genetic abnormalities, saying that the state does not have the authority to limit a woman's reasons for ending a pregnancy.

  • By PAUL J. WEBER
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The biggest court ruling affirming U.S. abortion rights in a generation scolded Texas lawmakers for a lack of facts and vindicated Republicans' wonky pest: A team of university researchers so prolific in their scrutiny of Texas women's health laws that a state health official lost his job for collaborating with them.

  • By RACHEL LA CORTE
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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear an appeal from Washington state pharmacists who said they have religious objections to dispensing Plan B or other emergency contraceptives.

  • By DAVID CRARY
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NEW YORK (AP) — By striking down tough abortion restrictions in Texas, the U.S. Supreme Court has emboldened abortion-rights activists nationwide and imperiled a range of anti-abortion laws in numerous states.

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Bethany Van Kampen, left, hugs Alejandra Pablus as thet celebrate during a rally at the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, June 27, 2016, af…

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Traffic passes a Planned Parenthood sign in Dallas, Monday, June 27, 2016. The Supreme Court struck down Texas' widely replicated regulation o…

  • Nathan Lambrecht
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Staff members of Whole Woman's Health celebrate in front of a mural on the side of the building after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling against Te…

  • By PAUL J. WEBER
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Abortion providers celebrating the U.S. Supreme Court striking down major Texas abortion restrictions Monday also acknowledged a daunting reality: Women aren't soon likely to see new clinics replace the about 20 abortion facilities lost since 2013.

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Amy Hagstrom Miller, second from right, founder of Whole Woman's Health, a Texas women's health clinic that provides abortions, leaves the Sup…

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the Supreme Court's decision striking down Texas' strict regulation of abortion clinics (all times local):

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Amy Hagstrom Miller, founder of Whole Woman's Health, a Texas women's health clinic that provides abortions, rejoices as she leaves the Suprem…

  • Nathan Lambrecht
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Lucy Ceballos, center, and Isabella Soto, left, members of the National Institute for Reproductive Health, celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court ru…

  • By MIKE STOBBE

NEW YORK (AP) — Online requests for abortion pills spiked dramatically this year in Brazil, Ecuador and some other Latin American countries that ban abortions, an indication that women may be choosing to end pregnancies rather than risk birth defects stemming from a Zika virus outbreak.

In this Monday, May 23, 2016 photo, an Aedes aegypti mosquito is kept in a glass tube at the Fiocruz institute which has been screening for mo…

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — President Barack Obama's administration said Tuesday that California did not violate a religious freedom law when it ordered health insurance companies to pay for elective abortions.

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The Zika virus has gained a startling foothold in Puerto Rico based on the number of blood donations that have tested positive for the disease…

FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 file photo, a trap holds mosquitos at the Dallas County Mosquito Lab in Hutchins, Texas. The trap had b…

  • By MIKE STOBBE

NEW YORK (AP) — Three babies with Zika-linked birth defects have been born in the U.S., the government reported Thursday in its first accounting of outcomes for pregnant women infected with the virus.