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The Republican-led Tennessee House has passed a bill that would require doctors to offer women who are getting abortions a look at an ultrasound, if one was performed beforehand. 

As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump promised abortion opponents four specific actions to "advance the rights of unborn children and their mothers."

One year into his presidency, three of those items remain undone. Nevertheless, opponents of abortion have made significant progress in changing the direction of federal and state policies.

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Anti-abortion-rights activists who gathered at the National Mall for the 45th annual rally known as the March for Life heard a history-making address from the man who has become an unlikely champion of their cause: President Trump.

Restricted Right: Ohio Valley Women Face Abortion Barriers

Jan 8, 2018
Mary Meehan | Ohio Valley ReSource

Closing clinics and a wave of legislative restrictions in the past year made it harder for women in the Ohio Valley to get an abortion. Half of Ohio’s clinics have closed. Kentucky and West Virginia each have a single remaining clinic. As Mary Meehan of the Ohio Valley ReSource reports advocates for reproductive rights are working to help women overcome the growing barriers.

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  Conservative activists and legislators pressing a lawsuit against publicly funded abortions in Illinois are seeking an emergency injunction to prevent the law from taking effect Monday.

For some Alabama voters, supporting abortion rights may be a sin worse than some of the sexual misdeeds Alabama GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore has been accused of — allegations Moore has denied.

That's the conundrum facing the state's conservative, deeply religious electorate: Embrace Democrat Doug Jones despite his liberal stance on abortion and other social issues or vote for Moore anyway even if they believe there is some truth to the sexual assault allegations against him.

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Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin's office has been ordered by a federal judge to reimburse legal fees and travel expenses incurred by Planned Parenthood in an ongoing legal fight involving abortion. 

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A controversial state lawmaker has filed a bill that would make it a felony to perform an abortion in Kentucky. The legislation is likely unconstitutional.

There's a clinic that's right in Kelsey's town of Sioux Falls, S.D., that performs abortions, but she still drove hours away to get one.

Back in 2015, she was going through a difficult time — recently laid off, had to move suddenly, helping a close family member through some personal struggles — when she found out she was also pregnant.

"I kind of knew right away that this was just not the time or place to have a child. I mentally wasn't ready, financially wasn't ready," she says. "The whole situation really wasn't very good."

Dr. Graham Chelius has delivered hundreds of babies. But when a woman comes into his family medicine practice in Waimea, Hawaii, seeking an abortion, he can only advise her to buy a plane ticket.

"There are no abortion providers on our island," Chelius said, "so if one of my patients wants to end her pregnancy, she has to fly to a different island 150 miles away to get this care."

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