Police say that in Facebook messages they've obtained, Jessica Burgess tells her 17-year-old daughter that she has abortion pills to end her 24-week pregnancy. They're both charged with felonies.
Common misperceptions are that only abortion-seekers are affected, that Democratics could have codified protections before, and that Congress can easily get rid of federal laws restricting abortion.
Pharmacists refusing to fill prescriptions for medications used for abortion could be violating civil rights law. The meds are also used to treat miscarriages, arthritis and ulcers.
Reproductive rights proponents worry about the risk of counseling those who seek medication abortions, though they've published online support techniques and guides for safe use of the drugs.
Anti-vaccine advocates have repurposed a catchy, succinct, and potent slogan. Its unlikely source: the reproductive rights movement, which has been linked to the phrase for more than 50 years.
Saint Luke's Health System, which operates several hospitals in the Kansas City area, said it was concerned about the risk of criminal prosecution by offering the emergency contraceptive.
Some state lawmakers are working to deter residents from seeking abortions elsewhere, or to punish those who help them do so. Delivery of abortion medication by mail could become another battleground.
The Justice Department is asking a federal judge to temporarily block the new Texas abortion ban while its lawsuit against the state continues.