Planned Parenthood has filed “the first wave” of lawsuits in three states to defend abortion services across the US, just two months before pro-life Donald Trump becomes president.
The lawsuits were filed in Missouri, Alaska and North Carolina, in association with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Center for Reproductive Rights.
There are different laws and challenges in each state. In North Carolina, abortion has been long banned after 20 weeks, but the regulation was tightened up this year. Women can only get an abortion at the point when they are facing a medical emergency. There is no exception for rape or incest.
In Alaska, there is a virtual ban on second trimester abortion and most women have to fly to another state if they want to get the procedure.
In Missouri, there is only one clinic left in St Louis that is fitted up to the level required by state government to carry out abortions.