The battle over abortion rights continues, with legislation moving through the Senate's Judiciary Committee that would end legal abortion in the state.
The Missouri solicitor general rules that women need not undergo a mandatory ultrasound before having an abortion, following a lawsuit claiming the procedure violates one woman's personal religious beliefs.
Women's issue advocates say the Health and Human Services nominee, Alex Azar, has a history of using positions of power to undermine birth control access.
Rep. Steve King's proposal relies on an interpretation of fetal development designed to stir up public sentiment against abortion, critics contend.
The 17-year-old's fight to have an abortion led to a lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services.
A three-judge appellate panel rules that the government should have time to try to release the 17-year-old so she can obtain the procedure outside of federal custody.
The judge handling the case said she was "astounded" that the Department of Justice would try to block the procedure for the immigrant.