Norma McCorvey, plaintiff in Roe v. Wade abortion ruling, dies at 69
19 February 2017 | 4:23 am
Norma McCorvey, the anonymous plaintiff known as Jane Roe in the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Roe vs. Wade ruling legalising abortion, died Saturday at the age of 69, a journalist close to McCorvey said.
Tens of thousands of women take to the streets across the United States in protests aimed at countering a conservative drive to restrict access to abortions.
Around 10,000 people join an anti-abortion protest in Mexico City after the country's Supreme Court ruled that criminalising the procedure is unconstitutional. The decision followed a constitutional challenge to the penal code of the northern state of Coahuila, where abortion carries a punishment of up to three years in prison.
A district judge ordered Texas to suspend its law that imposes a near-total ban on abortions. The ruling comes after a challenge brought by President Joe Biden's administration.
The ban came into effect in September, making it near to impossible for a woman to obtain an abortion in Texas. Lawyers for the Biden administration argue the ban is designed to scare abortion providers. DW's Ines Pohl reports from Texas.
Justice Department officials say the law is "plainly unconstitutional" and want it blocked until legal clarity is found on the matter. The court previously allowed the ban to go into effect.
The Biden administration has asked the Supreme Court to block a new abortion law in Texas. Conflict Zone asked the Texas state senator who introduced the legislation why he thinks he's doing the right thing.
Benin is one of the few countries on the African continent to legalise abortion for most circumstances. The law was passed on Wednesday night following a debate in Parliament, but still needs to be ratified by the constitutional court before it takes effect.
Benin's parliament has voted to legalize abortion in most cases, becoming one of only a handful of African countries to do so.
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The Supreme Court appeared set to put limits on abortion rights in the United States by upholding one state's law banning the procedure after 15 weeks. Protesters from both sides of the issue rallied at the top court.
A case of whether to uphold a Mississippi law that bans terminations of pregnancy after 15 weeks has made it to the country's highest court. A ruling could see the landmark 1973 'Roe versus Wade' case that legalized abortion overturned.
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