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States’ Coronavirus Shutdowns Violate Abortion Rights: Suits (2)

March 30, 2020, 6:01 PM; Updated: March 30, 2020, 10:11 PM

Abortion providers in Ohio and Alabama Monday added new claims to existing federal lawsuits that address the states’ threats to close clinics in response to the new coronavirus, meanwhile two more states—Iowa and Oklahoma—were hit with new suits challenging the impact of their Covid-19 measures on abortion access.

The providers suing Iowa in state court claim Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds’ coronavirus emergency declaration violates the state constitution to the extent it’s interpreted to ban abortion for the duration of the emergency.

And yet another legal action filed Monday accuses Oklahoma of violating women’s constitutional rights by considering abortion to fall...

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