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The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission's chief commissioner, Les Allamby, speaks to members of the media outside of the Supreme Court in London on Thursday. The court said it could not rule on the commissions' challenge to Northern Ireland's strict abortion laws, but that it would have declared them incompatible with human rights laws otherwise. Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Activist group Solidarity with Repeal holds a rally calling for abortion rights outside Belfast City Hall last week in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The rally follows Ireland's vote to repeal a constitutional ban on abortion. Charles McQuillan/Getty Images hide caption

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Ireland Voted To Allow Abortion. But It's Still Strictly Banned In Northern Ireland

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The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal to an Arkansas law that would make it illegal to have a medication-induced abortion. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Supreme Court Leaves In Place Law That Effectively Bans Abortion By Pill — For Now

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Supporters of Friday's referendum to repeal Ireland's abortion ban gathered at Dublin Castle on Saturday. Voters overwhelmingly chose to lift abortion restrictions by changing the country's constitution. Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty Images hide caption

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Thousands of abortion-rights opponents demonstrate in Dublin on March 10. NurPhoto via Getty Images hide caption

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Ireland's Abortion Referendum Is Proving Deeply Divisive

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Under rules outlined in a newly unveiled Trump administration proposal, crisis pregnancy centers and other organizations that do not provide standard contraceptive options, like birth control pills or IUDs, could find it easier to apply for Title X funds. Peter Dazeley/Getty Images hide caption

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Under Trump, Family Planning Funds Could Go To Groups That Oppose Contraception

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President Trump speaks during the Susan B. Anthony List's 11th annual Campaign for Life Gala at the National Building Museum on Tuesday. President Trump addressed the annual gala of the anti-abortion group and urged people to vote in the midterm election. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Planned Parenthood's affiliated clinics, like this one in Chicago, provide wellness exams and comprehensive contraceptive services, as well as screenings for cancer and sexually transmitted diseases for both women and men. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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In a statement from the Planned Parenthood Federation of America on the rule, the group said it would not "stand by while our basic health rights are stripped away." Sue Ogrocki/AP hide caption

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Clinics That Refer Women For Abortions Would Not Get Federal Funds Under New Rule

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President Trump shakes hands with Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar after he is sworn in by Vice President Pence on Jan. 29. Major reproductive health organizations are voicing concerns about the Trump administration's new approach to federal family-planning grants, which may reduce the role of Planned Parenthood and place greater emphasis on "natural family planning." Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Abortion-rights advocate Kim Gibson, a "clinic defender," keeps watch at the entrance of the Jackson Women's Health Organization clinic, the only clinic providing abortions in Mississippi, last month. Rogelio V. Solis/AP hide caption

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A federal judge in Washington, D.C. says that at least for now, the Trump administration can't block undocumented minors in federal care from seeking abortions. Blink O'fanaye/Flickr hide caption

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On March 21, 2010, Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), alongside fellow anti-abortion Democrats, holds up a copy of an executive order from President Barack Obama guaranteeing no federal funding for abortion. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Critics of Roger Severino, director of the Office for Civil Rights at HHS, worry Severino's efforts on behalf of some health workers will reduce women's access to reproductive health services and could aggravate discrimination against transgender people. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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Civil Rights Chief At HHS Defends The Right To Refuse Care On Religious Grounds

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Anti-abortion activists protest in the rain in front of the Supreme Court. The court is hearing arguments Tuesday on the state of crisis pregnancy centers. Lee Sheehan/NPR hide caption

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Justices Appear Skeptical Of Calif. Law Challenged By Anti-Abortion Centers

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The Jackson Women's Health Organization clinic in Jackson, Miss. is currently the state's only abortion clinic. The clinic has sued the state in response to a new law restricting abortion access. Rogelio V. Solis/AP hide caption

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Abortion-rights activists stand in protest on Dec. 13, 2017, in the Ohio Senate chamber in Columbus, after passage of a bill banning abortions in cases of a Down syndrome diagnosis. On Thursday, the ACLU filed suit on behalf of providers in a bid to halt the law's enactment. Julie Carr Smyth/AP hide caption

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