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New laws on abortion set to take effect around the U.S.

David A. Lieb
Associated Press

New laws targeting abortion are set to take effect Friday in about one-fifth of the states, initiating another wave of restrictions just days after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Texas measure that led several clinics to close.

Some of the laws limit when and how the procedure can be performed. Others restrict what can be done with tissue from aborted fetuses. Still others seek to block abortion providers from getting government funding.

They are part of a raft of laws that are going on the books around the country with the start of the new fiscal year July 1. California, for example, will tighten its childhood vaccination requirements, narrowing the ability of parents to opt out. Vermont will become the first state to require labeling of genetically modified ingredients in food. And Idaho and Tennessee will expand the right to carry concealed guns.

Some of the laws face legal challenges, including a Mississippi measure protecting people who object to gay marriage on religious grounds.

A look at some of the new measures:

■Laws limiting what can be done with the remains of aborted fetuses are set to take effect in Alabama, Florida, Idaho, Indiana and South Dakota, though some are under legal attack.

■In Florida, Mississippi and Missouri, new laws would stop tax dollars from going to Planned Parenthood.

■A lawsuit already is challenging a new Indiana law banning abortions because of the fetus’ race, sex or genetic abnormalities, such as Down syndrome.

■And Florida will require abortion physicians to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals or the clinic to have a patient transfer agreement. It is similar to the Texas law struck down Monday.