Constitutional Law and Civil Rights

State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: Abortion Rules, Abortion Rules, and More Abortion Rules

SOCIAL POLICY: A federal judge upholds an ARIZONA law that bans pill-induced abortions after seven weeks of pregnancy. U.S. District Judge David C. Bury said overturning the law was "not in the public interest," allowing it to go into effect last Tuesday (AZCENTRAL.COM). • WEST VIRGINIA Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) vetoes HB 4588, a bill that would have barred most abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy. Gov. Tomblin cited several recent court decisions ruling similar laws in other states to be unconstitutional (CHARLESTON GAZETTE). • The MISSISSIPPI House and Senate give final approval to HB 1400, which would bar women from obtaining an abortion after the 20th week of pregnancy. The bill, which contains no exceptions for cases of rape or incest, moves to Gov. Phil Bryant (R), who has said he will sign it into law (CLARION LEDGER). • U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announces the federal government would recognize approximately 300 same-sex couples in MICHIGAN who were married on March 22 after U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman ruled the Wolverine State's ban on those unions was unconstitutional. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has stayed that ruling pending further appeals (DETROIT FREE PRESS).

— Compiled by RICH EHISEN

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