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Strict New Nebraska Abortion Law Faces Long Legal Road

LINCOLN, Neb. – (AP) It's been called a groundbreaking law, but a measure approved in Nebraska last week that changes the rationale for abortion bans probably won't go into effect anytime soon if ever. Instead, abortion opponents are hoping it will become the most important case on abortion...

Attorneys Agree To Block On Oklahoma Abortion Law

OKLAHOMA CITY – (AP) Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson has agreed to a court order requested by abortion providers to temporarily block enforcement of a new state law, which requires women to get an ultrasound and hear a detailed description of the fetus. The agreement was announced Monday...

Planned Parenthood Challenges Nebraska Abortion Law

LINCOLN Neb. - (AP) Planned Parenthood of the Heartland filed a lawsuit Monday challenging a new Nebraska law requiring mental health screening for women seeking abortion. The new law would require women wanting abortions to be screened by doctors or other health professionals to determine whether they...

Judge Blocks New Nebraska Abortion Screening Law

OMAHA, Neb. - (AP) A federal judge on Wednesday blocked a new Nebraska law requiring mental health screenings for women seeking abortions until a lawsuit filed against it is decided. U.S. District Judge Laurie Smith Camp granted Planned Parenthood of the Heartland's request for a preliminary injunction...

High Court Looks At Military Funeral Protests

YORK, Pa. - (AP) One thing Al Snyder wants to make clear: His boy fought and died for freedom in Iraq, but not for the right of some "wackos" to spew hate at soldiers' funerals under the protection of the Constitution. "It's an insult to myself, my family and the veterans. . ....

Girl's Mom Sues Over New York City Anti-Abortion Billboard

NEW YORK - (AP) A New Jersey mother is suing an anti-abortion organization that used her 6-year-old daughter's image on a massive billboard in New York City that some people denounced as racist and offensive. Tricia Fraser filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Texas-based Life Always over the billboard...

U.S. Government Suing More Abortion Activists

WICHITA, Kan. - (AP) The Justice Department under President Barack Obama has taken a harder line against anti-abortion activists accused of trying to block access to clinics, suing at least a half-dozen of them under a federal law that lay mostly dormant during the Bush administration. The law, written...

Family Planning Clinic Infringement Lawsuit Attacks Anti-Abortionist's Use Of Copyrighted Material With Graphic Images - FREE DOWNLOAD

On May 12, Northland Family Planning Clinic, Inc. filed a copyright action against the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR). Northland provides reproductive health care to women, including abortions. The CBR, a California non-profit, opposes abortions. Northland alleges that the CBR's anti-abortion...

Planned Parenthood Sues Over Kansas Blocking Funds

TOPEKA, Kan. - (AP) Planned Parenthood filed a federal lawsuit Monday over a provision in Kansas' next state budget that prevents the organization from receiving federal family planning funding, marking the first of what could be several legal challenges to policies successfully pushed by abortion...

Kansas Abortion Doctors Sue To Block State Rules

TOPEKA, Kan. - (AP) Two doctors who perform abortions in Kansas filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday to block a new licensing law and regulations that abortion rights advocates fear will make Kansas the first state in the country without an abortion provider. Dr. Herbert Hodes and his daughter, Dr. Traci...

Arizona Court Clears Way For Abortion Restrictions

PHOENIX - (AP) An Arizona appeals court ruled Thursday to allow key parts of a state law restricting abortions to take effect, including one that requires women to see a doctor in person the day before getting an abortion to hear about risks and alternatives. The provisions have been on hold. . . . Full...

Judge Temporarily Halts North Carolina Planned Parenthood Cut

RALEIGH, N.C. - (AP) North Carolina cannot withhold funding from Planned Parenthood until a lawsuit over that provision of the state budget has been resolved, a federal judge ruled late Friday. The ruling by Judge James Beaty Jr. gives at least a temporary reprieve to Planned Parenthood of Central North...

Patents Fettering Reproductive Rights

By Scott A. Allen* * J.D. Candidate, 2012, Indiana University Maurer School of Law; B.M.E., 2008, University of Dayton. Excerpt from Patents Fettering Reproductive Rights , 87 Ind. L.J. 445 (Winter 2012) Introduction Supreme Court decisions over the last half century have established important...

Abortion Controversies Continue in Texas and North Dakota

GOVERNORS IN BRIEF: Abortion rights activists in TEXAS accused Gov. Rick Perry (R) of a conflict of interest last week after he signed HB 2, a sweeping measure that requires clinics that provide abortion services to upgrade their facilities to meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers. Critics...

Red State-Blue State Divide on Abortion Widening

BIRD'S EYE VIEW: Public opinion toward abortion has remained fairly steady nationwide over the past 20 years, but attitudes on the issue have shifted considerably in some regions of the country, according to a study by the Pew Research Center. In the mid-1990s 55 percent of those living in the Midwest...

States Continue to Restrict and Expand Opportunities to Vote

AZ SWITCHING TO TWO-TRACK VOTING SYSTEM: Arizona could have a dual-track voting system requiring the use of two different ballots in next year's elections, as a result of an opinion issued last week by the state's attorney general, Tom Horne. Under the new system, only those voters who registered...

U.S. High Court Changes Mind, Won’t Review Oklahoma Ruling Stopping Abortion Drug Ban

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 4 decided not to review an Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling that found that the state’s ban on off-label use of abortion drugs is unconstitutional ( Terry Cline, et al. v. Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, et al. , No...

Same-Sex Marriage in Hawaii and Illinois, Abortion in Michigan and Oklahoma

HI LEGALIZES GAY MARRIAGE: Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) signed the "Hawaii Marriage Equality Act of 2013" (SB 1) last week, enabling the Aloha State to edge out Illinois to become the 15th in the nation to legalize same-sex marriages. Illinois passed its own same-sex marriage bill last week (SB...

State Net Capitol Journal Politics & Leadership: Abortion Restrictions Retreat While Gay Marriage Advances

NM VOTERS REJECT RESTRICTIVE ABORTION BAN: Thirteen states have passed "fetal pain" laws banning abortion after 22 weeks of pregnancy or earlier, spurred by the belief that 22 weeks is the point at which fetuses have developed the ability to feel pain. Last Tuesday, voters in Albuquerque, New...

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...

Rational Basis Review Is Not Empirical Basis Review: Fifth Circuit Criticizes the Seventh Circuit's Decision in Van Hollen

Late last year the Seventh Circuit [ version available to lexis.com subscribers ] issued its decision in Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, Inc. v. Van Hollen , No. 13-2726 (7th Cir. Dec. 20, 2013) , a constitutional challenge to a new Wisconsin law (known as Act 37) [ version available to lexis.com subscribers...

State Net Capitol Journal Civil Rights Updates: Affirmative Action, Election Rights, Abortion Rules

SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS MI BAN ON AFFIRMATIVE ACTION: Last month the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Michigan's 2006 ballot initiative ending affirmative action at public universities in the state [ version available to lexis.com subscribers ]. The decision was 6-2 but there was considerably less consensus...

State Net Capitol Journal Constitutional Rights Updates: Governor Pence Says Indiana Won't Recognize Gay Marriages Performed In State After Court Ruling

PENCE SAYS IN WON'T RECOGNIZE GAY MARRIAGES: The lead legal counsel for Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) announced last week that the Hoosier State will not recognize hundreds of same-sex marriages performed in June before a court ruling allowing those unions to go forth was struck down. In a memo sent...

This Is Real Law: The Power of Knowledge: Publishing Legal Information to Support Women’s Rights

In a recent article, The Huffington Post challenged its readers with a simple test. It consisted of viewing three videos on YouTube. “Watch these,” wrote Morra Aarons-Mele , founder of Women Online , “and consider how you feel about the state of women’s rights in our country.”...

Expert: Texas Abortion Case Raised Constitutional 'Gray Area' in Immigration Law

Politico, Oct. 24, 2017 - "A federal appeals court has ruled that an undocumented pregnant minor being held in a federally-funded shelter in Texas can receive an abortion. ... If the teen had been in the United States for a long time or had come in legally, her right to an abortion would be harder...