Wednesday, May 24, 2006
A panel of the Federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed Honolulu, Hawaii's ban on aerial advertising of abortion ads. Abortion opponents had planned to tow aerial banners protesting abortion over the beaches of Honolulu.The court said that the city’s ban on such advertising, which is based on a 1978 ordinance, did not violate the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
The court found that airspace is not a public forum and that other means were available for the group to campaign against abortion. It also said that the city's longstanding efforts at beautification through strict regulation of all kinds of outdoor advertising -- commercial and political -- were even-handed and consistent and did not constitute discrimination against the protestors. A copy of the Ninth Circuit decision can be obtained by clicking here (last visited May 24, 2006, reo).
According to a report issued by the government, the number of abortions carried out in Scotland reached an all-time high in 2005. The report claims that 12,603 pregnancies were terminated, the highest level since abortion was made legal in 1967. Source. BBCNews, news.bbc.uk. For the complete story, please click here (last visited May 24, 2006, reo).
Supporters of a bill that would require Kansas doctors to report more information to the state about abortions they perform were unsure Monday if they would try to override Governor Kathleen Sebelius' veto of the proposal. It is reported that the bill’s backers will wait until Thursday to decide whether to try and override the veto. Source. John Hanna, AP, kansascity.com. For the complete story, please click here (last visited May 24, 2006, reo).
Saturday, May 20, 2006
The Oklahoma Legislature approved an anti-abortion bill on Friday that includes a requirement that minors can obtain an abortion only with parental consent. The measure was approved 38-8 and send to Governor Brad Henry for consideration. He is expected to sign the bill. Source. Mick Hinton, Tulsaworld.com. The complete story can be found by clicking here (last visited May 20, 2006, reo).
Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius vetoed a bill on Friday that would have required the state to collect more data on late-term abortions. The legislation would required that the state be provided information on the woman’s health, fetal abnormalities and the physician who authorized the abortion. Proponents of the legislation said more information was needed to be collected to understand why women seek late-term abortions and whether physicians are following state law. Opponents called the legislations an attempt to harass doctors and clinics. Source. Jim Sullinger, Kansas City Star, kansascity.com. The complete story can be found by clicking here (last visited May 20, 2006, reo).
Saturday, May 13, 2006
Colombia's Supreme Court ruled this week that abortions can be allowed in certain limited cases, if incest or rape is involved or if the fetus is so deformed that it would be unable to live outside the mother's womb. Abortion rights activists hope that the decision toward less strict anti-abortion laws will encourage continued liberalization of the abortion issue in South America. Source. Toby Muse, AP, seattlepi.newsource.com. To read the complete story, please click here (last visited May 13, 2006, reo).
Saturday, May 6, 2006
The Kansas Senate approved a bill that requires doctors who perform abortions to provide state health officials detailed information about each late-term abortion and whether the fetus was abnormal. Opponents of the bill argued that it was an attempt to harass doctors and clinics while proponents claimit will provide Kansans with better data about abortions. The governor has not indicated whether she will sign the bill. Source. John Hanna, AP, Kansas City Star, KansasCity.com. Please click here for the complete story (last visited May 6, 2006, reo).
According to a telephone survey of 1,016 adults conducted by the Harris poll, support for Roe v. Wade is at the lowest level in decades in the United States. The decision is supported by a 49% to 47% plurality, compared with 52% who favored the decision in 2005 and 57% in 1998. Source. Wall Street Journal Online, onlines.wsj.com. Please click here for the complete story and details about the Harris poll (last visited May 6, 2006, reo).
Wednesday, May 3, 2006
The Supreme Court refused on Monday to review a case involving use by abortion protesters of "wanted" posters to identify clinic doctors. The 12 activist defendants and two anti-abortion groups were sued under a racketeering law and the 1994 Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, which makes it illegal to incite violence and threaten abortion doctors.
An Oregon jury awarded several doctors and clinics $108 million in punitive damages, however, the amount was reduced by the Federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The defendants had asked the Supreme Court to further reduce the award. General background of this case may be found by clicking here (last visited May 3, 2006, reo). The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Opinion, Planned Parenthood v. American Coalition of Life Activists, may be obtained by clicking here (last visited May 3, 2006, reo).
Saturday, April 29, 2006
The Louisiana State Senate approved a near-total ban on abortion on Wednesday of this week, allowing abortion only to save a woman's life. A person who performs an abortion in violation of this statute could be fined from $10,000 to $100,000, be sentenced to a jail term of one to ten years, or a combination of a fine and jail time. The ban is a “trigger law,” meaning it will only go into effect if Roe v. Wade is overturned. Governor Kathleen Blanco has told reporters she would sign “some kind of abortion bill,” reports the Times-Picayune. Source. Feminist Daily News Wire, feminist.org. You can find the complete story by clicking here (last visited April 29, 2006, reo).
California lawmakers on Tuesday defeated legislation that would have informed women considering an abortion that a fetus feels intense pain during the abortion procedure. The measure would have also provided women with the option of giving the fetus anesthesia beforehand to lessen the pain. Source. Steven Ertelt, lifenews.com. You can find the complete story by clicking here (last visited April 29, 2006, reo).
Saturday, April 22, 2006
Federal Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals Hears Challenge to South Dakota Abortion Notification Requirement
The Federal Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments on Thursday about a South Dakota law that requires abortion doctors to inform patients that abortions end human lives and cause serious psychological problems. Opponents of the abortion law say that it forces physicians to give inaccurate information and infringes on their free-speech rights. The court is not expected to render an opinion for several weeks. Source. Jeff Douglas, AP, washingtonpost.com. The complete story may be found here (last visited April 22, 2006, reo).
Michigan Attorney General Files Reply Brief in Case Challenging Ruling on Partial Birth Abortion Ban
The Michigan Attorney General announced Friday that he has filed an appellate reply brief with the United States 6th Circuit Court of Appeals challenging the decision issued in September by a lower court federal judge that declared Michigan's statute prohibiting partial birth abortion unconstitutional. Source. PRNewswire, biz.yahoo.com. The complete story may be found here (last visited April 22, 2006, reo).
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Kansas Federal Judge Rules Abortion Clinic Doctors Not Required to Report Underage Sex between Consenting Youths
A Federal District Court Judge ruled Tuesday that abortion clinic doctors and other professionals are not required under Kansas law to report underage sex between consenting youths. In making its ruling, the court rejected the argument by the Kansas Attorney General that a 1982 Kansas law requiring doctors, teachers and others to alert the state and law enforcement about potential child abuse covers consensual sex between minors and applies to abortion clinics, and other health professionals and teachers. It is not certain whether the ruling will be appealed. Source. Roxana Hegeman, AP, chron.com. For the complete story, please click here (last visited April 19, 2006, reo).
Northern Kentucky University Professor Placed on Leave After Admitting Involvement in Destruction of Anti-Abortion Display
A Northern Kentucky College professor was put on leave and will retire at the end of the semester after apparently admitting that she told students to destroy an anti-abortion display on the college campus. The professor reportedly acknowledged leading graduate students to an area where crosses had been temporarily erected a week earlier by an anti-abortion group, although it is unclear what part the professor took in dismantling the display. Please note that additional background information on this incident can be found in our Blog of April 16. Source. AP, Washingtonpost.com. For the complete story, please click here (last visited April 19, 2006, reo).
The Louisiana Senate Committee on Health and Welfare will hear a bill today (Wednesday) that outlaws the procedure in all cases except to save a mother's life. This measure is one of several anti-abortion bills introduced this session and supporters are unsure how Louisiana lawmakers will react. Source. Ed Anderson, The Times-Picayune, nola.com. For the complete story, please click here (last visited April 19, 2006, reo).
Sunday, April 16, 2006
Readers may find the article in Sunday’s New York Times by Monica Davey that focuses on the reaction of South Dakota citizens to that state’s decision to ban all abortions of interest. An associated slide presentation available with the story based on photos taken by Carmel Zucker for the New York Times is particularly well done. Source. Monica Davey, The New York Times. The complete article with the slide presentation may be found by clicking here (last visited April 16, 2006, reo).
Vandalism or Free Speech? Northern Kentucky University Prof Accused of Vandalizing On-Campus Anti-Abortion Display
A Northern Kentucky University professor has apparently been accused of vandalizing an on-campus anti-abortion display. She was allegedly photographed by a member of the University’s student newspaper tearing down white crosses set up by a student right-to-life group to symbolize aborted fetuses. The professor with 26 years at the University faces possible criminal charges and action from the university if the accusations are true. Source. 9News Produced by Liz Foreman, WCPO.com. The complete story and photographs accompanying it can be found by clicking here (last visited April 16, 2006, reo).
Our readers may be interested in reporter Maria Hinojosa’s personal account of her visit to South Dakoa to do a story on abortion. She recounts her experience interviewing supporters and opponents of the South Dakota’s ban on abortions and reflects on the reaction among citizens in that state to the legislation. Source: Reporters Notebook: Maria Hinojosa’s Personal Account, pbs.org. Ms. Hinojosa’s account can be found by clicking here (last visited April 16, 2006, reo).
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
On Tuesday Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano vetoed a bill that would have required doctors to tell a women who is at least 20 weeks into her pregnancy that her unborn child "has the physical structures necessary to experience pain." In vetoing the bill, the Governor called the legislation "an unwarranted intrusion by politicians" into the doctor-patient relationship. "The Legislature should not attempt to substitute its judgment for that of trained physicians with respect to professional advice given to patients," she said. Source: Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services, Arizona Star, azstarnet.com. For the complete story, please click here (last visited April 12, 2006, reo).