Saturday, June 10, 2006
The Oglala Sioux tribe in South Dakota has voted to ban abortion on the Pine Ridge Reservation and has suspend tribal president Cecelia Fire Thunder for 20 days after she announced her intention to build a women’s health clinic on the reservation. Source. Ms. Magazine, msmagazine.com. The complete story may be found by clicking here (last visited June 10, 2006, reo).
Although it is not immediately clear how much their opposition to a Sourth Dakota abortion bill may have cost their reelection effort, four Republican state senators who voted against a bill that would ban abortions in South Dakota were all defeated in Tuesday’s primary election. Apparently, several candidates who supported the ban were successful in the primary. Source. Joe Kafka, AP, The Mercury News, mercurynews.com. The complete story may be found by clicking here (last visited June 10, 2006, reo).
Saturday, June 3, 2006
By an 85-17 vote, the Louisiana Legislature passed a bill that is worded to allow abortions only to save the life of the mother or “to prevent serious, permanent health problems for the mother.” Legislators rejected a provision that would allow an abortion for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest. The bill has been forwarded to Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco, who is expected to sign it. Source. Will Tubbs, lessvilledailyleader.com. For the complete news story, please click here (last visited June 3, 2006, reo).
Saturday, May 27, 2006
On Thursday the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles said it will stop issuing special “Choose Life” license plates for The Children First Foundation -- a New York-based pro-adoption group opposed to abortion - while it investigates, along with the attorney general, whether the foundation qualifies for the plates.-The decision is expected to spark a first amendment lawsuit over the issue. Source. Jon Lender, Hartford Courant, courant.com. For the complete story, please click here (last visited May 27, 2006, reo).
Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry signed a bill this week that restricts teenagers’access to abortions in that state. The bill requires the consent of one parent before a minor can receive an abortion and allows public funds to be sent to agencies that help pregnant women with anti-abortion counseling and support services. Source. KOTV-TV, Kotv.com. For the complete story, please click here (last visited May 27, 2006, reo).
Kansas legislators failed by four votes in the state senate in their effort to override Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius’s veto of an abortion bill that that would have required the state to collect more information about late term abortions, such as the woman’s health, fetal abnormalities, and the physician who authorized the abortion. Source. David Klepper And Jim Sullinger, The Wichita Eagle, Kansas.com. For the complete story, please click here (last visited May 27, 2006, reo).
The Catholic News Service reported this week that Argentina is considering a revision of the penal code involving abortion. Under the new code, the section addressing abortion would read, "The woman is not punishable when the abortion is practiced with her consent and within three months of conception, provided circumstance made it excusable." Source. Gudrun Schultz, lifesite.net. For the complete story, please click here (last visited May 27, 2006, reo).
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).