SD "Justifiable Homicide" Bill Could Endanger Abortion Providers
In South Dakota, an extreme anti-abortion bill (HR 1171) that would alter the definition of "justifiable homicide" to include killings aimed to prevent harm to an unborn child passed out of the state's House Judiciary Committee by a vote of nine to three. Vicki Saporta, the president of the National Abortion Federation, told Mother Jones, "The bill in South Dakota is an invitation to murder abortion providers."
Following the bill's passage in committee, the language was amended and now reads, "the use of force by a pregnant woman for the protection of her unborn child is an affirmative defense to prosecutions for certain crimes." Kristin Aschenbrenner, a lobbyist for the South Dakota Advocacy Network for Women, clarified, "They always intended this to be a fetal personhood bill, they just tried to cloak it as a self-defense bill. They're still trying to cloak it, but they amended it right away making their intent clear."
In the trial for the murder of abortion provider Dr. George Tiller, Judge Wilbert denied Scott Roeder the right to use a "justifiable homicide" defense. The Feminist Majority Foundation conducts the National Clinic Access Project (NCAP) which is the oldest and largest national clinic defense project in the nation. NCAP's team of experts has been working diligently to stop anti-abortion attacks against abortion providers who works to save women's lives and health.
Media Resources: Mother Jones 2/15/11; People for the American Way 2/15/11; House Bill 1171 2/15/11
11/20/2014 Federal Appeals Court Rejects Priests for Life Challenge to Birth Control Coverage Rule - In a victory for women's health, a unanimous panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Friday rejected a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive coverage benefit brought by Priests for Life, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington and other religiously affiliated non-profit organizations.
Judge Nina Pillard, a former law professor who was nominated to the DC Circuit by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in December, wrote the opinion for the Court, which found that the ACA birth control benefit did not substantially burden or violate non-profits' religious freedom.
Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies must cover the full cost of all FDA-approved contraceptives - including the pill, IUDs, and emergency contraception - without requiring co-pays or cost-sharing. . . .