In Uruguay, the Chamber of Deputies voted 50 to 49 last week to legalize abortion. The AP reports that President Jose Mujica will allow the law to pass. Women will be allowed to access legal abortions in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy and up to the 14th week in cases of rape or incest. The new law also allows late abortions when the mother's life is in danger and in instances of extreme deformation of the fetus.
Abortion will only be available, however, for those who jump through the extensive hoops the government has established. According to the Huffington Post, "compromises include requiring women seeking abortions to justify their request before a panel of at least three professionals- a gynecologist, psychologist and social worker- and listen to advice about alternatives including adoption and support services if should she decide to keep the baby. Then, she must wait five more days 'to reflect' on the consequences before the procedure." The new laws also require parental consent or judicial approval if the woman is under the age of 18.
10/29/2014 North Dakota Supreme Court Upholds Abortion Restrictions - The North Dakota Supreme Court yesterday upheld a set of misguided restrictions on medication abortion, allowing what is effectively a ban on early, non-surgical abortions in the state to go into effect immediately.
The decision overturned a lower court order finding the law, known as HB 1297, unconstitutional and permanently blocking its enforcement. . . .
10/29/2014 Georgia Court Refuses to Recognize 40K Voter Registrations From Primarily People of Color and Young People - A state court judge on Tuesday refused to order the Georgia Secretary of State to add some 40,000 voters to the voter rolls, potentially disenfranchising thousands of African Americans and other people of color in the state.
Judge Christopher Brasher of the Fulton County Superior Court denied a petition from the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCR), the New Georgia Project and the Georgia branch of the NAACP asking the court to force Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) to process an estimated 40,000 "missing" voter registrations.
More than 100,000 voters were registered by the three groups, but about a third of those registered never made the rolls. . . .