A Vermont bill introduced Tuesday would affirm a woman's right to an abortion. It would repeal all pre-Roe v. Wade Vermont statutes that criminalize performing abortions or advertising abortion services. The bill, S 315, states that the repeal of the dated restrictions would "serve as an important legislative action in support of a woman's reproductive rights as well as help a health care provider to perform an abortion without fear of criminal liability."
Lawmakers in Pennsylvania and New Hampshire introduced bills to promote equal pay for women. They will clarify when employers are allowed to pay differing wages. Under the Equal Pay Act of 1963, employers cannot pay employees differently based on gender, unless there is a difference in merit, seniority, quality or quantity of production, or "any other factor besides sex." The bills change that to "a bona fide factor other than sex, such as education, training, or experience." The bills also prohibit employers from banning employees from discussing their wages.
Pennsylvania's HB 1890, was introduced last week was part of a larger package of other proactive bills to improve women's health, safety and financial security. New Hampshire's HB 1188 and SB 207 were introduced on Wednesday.
Media Resources: RH Reality Check 1/8/14, 1/9/14; Leg.state.vt.us; The General Assembly of Pennsylvania 2014; State of New Hampshire 2014 Session; Feminist Newswire 1/7/14
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. . . .