Nicaraguan Woman's Death Called First Casualty of Total Abortion Ban
Many women�s rights advocates are arguing that the recently passed abortion ban in Nicaragua caused the death of a young woman experiencing complications with her pregnancy earlier this week. Jazmina Bojorge, who was about five months pregnant, arrived at a hospital complaining of a fever and abdominal pains and died 36 hours later, Kaiser Daily Women�s Health Policy reports. Due to a recently adopted abortion ban, all abortions are illegal in Nicaragua without exceptions for rape, incest, or cases when a woman�s life or health is endangered. Doctors and women would be punished with six years in prison for performing or receiving an illegal abortion.
Opponents of the abortion ban, including some doctors� groups, are publicizing Bojorge�s death to bring attention to the consequences of the total ban. Juanita Jiminez of the Women�s Autonomous Movement of Nicaragua said, "It�s clear that the fear of punishment kept the doctors from doing what they needed to do to save [Bojorge] -- which was to abort the pregnancy immediately." Julie Cesar Flores, the director of the Fernando Velez Paiz Hospital where Bojorge died, is under investigation by medical authorities and has said that Bojorge�s death "has nothing to do with the abortion law," reports the Washington Post.
Nicaraguan leaders of the Roman Catholic Church pushed heavily for the passage of the recent abortion ban, Reuters reported in October. However, the spokesperson for the Managua archdiocese, Rev. Rolando Alvarez, has said that although the Church opposes abortions in most cases, including rape or a malformed fetus, the Church will try to encourage lawmakers to clarify that the elimination of therapeutic abortion should not stop doctors from saving a mother�s life if it is in danger, reports the Washington Post.
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. . . .