South Dakota legislators announced Monday that they will reintroduce a new version of their previous abortion ban that was rejected by voters in the November elections. A group of legislators that identify themselves as Legislators for Life say that this version of the ban will include exceptions for rape, incest, and to protect the life and health of the mother. Abortion opponents anticipate that this new draft will appeal to voters who oppose abortion but believe that certain exceptions are required.
The 2006 version of the ban, which was an initiative on the November ballot, was decisively overturned by South Dakota voters. It would have outlawed all abortion, except in cases that would prevent the death of a woman, and would have provided prison sentences for violators.
The 2006 version of the bill was drafted to serve as a tool that would bring the abortion issue before the Supreme Court in efforts to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.
Media Resources: Media Resources: Argus Leader 1/30/07; Rapid City Journal 1/30/07
12/11/2013 Human Rights Day Celebrated Around The World - Yesterday marked International Human Rights Day, a day to celebrate human rights advances and to assess the challenges that lie ahead in protecting them.
"The fundamentals for protecting and promoting human rights are largely in place: these include a strong and growing body of international human rights law and standards, as well as institutions to interpret the laws, monitor compliance and apply them to new and emerging human rights issues," said United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in a statement. . . .
12/11/2013 UConn Under Federal Investigation For Mishandling Sexual Assault Cases - The US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) informed the University of Connecticut on Monday that it will investigate the school for allegedly mishandling sexual assault cases and violating Title IX, the federal law that requires all recipients of federal financial assistance for education programs and activities to prohibit sex discrimination and sexual harassment [PDF].
The investigation was sparked after seven women filed a formal complaint in October alleging that UConn had failed to protect them from sexual assault and exposed them to a sexually hostile environment.One woman says her attacker was expelled from campus but later readmitted without her knowledge. . . .
12/11/2013 Massachusetts Democrat Katherine Clark Wins Congressional Seat - Democrat Katherine Clark will become the fifth woman to represent Massachusetts in the US House Tuesday, after easily defeating three opponents in a special election.
"Six years ago, there wasn't a single woman representing Massachusetts in Congress," said Niki Tsongas, the only other woman representing Massachusetts in the House. . . .