Case Closed: KS Supreme Court Dismisses Charges against Dr. Tiller
The Kansas Supreme Court has granted Attorney General Paul Morrison's (D) request that charges against George Tiller, one of the country's few providers of late-term abortion, be dropped. The former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline (R) pursued a case against Dr. Tiller, first alleging that he was investigating child rapes and later admitting that he was really interested in whether Tiller's clinic had violated late-term abortion statutes. He began his quest to subpoena Tiller's records in 2004 and was finally successful in obtaining the redacted records in late October 2006, but was ousted in the midterm election shortly thereafter. Before leaving his office, however, Kline did charge Dr. Tiller with 15 counts of "unlawful late term abortion" and 15 counts of "failure to report justification of late term abortion."
District Attorney Nola Foulston conducted a month-long investigation, concluding that Dr. Tiller had not violated any laws. Attorney General Morrison asked the Kansas Supreme Court to dismiss the charges, and the court did on Tuesday.
Dr. Tiller and his clinic have been repeatedly targeted by anti-abortion activists; Dr. Tiller has weathered legal battles, arsonings and bombings of his clinic, and an assassination attempt in 1994. For many years, the Feminist Majority Foundation has worked with and supported Dr. Tiller through its National Clinic Access Project.
10/31/2014 Federal Judge Exempts Another Catholic University from Birth Control Coverage - A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Ave Maria University, a Catholic university in Florida, does not have to comply with federal rules meant to ensure that covered employees can exercise their right to obtain birth control at no cost.
The Affordable Care Act requires all new health insurance plans to cover all FDA-approved contraceptives - such as the pill, emergency contraceptives, and IUDs - without charging co-pays, deductibles or co-insurance. . . .
10/31/2014 Women of Color in Tennessee Are United in Opposition to Amendment 1 - Just days before the general election in Tennessee, a coalition of community leaders, clergy, and advocates led a press conference encouraging women of color to vote no on Amendment 1, a dangerous and far-reaching measure on the state's ballot.
SisterReach, a grassroots organization focused on "empowering, organizing, and mobilizing women and girls in the community around their reproductive and sexual health to make informed decisions about themselves," organized the press conference "to call attention to the unique concerns Black and poor communities throughout Shelby County and across the state of Tennessee face on a daily basis" and to emphasize how the upcoming election "could further limit [black women's] reproductive, economic, political, and social autonomy."
"We assemble today to impress upon black women and women of color, many of whom are heads of households, to get out and vote," said SisterReacher Founder and CEO Cherisse Scott at the event.
SisterReach has been educating voters about the particularly dangerous impact of Amendment 1 on women of color. . . .
10/30/2014 Medication Abortion Access Threatened by Oklahoma Court Ruling - An Oklahoma state district court judge has refused to block a state law restricting medication abortion, clearing the way for the law to go into affect on November 1.
The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, together with a local abortion clinic in Tulsa, challenged HB 2684 in September, arguing that the law was an unconstitutional restriction on non-surgical abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. . . .