The North Dakota legislature has passed a bill that would ban abortions in the event that the US Supreme Court rules that such laws are constitutional. The bill, which passed the House 68-24 and the Senate 29-16, will now await Governor John Hoeven's (R) approval.
If Governor Hoeven signs the bill and the Supreme Court overturns its decision in Roe v. Wade, the law would make it a crime for doctors to perform abortions in North Dakota, threatening up to a $5,000 fine and five years in prison. The final version of the bill included exceptions to prevent the death of a pregnant woman and in cases of rape or incest. There is no exception for the health of a woman
11/20/2014 Federal Appeals Court Rejects Priests for Life Challenge to Birth Control Coverage Rule - In a victory for women's health, a unanimous panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Friday rejected a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive coverage benefit brought by Priests for Life, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington and other religiously affiliated non-profit organizations.
Judge Nina Pillard, a former law professor who was nominated to the DC Circuit by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in December, wrote the opinion for the Court, which found that the ACA birth control benefit did not substantially burden or violate non-profits' religious freedom.
Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies must cover the full cost of all FDA-approved contraceptives - including the pill, IUDs, and emergency contraception - without requiring co-pays or cost-sharing. . . .