A bill that would ban abortion in nearly all circumstances, without exception for rape or incest, was introduced late last week in the Florida state House. State Representative Charles Van Zant (R), a former Baptist minister, is sponsoring the bill, called the "Florida for Life Act". There are currently no House co-sponsors and there is not a Senate companion bill, according to Tallahasee.com.
The bill explicitly prohibits "inducing, performing, attempting to perform, or assisting in induced abortions." It also states that the US Supreme Court decisions in Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey should be reconsidered because they "subordinate the unalienable right to life to a "liberty" interest devised by man which is inconsistent with, and cannot supersede, the right to life given the peoples' accepted source of authority for all unalienable rights. A liberty right to abortion denies the authority of the Creator in all matters of life, and the people through the exercise of their right of self-government have the sovereign authority to regard all human life with the highest reverence."
Stephanie Kunkel, Director of Planned Parenthood Florida, claims the bill is "totally unconstitutional" and WOULD BE "the most rigid and inflexible ban on abortion in the United States [because] not only does it ban abortion. It also has absolutely no exceptions for rape or incest," reported the Pensacola News Journal.
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. . . .
10/30/2014 UPS Switches Pregnant Worker Policy Ahead of Supreme Court Case - The United Parcel Service (UPS) is changing its policy on light duty assignments for pregnant workers, even though the company will stand by its refusal to extend accommodations to a former employee in an upcoming Supreme Court case.
UPS announced on Monday in a memo to employees, and in a brief filed with the US Supreme Court, that the company will begin offering temporary, light-duty positions to pregnant workers on January 1, 2015. . . .
10/30/2014 North Dakota Medical Students Speak Out Against Measure 1 - Medical students at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences are asking North Dakotans to vote no on Measure 1, a personhood measure on the state ballot this fall.
The students issued published a letter in the Grand Forks Herald stating that they opposed Measure 1 in part because they are against "the government's taking control of the personal health care decisions of its citizens." Nearly 60 UND School of Medicine students signed the letter, citing concerns over the "very broad and ambiguous language" used in the proposed amendment, which has no regard for serious and life-threatening medical situations such as ectopic pregnancies.
Measure 1 would change the North Dakota state constitution to create an "inalienable right to life" for humans "at any stage of development" - including the moment of fertilization and conception. . . .