Montana Governor Marc Racicot has signed a ban on certain surgical abortion procedures in the state. Violators of the ban could face up to 10 years imprisonment, a $50,000 fine, and could have their medical licenses permanently revoked.
A previous ban enacted 2 years ago was found to be unconstitutional and struck down last June after opponents convinced a court that the law was overly vague and could have been interpreted to prohibit all surgical abortions. The court also agreed that the law violated women's right to privacy.
The recent legislation described the banned surgical procedure in greater detail and includes an exemption for doctors who perform the procedure to save a pregnant woman's life.
4/17/2014 Supreme Court of India Recognizes Transgender Rights - India's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that official documents must allow transgender people to identify as a third gender and directed the federal and state governments to include transgender people, known as hijras, in welfare programs such as education, health care, and job programs.
"All documents will now have a third category marked 'transgender,'" said Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, a transgender activist who petitioned the court. . . .