In an attempt to prevent disagreement within
the Republican Party, the Bush campaign has
decided to eliminate abortion from the agenda
for party platform hearings. Abortion will not
be discussed at the two policy forums held in
advance of writing the platform, and the Bush
campaign has told the GOP platform
committee that abortion will only be discussed
in private meetings without any media. The
current GOP stance on abortion calls for a
constitutional amendment banning all
abortions, with no exceptions for rape, incest,
or the life of the mother. Bush has stated that
he does not intend to change any part of the
current abortion plank. This decision to limit
discussion on the issue reflects fear within the
GOP that their position on abortion is out of
touch with the majority of Americans and
7/1/2015 Women's Rights Activists are Suing the Kenyan Government for Reproductive Rights - A woman in Kenya is suing the Kenyan government for failure to provide safe and legal abortions, which caused her daughter - a 15-year-old rape victim - to suffer a kidney failure after undergoing the procedure illegally.
Currently, there are four petitioners on the case: the mother of the survivor, the Federation of Women Lawyers-Kenya, and two other women's rights advocates. . . .
6/30/2015 Supreme Court Ruling Prevents Gerrymandering in Arizona - In a 5-4 decision delivered by Justice Ginsburg this morning, the Supreme Court upheld Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, allowing the use of independent state commissions that draw federal congressional districts, taking that power away from the state legislature.
This gives states an opportunity to deal with partisan gerrymandering by giving an independent commission power to draw federal congressional districts.
In 2000, Arizona voters amended their constitution, shifting the responsibility of drawing congressional districts, previously held by the state legislature, to a panel called the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. . . .