Attorney General Mark Pryor said that he will not appeal the federal appeals court ruling in September that struck down Arkansas' ban on late-term abortion. Pryor explained in a letter to Arkansas Right to Life Executive Director Rose Mimms that the appeal would be costly and would likely fail.
In September, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that laws in Arkansas, Nebraska, and Iowa banning late term abortions are unconstitutional. The court, upholding U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf's decision from last year, said that the laws in these three states are so vague that they could potentially outlaw all abortions. Chief Judge Richard Arnold wrote regarding the Nebraska law that "Such a prohibition places an undue burden on the right of women to choose whether to have an abortion."
Pryor said he would "wait for the (U.S.) Supreme Court to rule on similar cases in Nebraska and Wisconsin" before taking any further action on the issue.
Media Resources: AP and Feminist Majority Foundation - December 22, 1999
12/11/2013 Human Rights Day Celebrated Around The World - Yesterday marked International Human Rights Day, a day to celebrate human rights advances and to assess the challenges that lie ahead in protecting them.
"The fundamentals for protecting and promoting human rights are largely in place: these include a strong and growing body of international human rights law and standards, as well as institutions to interpret the laws, monitor compliance and apply them to new and emerging human rights issues," said United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in a statement. . . .
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The investigation was sparked after seven women filed a formal complaint in October alleging that UConn had failed to protect them from sexual assault and exposed them to a sexually hostile environment.One woman says her attacker was expelled from campus but later readmitted without her knowledge. . . .
12/11/2013 Massachusetts Democrat Katherine Clark Wins Congressional Seat - Democrat Katherine Clark will become the fifth woman to represent Massachusetts in the US House Tuesday, after easily defeating three opponents in a special election.
"Six years ago, there wasn't a single woman representing Massachusetts in Congress," said Niki Tsongas, the only other woman representing Massachusetts in the House. . . .