In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously agreed that accused rapists might not use "implied consent" as a defense.
The case was brought by Alberta carpenter Steven Ewanchuck who allegedly raped a 17-year-old girl after luring her to his trailer with promises of a job interview. The girl testified that she said "no" three times, but did not try to fight off her attacker. Ewanchuck's attorneys argued that the girl "implied consent" to have sex by failing to defend herself or to run away.
Ewanchuck, who has 3 previous rape convictions on his record, was acquitted by two lower courts before the Supreme Court overturned those rulings and convicted him. He will return to Alberta for sentencing.
5/27/2015 California Passes Reproductive FACT Act - The California State Assembly passed the Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency (FACT) Act yesterday.
AB 775, or the FACT Act, passed 48-25 in a vote, and requires that unlicensed facilities in California that provide pregnancy-related services disclose that they are not licensed medical providers. . . .
5/26/2015 Ireland Votes Overwhelmingly to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage - Over the weekend, the people of Ireland voted overwhelmingly to pass a national referendum legalizing same-sex marriage.
Ireland became the first country in the world to pass marriage equality through popular vote on Friday. . . .