On Monday, President Clinton signed an executive order imposing sanctions against the Taliban in Afghanistan for its support of Osama bin Laden, the international terrorist accused of bombing U.S. embassies in both Kenya and Tanzania.
The sanctions "freeze any property of the Taliban within U.S. jurisdiction...and prohibit transactions and trade with the Taliban or in territory controlled by the Taliban, preventing any U.S. investment." Clinton said the sanctions would "deepen the international isolation of the Taliban, limit its ability to support terrorist networks and demonstrate the need to conform to accepted norms of international behavior." The sanctions do not affect humanitarian aid, food, or medical supplies.
The U.S. has demanded that bin Laden, who has been placed on the FBI's most wanted list, be turned over for a trial either in the States or in a third country where he can be punished for his actions.
Several news reports have said that bin Laden was sighted in a rural town of Afghanistan near the border of Pakistan, but his whereabouts have yet to be confirmed.
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. . . .