Proposed Law Would Require Onlookers to Report Child Sex Crimes
Democratic Representative Nick Lampson of Texas has proposed a bill that would require witnesses of child sexual abuse to report the crime to authorities. Penalties for violating the law would be determined on a state-by-state basis.
The bill is named the "Sherrice Iverson Act" to honor the memory of a seven-year-old girl who was kidnapped, raped, and murdered by 19-year-old Jeremy Strohmeyer, who has since been sentenced to life in prison without parole. Strohmeyer's friend, David Cash, admitted that he saw Strohmeyer assaulting Iverson yet did not intervene, even when Strohmeyer later told him that he had killed his victim.
Strohmeyer admitted to fantasizing about having sex with girls ages 5 or 6 on the internet and prosecutors seized his computer as evidence.
11/20/2014 Federal Appeals Court Rejects Priests for Life Challenge to Birth Control Coverage Rule - In a victory for women's health, a unanimous panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Friday rejected a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive coverage benefit brought by Priests for Life, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington and other religiously affiliated non-profit organizations.
Judge Nina Pillard, a former law professor who was nominated to the DC Circuit by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in December, wrote the opinion for the Court, which found that the ACA birth control benefit did not substantially burden or violate non-profits' religious freedom.
Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies must cover the full cost of all FDA-approved contraceptives - including the pill, IUDs, and emergency contraception - without requiring co-pays or cost-sharing. . . .