Judge Extends Block on Abortion Waiting Period Law
U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb extended the temporary restraining order on an abortion waiting-period law in Wisconsin on Friday. She said the state must prepare materials for the abortion providers to distribute before the law can be enforced.
The law has had the restraining order on it since April 1996, when Gov. Thompson signed it into law and Planned Parenthood challenged it. Under the new law, physicians must provide state-published information 24 hours before a woman can get an abortion, except in cases of rape or incest. The State Department of Health and Human Services plans to have materials ready by the end of the year, which will include a list of county services for pregnant women and a brochure about fetal development. Crabb denied Planned Parenthood's request to further block the enforcement of the law until they reviewed the material for accuracy.
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. . . .