Anti-Abortion Extremists Attempt to Overturn Law Protecting Clinics
Two Michigan anti-abortion extremists have filed suit in a Grand Rapids court in an attempt to overturn the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE), a law passed in 1994 meant to protect clinics from anti-abortion violence. FACE makes it a federal violation to use force, threat of force or intimidation against any person entering or providing services at a reproductive health clinic. Annelore Norton and Lois Greiffendorf, the two abortion opponents challenging the law, claim that FACE is “overbroad and vague” and violates their right to free speech. Since its enactment six years ago, there have been at least 44 FACE cases brought against anti-abortion activists who have posed a threat against safe and legal access to reproductive health services.
Media Resources: The Grand Rapids Press – 2 September 2000 and Feminist Majority Foundation
10/29/2014 North Dakota Supreme Court Upholds Abortion Restrictions - The North Dakota Supreme Court yesterday upheld a set of misguided restrictions on medication abortion, allowing what is effectively a ban on early, non-surgical abortions in the state to go into effect immediately.
The decision overturned a lower court order finding the law, known as HB 1297, unconstitutional and permanently blocking its enforcement. . . .
10/29/2014 Georgia Court Refuses to Recognize 40K Voter Registrations From Primarily People of Color and Young People - A state court judge on Tuesday refused to order the Georgia Secretary of State to add some 40,000 voters to the voter rolls, potentially disenfranchising thousands of African Americans and other people of color in the state.
Judge Christopher Brasher of the Fulton County Superior Court denied a petition from the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCR), the New Georgia Project and the Georgia branch of the NAACP asking the court to force Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) to process an estimated 40,000 "missing" voter registrations.
More than 100,000 voters were registered by the three groups, but about a third of those registered never made the rolls. . . .