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
6/18/2013 Supreme Court Strikes Down Proof of Citizenship Voter Requirements - On Monday, the United States Supreme Court struck down an Arizona law requiring voters to provide proof of citizenship before being allowed register to vote.
In an opinion written [PDF] by Justice Antonin Scalia, the Court ruled that the Arizona statute violated the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA, also known as the "Motor Voter Law") of 1993, which created a federal form that individuals can mail in to register to vote in federal elections. . . .