The U.S. Supreme Court has refused, without comment, a court challenge to the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE) brought by anti-abortion protestors in North Carolina.
Under FACE, those who blockade or commit violence against women's health care clinics and workers can be charged with a felony offense. The law was enacted in 1994 to combat arsons and bombings of women's health care clinics and the murders and attempted murders of abortion providers committed by abortion opponents.
In the recent court challenge, the anti-abortion protesters' main arguments were that FACE subjects violators to "uniquely harsh treatment" and violates their freedom of speech.
3/10/2014 Report Finds Record Number of Women Winning Political Seats Worldwide - The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) - an international organization of parliamentarians - released its annual review of Women in Parliament last week at the United Nations, showing a record number of women winning Parliamentary seats around the world.
Overall, there was a 1.5 percentage increase last year in the number of women holding seats in government worldwide. . . .