Lawmakers File Appellate Brief Against Anti-Abortion Violence
Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), along with a bipartisan group of more than 40 House and Senate members, will file a legal brief today in support of abortion providers and clinics asking the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a ruling that he says will “severely undercut the enforceability of FACE (Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act).” Last month, in the case Planned Parenthood, et al. v. American Coalition of Life Activists, et al., a three-judge panel decided in favor of anti-abortion extremists when they said that abortion providers and clinic staff must endure the distribution of "Wanted" posters and Web sites that the FBI, a federal jury, and a district court have agreed are threats of violence. Schumer fears that the ruling could incite violence at abortion clinics across the country where, as our eighth annual National Clinic Violence Survey shows, 20% of our nation’s reproductive health clinics still report severe violence or threats in 2000.
4/15/2014 Virginia Bishops Advocate More Abortion Restrictions for Poor Women - Using the Medicaid expansion debate as a platform, the Virginia Catholic Conference issued a statement Friday calling for the repeal of a Virginia law that allows state funding of abortion care for Medicaid recipients in situations where the fetus exhibits a "gross and totally incapacitating physical deformity" or a "gross and totally incapacitating mental deficiency."
Bishop Francis DiLorenzo of the Diocese of Richmond and Bishop Paul Loverde of the Diocese of Arlington authored the statement which urges Virginia lawmakers to act to expand Medicaid to cover more of Virginia's poor. . . .