U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Abortion Clinic Access Law
In a major victory for abortion rights, the U.S. Supreme Court today upheld a U.S. appeals court ruling that sustained the constitutionality of the 1994 Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act, which prohibits blocking abortion clinic entrances, injuring or intimidating women seeking abortions or the staff of the abortion clinic. In 1996, 25 individuals were charged, under FACE, with blocking an abortion clinic in New Jersey. They appealed to the U.S. appeals court and Supreme Court arguing FACE was unnecessary because local law enforcement were enough to protect women seeking abortions. However, the U.S. appeals court and Supreme Court disagreed, citing the reason Congress enacted FACE was in response to nationwide anti-abortion violence so intense it overwhelmed local law enforcement.
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. . . .