The California Senate voted 26-12 to pass legislation on June 6 imposing state penalties on individuals who threaten or intimidate reproductive healthcare providers, staff, or patients. The bill, a state rendition of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE), also penalizes individuals who cause property damage at clinics or who block or attempt to block entrances to reproductive healthcare facilities.
Under the new law, those who attempt to block abortion clinics could face jail sentences of up to one year. Violaters of the federal FACE Act are subject to jail sentences of up to three years. The California law, however, allows local law enforcement to make arrests they previously could not have made under the federal law.
Media Resources: Kaiser Daily Reproductive Health Report – June 8, 2001
7/1/2015 Women's Rights Activists are Suing the Kenyan Government for Reproductive Rights - A woman in Kenya is suing the Kenyan government for failure to provide safe and legal abortions, which caused her daughter - a 15-year-old rape victim - to suffer a kidney failure after undergoing the procedure illegally.
Currently, there are four petitioners on the case: the mother of the survivor, the Federation of Women Lawyers-Kenya, and two other women's rights advocates. . . .
6/30/2015 Supreme Court Ruling Prevents Gerrymandering in Arizona - In a 5-4 decision delivered by Justice Ginsburg this morning, the Supreme Court upheld Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, allowing the use of independent state commissions that draw federal congressional districts, taking that power away from the state legislature.
This gives states an opportunity to deal with partisan gerrymandering by giving an independent commission power to draw federal congressional districts.
In 2000, Arizona voters amended their constitution, shifting the responsibility of drawing congressional districts, previously held by the state legislature, to a panel called the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. . . .