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
4/17/2014 Supreme Court of India Recognizes Transgender Rights - India's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that official documents must allow transgender people to identify as a third gender and directed the federal and state governments to include transgender people, known as hijras, in welfare programs such as education, health care, and job programs.
"All documents will now have a third category marked 'transgender,'" said Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, a transgender activist who petitioned the court. . . .