Anti-Abortion Priest Convicted; Tries to Escape to Afghanistan
Reverend Norman U. Weslin, found guilty of violating a court-ordered buffer zone in front of a Buffalo, NY abortion clinic, was sentenced last week to five months in jail. At the sentencing, however, Weslin informed the court that he had contacted the Pentagon about serving as a military chaplain in Afghanistan and that the Pentagon had expressed interest in the idea. Weslin, a retired Army officer, is the founder of an anti-abortion extremist group, Lambs of Christ. During his sentencing, Weslin compared himself to Jesus Christ and defended his obstruction of the law by claiming, “I obey God’s law, and whenever there’s a conflict with man’s law, I follow God’s law.” Glenn Murray, lawyer for the Buffalo clinic and former Army captain, said that Weslin’s proposal was “a preposterous idea…When I was in the military, you were supposed to lead by example. He’s a terrible example.”
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. . . .