Compromise In Bankruptcy Bill May Force Anti-Abortion Extremists to Pay Up
The abortion debate on the bankruptcy bill centers on language introduced by Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) that would specifically bar perpetrators of abortion clinic-related violence from avoiding paying legal judgments by declaring bankruptcy. Just this past March, Schumer reached a compromise with Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Orrin Hatch (R-UT) that does not mention abortion outright, though it does refer to the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE). And the Senate version of the bill, which passed the Judiciary Committee 10-8, does stipulate that any court judgment resulting from violence, harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence would be nondischargeable.
However, the House version of the bill, in a vote of 306-108, does not include language preventing convicted anti-abortion terrorists from declaring bankruptcy to avoid payment of legal judgments. Like last year, this appears headed to the Senate/House Conference Committee to settle the matter.
The Bankruptcy Bill, which has been promoted by the credit card companies, is itself opposed by major women’s groups including the Feminist Majority. The bill provides for credit card debt to be paid ahead of child support and alimony.
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. . . .