Vice Admiral Charles Moore, acting superintendent of the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, issued a decision last week to court-martial a fourth-year midshipman, charged with raping a first-year student, reported the Associated Press. Midshipman Robert Curcio, 23, allegedly raped the woman in his room last November. However, his attorney denies any sexual intercourse. A trial date has not been set. Meanwhile, an Article 32 (military pre-trial) hearing was held last month for two second-year academy midshipmen accused of raping two female classmates during a spring-break trip in May 2002. The case against Eric Bailey, 23, and Todd Thurston, 20, could go to a court-martial, an administrative proceeding, or be dropped, according to the New York Times.
The US Air Force Academy continues to struggle amidst the ongoing rape scandal. Last week, Douglas Meester, 20, submitted his request to Air Force Secretary James Roche, seeking permission to resign from the academy rather than stand trial for raping a female cadet last October. In the last two years, Roche has approved resignation requests from eight Air Force members facing court-martials, according to the AP.
The Air Force Academy also held an Article 32 hearing this week for Lt. Ronen M. Segal, a 2002 graduate and employee of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, who is charged with raping a female cadet last August. The woman who was 18 at the time, testified that upon speaking with a clinic military chaplain the day after, "The chaplain said the situation was primarily my fault because I had gone there on my free will... And I would have to come to grips with that," reported the Denver Post.
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. . . .