Bush to Pursue Constitutional Amendment to Ban Gay Marriage
According to Karl Rove, President Bush's top strategist, Bush intends to continue his pursuit of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Raising the specter of so-called “activist judges,” Rove said that the President “absolutely” intends to push the Federal Marriage Amendment defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman, according to FOX News Sunday.
The amendment failed to pass the Republican-controlled House of Representatives in October, and some Senators believe that it will not pass in the Senate, even with the new Republican majority of 55. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) said on “Face the Nation” on Sunday that it would be a mistake for the President to raise this issue again: “I don’t think there’s any evidence that suggests that a constitutional amendment is needed at this time.” Also on “Face the Nation,” Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) agreed, saying that he does not know if there will be another vote on this issue, but if there is, “it probably [will] not pass.”
Although Bush has said that he disagrees with the Republican platform on civil unions, Rove clarified on Sunday that Bush sees that as an issue left up to the states.
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. . . .