Yesterday, South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds (R) signed a statewide abortion ban into law. The ban, which provides an exception only to save the life of a pregnant woman, will go into effect in July, although it is expected to be challenged in court, or possibly face a referendum. Anti-choice activists intend to use the law and subsequent legal challenges to force the Supreme Court to reconsider Roe v. Wade.
South Dakota state Planned Parenthood Director Karen Looby said, “This is a very real issue for a lot of people. That’s the part I think that the legislators don’t quite understand,” according to the New York Times.
1/27/2016 Taiwan Elects First Woman President - In a landslide victory, the leader of Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Tsai Ing-wen won the country's presidential election, becoming the first woman in Taiwan's history to hold the position.
Emphasizing her party's commitment to maintaining Taiwan's independence from China, Tsai won over young voters eager to usher in a political changing of the guard following some 70 years of dominance by the pro-Chinese unification party, the Kuomintang (KMT), chaired by presidential opponent Eric Chu. . . .