Oglala Sioux Tribe Bans Abortion on Reservation, Suspends Tribal President
The Oglala Sioux tribe in South Dakota voted to ban abortion on the Pine Ridge Reservation and suspend tribal president Cecelia Fire Thunder for 20 days after she announced her intention to build a women’s health clinic on the reservation. Tribal Council representative Will Peters told the Sioux Falls Argus Leader that Fire Thunder performed “unauthorized political activity” for soliciting donations. Fire Thunder maintains that the donations the tribe has received were not solicited by her, according to United Press International. The tribe plans to hold impeachment hearings against Fire Thunder, the first woman president of the Oglala Sioux.
The women’s health facility Fire Thunder proposed would not have offered abortion services, but rather family planning information and contraception. “Women need services. Women need support. Right now on the Pine Ridge reservation, there’s very little support for women who have been raped,” Fire Thunder said, according to the Sioux Falls Argus Leader.
11/20/2014 Federal Appeals Court Rejects Priests for Life Challenge to Birth Control Coverage Rule - In a victory for women's health, a unanimous panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Friday rejected a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive coverage benefit brought by Priests for Life, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington and other religiously affiliated non-profit organizations.
Judge Nina Pillard, a former law professor who was nominated to the DC Circuit by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in December, wrote the opinion for the Court, which found that the ACA birth control benefit did not substantially burden or violate non-profits' religious freedom.
Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies must cover the full cost of all FDA-approved contraceptives - including the pill, IUDs, and emergency contraception - without requiring co-pays or cost-sharing. . . .