SD Abortion Ban Stayed; Referendum to Repeal Ban Qualifies
Activists in South Dakota have succeeded in gathering enough signatures to hold a referendum in November on the state's extreme abortion ban, South Dakota's secretary of state announced yesterday. Signed into law in March by Governor Mike Rounds (R), the ban has only an exception to save the life of a pregnant woman and does not provide exceptions in cases of incest or rape.
The success of the petition means the abortion ban will not go into effect on July 1 as previously scheduled but will be put on hold until the November referendum in order to give voters a chance to repeal the law. The South Dakota Campaign for Health Families, a coalition opposed to the ban, had to collect 16,728 verified signatures by June 19 – they filed a petition on May 30 with over 38,000 signatures.
10/29/2014 North Dakota Supreme Court Upholds Abortion Restrictions - The North Dakota Supreme Court yesterday upheld a set of misguided restrictions on medication abortion, allowing what is effectively a ban on early, non-surgical abortions in the state to go into effect immediately.
The decision overturned a lower court order finding the law, known as HB 1297, unconstitutional and permanently blocking its enforcement. . . .
10/29/2014 Georgia Court Refuses to Recognize 40K Voter Registrations From Primarily People of Color and Young People - A state court judge on Tuesday refused to order the Georgia Secretary of State to add some 40,000 voters to the voter rolls, potentially disenfranchising thousands of African Americans and other people of color in the state.
Judge Christopher Brasher of the Fulton County Superior Court denied a petition from the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCR), the New Georgia Project and the Georgia branch of the NAACP asking the court to force Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) to process an estimated 40,000 "missing" voter registrations.
More than 100,000 voters were registered by the three groups, but about a third of those registered never made the rolls. . . .