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Legal News
5 days ago
by Jacqueline Jones

The US Third Court of Appeals [official website] on Friday dismissed [opinion, PDF] one of two criminal charges filed against former Texas governor Rick Perry last year.The court stated that the coercion of a public servant [Texas Penal Code Chapter 36] charge Perry had faced infringed upon his constitutional right … [read more]


Legal News
6 days ago
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday affirmed [opinion, PDF] the April 2014 decision [JURIST report] of the US District Court for the District of North Dakota [official website] striking down an extremely restrictive North Dakota anti-abortion law. The Human Heartbeat Protection Act … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jul 2015
by Devin Montgomery

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker [official website] on Monday signed into law the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act [materials], limiting the ability of a woman to seek an abortion more than 20 weeks into her pregnancy. Proponents of the bill say it is designed to prohibit women from seeking an abortion … [read more]


Academic Commentary
8 Jul 2015
by Amaury A. Reyes-Torres of Ibero-American University

JURIST Guest Columnist Amaury A. Reyes-Torres, of Ibero-American University, discusses the recent Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage in the US... The Supreme Court of the United States ("SCOTUS") issued its anticipated opinion on Obergefell v. Hodges [PDF]. Regardless of what your view on the decision might be, Obergefell v. … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jun 2015
by Brittany Felder

The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday granted a motion to stay [order, PDF], allowing over half of Texas' 18 abortion clinics to stay open by temporarily blocking a law [HB 2] that would place stringent requirements on clinics requiring the majority of them to close. The US Court … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jun 2015
by Sarah Boehme

A Kansas judge for the Shawnee County District Court [official website] blocked a law on Thursday that would have effectively banned most second-trimester abortions performed in the state. Judge Larry Hendricks stated [AP report] that the first-in-the-nation law would have created too large of an obstacle for women in the … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jun 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights [official website] on Monday released a report [text, DOC] calling on Ireland to "take all necessary steps, including a referendum on abortion, to revise its legislation on abortion." The committee expressed grave concern over Ireland's criminalization of abortion even in … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jun 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday denied certiorari [order list, PDF] in Walker-McGill v. Stuart [docket; cert. petition, PDF], letting stand a decision blocking North Carolina's abortion ultrasound requirement. The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] in December affirmed [JURIST report] a lower court … [read more]


Academic Commentary
15 Jun 2015
by Diana Ginn of Schulich School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Diana Ginn of Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, discusses the debate surrounding the freedom of religion held by private and public schools in Canada with regards to curriculum...In Loyola High School and John Zucci v. Attorney General of Quebec the Supreme Court of Canada addressed the … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jun 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the ACLU of Florida [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [motion, PDF] Thursday challenging a Florida law [HB 633 materials] requiring women to visit a doctor and wait 24 hours before undergoing an abortion. Florida Governor Rick Scott signed … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jun 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Wisconsin State Senate [official website] on Tuesday passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act [materials], limiting the ability of a woman to seek an abortion more than 20 weeks into her pregnancy. Proponents of the bill say it is designed to prohibit women from seeking an abortion that … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jun 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday upheld [opinion, PDF] some of the strictest parts of a Texas abortion law, which could cause the majority of the state's abortion clinics to close, leaving only seven open. The decision allows the state to require … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jun 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Ireland's abortion law threatens [press release] the lives of women who choose to remain in the country, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said on Tuesday. Under the country's abortion law, women are only permitted to undergo abortion proceedings if their lives are at risk. AI contends that the law … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Center for Reproductive Rights [advocacy websitew] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] on Thursday in federal court to block part of a new Arizona law that requires doctors to tell patients that it may be possible to reverse a drug-induced … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jun 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The North Carolina legislature [official website] gave final approval [roll call] on Wednesday to the Women and Children's Protection Act of 2015 [bill, PDF], which mandates a 72-hour waiting period for abortions after a woman has been informed by a physician of her options and the risks of the … [read more]


Legal News
31 May 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Friday struck down [opinion, PDF] portions of two Idaho abortion laws. The Pain- Capable Unborn Child Protection Act [text] prohibited abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The court struck it down as "unconstitutional because it categorically bans … [read more]


Legal News
28 May 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday struck down [opinion, PDF] abortion restrictions in Arkansas, ruling that the 12-week limit on seeking an abortion places an unconstitutional burden on women within the state. The restrictions included tests to determine if there was a … [read more]


Legal News
20 May 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam [official website] on Monday signed into a law a bill requiring a 48-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion. Those physicians who neglect to follow new rules on what to tell their patients during the counseling are at risk of having their medical licenses … [read more]


Legal News
15 May 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] approved a bill [HR 36] on Wednesday that would ban most abortion after 20 weeks, despite strong opposition from the White House. The Republican-led House approved the bill by a margin of 242-184. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte [official website] called … [read more]


Legal News
11 May 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A group of UN human rights experts said Monday that the Government of Paraguy "failed in its responsibility to act with due diligence" [press release] towards a 10-year-old girl who was raped and became pregnant. According to the experts, the girl has not been given treatments that could "save … [read more]

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