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Legal News
3 days ago
by Kasey Tuttle

The Northern Ireland Assembly [official website] rejected proposed amendments to the region's strict abortion laws on Wednesday. The Assembly voted against a proposed amendment [text, PDF] to the Justice Bill [text] that would allow terminations in cases of sexual crime, fatal fetal abnormality or incest. The Northern Ireland Human Rights … [read more]


Legal News
3 days ago
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Ohio lawmakers on Wednesday approved a bill [HB 294, PDF] that would block federal and state funds from reaching groups that promote or perform abortions, effectively defunding Planned Parenthood. The bill passed in the Ohio House of Representatives by a vote of 62-32 and will now be sent to … [read more]


Academic Commentary
5 days ago
by Kermit Roosevelt of University of Pennsylvania Law School
edited by Dave Rodkey

JURIST Guest Columnist Kermit Roosevelt of the University of Pennsylvania Law School discusses abortion rights in America ...In 1973, over 40 years ago now, the US Supreme Court entered the abortion fray in Roe v. Wade. Roe offered the nation the court's view of the competing interests in the abortion … [read more]


Legal News
5 Feb 2016
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] on Friday urged nations affected by the Zika virus to review their laws and allow women access to contraceptive devices and abortion [press release]. The commissioner reported that the mosquito-borne Zika virus is linked to a condition involving … [read more]


Legal News
4 Feb 2016
by Miracle Jones

In an open letter [text] released Thursday, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International [advocacy websites], along with five other advocacy groups, urged Sierra Leonean President Ernest Bai Koroma [official website] to sign a bill that would increase women's access to safe and legal abortion. The Safe Abortion Act of 2015, … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jan 2016
by Miracle Jones

A judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana [official website] ruled [opnion, PDF] Tuesday that part of an abortion law requiring hospital admitting privileges for doctors who provide abortions is unconstitutional. Section A(2)(a) of Act 620 [text, PDF] mandates that a doctor have hospital admitting … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jan 2016
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] A Texas grand jury has found no criminal wrongdoing by Planned Parenthood [advocacy website] over allegations of selling fetal tissue, instead indicting [indictments, PDF] two activists responsible for releasing videos that spurred the allegations. Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson [official website] announced [press release, PDF] Monday that Center … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jan 2016
by Taylor Isaac

The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday denied certiorari [order list, PDF] in a case regarding a North Dakota law that would ban abortion as soon as a heartbeat is detectable, as early as six weeks. The Abortion Control Act [text, PDF] was struck down by the district court … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jan 2016
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva [official website, in Portuguese] on Monday vetoed bills aimed at granting full adoption rights to same-sex couples and at removing restrictions on abortions [press releases, in Portuguese]. The president stated that the legislation represents a radical change that requires broader public consultation. He further added … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2016
by Alonso Diaz

[JURIST] The Kansas Court of Appeals on Friday turned down [text, PDF] a state law that would prohibit doctors from using the most common second-trimester abortion method. The Kansas Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act [text, PDF] was enacted in the spring of 2014 and it prohibited doctors from … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jan 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] reported [text, PDF] Thursday that "shocking crimes" have been committed by all sides in the war-torn South Sudan. The report said that extra-judicial killings, disappearances, gang-rapes, sexual slavery, forced abortions, and child recruitment have occurred within the … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jan 2016
by Taylor Isaac

The US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday rejected an Arkansas appeal to revive an old abortion law that banned abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy. After the injunction was issued, Arkansas appealed and the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] affirmed [text, PDF] in May 2015. The law … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

Planned Parenthood [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] on Thursday in the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] against anti-abortion activists. The organization claims criminal misconduct by the activists who produced undercover videos [BBC report] discussing the handling and sale of fetal tissue at … [read more]


Academic Commentary
13 Jan 2016
by Robert A. Sedler of Wayne State University
edited by Dave Rodkey

JURIST Guest Columnist Robert A. Sedler of Wayne State University Law School discusses the validity of censoring disparaging trademarks...The Constitution changes everything. When the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) refused to register as a trademark the name of an Asian-American rock band, The Slants [official site], on the ground … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jan 2016
by Taylor Gillan

The Obama administration on Monday called on [brief, PDF] the US Supreme to strike down a recently passed Texas abortion law which the administration argues will harm women's health. According to US Solicitor General Donald Verrilli [official profile], the law would continue to close [Reuters report] many of the state's … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jan 2016
by Gwenyth Gamble

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] placed a temporary injunction on Wednesday on an order from Utah Governor Gary Herbert [official website] which would have ended the state's contract with Planned Parenthood [official website] and cut federal funding to the Utah branches of the company. The injunction is … [read more]


Legal News
29 Dec 2015
by Taylor Gillan

An Islamic State (IS) fatwa [text, US government translation] was released on Tuesday that provides rules for when "owners" of women enslaved by IS may have sex with those captured women. The ruling was issued by IS theologians and includes provisions which forbid having intercourse with a female captive when … [read more]


Student Commentary
18 Dec 2015
by Kendra Julian of Valparaiso University School of Law
edited by Alix Ware

JURIST Guest Columnist Kendra Julian of Valparaiso University School of Law, Class of 2017, discusses the need for states to enact hate crime legislation...We don't like you. Get out. You don't belong. We're superior to you. These phrases all lead to a common message—a message of fear and intimidation. Unfortunately, … [read more]


Legal News
16 Dec 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A judge for the High Court in Belfast [official website] on Wednesday declared [judgment] that Northern Ireland's abortion laws, which only allow abortion when the mother faces the risk of death or serious injury, are not compatible with human rights laws. Judge Mark Horner's decision [NYT report], which echoes … [read more]


Academic Commentary
15 Dec 2015
by Maya Manian of University of San Francisco School of Law
edited by Cassandra Baubie

JURIST Guest Columnist Maya Manian of the University of San Francisco School of Law discusses the debate over abortion laws and how the future of a woman's right to choose resides with the Supreme Court as they are set to rule on a monumental case out of Texas later … [read more]

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