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Legal News
19 Mar 2013
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of the Philippines [official website] on Tuesday temporarily blocked implementation of a law that provides for state funding of contraceptives. The legislation [HB 4244, PDF], which was signed into law last year following approval [JURIST report] by the Philippines legislature, establishes sex education requirements in schools, … [read more]

Legal News
26 Jan 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The Office for Civil Rights of the US Department of Education [official website] on Friday issued guidance [text, PDF] clarifying school districts' existing legal obligations to give disabled students an equal chance to compete in extracurricular sports alongside their peers without disabilities. The US Secretary for Education Arne Duncan … [read more]

Legal News
1 Jan 2013
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The Catholic Church, which remains an influential institution in the Philippines where 80 percent of the population is Catholic, on Saturday announced that it will challenge newly approved birth control legislation [HB 4244, PDF] before the Supreme Court. The Church has opposed the new law arguing [ABC report] that … [read more]

Legal News
29 Dec 2012
by Keith Herting

[JURIST] Philippine House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales III [House profile] announced [Philippine Daily Inquirer report] on Friday that Philippine President Benigno Aquino III [official website] had quietly signed into law on the 21st of December a bill which will make contraception, birth control, sexual education, and maternal care universally available … [read more]

Legal News
17 Dec 2012
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] The Philippines House of Representatives [official website] approved legislation [HB 4244, PDF; press release] on Monday which establishes mandatory sex education in schools and government funding for contraceptives and family planning services and also guarantees all individuals the right to receive reproductive health care information. The bill must still … [read more]

Legal News
2 May 2012
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] The Tennessee House of Representatives [official website] has passed a bill [HB 3621, PDF; bill summary] that augments the state's abstinence-only sex education curriculum to allow parents to sue school teachers or organizations that promote "gateway sexual activity." The bill went to the governor for consideration on Tuesday. The … [read more]

Legal News
8 Apr 2012
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Wisconsin governor Scott Walker [official website] on Thursday and Friday signed 51 pieces of legislation [press release], including controversial bills regarding employment discrimination, sex education and abortion. Walker raised the ire of opponents [AP report] by quietly signing the various bills, then announcing the legislation the next afternoon, before … [read more]

Student Commentary
8 Apr 2012

JURIST Assistant Editor Elizabeth Hand, University of Pittsburgh School of Law Class of 2014, is the chair of the LGBT committee of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law's National Lawyers Guild. Hand argues that sex workers in the US are currently harmed, not helped, by policies aimed at their … [read more]

Legal News
4 Jul 2008
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers [official profile; JURIST news archive] said Thursday that there may be applications of Sharia law [CFR backgrounder] in the British legal system during a speech [PDF text] at the East London Mosque and London Muslim Centre [official … [read more]

Professional Commentary
28 May 2008

Courtney E. Jones [grassroots organizer, Virginia League for Planned Parenthood]: "Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia welcomes the US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals' decision to strike down Virginia's burdensome ban on late-term abortions. The Court stated that the onerous 2003 law "imposes an undue burden on a woman's right to … [read more]

Legal News
1 Jul 2007
by Natalie Hrubos

[JURIST] New laws took effect in many US states Sunday with the start of the fiscal year on July 1, including a law in Virginia [JURIST news archive] that requires convicted sex offenders to register e-mail addresses with the state, a law in California [JURIST news archive] that bans the … [read more]

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