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Academic Commentary
11 Aug 2015
by Nancy Marcus of Indiana Tech Law School
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Nancy Marcus of Indiana Tech Law School discusses religious freedom in the US...In a recent battle between reproductive rights and religious freedom, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Stormans, Inc. v. Wiesman rejected claims brought by a pharmacy owner and two pharmacists seeking … [read more]

Legal News
24 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Thursday ruled [opinion, PDF] that Washington state may force pharmacies to provide emergency contraceptives, such as Plan B. The decision overturns as 2012 ruling [JURIST report] by the US District Court for the Western District of Washington … [read more]

Professional Commentary
7 May 2015
by Jordan Lorence of Alliance Defending Freedom
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Jordan Lorence of Alliance Defending Freedom discusses the benefits of religious freedom to liberty protections ... Listening carefully to objections to state religious freedom laws, two assumptions emerge that are demonstratively false. Those who assert them should weigh their implications carefully and reconsider their opposition to … [read more]

Academic Commentary
1 Jun 2014
by Lauren Lucas of Georgia State University College of Law
edited by Maria Coladonato

JURIST Guest Columnist Lauren Sudeall Lucas of Georgia State University College of Law discusses the constitutionality of the opposing arguments surrounding the death penalty ... Society's memory is short. So, it may be few are still lingering over the particulars of the botched execution that occurred in Oklahoma last month. … [read more]

Legal News
9 Aug 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice (OCRJ) [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [case information] in the Oklahoma County District Court on Thursday to block enforcement of HB 2226 [text, PDF], a state law limiting the availability of "morning-after" emergency contraceptives. Specifically, the law forbids pharmacists from dispensing emergency contraceptives … [read more]

20 Jul 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark

Government has regulated public access to contraceptives for centuries. During the nineteenth century, the distribution of contraceptives was regulated under the Comstock Act of 1873, which banned the sending of obscene and lewd material through the mail. In addition to pornography, these laws were extended to cover the transmission of … [read more]

Student Commentary
12 Jul 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Andrea Miller, University of Minnesota Law School Class of 2015, explains how Judge Korman's decision in Tummino v. Hamburg creates solid policy and legal precedent...US District Judge Edward Korman recently brought some much-needed closure to a 12-year legal debate over the regulatory status of emergency contraception (EC … [read more]

Legal News
11 May 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] A New York federal judge on Friday declined to delay [opinion PDF] his order that emergency contraception be available over the counter (OTC) to girls of all ages. Judge Edward Korman of the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York [official website] issued the order [JURIST … [read more]

Legal News
2 May 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Wednesday appealed an April decision [JURIST report] ordering the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [official website] to make emergency contraceptives including Plan B [JURIST news archive] available without a prescription to women of all ages. In 2005 organizations and … [read more]

Student Commentary
11 Apr 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist, Daniel Perrone, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2013, discusses the implications of the US Supreme Court decision insulating generic drug manufacturers from liability against failure to warn claims...In 2011, generic drugs accounted [PDF] for nearly 80 percent of the 3.7 billion prescriptions filled in … [read more]

Legal News
5 Apr 2013
by Sydney Normil

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York [official website] on Friday ruled [opinion, PDF] that the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) [official website] Plan B [official website] emergency contraception prescription requirement for adolescents under age 16 was "unjustified and burdensome." In 30 … [read more]

Legal News
18 Mar 2013
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] A federal judge on Thursday struck down a Missouri health insurance law [SB 749 materials] that required insurers to issue policies without contraception coverage if individuals or employers objected for religious or moral reasons. Judge Audrey Fleissig for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri [official … [read more]

Professional Commentary
21 Jan 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Allison Jernow of the International Commission of Jurists argues that recent court decisions reflect inconsistency in weighing marriage equality and religious freedom...Claims that same-sex marriage is on a collision course with religious freedom have dominated the headlines (The New York Times and The Washington Post) in the … [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
14 Nov 2012
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The UN Population Fund (UNPF) [official website] annual report [text, PDF] released Wednesday highlights family planning as an essential human right that has positive effects on economic development. The "State of World Population 2012" report details the reasoning for considering contraception a human right, the benefits of access to … [read more]

Legal News
22 Sep 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] The Appellate Court of Illinois [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] on Thursday that the state cannot force pharmacists to fill prescriptions for emergency contraceptives if they have religious objections to these drugs. The appeals court held that an Illinois law known as the Current Rule [text], which requires pharmacists … [read more]

Legal News
13 Sep 2012
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] The Missouri Senate and House of Representatives [official websites] on Wednesday voted to override a veto Governor Jay Nixon [official website] of a bill [SB 749 materials] that prohibits mandatory insurance coverage of birth control for anyone with ethical or religious objections. The Senate voted 26-6 to override the … [read more]

Student Commentary
11 Sep 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Michael Pinto, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2013, is the author of the third article in a 15-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Pinto explains why expanding the available exemptions to the New York Marriage Equality … [read more]

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