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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]


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
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
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
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
9 Apr 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Alabama state representative Teri Collins [official website] has proposed a bill [HB 405] to abortion once a fetal heartbeat has been detected. If approved, opponents argue the bill could ban most abortions. Nikema Williams, vice president of public policy for Planned Parenthood [advocacy website] Southeast has called the bill … [read more]


Legal News
25 Mar 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] 6-3 in Young v. United Parcel Service [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that a plaintiff may satisfy the requirement to show a prima facie case of discrimination under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) [EEOC backgrounder] by showing that the employer accommodates … [read more]


Legal News
18 Mar 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] Chilean lawmakers are considering a bill introduced on Tuesday to legalize abortions under certain circumstances. Rights groups believe the bill, which allows women to receive an abortion within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy if the mother's life is at risk, the fetus will not survive pregnancy or in … [read more]


Legal News
26 Feb 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of South Korea [official website] on Thursday decriminalized extramarital affairs. The 7-2 decision held as unconstitutional [BBC report] a 1953 law that made marital infidelity punishable by jail. South Korea was one of only three Asian countries to criminally ban adultery, and the law was presented … [read more]


Legal News
26 Feb 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] West Virginia's senate on Wednesday approved House Bill 2586 [text], otherwise known as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The legislation is based on the controversial premise that the unborn can feel pain starting around 20 weeks. The act, which had … [read more]


Legal News
1 Feb 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Chilean President Michelle Bachelet [Forbes profile] on Saturday announced a plan to end the country's complete ban on abortions. Bachelet stated in a televised address [YouTube video] that she has sent a bill to Congress that would allow abortion when a mother's life is at risk, a fetus will … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jan 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] A group of UN human right experts on Wednesday urged [press release] El Salvador to pardon all women jailed for illegal abortions as a result of pregnancy complications or rape. Carmen Guadalupe Vásquez Aldana was convicted of aggravated assault after suffering a miscarriage after being raped at age 18. … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jan 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] passed a bill [text] on Thursday that would ban abortions supported by federal funding. The bill explicitly denies any health plans or facilities that are federally funded from expending tax-payer funds from being used for abortion services. Voting on the bill was … [read more]


Features
20 Dec 2014

The extent to which the Pregnancy Discrimination Act requires an employer to accommodate a pregnant employee is the subject of Young v. United Postal Service. The case began [PDF] in 2006, when Peggy Young, a delivery driver for UPS, became pregnant. Her doctor advised her that she should not be … [read more]


Features
20 Dec 2014

Congress enacted the Pregnancy Discrimination Act in 1978 as an amendment to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to prohibit discrimination on the basis of pregnancy. The Civil Rights Act in its original form did not offer explicit protections to pregnant women, so the Pregnancy Discrimination Act … [read more]


Features
20 Dec 2014

In 1978 the US Congress passed the Pregnancy Discrimination Act as an amendment to the sex discrimination section of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Prior to the Act, there were various Supreme Court cases that dealt with issues of employment discrimination against pregnant women and demonstrated a need for … [read more]


Features
20 Dec 2014

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) is an amendment to the Title VII provision against sex discrimination in the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Discrimination against pregnant women, women seeking to become pregnant and recent mothers stems from concerns about workplace productivity. In 1932, in the throes of the Great Depression, … [read more]

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