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Texas AG files motion to delay enforcement of struck down abortion restrictions
September 1, 2014
On Sunday Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott filed a motion in the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to delay the enforcement of a recent district court ruling that struck down state law that imposed new regulations on abortion clinics. The motion was filed just hours before the new law was....... [more]

Federal judge temporarily blocks Louisiana abortion law
September 1, 2014
A federal judge on Sunday temporarily blocked the enforcement of Louisiana's new abortion law, which was scheduled to take effect on Monday. The measure requires doctors who perform abortions to have patient admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their clinic, allowing for clinics to....... [more]

Federal court strikes Texas anti-abortion provision
August 30, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Texas on Friday struck down a provision of a sweeping state anti-abortion law that Texas Governor Rick Perry signed into law in 2013. The provision, requiring Texas abortion clinics to meet hospital-level, ambulatory surgical center stand....... [more]

World Health Organization calls for strong regulation of electronic cigarettes
August 27, 2014
The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday called for strict regulation of electronic cigarettes, including a ban on the usage of the devices in public places and advertising targeting minors. The report, which will be debated by member states in October in Moscow, states that a great deal of un....... [more]

Louisiana abortion clinic challenges new state law
August 23, 2014
Louisiana abortion clinic Hope Medical Group for Women and the Center for Reproductive Rights on Friday filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana to block a law that requires doctors to have hospital admitting privileges, which would likely force clinics to shut d....... [more]

Mississippi appeals abortion law ruling
August 14, 2014
Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood filed an appeal Wednesday asking the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to reverse a July ruling that a 2012 state law requiring abortion clinic doctors to obtain hospital admitting privileges is unconstitutional. A three-judge panel of the court found th....... [more]

Obama signs bill overhauling Veterans Affairs Department
August 8, 2014
US President Barack Obama on Thursday signed the Department of Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act of 2014 to allow veterans to seek private care outside the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities and provide money for the VA to hire more doctors and nurses. The legislation comes....... [more]

Federal court rules Alabama abortion restrictions unconstitutional
August 4, 2014
The US District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, Northern Division on Monday ruled that Alabama's recently enacted requirement that all doctors who provide abortions must have staff privileges to perform designated procedures at a local hospital is unconstitutional. Following a ten-day benc....... [more]

Journalists criticize Mexican law limiting crime reporting
August 3, 2014
Journalists on Friday criticized the passage of a new law which restricts crime reporting within the state of Sinaloa, located in northwestern Mexico. The legislation prohibits journalists from documenting a crime scene using audio or video, essentially requiring journalists to rely on information....... [more]

MA governor signs abortion buffer zone bill
July 31, 2014
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed a bill Wednesday tightening security regulations to protect clients and patients at abortion clinics from abusive protests and demonstrations. The Act to Promote Public Safety and Protect Access to Reproductive Health Care Facilities was proposed in reacti....... [more]

Appeals court overturns law that would close Mississippi abortion clinic
July 30, 2014
A three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled on Tuesday to overturn a 2012 Mississippi state law that would have closed Jackson Women's Health Organization (JWHO), the only abortion clinic in the state. The law required that all physicians associated with an abortion....... [more]




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