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Oklahoma judge allows restrictions on medication abortions
October 30, 2014
A judge for the Oklahoma County Court on Wednesday permitted a state law that restricts drug-induced abortions. The law, passed in 2012, limits medication abortions to the first seven weeks of a woman's pregnancy. The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice and Reproductive Services in Tulsa cha....... [more]

North Dakota Supreme Court upholds restrictions on medication abortions
October 29, 2014
The North Dakota Supreme Court on Tuesday affirmed an existing state law limiting the use of drugs in abortion procedures. This ruling reversed a previous decision by a district judge, who found that the law violates the state constitution. The state requires a minimum of four out of the five Suprem....... [more]

Oklahoma judge allows law banning abortion pills to take effect
October 23, 2014
An Oklahoma District Court judge on Wednesday said that he will allow a law that bans abortion-inducing drugs to take effect as planned on November 1. The lawsuit was filed by the Reproductive Services in Tulsa and the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice earlier this month, claiming that Okl....... [more]

Ebola, Human Rights and Health Discrimination
October 20, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Stefan Kirchner, of the University of Lapland in Finland, discusses the possibility of global discrimination during the ongoing Ebola outbreak ...The current Ebola outbreak has lead to discrimination against those infected with Ebola as well as against health care workers cari....... [more]

Supreme Court blocks Texas abortion law
October 15, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday placed a hold on a Texas law that would have forced several abortion clinics to close. The bill requires any physician performing an abortion to have active admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the location where the abortion is performed and requires....... [more]

Alabama death row inmate challenges new lethal injection mix
October 11, 2014
Alabama death row inmate Christopher Lee Price on Wednesday filed a federal lawsuit against the Alabama Department of Corrections claiming that the new lethal injection mix planned for use in his execution is unconstitutional. According to the complaint, filed in the US District Court for the Southe....... [more]

Oregon set to vote on recreational marijuana use initative this fall
October 6, 2014
Oregon voters are set to vote this fall on Measure 91, which would legalize recreational marijuana in the state. Under the proposed initiative, recreational sale of marijuana would be governed by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which would be granted the power to select licensees and develop....... [more]

Federal appeals court stays injunction in Texas abortion law case
October 3, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday stayed the enforcement of an injunction of a Texas law that would restrict access to abortion clinics. The bill requires any physician performing an abortion to have active admitting privileges at a hospital within thirty miles of the locatio....... [more]

Oklahoma non-surgical abortion restrictions challenged
October 1, 2014
Oklahoma women's healthcare providers on Tuesday filed suit in state court stating that Oklahoma's laws restricting non-surgical abortion procedures are unconstitutional. The petitioners claim that Oklahoma House Bill 2684 "is an unconstitutional intrusion on women's reproductive rights that will ha....... [more]

No court martial for nurse who refused Guantanamo force-feeding
September 16, 2014
A nurse who refused to force feed hunger strikers at the Guantanamo detention center will not be court-martialed. Navy Captain Maureen Pennington, the nurse's commander, chose not to court-martial but recommended that the officer be required to show cause for retention in the Navy. A board will dete....... [more]

Belgium murderer granted right to be euthanized
September 16, 2014
A Belgian man serving a life sentence was granted the right to be euthanized on Monday. Frank Van Den Bleeken, who has spent the last 30 years in prison on convictions of rape and murder, has continuously requested that he be allowed to end his life. Bleeken argued that he could never be set free du....... [more]




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