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Georgia lawmakers approve medical marijuana bill
March 26, 2015
The Georgia General Assembly approved a bill on Wednesday legalizing marijuana for limited medical purposes. The proposed legislation is expected to be signed into law shortly by Governor Nathan Deal. The bill, also known as Haleigh's Hope Act, would specifically allow for the use of a marijuana-ba....... [more]

Kansas legislature approves ban on second trimester abortion procedure
March 26, 2015
The Kansas legislature on Wednesday approved SB 95, a proposed ban on an abortion procedure typically used in second trimester abortions, becoming the first state in the country to do so. The procedure, dilation and evacuation, is used in about 8 percent of all abortions conducted in Kansas. The me....... [more]

Ohio House again approves fetal heartbeat abortion ban
March 26, 2015
The Ohio House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a bill that would make illegal any abortion performed once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. The bill, HB 69, passed the House with a 55-40 vote, but is opposed by Governor John Kasich on constitutional grounds. Any doctor found to have perfo....... [more]

Indiana governor signs bill allowing terminally ill patients to access experimental drugs
March 25, 2015
Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed House Bill 1065 into law Tuesday to allow terminally ill patients access to experimental drugs before they have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The bill, approved by the Senate last week, applies to qualified patients who have been diagnos....... [more]

Federal judge strikes down Wisconsin abortion law
March 21, 2015
A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin ruled Friday that a state law requiring doctors performing abortions to have privileges to admit patients to a nearby hospital is unconstitutional. Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services sued the state, claiming that....... [more]

Indonesia court delays hearing for two Australians set to face execution
March 19, 2015
An Indonesian court on Thursday delayed a hearing for two Australians that are known leaders of the Bali Nine narcotics organization. Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan are currently facing execution for drug smuggling charges, including heroin. Earlier this year an Indonesian court scheduled the appe....... [more]

ACLU challenges Alabama law allowing fetuses legal representation
March 19, 2015
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Wednesday requested, as part of their ongoing suit against the bill, that a federal judge block an Alabama law allowing fetuses legal representation in cases when minors seek abortions. The law, HB 494, requires parent or judicial permission for a minor....... [more]

Indiana Senate approves proposal for terminally ill patients to access experimental drugs
March 18, 2015
The Indiana Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved a proposal to give terminally ill patients access to experimental drugs that are not sold on the market. The bill would allow patients to access treatments before they receive federal approval, thus creating a three-phase process that takes roughly....... [more]

Former state attorneys general ask Supreme Court to ban Oklahoma execution drug cocktail
March 18, 2015
More than a dozen former state attorneys general on Tuesday asked the US Supreme Court to rule Oklahoma's use of the three-drug execution cocktail unconstitutional. The attorneys general argue that this type of execution violates the constitutional rights of three death row inmates scheduled for exe....... [more]

Lawyer for Pakistan doctor who helped US find bin Laden killed
March 18, 2015
The former lawyer for the Pakistani doctor who helped the US find Osama bin Laden was shot dead on Tuesday after facing death threats for the representation of his ex-client. Lawyer Samiullah Kahn Afridi was shot while returning to his Peshawar home. Two Pakistan militant groups, Taliban faction Teh....... [more]

AG confirmation vote delayed pending action on human trafficking bill
March 16, 2015
US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Sunday halted the confirmation vote on Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch until the Senate passes the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015. The vote on bill came to a standstill when senators read anti-abortion language within the a....... [more]




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