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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]

Supreme Court allows execution of Arizona prisoner
July 23, 2014
The US Supreme Court vacated a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, granting a conditional preliminary injunction in the execution of an Arizona death row inmate. The Ninth Circuit stayed the inmate's execution on Sunday, refusing to allow the execution to move forward until p....... [more]

Federal appeals court postpones execution over drug secrecy
July 20, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Saturday postponed an Arizona death row inmate's execution until prison officials reveal details on the two-drug combination that will be used for the lethal injection. Joseph Wood's attorneys argued that their client's First Amendment rights were vio....... [more]

Florida jury hands down $40 billion verdict against tobacco company
July 20, 2014
A jury for the First Judicial Circuit of Florida on Friday handed down a verdict against RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co., awarding the plaintiff $16.8 billion in compensatory damages, and $23.6 billion in punitive damages. The case, Cynthia Robinson v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, was originally part of....... [more]

Guantanamo nurse refuses to force feed detainees
July 16, 2014
A nurse at the Guantanamo detention center has refused to participate in the force feeding of hunger striking inmates, UK human rights group Reprieve reported Tuesday. Word of the unidentified nurse's refusal came via a phone call from detainee Abu Wael Dhiab to his lawyer at Reprieve and was confir....... [more]

Supreme Court rules abortion clinic buffer zone violates First Amendment
June 26, 2014
The US Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a Massachusetts law creating a 35-foot protester-free buffer zone around the entrance or driveway of an abortion clinic is unconstitutional. In McCullen v. Coakley the court considered the questions of whether the buffer zone, created by the Reproductive Hea....... [more]




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