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Supreme Court declines to review injunction in Arizona abortion case
December 16, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to review an injunction preventing the implementation of Arizona's HB 2306, considered one of the strictest abortion laws in the country. The injunction, upheld in June by the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, will remain in effect until a challeng....... [more]

Rights group challenges Northern Ireland abortion law
December 12, 2014
The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) announced Wednesday that it plans to file a lawsuit challenging the law against abortions. Ireland's abortion law currently allows abortion only when a woman's physical or mental health is threatened, but NIHRC asserts that the current law is a vi....... [more]

Federal appeals court rules Florida welfare drug test law unconstitutional
December 4, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled Wednesday that a Florida law mandating welfare applicants undergo drug tests before receiving benefits is unconstitutional. The law, which applied to all applicants for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), was enacted in July 2011 an....... [more]

Indiana abortion clinic law deemed unconstitutional
December 4, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Indiana on Wednesday struck down a state law that altered the requirements for abortion clinics who only perform drug-induced abortions. Under this law, even clinics who only perform medical abortions would be required to be "minimally p....... [more]

Mexico president announces anti-crime plan
November 29, 2014
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Thursday announced a nationwide anti-crime campaign following the September 26 disappearance of 43 students who were en route to Iguala to protest lack of funds for their school. The plan will allow Congress to dissolve local governments and give state authori....... [more]

HRW: First FGM trial in Egypt ends in acquittals
November 27, 2014
Two men in Egypt were acquitted for charges relating to female genital mutilation (FGM) on Thursday. Since the law banning FGM was amended in 2008, this is the only case of FGM that resulted in trial. The charges stemmed from the death of a 13 year-old girl who died last year of an allergic reaction....... [more]

UN agency voices concern over US states' marijuana legalization
November 12, 2014
The head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on Wednesday expressed concern that the legalization of marijuana by some US states is not compatible with existing international drug conventions. UNODC executive director Yury Fedotov stated that the UNODC is following the legalization trend and....... [more]

California approves penalty reduction for some low level crimes
November 6, 2014
California voters on Tuesday approved Proposition 47, a ballot initiative reducing the penalties associated with certain low-level drug and property crimes, receiving 58 percent voter approval. Under the measure, crimes related to possession of drugs for personal use and theft of property worth $9....... [more]

Tennessee, Colorado, North Dakota vote on abortion measures
November 5, 2014
Abortion measures were on the ballot across the country as Tennessee's Amendment 1, Colorado's Amendment 67, and North Dakota's Measure 1 went before voters during Tuesday's midterm elections. Tennessee's new amendment grants stronger power to lawmakers to regulate abortions, clarifying that the rig....... [more]

Oklahoma Supreme Court blocks enforcement of abortion laws
November 5, 2014
The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday temporarily blocked the enforcement of two abortion related laws until their constitutionality is fully litigated. House Bill 2684, passed in 2012, limits medication abortions to the first seven weeks of a woman's pregnancy. Senate Bill 1848 provides for more r....... [more]

Supreme Court lets New York City pregnancy center ordinance stand
November 4, 2014
The Supreme Court on Monday refused to rule on a challenge to New York City Administrative Code 20-816, which requires non-profit crisis pregnancy centers to disclose whether they have a licensed medical provider on staff. The ordinance requires that pregnancy service centers make certain di....... [more]




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