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Mississippi governor signs ban on abortions after 20 weeks
April 24, 2014
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant on Wednesday signed a bill into law that bans abortions after 20 weeks after a woman's last menstrual period, or as early as 18 weeks of pregnancy. The bill, passed earlier this month, allows for an exception to the ban if the woman faces death or permanent injury b....... [more]

Oklahoma top court rules death row inmates have no right to know source of lethal injection drugs
April 24, 2014
The Supreme Court of Oklahoma ruled Wednesday that two inmates' constitutional rights were not violated by keeping sources of lethal injection drugs secret. The 5-4 opinion affirmed the district court's declaratory judgment that denied the prisoners relief and reversed the declaratory judgment that....... [more]

Oklahoma high court stays executions over lethal injection drug challenge
April 22, 2014
The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Monday stayed the execution of two death row prisoners who have challenged the legality of the state's lethal injection drugs. The stay comes just one day before one of the inmates, Clayton Lockett, was to be executed and one week before Charles Warner was scheduled to....... [more]

Russia court finds opposition leader guilty of slander
April 22, 2014
Judge Anna Nekryach of the Babushkinsky district court on Tuesday found opposition leader Alexei Navalny guilty of slander. A Moscow City Duma Deputy, Aleksei Lisovenko filed the lawsuit after Navalny allegedly posed about Lisovenko on his Twitter account, calling the deputy a drug addict. Nekryach....... [more]

Holder announces expanded clemency guidelines for convicted drug offenders
April 21, 2014
US Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is expanding its criteria for recommending clemency to federal prisoners convicted of certain drug crimes. Holder's announcement recapped the Fair Sentencing Act (FSA) that President Barack Obama signed into law in....... [more]

Chief Justice refuses to stay drug patent ruling
April 19, 2014
US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts denied the request of Teva Pharmaceuticals USA for a stay on the lower court ruling. The appeals court's ruling made Teva's Copaxone drug available to be produced in a generic form. Teva sought to have this delayed until the Supreme Court is able to hear....... [more]

UN: Argentina jail violating rights of prisoner with disabilities
April 17, 2014
The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) found on Wednesday that Argentine authorities had failed to ensure equal access and use of prison services and facilities for a prisoner with disabilities. The CRPD stated that Argentina is obliged to not only correct the current sit....... [more]

Federal judge overturns North Dakota abortion law
April 17, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the District of North Dakota on Wednesday overturned a North Dakota law that prohibits physicians from performing abortions on women as soon as the fetus has a detectable heartbeat. This would disallow abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy, before the f....... [more]

Federal judge blocks Massachusetts ban on painkiller Zohydro
April 16, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts on Tuesday granted drug company Zogenix a preliminary injunction against a state-wide ban of the drug Zohydro. Judge Rya Zobel stated that because Zohydro's use had been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), this d....... [more]

Alaska lawmakers pass bill restricting Medicaid payments for abortions
April 14, 2014
The Alaska State House of Representatives on Monday passed a bill that would restrict state Medicaid payments for abortions. The bill sets forth specific medical circumstances under which physicians may deem an abortion "medically necessary," thereby justifying Medicaid reimbursement. The bill defin....... [more]

Arkansas AG to appeal ruling striking down 12-week abortion ban
April 13, 2014
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced on Friday that he appeal a federal judge's decision striking down a state law that bans abortions starting at 12 weeks of pregnancy. Last month US District Judge Susan Webber Wright ruled that the state law is unconstitutional and that abortions ca....... [more]




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