July 19, 2013
by G. Redd
Texas Governor Rick Perry signed House Bill number 2 on Thursday, enacting three new restrictions on the practice of abortion. These changes require physicians performing the procedure to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles and the facility to meet ambulatory surgical center ...[read more]
June 16, 2013
by Addison Morris
Texas Governor Rick Perry on Friday vetoed a bill intended to prevent payment discrimination and make it easier for women to obtain equal pay. The bill was passed by the Texas House on April 25 in a 79-50 vote, and by the Senate on May 22 with a vote of 16-15. In a press release, Perry explained ...[read more]
August 31, 2012
by Cody Harding
On August 31, 2011, the Court of Appeals for the Fifth District of Texas ruled that a state ban on same-sex marriage does not violate the US Constitution. The ruling came in the divorce case of a same-sex couple married in Massachusetts. The court overturned a 2009 decision by the 302nd Family ...[read more]
May 19, 2012
by Meagan McElroy
On May 19, 2011, Texas Governor Rick Perry signed a bill, following its approval by the state legislature, requiring women seeking an abortion to first obtain an ultrasound. Under the new law's regulations, doctors who fail to perform an ultrasound and display it to women at least 24 hours before ...[read more]
February 2, 2012
by Meagan McElroy
On February 2, 2011, Texas Governor Rick Perry signed an executive order requiring all sixth grade girls in the state to be vaccinated against the human papillomavirus virus (HPV), a sexually transmitted disease that causes cervical cancer. The order was the first of its kind in the US, although ...[read more]
July 1, 2011
by Julia Zebley
Officials from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) appealed to Texas Governor Rick Perry Friday to stop the execution of Mexican national Humberto Leal Garcia, alleging he did not receive a fair trial. When Leal Garcia was arrested for the rape and murder of a 16-year- ...[read more]
May 20, 2011
by Zach Zagger
Texas Governor Rick Perry signed into law Thursday a bill that requires women seeking an abortion to first get a sonogram. The law requires doctors to conduct a ultrasound and display the images at least 24 hours prior to an abortion, and would strip them of their medical licenses should they fail ...[read more]
April 4, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On April 4, 2007, the Virginia General Assembly passed legislation requiring all girls to be vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (HPV). The bill passed after Governor Tim Kaine proposed an amendment that made it easier for parents and guardians to opt girls out of the vaccinations. In ...[read more]
July 18, 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski
Texas Governor Rick Perry said Thursday that Texas will go forward with the August 5 execution of a Mexican national despite an International Court of Justice (ICJ) order staying the execution. The ICJ ordered Wednesday that a mandated review be conducted to determine whether five Mexican ...[read more]
September 26, 2007
by Brett Murphy
Texas continued with the lethal injection execution of a convicted murderer Tuesday, despite the US Supreme Court's grant of certiorari in a case reviewing whether the method is cruel and unusual and therefore unconstitutional. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments in Baze v. Re... ...[read more]

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