September 11, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The Missouri Legislature passed new abortion restrictions over the veto of Governor Jay Nixon Wednesday. Under the new requirement woman in Missouri must wait 72 hours after consulting a doctor before having an abortion, and the requirement does not grant an exception for instances of rape and ...[read more]
May 23, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
Six couples filed a federal lawsuit Thursday challenging South Dakota's ban on same-sex marriage. The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the District of South Dakota, challenges a law passed by the legislature in 1996 and a constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2006. The suit ...[read more]
February 20, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
The South Dakota House of Representatives passed a bill on Wednesday that would prohibit individuals from having abortions based on the gender of the fetus. Representative Jenna Haggar is the lead sponsor of the bill, which opponents argue will be impossible to enforce. The bill would make gender- ...[read more]
December 19, 2012
by Kyle Webster
On December 19, 2007, leaders of the Lakota people, a part of the Sioux Nation, traveled to Washington and withdrew from the Treaty of Fort Laramie of 1851 and the Treaty of Fort Laramie of 1868, forming the independent Republic of Lakotah. These two treaties gave areas of the Black Hills in North ...[read more]
September 20, 2012
by Maureen Cosgrove
A judge for the US District Court for the District of South Dakota on Wednesday ruled that South Dakota's ban on the use of tobacco in prisons infringes on the religious rights of Native American inmates. The Native American Council of Tribes (NACT), along with two individual plaintiffs, brought ...[read more]
July 24, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
An 11-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on Tuesday upheld part of a South Dakota abortion law that requires doctors to inform women seeking abortions that they face an increased risk of suicide as a result of the procedure. The full panel re-heard the case solely on the ...[read more]
June 28, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
A judge for the US District Court for the District of South Dakota on Thursday upheld an injunction against most of a controversial South Dakota abortion law but allowed one section, requiring doctors to certify that a woman has not been "coerced" into making her decision, to go into effect. The ...[read more]
June 28, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On June 28, 2011, the Ohio House of Representatives approved legislation prohibiting abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detectable. The bill provided no exceptions for rape, incest or health of the mother, calling into question its constitutional legitimacy. Ohio has been one of several states, ...[read more]
May 27, 2012
by Meagan McElroy
On May 27, 2011, Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit challenging South Dakota's law mandating that women seeking an abortion receive counseling and wait three days before the procedure. Judge Karen Shreier for the US District Court for the District of ...[read more]
March 21, 2012
by Max Slater
Utah Governor Gary Herbert on Tuesday signed into law a bill that extends the waiting period for a woman seeking an abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours. The Utah waiting period law closely mirrors a South Dakota law passed last year that imposes a 72-hour waiting period for women who wish to obtain ...[read more]

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