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]
August 27, 2014
by William Helbling
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of California has ruled that a California gun law that requires a 10-day waiting period for gun purchases cannot be applied to those who already own firearms. Senior Judge Anthony Ishii ruled that the law was unconstitutional and violated ...[read more]
May 16, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The Missouri House of Representatives approved a bill Wednesday to extend the abortion waiting period from 24 to 72 hours. The House voted 111-39 in favor of the bill after the Missouri Senate approved the measure by a vote of 22-9 on Monday. The bill is now forwarded to Governor Jay Nixon for ...[read more]
July 26, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On July 26, 2011, the North Carolina House of Representatives overrode the veto of Governor Beverly Perdue on a bill that mandated a 24 hour waiting period before an abortion. The bill also required that patients view an ultrasound of the fetus prior to abortion procedures being performed. Several ...[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 8, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
Louisiana Governor Bob Jindal signed a bill on Friday increasing abortion restrictions in the state. The bill was approved by the Senate in April as a measure to ensure informed consent for women seeking abortions. The new legislation increases the waiting period between a mandatory ultrasound and ...[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]
May 13, 2012
by Meagan McElroy
On May 13, 2009, the German Bundestag passed amendments to the Conflicts of Pregnancy Act prohibiting abortion after 12 weeks of pregnancy with exceptions for the mental or physical health of the mother or when the fetus may not be viable. The amendments also require German doctors to counsel ...[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]
December 5, 2011
by Cynthia Miley
On December 5, 2005, the UKCivil Partnership Act 2004 took effect, marking the first day that same-sex couples were allowed to apply for a civil partnership ceremony. Nearly 700 couples participated in civil partnership ceremonies on December 22, 2005 after the required 15 day waiting period. ...[read more]

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