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15 states urge US Supreme Court to uphold same-sex marriage bans
April 3, 2015
Fifteen states, led by Louisiana, urged the US Supreme Court on Thursday to uphold same-sex marriage bans. The brief asserts that voters should decide for themselves whether to allow same-sex marriages in their respective states. Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Oklahoma, Utah and West Virgi....... [more]

Federal judge rules South Dakota same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional
January 13, 2015
A judge for the US District Court for the District of South Dakota ruled Monday that South Dakota's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. Judge Karen Schreier ruled in favor of six same-sex couples who challenged the ban, finding that the ban violates the right to due process and equal protecti....... [more]

Missouri legislature overrides veto to enact 72-hour abortion waiting period
September 11, 2014
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 inces....... [more]

South Dakota same-sex marriage ban challenged
May 23, 2014
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 cla....... [more]

South Dakota House passes bill prohibiting gender-based abortions
February 20, 2014
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-b....... [more]

Lakotah Nation declared independence from the US
December 19, 2012
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 D....... [more]

Federal judge rules South Dakota prison tobacco ban infringes on religious rights
September 20, 2012
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 sui....... [more]

Federal appeals court upholds mandatory suicide advisory for abortions
July 24, 2012
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 i....... [more]

Federal judge blocks parts of South Dakota abortion law
June 28, 2012
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 mos....... [more]

Ohio lawmakers approved bill prohibiting abortion after fetal heartbeat detection
June 28, 2012
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, inc....... [more]

South Dakota abortion waiting period challenged
May 27, 2012
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 Sou....... [more]