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Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Needle Exchanges and the Public's Health
April 14, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnists James G. Hodge Jr. and Gregory Measer of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, discuss the potential impact of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Indiana and other states on protecting and promoting the public's health ...Fierce debates and e....... [more]

Indiana, Arkansas governors sign amended 'religious freedom' bills
April 3, 2015
Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed into law on Thursday an amended version of the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which critics argued gave business owners the legal right to deny service based on sexual orientation. The amended legislation states that the religious freedom....... [more]

Indiana lawmakers propose anti-discrimination amendment to 'religious freedom' law
April 2, 2015
Indiana's Republican legislative leaders announced Thursday that they are proposing an amendment to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in an attempt to remedy the perception that the act permits discrimination based on sexual orientation. State Senate President Pro Tem David Long and House....... [more]

Indiana lawmakers approve 'religious freedom' bill
March 26, 2015
The Indiana Senate on Wednesday gave final approval to a "religious freedom" bill that would allow business owners to turn away customers on the basis of sexual orientation. The bill, approved by a vote of 40-10, will now head to Governor Mike Pence, who is expected to sign it. Proponents of the le....... [more]

Indiana governor signs bill allowing terminally ill patients to access experimental drugs
March 25, 2015
Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed House Bill 1065 into law Tuesday to allow terminally ill patients access to experimental drugs before they have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The bill, approved by the Senate last week, applies to qualified patients who have been diagnos....... [more]

Indiana Senate approves proposal for terminally ill patients to access experimental drugs
March 18, 2015
The Indiana Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved a proposal to give terminally ill patients access to experimental drugs that are not sold on the market. The bill would allow patients to access treatments before they receive federal approval, thus creating a three-phase process that takes roughly....... [more]

Egypt's Judiciary: Reform in the Criminal Justice System or Violation of International Human Rights Law?
January 31, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Mohamed 'Arafa of Alexandria University (Egypt) and Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, discusses the recent Egyptian criminal court's order of a retrial of Muslim Brotherhood followers and whether the Egyptian criminal justice system should reform to stop the....... [more]

Federal judge enters final ruling on Indiana abortion clinic law
January 8, 2015
Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson of the US District Court for the Southern District of Indiana entered a permanent injunction Wednesday barring Indiana law IC 16-18-2, which would redefine what qualifies as an abortion clinic and shut down Planned Parenthood's Lafayette facility. The law was barred for im....... [more]

Indiana lawmaker proposes bill to end death penalty
January 6, 2015
Indiana state senator Lonnie Randolph introduced Senate Bill 136 to end the death penalty in the state. The proposed legislation would repeal the state's death penalty statute and reduce the punishments of those awaiting execution to life imprisonment without parole. The bill provides that, "when a....... [more]

Debating Guantanamo Bay and Torture
December 28, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Clarence Leatherbury from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law discusses the debate over torture techniques and our nations security... The American public was recently given information about the CIA's torture of suspected terrorists during the Bush Administrat....... [more]

Indiana abortion clinic law deemed unconstitutional
December 4, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Indiana on Wednesday struck down a state law that altered the requirements for abortion clinics who only perform drug-induced abortions. Under this law, even clinics who only perform medical abortions would be required to be "minimally p....... [more]




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