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Missouri high court upholds 24-hour informed consent abortion law
The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld a 24-hour informed consent abortion law in a unanimous decision, ruling that the law does not violate the Missouri constitution . The law requires doctors to wait 24 hours after consulting with women before (More)
Missouri 24-hour informed consent abortion ruling [MO SC]
Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region, Inc., et al. v. Jeremiah W. Nixon, et al, Supreme Court of Missouri, February 28, 2006 . Read the full text of the decision. Reported in JURIST's Paper Chase here. (More)
South Dakota Senate approves sweeping abortion ban
The South Dakota Senate on Wednesday approved by a 23-12 vote a bill that would ban all abortions, excluding only those necessary to save a woman's life. A similar bill has already passed the state House by a vote of 47-22. After legislator (More)
Massachusetts women sue Wal-Mart for not stocking emergency contraception
Three Massachusetts women on Wednesday filed suit against Wal-Mart , alleging that the retail chain is in violation of the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act because their pharmacies do not stock emergency contraception. The law states that all (More)
Partial-birth abortion ban ruling [9th Circuit]
Planned Parenthood Federation of America v. Gonzales et al., US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, January , 2005 . Excerpt:This appeal presents a challenge to the constitutionality of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003, Pub. L. No. 108-105, 117 (More)
Appeals courts find 'partial-birth' abortion ban unconstitutional
The US Second Circuit and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals ruled [2nd opinion, PDF; 9th opinion, PDF] in two separate decisions Tuesday that the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act is unconstitutional because it does not provide an exception for the hea (More)
New Hampshire abortion notification law ruling [US SC]
Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, Supreme Court of the United States, January 18, 2006 . Excerpt from the Court's opinion per Justice O'Connor:If enforcing a statute that regulates access to abortion would be unconstitutio (More)
Supreme Court rules in government immunity, juror challenge cases
The US Supreme Court handed down decisions in three cases Wednesday, including a decision in Will v. Hallock , where the Court ruled that a refusal to apply the judgment bar in the Federal Tort Claims Act is not open to collateral appeal. The cou (More)
BREAKING NEWS ~ Supreme Court orders review of New Hampshire abortion law
AP is reporting that the US Supreme Court has ordered a lower court to reconsider the constitutionality of a New Hampshire abortion law. In a unanimous decision in Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood of Northern New England , the Court vacated and remand (More)
Alito pledges 'open mind' on abortion, says no president above the law
US Supreme Court nominee Judge Samuel Alito [official profile; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he would keep an open mind on the issue of abortion and that the president was not above the law in times of war (More)