A federal court will hear evidence and arguments on the constitutionality of an anti-choice restriction that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.
On Thursday, a state judge heard arguments in a case challenging a 2012 law that severely restricts medication abortion and exposes doctors to felony prosecution for failure to comply.
Cecily McMillan is now on trial for defending herself at an Occupy Wall Street protest after she felt someone grab her breast. McMillan’s decision to fight back—both immediately after she was groped and now, in court—is brave, and sends a powerful message that women should not be blamed for defending themselves.
If the petition is granted, the Supreme Court could dramatically limit how abortion restrictions are challenged.
The changes included making the ordinance more consistent with a buffer zone law upheld by the Supreme Court in Hill v. Colorado by changing the reach of the protective zone from 160 feet to 100 feet. Also, a 30-foot zone was added around driveway entrances to health-care facilities to protect those arriving by vehicle.
A bill that would allow Wisconsin residents to order anti-choice “Choose Life” license plates for their vehicles, with part of the fee from each plate going to an anti-choice organization in the state, was passed by a senate committee on Thursday.
A veto in Arizona may have meant the demise of one attempt to further enshrine discrimination in the name of religious liberty, but the larger threat from the Supreme Court remains.
Friday’s ruling leaves in place a new ordinance that creates buffer zones at entrances to health-care facilities in the city while a legal challenge to its constitutionality moves forward.
Passed by the city council Tuesday, the new ordinance will require a 160-foot buffer zone around any health-care clinic in the city, with a fine of up to $750 for violators.
The Roberts Court may be skeptical of buffer zones around abortion clinics, but the rest of the country doesn’t seem to be.