It looks like the Roberts Court may take up the Hobby Lobby contraception challenge, while other federal appellate courts refuse to buy the argument that corporations can exercise religious beliefs.
The long-term effects of a recent decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, especially as it relates to the current clinic closure crisis in Texas, doesn’t look good.
The decision sets a dangerous precedent for states seeking to evade judicial review of laws that violate federal constitutional rights and a new front in the right’s drive to bankrupt reproductive health-care providers.
Pro-choice advocates fear that Patrick Morrisey is “doing the bidding” of anti-choice groups, and that he intends to try and end safe abortion access in the state. Meanwhile, a Democratic lawmaker is asking for accountability from the state’s taxpayer-supported crisis pregnancy centers.
WV Free Executive Director Margaret Chapman Pomponio told the West Virginia Gazette that it is “unsettling” how in line the attorney general’s inquiry into the abortion providers is with the agenda of the anti-choice Family Policy Council of West Virginia.
The Gosnell trial is over, but states continue to use it as an excuse to push their anti-choice agenda.
Unhappy that the new TRAP law mandating unnecessary clinic regulations isn’t having as much impact as anti-choice lawmakers hoped, the anti-choice Virginia State Attorney General Cuccinelli is refusing to approve the medical boards recommendations.
Georgia tables motion that would have forced all abortions into hospitals, new Virginia clinic regulations will be set in months, people with HIV at greater risk of bone fractures, and the Utah legislature passes three abortion-related bills.