The ruling, while limited, is the first loss for marriage equality advocates since the Supreme Court’s historic ruling last year in U.S. v. Windsor.
So far two states, Utah and Oklahoma, have filed petitions asking the Roberts Court to uphold their respective state bans on marriage equality. Elsewhere, attorneys for the State of Virginia filed their petition for review with the Roberts Court on Friday.
Two Texas abortion providers testified in federal court today about the difficulties they say they’ve faced keeping their doors open after the passage of Texas’ omnibus anti-abortion law, HB 2.
On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Myron Thompson didn’t just block an Alabama admitting privileges requirement. He also made a powerful case for how targeted regulations of abortion providers further stigmatize abortion providers and patients.
On Monday, the first day of a new legal challenge to Texas’ omnibus anti-abortion law, expert witnesses testified that regulations in the state have negatively affected the ability of pregnant people who live in south and west Texas to access legal abortion care.
The ruling did not block the law permanently; it extends a temporary injunction blocking the law from taking effect.
Texas abortion providers are challenging a law that requires them to operate as hospital-like ambulatory surgical centers before it is scheduled to go into effect September 1.
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled a Mississippi admitting privileges law would create an undue burden on abortion rights if it forced the state’s only clinic to close. But the decision isn’t all good news for reproductive rights supporters.
The order gives attorneys for the state time to file a request with the U.S. Supreme Court to review an appeals court order blocking limitations on RU-486.
Senate Republicans opposed Harris’ nomination and accused Democrats of trying to stack the federal appeals court ahead of a pending challenge to the Affordable Care Act.