Patel received a six-year sentence on the feticide charge, but that will be served concurrently with the 20-year sentence. She will spend five years on probation when she is released from prison.
Texas lawmakers turned their attention to public education this week—or perhaps, more specifically, to tearing the very concept apart.
Arizona state Sen. Sylvia Allen (R) got a little off-topic during a committee debate on gun legislation Tuesday, telling appropriations committee members that she believes Sunday church attendance should be required by law for every American.
A wide-reaching and regressive overhaul of North Carolina’s tax code, which went into effect last year, is being felt this tax season. Its political fallout may extend into 2016.
Kansas lawmakers this week became the first in the country to pass a ban a medical procedure used for second trimester abortions and the management of miscarriage. The radical legislation is part of a coordinated effort by anti-choice activists in states across the country.
North Carolina legislators are moving forward with a proposal to allow charges be brought against pregnant people who engage in behavior deemed risky for the fetus.
A new Arkansas bill mentions abstinence explicitly while avoiding any direct mention of contraception—suggesting that state lawmakers are kidding themselves about the behavior of college students.
Some activists say proposed legislation doesn’t address all the ways so-called conversion therapy is actually practiced.
The Ohio house on Thursday passed a bill to ban abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, before many people know they are pregnant. A similar six-week ban approved in North Dakota several years ago was found to be unconstitutional.
A Tennessee house committee passed two bills that would restrict access to abortion care in the state. Among the bills considered priories by anti-choice policymakers are those designed to reinstate laws struck down by the state supreme court ruling in 2000.