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Federal Judge Strikes Down One Of The Strictest Abortion Laws In The Nation

thepoliticalfreakshow:

A federal judge struck down on of the most restrictive abortion laws in the nation on Friday, ruling that that a measure in Arkansas restricting abortions starting at 12 weeks of pregnancy “impermissibly infringes a woman’s Fourteenth Amendment right to elect to terminate a pregnancy before viability” of the fetus.

The law cut off women’s access to legal abortion services well before the point of viability, which is typically around 24 weeks. However, U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright’s ruling “let stand the law’s requirement that a woman seeking an abortion first undergo an ultrasound to determine whether a fetal heartbeat is present.”

The legislature overrode Gov. Mike Beebe’s (D) veto and enacted the law in March 2013, which had initially sought to ban abortions after just six weeks. In his veto statement, Beebeargued that the 12-week prohibition “blatantly contradicts the United States Constitution” and the Supreme Court’s ruling in Roe v. Wade. In 1973, the court found that women have a constitutionally protected right to legal abortion services until the medically accepted point of viability.

Arkansas attorney general, Dustin McDaniel has not said if the state would appeal Wright’s decision. Similar restrictions exist in North Dakota and approximately a dozen states nationwide.

Source: Igor Volsky for ThinkProgress

(Wednesday) the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in favor of HB 1170, a bill to abolish the death penalty, by a vote of 225-104.

The New Hampshire legislature passed repeal measures two other times—in 2000 when it passed in both chambers but was vetoed by the governor, and in 2009 when it was passed in the House but failed to get support in the Senate. We’re hopeful that the third time is the charm! […]

Anita Grabowski
Communications Director
National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

PS-The bill will now go on to the Senate for consideration. If you live in New Hampshire, please contact your Senator now to express your support for repeal! If you live elsewhere but have friends or family in New Hampshire, please share this message with them as well.

(via truth-has-a-liberal-bias)

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8 Women Who Already Made The World A Better Place In 2014

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Federal judge rules Tennessee must recognize same-sex marriage

A federal judge ruled Friday that Tennessee must recognize the marriages of three same-sex couples while their lawsuit against the state works its way through the court system. There are currently 28 states facing legal challenges for their bans on same-sex marriage.
U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger issued a preliminary injunction barring Tennessee from enforcing state laws that prohibit recognition of the marriages. Trauger noted in a written memorandum that her order only applied to the three couples.
A preliminary injunction can only be granted in cases that the judge believes the plaintiff will likely win.
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(Photo: Shelley Mays/The Tennessean/AP)

aljazeeraamerica:

Federal judge rules Tennessee must recognize same-sex marriage

A federal judge ruled Friday that Tennessee must recognize the marriages of three same-sex couples while their lawsuit against the state works its way through the court system. There are currently 28 states facing legal challenges for their bans on same-sex marriage.

U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger issued a preliminary injunction barring Tennessee from enforcing state laws that prohibit recognition of the marriages. Trauger noted in a written memorandum that her order only applied to the three couples.

A preliminary injunction can only be granted in cases that the judge believes the plaintiff will likely win.

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(Photo: Shelley Mays/The Tennessean/AP)

U.S. Issues Marijuana Guidelines for Banks

And the great experiment goes on…

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee puts halt to death penalty

Fantastic, now let’s get the legislature to act and make this law. I’ve said this before: the death penalty is expensive, arbitrary, racially biased, ineffective, and immoral. Time to give it the chair.

INDIANA: Senate Committee To Consider Same-Sex Marriage Ban On Monday

thepoliticalfreakshow:

On Monday the Indiana Senate Rules and Legislative Procedure Committee will meet in the afternoon to consider the same-sex marriage ban that passed in the House last week. 

The Senate’s session is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. EST. The committee hearing will be held immediately after session in the Senate Chambers. Senate President Pro Tem David Long announced last week he would assign the proposed ban — known as House Joint Resolution 3 — to the committee. Long, a Fort Wayne Republican, chairs the 12-member committee, which is one of the Senate’s largest and includes the leadership of both parties. The Senate committee will review an amended version of the measure, after the Indiana House moved to strip out the civil unions ban contained in the proposed constitutional amendment’s second sentence. Long has said he prefers the Senate committee not to amend the measure, so any possible changes can be weighed on the full Senate floor.

Since the version of the bill that was approved by the House differs from the one passed by both chambers in the last legislative session, if the Senate approved the amended bill it could not appear on the ballot until 2016.  Hate groups are pressuring members of the Senate to approve the original version (which bans all forms of same-sex unions) and send it back to the House.

This resolution passed the Indiana legislature in 2011 with over 70 percent support. In 2014, even with a Republican super-majority, the original language couldn’t pass the House with a simple majority. And the watered-down amendment passed with only 8 votes to spare.

Dear marriage equality opponents in Indiana: it’s over.