Archive for April 2019

Kansas Supreme Court recognizes Right to Abortion under State Constitution

Here is a link to an opinion by the Kansas Supreme Court recognizing a right to abortion under the state Constitution. The Court struck down the Kansas Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act, which was passed in 2015. This is an important ruling because the opinion means that the right to abortion would still be protected […]

Louisiana admitting privileges case heads to Supreme Court

Here is a link to a story on Scotusblog about the cert petition that was filed today (April 17, 2019) in the Louisiana admitting privileges case. The case is June Medical Services v. Gee. In 2016, the Supreme Court invalidated a Texas law that requires that abortionists have admitting privileges at local hospitals. In June Medical Services, […]

New Jersey Governor signs Assisted Suicide Law

Here is a link to a story discussing the legalization of assisted suicide in New Jersey. On April 12, 2019, New Jersey Governor Murphy signed a law legalizing assisted suicide. New Jersey is now the 7th state with such a law. New Jersey joins California, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, and Vermont. Assisted suicide is also legal […]

Ohio Governor DeWine signs heartbeat legislation

Here is a link to a LifeNews story about the latest developments in Ohio. On April 11, 2019, Governor DeWine signed legislation banning abortion after an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable. The law will likely be struck down under Roe and Casey but pro-lifers are hopeful that the current Supreme Court will be more receptive to pro-life legislation.

Kentucky’s “Ultrasound Informed Consent Act” upheld by federal court

Here is a link to an opinion from the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upholding the constitutionality of Kentucky’s “Ultrasound Informed Consent Act.” The opinion was issued on April 4, 2019; the vote was 2-1 in favor of the law. The Kentucky law requires a doctor who is preparing to perform an […]

Arkansas enacts law banning abortion due to Down Syndrome diagnosis

Here is a link to a story in the National Right to Life News on good news from Arkansas. Governor Asa Hutchison signed a law banning abortions due to a Down syndrome diagnosis. Arkansas is the seventh state to ban abortions for this reason. Indiana has asked the US Supreme Court to review a federal court of […]