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Supreme Court invalidates Texas abortion law (H.B. 2)

By a 5-3 vote, the US Supreme Court today invalidated two key features of Texas’s H.B. 2. In an opinion by Justice Breyer, the Court invalidated the requirement that doctors performing abortions have admitting privileges at local hospitals and the requirement that abortion clinics meet the standards Texas sets for ambulatory surgical centers. Here is a link […]

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Collett on Texas HB2

Teresa Collett wrote a full explanation of the legal situation in  the Texas case before the Supreme Court, Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole. “Texas Faces Abortion Showdown,” in the National Catholic Register. 

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Briefs in the Whole Woman’s Health case

Here is a post from Teresa Collett (as posted on the Mirror of Justice blog by Greg Sisk) concerning the Whole Woman’s Health case (the Texas abortion case currently pending before the United States Supreme Court).   On March 2 the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, a […]

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Prolife Center Videos

Here are a couple of videos of recent events at the Prolife Center at the University of St. Thomas. The first is a lecture by Prof. Tom Berg on “Patents on Human Life – The Limits of Private Property,” Nov. 3, 2015. The second is a discussion of “MN Law, Fetal Body Parts, and Planned […]

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Saunders and Burke on the fate of the Texas abortion law

Here is a link to a good article by Bill Saunders and Denise Burke describing recent developments in cases challenging aspects of the Texas abortion law. The Supreme Court recently prevented the implementation of two parts of the Texas law–the requirement that doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at local hospitals and the requirement that abortion clinics […]

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Mississippi abortion case

On July 29, 2014, a divided panel of the Fifth Circuit affirmed an injunction preventing enforcement of Mississippi’s law requiring that abortionists have admitting privileges at local hospitals. Here is a link to a National Right to Life News story on the case.  See http://www.nationalrighttolifenews.org/news/2014/07/how-and-where-an-appeals-panel-decision-to-strike-down-law-that-would-have-closed-mississippis-last-abortion-clinic-went-wrong/#.U9paA9jjjcs Judge Emilio Garza’s dissent is a persuasive account of the errors […]

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5th Circuit upholds Texas pro-life law

Here is a story from LifeNews about the March 27, 2014 ruling from the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upholding Texas HB2, which regulates surgical abortions and abortion-inducing drugs.http://www.lifenews.com/2014/03/27/appeals-court-upholds-texas-pro-life-law-wendy-davis-opposed-that-closed-abortion-clinics/ Courtesy of the Bioethics Defense Fund website, here is a link to the excellent opinion by Judge Edith Jones. http://bdfund.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/AbbottAppellateDecision.pdf Richard M.

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McCullen v. Coakley editorial

Oral arguments were heard Wednesday in the McCullen v. Coackley case before the Supreme Court. The dispute is about a Massachusetts law which prohibits non-clinic employees from side-walk counselling within 35 feet of the entrance of a clinic. Amy Howe, of Bloomberg’s Supreme Court blog, seems to think the law will not be upheld, based […]

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Wisconsin Ultrasound Law

Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin recently signed into law a bill known as Sonya’s Law (Act 37) that requires an ultrasound before an abortion. The law also requires that the doctor have “admitting privileges” at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic. Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, and others are challenging the law in court. […]

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Guttmacher Institute Updates Summary of US Abortion Laws

The Guttmacher Institute, a research organization started by Planned Parenthood, has updated its annual survey of abortion laws in the United States.  You can view it here.  I occasionally dispute the characterization of a law, but find it to be a good starting point for research.