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 in Kansas even if the US Supreme Court overruled Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.


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, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld Louisiana’s admitting privileges requirement.

In February 2019, the Supreme Court granted a stay of the Fifth Circuit’s ruling and that prevented the law from going into effect. Now, June Medical Services has asked the Court to review the Fifth Circuit’s decision. The Court is likely to grant the petition and take up the case in its 2019-2020 Term.

New Jersey Governor signs Assisted Suicide Law

Here is a link to a LifeNews.com 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 in the District of Columbia and in Montana due to a court decision. Approximately 21% of the US population live in states where assisted suicide is 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 abortion to play the sound of the fetal heartbeat and to display and describe an ultrasound to the women seeking an abortion.  The court held that these requirements do not violate the doctor’s First Amendment rights. The statute simply requires the disclosure of truthful, non-misleading, and relevant information and therefore does not violate the doctor’s right to free speech.



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 appeals decision invalidating Indiana’s law banning abortions for various discriminatory reasons (race, sex, or disability of the unborn).