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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.

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Two abortion regulations go to US Supreme Court Conference

On June 20, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether to hear two abortion cases coming out of Oklahoma.  The Oklahoma legislature has long been a leader in prolife legislation.  The main opponent of abortion regulation and legislation in the state is a Tulsa abortion clinic, Reproductive Service, which is part of the larger abortion company, […]

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Oklahoma ultrasound law enjoined

Here is a story from the National Right to Life News about a recent decision from an Oklahoma court enjoining Oklahoma’s ultrasound law. Here is additional information and critical analysis about the decision.   Richard M.

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Virginia governor signs ultrasound law

Here is a story from about the signing of the Virginia ultrasound law. The bill that Governor McDonnell signed was amended so that transvaginal ultrasounds are not required. Richard M.

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Hidden Persuaders

That’s the title of a recent article by Fred Barnes in the Weekly Standard. The article’s subtitle is “The unheralded gains of  the pro-life movement.” Barnes describes a series of positive developments: the impact of sonograms, the increasing pro-life sentiment among young people, the rapid increase in pregnancy care centers, etc. At the end of […]

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North Carolina’s Woman’s Right to Know Act

The North Carolina legislature recently passed the Woman’s Right to Know Act, which requires a 24 hour waiting period before an abortion during which the pregant mother would have an opportunity to consider information and view an ultrasound. Governor Perdue vetoed the Act. North Carolina’s Catholic bishops have issued a statement urging an override. […]

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Access to Court Documents in Federal Cases

Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) is an internet site that allows anyone to obtain case information and court pleadings from federal appellate, district and bankruptcy courts. To use PACER, you need to register for an account. Anyone can have a PACER account. You do not need to be a lawyer to use PACER. […]

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Report on challenge to Texas law requiring sonogram before abortion

Here is a report on the pending lawsuit challenging the Texas law requiring that women be able to view a sonogram before obtaining an abortion. A ruling is expected by September. Richard M.

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Texas sonogram law challenged

Texas recently enacted a law that requires that women considering abortion to be able to view a sonogram. The law, which went into effect on May 20, 2011, has just been challenged in federal court. See There has been a recent trend for pro-abortion groups not to challenge pro-life legislation. This case will be an important test […]