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Federal Appeals Court Ruling on Ban for Certain Abortions Is Very Limited

Federal Appeals Court Ruling on Ban for Certain Abortions Is Very Limited

Nov 27, 2020

Some pro-life activists got overly excited about a 2-1 decision last Friday by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals reversing the federal district court’s ordering prohibiting enforcement of that part of the Tennessee’s new abortion law banning abortions “because of” an unborn child’s sex or ethnicity or the presence of Downs Syndrome. The District Court’s follow-up order on Tuesday should not generate much excitement either if actually preventing an abortion is the goal.

Federal Court Rules Ban on Therapy for Same-Sex Attractions and Gender Identity Unconstitutional

Federal Court Rules Ban on Therapy for Same-Sex Attractions and Gender Identity Unconstitutional

Nov 26, 2020

On Friday, a federal appeals court in Florida ruled against a local law banning so-called “conversion therapy,”, saying it violated the First Amendment.

Fifth Circuit Rules Women Cannot Sue Texas for Disqualifying Planned Parenthood from Medicaid Program

Fifth Circuit Rules Women Cannot Sue Texas for Disqualifying Planned Parenthood from Medicaid Program

Nov 25, 2020

On Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit sided with state officials and held individual clients of various Planned Parenthood clinics in Texas had no legal standing to bring a claim for violation of their civil rights because Texas determined that the clinics were “not qualified to provide medical services in a professionally competent, safe, legal[,] and ethical manner under the relevant provisions of state and federal law pertaining to Medicaid providers.”

Target removes book critical of gender-transitioning girls, later apologizes following public outcry

Target removes book critical of gender-transitioning girls, later apologizes following public outcry

Nov 20, 2020

Abigail Shrier’s book that documents instances of transgender individuals who have come to regret their transition and warns against long-lasting effects in kids was temporarily taken off Target shelves after a couple of Twitter activists' tweets.

Pro-life groups sue DC for arresting students chalking on public sidewalks, allowing BLM chalking

Pro-life groups sue DC for arresting students chalking on public sidewalks, allowing BLM chalking

Nov 19, 2020

On Wednesday, Students for Life of America and the Frederick Douglass Foundation filed a lawsuit in federal court after the city of Washington, D.C., refused to grant permission for the two groups to paint a pro-life message on a city street shortly after allowing the painting of Black Lives Matters messages on a different street.

 Arkansas Legislators File Bill to Ban All Abortions Unless Mother’s Health Is At Risk

Arkansas Legislators File Bill to Ban All Abortions Unless Mother’s Health Is At Risk

Nov 18, 2020

Republican State Senators Jason Rapert and Mary Bentley filed a bill on Wednesday that would make abortion illegal in Arkansas except in cases where the mother’s life is directly at stake.

TN Attorney General Asks SCOTUS To Review Election Results in PA

TN Attorney General Asks SCOTUS To Review Election Results in PA

Nov 13, 2020

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery joined several other Republican attorney generals in filing an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court urging it to hear a case regarding ballots counted in Pennsylvania.

Supreme Court delays decision on Mississippi abortion ban for 5th time

Supreme Court delays decision on Mississippi abortion ban for 5th time

Nov 12, 2020

Last Thursday, Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch again asked the Supreme Court to review a lower court’s decision on a state law banning most abortions after 15 weeks. The law was blocked by a district court in 2018, and an appeals court judge upheld the ruling in December of 2019, holding that the restriction placed an unconstitutional burden on a woman’s right to terminate an unwanted pregnancy before viability. Mississippi then appealed the case to the Supreme Court.

Massachusetts Lawmakers Move to Legalize Abortion up to Birth, Adding it to State Budget

Massachusetts Lawmakers Move to Legalize Abortion up to Birth, Adding it to State Budget

Nov 11, 2020

Next week, the Massachusetts Legislature is set to debate an amendment to the state’s budget that addresses access to abortions up until birth. The amendment to the budget bill would effectively enact the ROE Act, which had earlier stalled in the Legislature’s Joint Committee on the Judiciary.

Nevada Repeals Marriage Amendment to State’s Constitution

Nevada Repeals Marriage Amendment to State’s Constitution

Nov 10, 2020

In the November election, Nevada become the first state to formally repeal a constitutional amendment that voters had adopted 18 years earlier by which marriage was defined marriage as between a man and a woman.  The amendment was repealed with 62 percent of the vote. 

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