Post Tagged with: "Abortion Rights"

  • McCullen v. Coakley – A Conflict of Rights in the Buffer Zone

    Uncategorized October 15, 2014 at 5:27 pm 0 comments

    In late June, the Supreme Court handed down its opinion in McCullen v. Coakley, 573 U.S. ___ (2014). Chief Justice Roberts, writing for the Court and joined by Justices Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan, struck down a Massachusetts law that established 35-foot “buffer zones” on public streets and sidewalks surrounding […]

  • Congressman’s Remarks on “Legitimate Rape” Show Fundamental Misunderstanding of Sexual Assault

    In a recent television interview, Rep. Todd Akin, a member of the House Committee on Science, the Republican candidate for Senate from Missouri, said that rape does not result in pregnancy because “if it’s a legitimate rape the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” […]

  • Virginia Almost Mandates Sexual Assault to Restrict Abortion Access

    By Nitzan Weizmann, Reproductive Rights March 14, 2012 at 7:21 pm 1 comment

    What is truly frightening about this story is that Virginia legislators thought that restricting women’s access to abortion was important enough to force almost every woman seeking the procedure in the Commonwealth to become a victim of sexual assault, and force doctors to become perpetrators.

  • The Fifth Circuit's Troubling Abortion Ruling

    Amicus, Issue Areas, Reproductive Rights February 20, 2012 at 1:31 pm 0 comments

    The United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on January 10 upheld a Texas law requiring doctors to show sonograms to patients seeking abortions. The decision functions as an unfortunate emblem of the court’s tendency to treat abortions as quasi-criminal acts rather than a legal medical procedures and improperly infringes upon the privacy and autonomy of patients’ and doctors’. Two key ideas underlie the court’s reasoning in this case: 1) the unborn are citizens of the state, and 2) legislation of this kind is reasonably calculated and reasonably necessary to ensure mature and informed decisions by would-be mothers.

  • The Susan G. Komen Foundation's Planned Parenthood Debacle

    By Nitzan Weizmann, Reproductive Rights February 19, 2012 at 6:33 pm 0 comments

    The rule, which the foundation enacted “to fulfill [its] fiduciary duty” to donors, stipulates that it will not give funds to an organization under investigation. However, this particular decision to stop funding seems so closely connected to the political situation and to the perception of Planned Parenthood as a provider of abortion services, that it was almost divorced from public health considerations.

  • New San Francisco Bill Takes on Crisis Pregnancy Centers

    Issue Areas, Reproductive Rights August 8, 2011 at 5:24 pm 0 comments

    In a bill introduced to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, city officials have proposed making it illegal for “crisis pregnancy centers” to advertise falsely about the pregnancy-related services they provide. As the New York Times reported, the bill’s author, Malia Cohen, argues that the centers push “anti-abortion […]

  • S.D.N.Y. Enjoins “Crisis Pregnancy Center” Disclosure Law Under First Amendment

    To combat deceptive practices, a New York City law required pregnancy services centers to disclose certain information: Medical provider on staff? Referrals for abortions and emergency contraception? And lastly, the “New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene encourages women who are or may be pregnant to consult with a licensed medical provider.” The court found that the centers’ religiously motivated services could not be “commercial speech.” The court then found that the law was likely to crumble under strict scrutiny for “compel[ling] [the centers] to speak certain messages” and failing to meet the First Amendment’s narrow tailoring requirement for burdens on speech.

  • Women's Access to Health Services Targeted in Budget Debate

    Funding for Planned Parenthood and women’s health services in general appears to be in the crosshairs this week as Republicans and Democrats try to resolve budget differences. Planned Parenthood provides a variety of women’s health services, including cancer screenings and STD testing, at over 800 locations nationwide. 75 percent of […]

  • President Obama Strengthens Support From Planned Parenthood

    Politico reports that Planned Parenthood, an organization that had been very critical of the compromises accepted by the Obama administration in the context of the health care debate, is much more confident that its interests will be protected in the context of the ongoing budget battle with budget-hawk conservatives.

  • Virginia Dems "Bamboozled" By Abortion Law

    Issue Areas, Reproductive Rights March 1, 2011 at 3:40 pm 2 comments

    The Washington Post this week reminds readers that abortion rights can’t defend themselves.  Apparently if Democrats and Pro-Choice groups do not keep an extremely watchful eye on their anti-abortion counterparts, those rights, or at least the ability to exercise them, can vanish quickly. Republicans in the Virginia House began with […]