Roundup: Arizona Governor Restricts Abortions

Amy Dempsey

Arizona Governor Restricts Abortions; At Sotomayor Hearing, Feinstein Explains Casey Case; U.S. Hispanics on Abortion, Shift Between Generations

Arizona Governor Restricts Abortions
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer
signed a bill Monday that restricts access to abortion for many women.
The bill will implement a mandatory 24-hour waiting period before a
woman can get an abortion after she visits an abortion provider, who
will be required to notify a woman of her fetus’s probable
characteristics, risks of the procedure and abortion alternatives,
according to The Associated Press.

existing law for under-aged teenagers wanting to get an abortion will
also become stricter, and pharmacists and health care providers can
also refuse to give out emergency contraceptives for religious or moral
reasons, said the AP.

At Sotomayor Hearing, Feinstein Explains Casey Case
Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation hearing Monday, California Sen. Diane
Feinstein, who supports Sotomayor, said what nominees say during the
hearings do not accurately predict how they will judge, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Referring to past nominees who said Roe vs. Wade and Planned Parenthood
of Southeastern Pennsylvania vs. Casey "were precedents of the court
entitled to great respect," Feinstein said those same justices "voted
to overturn the key holding in Casey that laws restricting a
woman’s medical care must contain an exception to protect her health,"
the article said.

According to the article, Feinstein said:

"I’ve found it increasingly difficult to know, from answers to
questions we ask from this dais, how a nominee will actually act as a
Supreme Court justice,  because answers here are often indirect and
increasingly couched in euphemistic phrases."

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1992 Casey case revolved around laws that required a married woman who
wanted to get an abortion to let her husband know, and also required
parental consent for under-aged girls. The spousal notification
requirement was not upheld, but the parental consent law was, the Los Angeles Times reported.

U.S. Hispanics on Abortion, Shift Between Generations
A Reuters
article said Hispanics make up approximately 15 percent of the U.S.
population, and 22 percent of the 1.2 abortions in the United States in
2005, according to the Guttmacher Institute. Although Hispanics mostly
identify with the Roman Catholic Church, there has been a generational
shift among second-generation Latinos’ view of abortions.

Polls by
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health have shown more
tolerance toward the divisive issue.

The article
also referred a survey taken in California by the Public Policy
Institute of California which found yet another change across
generations. It said immigrant Latinos and U.S. born Latinos differed
in their views, with 62 percent of immigrant Latinos supporting more
abortion restrictions, and 65 percent of U.S. born Latinos think the
government should not implement more restrictions.


July 14: Washington Times:GOP aims to block federal funds for abortions

July 13: Examiner:Pharmacists must dispense morning after pill

July 13: NewsChannel 10: ProLife Midland Reacts to Planned Parenthood’s Sex Education

July 14: WSJ: The Catholic Double Standard

July 14: LA Times:Ruth Bader Ginsburg and a question of eugenics

July 13: ThinkProgress: Republicans Use Abortion To Try To Derail Health Reform

July 13: AP: Arizona governor approves abortion constraints

July 13: Medical News: IRIN examines ‘dramatic plunge’ in family planning international donor funding

July 14: National Law Journal: Bayer Sued Over Safety of Popular Birth Control Pills

July 13: Reuters:Generational shift for U.S. Hispanics on abortion

July 10: Global Health Council: Global: Falling Family Planning Funding Threatens Poverty Fight

July 13: HuffPo: Sotomayor Protester:"What About The Unborn?" (VIDEO)

July 13: WSJ:‘Today’ Piece Ignores Big Disagreements between Obama, Catholic Church

July 13: Deseret News: Hatch loses fight on abortion funding

July 13: NYTimes: About One Abortion Protester at Sotomayor Hearing

July 13: Southern Baptist ERLC opposes Sotomayor nomination, says she will ‘redefine the law’

July 13: HuffPo: The Moral of My Abortion Story

July 13: Iowa Independent: Cedar Rapids anti-abortion group gains legal help in IRS fight

July 13: AP: Abortion case plaintiff arrested at Senate hearing

July 13: U.S. News & World Report: Conservatives Wonder: Will Obama Fund Abortion?

July 13: LifeNews: Pro-Life African-Americans to Protest Abortion at NAACP Centennial Convention

July 13: WaPo: Anti-Abortion Leader to Testify at Sotomayor Hearing

July 13: NYTimes:90 Billion People, 1 Planet?

July 13: U.S. News & World Report: FDA OKs Single-Dose Plan B Emergency Contraceptive

July 13: Catholic News Service: Doctrinal congregation says direct abortion can never be justified

July 13: Opposing Views:Democrats Want Everyone to Pay for Abortions

July 13: Free Christian Press:The Most Pro-Life State Gains Momentum for Personhood Initiative as Lt Governor Signs On

July 13: AP: Analysis: Translating the Sotomayor hearing code

July 13: LifeNews: Obama Surgeon General Pick Regina Benjamin Wanted Docs to Learn Abortions

July 13: LA Times: Sotomayor hearing: Explaining the Casey abortion case

July 13: CPC Watcher: Searching for pro-woman adoption resources

July 13: Iowa Republican: Almost 70% of Iowans Want to Vote on Marriage

July 11: Examiner: Anti-abortion hardliners see criminalization of birth-control as common ground

July 13: Talking Points Memo: The Abortion Adoption Lottery

News Law and Policy

Anti-Choice Group: End Clinic ‘Bubble Zones’ for Chicago Abortion Patients

Michelle D. Anderson

Chicago officials in October 2009 passed the "bubble zone" ordinance with nearly two-thirds of the city aldermen in support.

An anti-choice group has announced plans to file a lawsuit and launch a public protest over Chicago’s nearly seven-year-old “bubble zone” ordinance for patients seeking care at local abortion clinics.

The Pro-Life Action League, an anti-choice group based in Chicago, announced on its website that its lawyers at the Thomas More Society would file the lawsuit this week.

City officials in October 2009 passed the ordinance with nearly two-thirds of the city aldermen in support. The law makes it illegal to come within eight feet of someone walking toward an abortion clinic once that person is within 50 feet of the entrance, if the person did not give their consent.

Those found violating the ordinance could be fined up to $500.

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Harassment of people seeking abortion care has been well documented. A 2013 survey from the National Abortion Federation found that 92 percent of providers had a patient entering their facility express personal safety concerns.

The ordinance targets people seeking to pass a leaflet or handbill or engaging in “oral protest, education, or counseling with such other person in the public way.” The regulation bans the use of force, threat of force and physical obstruction to intentionally injure, intimidate or interfere any person entering or leaving any hospital, medical clinic or health-care facility.

The Pro-Life Action League lamented on its website that the law makes it difficult for anti-choice sidewalk counselors “to reach abortion-bound mothers.” The group suggested that lawmakers created the ordinance to create confusion and that police have repeatedly violated counselors’ First Amendment rights.

“Chicago police have been misapplying it from Day One, and it’s caused endless problems for our faithful sidewalk counselors,” the group said.

The League said it would protest and hold a press conference outside of the Planned Parenthood clinic in the city’s Old Town neighborhood.

Julie Lynn, a Planned Parenthood of Illinois spokesperson, told Rewire in an email that the health-care provider is preparing for the protest.

“We plan to have volunteer escorts at the health center to make sure all patients have safe access to the entrance,” Lynn said.

The anti-choice group has suggested that its lawsuit would be successful because of a 2014 U.S. Supreme Court decision that ruled a similar law in Massachusetts unconstitutional.

Pam Sutherland, vice president of public policy and education for Planned Parenthood of Illinois, told the Chicago Tribune back then that the health-care provider expected the city’s bubble zone to be challenged following the 2014 decision.

But in an effort to avoid legal challenges, Chicago city officials had based its bubble zone law on a Colorado law that created an eight-foot no-approach zone within 100 feet of all health-care facilities, according to the Tribune. Sidewalk counselor Leila Hill and others challenged that Colorado law, but the U.S. Supreme Court upheld it in 2000.

Roundups Law and Policy

Gavel Drop: The Fight Over Voter ID Laws Heats Up in the Courts

Jessica Mason Pieklo & Imani Gandy

Texas and North Carolina both have cases that could bring the constitutionality of Voter ID laws back before the U.S. Supreme Court as soon as this term.

Welcome to Gavel Drop, our roundup of legal news, headlines, and head-shaking moments in the courts

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton intends to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate the state’s voter ID law.

Meanwhile, according to Politifact, North Carolina attorney general and gubernatorial challenger Roy Cooper is actually saving taxpayers money by refusing to appeal the Fourth Circuit’s ruling on the state’s voter ID law, so Gov. Pat McCrory (R) should stop complaining about it.

And in other North Carolina news, Ian Millhiser writes that the state has hired high-powered conservative attorney Paul Clement to defend its indefensible voter ID law.

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Alex Thompson writes in Vice that the Zika virus is about to hit states with the most restrictive abortion laws in the United States, including Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. So if you’re pregnant, stay away. No one has yet offered advice for those pregnant people who can’t leave Zika-prone areas.

Robin Marty writes on Care2 about Americans United for Life’s (AUL) latest Mad Lib-style model bill, the “National Abortion Data Reporting Law.” Attacking abortion rights: It’s what AUL does.

The Washington Post profiled Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Given this Congress, that will likely spur another round of hearings. (It did get a response from Richards herself.)

Kimberly Strawbridge Robinson writes in Bloomberg BNA that Stanford Law Professor Pamela Karlan thinks the Supreme Court’s clarification of the undue burden standard in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt will have ramifications for voting rights cases.

This must-read New York Times piece reminds us that we still have a long way to go in accommodating breastfeeding parents on the job.


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