Newsmax – June 1, 2018
A judge agreed Friday to temporarily block the most restrictive abortion law in the country from taking effect in Iowa next month under an agreement between lawyers for the state and abortion rights groups.
Attorneys for the state and Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds said during a court hearing that they agreed to prevent the law from taking effect on July 1 after discussions with the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, Planned Parenthood Federation of American and the Emma Goldman Clinic.
The advocacy groups argue the law is unconstitutional and have filed a lawsuit to block the law, which bans most abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be detected. An attorney representing the state said the goal now is to quickly get the case before a judge so the state can argue the law is constitutional.
Judge Michael Huppert said he would formally issue a temporary injunction later in the day.
Michael Gryboski – Apr 17, 2018
A judge has temporarily blocked a Kentucky law from taking effect that would ban an abortion procedure that involves ripping apart a human fetus and then removing the pieces one at a time from a womb.
Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin signed House Bill 454 into law last week, which bans dismemberment abortions, a procedure also called dilation and evacuation.
In a joint consent order issued late last Thursday, a district court blocked the law until June 5, when a preliminary injunction hearing is scheduled to take place.
The block came as part of a lawsuit filed last week against the Kentucky law by the American Civil Liberties Union. Andrew Beck, senior staff attorney with the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project, expressed support for the temporary hold.
Heather Clark – April 1, 2018
WASHINGTON — The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Justice are considering their options after a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction on Friday ordering the Trump administration to cease denying abortion access to teenagers who enter the country illegally and unaccompanied by an adult.
“The Department of Health & Human Services strongly maintains that taxpayers are not responsible for facilitating the abortion of unaccompanied minors who entered the country illegally and are currently in the government’s care,” the department said in a statement. “We are working closely with the Justice Department to review the court’s order and determine next steps.”
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) had first filed a lawsuit on behalf of one illegal immigrant teen last year, and then two more, and now has been granted a request to make the matter a class action lawsuit.
Heather Clark – March 15, 2018
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A federal judge appointed to the bench by then-President Barack Obama has granted a preliminary injunction against an Ohio law that banned mothers from killing their unborn child just because he or she has Down syndrome.
“The State cannot dictate what factors a woman is permitted to consider in making her choice,” wrote U.S. District Judge Timothy Black on Wednesday. “The State’s attempt to carve out exceptions to a categorical right where none exist fails as a matter of law.”
As previously reported, the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio (ACLU), two local branches of Planned Parenthood and several other abortion facilities filed a lawsuit last month to challenge the new Ohio law, stating that it “undermines [the abortion facilities’] mission to honor and support the decisions their patients make, whether it is to continue or to end a pregnancy.”
Amelia Hamilton – February 15, 2018
In December, a law was passed in Ohio which will go into effect next month, making it illegal to perform an abortion based solely on a diagnosis of Downs Syndrome. The ACLU and Planned Parenthood are now filing suit against the state in response, Townhall reports. The lawsuit argues that it is unconstitutional and interferes in doctor-patient relationships.
Freda Levenson, legal director for the ACLU of Ohio, said that the law is a “thinly-veiled attempt to criminalize abortion in Ohio.”
Mike Gonidakis, president of Ohio Right to Life, called the ACLU’s lawsuit another of the organization’s “blatant and continuous attacks on the dignity and sanctity of human life.” He said:
“Today, they have come out against the Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act which would protect unborn babies from discriminatory abortions. It is a shame that an organization that claims to be the very biggest and best at defending victims of discrimination completely disregards the most vulnerable members of our society who are being discriminated against. The ACLU is hurting Ohio by constantly suing to further an extremist agenda.”
Heather Clark – February 17, 2018
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio (ACLU), two local branches of Planned Parenthood and several other abortion facilities have filed a lawsuit to challenge a new Ohio law that prohibits mothers from killing their unborn child simply because he or she has been diagnosed with Down syndrome.
“Plaintiffs challenge H.B. 214 because it undermines their mission to honor and support the decisions their patients make, whether it is to continue or to end a pregnancy,” the suit asserts.
The legal challenge suggests that the “right decision”—life or death—is different for each mother.
“For many families, the right decision is to continue the pregnancy and parent a child with Down syndrome; for some, it is to give birth and place the child for adoption; and for others, it is abortion,” it claims.
Matt Agorist – February 8, 2018
At the request of an Oklahoma court, a mother of seven has been sterilized as part of a judge’s order, setting a damning precedent in the process.
Summer Thyme Creel, 34, had the procedure in November after the judge wrote he could consider it at her sentencing if she chose to do so.
Although the procedure was “voluntary,” the court order to do so crosses some ominous barriers. In spite of the fact that it is described as “voluntary,” it stretches the definition of that term by putting Creel in the position of bartering her fertility for leniency in her sentencing.
Last year, this practice gained national attention when it was applied to prisoners. In exchange for undergoing a sterilization procedure, prisoners were given shorter sentences. However, as the ACLU pointed out at the time, this program is deceptive and even unconstitutional.
Heather Clark – February 1, 2018
HELENA, Mont. — The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana (ACLU) and the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights have filed a lawsuit to challenge a Montana law that prohibits advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) from providing abortions.
“In a state as large and sparsely populated as Montana, it’s common sense to expand access to safe abortion care by allowing APRNs to provide this much-needed healthcare service,” the ACLU claimed in a statement on Tuesday.
The two organizations represent a certified nurse practitioner and a certified nurse midwife who wish to provide abortions in the state but are prohibited from doing so, as in Montana, only physicians and physician assistants may end the lives of unborn children.
Heather Clark – December 19, 2017
WASHINGTON — A federal judge in the nation’s capital has ordered the Trump administration to allow two more illegal immigrant teenagers to obtain an abortion, but has briefly stayed her ruling to allow the government a day to appeal.
“[Defendants are] required to transport J.R. and J.P.—or allow J.R. and J.P. to be transported—promptly and without delay, on such dates, to an abortion provider, in order to obtain any pregnancy or abortion-related medical care and to obtain the abortion procedure itself, in accordance with the abortion providers’ availability and any medical requirements,” the order, written by U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan, reads in part.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) had filed on behalf of the two 17-year-old girls, who were detained at the border and transported to shelters. They learned after their entrance into the United States that they were pregnant and decided to abort. One teen is 10 weeks pregnant and the other teen is 22 weeks pregnant.
Grace Carr – December 19, 2017
President Trump asked the Supreme Court to stop an illegal immigrant from getting an abortion Tuesday.
The administration asked the court to delay a decision for two weeks regarding one of two 17-year-old illegal immigrants in custody seeking an abortion. The administration is asking the court to delay its decision regarding whether Jane Roe can have an abortion so that it can properly investigate the private sponsor funding her abortion, the Hill reports.
While a private sponsor would cover the cost of Roe’s abortion, tax-payer dollars would still have to foot the cost of transportation to and from the detention facility and abortion clinic, as well as any other costs associated with the procedure not covered by the sponsor. As of 2012, the average cost of a surgical abortion at 10 weeks was $480.
Lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) are representing the two teens — Jane Roe and Jane Poe who are 10 weeks and 22 weeks pregnant, respectively — in the court case.