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Re: Equality

Postby Proofrdr » 16 Nov 2015, 02:02

The attempts at preventing legal abortion continues.

SCOTUS has agreed to review the Texas law that could force the shut down of more than three-quarters of that state's women's healthcare/abortion clinics.

A victory for Texas in this case would be a death nell for similar clinics in other states. It would leave Texas with only 10 clinics in an area of 2, 268,580 square miles [695,621 square km], and most of those in or near the large cities. It would leave a vast number of Texas women—mostly in rural and poorer areas—500 or more miles away from a women's healthcare clinic.

The sponsors of the law say its intent was to make sure that the clinics "taking care of women's healthcare were qualified and had admitting privileges and that the facilities they were operating in had good, commonsense improvements." To that lofty end, they imposed 2 requirements: Clinics providing abortion services must meet the same medical standards as ambulatory surgical centers. And doctors providing abortion services must have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

Sounds pretty banal, but the requirements for ambulatory surgical centers deal with size of operating rooms, advanced operating equipment, width of hallways, and a whole lot of things that are totally unnecessary for these clinics. The requirement for the doctors having admitting privileges is also a sham. If any patient needed more extensive care than the clinic could provide, hospitals are required to admit them in the emergency room. The attending physician at the clinic does not need to attend at further treatment.

The hope that this onerous state law is not affirmed is pinned on the standard that SCOTUS already formulated in previous opinion: Abortion restructions cannot impose "an undue burden" on a woman's access to the procedure.

This is a pivotal case and, nationwide, could really set back a woman's control over her own body.
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Re: Equality

Postby wildlx » 17 Nov 2015, 06:41

Yes, the GOP and the Christian right will not rest until they manage to control women more than they do right now.
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Re: Equality

Postby wildlx » 21 Nov 2015, 02:12

A great day in Portuguese parliament not just for lesbians and gays but also for all women. Adoption for same-sex couples, artificial insemination for non-married women and measures introduced in the abortion law by the right wing parties just before the last parliamentary election, i.e. hospital charges for voluntary abortions through the 10th week of pregnancy and waived mandatory counselling before the procedure is carried out have been reversed.

(AP) — Portugal’s Parliament has approved laws allowing same-sex couples to legally adopt children and permitting lesbians to obtain medically assisted fertilization.
Left-of-center parties used their outright parliamentary majority to ensure the bills passed Friday. The Socialist Party, Communist Party and Left Bloc had promised those measures during their campaigns for last month’s general election.
Parliament in 2013 approved a law allowing gay married couples to adopt their partners’ children [But then the law was blocked within parliament procedure] but rejected legislation granting gay couples the same adoption rights as heterosexuals.
Reversing legislation enacted by the outgoing center-right government, Parliament also removed hospital charges for voluntary abortions through the 10th week of pregnancy and waived mandatory counselling before the procedure is carried out.
The speaker of Parliament announced that the laws had passed, though detailed voting figures were not immediately available.
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Re: Equality

Postby Proofrdr » 22 Nov 2015, 00:16

Most excellent! It is exciting to see this happening bit by bit. Maybe some day the whole world will have seen the light.
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Re: Equality

Postby FranW » 22 Nov 2015, 07:23

To give everyone a smile: Not everyone thinks having babies is all joy.
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Re: Equality

Postby wildlx » 23 Nov 2015, 06:30

We were smiling Fran ;).
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Re: Equality

Postby Proofrdr » 23 Nov 2015, 07:39

Definitely brought some smiles.
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Re: Equality

Postby FranW » 24 Nov 2015, 06:11

wildlx wrote:We were smiling Fran ;).

Yes, but now you are smiling and giggle-smiling :-P
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Re: Equality

Postby Proofrdr » 08 Jan 2016, 03:29

Some people just won't accept reality and move on. The reality is that marriage equality is now the absolute law of the land, that gays and lesbians can marry in all 50 of the United States. Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore ignored that memo. This from National Public Radio:
The chief justice of Alabama’s state supreme court has said that because officials who issue marriage licenses were “confused” about higher court rulings on the issue, he has ordered them to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples altogether.

The justice, Roy Moore, says in an order issued Wednesday that the conflict, or “confusion and uncertainty,” lies between a ruling from the state’s supreme court in April that upheld the ban against gay marriage, and one from the US Supreme Court in June that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide in Obergefell vs. Hodges.

According to Moore’s convoluted reasoning, it is unclear whether the US Supreme Court ruling refers to bans issued before its legalization (so, the Alabama ban), and whether it only refers to the states mentioned in its decision: Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee.

“I am not at liberty to provide any guidance to Alabama probate judges on the effect of Obergefell on the existing orders of the Alabama Supreme Court,” he wrote in his order.

Until the Alabama supreme court rules on the issue, Moore says, probate judges have the “ministerial duty” to withhold from granting marriage licenses to same sex couples. Whether they actually refuse remains unclear.

The problem is that Moore fails to mention rulings issued by federal courts in Alabama. A federal judge and a court of appeals both ruled that the state’s ban was no longer valid.

“I’d be very surprised if any of the probate judges now refuse to issue licenses to same-sex couples,” Randall Marshall of the ACLU of Alabama told NBC News. Those who do refuse, could be found in contempt of court for defying the federal judge.
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Re: Equality

Postby ElaineB » 10 Jan 2016, 00:52

This is the "Ten Commandments Judge."

When Moore, a devout Christian who often relies on Biblical scripture in his rulings, began his judicial career as an Alabama circuit court judge in the 1990s, he placed a Ten Commandments tablet he had carved himself behind his courtroom bench and began instituting prayer before jury selection.


http://time.com/3701176/roy-moore-alaba ... eme-court/

By the way, this state elects judges.

And yes, this is from last February. He's been down this road before.
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