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Court: State can enforce abortion law passed in 2010
AUSTIN — A Texas abortion law passed last year that requires doctors to show sonograms to patients can be enforced while opponents challenge the measure in court, a federal appeals court said Tuesday in a ruling that signaled that the judges believe the law is constitutional.
When the state would begin enforcing the law was not immediately clear. A spokesman for the attorney general’s office said the matter was under review. The group that brought the case, the Center for Reproductive Rights, is weighing how to continue fighting the law and has 14 days to ask for a rehearing of the case.
The three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a temporary order against enforcing the law and then went further to advise U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks how he should ultimately rule in the case. Chief Judge Edith H. Jones used her opinion to systematically dismantle the argument that the Texas law infringes on the free speech rights of doctors and patients, the key argument against the law.
‘Personhood’ ballot measure challenged by Planned Parenthood
DENVER — Three registered voters, with support from Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains and the Protect Families Protect Choices coalition, have filed papers asking the Supreme Court of Colorado to review a “personhood” amendment recently approved for the 2012 ballot.
Also, the title set by the state title board is “misleading,” doesn’t capture “the true meaning” of the initiative and will confuse voters, said the petitioners, who asked the high court to send the measure back to the title board with instructions to reject it or rewrite it.
The 125-word amendment, unofficially titled “Application of the Term Person,” asks Colorado voters if constitutional rights should be extended “to all human beings at any stage of development.”
If passed, the measure would prohibit most abortions, but it would have no effect on miscarriage, medical treatment for life-threatening physical conditions, or birth control and assisted reproduction activities that don’t “kill an innocent person,” according to Personhood Colorado, which sponsored the amendment.
State ban on Islamic law unconstitutional, court says
OKLAHOMA CITY — An amendment that would ban Oklahoma courts from considering international or Islamic law discriminates against religions and a Muslim community leader has the right to challenge its constitutionality, a federal appeals court said Tuesday.
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