The governor of West Virginia has vetoed a bill that would have outlawed most abortions after 20 weeks gestation, claiming the bill is unconstitutional.
Despite being passed with overwhelming bipartisan support from both houses of the state legislature, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed the bill late Friday.
In a statement issued Friday, Gov. Tomblin explained that he felt House Bill 4588 had problems regarding its constitutionality and how it affected healthcare. more >>
A U.S. appeals court upheld a Texas law on Thursday that requires abortionists to gain admitting privileges at a local hospital within 30 miles of their abortion clinics.
The three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans, La., ruled in Planned Parenthood v. Abbott that Texas' HB 2, which was signed into law last July, is constitutional and does not place an undue burden on abortionists and women seeking abortions.
HB 2 went into effect in October 2013 and requires abortionists to follow FDA guidelines for administering abortion-inducing drugs, such as RU-486, to patients in-office; places a ban on abortions at 20 weeks gestation; requires abortion facilities to meet the health and safety standards of ambulatory care centers by the fall of this year; and requires abortionists to gain admitting privileges at a hospital located within 30 miles of the clinics where they practice. more >>
A Christian legal group has released a statement on behalf of a Christian school in Virginia regarding claims that one of its female students was condemned for dressing like a boy and sporting a short haircut. The school argues that the situation is "far beyond a simple" issue regarding the student's dress or haircut.
Liberty Counsel, a Christian nonprofit legal group, released a statement Wednesday of behalf of Timberlake Christian School located in Forest, Va., saying that the claims made by Doris and Carroll Thompson to a local media station regarding their great-granddaughter, Sunnie Kahle, were either "inaccurate … or were quoted out of context."
The great-grandparents previously told WSET-TV that they received a letter from the school saying their granddaughter didn't follow the school's "biblical standards" because she dressed like a boy and wore her hair short. Sunnie's story has gained national media coverage since it broke Tuesday. more >>
President Jimmy Carter has publicly denounced sex-selective abortion, considering it part of the global oppression of women.
In an interview with David Letterman on Monday, the 89-year-old former president said that sex-selective abortion and infanticide of female babies was the "worst human rights abuse on earth."
"160 million girls are now missing from the face of the earth because they were murdered at birth by their parents or either selectively aborted when their parents find out that the fetus is a girl," said Carter. more >>
Former Vision Forum Ministries president Doug Phillips, who resigned from his position after admitting an inappropriate relationship, has accused three of his close friends of trying to tear down his reputation and organization.
On March 13, Phillips' attorney sent a letter to two of his client's personal assistants, Bob Renaud and Peter Bradrick, and a former Vision Forum employee, Jordan Muela, alleging that "the three of you have conspired together, and with others, in an attempt to destroy Doug Phillips, his family and Vision Forum Inc," reported WORLD magazine and Jen's Gems, a watchdog blog for the organization.
Phillips' threat of litigation follows four months after the nonprofit organization that he helped found, Vision Forum Ministries, was shut down by its board of directors after its married leader revealed that he had had an inappropriate relationship. While Phillips retained control of the for-profit Vision Forum, the company cleared out its inventory in November and was shutdown in December. more >>
In his new book A Call To Action, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter warns that the misinterpretation of bible verses can lead to inequality for women.
The 39th president's latest book, fully entitled A Call To Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power, suggests that there is a connection between scriptural teachings and misogyny, arguing that religious leaders may twist religious texts to make women subordinate to men. Carter's book was released on Wednesday, and it is the 25th book written by the former president.
According to a book review by the Associated Press, Carter suggests in his book that leaders of multiple religions may twist religious texts to denigrate women. The former president recalled his childhood living in the south when white supremacists would twist bible texts to preach segregation, arguing that a similar thing may be happening now with women. more >>