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 group of six senators, five Democrats and one independent, proposed a set of fixes to President Barack Obama's troubled healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act or "Obamacare." The move could be part of an effort to distance themselves from the unpopular new law ahead of what will likely prove to be a difficult election for Democrats.
The group has three proposals: 1) Provide an additional low-cost option on the healthcare exchanges. In addition to the current platinum, gold, silver and bronze plans, this "copper plan" would cover only the basics and have a high deductible. 2) Allow insurance companies to sell insurance across state lines. (This is a common feature of Republican alternatives to the ACA.) 3) Provide employers with more flexibility on the ACA's reporting requirements.
The senators are Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Angus King (I-Maine), Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Mark Warner (Va.). more >>
In Casablanca, Captain Renault feigns surprise by famously declaring, "I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!" Moments later, a croupier hands Renault a pile of money, saying, "Your winnings, sir."
Just as Renault wasn't really surprised that Rick's Café would break the law, none of can be surprised this week that President Obama and the implementers of Obamacare are breaking the law – again. After all, they've played fast and loose with the law creating Obamacare since it was (sloppily) written and (barely) passed almost exactly four (long) years ago.
The most notorious of Obama's law breaking has come from his decisions to delay deadlines that were set by Congress. Of course, most people think that when the President signs into law a bill passed by both houses of Congress, the President has to follow the law – just like the rest of us. But Obama has repeatedly rejected that quaint proposition on which the rule of law depends. more >>
A panel of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of a Kansas law that might strip two Planned Parenthood clinics of money distributed under a federally financed family planning program known as Title X.
The three-judge panel in Denver on Tuesday overturned a district judge's ruling that required Kansas to continue funding Planned Parenthood clinics in Wichita and Hays, using federal Title X funds that subsidize family planning services for low income families.
Planned Parenthood operates three facilities in the state, with one providing abortion services and the other two, Wichita and Hays, providing abortion referrals. more >>
The Twittersphere erupted Tuesday as the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments regarding two private businesses and their challenge of the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate, with politicians and several activist groups using the social media platform to show their support during the case.
The two businesses involved in Tuesday's court hearing included the well-known Hobby Lobby craft store chain and the Pennsylvania-based owners of Conestoga Woods Specialties. Both businesses are challenging a directive of the Affordable Care Act that requires employers to provide workers with health insurance for some contraceptives. The evangelical owners of Hobby Lobby and the Mennonite Christian owners of Conestoga Woods Specialties argue that forcing their businesses to supply insurance coverage for contraceptives, including some that can lead to the early termination of pregnancy, is a violation of religious freedom.
Those supporting Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods Specialties in Tuesday's oral arguments began a Twitter hastag that read: "#religiousfreedomforall." Several well-known groups used the Twitter hashtag on Tuesday and Wednesday, including The Becket Fund, which is representing the Green family, owners of Hobby Lobby, in the case, as well as Alliance Defending Freedom and the Pro-Life Action League. more >>
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) expressed confidence Tuesday that the U.S. Supreme Court will strike down the Health and Human Services' controversial contraception mandate that requires employers to pay for birth control, including those that can lead to the early termination of pregnancies.
Speaking to CP Insider on Tuesday, Cruz said he's "confident that the U.S. Supreme Court is going to strike down the contraceptive mandate."
Cruz also expressed his support for Hobby Lobby Inc., an Oklahoma-based company whose owners are opposed to having to pay for four types of birth control (two types of IUDs, and Plan B and EllaOne), under Obamacare's employer mandate, or pay $1.3 million in fines each day. more >>