US Supreme Court rejects key challenge to abortion rights
Washington (AFP) - The US Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law restricting access to abortion Monday in a key victory for abortion rights activists.The conservative-leaning court split 5-4 in the decision overruling a state law that requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.The Louisiana law "would drastically reduce the number and geographic distribution of abortion providers, making it impossible for many women to obtain a safe, legal abortion in the state," the court's ruling said.Right-leaning Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the cou...
US Supreme Court asked to rule on Kobach's signature Kansas voter registration law
TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on a state law championed by former secretary of state Kris Kobach — struck down by lower courts — that requires residents to prove their citizenship when registering to vote.The request, announced Tuesday morning by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, sets up a potentially historic showdown over voting rights if the court takes the case, with the justices possibly deciding how far states can go in imposing requirements on would-be voters.The case could hang over an election season in which the pandemic has elevated concerns over...
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Editorial: Quit fighting, Gov. DeSantis. Accept courts' wisdom and let Florida's felons vote
Considering that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is a Harvard-educated lawyer, it’s taking him much too long to grasp a resoundingly clear message from the courts on a key voting rights issue.A state law that requires felons to pay all costs before they can vote, without regard for their ability to pay, violates the U.S. Constitution. It’s an obvious injustice. So after yet another legal defeat, governor, do the right thing. Let people vote and quit wasting Florida taxpayers’ money.U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle issued the latest decision in Tallahassee, Fla., on Sunday. In an exhaustive 125-page...
Federal Appeals Court Allows Florida To List Trump First On 2020 Presidential Ballot
A federal appeals court tossed out a lawsuit on Wednesday that Democrats Florida filed to overturn a state law that would place the name of the Republican candidate first on the 2020 general election ticket. Three Democratic voters and several partisan organizations had filed the suit over the practice. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta ruled that the state does not need to devise a new method for arranging candidates.The three-judge panel upheld the 70-year law and dismissed the decision of U.S. District Judge Mark Walker. In November, Walker had declared the ballot law unconstitut...
US Supreme Court hears case that could set future of abortion
Washington (AFP) - The US Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a major abortion case for the first time since President Donald Trump appointed two new conservative justices -- with the future of the procedure potentially at stake.What may be the most significant case on the subject in decades centers on a law in the state of Louisiana that requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.Groups who support abortion rights argue that the law would severely restrict access to the practice and lead to the closure of two of three remaining clinics in t...
US Supreme Court to hear high-stakes abortion case
Washington (AFP) - The future of abortion in the United States could be at stake when the Supreme Court on Wednesday hears what may be its most significant case on the controversial subject in decades.At issue is a state law in Louisiana which requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.Pro-choice groups argue that the law would severely restrict access to abortion and lead to the closure of two of the three remaining abortion clinics in Louisiana.The case, June Medical Services v. Russo, will be the first to come before the court since President Do...