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Florida enacts abortion law requiring doctors to evaluate foetus survival

Florida abortion lawThe Republican governor of Florida, Rick Scott, on Friday signed into law a bill prohibiting women from obtaining abortions if the fetus is deemed able to survive outside the womb.

The late-term abortion law, HB 1047, requires women seeking an abortion to consult a doctor to determine whether a fetus can survive. It replaces the current state law which prohibits women from obtaining abortions after 24 weeks of pregnancy unless their lives are at risk.


Anti-Gun Violence Rally Marches Across Brooklyn Bridge

anti gun protestHundreds of people crossed New York City’s Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday morning to call for an end to gun violence in the US, united by the rallying cry “Not one more”.

The slogan was inspired by Richard Martinez, whose son Christopher Michaels-Martinez was one of three California college students killed in a May attack that left seven people dead, including the shooter, Elliot Rodger. Immediately after the shooting, Martinez demanded lawmakers put an end to gun violence.


Gay marriage on hold in Wisconsin pending appeal

Wisonsin gay marriageA federal judge on Friday put same-sex marriages in Wisconsin on hold pending appeals of her ruling one week ago that the state's ban on gay nuptials is unconstitutional.

U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Crabb said she issued the stay at the request of Wisconsin officials who are appealing her decision and to avoid further confusion among county clerks who have issued hundreds of marriage licenses.

Crabb wrote in her opinion that she was required to follow the guidance of the U.S. Supreme Court and issue a stay, despite finding it difficult "after seeing the expressions of joy on the faces of so many newly wedded couples."


Georgia backs down on law requiring drug tests for food stamp recipients

Georgia backs down on drug testingGeorgia will not drug-test food stamp recipients under a controversial new law that federal and state officials concluded was illegal, the governor's office said Friday.

The Republican-controlled legislature this spring passed a law that required testing if authorities had a “reasonable suspicion” of drug use. Adults failing the test would temporarily lose food stamp benefits, although children could still receive them.


Autopsy on Oklahoma death row inmate shows IV not inserted correctly

Execution autopsyAn independent autopsy conducted on the Oklahoma prisoner whose execution lasted 43 minutes while he writhed and groaned appears to show the intravenous needles that were supposed to deliver lethal fluids were never correctly inserted.

Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin ordered an investigation into Clayton Lockett’s April 29 execution after the execution, during which Lockett was sometimes conscious and possibly attempting to speak. Corrections director Robert Patton said it appeared Lockett eventually died of a “massive heart attack” after failed resuscitation efforts.


GM issues another ignition switch recall, for Chevy Camaros

GM recalls camarroIn a product recall that echoes the one that has plunged General Motors Co GM.N into a safety crisis, the automaker on Friday said it will recall 511,528 current model Chevrolet Camaro cars, mainly in North America, to correct an issue with the ignition switch.

GM said a driver's knee can bump the key fob and move the ignition switch out of the "run" position, causing the engine to shut off.


Louisiana anti-abortion bill Thursday likely to close clinics in Baton Rouge, New Orleans

Louisiana abortion billGov. Bobby Jindal signed legislation Thursday that is all but guaranteed to close the only abortion clinics in New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

His office issued a release after the bill signing ceremony Thursday (June 12) at the First Baptist Church in West Monroe, where the governor signed two pieces of "pro-life legislation." Sponsors of the bills are from Monroe and West Monroe.


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