U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier upheld Planned Parenthood of South Dakota's request to block the implementation of a law that would require women seeking abortions to go through a three-day waiting period and to seek counseling from a crisis pregnancy center before having the procedure, reported the Argus Leader July 26. The case is on hold while the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals considers similar lawsuits involving Planned Parenthood.
More News to Cheer This Week:
- On July 24 same-sex marriage was declared legal in New York. Hundreds of gay and lesbian couples arrived in New York City to wed legally, reported The Huffington Post.
- In a letter to the House of Representatives, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said she would tell President Obama to veto a bill restricting State Department Operations, particularly in terms of foreign aid, reported CNN July 28. Part of the bill would potentially reinstate the Mexico City Policy, known as the global gag rule.
- A Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll of 2,400 adults online found 36 percent of adults think women should have access to abortions in "all circumstances," a significant increase from the 23 percent that thought so in 2009, reported CBS News July 27.
- The Advertising Standards Agency in Britain issued a ban on L'Oreal make-up advertisements for their overuse of airbrushing on ads featuring actor Julia Roberts and model Christy Turlington, reported Time Magazine July 28.
- Hundreds of Roman Catholic priests from all over the world are challenging the Vatican to rethink all-male celibate priesthood and ordain female priests, reported Ms. Magazine July 27.
- New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman filed court papers challenging as unconstitutional the U.S. Defense of Marriage Act, which bars federal recognition of same-sex marriages, reported Bloomberg News July 26.
- Iran has released two prominent female cultural figures--Pegah Ahangarani, 27, a popular actor and outspoken supporter of the country's opposition green movement and Mahnaz Mohammadi, 37, a documentary filmmaker--from jail following intense criticism of its crackdown against artists and rights activists, reported The Guardian July 27.
- The fight to lift a Saudi ban on women driving got a major boost this week when 14 female U.S. senators sent King Abdullah a terse letter saying the prohibition makes it impossible for women to "exercise a basic human right," reported Inside Line July 29.
- Seemona Sumasar, a Wall Street analyst and Queens, N.Y., resident, was facing 25 years in prison for a series of armed robberies when cops admitted that she was innocent and had been set up by a vengeful ex-boyfriend, according to The Daily Beast July 26.