John Hanna AP Political Writer Published 11:17 AM EDT Apr 26, 2019 Topeka, Kan. – Kansas’ highest court ruled for the first time Friday that the state constitution protects abortion rights and blocked a first-in-the-nation ban on a common second trimester method for ending pregnancies. The state Supreme Court’s ruling represented a big victory for abortion rights supporters in a state with a Republican-controlled Legislature hostile to their cause. It comes with other, GOP-controlled states moving to ban most abortions in direct challenges to the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortions across the nation. The Kansas decision prevents the state from enforcing a 2015 law that could have greatly limited second-trimester abortions. But even worse for abortion opponents, the ruling clears the way for legal challenges to a string of abortion restrictions approved in recent years by state lawmakers under past Republican … [Read more...] about Kansas court bolsters abortion rights, blocks ban
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Last week a team of volunteers in different parts of France worked late into the night trying to interpret the newly published French law that spells out what will happen in the case of a no-deal Brexit. The law is hugely important for the lives and futures of 150,000 Brits in France. The volunteers, who form the "citizens rights" team at Remain in France Together (RIFT), put aside their normal lives and got on with the job of providing information to the thousands of anxious Brits who were waiting desperately for news of what their futures might hold if Britain crashes out of the EU in a few weeks' time. These are the same team of volunteers who have spent their own money travelling to Paris to lobby the French government to alert them to the issues Britons are facing across the country. Of course, it's not just in France where unpaid volunteers have taken it upon themselves to explain the impact of Brexit on health cover, driving licenses and residency rights and basically to … [Read more...] about Brexit: Why have British citizens in the EU been left to fight for their own rights?
Should Theresa May's embattled government manage to squeeze the Withdrawal Agreement through the UK parliament, the approximately 1.3 million Britons living in Europe will have their right to reside in their host country, as well as rights to work and access to healthcare, protected by the deal. If, however, the UK stumbles out without of the bloc without agreeing a framework for the future relationship, Britons living in EU27 member states will have to rely on the terms offered to remain by their host government. Most countries have already made clear they do plan to offer British citizens some kind of protection of their current rights. Here's a breakdown of the current situation – member state by member state. AUSTRIA Austria, like many other EU nations, is set to pass legislation to protect the rights of Britons living in the country in the event of a no-deal departure becoming reality on March 29th. Britons will have six months to apply for the relevant residency permits … [Read more...] about No-deal Brexit: Country by country guide to how the rights of Britons will be affected
Updated 7:22 am PST, Wednesday, February 6, 2019 New Mexico House Speaker Brian Egolf, left, reacts to the rapid approval of 42 bills by the Legislature and Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, in Santa Fe, N.M., while sitting alongside Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton, right, D-Albuquerque. Grisham signed bills that span issues from teacher pensions to child foster care and public disclosures by lobbyists that had been vetoed by former Republican Gov. Susana Martinez. less New Mexico House Speaker Brian Egolf, left, reacts to the rapid approval of 42 bills by the Legislature and Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, in Santa Fe, N.M., while sitting ... more Photo: Morgan Lee, AP Photo: Morgan Lee, AP Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close … [Read more...] about Votes on minimum wage, abortion rights loom in New Mexico
Two bonobos, or pygmy chimpanzees, in Frankfurt zoo in Germany. Photo: DPA/AFP The Swiss canton of Basel-Stadt now looks set to vote on whether to grant fundamental rights to life to non-human primates after a court ruled a planned referendum on the issue is valid. The referendum proposal was launched by the animal rights think tank Sentience Politics which fights against discrimination on the basis of species. The aim of the initiative is to guarantee the fundamental rights to life and to mental and physical integrity for non-human primates – a group that include animals such as chimpanzees, orangutans, and bonobos. Read also: Cow horn initiative rejected by Swiss voters The think tank has said its proposal could prevent the deaths of hundreds of primates in Basel, where Switzerland’s powerful pharmaceutical industry is based. Launching its initiative in 2016, Sentience Politics said non-human primates are highly intelligent, can make plans and remember events, … [Read more...] about Swiss canton to vote on giving basic rights to primates