Measures Like Ohio’s Proposed ‘Heartbeat Bill’ Have Not Fared Well In Courts So Far
Even conservative judges have tended to strike down laws similar to Ohio's proposed ban on abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. But anti-abortion advocates believe the 2016 election might change that trend. In other women's health news, the U.S. Congress passes legislation requiring research into the health effects of breast-feeding mothers who take medications.
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Ohio's 'Heartbeat Bill': How Conservative Judges In Other States Gutted Similar Laws
Measures similar to Ohio's "heartbeat bill," tacked on to unrelated legislation and hurried through both houses of the legislature Tuesday, were struck down by federal judges in other states as problematic and antithetical to well-established legal precedent pertaining to abortion. The judges who ruled against Arkansas and North Dakota's laws were all appointed by Republicans, and the conservative-leaning U.S. Supreme Court also decided to leave the lower court's rulings in place and reinforce existing precedent. (Heisig, 12/7)
Congress Wants To Study Risks Faced By Breast-Feeding Moms Who Take Medications
A bill that would require the federal government to conduct more research into health risks faced by women who use medications while breast-feeding is headed to President Barack Obama for his signature. The Senate passed the bill on Wednesday, marking a win for its chief author, Washington state Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler. The House passed the bill last week. The bill, called the Safe Medications for Moms and Babies Act, would create a new task force of federal and medical experts to study the issue and report to Congress. It’s co-sponsored by Democratic Rep. Kathy Castor of Florida. (Hotakainen, 12/7)