Month: July 2014

In Face of Civil Rights Lawsuit, City of Jackson Prosecutes Pro-Life Advocates

Last week, Life Legal Defense Foundation filed a civil action against the City of Jackson, Mississippi for violating the civil rights of pro-life advocates who sidewalk counsel outside the state’s only abortion clinic. The City has engaged in pervasive practices of unequally applying the law so as to squelch the pro-life message. As was outlined …

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Fifth Circuit Enjoins Mississippi Law Designed to Protect Women’s Health

In yet more news out of Mississippi, a three-judge panel from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals enjoined a law that many hoped would spell the end of the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the last abortion clinic in the state. Ironically, a different panel of judges from Fifth Circuit recently upheld Texas’ very similar law. …

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Mississippi’s Jackson Police Department Sued for Civil Rights Violations

Life Legal Defense Foundation filed a lawsuit on July 23, 2014, against the City of Jackson Mississippi Police Department in United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Jackson Division. LLDF is representing Pro-Life Mississippi in the case charging the city’s law enforcement division with blatant and ongoing violation of free speech rights …

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College Professor Who Attacked Pro-Life Student Pleads to Misdemeanor Charges

Thursday morning, July 24, 2014, Mireille Miller-Young, an associate professor of feminist studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara, entered a plea of nolo contendere (no contest) to the criminal charges against her, which include grand theft, vandalism, and battery. The charges stem from Ms. Miller-Young’s actions on March 4, 2014, when she …

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Why is Huntsville’s Zoning Administration Supporting Abortion?

The Huntsville (Alabama) Board of Zoning Adjustment has ignored a formal request, made by the legal staff of Life Legal Defense Foundation to discuss the parameters of a medical use zoning variance granted in 1998 in regard to property located at 4831 Sparkman Drive. The owner of a now-closed abortion venue, Alabama Women’s Center for …

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Give and Take, Supreme Court Style

Katie Short When I first heard that the Supreme Court’s opinion in McCullen v. Coakley, the case challenging Massachusetts’s 35-foot abortion clinic buffer zone law, was unanimous, I was disappointed. I knew that a unanimous decision, one that had “Something for Everyone” as Justice Scalia put it, would be narrower and weaker than a hard-hitting …

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General Recap & Update (Summer 2014)

Mississippi v. Ester Mann, Harriet Ashley, and Ron Nederhoed (Miss.)—Sidewalk counselors arrested for obstructing the sidewalk while peacefully praying and holding signs on the public sidewalk outside Mississippi’s last standing abortion clinic, the Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Jackson Police Department officers claim that the activists’ signs and chairs constitute an obstruction, despite leaving 4 feet of …

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POLST: When “Doctor’s Orders” Mean Death

Last April I attended a community forum on the topic of “Health Care Decisions at the End of Life,” conducted by medical professionals from a local hospital. One of the presenters, a board-certified specialist in hospice and palliative care, devoted her talk to the POLST form. POLST, an acronym for “Physician’s Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment,” …

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Phill Kline: Case Summary

[The case of In re Kline, while familiar to Lifeline readers, is complex and has unfolded gradually over the last nine years. A brief summary of the proceedings is included here for your convenience.—Ed.] In re Kline—Former Kansas Attorney General is accused of violating state ethics rules while investigating Kansas abortion providers. While Kline served as Kansas Attorney …

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