Under a new law that went into effect this summer, minors who are seeking to bypass their parents’ consent to get an abortion are essentially put on trial. The state is allowed to appoint a lawyer for their fetus and call witnesses to testify about the teenager’s character.
California has officially banned the forced sterilization of female inmates, following the signing of SB 1135, Gov. Jerry Brown announced on Thursday. The law will take effect on Jan. 1, a fact which invokes shock that forced sterilization wasn’t already prohibited, and that prisoners will technically have to wait three months for the guarantee of basic reproductive freedoms.
California became the first state in the nation to adopt a law aiming to protect sex workers from being prosecuted as prostitutes merely because they're carrying condoms. The police practice of targeting for arrest those in possession of multiple condoms undermines critical efforts to help this vulnerable population avoid sexually transmitted diseases, advocates for sex workers argue.
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a strict anti-abortion law in Texas, which will shutter all but eight (or fewer) abortion clinics in the state. The law at issue, H.B. 2, requires that abortion providers have admitting privileges at local hospitals, that women having medication abortions make multiple visits to a doctor, and that abortions be performed in hospital-style ambulatory surgical centers. It also makes abortions after 20 weeks mostly illegal.
A fifth Planned Parenthood health center closed in Wisconsin on Thursday due to state budget cuts that directed family planning money away from Planned Parenthood. The Fond du Lac clinic did not provide abortion services.