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Legal News Roundup

Sandra Bland's sister, Sharon Cooper, arrives at her funeral on July 25. Image via NY Times.
Sandra Bland’s sister, Sharon Cooper, arrives at her funeral on July 25. Image via NY Times.

Media outlets continue to raise questions about the death of Sandra Bland, addressing the legality of her arrest and concerns that the dash cam video released by Texas officials was edited. The funeral for Ms. Bland takes place today. [ABC News, CNN, NY Times, ABA Journal]

Ted Olson and David Boies have voiced their support for the Equality Act, which seeks to amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to comprehensively protect LGBT people from discrimination. Deputy Legal Director of the ACLU Louise Melling describes the added protections that the historic bill would provide as expanding the CRA to include a “more robust vision of equality.” [Politico, HuffPost]

The Eighth Circuit struck down a North Dakota law that banned abortions once a fetal heartbeat was detected, but urged the Supreme Court to reassess the viability standard. The Center for Reproductive Rights has called the law “the most extreme abortion ban in the U.S.” [ABA Journal, SCOTUS Blog, Center for Reproductive Rights]

The Texas Third Court of Appeals threw out one of the two felony counts against former Governor Rick Perry, finding that the applicable “coercion of a public servant” statute violated the First Amendment. Perry’s abuse of official capacity charge still stands. [Reuters]

What about Autonomy? Applying the Legal Strategy underlying Marriage Equality to Abortion Rights

Nell Ethridge

In the first month of the 2015 legislative session, state lawmakers introduced more than one hundred bills regulating abortion in more than half of the states. In many states, although abortion is technically legal, onerous regulations make it difficult, if not functionally impossible, for a woman to exercise her constitutional right to terminate her pregnancy. Compare this to the marriage equality movement, which has seen unprecedented success in recent years and looks poised to become the law of the land later this month, when the Supreme Court hands down its decision in Obergefell v. Hodges. Parts of larger movements for LGBT and women’s equality, abortion and marriage rights represent two concrete indices on which to measure the general advancement of progressive social attitudes towards these two classes of individuals. Both movements have garnered success and have faced setbacks along the way, but while the marriage equality movement has made unprecedented strides in recent years, the same time period has seen the retraction and restriction of a woman’s right to control her body. One of the reasons for these divergent trajectories is the way in which courts have framed the right itself.[1]

Image via Politico.com
Image AP via Politico.com.

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