Abortion, Same-Sex Marriage Legalized in Northern Ireland

Abortion and same-sex marriage were legalized in Northern Ireland Tuesday by a decision of the British Parliament, despite a last symbolic attempt, launched by members of the Northern Ireland Assembly. Unlike in the rest of the UK, where abortion has been legal since 1967, in Northern Ireland, the practice was illegal, except if a pregnancy threatened a would-be mother’s life. Same-sex marriage was also prohibited.

Moroccan Journalist Pardoned by King for “Abortion”

Moroccan King Mohammed VI has pardoned journalist Hajar Raissouni, who was sentenced to a year in prison for having sex outside marriage and then having an abortion. The Justice Ministry said the king’s intervention in the case, which sparked widespread reactions, came out of “compassion.” The 28-year-old Moroccan journalist was released and was lifted out of prison on Wednesday with her Sudanese fiancé, who was also charged in the case.

Punt, Pass, and Kick: Tuesday at the Supreme Court

These days, the Supreme Court is in the news as much for what it does not do as what it does do. On Tuesday, the Court did not hear an appeal to an abortion case, but did strike down a state restriction on the practice, yet not the whole law. They also did not intervene in a case involving transgender students, or comment why, leaving another lower court ruling in place. However, the Court did issue a decisive ruling in favor of law enforcement in a free speech case. The decisions may offer guidance to Court watchers as to what justices may do this term and next.

The Future of Abortion in America

For centuries abortion has been a topic of discussion and debate. Over the years the act of aborting a fetus has been labeled many things, a mortal sin, a basic right, an act of murder, a woman’s choice.

In the 1970’s we reached a crossroads as a country regarding abortion, and in 1973 the debate over abortion made its way to the Supreme Court of the United States. The case originated when Norma McCorvey, identified as Jane Roe for her protection, instituted a federal action against the district attorney of Dallas County, Texas, regarding a set of Texas statutes that, in most cases, criminalized abortion.

Trump vs Biden on Abortion

With many states enacting new abortion laws (New York more pro-abortion, Alabama more anti-abortion), everyone is trying to position themselves for an overturn of Roe v. Wade.  This is becoming a very hot topic as many believe if Trump appoints another conservative Supreme Court Justice (for example Ruth B. Ginsburg age (86) or Stephen Breyer age (80) could resign), The Court would change to a 6-3 conservative majority and might curtail or even overturn the landmark 1973 abortion rights ruling.