Federal judge says Texas abortion law unconstitutional - UPI.com
The trial is expected to last two to three weeks, but it's unlikely to be the end of what's already been a long, convoluted journey for the Texas law and many others like it. First, some background: Texas' Republican-controlled Legislature passed new photo ID requirements for voters back in 2011. Supporters said the law was needed to prevent voter fraud, although opponents noted that there was little evidence of such fraud at the polls.
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"Nothing can bring back the life of my son, but there are common-sense solutions that can help ensure other loved ones aren't killed by preventable gun violence," Richard Martinez, whose son, Christopher Ross Michaels-Martinez, was killed in a rampage in Isla Vista in May, said during testimony this week. "This bill will save lives and spare other families from suffering the anguish we experience each day." The bill, sponsored by Assemblymembers Nancy Skinner and Das Williams, creates a so-called gun violence restraining order in the court system. Under it, immediate family members and law enforcement agencies could petition a judge to order guns temporarily removed from certain individuals.
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California bill would remove guns from potential offenders - Yahoo News
The sweeping abortion legislation, called House Bill 2, was signed into effect by Gov. Rick Perry in July 2013 after protests at the state capital in Austin and a headline-making, 13-hour filibuster by Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth. The law mandates that only clinics that comply with the standards of ambulatory surgical centers may provide abortions, reducing the number of facilities that can provide the procedures in Texas from 41 to six.
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