A US federal court of appeal has ruled that US President Donald Trump's government can go ahead with a policy that prohibits American women from receiving abortion operations at federally-funded clinics. A three-judge panel of the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco allowed the US government to enforce a controversial rule to ban Title X recipients from performing abortion as a method of family planning, Xinhua news agency reported. The Trump administration unveiled in February this year its final rule imposing sweeping changes to the national family planning programme, known as Title X, but the policy, which critics also called "gag rule," has been challenged by more than 20 states and several civil rights groups in lawsuits field in the states of California, Oregon and Washington. The gag rule blocks federally-funded providers of healthcare services from offering patients advices on where to perform abortions, which also requires clinics to separate their property from … [Read more...] about US court allows Trump’s abortion rules to take effect
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VIENNA: Conservative Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has faced down the far-right Freedom Party (FPO) and now heads a caretaker cabinet with no FPO members after a secretly filmed video set off a scandal that scuppered their coalition.But to stay in power until an autumn snap election, and use that position to present himself as a victim of the political crisis rather than a midwife to it, he must survive a no-confidence vote, likely to be put forward when parliament meets on Monday (May 27), and held by Wednesday.Defeat could harm his chances in the election, which will most likely be held in September. It could also shift some blame for the scandal and its fallout away from the FPO, which has been one of the most successful anti-immigrant nationalist parties in Europe.President Alexander Van der Bellen, who has the power to dismiss the government, has said an orderly transition to the election is vital.Here is how this political crisis could pan out:KURZ MUDDLES THROUGHKurz needs … [Read more...] about Austria’s Kurz fights to stay on after ditching far right
Rights defenders seek SC protection from state 'red-tagging' Kristine Joy Patag (Philstar.com) - May 2, 2019 - 2:36pm MANILA, Philippines — Rights group Karapatan Monday sought relief from the Supreme Court over the perceived state tagging of its members as being legal fronts of the Communist Party of the Philippines. Karapatan, Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP) and Gabriela filed a petition for writ of amparo and habeas data against accusations that their members are "fronts" of the Communist Party of the Philippines that they say bring threats to life, liberty and security. They also asked the court to order the disclosure and destruction of all files or records on the petitioners gathered by the respondents. “This petition invokes the jurisdiction and power of this Honorable Court to issue these protective writs in favor of Petitioners who are constantly threatened and harassed, red-tagged and … [Read more...] about Rights defenders seek SC protection from state ‘red-tagging’
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar The Associated Press Fri., May 3, 2019 WASHINGTON - Advancing his anti-abortion agenda, President Donald Trump moved Thursday to protect health care workers who object to procedures like abortion on moral or religious grounds. Trump chose the National Day of Prayer to announce the new regulation. “Just today we finalized new protections of conscience rights for physicians, pharmacists, nurses, teachers, students and faith-based charities,” Trump told an interfaith audience in the White House Rose Garden. “They’ve been wanting to do that for a long time.” The conscience rule was a priority for religious conservatives who are a key part of Trump’s political base, but some critics fear it will become a pretext for denying medical attention to LGBT people or women seeking abortions, a legal medical procedure. In a strongly worded statement, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, “these bigoted rules are immoral, … [Read more...] about Trump defends health workers’ right to object to abortions
By Brian Lee Crowley Justin Mohammed Opinion Tues., April 30, 2019 Are the federal Liberals right to make it more difficult for immigrants and refugees to enter Canada from the United States? Brian Lee Crowley, managing director of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, argues Yes, while Justin Mohammed, a human rights law and policy campaigner at Amnesty International, argues No. Yes, Canada would be right to tighten its borders, particularly with respect to those who have been entering Canada illegally. Unfortunately, while the government is making noises that it wants to do so, there is little evidence that those measures will be effective. Let’s begin with why it would make sense to toughen border controls. Canada’s highly successful postwar immigration policy, supported by an all-party political consensus and public opinion, has never been laissez-faire about who gets in. On the contrary. That admirable policy has always been premised on the idea that … [Read more...] about Is Canada right to tighten its border?