Stricken Indiana Abortion Law “Unprecedented” Opponents Say

first_imgDave Stafford for www.theindianalawyer.comndiana’s strict anti-abortion legislation that Gov. Mike Pence signed this year was “unprecedented” in scope and in its rejection of long-established federal law, said opponents who succeeded in blocking the law from taking effect.“I do want to stress that what the state of Indiana attempted to do here really grossly flies in the face of existing law,” said American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana Legal Director Ken Falk. “The Legislature, no less than lawyers, should understand what the law is, and are bound to follow the law, and I can’t for the life of me understand why the Legislature would pass a law that in essence overrules Roe v. Wade.”Falk spoke at a news conference Thursday afternoon alongside Planned Parenthood of Indiana President and CEO Betty Cockrum after federal Judge Tanya Walton Pratt granted a preliminary injunction preventing House Enrolled Act 1337 from taking effect Friday. It would have prohibited abortions because of genetic abnormality, race, sex or ancestry; mandated disposal of an aborted fetus only through burial or cremation; and required abortion providers to inform patients of the anti-discrimination provisions and what they prohibited.“What the Legislature has attempted to do here is unprecedented,” Falk said. “We have since Roe v. Wade a continuous line of Supreme Court cases that say that a woman’s right to obtain an abortion, pre-viability, is fundamental and simply cannot be interfered with by the state. The Texas case the Supreme Court decided dealt with issues of regulation and undue burden. This isn’t an undue burden case. This is a case where the state of Indiana said, ‘We don’t care what the Supreme Court says, you cannot get an abortion if you get it for these reasons.’ That’s unprecedented. The court recognized there are no cases in the country that would allow that, because the law is completely opposite. This is a prime example of what one would think would be a gross overreach by the Legislature.”Pence’s spokeswoman Kara Brooks issued a one-paragraph statement on the ruling Thursday.“While disappointed in today’s ruling, Governor Pence remains steadfast in his support for the unborn, especially those with disabilities. The governor will continue to stand for the sanctity of human life in all stages, for the compassionate and safe treatment of women faced with an enormously difficult decision, and for the rights of citizens to determine appropriate medical safety standards and procedures through their elected representatives. While the judicial process continues, the governor remains focused on growing the already robust Hoosier economy and providing a world class education for all our children.”Falk said he didn’t know how much the state will pay in legal fees to the ACLU of Indiana as is the case when a lawsuit succeeds on constitutional grounds. Fees the state has paid in such cases have skyrocketed under Pence. Opponents warned before he signed the bill that it would draw an immediate constitutional challenge in federal court.Bill author Rep. Casey Cox, R-Fort Wayne, did not return numerous messages seeking comment Thursday and Friday. He issued a one-paragraph statement through an aide Friday. “I’m disappointed in the court’s granting of a preliminary injunction against key provisions of HEA 1337,” he said. “I believe the State of Indiana has a significant government interest in preserving and protecting life, eradicating societal discrimination and ensuring dignity in the final disposition of the unborn.”In a statement Thursday, Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, was noncommittal about whether the state should appeal but took issue with part of Pratt’s ruling.“The attorney general has said he will review the ruling and confer with his clients in the case before deciding whether to pursue an appeal. I look forward to talking with Attorney General (Greg) Zoeller in the days ahead and will reserve commenting in full until I’ve had the chance to do so. However, I will comment on one part of the judge’s decision. For the court to equate fetal remains with any other common medical waste is deeply troubling. I hope that will not be the final position taken by the court. I would also point out that this is a preliminary injunction and not a final decision on the matter.”Indeed, Falk said the state was free to appeal Pratt’s ruling, seek a trial, or pursue another course of action. Cockrum said despite Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling and Pratt’s order, she would lay money on an appeal if she were a betting person. “If they behave as they have historically, they absolutely will appeal. And one has to believe that that’s what they believe is necessary to play to their base. It’s an important political year,” she said.Cockrum said the rulings from the court should make it clear to lawmakers that restrictions on a woman’s right to an abortion are costly battles for the state that are likely to lose on constitutional grounds. “These kinds of bills should be shelved at this point,” she said. Indiana already is the fourth-most restrictive state regarding its abortion laws, and HEA 1337 might have made it the nation’s most restrictive.“That is no badge of honor. It puts women in danger and it is discriminatory,” she said.Falk said the ACLU is reviewing this week’s Supreme Court decision in the Texas case and whether it could result in other abortion restrictions in Indiana being subject to challenge. “At this point, at this minute, we’ll savor this particular victory.”“It certainly is a historic week on this front,” Cockrum said. “What a delight that a couple of really important courts have spoken so compellingly regarding the right of a woman in this country and specifically now here in Indiana, to have access to safe, legal abortion.“Happy Independence Day to the women of the state of Indiana,” she said. “We get to celebrate our freedoms, and we hear a lot from both the executive and the legislative branches of the Statehouse of Indiana about those precious freedoms and how they need to be protected. Never as a woman do I really feel like they’re talking about me. Today, we’re talking about me; we are talking about the 51 percent of the population that is female.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Kindness and Compassion Win at Women of the Channel Leadership Summit East

first_imgI recently had the opportunity to attend The Channel Company’s Women of the Channel Leadership Summit East conference (WOTC), which was held on December 10-11, 2019, in New York. As a first-time attendee, I felt excited to be among so many accomplished women from across the IT channel – and to hear first-hand the reflections and experiences of speakers including cosmetics titan and entrepreneur, Bobbi Brown; co-founder and CEO of Rent the Runway, Jennifer Hyman; and Dell Technologies CMO, Allison Dew. I looked forward to networking with peers and leadership, and to learn from each interaction.I did not anticipate, however, that I would leave the conference with a full heart, and a feeling of pride to say that I work for Dell Technologies – an organization who truly believes in the power of our ability and responsibility to transform lives.Supporting Victims of Human Trafficking with [email protected] and Willow [email protected], the charitable arm of The Channel Company, selected Willow International as the WOTC East 2019 charity partner. Willow International’s mission is to “end human trafficking through restoration, prevention, and partnership.”Willow International founder, Kelsey Morgan, shared the horrifying reality of human trafficking today:There are more than 40 million victims of human trafficking worldwideExploiters earn more than $150-billion annuallyThe average human trafficking victim’s age is just 13 years oldFewer than 1% of human trafficking victims are rescuedMuch of Willow International’s work is focused on Uganda, which has become an epicenter of human trafficking activity. Due to its incredibly high unemployment rate, civil instability and large youth population, enterprising exploiters find it easy to target and prey upon victims.However, through their tireless efforts to educate and collaborate with Ugandan and international government and law enforcement agencies, to identify and rescue human trafficking victims, and to provide restorative care and legal aid to victims, Willow International is making an impact – in Uganda and around the globe.Through their efforts, Willow International has:Restored more than 600 lives (mostly women and children)Driven a 95% success rate in preventing re-victimizationTrained 40% of Ugandan courts on anti-trafficking lawsTrained 20% of Ugandan police districts to identify and stop traffickingIncreased the number of human trafficking cases filed in Uganda by 165%[email protected] in Service Project Sponsored by Dell Technologies Women’s Partner NetworkOn Tuesday, December 10, Dell Technologies Women’s Partner Network sponsored a [email protected] volunteer and give back event to benefit Willow International. Women from Dell Technologies, our partners, and The Channel Company came together to meet founder Kelsey Morgan and to learn about the transformative and lifesaving work of Willow International.During this emotional session, Kelsey shared a video from a rescued trafficking victim who received not only restorative care but also a new life of hope from Willow International. We also virtually connected with a restorative home and some of the youngest trafficking victims served by Willow International. The children shared some of the skills they’re learning while in restorative care and performed several self-written songs about their experience with Willow International. Their stories, as well as their joy to have found a new life with the help of Willow International, deeply moved everyone present – there was not a dry eye in the room.Following, we worked together to assemble bags for the women and children served by Willow International – each containing personal and self-care items, along with hand-written notecards of encouragement written by attendees. Together, we created more than 120 care packages that Willow International will distribute to victims in their restorative care homes.Realizing the Power to Transform Lives … TogetherDid you know? On average, it costs Willow International $6,000 to rescue and restore a single human trafficking victim.Stephanie Ford, Mitel’s Vice President of Enterprise Sales, shared during the [email protected] session, “Woman were born with two hands. One to pull herself up and one to pull others up with her.” This sentiment resonated throughout WOTC East, as the women in attendance came together in support of Willow International.Through WOTC’s Raffle for a Cause, attendees purchased raffle tickets for a chance to win fantastic prizes donated by the event sponsors, with all proceeds to benefit Willow International and their critical, life-saving work.On behalf of Dell Technologies, Cheryl Cook presented Willow International with a donation of $10,000; and Anna Dorcey, VMware’s Vice President of Americas Marketing, presented Willow International with a donation of $5,000.“I am so inspired and moved with the meaningful impact Willow International is having on the lives of women and children who are victims of human trafficking. Dell Technologies is honored to help Willow International further their mission,” shared Cheryl Cook.In all, the Women of the Channel raised over $33,000 for Willow International! These donations will help Willow International continue their critical and life-saving work. “We are amazed by the incredibly generous support of Dell Technologies, VMware, and the Women of the Channel community. They welcomed us with open arms and showered us with love, support, encouragement, and financial support. This results in tangible human impact – lives are being saved and hope is being restored,” said Kelsey Morgan, founder and executive director of Willow International.The compassion of the WOTC attendees and the enthusiastic solidarity with which they supported a single worthy cause deeply moved me. If one thousand women could accomplish this in just a few days, imagine what we could do to impact lives and help drive human progress during the remainder of the year. I feel immensely thankful to Dell Technologies for the opportunity to attend WOTC; and to be a part of this incredible demonstration of human kindness.Learn more about Willow International; or donate to support their efforts to combat human trafficking.last_img read more

Taylor in quarter final action today

first_imgThe 2012 gold medallist fights in the afternoon session which starts at 2 o’clock.Dublin’s Kellie Harrington has guaranteed at least a bronze medal as she has won her quarter final.Harrington won every round of her bout. Grainne Walsh misses out on a medal having lost her quarter final.last_img

RSPB clinch Sr National Hockey Cship for 3rd year in row

first_imgLucknow, Jun 25 (PTI) Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) today beat Punjab and Sind Bank in the shoot-out to retain their crown for the third consecutive year at the Hockey India Senior National Hockey Championship 2017 (Men) A Division here. In the shoot-out RSPB prevailed 3-0 over Punjab and Sind Bank after both the sides were locked 1-1 at the end of regul;ation time. In a highly competitive final of the eventh edition of the tournament, both teams started off cautiously and fought tooth and nail to seize the intitiative. In a tense first quarter, Punjab and Sind Bank struck the first blow when Gaganpreet Singh converted a penalty corner in the 15th minute to give them the lead. Within moments of the second quarter, Amit Rohidas drew parity for RSPB scoring from penalty corner in the 18th minute. The teams went into halftime level at 1-1. Despite a marked increase in energy, neither team could find the breakthrough in the third and fourth quarters taking the game into shoot-out. Punjab and Sind Bank had experience of shoot-out having won one in the quarter-finals. But in the summit clash, they couldnt hold their nerve missing three consecutive attempts. RSPB, despite missing the first attempt, Raju Pal, Sheshe Gowda and Nilakanta Sharma scored to clinch the victory for the Railwaymen. In the bronze medal play-off earlier in the day, Hockey Punjab beat Hockey Chandigarh 2-1. PTI SSC SSClast_img read more