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Legal news from Saturday, July 23, 2016
by Ram Eachambadi

In a 4-1 opinion on Friday, the Alaska Supreme Court ruled that the state's parental "notification law" requiring doctors to inform the parents of minors seeking an abortion is unconstitutional, and cannot be enforced. The Court stated that "we are not concerned with whether abortion is right, wrong, moral, or immoral, or with whether abortions should …

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by Ram Eachambadi

In a 4-3 ruling on Friday, the Virginia Supreme Court held that Governor Terry McAuliffe's executive order granting a blanket restoration of the state's felon voting rights is unconstitutional. The voter-disqualification provision in Article II of Virginia's Constitution provides that "o person who has been convicted of a felony shall be …

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by Alonso Diaz

A federal judge on Friday ruled in favor of a Missouri lawmaker "who cited religious objections while challenging the inclusion of birth control coverage in his government-provided health insurance." The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that health insurance issuers provide minimum essential coverage to women- including coverage for all contraceptive methods and sterilization procedures provided …

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by Alonso Diaz

President Tayyip Erdogan ordered the closure of thousands of private schools, charities and other institutions on Saturday. Mr. Erdogan alleges Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen of orchestrating last week's failed coup and the schools and other institutions are suspected by Turkish authorities of having links to the US-based preacher. 1,043 private schools, 1,229 charities and foundations, 19 trade …

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