President Higgins Signs Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill into Law

The Irish President, Michael D Higgins, has just signed the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill into law. The move means that the Supreme Court will not test the constitutional vigour of the law and that it may be challenged in the court in the future. It also means an end to the uncertainty caused … Read more President Higgins Signs Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill into Law

Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill – Mary Mitchell O’ Connor

After two decades of previous Governments ignoring the issue, this month the Irish parliament finally passed legislation which will remove the legal uncertainty for medical professionals carrying out abortions in Ireland in what are very limited circumstances. The enactment of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill into law will be, in my view, a … Read more Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill – Mary Mitchell O’ Connor

President Higgins to Decide on Final Hurdle for Irish Pregnancy Legislation

The Irish President, Michael D. Higgins, convened the Council of State at Áras an Uachtaráin on Monday 29th July to hear the council’s advice on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill. The bill passed through the Oireachtas but must be signed by the President to become law. President Higgins has invoked his right to … Read more President Higgins to Decide on Final Hurdle for Irish Pregnancy Legislation

US Supreme Court to Review Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

The US Supreme Court will review aspects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act put forth by the Obama administration.The White House issued a defensive statement on the news, saying that it had asked for the review itself and that “we know the Affordable Care Act is constitutional and are confident the Supreme Court … Read more US Supreme Court to Review Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Gay Marriage is Legalised in New York State, USA

New York has passed a marriage equality act which legalises gay marriage in New York State. Under the new law, all the benefits of marital status will apply equally to civil marriages conducted by the state: “No government treatment or legal status, effect, right, benefit, privilege, protection or responsibility relating to marriage shall differ based … Read more Gay Marriage is Legalised in New York State, USA

Nepal Endorses UN’s Terrorism Financing and Organized Crime Conventions

After a long debate and hiatus, Nepal’s parliament endorsed two UN conventions on Friday 24th June 2011: The International Convention on the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism, 1999, and the International Convention against Transnational Organized Crime. The move has saved the country from being blacklisted by Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a global body … Read more Nepal Endorses UN’s Terrorism Financing and Organized Crime Conventions

Law: Barack Obama to Sign New Law Permitting Open Homosexuality in US Military

Barack Obama, president of the United States of America, is set to sign a new law this week allowing open homosexuality within the US military forces for the first time in history. The “don’t ask, don’t tell” law, which had been in place since 1993, meant that while it was permissible to be homosexual within … Read more Law: Barack Obama to Sign New Law Permitting Open Homosexuality in US Military