Federal Judge Strikes Down Indiana’s Latest Abortion LawJune 28, 2018, Posted by Janet WilliamsStaff ReportTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS—A federal judge Thursday issued an injunction barring Indiana from enforcing a law requiring doctors to report abortion complications to the state beginning July 1.U.S. District Judge Richard Young ruled that the Indiana law, enacted in the 2018 legislative session, was too vague.Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky sued in May over Senate Enrolled Act 340, which requires health care providers to annually report 26 abortion complications to the Indiana State Department of Health.“Absent a preliminary injunction, PPINK and its physicians will, beginning July 1, 2018, be subject to licensing penalties, and eventually criminal penalties, if they violate the challenged statute,” Young wrote in his 19-page opinion.“If PPINK and its physicians interpret the statute incorrectly and report less than everything, they risk civil and criminal sanctions. This violates PPINK’s due process rights. The violation of constitutional rights constitutes irreparable harm.”Some of the complications doctors were required to report included infection, blood clots, uterine and cervical complications, renal failure and death.The legislation also added a number of new requirements for abortion clinics to comply with, including having women who have been prescribed an abortion-inducing drug sign a form that says they have been informed of the manufacturer’s instructions.Ken Falk, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, said the restrictions would have placed doctors and providers at risk of sanctions. The ACLU sued on behalf of the local Planned Parenthood chapter.“Defining abortion complications in such broad and uncertain terms makes it next-to-impossible for anyone to know what is or is not an abortion complication,” Falk said.“The Indiana General Assembly routinely attempts to chip away at Hoosiers ability to access safe and legal abortions in Indiana under the guise of patient safety and SEA 340 is no different,” said Christie Gillespie, president and CEO of PPINK. “Hoosiers deserve meaningful laws that govern their health care and this sham of a law doesn’t qualify.”This is the latest setback for Indiana lawmakers as they attempt to impose restrictions on abortions.In April, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down key features of an Indiana law that would have banned abortions based on the fetus’ genetic abnormality, gender or race.In a 2-1 decision, the appellate panel found the nondiscrimination provisions in the law violated precedent set by the U.S. Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade and reaffirmed in Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey.The state’s Legislative Services Agency, in its report on SEA 340, noted that past efforts to enact abortion restrictions have been successfully challenged by ACLU of Indiana, resulting in the state paying about $290,000 in legal fees to the plaintiffs and their lawyers.TheStatehouseFile.com is a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
When Barbara Elfman was 18, she had a difficult decision to make. She wanted to pursue her bachelor’s degree, but needed to begin earning an income.“I completed a two-year nursing degree,” Elfman said. “I worked as a nurse for 10 years, got married, and started my family. But I always felt this loss at not having a bachelor’s degree.”After leaving nursing to raise her children, Elfman returned to her undergraduate studies at Wellesley College in 2001 — when her children were then 8, 11, and 14 — and graduated with a B.A. in art history in 2005. When she joined the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) as administrative director of the Advanced Studies Program in 2006, Elfman was intrigued by the opportunity to pursue her master’s degree at Harvard.“After a year of getting comfortable in my position, I started taking courses,” Elfman said. “I was fortunate in that I was not only allowed, but encouraged, to take classes. Richard Light, the Walter H. Gale Professor of Education, and Sally Schwager, former faculty member of the Teaching Education Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), both strongly encouraged me to pursue a master’s degree.”“Their encouragement definitely reinforced my interest in continuing my education,” Elfman said. “There are a lot of people like me who didn’t have the opportunity to attain their degrees in the early part of their lives, and students of a nontraditional age have a lot to offer in the classroom as well.”Elfman applied to HGSE to pursue her master’s degree parttime, and took advantage of Harvard’s Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) to defray the cost. Deciding to continue her education, however, was the easy part.“My greatest concern was how I would manage it,” Elfman said. “It wasn’t just being part of a master’s program, but also taking the GRE, which was an immense undertaking. I studied for a whole summer to prepare for it. I also had my three children, a husband, a house, and a dog, so I had a lot on my plate. I ultimately felt that, if I was accepted to the program, it would not just be an unbelievable opportunity, but an incredible benefit.”Accepted into the HGSE degree program in 2009, with some of the course work she had already completed at Harvard counting toward her degree, Elfman took three classes per year and became a master of time management.“The most difficult part of being a full-time employee and pursuing a master’s degree parttime is that you just don’t have the opportunity to take advantage of a lot of interactions outside of the classroom,” Elfman said. “I didn’t have the opportunity to stay after class and go to lunch with my fellow students, for example, or go out a lot in the evenings, because I have a family. So it can sometimes be a lonely experience in that respect.”In May, Elfman graduated with a master’s in education, with a focus in arts and education. “I was so fortunate to have the opportunity to study with some amazing professors, and students in the class added such richness to the experience,” Elfman said. “I was very proud that I had the opportunity and that I completed the degree.”Although Elfman takes pride in her achievement, she cautions that the program may not work for those who aren’t willing to make sacrifices. “You’re going to have to give things up, and you have to be prepared for that,” she said. “You have to prioritize. You have to do a lot of soul-searching and make sure that this is something you’re going to dedicate a lot of time to. Your family, your work, and your education need to be your top three priorities, and other things may have to fall by the wayside.”Professionally, Elfman said the academic achievement has not only enriched her understanding and appreciation of Harvard, but also her grasp of the student point of view.“I can now deeply connect with the students I see,” Elfman said. “As an employee, it’s wonderful to get to know Harvard from the student perspective — and I’m that much better as an administrator because I can now see things from both sides. I’ve also learned a lot about the pedagogical side of teaching. When students ask me questions, I can draw upon what I’ve learned to give better answers. And because I’ve been a student myself, I have a very strong understanding of what they’re going through.”“It’s lovely that HGSE offers this opportunity to employees,” Elfman said.Asked if she had any interest in pursuing an additional master’s or even a doctorate, Elfman laughed. “I oversee two doctorate programs, the Doctor of Design Ph.D. program and the Master in Design Studies program, so I think this is it,” she said. “But if I have the luxury of sitting in on a lecture or auditing a class, I’ll do it.”
CUs need to enable their members to move at the speed of life today.by: Mark SievewrightOn Nov. 3, 1962, The New York Times printed a particularly bold headline: “Pocket Computer May Replace Shopping List; Inventor Says Device Could Tell Grocery in Advance What Customer Needs.”This was written back when credit cards were just being introduced to the world—and well before ATMs became the new, automated banking option in the 1970s and 1980s.Although the world has changed quite a bit over the past few decades, the foundation for our digitized and mobilized ecosystem has been apparent for more than 50 years.In the new millennium, we are transitioning toward digital and mobile financial services, benefiting both credit unions and their members in the process.However, despite substantial investments in digital and mobile technology, credit unions have yet to maximize adoption rates—and return on investment—from their membership. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
___The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference has decided to cancel fall sports competition due to continuing health and safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. MAAC Commissioner Rich Ensor says there are simply too many factors that prohibit the conference from safely delivering a competitive atmosphere. A decision on whether fall sports competition would be feasible in the spring will be determined by the conference presidents at a later date. MAAC student-athletes whose seasons have been canceled will still be permitted to train when they return to campus, and institutions will be responsible for implementing their own training guidelines in accordance with state and local COVID-19 regulations and guidance provided by the NCAA.The Collegiate Commissioners Association is working with the NCAA on a series of waivers related to fall sports eligibility and competition. July 27, 2020 Delaware state officials denied the track’s request to host a limited number of fans Aug. 21-23 in the interest of public health and safety. The track is to host a NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Cup Series on Saturday and Sunday of that weekend.NASCAR has run race weekends without fans with limited exceptions, notably at tracks in Tennessee and Texas.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports ___IndyCar is set for another schedule revamp, with races scheduled for Portland International Raceway and a doubleheader weekend at Laguna Seca in California both canceled.The series will now run doubleheaders at Mid-Ohio, in the St. Louis area, and at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The series will run Aug. 8-9 at Mid-Ohio; Aug. 29-30 at World Wide Technology Raceway; and Oct. 2-3 at the IMS road course.IndyCar is still scheduled to run 14 races this season.___ ___Saints quarterback Drew Brees and his wife, Brittany, say they’re donating $5 million toward a partnership with a Louisiana health care provider to build “numerous” health centers in economically struggling communities around the state. Brees said in his announcement on social media that the first center will be built later this year in eastern New Orleans in partnership with Ochsner Health. This marks the second multimillion donation Brees has made to benefit Louisiana since the coronavirus pandemic spread to the United States. In March, he donated $5 million to assist food banks in the state as people began losing jobs because of businesses closures or staff reductions stemming from government restrictions aimed at curbing the virus’ spread.Louisiana, with a population of nearly 4.7 million, has been hard hit by the virus. As of Sunday, state health department figures showed a total of 107,574 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 3,651 deaths. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The U.S. Tennis Association has canceled two lower-tier tennis tournaments in Orlando, Florida, saying that the coronavirus pandemic makes it too dangerous to hold the events without a bubble setup. Associated Press The GLVC announced its regular season and championship would move to the spring. Also considering football in the spring are the Great Northwest, Northeast-10, Southern Intercollegiate, Central Intercollegiate, and Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.Six of the other 10 Division II conferences are delaying starts to their seasons. The Rocky Mountain Athletic, Great Midwest, Great Lakes Intercollegiate and Northern Sun still plan to play full seasons in the fall.In Division III, the Midwest Conference became the 23rd league to postpone or cancel its season. The only Division III conferences planning to play all or part of their seasons this fall are the American Rivers, Michigan Intercollegiate, Minnesota Intercollegiate, Upper Midwest and USA South.More than 1,700 NCAA games across three divisions are known to have been canceled or postponed, according to Associated Press research. The breakdown: 114 in the FBS, 317 in the FCS, 445 in Division II and 889 in Division III.Several dozen games have been cut from the 95 football teams in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. All junior college games have been canceled. The USTA says ATP Challenger 150 tourneys that were supposed to start on Aug. 22 and Aug. 29 at its national campus are being scrapped.The USTA said the sort of “proper risk mitigation” that it plans for the U.S. Open — the Grand Slam tournament scheduled to begin in New York on Aug. 31 — “would logistically and financially be difficult to create” for smaller events.The group also cited “the current rates of COVID-19 in Florida.___The Great Lakes Valley Conference is the sixth NCAA Division II league to suspend its football season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The NCAA has reduced the minimum number of contests required of Division I fall sports teams, excluding football, by 50% this season.The decision by the Division I Council coordination committee to grant a blanket waiver for any school that needs it affects men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey, men’s water polo and women’s volleyball teams.Some conferences, like the Big Ten and Pac-12, have already announced they will play nothing but conference schedules in their fall sports.The oversight committee also agreed to suspend the criterion requiring teams to have at least a .500 record to be considered for at-large selections into a championship field. A previous decision by the Division I Council allows conferences to determine how their automatic qualifiers are chosen for NCAA championship events up to two weeks prior to selections.___ The Latest: US Tennis cancels 2 low-tier Florida tournaments The National Hockey League reported zero players tested positive for the coronavirus last week.The league says it administered a total of 4,256 tests to more than 800 players from July 18-25. Two players tested positive during the first week of training camps July 13-17.Players and staff from the 24 teams participating in the expanded Stanley Cup playoffs traveled to the hub cities of Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta, on Sunday. They’re now in a quarantined bubble and will be tested daily after every other day testing during camp.___The NASCAR weekend in late August at Dover International Speedway will take place without fans.
WINNIPEG — The RCMP say they are scaling back the search for two British Columbia murder suspects in northern Manitoba.Assistant Commissioner Jane MacLatchy says officers have searched more than 11,000 square kilometres of wilderness using the best technology available and have found no sign of Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod.MacLatchy is emphasizing that the search in the Gillam area is not over, but resources are being re-deployed.Schmegelsky and McLeod are charged with second-degree murder in the death of University of British Columbia professor Leonard Dyck, whose body was found earlier this month in northern B.C.Police also consider the men suspects in the shooting of Australian Lucas Fowler and his American girlfriend Chynna Deese, who were found dead on the Alaska Highway near Liard Hot Springs, B.C.The Canadian Press