Monday, June 1, 2009

On June 1

On this day in ...
... 1959 (50 years ago today), Tunisia (flag at left) adopted its Constitution, which is modeled on the system in France. The North African country won independence from France in 1956 following years of "[a]nti-colonial resistance." That history is reflected in the Constitution's opening words:

In the name of God, the Compassionate and Merciful, We, the representatives of the Tunisian people, meeting as members of the National Constituent Assembly, Proclaim the will of this people, set free from foreign domination thanks to its powerful cohesion and to its struggle against tyranny, exploitation, and regression; ...

... 2004 (5 years ago today), in Planned Parenthood v. Ashcroft, U.S. District Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton (right), Northern District of California, permanently enjoined federal officials from enforcing the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 on grounds that it:

(1) poses an undue burden on a woman’s ability to choose a second trimester abortion; (2) is unconstitutionally vague; and (3) requires a health exception ....
As IntLawGrrls has posted, in 2007 the Supreme Court ruled otherwise and thus sustained the federal statute banning late-term abortions. (photo credit)

(Prior June 1 posts are here and here.)

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