Law “singling out” Indiana abortion clinic ruled unconstitutional

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – Supporters of women’s reproductive rights call it a victory, but the Indiana Attorney General’s Office says it is reviewing a federal judge’s ruling that an abortion law is unconstitutional.The law would have required abortion facilities that offer only nonsurgical abortions to meet the same licensing standards as surgical abortion facilities, said Betty Cockrum, president and chief executive of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, adding that it essentially targeted a clinic in Lafayette.“The law was unconstitutional,” she said, “because it singled out what in effect was one facility in the entire state of Indiana and exempts physician’s offices.”The judge ruled that it violated equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment.Even with the judge’s ruling, the case isn’t over. A final judgment has not been issued, and a trial is set for June. Cockrum said the judge directed the parties involved to come to closure before then, and that she’s hopeful it will be dismissed. Meanwhile, the Office of the Indiana Attorney General said in a statement that more court proceedings are likely.Cockrum said the ruling comes on the heels of court victories affirming reproductive justice in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. She said medically unnecessary abortion laws are designed to chip away at a woman’s right to make personal health-care decisions.“They’re trying to erect barriers to Indiana women’s access to safe, legal abortion,” she said, “They don’t spend their time and energy helping reduce the incidence of unintended pregnancy because that’s what drives abortion.”To reduce abortion rates, Cockrum said, what’s needed is better education to help young people make informed choices on sexual activity and its consequences.Mary Kuhlmanlast_img read more

McDowell guards against complacency

first_imgGraeme McDowell warned his European team-mates to prepare for a final-day American onslaught as he guarded against complacency at the Ryder Cup. He said: “We put ourselves in a hole, one down playing the last, but Martin just really picked me up, and said, ‘Come on, we really deserve to get half a point out of this game’. “That made the task simple, really, playing the last. Everything else was forgotten, all the mistakes that we’d made prior to that. Suddenly there was a job to do on 18. It was nice to get something out of the day.” McIlroy, who also registered a foursomes point in tandem with Sergio Garcia, echoed the sentiments of McDowell. The world number one said: “We have a lot of momentum on our side but, at the same time, we just need to cast our minds back to two years ago when we were in a similar position. There can’t be any complacency on our side. “It’s going to be a tough battle. We know the US team are going to come out strong and we need to focus and get the job done.” Lee Westwood, who is playing in his ninth Ryder Cup, also made another significant contribution as he and Jamie Donaldson beat Zach Johnson and Matt Kuchar 2&1. That notched 41-year-old Westwood’s 23rd point in the competition, moving him above Seve Ballesteros into fourth on Europe’s all-time list behind Nick Faldo (25), Bernard Langer (24) and Colin Montgomerie (23.5). Westwood said: “To move above Seve Ballesteros in Ryder Cup points is something that I guess you just don’t ever imagine doing. He’s just such a legend and a Ryder Cup legend that I would never have dreamt of it. “I’ve always said the Ryder Cup is not about individual points totals and stuff like that, it’s about winning the cup for Europe and winning as many points as possible. “But if you perform well, and to be in with names like that, it’s obviously very satisfying.” Press Association The Northern Irishman, who will lead off for the Europeans in the first singles match against Jordan Spieth, said: “Complacency is a word that’s been the buzzword in our team room this week. “It’s something we’ve worked hard on to avoid and, believe us, we’ll be working hard on that tonight again. “We’re under no illusions, they’ll come out all guns blazing tomorrow morning, like they did this morning. We weathered the storm and managed to have a great day, but we’re expecting them to be fired up and we’ve just got to be ready for them.” Europe took such a commanding advantage after winning the Saturday foursomes session by 3.5 points to 0.5. It would have been 3-1 had Justin Rose and Martin Kaymer not birdied the last to halve their match against Spieth and Patrick Reed. “Say they (United States) win that match, they take something with them into the locker room,” said McDowell, who won his own foursomes match in tandem with Victor Dubuisson. “That’s what happened to us at Medinah two years ago when Rory (McIlroy) and Mr Ryder Cup (Ian Poulter) did their thing coming down the stretch, when Poults birdied the last five. It elevated the whole team. We took some momentum and some kind of belief into the locker room and it kind of filtered through all 12 players. “That’s why that putt for Justin was so huge, because it gave them nothing to take away this evening.” Rose struggled to replicate the outstanding putting form he displayed in the morning fourballs in the afternoon, but was pleased to deliver at the crunch moment. The Europeans head into the singles session at Glenegales as odds-on favourites to win the trophy after opening up a 10-6 lead. But McDowell, having been a member of the team that memorably overturned the same deficit at Medinah two years ago, is well aware of how the tables can quickly turn. last_img read more

MDI boys’ soccer ends losing streak against Ellsworth

first_imgBAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island boys’ soccer team beat Ellsworth for the first time in over a decade Friday by beating the 2-1 over the Eagles in their final home game of the season.The 80 minutes of play were fast, physical tense. With tensions running high, numerous fouls were called on both teams throughout the game.Despite the pace, though, both teams played well enough defensively to keep each other at bay in the first half. The game was scoreless at halftime.MDI put up the first goal of the game just three minutes into the second half when freshman Jose Chumbe scrambled past several Ellsworth defenders to knock in the ball with 36 minutes, 59 seconds left. The Eagles answered at 30:04 with a goal by Jack McKechnie.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFans of both teams remained equally vocal throughout the second half, and the teams remained tied for most of it. The players pushed harder and harder as the game went on, with MDI wanting its first win over Ellsworth in over a decade and the Eagles wanting to maintain their long winning streak.Finally, with 2:45 left in the game, MDI senior Adam Bygdeson scored the winner. The Trojans couldn’t contain their excitement as they embraced. As time expired, MDI fans erupted in celebration as the rest of the team rushed the field.Ellsworth (8-5-1) also lost 2-0 to the John Bapst Crusaders  on Monday, and MDI (6-6-2) beat the Hermon Hawks 6-1 that same day. The regular season is now complete for both teams. Both are set to participate in the Class B playoffs this Friday, Oct. 21. Town Hill Takeout serves up inventive tacos – August 18, 2017 Sea urchin subject of aging research – July 30, 2017 Bio Taylor Bigler MaceReporter at Mount Desert IslanderTaylor covers sports and maritimes for the Islander. As a native of Texas, she is an unapologetic Dallas Cowboys fan. [email protected]center_img MDI man reaches 41 straight years of daily runs – July 31, 2017 Latest Posts Latest posts by Taylor Bigler Mace (see all)last_img read more

Emirate Airline, African Industries Partner India Cup Tourney

first_imgMeanwhile, the return of India Cup, one of the most glamorous tournaments at the golf section of Ikoyi 1938, is already generating lots of excitement within the club as Caddies tee off the event on Monday, October 28.The Caddies would be followed by Ladies, veterans, sponsors and Guests on November 1st, while the main event takes place on November 2nd.A special gala night that will draw the curtain on the week long competition will take place on November 3.The Chairman of the event organizing Committee, Mr Sunil Thadani says all necessary arrangements at ensuring the event goes as planned are in place.He explained further that every member of the club who scaled through the qualifying round is eligible to participate in the competition.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Emirates Airlines and African Industries have thrown their weight behind the organizers of this year’s edition of the India Cup which kicks off tomorrow as the event partners.The Indian golfer’s foundation disclosed this over the weekend and added that 7Up, Zenith Bank, OVH Energy, DAG Motors, Olam Grains, Indomie, Prestige Brands are the other major sponsors of the competition along with a host of others. “We want to thank every company that has supported this event, the support is well appreciated. We want to also say a big thank you to them for the kind gesture. Kudos to individuals and committee members who have worked tirelessly to ensure the return of India cup after an absence of six years,” the statement said.last_img read more

Seager’s double brings home Puig with game-winner in Dodgers’ win

first_imgLOS ANGELES >> Corey Seager’s RBI double in the bottom of the ninth inning drove in the winning run as the Dodgers earned a 5-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday night.Seager’s game-winner reclaimed a victory the Dodgers seem to have in their pocket for the first six innings.Left-hander Alex Wood returned from a two-week stay on the DL and held the Reds to one run through five innings, taking a 4-1 lead into the sixth.Before Wood, the Dodgers’ revolving door approach to managing their starting rotation had sent four starting pitchers to the DL for reasons of varying concern — Kenta Maeda, Brandon McCarthy, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Rich Hill (twice). In their first games back from those furloughs, the group had combined for a 6.75 ERA and 2.12 WHIP, averaging fewer than five innings in those starts. The Dodgers lost four of the five games. Chase Utley added an RBI double in the fifth (one of his three hits in the game).Things got complicated in the top of the sixth, however. Wood hit Zack Cozart with a pitch. Chris Taylor made a running catch at the wall in left-center, robbing Joey Votto of an extra-base hit, but Eugenio Suarez followed with a single. That brought the tying run to the plate and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts left Wood in to face the left-handed Scott Schebler (tied for the National League home run lead when the day started with 17).Wood struck him out on his 87th pitch of the game and Roberts decided that was enough. He went to right-handed reliever Josh Fields to face the right-handed Devin Mesoraco.Fields gave up just one home run in his first 22 appearances this season but he has given up three in the past week — two back-to-back last Saturday in Milwaukee and one to Mesoraco. His three-run liner over the left-field wall tied the game.The winning rally started with back-to-back singles by Yasiel Puig and Justin Turner with one out in the ninth. After pinch-hitter Franklin Gutierrez struck out, Seager sliced a line drive down the left-field line that kept curving away from Gennett. His desperate dive came up short and the ball fell in for the deciding hit. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Wood bucked that trend. He took a 25 1/3-inning scoreless streak and an inflamed sternoclavicular joint to the DL with him. He wasn’t quite that good in his return — but he wasn’t far off.Wood retired the first six batters he faced, striking out three of them. His scoreless innings streak ended at 27 1/3, however.Scooter Gennett led off the third with a double and scored when Jose Peraza bounced an RBI single through the middle.But Wood cruised into the fifth inning with that 4-1 lead. The Dodgers scored three times in the first on an RBI double by Corey Seager, a sacrifice fly by Adrian Gonzalez and a home run by Cody Bellinger.It was the rookie’s 13th home run in 43 games, making him the family leader — his father, Clay, hit 12 home runs in his 183-game big-league career. It was also a welcome sight for Bellinger, who was just 7 for his past 47 (.149) with 22 strikeouts before the home run.last_img read more