| Several new laws go into effect today. Theres a mandatory 48-hour waiting period before abortions in Tennessee. And in Georgia, fireworks sales have been legalized. Also, gas and hotel taxes are going up in the peach state. Expect the price of gas to climb around seven cents per gallon. And hotel rooms will come with an additional $5 dollar fee per night.
| The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday announced that laws in Idaho restricting women's access to abortion were unconstitutional and placed an "undue burden" on women seeking to terminate their pregnancies.
| More Americans, mostly Republicans, are unhappy with U.S. abortion policies since President Obama took office. A new Gallup poll finds that satisfaction with the country's abortion policies has dropped 9 percentage points in the last seven years, to 34 percent, with more Americans saying they feel laws should be stricter. The drop in satisfaction has been the most dramatic among Republicans, falling by 22 percentage points during that time period.
| 'If the Supreme Court goes to Hell I'm not following," Walt Bayes, a candidate in the Idaho gubernatorial race, stated Wednesday. Fringe candidates Walt Bayes and Harley Brown stole the show during Wednesday's debate, the Associated Press reports. Topics included Armageddon, abortion, and discrimination against motorcycle clubs.
| The Republican National Committee is taking on a resolution that would confront Democratic challengers on issues such as parental consent, health warnings, and waiting periods. Ellen Barrosse, the author of the plan, states confidently, "I know Republicans have real muscle here."
| Connor Aiden Sorenson was born prematurely at just 24 weeks. Weighing in at only 14 ounces, he was the smallest baby ever to have been born in the state of Florida. Six months and several surgeries later, Conner is going home with his family. "We're just so excited. We've been waiting for this for, not only six months, but eight years we've been trying to have a baby," the boy's father said.
| Pro-abortion groups across the country launched an organized effort to feature women telling uplifting stories of their abortions. Organizers suggest that their goal is to keep abortion “safe, legal, and affordable” – a marked change from the old pro-choice slogan from the Clinton years, “safe, legal, and rare.” The organizers also want to “end the stigma” surrounding abortion.