US District Judge Dorothy McCarter has issued a temporary restraining order preventing Montana’s ban on partial-birth abortions from going into effect on Oct. 1.  (The Billings Gazette)

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered that the Virginia law banning partial-birth abortion should be enforced while its constitutionality is being determined in the courts.  (

The Unborn Victims of Violence Act recognizing a fetus as a separate entity from the mother in federal law has passed was approved by the House Judiciary Committee yesterday.  (The Washington Post)

Robert L. Beck, CEO of the Miss America Organization yesterday backed off plans to allow women who’ve been divorced or pregnant to compete for the title, saying no final decision has been made.  (Arizona Daily Star)

The American Civil Liberties Union has taken the state of New Jersey to court over the new parental notification law.  (