Fifth Circuit Strikes Down Mississippi’s 6-Week Abortion Ban

The Fifth Circuit on Thursday once again blocked Mississippi’s persistent efforts to usher in some of the nation’s most sweeping abortion restrictions, striking down a controversial ban on abortions once a fetal heartbeat has been detected – around six weeks of pregnancy.

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In Vitro Custody

A mother who conceived her child through in vitro fertilization is the child’s legal parent, a Georgia appeals court ruled in a custody dispute in which the father asserted the mother was not the child’s “biological, legal, or adoptive parent.” The mother is the “recipient intended parent” under the Option of Adoption Act. 

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Slew of New Laws Take Effect Nationwide on New Year’s Day

The new year will bring new fees for some owners of electric vehicles, as an increasing number of states seek to plug in to fresh revenue sources to offset forgone gas taxes. In Hawaii, the charge will be $50. In Kansas, $100. In Alabama and Ohio, $200.

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