Arkansas Governor Won't Sign Religious Freedom Bill Because It's a Mess

Having witnessed the debacle currently happening in Indiana, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson has declined for now to sign the state's own recently passed "Religious Freedom Restoration Act." House Bill 1228 passed on Tuesday, but Hutchinson—while being careful not to anything too supportive of LGBT people—said he… » 4/01/15 3:30pm 4/01/15 3:30pm

Indiana Governor: Our Discriminatory New Law Is Fine, But We'll Fix It

Just days after saying Indiana "won't change" the newly passed Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Indiana Governor Mike Pence vowed this afternoon to "fix" the law, but added immediately that nothing's wrong with it. Pence admitted he hadn't been expecting "this kind of backlash" to the law, and accused its critics… » 3/31/15 5:15pm 3/31/15 5:15pm

Hobby Lobby Made Indiana's Religious Discrimination Bill Possible

Yesterday, Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed SB 101 into law, a "religious freedom" bill that will allow business owners in the state to discriminate against whoever they please. A dozen other states are considering similar measures, but in the meantime, let's consider how we got here: the Supreme Court's terrible… » 3/27/15 9:50am 3/27/15 9:50am

Republican Governors Bravely Fight Anti- Prison Rape Laws

The Prison Rape Elimination Act has a pretty self-evident mission, and yet, somehow, there are still people who manage to be against it. PREA, first passed in 2003 and finalized in 2012, establishes basic standards to keep American prisoners from being assaulted by other inmates or (more commonly) guards. Yet a… » 3/26/15 2:15pm 3/26/15 2:15pm

Indiana Could Approve "Baby Boxes" For Abandoned Newborns 

Indiana could be the first state to approve so-called "baby boxes" for abandoned newborns. The boxes look a bit like bread boxes, but are actually incubators meant to keep a newborn alive until it can be recovered. The boxes would also include an alarm that, once pressed, would alert first responders. » 2/28/15 11:45am 2/28/15 11:45am

Columnist Is 'Ashamed' of Senator Uncle's Hideous Anti-Abortion Bill 

Food editor Sarah Murrell has kicked off an entirely well-deserved feud with her uncle, Indiana State Senator Travis Holdman, after he recently filed a bill that would make it a felony offense to abort a fetus due to gender or fetal abnormalities. In an editorial, Murell tells her uncle she's horrified by the bill and… » 1/20/15 6:00pm 1/20/15 6:00pm

Federal Court Strikes Down Anti-Abortion TRAP Law in Indiana

A federal judge has ruled that an Indiana law seeking to change the definition of "abortion clinic" is unconstitutional. The law would have required that any medical facility providing RU-486, the abortion pill, be defined as an abortion clinic, forcing it to meet the same stringent standards Indiana has created for… » 12/04/14 5:20pm 12/04/14 5:20pm

Blood Of 2 Million Babies Found In Indiana Warehouse

For over 20 years, the state of Indiana hoarded the blood of newborns without their parents' consent. If your child was born in Indiana after 1991, chances are his or her blood sample is one of an estimated 2.5-million specimens currently stored in a warehouse, the location of which state officials have not disclosed. » 7/19/14 6:17pm 7/19/14 6:17pm