Constitution Digest

News and announcements from the Comparative Constitutions Project

April 27, 2018

Nicaraguans protest Ortega’s longtime rule. For the past two weeks, intense protests have erupted in Nicaragua over President Daniel Ortega’s increasingly authoritarian rule. Protesters accuse Ortega of consolidating too much power by co-opting the National Assembly and Supreme Court, committing election fraud, and eliminating presidential term limits from the country’s constitution.
Indiana law on “selective” abortion held unconstitutional. Last Thursday, the Chicago-based United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held that a law banning “selective” abortions imposes an unconstitutionally undue burden on women’s right to choose. The law, which had been signed by Mike Pence as Governor of Indiana, prevented women from electing to terminate their pregnancies based on fetal characteristics, such as gender or disability.
Israeli parliament to consider legislation limiting Supreme Court power. The Israeli Knesset is set to consider legislation that would allow it to overrule Supreme Court decisions — a move that many fear would be destructive to Israel’s democracy. The court, which has ruled against draft exemptions for ultra-Orthodox men and impeded the government’s attempts to expel refugees, has been a thorn in the side of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's administration.
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