Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Monmouth County DUI: What Happens If I Did Not Take the Breath Test?

Even if you have never been stopped for a DUI before most people know that it is standard procedure for a suspected drunk driver to be asked to take a breathalyzer test. What happens if you are stopped on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and your refuse the breath test? You do have the right to refuse the test; however, there are consequences if you do not take the breath test.

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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Harold Cassidy’s Press Release in Response to the July 24, 2012 Eighth Circuit en banc Decision

Re: Decision of the en banc Court of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit:

Planned Parenthood v. Rounds, Alpha Center, et al

Docket Nos.: 09-3231/3233/3362

What: US Court of Appeals en banc Court declares that South Dakota’s statute that requires abortion doctors to disclose to pregnant mothers that an abortion places the mother at increased risk for suicide ideation and suicide constitutional because the disclosure is truthful, non-misleading, and relevant to the pregnant mother’s decision of whether or not to consent to an abortion.

From: Harold J. Cassidy, Esq., attorney for Intervenors Leslee Unruh, President of Alpha Center, Sioux Falls, SD and Stacy Wollman, President of Care Net, Rapid City, SD.

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Thursday, May 31, 2012

The New Jersey Bioethics Commission Report on Surrogacy

When the unanimous decision of the New Jersey Supreme Court in the Baby M case was published, the Court held that surrogacy contracts were in violation of every statute and public policy of our state that dealt with the rights of mothers, the rights of children, the issues dealing with adoption and termination of a mother’s rights.

At the end of that opinion, our Supreme Court observed that the case highlights many of the problems and evils of surrogacy – including the potential exploitation of women – but that the people and the culture must determine if our policies and laws, after careful consideration, should be changed subject to constitutional constraints.

As a result of that decision, the Governor and the Legislature asked the New Jersey Bioethics Commission to study the issue of whether laws should be changed to create an enabling statute.

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Thursday, May 31, 2012

The National Leadership Coalition Against the Exploitation of Women by the Use of Gestational Surrogacy Agreements

Dear President Sweeney and Speaker Oliver:

The recent news that S1599 and A2646 have swiftly passed out of committee has caused great alarm in New Jersey and nationally among leaders, authors, physicians and organizations who are concerned about the rights of women, as well as the rights of children. We write with a sense of urgency to ask that neither bill be posted for a floor vote at this time.

S1599 and A2646 are enabling statutes that broadly sweep away every policy and statute that provides protection of the rights of mothers and children that have been in place for many scores of decades in our state. We fear it is being done without proper public discussion and understanding of the harms gestational surrogacy poses for women and how, once legalized, it will dramatically alter our culture.

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Unheard Voice in Surrogate Case-the Birth Mother


Harold Cassidy, considered one of the leading legal experts on surrogacy law in the United States and lead counsel for the surrogate mother in the 'Baby M' case, gave his commentary on The Matter of the Parentage of a Child by T.J.S. and A.L.S., in an article which appeared in the March 12, 2012 edition of The New Jersey Law Journal. Oral argument in this matter was heard by the New Jersey Supreme Court on March 1, 2012. In his published commentary, Mr. Cassidy exposed the blaring weakness of the case; the class of women with the greatest rights and fundamental interests at risk, the Birth Mothers, had no legal representation.

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