Sam Sparks

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2012

    Texas's Sonogram Law Gets New Lease on Life

    The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the temporary injunction on Texas's so-called sonogram law, clearing the way for abortion providers to enforce the new mandate. The law, championed by Senator Dan Patrick, requires a sonogram whenever a woman seeks an abortion. The law requires the wom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2011

    Abortion Sonogram Hearing: Novel Arguments from Plaintffs, So Judge Wants More Briefs

    Novel arguments from abortion-rights supporters, judge says.​Opponents trying to block the state's new so-called sonogram bill may have a tougher road in Texas than they've had in other states. This morning's hearing in Austin, before U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks, did not produce an immedia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    Texas Mandatory-Sonogram Bill: Court Challenge Ramps Up Tomorrow

    Group says new law "imposes stress and emotional strain on women as they prepare to undergo a medical procedure."​The legal challenge to the new bill that forces women who are seeking an abortion to get a sonogram begins for real tomorrow, with a hearing on a temporary injunction barring enfo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    Texas & Nuclear Waste: Federal Judge Opens Path For Expansion

    Nuclear waste in Texas: It's not just for Vermont anymore​Environmental groups are crying foul over a federal judge's decision to lift a ban on allowing a state commission to greatly expand Texas's ability to accept nuclear waste from other states. U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks said Tuesday ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2010

    The Institute For Creation Research Gets Slammed, Rejected By Federal Judge

    Why hast thou forsaken me?‚ÄčThe Institution for Creation Research was a California-based school that moved to the Dallas area three years ago.They applied to Texas' Higher Education Coordinating Board for certification to give master's degrees in science; the HECB reviewed their curriculum and turn ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 18, 2010

    Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

    It's raining, wait, make that fried catfish

  • News

    June 15, 2000

    God Only Knows

    Dismembered bodies. Gold booty and an ex-con's grudge. A trial rips into the mysteries of the disappearance of atheist icon Madalyn Murray O'Hair.