Throwback ThursdayIt’s finally “Throwback Thursday” time!  During “Throwback Thursday” we like to discuss fun, interesting, or legally significant events that occurred on a specific day in history.  Below are a few legally significant events that took place on September 26th throughout history.  Enjoy!

Aids Victim Pleads to Make AIDS Testing Mandatory for Health Care Professional

September 26, 1991: On this day in 1991, 23-year-old AIDS victim, Kimberly Bergalis, plead in front of the U.S. Congress asking them to mandate AIDS testing for health care workers.  Kimberly’s story is heart wrenching.  According to this article, “she was infected with the AIDS virus from her dentist.”  She plead, “please enact legislation so that no other patient or health care provider will have to go through the hell that I have.”

Tax Reform Helped Bring the U.S. Out of Recession

September 26, 1963: On this day in 1963, the house passed the most comprehensive tax reform cuts in history.  These tax cuts helped bring the country out of recession.  The Tax Reform had the following impact:

  • It cut income tax by about 10% for every worker in the U.S.
  • It offered extra tax relief for corporate tax

Uruguay Got One Step Closer to Legalizing Abortions

September 26, 2012: Did you know that on this day in 2012, Uruguay decided to legalize abortions in the first twelve weeks of a pregnancy?  It all started with a 50-49 vote in favor of legalizing abortion.  This vote was cast by Uruguay's lower house of Congress.  At this point, in order for the measure to become law, Uruguay's Senate had to also approve the legalization. Surely enough, the Senators backed the measure by a 17-14 vote.  Based on this law, every woman is free to decide whether or not they wanted to have an abortion.  According to a source, “about 400 abortions a month have been conducted since the law took effect.”  Of course, as with any abortion debate, there were many opponents who were determined to invalidate this measure.

Abortion has always been a very sensitive issue.  What are your thoughts regarding this “Throwback” event?

Do any of the above events interest you? Are there any “Throwback” events you find fascinating and would like to share with us?