‘A crime’ Senate has not codified Roe v Wade, says congresswoman
Abortion rights protesters, including Full House actress Jodie Sweetin, were shoved to the ground by police officers during a demonstration in Los Angeles on Saturday.
Video footage posted on social media appeared to show members of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) roughly pushing, throwing, and hitting protesters with their hands and batons.
Thousands of protesters hit the streets across the US on Friday and Saturday following the US Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the constitutional right to abortion care by overturning the landmark 1973 decision in Roe v Wade.
Meanwhile, Joe Biden has urged voters to support lawmakers who will codify abortion rights into law, calling the high court’s decision a “sad day” for the court and country after the court’s conservative majority took the unprecedented step to strip a constitutional right from Americans.
The president also blamed former president Donald Trump for nominating justices willing to undermine established precedent, while clinics across the US in states that have outlawed abortion prepared to close their doors, even as patients wait to return for appointments.
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Rudy Giuliani ‘slapped on back and called a scumbag’ by shop worker on Staten Island
Rudy Giuliani was slapped on the back and called a “scumbag” by a shop worker over the Supreme Court ruling overturning abortion rights in the US.
The former New York City mayor and close aide to Donald Trump told The New York Post that he was berated by a grocery store worker on Staten Island on Sunday, while out campaigning for his son Andrew Giuliani to be governor of New York.
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Maroosha Muzaffar27 June 2022 07:30
Australian PM bashes US Supreme Court for abortion ruling
Australian prime minister Anthony Albanese has said that the US Supreme Court’s abortion ruling is a “setback for women and their right to control their own bodies and their lives.”
Mr Albanese told ABC that women were “entitled to their own views, but not to impose their views on women for whom this is a deeply personal decision.”
He added: “That is, in my view, one for an individual woman to make based upon their own circumstances, including the health implications.
“This decision has caused enormous distress. And it is a setback for women and their right to control their own bodies and their lives in the United States. It is a good thing that in Australia, this is not a matter for partisan political debate,” he said.
Maroosha Muzaffar27 June 2022 07:00
Arkansas governor defends abortion ban that makes no exception for rape or incest
Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson defended his state’s controversial law that makes all abortions illegal in all cases except to save the life of the patient in a medical emergency on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday morning.
Asked by host Chuck Todd whether he is comfortable if a “13 year old in Arkansas is raped by a relative, that 13 year old cannot get an abortion,” the governor said he would “prefer a different outcome than that”.
“That’s not the debate today in Arkansas. It might be in the future,” he said, adding that the law currently bans abortions with only one exception.
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Maroosha Muzaffar27 June 2022 06:30
There are still seven cases left for the Supreme Court to decide this term
Supreme Court justices will return to the court on Monday morning with seven argued cases to decide this term, set to end later this month or in July.
Rulings are released one by one on the court’s website beginning at 10 am EST, in 10-minute intervals. They are released in reverse-ranking order of justices’ seniority. Opinions from Chief Justice John Roberts typically are released last.
We do not know which cases will be decided on each opinion-issuance day or in what order they will released.
But remaining cases include a potentially landmark decision in West Virginia v the Environmental Protection Agency, a high-stakes climiate crisis case that could set limits on the Biden administration’s attempts to slow the damage by regulating greenhouse gases.
The court is likely to schedule at least one more opinion issuance day next week.
Alex Woodward27 June 2022 06:00
Demand for abortion pills grows as states impose ban
After the Supreme Court ruling on abortions, Just the Pill — a non profit organisation that arranges abortion pills in several states — received nearly 100 requests for appointments, the New York Times reported.
Officials said that that is about four times the number of requests they received on a daily basis before the court-imposed ban.
Abortion pills are going to be even more significant and sought after as some states like Texas quickly halted abortions after the court ruling.
Maroosha Muzaffar27 June 2022 05:30
Maternal mortality rates in the US outpace other industrialised nations. It’s about to get worse
Without access to abortion care or financial support and guaranteed healthcare, the nation’s most vulnerable women could be forced to carry unwanted or unsafe pregnancies to term, or self-manage abortions, worrying health officials and physicians that the end of constitutional protections for abortion access will have a devastating impact to maternal health outcomes.
Rates of pregnancy-related deaths have steadily risen in recent years, increasing from 20.1 deaths per 100,000 births in 2019 to 23.8 in 2020 – easily outpacing other industrialised nations.
Alex Woodward27 June 2022 05:00
ACLU to ask judge for emergency injunction against Florida’s abortion law
The American Civil Liberties Union and abortion rights advocates will ask a state judge in Florida on Monday for an emergency injunction against a staet law that outlaws abortions at 15 weeks of pregnancy, as abortion rights groups move the battle against anti-abortion laws from federal courts to state courts.
Florida’s law is set to take effect Friday. The legal groups argue that the law violates privacy protections established by the state constitution – mirroring the argument at the centre of Roe v Wade.
Alex Woodward27 June 2022 04:00
Abortion pill manufacturer ‘well prepared’ for surge in demand after Supreme Court ruling
Danco Laboratories, one of the pharmaceutical companies that manufactures mifepristone, the FDA-approved drug for abortion care, said the company is “well prepared” for any surge in demand after the US Supreme Court revoked the constitutional right to abortion.
Supply of the brand-name drug Mifeprex is “plentiful and stable,” according to a company spokesperson.
“We are incredibly disappointed by, and not at all in agreement with the decision [the Supreme Court] made,” the spokesperson said. “Danco remains steadfast in our commitment to assuring that healthcare providers and women have access to Mifeprex as an option for safe and effective early abortion.”
A two-drug regimen of mifepristone and misoprostol – drugs that are available over the counter in some countries – is overwhelmingly safe and effective, and can be taken in the comfort of a patient’s home.
Medication abortion is by far the most common form of abortion care in the US, accounting for nearly 60 per cent of all procedures. The drug was approved for use by the US Food and Drug Administration in most cases up to 10 weeks of pregnancy in 2000.
Last year, the FDA permanently lifted the in-person requirement for medication abortion prescriptions, allowing patients to access the drugs via telehealth appointments and online pharmacies so patients can take the drugs at home.
State restrictions on abortion care largely do not distinguigh between procedural abortions and mediation abortions. Anti-abortion state legislators are increasingly targeting the drugs, including laws against telemedicine appointments, online prescriptions and mail-ordering
The Justice Department has warned states against implementing bans on FDA-approved abortion drugs, setting up looming legal battles over their access.
Alex Woodward27 June 2022 03:00
Baltimore provides $300,000 in financial support to abortion providers
The mayor of Baltimore, Maryland announced that the city will grant $300,000 to abortion providers and family-planning services as a show of support to “welcome women seeking these services with open arms.”
Mayor Brandon Scott announced the deal, granted in conjunction with the City Council and distributed through the Baltimore Civic Fund, after the US Supreme Court revoked the constitutional right to abortion.
“We are morally obligated to make Baltimore a safe haven for care-seekers, and we are committed to doing just that,” he said.
Alex Woodward27 June 2022 02:00
More than 80 district attorneys and prosecutors refuse to enforce anti-abortion laws
Prosecutors across the country, including from 12 states with “trigger bans” that will make abortion illegal in their respective states, said they will not prosecute people who seek or provide abortion care.
A group of more than 80 district attorneys and other elected prosecutors signed a statement with Fair and Just Prosecution, wriging that “not all of us agree on a personal or moral level on the issue of abortion … but we stand together in our firm belief that prosecutors have a responsibility to refrain from using limited criminal legal system resources to criminalize personal medical decisions.”
The signatories represent nearly 90 million people across 29 states.
The Independent spoke with prosecutors across several states, including Texas and Louisiana, where imminent “trigger” laws will criminalise abortion care and threaten providers with jailtime, about why they refused to pursue such cases.
Alex Woodward27 June 2022 01:00
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