Wednesday August 10, 2022

‘A crime’ Senate has not codified Roe v Wade, says congresswoman

Celebrities criticised the Supreme Court overturning of Roe v. Wade at the 2022 BET Awards last night.

Actress Taraji P. Henson opened the annual show addressing both abortion rights and gun violence, saying: “It’s about damn time we talk about the fact that guns have more rights than a woman. It’s a sad day in America.”

“A weapon that can take lives has more power than a woman who can give life if she chooses to,” Ms Henson added.

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Speeches throughout the night continued to focus on Roe v. Wade as singer and actress Janelle Monáe said: “Owning our truth and expressing ourselves freely and unapologetically in a world that tries to control and police our bodies, my body and our decisions.”

It comes after 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 following the US Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the constitutional right to abortion care.

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WHO warns restrictions will not reduce number of abortions, only drive women toward unsafe procedures

The World Health Organisation says that over 25 million unsafe abortions occur every year and up to 37,000 women die.

It said that evidence shows that restricting access to abortion “does not reduce the number of abortions that occur.”

The global health agency, however, added that restrictions are “more likely to drive women and girls towards unsafe procedures.”

In a tweet, WHO said: “Safe abortion care is essential to protect the health of women and girls everywhere.

Removing access to #abortion care will put more women & girls at risk of illegal abortions and the consequent safety issues that would bring.”

Maroosha Muzaffar27 June 2022 10:00

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WWE anchor says she was ‘a product of rape’ in surprising revelation after Roe v Wade ruling

In a tweet on Saturday, Braxton threw her weight behind those supporting women’s right to choose and slammed the people cheering the US Supreme Court’s verdict, dubbing them “ignorant and arrogant people” who do not know what it means for women to bear the “burden” of bringing life into the world.

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ICYMI: What is Roe v Wade and why was it overturned?

The US Supreme Court has officially overturned Roe v Wade, issuing a ruling in the Mississippi case challenging a state law banning most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy on Friday.

The landmark precedent established in the 1973 ruling in Roe, which enshrined constitutional protections for the procedure, is now dead.

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Maroosha Muzaffar27 June 2022 09:30

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Roe v Wade ruling fractures Americans, survey reveals

A survey has suggested that the Roe v Wade ruling has divided the country with results showing that 52 per cent of those polled view the Supreme Court’s ruling as a “step backward” and 31 per cent say that it’s a “step forward,” and 17 per cent say it’s neither.

According to the CBS News survey, about 77 per cent of Democrats labelling it a “step backward” and 64 per cent of Republicans see it as a “step forward.”

According to CBS News, only 13 per cent of Democrats said they consider the US Supreme Court ruling a “step forward”.The survey results were revealed on Sunday which also said that roughly 20 per cent of Republicans call it a “step backward” along with 55 per cent of independents.

Overall, the results show that 52 per cent of those polled view the Supreme Court’s ruling as a “step backward” and 31 per cent say that it’s a “step forward,” and 17 per cent say it’s neither.

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Presenters criticise Roe v. Wade decision at 2022 BET Awards

Taraji P. Henson addressed the Supreme Court overturning of Roe v. Wade at the 2022 BET Awards last night.

The actress said: “It’s about damn time we talk about the fact that guns have more rights than a woman. It’s a sad day in America.”

“A weapon that can take lives has more power than a woman who can give life if she chooses to,” Henson added.

Roe v. Wade was a strong theme of speeches at the awards night, as singer and actress Janelle Monáe presented the first award saying: “Owning our truth and expressing ourselves freely and unapologetically in a world that tries to control and police our bodies, my body and our decisions.”

Maryam Zakir-Hussain27 June 2022 08:53

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Supreme Court’s reversal of abortion rights is a ‘red alert’ for LGBT+ community

The US Supreme Court’s reversal of constitutional protections for the right to an abortion has raised fears among civil rights groups and LGBT+ advocates that its ruling could lead to challenges against marriage equality and other rights previously defended by the court.

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Maroosha Muzaffar27 June 2022 08:30

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Videos show LAPD throwing abortion rights protesters including Full House actress Jodie Sweetin to the ground

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.

Among them was Sweetin, 40, who played Stephanie Tanner in the 1980s and 1990s TV sitcom Full House and its recent sequel Fuller House.

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Maroosha Muzaffar27 June 2022 08:00

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Rudy Giuliani ‘slapped on back and called a scumbag’ by shop worker on Staten Island

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

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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

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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

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