Pause & Effect
Abortions can resume in Indiana.
They were blocked?
Last week, Indiana’s near-total abortion ban went into effect. It outlawed all abortions from the moment of conception — with exceptions for rape and incest (before 10 weeks), lethal fetal anomalies (before 20 weeks), and medical emergencies. Doctors performing illegal abortions could lose their medical licenses. It was the first state to enact tighter abortion restrictions since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. Abortion providers sued, arguing it violated the state constitution. Now, a little over a week after it went into effect, a judge has issued a temporary pause on the new law while the lawsuit makes its way through the courts.
What does this mean?
Abortions are back to being legal in the state…for now. Indiana women can get the procedure up to 22 weeks after their last period. And abortion clinics in the state can remain open. The judge said there is “reasonable likelihood” that the state constitution includes the right to liberty and personal autonomy. The plaintiffs say it’s “much-needed relief” but that things are “far from over.” Meanwhile, the state’s AG says he plans to appeal and will continue to “fight for the lives of the unborn.”
Before Indiana’s near-total abortion ban went into effect last week, a 10-year-old rape victim from Ohio was able to get the procedure there. Now that the law is on hold, abortion rights advocates are celebrating, while anti-abortion activists continue to push for its reinstatement.
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Where there’s (some) closure…
Cambodia. Yesterday, a UN-assisted tribunal held its final hearing investigating the crimes of the Khmer Rouge. The regime — a radical communist movement that ruled Cambodia in the late ‘70s — killed an estimated 1.7 million people through executions, starvation, and poor medical care. Yesterday, the court rejected an appeal by the last surviving leader of the Khmer Rouge government, who’s currently serving a life sentence for genocide and other crimes. But nearly 16 years and $330 million later, he is just one of three people convicted for their roles…a letdown for many survivors. Now, the tribunal will spend three years archiving its work and spreading information for educational purposes.
Where the world is watching…
Iran. Yesterday, the US Treasury Dept announced financial sanctions against senior security officials and the country’s morality police. It’s in response to the death of Mahsa Amini, which sparked anti-regime protests across the country. That included video footage showing protesters burning their hijabs and cutting their hair in public. Access to Instagram and WhatsApp has been blocked. Police have cracked down on protests using tear gas, water cannons, and batons. At least 17 people have reportedly died, with hundreds more injured. But the protests have continued.
Meanwhile in NY: Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi reportedly bailed on an interview with CNN’s chief international anchor Christiane Amanpour after she refused to wear a headscarf.
Who’s promising help…
President Biden. Yesterday, he authorized a month of 100% federal funding to help Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Fiona. The storm made landfall over the weekend and left the entire island and its 3.2 million residents without power. Fiona also dumped as much as two feet of rain — causing “catastrophic” flooding and potentially landslides. Now, Biden says the island — still hurting five years after Hurricane Maria — won’t have to worry about paying for debris removal, search and rescue, power and water restoration, and shelter and food.
Who’s saying ‘look what I pulled’…
Teslas. Yesterday, the company recalled nearly 1.1 million cars because an automatic window system is struggling to detect key things in its path...like fingers. But the company says the problem can be fixed in a pinch, through an over-the-air software update. So your bestie in a Tessie won’t even need to bring it in to get serviced.
Why we’re churning out butter boards…
It pairs well with “Don’t Worry Darling” drama hitting the actual screen.
Which lawyer Johnny Depp’s allegedly dating…
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