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Biden Strategizes With Democratic Governors to Protect Abortion Rights | Politics
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Biden Strategizes With Democratic Governors to Protect Abortion Rights | Politics

Hamstrung by narrow Democratic majorities in Congress, President Joe Biden Friday huddled virtually with Democratic governors to find ways to provide abortion access even as states move to ban or severely restrict the procedure."We're going to do everything in our power" to help girls and women get abortions no matter where they live, Biden told nine governors on a videoconference to plot strategy. He said he had just spoken with Attorney General Merrick Garland, and the two were determined to make sure two workarounds – getting medication abortion from an out-of-state provider or traveling across a state line to get an abortion, would be protected."This is not over," Biden said, a week after the Supreme Court handed down a decision reversing the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling guaranteeing a woma...
Protests begin outside Supreme Court, across U.S. in wake of decision overturning Roe v. Wade
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Protests begin outside Supreme Court, across U.S. in wake of decision overturning Roe v. Wade

With the Supreme Court decision striking down the precedent that had been in place for nearly 50 years, protests are springing up across the country, with more than 100 scheduled as of Friday.Millions of young Americans have never lived in a world without the constitutionally protected right to an abortion. The decision in Dobbs v. Jackson that overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade decision could galvanize young people.CBS News polling found that a greater number of young Americans believe abortion should be legal in their state if Roe v Wade is overturned: 73% of those under 30 believe it should be legal in all or most cases, the most of any age category.  In the immediate wake of the decision Friday morning, both protesters in support and who opp...
Iowa Supreme Court rules abortion is not protected by state constitution
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Iowa Supreme Court rules abortion is not protected by state constitution

The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday cleared the way for lawmakers to severely limit or even ban abortion in the state, reversing a decision by the court just four years ago that guaranteed the right to abortion under the Iowa Constitution.The court, now composed almost entirely of Republican appointees, concluded that a less conservative court wrongly decided that abortion is among the fundamental privacy rights guaranteed by the Iowa Constitution and federal law.Friday's ruling comes amid expectations that the U.S. Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that established the constitutional right to choose to have an abortion nationwide. If Roe v. Wade is overturned, Iowa lawmakers could ban abortion in the state without completing the lengthy process of am...
In Wyoming, dueling winds over abortion as Roe v. Wade hangs in balance
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In Wyoming, dueling winds over abortion as Roe v. Wade hangs in balance

Casper, Wyo. — The Supreme Court's upcoming opinion on abortion rights will have far reaching consequences, especially across rural America, where abortion access is already sparse. Right now, there are six states with just one abortion provider. Oklahoma has none.In windswept and wide-open Wyoming, opposition to abortion rights is fervent -- but the need for care is no different than in other parts of the country. Abortion in this conservative, rugged state is currently legal up to viability (usually 24 weeks of pregnancy) -- but no providers here offer surgical abortions. Julie Burkhart, president of Wellspring Health Access, is trying to change that, just as the Supreme Court considers the fate of Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that granted...
Archbishop of San Francisco says Pelosi can’t receive communion over efforts to protect abortion rights
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Archbishop of San Francisco says Pelosi can’t receive communion over efforts to protect abortion rights

The archbishop of San Francisco said Friday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who is Catholic, can no longer receive the sacrament of communion because she has declined to back down from her push for abortion access.Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone wrote in a public post Friday that his "many requests" have not been accepted to speak with Pelosi, who is from San Francisco, since she vowed to keep Roe v. Wade. The archbishop said he communicated to Pelosi on April 7 that, should she not publicly repudiate her "advocacy for abortion 'rights" or refrain from referring to her faith in public, he would have no choice but to deny her communion. The archbishop's reprimand is the latest development in political and religious debate as some leaders in the Catholic Church speak out against ...
Oklahoma lawmakers approve abortion bill that critics say is nation’s most restrictive: “Worst-case scenario”
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Oklahoma lawmakers approve abortion bill that critics say is nation’s most restrictive: “Worst-case scenario”

Oklahoma's Legislature gave final approval Thursday to another Texas-style anti-abortion bill that providers say will be the most restrictive in the nation once the governor signs it. The bill by Collinsville Republican Rep. Wendi Stearman would prohibit all abortions, except to save the life of a pregnant woman or if the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest that has been reported to law enforcement.The bill is part of an aggressive push in Republican-led states across the country to scale back abortion rights. It comes on the heels of a leaked draft opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court that suggests justices are considering weakening or overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nearly 50 years ago."Is our goal to defend the right to life or isn't it...
U.S. Marshals assisting in security of Supreme Court after leak of draft abortion opinion
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U.S. Marshals assisting in security of Supreme Court after leak of draft abortion opinion

The marshal of the Supreme Court is being assisted by the U.S. Marshals — the law enforcement arm dedicated to protecting the nation's highest court — in protecting the justices since last week's leak of a draft opinion suggesting landmark abortion law Roe v. Wade would be overturned. "The U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) has a strong partnership with the Supreme Court Police, and upon the request of the Marshal of the Supreme Court, the USMS does provide assistance as needed," the U.S. Marshals Service said in a statement. "The USMS is currently assisting the Marshal of the Supreme Court in response to increased security concerns stemming from the unauthorized release of the draft opinion; however, the USMS does not comment on specific security measures." CBS News has obtained multipl...
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NYT Switches ‘Fetus’ Wordle Answer After Abortion Rights Attack

Photo: Stefani Reynolds (Getty Images)Today’s Wordle answer was supposed to be “fetus,” and for many it still was, despite The New York Times trying to pull the word ahead of time. In light of reports that the Supreme Court is currently slated to overturn Roe v. Wade and toss out abortion rights for millions along with it, the Greylady said its latest intervention into the popular puzzle game was to keep Wordle “distinct from the news.”According to a Monday blog post by The New York Times, “fetus” was pre-loaded as the correct Wordle answer for May 9, 2022 last year, and its current timing was “entirely unintentional and a coincidence.” Then last week, Politico reported on a leaked draft opinion showing the Supreme Court justices was preparing to dismantle nearly 50 years of federal protec...
It’s not wedge politics to acknowledge the Conservative party’s stance on abortion
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It’s not wedge politics to acknowledge the Conservative party’s stance on abortion

In light of American news about the potential reversal of Roe v. Wade, it’s important that Canadians do not get smug or complacent about abortion access here. The issues in Canada are very different, as the main barriers to abortion are funding and lack of access outside of urban centres, rather than criminality. Additionally, there are many institutional features in Canada that protect us from a lot of what has happened in the U.S. However, that doesn’t mean that everything is going great here, or that there is no reason to remain vigilant. For starters, the anti-choice movement in Canada is extremely well organized and openly boasts about wanting to influence the political process in order to roll back abortion rights in this country.There is also a lot Canada can be doing to improve acc...
Supreme Court justices get increased security after Roe v. Wade leak: “The risk is real”
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Supreme Court justices get increased security after Roe v. Wade leak: “The risk is real”

The Supreme Court is under lockdown with eight-foot fencing around the building, all entry points blocked to vehicles and more officers on patrol. It's a scene reminiscent of what Washington, D.C., looked like after the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. CBS News has learned the nine Supreme Court justices have been given extra security since general threats of violence against the justices have increased after a draft majority opinion suggesting the high court would overturn Roe v. Wade was leaked and published by Politico. The justices' home locations have been shared online and they're receiving more targeted personal phone threats. Justice Samuel Alito, author of the draft majority opinion, canceled a scheduled appearance Thursday in Nashville, and the other justices are als...