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In rare move for Supreme Court justice, Samuel Alito mocks foreign critics of abortion reversal
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In rare move for Supreme Court justice, Samuel Alito mocks foreign critics of abortion reversal

Justice Samuel Alito mocked foreign leaders' criticism of the Supreme Court decision he authored overturning a constitutional right to abortion, in his first public comments since last month's ruling. The justice's remarks drew more criticism as well as some support.Speaking in Rome at a religious liberty summit, Alito, 72, spent only a couple of minutes on the subject of abortion, and then only to discuss his foreign critics — an unusual step for a high court justice.Dressed in a tuxedo and sporting a beard he sometimes grows when the court is out of session, Alito quipped that the ruling he authored had been "lambasted by a whole string of foreign leaders," then joked that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had "paid the price" for his comments. Johnson called the decision "a b...
Biden says he’s considering declaring a public health emergency for abortion access
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Biden says he’s considering declaring a public health emergency for abortion access

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware — President Biden said Sunday he is considering declaring a public health emergency to free up federal resources to promote abortion access, even though the White House has said it doesn't seem like "a great option."He also offered a message to people enraged by the Supreme Court's ruling last month that ended a constitutional right to abortion and who have been demonstrating across the country: "Keep protesting. Keep making your point. It's critically important."The president, in remarks to reporters during a stop on a bike ride near his family's Delaware beach house, said he lacks the power to force the dozen-plus states with strict restrictions or outright bans on abortion to allow the procedure. "I don't have the aut...
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...
Biden on Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade: “This is not over”
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Biden on Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade: “This is not over”

President Biden declared it a "very solemn moment" Friday, hours after the Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, as his administration determines how to move forward now that the Supreme Court has decided there is no constitutional right to an abortion. "Today, the Supreme Court of the United States expressly took away a constitutional right from the American people that it had already recognized," Mr. Biden said. "They didn't limit it. They simply took away."Although Mr. Biden took a somber tone in his remarks, he urged Americans to vote saying "but this decision must not be the final word.""This is not over," he added. The president argued that Roe has long been a widely approved precedent, across the country . "It was three justices named by one president, Dona...
Supreme Court blocks Texas social media law in 5-4 decision
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Supreme Court blocks Texas social media law in 5-4 decision

 A divided Supreme Court has blocked a Texas law, championed by conservatives, that aimed to keep social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter from censoring users based on their viewpoints.The court voted in an unusual 5-4 alignment Tuesday to put the Texas law on hold, while a lawsuit plays out in lower courts.Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett voted to grant the emergency request from two technology industry groups that challenged the law in federal court. The majority provided no explanation for its decision, as is common in emergency matters on what is informally known as the court's "shadow docket."Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Elena Kagan and Neil Gorsuch w...
Supreme Court blocks Texas social media law
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Supreme Court blocks Texas social media law

 A divided Supreme Court has blocked a Texas law, championed by conservatives, that aimed to keep social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter from censoring users based on their viewpoints.The court voted in an unusual 5-4 alignment Tuesday to put the Texas law on hold, while a lawsuit plays out in lower courts.Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett voted to grant the emergency request from two technology industry groups that challenged the law in federal court. The majority provided no explanation for its decision, as is common in emergency matters on what is informally known as the court's "shadow docket."Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Elena Kagan and Neil Gorsuch w...
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...
After leak of Supreme Court abortion draft opinion, law enforcement on alert
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After leak of Supreme Court abortion draft opinion, law enforcement on alert

State and local law enforcement agencies have issued raw intelligence and situational awareness reports warning of a "highly sensitive and politically charged" threat environment in the wake of the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion, according to several intelligence bulletins obtained by CBS News. Officials are focused on two kinds of emerging threats: foreign state actors attempting to incite violence in the U.S., as well as domestic violent extremists trying to capitalize on the highly charged political environment. Message boards on far-right online platforms continue to host speculative threads on the identity of the individual who leaked the draft Supreme Court opinion and feature coded language targeting places of worship, abortion clinics and the Supreme Court.  ...
Law enforcement on alert after leak of Supreme Court abortion draft opinion
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Law enforcement on alert after leak of Supreme Court abortion draft opinion

State and local law enforcement agencies have issued raw intelligence and situational awareness reports warning of a "highly sensitive and politically charged" threat environment in the wake of the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion, according to several intelligence bulletins obtained by CBS News. Officials are focused on two kinds of emerging threats: foreign state actors attempting to incite violence in the U.S., as well as domestic violent extremists trying to capitalize on the highly charged political environment. Message boards on far-right online platforms continue to host speculative threads on the identity of the individual who leaked the draft Supreme Court opinion and feature coded language targeting places of worship, abortion clinics and the Supreme Court.  ...
Most who support Roe see Supreme Court’s potential overturn as a danger to women, other rights — CBS News poll
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Most who support Roe see Supreme Court’s potential overturn as a danger to women, other rights — CBS News poll

The nearly two-thirds of Americans who want Roe v. Wade kept in place say they feel angry and discouraged about the prospect that it may be overturned, describing that as "a danger to women" and as a threat to rights more generally. Most Americans, and particularly younger women, think it would also lead to restrictions on birth control and family planning choices. Going forward, most would like to see a federal law passed that protects abortion and in their own states, two-thirds want it to be legal, at least in most cases.For the one-third who do want Roe overturned, they'd describe it as "a protection for the unborn" and call it a victory for the anti-abortion rights movement  Most of them would like to see a national ban on abortions now. The minority who now want abortions ill...