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    (CNN)Vice President Kamala Harris said Thursday that the Supreme Court's draft majority opinion that would overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling is part of a "war" on women's rights, as Republican-led legislatures across the nation pass increasingly restrictive measures on abortion access. "The strength of our country has always been that we fight to move forward, that we believe in the expansion of rights not the restriction of rights," Harris said in remarks ahead of a virtual meeting with abortion providers at the White House on Thursday. DHS warns of threats against Supreme Court in wake of leaked draft Roe opinionEarlier this month, Politico published a draft majority opinion that would strike down the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that established a constitutional right to abortion. The final opinion in this case is not expected to be published until late June, and votes and language can change before opinions are formally released. Since the draft was first made public, the White House has been extremely critical of the potential ruling by the court and President Joe Biden predicted last week...
    Vice President Kamala Harris sought to rally pro-abortion rights doctors, nurses, and advocates at the White House ahead of the Supreme Court's expected opinion overturning Roe v. Wade. Although the Supreme Court has yet to release its official ruling, Harris claimed the leaked draft, if formalized, would represent the first time in at least 50 years the court "has recognized a constitutional right, only to take it away." FOUR THINGS TO WATCH FOR DURING BIDEN'S FIRST ASIA TRIP "The strength of our country has always been that we fight to move forward, that we believe in the expansion of rights, not the restriction of rights," she told the group, adding the decision would be "an extreme step backwards." Like President Joe Biden, Harris drew parallels between abortion access and same-sex marriage, describing pro-abortion rights activists as being "on the front lines against this war on women's rights." "At its core, this is about our future as a nation, about whether we live in a country where the government can interfere in personal decisions," she said. Harris also criticized Oklahoma lawmakers...
    SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images The Oklahoma Legislature passed a bill, HB 4327, that would become the most restrictive ban on abortion in the country if it were to go into effect. The bill bans abortion at conception and allows for exceptions in the case of rape, incest, or saving the life of the mother. Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R-OK) is likely to sign the bill. The measure is also modeled after a controversial, bounty-hunter-style Texas bill that incentives citizens to report anyone who aids in an abortion. The Oklahoma law “opens up providers and anyone who ‘aids and abets’ an abortion to civil lawsuits,” reported ABC News. ABC also reported that “Planned Parenthood has already said it plans to challenge the state’s latest, more-restrictive abortion ban.” The Oklahoma Legislature passed the law ahead of the anticipated overturning of Roe v. Wade which was signaled by a leaked draft opinion from the Supreme Court. The leaked opinion, by Justice Samuel Alito, has sparked a fierce debate in the U.S. as to the future of abortion rights and the right to privacy, which...
    A Congressional hearing on abortion access grew heated on Wednesday when  Republican Rep. Mike Johnson of Louisiana demanded a gynecologist give her stance on performing the procedure when an infant is 'halfway out of the birth canal.' The House Judiciary Committee is hearing from a panel of experts including Dr. Yashica Robinson, a board-certified OB-GYN and a board member with Physicians for Reproductive Health, as tensions mount over the Supreme Court potentially overturning the landmark 1973 decision Roe v. Wade. It was suggested the high court's conservative supermajority is poised to overturn federal abortion protections granted in the case, according to a leaked draft opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito. During the hearing Johnson prefaced his question to Robinson, the only medical doctor on the panel, by saying she would 'clearly support the right to abort a 20 week old unborn child.' 'So I would love for you to explain to us, in your medical opinion, at what point in pregnancy should having an abortion no longer be an option?' the conservative asked. Robinson explained that 'every pregnancy is unique and...
    Washington (CNN)The Department of Homeland Security is warning law enforcement partners that there are potential threats to the public and members of the Supreme Court in response to the national abortion debate, including threats of burning down or storming the US Supreme Court and murdering justices and their clerks, members of Congress and lawful demonstrators.A DHS memo warns that "domestic violence extremists and criminal actors have adopted narratives surrounding abortion rights to encourage violence, likely increasing the threat to government, religious, and reproductive healthcare personnel and facilities and ideological opponents."Intelligence officials believe people "across a broad range of ideologies are attempting to justify and inspire attacks against abortion-related targets and ideological opponents at lawful protests.""We assess that the broader ideological spectrum of potential DVEs (domestic violent extremists) linked to recent abortion-related threats likely seek to target a range of individuals and entities," the officials wrote in the memo, which was first reported by Axios. "Historically, violent acts related to this issue were primarily committed by abortion-related violent extremists that opposed abortion rights. Going forward, grievances related to restricting abortion access...
    A pro-abortion activist mocked a man demonstrating outside the Supreme Court over the weekend, repeatedly shouting, “Hail fucking Satan!” according to video footage captured by Breitbart News. “This is the church of Satan that I see out here. The church of choice where the only virtue is ‘do whatever you want and stomp on whoever gets in your way,'” a pro-life man said, triggering activists on the opposing side. “Hail fucking Satan,” a pro-abortion woman shouted repeatedly. The pro-life man told the woman that Satan loves to hear that, prompting her short retort, “Oh, I know he does.” The protest is one of many that has followed the leak of a draft Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade. As Breitbart News detailed: The opinion discusses at length whether the Constitution as originally understood included a right to abortion, concluding it does not. It then goes on for many pages of the features of stare decisis — the legal policy of when to adhere to court precedent — and explains why stare decisis does not require upholding Roe’s right to abortion. Then finally, on...
    (CNN)A Michigan judge issued a preliminary injunction against the state's 1931 abortion ban Tuesday barring its enforcement should Roe v. Wade be struck down in federal court, according to documents filed in the Michigan Court of Claims. Judge Elizabeth Gleicher granted the injunction in a 27-page opinion in which she states that "Planned Parenthood's complaint preserves a privacy claim and also avers that the statute is unconstitutional because it violate the rights to liberty ... bodily integrity, and equal protection guaranteed by the Michigan Constitution and the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act and is unconstitutionally vague."Abortion rights advocates in Michigan had raised alarms about the ban, which was invalidated by the decision in Roe v. Wade but remained on the state's books.The law, which is still included in Michigan's penal code, states: "Any person who shall wilfully (sic) administer to any pregnant woman any medicine, drug, substance or thing whatever, or shall employ any instrument or other means whatever, with intent thereby to procure the miscarriage of any such woman" ... is guilty of a felony.It has an exception to "preserve...
    From red-state capitals to Washington, Republican politicians are conceding what’s been obvious for decades: Their “pro-life” advocacy ends with a child’s birth. That’s not what they intend to convey, of course. Since the leak last week of the draft Supreme Court opinion to end the constitutional protection for abortion rights, Republicans have rushed to mics, TV studios and social media to promise that once the justices rule there will come a new phase in the “pro-life” crusade: support for government aid for needy pregnant women, mothers and kids. How better to underscore Republicans’ shamelessness than for their message about the coming beneficence to be delivered nationally — on the Sunday TV news programs — by Gov. Tate Reeves of Mississippi. His state has the nation’s highest poverty, maternal mortality and child poverty rates, a foster care system that’s been embroiled in a long-running lawsuit, and a legislature that only recently rejected a bill to expand Medicaid assistance for postpartum care. On Mothers Day, Reeves said on CNN and then repeated almost verbatim on NBC: “We must show that being pro-life is not just about being anti-abortion.” He claimed that his state would “do everything...
    Moore, who has served in Congress since 2005, had her abortion before the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark Roe v. Wade ruling. A leaked Supreme Court draft opinion indicates that the high court appears poised to overturn Roe v. Wade. "The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of each State from regulating or prohibiting abortion. Roe and Casey arrogated that authority. We now overrule those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives," the draft opinion reads.
    Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas took a cheeky swipe at the media during a recent conference appearance, suggesting he would step down from the bench if he did the job as badly as journalists did theirs. But he also made a more serious point, saying the leak of a draft opinion on the Roe v Wade case had diminished trust in the country's highest court. He made his comments during a question and answer session on Friday at the Old Parkland conference - a meeting of black conservatives - in Dallas, Texas. 'One of the things I'd say in response to the media is when they talk about or ... especially early on, about the way I did my job, I said, I will absolutely leave the court when I do my job as poorly as you do yours,' he said in response to a question about tit-for-tat battles between left and right. 'And that was meant as a compliment, really.' The line got a big laugh from the audience. 'It really is getting to be mean,' he added. But...
    Jackson broke her silence on the explosive Supreme Court leak during a largely easygoing interview about her role as a mentor to students and her personal interests such as the show 'Survivor' Incoming Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson on Monday broke her silence over a leaked draft opinion indicating the high court is poised to strike down the landmark ruling in Roe v. Wade. She's the latest figure to weigh in on the fallout after an anonymous leaker handed the memo to Politico earlier this month.  The opinion, written by Justice Samuel Alito, makes clear that the conservative jurist believes the issue of abortion should be left up to each individual state.  Jackson, who will be the first black woman on the Supreme Court after Justice Stephen Breyer retires in the summer, was asked by the Washington Post about her reaction to seeing the leaked draft. 'Everybody who is familiar with the court and the way in which it works was shocked by that. Such a departure from normal order,' the judge said. She refused to say whether she...
    A pro-abortion group is claiming they've been 'permanently banned' from TikTok, saying that it happened after they posted a video excoriating the Catholic Church for what it calls 'enslavement of women.' The group Ruth Sent Us - in reference to late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg - announced the ban on a backup TikTok account Saturday.  Ruth Sent Us has caused controversy several times, protesting at churches and at the homes of the current Supreme Court justices, even drawing condemnation from White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki after they doxxed the Washington, D.C.-area addresses of the six conservative Supreme Court Justices and organized 'walk-bys' of their residences this week to protest the impending opinion that will overturn Roe v. Wade. 'Your account was permanently banned due to multiple violations of our Community Guidelines,' a screenshot posted Saturday by the 'backup' account called Ruth Sent U says.  The group's most recent TikTok video showed activists in red capes, similar to the characters in Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel The Handmaid's Tale, protesting in front of a Catholic church, eventually walking in...
    Sony Playstation. I love console gaming. I really do, and always have. Today wasn’t the best of days as Microsoft/Bethesda announced that two games I had been waiting for this year had been delayed until 2023: Starfield and Redfall. Dang, I was hoping for that news to be more positive. I was unable to get a PS5, so I am still with a PS4 Pro, but I was able to get my hands on an XBOX X, which has been fantastic. Gaming topics aside, a few hours after Microsoft made their announcement, Sony’s executives made a very different one. xPlayStation boss Jim Ryan sent an email today asking his staff to "respect differences of opinion" on abortion rights. Then he wrote five paragraphs about his two cats' birthdays, their habits, and his desire to get a dog. People are... not thrilled! https://t.co/VSdhaTPEdN— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) May 12, 2022 Wait, what? Oh, yeah, let’s look at what was said: In the email seen by Bloomberg, PlayStation president Jim Ryan didn’t take a stance on abortion rights, instead writing that the company and...
    The pro-abortion protests were organized by Planned Parenthood, Women’s March, and other organizations that prioritize access to abortion. Organizers of the protests said that these demonstrations mark the start of a potential “summer of rage” if the Supreme Court moves forward with repealing Roe. There were more than 400 pro-abortion demonstrations on Saturday. Despite this massive turn out, a recently conducted CNN poll indicates that a potential overturn of Roe will likely galvanize Republicans to come out and vote in the upcoming midterm elections more than it will Democrats. The results of the poll came after the May 2 leak of the draft Supreme Court opinion and they indicated that enthusiasm for voting is lower among Democrats than it is among Republicans. 56% of Republican respondents said they were “extremely/very enthusiastic” about the upcoming election cycle while only 43% of Democrats said they felt similarly. The Democratic Party and nonprofit groups affiliated with the party were able to raise millions of dollars shortly after the draft opinion leaked. This enthusiasm for donating to left-wing causes and...
    (CNN)In 1930, the Chicago Crime Commission branded gangster Al Capone, aka "Scarface," the city's first "Public Enemy No. 1," popularizing a phrase that's inspired countless songs, movies and more. Forty-four years later, President Gerald Ford applied the label in an unlikely way — to inflation. "Our public enemy No. 1 will, unless whipped, destroy our country, our homes, our liberties, our property, and finally our national pride, as surely as any well-armed wartime enemy," Ford told a joint session of Congress. On Tuesday, a day before the release of yet another month of grim inflation numbers, President Joe Biden stepped up to the plate and called inflation "my top domestic priority." He didn't go so far as to call it an enemy, but the intention was the same. He was ratcheting up his rhetoric after price increases hit 40-year highs and polls showed Americans increasingly worried about inflation. But as Ford and other presidents discovered, there isn't a lot they can do to bend the inflation curve in a better direction. The Federal Reserve Bank has the tools — and...
    It’s different when it’s your home. I speak from experience. For 46 years, I’ve made my living by expressing my opinions. And an opinion — at least when it’s on a matter of substance — is by definition a divisive thing. That’s why social etiquette requires that you steer clear of talking politics or religion with cocktail party strangers. Over the years, I’ve fielded thousands of angry calls and letters. I’ve been challenged at public gatherings, received excrement in the mail. It comes with the territory. But it’s different when it’s your home. It’s different when your son picks up the ringing phone and there’s some racist idiot on the other end. It’s different when police appear at your house in the dark hours before the dawn. It’s different when you have to explain to neighbors why fire trucks are clogging the street and people in hazmat suits are entering your front door. For that matter, it’s even different when it’s just an ordinary letter of criticism but it comes, not to your work address, but to the mailbox in...
    Real Time host Bill Maher has called out protesters that gathered outside of the homes of Supreme Court justices this week, after a leaked majority opinion suggested Roe v. Wade could be overturned.  During his Friday night chat show, the HBO host also blasted outgoing White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki for failing to criticize those who took it upon themselves to demonstrate outside the suburban dwellings. 'I don't have an official U.S. Government position on where people protest,' Psaki said to reporters, much to Maher's irritation.  'But we do!' Maher retorted. 'It's wrong! It's intimidation! It's against the law!'  Although he noted how the protesters were not 'terribly violent', he posed the question: 'Would you want this outside your house?'  Bill Maher called out White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki for not criticizing protesters demonstrating outside homes of Supreme Court Justices Demonstrators in support of reproductive rights march to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's home in Chevy Chase, Maryland, earlier this week Protesters were seen demonstrating outside the home of various Supreme Court Justices Pro-abortion protesters also gathered for a vigil...
    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas believes the controversial draft opinion leak may have forever changed the relationship dynamic between the high court and the American public. On Friday, May 13, Thomas appeared at the Old Parkland Conference in Dallas, Texas. During the conference, which, according to the Associated Press, has been described as an outlet “to discuss alternative proven approaches to tackling the challenges facing Black Americans today,” Thomas expressed concern about Americans' loss of trust in the court. “When you lose that trust, especially in the institution that I’m in, it changes the institution fundamentally," Thomas said of the draft opinion that suggests the Supreme Court is slated to overturn Roe v. Wade. "You begin to look over your shoulder. It’s like kind of an infidelity that you can explain it, but you can’t undo it." In fact, one man in the audience even asked Thomas about the relationship dynamics between past justices. Although there have always been liberal and conservative justices on the bench, it's no secret the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the late Justice...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Clarence Thomas says the Supreme Court has been changed by the shocking leak of a draft opinion earlier this month. The opinion suggests the court is poised to overturn the right to an abortion recognized nearly 50 years ago in Roe v. Wade. The conservative Thomas, who joined the court in 1991 and has long called for Roe v. Wade to be overturned, described the leak as an unthinkable breach of trust. “When you lose that trust, especially in the institution that I’m in, it changes the institution fundamentally. You begin to look over your shoulder. It’s like kind of an infidelity that you can explain it, but you can’t undo it,” he said while speaking at a conference Friday evening in Dallas. The court has said the draft does not represent the final position of any of the court’s members, and Chief Justice John Roberts has ordered an investigation into the leak. Thomas, a nominee of President George H.W. Bush, said it was beyond “anyone’s imagination” before the May 2 leak of the opinion...
    (CNN)At a private meeting of the House Democratic Caucus last week, California Rep. Katie Porter detailed the impact inflation was having on her family. She recounted a recent stop at the grocery store when she tossed a package of bacon into her cart before realizing its price had ballooned to nearly $10 a pound. It was a budget-busting price. She put it back. Nicole HemmerPorter later said that, for some of her Democratic colleagues, hearing her story made the consequences of inflation real for the first time. "I had a colleague mention to me, 'We're not seeing it in the polls,'" she told Politico. "Well, you don't know what to ask." That colleague's claim about polls needs parsing. Polls have been registering serious concern about inflation for months. Despite this, the Democratic Party has recently seen gains in popularity, so perhaps the representative meant that Democrats did not appear to be paying a major price for it. But either way, the comment reflects a party out of touch with the issue most top-of-mind for voters. Porter, a single mom...