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RandySF's Journal
RandySF's Journal
June 15, 2024

Hundreds of Idahoans Came to Oregon for an Abortion Last Year

Around 171,000 people traveled for an abortion last year, according to researchers who surveyed clinics across the country. That’s double the number from 2019. The findings were highlighted in The New York Times yesterday.

The data was published by the Guttmacher Institute, which was previously the research arm of Planned Parenthood. It illustrates both the profound effect of the Supreme Court’s 2022 reversal of Roe v. Wade, which led to 21 states restricting abortion access, and the limits of the efforts by some of those states to stop people from getting care elsewhere.

Take Idaho, for example. There, lawmakers have made it illegal not only to perform the procedure, but also to take a minor out of state to get one performed elsewhere.

In response, Planned Parenthood closed its Boise clinic—and opened one last year in Ontario, across the border in Oregon.


June 15, 2024

Delaware Senate approves abortion access and information bills

DOVER — The Delaware Senate passed two bills Thursday aimed at promoting safe access to abortion care and information.

Both measures — Senate Bill 300 and Senate Substitute 1 for Senate Bill 301 — were offered by Sen. Kyle Evans Gay, D-Talleyville, and passed along party lines, with the chamber’s six Republicans voting no.

On the same day the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously voted to maintain access to a widely used abortion pill, mifepristone — therefore rejecting a bid from antiabortion organizations and doctors to undo the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the drug — state senators approved SS 1 for SB 301, which would create access to abortion medications for state university students.

“(This act) creates a pathway to support our college students at the University of Delaware and Delaware State University, while also taking into consideration the conversations that I have had with stakeholders over the past few weeks,” Sen. Gay said from the Senate floor Thursday. “I bring this forward because I am following the data.”


June 15, 2024

New data shows abortion migration trend from southern to northern states

(The Center Square) – New data reveals a trend in abortion statistics: as mostly southern states enacted laws severely restricting abortion, women traveled across multiple state lines, primarily to northern states, to have them.

Traveling across state lines to have an abortion increased after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June 2022, according to a new Guttmacher Institute’s latest Monthly Abortion Provision Study and its new US Abortion Provision Dashboard.

Most went to the next closest or neighboring state where abortion is legal. The majority left southern states after over a dozen state legislatures banned or restricted abortions.

The most left Texas, approximately 35,500, with roughly 14,000 going to neighboring New Mexico. Overall, Texas women traveled to 17 states to have abortions after Texas’ abortion laws went into effect in August 2022.

The state receiving the most women traveling to have an abortion was Illinois. Approximately 37,300 women from 16 states traveled to Illinois to have an abortion, according to the data. Roughly half of them, 16,000 traveled to Illinois from southern states, according to an analysis of the data by The New York Times.


June 15, 2024

St. Louis judge rules against clergy members in challenge to Missouri abortion law

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (First Alert 4) - A circuit judge has ruled against several clergy members challenging the provisions of the state’s abortion law, saying they do not violate the Missouri Constitution’s Establishment Clause.

In January 2023, several religious leaders representing Christians, Jews and Unitarians represented by Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the National Women’s Law Center filed suit to seek an injunction barring Missouri abortion laws.

“We respectfully disagree with the court’s decision, and will be discussing next steps with our faith leader clients,” the legal team that represented the faith leaders said in a release. “Missouri’s abortion ban is a direct attack on the separation of church and state, religious freedom and reproductive freedom. Missouri lawmakers made clear that they were imposing their personal religious beliefs on all Missourians when they enacted these laws. We remain committed to restoring abortion access in Missouri.”

Missouri has some of the strictest laws in the nation prohibiting the procedure, with no exception for adult or child victims of rape or incest.


June 15, 2024

Meloni and Macron clash over abortion at G7 summit

Italy demanded the removal of a reference to "safe and legal abortion" from the final statement of this week's Group of Seven summit, diplomats said on Thursday, drawing a rebuke from French president Emmanuel Macron.

Italian prime minister Giorgia Meloni swiftly shot back, accusing Macron of looking to score political points ahead of national elections in France later this month.

The dispute between the two European leaders, who have very different political visions, undermined efforts to show Western unity at the annual G7 gathering, which is being held this year in southern Italy.

The 2023 G7 communiqué released after the leaders' summit in Hiroshima, Japan, which hosted the event last year, called for "access to safe and legal abortion and post-abortion care".


June 15, 2024

MA: Tipped minimum wage ballot initiative to proceed to the November ballot

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB/WSHM) - The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling in favor of allowing the tipped minimum wage ballot initiative to proceed to the November ballot.

If enacted, the law would eliminate the separate minimum wage for tipped employees and allow employers to create tip pools to share with the entire staff including those who don’t traditionally earn tips, such as back-of-house restaurant employees.

Come fall, Massachusetts residents will now have the opportunity to vote on this issue.


June 15, 2024

Poll shows Democrats favored in competitive California congressional districts

A new California poll shows Democratic candidates favored in the state’s hotly contested congressional races.

Those races are being watched nationwide. Democrats need a net gain of four seats to win control of the House in November, and the California races could give the party the margin it needs.

Likely voters in the 10 congressional districts listed in the Cook Political Report as competitive — Districts 3, 9, 13, 22, 27, 40, 41, 45, 47 and 49 — favored the Democratic candidate in the race 59% of the time, compared to 39% who favored the Republican candidate, according to the Public Policy Institute of California.

In California U.S. House races overall, 62% of likely voters said they’d vote for the Democrat if the election were held today, compared to 36% who said they’d vote GOP.


June 15, 2024

AR: Hot Springs police handcuff advocate for government transparency, remove her from public venue

Police officers handcuffed Bentonville attorney Jen Standerfer on Friday and escorted her out of the Hot Springs Convention Center after she collected two signatures for citizen-initiated ballot measures, she said.

Standerfer is a founding member of the nonpartisan Arkansas Citizens for Transparency (ACT), which received Attorney General Tim Griffin’s approval in January to seek support from registered voters in hopes of putting two government transparency measures on the November ballot.

The incident marks at least the second time in the last month that supporters of potential ballot measures faced police opposition while collecting signatures in a public space ahead of a July 5 deadline.

In May, Little Rock police told supporters of a proposed constitutional amendment that would create a limited right to abortion that they could be arrested for obstructing traffic. The canvassers told reporters they were not blocking traffic but instead sought the attention of drivers while standing on a public sidewalk.


June 15, 2024

Mauritania Election Campaign Kicks Off With President Favourite

Mauritania's president Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani on Friday kicked off the campaign for June 29 elections he is favourite to win.

The 67-year-old is tipped for a second term as head of the country of 4.5 million that lies strategically between north and sub-Saharan Africa.

Thousands packed a stadium in the capital Nouakchott for the launch of his re-election bid, an AFP correspondent saw.

The president pledged to "step up" his social welfare policy for the poor, saying more than 1.5 million people had benefited already from housing and financial help during his first term.


June 15, 2024

UK: Tory donations top 570,000 in first week of election campaign - down from 5.7m in 2019

The Conservatives have raised just 10% of the donations they managed to collect in 2019 under Boris Johnson in the first week of the election campaign.

Electoral Commission data released today shows the Tories raised £574,918 in the period 30 May to 5 June, compared with the £5.7m they received from 6-12 November five years ago.

The figures show political parties reported £3.2m in donations in the first week of the election campaign.

Mr Sunak's party raised £574,918 through donations alone, on top of £22,453 that came from public funds.


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