The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, which had made abortion a constitutionally protected right, could have a chilling effect on reproductive rights in Guam. Advocates say women have already been living under a de facto ban in the largely Catholic U.S. Pacific Island territory and fear it could get more restrictive. No surgical abortion has been performed on the island since 2018, when the last doctor trained to provide the procedure retired, according to the ACLU and the Bureau of Women’s Affairs. “People in Guam were already living in a post-Roe world,” Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, deputy director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Reproductive Freedom Project, told NBC Asian America. “This is what we will see again if extremist politicians enact new abortion bans and force women into second-class status.” The Supreme Court ruling might have ramifications for Pacific Islanders in the two other U.S. Pacific territories, the Northern Mariana Islands and … [Read more...] about In Guam, the nearest domestic abortion clinic is 4,000 miles away. How will Roe’s reversal change the U.S. territory?
An abortion rights activist filed a federal lawsuit on Wednesday against the city of San Francisco and its police and fire departments, alleging she was injected with a sedative during a protest at a recent Warriors -Celtics NBA finals game. On June 13, Kareim McKnight and her friend Amanda Piasecki walked down to the floor of Chase Center during the game's first quarter, with banners reading, “Overturn Roe? Hell No!” to protest the Supreme Court’s expected decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, said the lawsuit, filed by civil rights attorney John Burris in the U.S. District Court for Northern California. As McKnight and her friend chanted, “Abortion on demand and without apology,” near seats on the floor, they were “forcibly dragged” out of the arena into the stadium garage, where McKnight was thrown to the ground and handcuffed, the complaint said. A security guard reportedly held his knee on her back, according to the complaint. McKnight expressed that she was peacefully … [Read more...] about Woman alleges she was sedated during abortion rights protest at Warriors game
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 3 BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Former Miss America Cara Mund said Wednesday that her concern about the erosion of abortion rights prompted her independent bid for the U.S. House in her home state of North Dakota. Mund, who is running against the odds in deeply conservative North Dakota, told The Associated Press that the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling to overturn the constitutional right to abortion was “just a moment where I knew we need more women in office.” The 28-year-old recent Harvard Law School graduate announced her candidacy Saturday, just weeks before early voting begins in the state where Republicans hold every statewide office. Her run comes as North Dakota’s only abortion clinic is Fargo prepares to relocate across the border to Minnesota to avoid recrimination if courts allow a law banning all abortions except in cases of rape, incest or to protect the life of the pregnant … [Read more...] about Ex-Miss America Mund: Abortion ruling prompted US House run
Pro-life advocates in Ireland have denounced government action towards outlawing even silent prayer outside of abortion clinics as a violation of the rights to freedom of speech, assembly, and peaceful protest. As the Christian Institute reported Wednesday, the Irish government has put forth legislation establishing “buffer zones” within 100 meters of abortion clinics, which would criminalize prayer as well as the distribution of pro-life literature, with fines of up to €2,500 and six months in jail. According to the proposed legislation, any action aimed at influencing a woman’s decision regarding abortion would be illegal outside hospitals, community care centers, and other locations where abortions could be performed. The law will introduce “exclusion zones around all hospitals, all GP practices and Well Woman or Irish Family Planning Association services,” RTE reported . Advocates of the bill hope the process of pre-legislative scrutiny can begin in September to allow … [Read more...] about Irish Pro-Lifers Protest Criminalization of Prayer Outside Abortion Clinics
BAD SEX: Truth, Pleasure, and an Unfinished Revolution , by Nona Willis Aronowitz “Bad sex” has become a catchphrase in recent years, shorthand for the ways that sex can still be unequal and sometimes not-quite-consensual . When I picked up “Bad Sex,” Nona Willis Aronowitz’s new book, I was prepared for an analysis of sexual politics post-#MeToo. But Aronowitz is writing, it turns out, about literal bad sex. By that I mean the kind we’ve probably all had (though hopefully not too often): awkward, unsatisfying, formulaic, clumsy, detached, boring — the kind of sex that, after eight years, and even with forays into nonmonogamy, ultimately prompted the author to dissolve her marriage. It’s here that “Bad Sex” begins, in the final days of 2016, when, as the author puts it, “everything in my life and in America was in extreme disarray.” Aronowitz, a sex and love columnist for Teen Vogue, was 32, in a crumbling relationship, caring for an ill father and reeling from the election … [Read more...] about Everything You Always Wanted to Know About ‘Bad Sex’ but Were Afraid to Ask
The case of a Nebraska woman charged with helping her teenage daughter end her pregnancy after investigators obtained Facebook messages between the two has raised fresh concerns about data privacy in the post-Roe world. Since before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, Big Tech companies that collect personal details of their users have faced new calls to limit that tracking and surveillance amid fears that law enforcement or vigilantes could use those data troves against people seeking abortions or those who try to help them. Meta, which owns Facebook, said Tuesday it received warrants requesting messages in the Nebraska case from local law enforcement on June 7, before the Supreme Court decision overriding Roe came down. The warrants, the company added, “did not mention abortion at all,” and court documents at the time showed that police were investigating the “alleged illegal burning and burial of a stillborn infant." However, in early June, the mother and … [Read more...] about EXPLAINER: Online privacy in a post-Roe world
The battle over reproductive rights thrust the importance of our fundamental right to privacy back into the center of everyday life. From menstrual cycle tracking apps, to Google searches for abortion services, our relationship with the privacy of our personal information shifted underneath our feet. That's why our fight for genetic privacy is so vital. Think about it. When a consumer signs up to do a genetic test, she may do so to discover her ethnic heritage, find a distant family member, or learn the chances she may one day be at risk for a hereditary disease. What she likely does not expect is that data may be accessible by some of the world's most repressive regimes, used in warrantless law enforcement searches, or commercialized by pharmaceutical companies. Unfortunately, that is exactly what can happen to consumers' genetic data today. Unlike other unique identifiers, such as a Social Security number or login credentials, our genome cannot be changed—even if it's … [Read more...] about There’s no “reset password” for your DNA | Opinion
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 3 ATLANTA (AP) — Tens of thousands of Music Midtown festivalgoers are no longer going to descend on Atlanta’s massive Piedmont Park next month to cheer on hip-hop star Future or watch beloved rock band My Chemical Romance take the stage. In fact, some people are convinced Atlanta — center of the nation’s hip-hop music scene — will lose more music festivals and performances on public land as organizers and artists learn that state law makes it nearly impossible for them to stop people from carrying guns among the alcohol-fueled crowds. That prospect has ignited a new fight over gun rights in Georgia that is roiling the governor’s race, casting a shadow over Atlanta’s vaunted music scene and adding to tension between the city and state. Live Nation has refused to say why it recently called off September’s Music Midtown, a longtime fixture for pop music lovers. But news outlets, … [Read more...] about Cancellation of Atlanta festival sparks new fight over guns