The new abortion laws include bills that criminalize the procedure in certain cases and strip providers of their medical licenses for performing them.
What We Know:
- The reason anti-abortion bills have been able to pass so easily recently is that Republicans currently control the Senate. The measures now require physicians who perform abortions to be certified in obstetrics and gynecology. However, the laws also add performing an abortion to the list of unprofessional conduct by doctors. Additionally, they prohibit abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be detected.
- In regards to the fetal-heartbeat bill, any doctor who performs an abortion after detecting a heartbeat would be guilty of homicide. Heartbeats can be detected using vaginal ultrasounds as early as six weeks. Less-invasive abdominal ultrasounds can detect heartbeats a few weeks later. The bills have been criticized by the Center for Reproductive Rights in New York, which has successfully sued to overturn numerous anti-abortion laws in recent years.
- Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt also signed a “trigger bill” which would immediately outlaw abortion in Oklahoma if the U.S Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade case. Roe v. Wade occurred in 1973 and is responsible for legalizing abortion. The Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights, claims that 10 states have similar laws to Oklahoma. Stitt is a Republican in his first term and stated on Monday that his campaign promise was to sign any anti-abortion measures that the legislature sends to him.
Governor Stitt reiterated his point in a statement saying,”We want to be the most pro-life state in the country, and I want to be the most pro-life governor.”
- Among the abortion bills, Stitt also signed a bill to make Oklahoma a Second Amendment Sanctuary State. This bill declares any federal, state, county, or municipal act, law, or order to confiscate or buy back firearms to be unconstitutional. Stitt also signed a bill to overhaul the state’s employee human resources system.
The human resources bill makes it easier for agency leaders to hire, fire, and promote employees.
Former NFL Champ Nate Burleson joins CBS Mornings
Former NFL player Nate Burleson has officially made his hosting debut on the newly branded morning talk show, CBS Mornings.
What We Know:
- It was announced earlier this month that Burleson would replace Anthony Mason. Previously Mason joined Gayle King and Tony Doukoupil as host of the former CBS This Morning. The show was rebranded in tandem to the relocation of their set to Times Square and Burleson joining the cast.
- Since 2017, former NFL player Burleson has been the host of Good Morning Football on the NFL Network and has served as an analyst on The NFL Today on CBS. Burleson will continue his role on The NFL Today.
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- Burleson is the second former NFL player to join a network morning TV show, with Michael Strahan playing a major role as a co-host on ABC‘s Good Morning America.
Burleson credits Michael Strahan as the ‘blueprint’ for his career path, explaining, “He’s one of those individuals that I took a liking to once I retired because he rewrote the blueprint. I don’t want to say that he is the blueprint, because there has been plenty of players that have transitioned out of the game into TV. There have been African American men and women before him that have done the same thing, but he is a guy that has shown me the lay of the land, especially being a transplant from the West Coast to now New York.”
Classes canceled at Howard University as US Government investigates ransomware cyberattack
Howard University officials along with leading cyber experts are trying to assess what has been compromised in an active ransomware, cyberattack on the HBCU campus. Officials have deemed the attack criminal.
What We Know:
- Monday, the university issued a statement to faculty and students that “the service disruption was caused by a ransomware cyberattack against the university.”
- Classes have been canceled for Tuesday and Wednesday. Students have been notified that online and hybrid classes will remain canceled and only essential staff will be allowed on campus. All in-person undergraduate, graduate, professional, and clinical experiential courses will resume as scheduled on Wednesday.
- A ransomware attack can be triggered by simple, everyday activity. Opening a unintended link inside of can lead to a cyberattack. Computer, tablet and phone users are encouraged to change their passwords and security questions regularly.
Howard University is home to several notable high profile Black alumni such as Chadwick Boseman and Phylicia Rashad.
Polo G Reportedly Arrested in Los Angeles on Concealed Weapon Charge
Polo G was arrested on in Los Angeles on Monday, TMZ reports.
What We Know:
According to the outlet, Polo G was arrested after police allegedly found a concealed firearm on the Hall of Fame rapper, which TMZ points out is a felony. The supposed discovery of the firearm occurred when a vehicle Polo G was a passenger in was stopped.
It’s currently unclear why the vehicle was pulled over in the first place but it was reported that a male juvenile was also detained during the stop.
Polo was similarly arrested while he was in Miami for his Hall of Fame album release party. The arrest, which took place back in June, resulted in the rapper getting hit with charges of of battery on a police officer, resisting arrest with violence, and criminal mischief. The rapper was also a passenger in a vehicle at the time of that arrest.