What We Know:
- In May, the Supreme Court announced that they would take into consideration “whether state laws that banned abortions before fetal viability were unconstitutional.” The Mississippi case of Dobbs v. Jackson’s Women’s Health Organization prompted the justices to take a further look into Roe v. Wade. They stated that they would listen to Mississippi’s appeal during their next term. This would be the first true test of the Supreme Court, since the addition of the three conservative justices former President Donald Trump nominated, that revolves around Roe v. Wade. During his time in office, Trump declared that he was “very pro-life” and would abolish Roe v. Wade by appointing only pro-life justices.
- In the state’s appeal in 2020, Mississippi “argued its law complied with existing precedent, and it said the court should only overturn Roe if it concluded there was no other way to uphold the state law.” On Thursday, they took back their original statement and said Roe was “egregiously wrong” in stating that abortions were constitutional rights.
“Under the Constitution, may a State prohibit elective abortions before viability? Yes. Why? Because nothing in constitutional text, structure, history, or tradition supports a right to abortion,” said Mississippi in their opening brief.
- Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch believes Roe and Casey, in the 1992 case Planned Parenthood v. Casey, were “unprincipled decisions” that brought about damage to the country’s democratic process. She claimed that both cases have “poisoned our national discourse and plagued the law.” Fitch has pushed the notion that they place a hold on states since they have to disregard “scientific evidence” that unborn children take on their human form months before they’re able to survive outside the womb.
- In 2018, Mississippi passed the Mississippi Gestational Age Act, which allows abortion after 15 weeks for medical emergencies and severe fetal abnormality. They do not take into consideration rape or incest under this act. Those who perform abortions outside the given guidelines would have their medical licenses either suspended or revoked and possibly have to pay a fine. Fitch believes the act will protect all “lives” involved.
- Gov. Tate Reeves (R-MS) agrees with Fitch in that viability needs to be taken into consideration and the Mississippi Gestational Act is the perfect way for the Supreme Court to revisit Roe v. Wade. Reeves explained to Jake Tapper on CNN’s State of the Union, that if science has changed over the years, then the fetal viability of an unborn child has changed as well. Because of this correlation, Reeves believes we should revisit the 1973 court ruling that has caused countless pro-choice v. pro-life debates all over the country.
- Abortion activists called out Mississippi for being too extreme with their legal cases. Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, stated that Mississippi wants the Supreme Court to take away a woman’s right to decide what to do with her body. This move would not only affect the state of Mississippi but the entire country and future generations to come.
“Let’s be clear, any ruling in favor of Mississippi, in this case, overturns the core holding of Roe – the right to make a decision about whether to continue a pregnancy before viability. The Court has held that the Constitution guarantees this right. If Roe falls, half the states in the country are poised to ban abortion entirely,” said Northup.
- Other states have followed the lead of Mississippi and are pushing for the total banning of abortions. In May, Arkansas released a bill that banned abortions except those performed when the mother’s life is in danger. With this bill, those who performed illegal abortions faced a felony charge and up to 10 years in prison. This bill prompted a pro-choice protest in the state, that brought out protestors dressed in outfits inspired by the hit series and book The Handmaid’s Tale, a story that shows extreme right-wingers taking over the country and women’s rights.
- President Joe Biden, a devoted Catholic, has voiced his opposing views on abortions, yet, he has stated that he doesn’t plan on pushing his views onto other people. He doesn’t believe he has the right to tell women how they should control her body. Biden believes that ultimately that decision is up to “her, her doctor, and the Supreme Court.” The 46th president does not plan on getting involved in the debate, however, his viewpoints have caused Catholic bishops to question if he should be allowed to partake in Holy Communion.
There is only one licensed abortion client in Mississippi and they plan on challenging the appeal made by the state. The Supreme Court has not stated when they will hear the oral arguments for the appeal, but their new term begins in October. Many believe they will have a decision made by the summer of 2022.
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.