Cramm for 3/19/21


The Supreme Court has abortion rights on its mind. 



Let’s go all the way back to Obama’s presidency. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away, so Obama nominated Merrick Garland to take his place. Only a slight problem...Republicans had the majority in the Senate and didn’t confirm him. When Trump took office, he immediately got Neil Gorsuch confirmed...then Brett Kavanaugh...then, last September, after Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away, Amy Coney Barrett. That gives conservatives a 6-3 majority on the Supreme Court. 



The whole thing instantly raised concerns about abortion rights. Enter: this Mississippi law, which effectively bans abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The ban has faced a lot of legal challenges, so now it’s up to the Supreme Court to figure out if they want to weigh in. 



That discussion is taking place today. As of now, it’s pretty clear that the conservative justices intend to chip away at abortion rights, but what’s not clear is how far they’re willing to go. Think: reversing Roe v. Wade, preventing clinics from challenging abortion restrictions on behalf of women, relaxing the standard states must meet to cut back on women’s access to get the idea. These are all things the justices have to consider before really taking up an abortion case. 



Today’s meeting could indicate the coming years of abortion cases. TBD. 


CORONAVIRUS: Paris is set to go back into a month-long lockdown. This comes as coronavirus cases are rising across Europe, causing worries about a potential third surge. Speaking of which, Europe’s drug regulator just announced that the AstraZeneca vaccine is completely safe, despite some reports about a link between the vaccine and blood clots. France’s prime minister plans to get the shot on live TV to boost confidence. On that note: the US reportedly has tens of millions of doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine just sitting around. The Biden team says it’s looking to send the vaccines to Canada and Mexico, where it’s approved for use. And last but not least: the CDC just declared that students can be 3 feet apart, instead of 6 feet. 


CHINA: Recently, Amnesty International released a report on Uighur Muslims in China. It’s not good news. We’ll remind you: in 2017, it came out that China is holding between one million and three million Uighur Muslims in “re-education camps” in the region of Xinjiang - which violates minority rights. Not to mention those camps have largely been seen as internment camps where people are subject to torture, physical and sexual abuse, forced labor, and death. Now, it looks like China is also forcibly separating Uighur families by sending the kids of exiled Uighur parents to orphanages. Yes, really. Meanwhile, the US and China are currently in the middle of high-level talks in Alaska. The first meeting was filled with lots of traded insults


PEOPLE: Right now, Prez Biden and Vice Prez Harris are heading to Atlanta, the site of the spa shootings that killed eight people, including six Asian women. Biden and Harris were originally heading to Atlanta to promote the stimulus package, but now, they’re planning to meet with Asian American leaders. In other news, a judge just denied a request to move Derek Chauvin’s trial out of Minneapolis, where the killing of George Floyd took place. It comes after a judge reinstated the third degree murder charge against Chauvin. Meanwhile, the NFL is opening an investigation into multiple accusations of sexual assault against Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson. Stay tuned. 


Finland:” what was named the happiest country in the world for the fourth year in a row. See ya, we’re moving to Finland. 


“The maggot infestation is the spell and delight of this cheese” - Sardinians on why they like casu marzu, the world’s “most dangerous” cheese. We’ll pass. 

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