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Birth-control drugmaker Evofem Biosciences has spiked 240% since the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade

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The US Supreme Court is seen behind fences in Washington, DC, on May 11, 2022.
  • Evofem Biosciences shares spiked 240% in the past two days following the overturning of Roe vs. Wade.
  • The drugmaker owns Phexxi, one of the few non-hormonal birth control options available.
  • "I think it's insane that women have not had an option like this before now," Evofem CEO Saundra Pelletier said in a 2021 interview to the New York Times.

Evofem Biosciences shares extended their two-day gain to 240% on Monday, continuing a surge that began in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade on Friday. 

Shares climbed to $1.08 as of 1:05 pm ET, from Friday's opening price of $0.33.

Evofem is the manufacturer of Phexxi, a contraceptive gel that prevents pregnancy by altering users' pH levels and has proven to be up to 93% effective in FDA trials.  The gel is marketed as one of the few birth control options available for women who are hesitant or unable to use hormonal methods.

"I think it's insane that women have not had an option like this before now," Evofem CEO Saundra Pelletier said in a 2021 interview to the New York Times.

Amid the setback in women's reproductive rights, Evofem has drawn interest from investors who see the company's product as potentially filling a gap as abortion becomes illegal or restricted in many states and other birth control methods potentially come under more scrutiny from lawmakers. The company reported $4.2 billion in revenue in the first quarter of 2022, up from $1.1 billion in the same period last year. 

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4 ways communities can implement smart streetlights, traffic sensors, and other technology, according to leaders in cities with successful smart city projects

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Downtown San Antonio.
  • Many cities are turning to smart technology to make communities safer.
  • Embracing technology can be cumbersome for some governments.
  • Here are four ways city leaders can implement smart infrastructure smoothly.
  • This article is part of a series focused on American cities building a better tomorrow called "Advancing Cities."

Cities face a number of challenges that affect residents' quality of life including traffic congestion, poor air quality, safety issues, and limited internet access. To solve these pressing problems, many city leaders are embracing technology that makes cities safer and improves residents' quality of life, like pollution sensors, smart streetlights, gunshot detectors, and traffic-control monitoring.

Atlanta, for example, debuted the North Avenue Smart Corridor in 2017 to study multimodal traffic management at a busy intersection. The project uses sensors and cameras on a two-mile stretch of roadway to track the number of vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists on the road. It's improved traffic flow and led to a 25% drop in vehicle crashes since its inception. 

"There's a growing demand for efficient and accessible services from our residents, and we've only seen that demand grow after Covid," Emily Royall, smart city administrator for the San Antonio Office of Innovation, told Insider. "To accommodate that, city governments need to work on upskilling their staff and transforming their services and infrastructure." 

Here are four ways city leaders can implement smart infrastructure in a way that meets the needs and improves life for all residents. 

Start small and scale-up

Smart infrastructure produces a trove of data, which is the "backbone" to identifying and solving problems, said Brittaney Carter, chief technology officer for the city of Atlanta. "It also enables the ability to leverage predictive analytics to test proposed solutions." 

But, starting small, such as deploying smart streetlights on a couple of blocks before expanding citywide, allows cities to experiment and test solutions to see what works best, Karen Lightman, executive director of the Metro21: Smart Cities Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, said. Otherwise, city leaders may risk wasting money on technology that isn't the right fit. Cities also need to gather a small amount of data before they can know how to best use smart technology, Lightman added.

Brittaney Carter is the chief technology officer for the city of Atlanta.

In Pittsburgh, Lightman's team is working on a Smart Loading Zones project to help delivery drivers find places to park in the city that uses cameras to capture the license plates of vehicles illegally parked in loading zones. It launched in April with 15 parking spaces. Lightman said they'll analyze metrics like double parking and idle time in the spaces and talk to local small businesses near loading zones about how they're affected when vehicles double park nearby. Then, the project will expand to 200 parking areas.

Starting small can identify some "quick wins that could be leveraged for future opportunities," Carter said. 

Train city staff to be stewards of data   

Since smart city technology and services are powered by data, having a strong data governance structure is essential, Royall said. 

"Smart city technology is about collecting data in new ways and using it to make decisions," she said. "You can't do that unless all of your city departments are treating data in the same way, and you've standardized how data is managed across the organizations so that you can maximize its benefit." 

However, most cities aren't prepared to process, analyze, and manage the data collected from smart city technology, research shows. Cities need policies for collecting and managing data, including provisions for how residents' privacy is protected and how cities can own their data when they contract with private-sector organizations, Royall said.

Upskilling city employees and leadership will ensure everyone understands smart technology, data management, and data privacy and security, Royall added. San Antonio established the Innovation Academy, a training program for city departments about data science and management, and ways of making their own jobs more innovative. 

Another option is going through the Bloomberg Philanthropies What Works Cities Certification program, which assesses cities on data-driven decision-making and offers technical assistance on data governance. 

Engage the public to ensure smart projects are equitable

Smart technology can shorten commutes, improve health, and decrease carbon emissions — improving the quality of life for city residents by as much as 30%, according to a McKinsey & Co. report. So it's crucial for cities to talk to residents through surveys, meetings, or community events to find out what their needs are.

Karen Lightman is the executive director of the Metro21: Smart Cities Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

Many cities host town hall-style meetings to introduce new initiatives, but Lightman said a better approach is to create "touchpoints to get community feedback" and reach residents where they are. Popup events outside schools, libraries, or shops could engage larger groups of residents. 

San Antonio established SmartSA Sandbox, a series of family-friendly, festival-style events where the public can ask questions and test out smart technology, like smart streetlights and autonomous vehicles. The events, held in public parks, often draw hundreds of people and have led to greater public support for the projects. 

"Transparency and communication with residents mean not just treating them as consumers of technology, but as active co-creators and collaborative partners," Royall said. 

Partner with companies, nonprofits, and educational institutions 

Teaming up with the private sector or local nonprofits and colleges and universities can help cities implement smart city strategies. These organizations can offer research, resources, and funding, which are elements that cities sometimes lack.

"Universities, the private sector, and local government all share the same customer base, which is residents and citizens, and we work to serve them in different ways," Royall said. "To maximize everyone's impact, it makes sense to build partnerships to extend your reach." 

Reach out to other cities who've implemented successful smart infrastructure projects, too, Carter advised: "You don't need to recreate the wheel. There are cities that have already started down this path and made great accomplishments with a wealth of knowledge to share." 

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There will be 'many unhappy passengers' this summer, aviation analysts say. Airline CEOs should rethink operations and be transparent with customers.

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 1:56pm  |  Clusterstock
Airline travel will be anything but smooth this summer, experts told Insider. They said CEOs in the industry should react in three ways.
  • Analysts say flyers will see additional delays and cancellations this summer.
  • They said airline CEOs should take steps now to lessen the challenges.
  • Boosting transparency with customers and investing in new technology are crucial steps, they said.

On a good day, flying is often just tolerable. But delays and cancellations over the July 4 weekend could make it just terrible.

A bumpy Independence Day holiday would complete the trifecta after a rough Father's Day and Juneteenth weekend and a delay-filled Memorial Day break. Staffing shortages and supply-chain issues have marred the getaways many Americans had been pining for after two summers of pandemic hardships.

Analysts told Insider that these messes — in which overwhelmed carriers have canceled thousands of flights — plus the forecasts for July 4 mean travel turmoil is a trend, not a blip.

"Bleak" was how the veteran airline executive David Banmiller described the next few months for the industry.

Helane Becker, a senior research analyst who covers airlines at the investment bank Cowen, agreed. "There are not enough people working to handle the number of people flying," she told Insider.

This problem isn't going to be solved overnight, which could make the next few high-demand months more difficult than usual, said Nawal Taneja, an airline consultant with more than 60 years of experience in the industry who's published more than a dozen books on the sector.

Experts said that to mitigate the chaos, airline CEOs should reassess their operations, invest in new technology, and step up communication with customers. They said leaders outside of commercial aviation can rely on many of these principles should crises envelop their own industries.

Reassess operations

"There will be many unhappy passengers this summer," said Adam Gordon, a managing director of Boston Consulting Group's airline division. 

According to the industry expert, CEOs of the nation's air carriers should recognize the tough spot they're in and be realistic in setting the number of flights they run this summer. Though airlines have already trimmed their schedules, they might need to cut more, Gordon said.

United Airlines said last week that it would slash about 12% of its flights out of Newark, New Jersey, one of its hubs, this summer beginning with the July 4 weekend. And JetBlue Airways — which is battling Frontier Airlines to acquire a rival budget carrier, Spirit Airlines — said in May that it would halt some routes at least temporarily following episodes of delays and cancellations.

Major airlines laid off tens of thousands of workers over the past two years as the pandemic sent demand for seats plunging. The industry is facing shortages in roles such as air-traffic controllers. Compounding this is the aftermath of airline-employee buyouts during the pandemic; unplanned employee time off because of COVID-19 infections or workplace stress; and supply-chain issues.

"The only lever they really have to tackle this operational risk over the next few months is to reduce the amount of flying so that the labor and the infrastructure is there to support the schedule," Gordon said.

While reducing flights is likely to drive prices up, Gordon said the alternative is leaving thousands of passengers with cancellations or major delays. That would be hard to stomach for many passengers, as airfares have jumped by at least 20% from where they were before the pandemic.

"Airline leaders need to be realistic about what can actually be flown," Gordon added.

Invest in technology

Taneja said companies are also dealing with outdated models for forecasting demand.

Prepandemic patterns that analysts used to predict consumer behavior and demand aren't as reliable anymore, Taneja said. COVID-19 waves, government regulations like border closings, and changing consumer behavior are making it harder to forecast demand.

Taneja said that to better predict how customers are choosing flights, airlines should invest in data-sharing operations with other airlines and new technology to render demand forecasts in a matter of days or weeks instead of months.

"We have to look at how we can use new data and how we can better use existing data," Taneja said. "We need to invest in new technologies and machine learning."

Be transparent with customers

While putting new technology in place could take some time, communication is instant. Faced with difficult conditions, airline leaders should do their best to communicate more with passengers who are likely to become frustrated, Gordon said.

"Airline CEOs should think about how they can be radically transparent with their customers and their employees and really make sure people understand what's happening," he said. "They should also make sure that they're taking whatever steps they can to take care of the customers."

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Russia's war is grinding on in eastern Ukraine, and France's Macron wants Europe to prepare for a 'wartime economy'

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 1:54pm  |  Clusterstock
Smoke rises over Severodonetsk during fighting between Ukrainian and Russian troops, June 2, 2022.
  • Emmanuel Macron says Europe needs a "wartime economy" to deal with the geopolitical and economic impact of the war in Ukraine.
  • France's president has advocated European strategic autonomy to enable the continent to better defend itself.
  • Amid unprecedented times, economic actors need to move faster, for cheaper, and innovate more quickly, Macron says.

With the war in Ukraine at its four-month mark, French President Emmanuel Macron says France and Europe need to prepare for a "wartime economy" in order to deal with the geopolitical and economic effects that continue to ripple across the continent.

In the inaugural address at Eurosatory 2022, a defense and security industry exhibition, on June 13, the French president called the times "unprecedented" and said it is necessary for not only states but all economic agents to move faster, at a lower cost, and innovate more rapidly to address the new challenges.

Macron added that there can be no "national security, strategic autonomy, and therefore no peace" if those actors don't adapt to the current geopolitical conditions.

Fired up spendingTanks on the Champs Elysees during the Bastille Day parade in Paris, July 14, 2017.

To facilitate this adaptation, Macron requested an adjustment to the French Ministry of the Armed Forces' defense spending plan to reflect the new geopolitical situation and to give the French military the means to handle the current threats.

In 2020, the French defense budget rose to 2.1% of GDP. In 2022, it reached $43 billion and under the previous plan was expected to reach $53 billion in 2025. This figure will now be adjusted upward.

France is not the only European country ramping up defense spending because of the Ukraine War.

Finland, an EU member that has applied for NATO membership, announced an increase amounting to 70% of its defense spending over the next four years. It also intends to buy 64 F-35A fighter jets — its largest military procurement ever.

NATO members Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania have each said they will increase their defense spending to 2.5% of GDP. The three countries border Russia and host NATO battlegroups.

In a significant boost, Poland will also increase its spending from about 2% of GDP to 3% in 2023. Romania will over the next few years increase its spending to 2.5% of GDP from about 2% now. Most notably, Germany, which for years has been criticized for low defense spending, announced in late February the creation of a one-off fund totaling $105 billion to support its neglected military.

However, Macron said, simply increasing defense spending is not enough.

European strategic autonomyMacron shakes Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's hand outside Mariinskyi Palace in Kyiv, June 16, 2022.

The French president also called for increased integration of Europe's defense industries, echoing his previous calls for European strategic autonomy, which would allow the countries of the continent to defend their own traditional security as well as energy and industrial security without having to rely on the US or other foreign countries.

In his speech, Macron called for strengthening the European defense industry so that it can satisfy the demand produced by increasing European defense budgets.

"Let's not repeat the errors of the past going forward," Macron said. "Spending large sums on purchases from elsewhere is not a good idea" and will create "future dependencies."

To support Europe's defense industry, the EU created the European Defense Fund in 2021, giving it a budget of $8.4 billion. The fund will support defense research and development of related capabilities.

Despite misgivings in some European capitals, strategic autonomy is gaining traction both at the national and the EU level.

In 2020, Josep Borrell, the EU's top diplomat, wrote that because the world has changed, it will be difficult for the EU "to claim to be a 'political union' able to act as a 'global player' without being 'autonomous.'"

In line with this goal, in March the EU released its Strategic Compass, which maps out the bloc's geopolitical and security priorities for the coming years. It is similar in scope to the US National Security Strategy, which reflect its importance to the EU.

The document calls for the EU to "invest more and better in capabilities and innovative technologies" to "fill strategic gaps and reduced technological and industrial dependencies."

The document also calls for the development of "next-generation capabilities in all operational domains."

United European armsA German Leopard 2 tank during a NATO exercise in Norway November 3, 2018.

A number of European projects are already in development to provide next-generation capabilities to European militaries.

France and Germany are working with Spain to develop the Future Combat Air System program, which includes the sixth-generation Next Generation Fighter and accompanying drones. The fighter, which is scheduled for use by 2040, will replace the Dassault Rafales, Eurofighter Typhoons, and EF-18 Hornets — all 4.5-generation jets — that those countries currently use.

France and Germany are developing the Main Ground Combat System program, which will produce a main battle tank and accompanying unmanned aerial and ground vehicles. Other European countries may join the program. The new tank will replace Germany's Leopard 2, which used by several European militaries, and France's Leclerc tank. It won't be fielded before 2035.

Numerous other smaller projects are also being developed under the EU's Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) framework, with the participation of many EU members.

In the future, "it won't be enough to continue having the same ambitions we had during the past five years," Macron said, referring to his first term as president.

"We'll have to go farther and be stronger because the geopolitical context forces us to," the French president added. Increased defense budgets and an empowered defense industry will allow Europe to do so.

Constantine Atlamazoglou works on transatlantic and European security. He holds a master's degree in security studies and European affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. You can contact him on LinkedIn.

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The best gaming PC for every type of gamer in 2022

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PC gaming continues to grow in popularity, but buying a gaming PC can still be a hassle due to technical jargon, ongoing product shortages, and a vast market to navigate. Plus, the global processor shortage continues to drive component prices up, leading many gamers to opt for pre-built gaming PCs instead of building their own.

A pre-built gaming PC will meet most PC gamers' needs without the added efforts of finding parts at competitive prices and assembly. There are also more choices than ever, letting PC shoppers choose between a range of budget and premium machines.

Below is our list of picks for the best gaming PCs from pre-built manufacturers based on personal and industry experience as well as research into stock availability and the best configurations at certain prices. After that, we explain what to look for when buying a gaming PC and cut through the common jargon with a glossary of terms to help you make the most informed buying decision possible.

Here are the best gaming PCs of 2022:

Best gaming PC overall: Corsair Vengeance i7300, available at Corsair, $4,399.99
This Corsair model offers the best in graphics and processing hardware available with zero expenses spared.

Best gaming PC for beginners: HP Victus 15L Gaming Desktop, available at HP, $734.99
The HP Victus 15L offers decently reliable performance and the basic, must-have features for an affordable price.

Best gaming desktop under $1,500: HP Omen, available at HP, $1,379.99
The HP Omen comes containing the latest hardware and plenty of ways to update and expand.

Best gaming desktop under $2,000: Dell Alienware Aurora R10, available at Dell, $1,999.99
The Alienware Aurora R10 features deep customization options with adjustable pricing.

Best gaming PC overall

The Corsair Vengeance i7300 provides the best parts available with no compromises.

  • Processor: Intel i9-12900k
  • Graphics: RTX 3090
  • Memory: 32GB RAM DDR5 4800 MHz
  • Storage: 2TB m.2 SSD
  • Wireless: Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0
  • Pros: Features the best CPU, GPU, RAM options.
  • Cons: Expensive compared to a home-built machine

This Corsair setup may be twice as much as our other recommendations, but this build offers the best parts on the market and features like liquid processor (CPU) cooling for less than some of the competitors we have found. 

Inside the Corsair Vengeance are an Intel i9 12900k processor and Nvidia's RTX 3090 graphics card, making it capable of playing just about any game at 4K resolution with max settings. The 32GB of DDR5-4800 memory (RAM) is incredibly fast and should be more than enough for any game.

Best gaming PC for beginnersHP Victus 15L desktop gaming PC.

The HP Victus 15L offers solid performance and essential features for a low price.

  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 5600G
  • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 1660 Super
  • Memory: 8GB DDR4 3200 MHz
  • Wireless: Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1
  • Storage: 256GB NVMe m.2 SSD
  • Pros: Affordable, front facing ports for controllers and other peripherals, unobtrusive case.
  • Cons: Older graphics card, limited base storage

The HP Victus 15L includes an older mid-range graphics card and a current processor that should be perfectly capable of handling most PC games at 1080p resolution with high or medium settings. 

The solid state drive will offer impressive speeds and load times, but an upgrade from the 256GB base storage will probably be necessary if you plan on playing games like "Call of Duty" and "Grand Theft Auto" that take up more than 100GB.

While the HP Victus may not pack more power than the latest consoles, like the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, it's a quality beginner desktop for gamers who can upgrade the computer later with better parts — which you can't do with a console.

Best gaming desktop under $1,500

The HP Omen features the latest parts and plenty of ways to upgrade, making it the best pick at this price point.

  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 5800X
  • Graphics: Nvidia RTX 3060
  • Memory: 16GB RAM DDR4 3200 MHz
  • Storage: 512GB m.2 SSD
  • Wireless: Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0
  • Pros: Plays games comfortably at 1080p with max settings, lots of customization choices 
  • Cons: Upgrading to a better graphics card significantly increases the price

The HP Omen series is heavily customizable, allowing you to choose between the latest AMD or Intel processors as well as the most recent graphics cards from AMD and Nvidia. A more affordable HP Omen model is available with an AMD RX 5500 graphics card, but you will find better value with the HP Victus if you want to spend less.

This PC will be fully capable of playing the latest games with maximum settings at 1080p, or with high settings at 1440p, but will likely struggle at 4K resolution. For that level of visual fidelity, you'll simply have to spend more money.

While you can certainly design an Omen that costs much more than $1,500, we've found that the configurations sold by HP at this price point offer more value than those at competitors, like Alienware and Lenovo. For example, a similarly priced Alienware R10 would have a slightly worse processor and a slower hard drive instead of a solid state drive. Lenovo's Legion Towers offer the least customization of the three brands and ultimately still end up more expensive than the HP Omen.

Best gaming desktop under $2,000Alienware Aurora R10 gaming PC

The Dell Aurora R10 offers deep customization with flexible pricing, making it a safe mid-range choice.

  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 9 5900
  • Graphics: Nvidia RTX 3080
  • Memory: 16GB RAM DDR4 3200 MHz
  • Storage: 1TB m.2 SSD
  • Wireless: Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0
  • Pros: Choice of AMD and Nvidia graphics cards, will play games at 1440p and 4K
  • Cons: Rounded case design is tackier than other PCs

Like the HP Omen, the Dell Aurora series offers broad customization options to choose different processors and graphics cards, and specifically more choice from AMD.

While the AMD options are welcome, the Nvidia RTX 3080 is capable of playing most games at max settings and 1440p resolution, and can push your games to higher frame rates (at lower settings and resolutions) for monitors with high or variable refresh rates. Full 4K gaming will also be possible, though you might see some dips below 60 frames per second at the highest settings.

How we test and research gaming PCs

We have based our recommendations on 16 years of personal experience using PC gaming hardware, as well as referencing component benchmark performance tests performed by reputable outlets, like Eurogamer's Digital Foundry and Tom's Hardware. 

In addition to that, we have deeply researched the pricing and value of the brands, makes, models, and configurations that we recommend. If one brand offers a particular PC configuration for less than its competition, that's something we will thoroughly investigate.

However, because gaming PCs are so customizable, reviewing an individual build may not reflect the quality of every purchase option.

Gaming PC FAQsWhat to look for when shopping for a gaming PC?

Pre-built gaming PCs offer multiple configurations, allowing gamers to upgrade certain parts of the computer. Primarily focus on the graphics card for visuals and storage for saving and loading games.

Check out our glossary of terms below for a breakdown of common gaming PC features and what to look out for within each category.

What specs should a gaming PC have?

What you need ultimately depends on what kind of games you'd like to play, and the overall quality you want to see. Find the experience you're looking for first and how much you're willing to spend. 

For example, you can spend more than $3,000 on a pre-built PC that can play any game at 4K quality, or you could spend under $1,000 for a gaming PC with comparable power to a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One X.

When shopping for parts, you should pay the most attention to the companies that make your computer's processor and graphics card. Intel and AMD are the leading creators of computer processors, while AMD and Nvidia are the leading producers in the graphics card market. Hardware like storage space and memory (RAM) will also depend on what games are being played, but 16GB of RAM is relatively standard for pre-built gaming PCs, and plenty for most gamers. 

Here is a handy chart for which parts you should consider to play PC games reliably at the three most common video resolutions:

Target Resolution1080p1440p4KProcessor (CPU)AMD Ryzen 5600 or Intel Core i5AMD Ryzen 5700X or Intel Core i7AMD Ryzen 7 5800x or Intel Core i9Graphics card (GPU)Nvidia GTX 1660 or AMD Radeon RX 5500 XTNvidia RTX 3060Ti or AMD Radeon RX 6800Nvidia RTX 3080 or Radeon RX 6800XTWhich is better, buying or building a gaming PC?

If you can find all the parts you need, building a PC will likely still be cheaper than buying pre-built, but be prepared to pay for things that normally come included with a pre-built machine, like a copy of Windows. 

Some pre-built gaming PCs will also come with a service warranty that covers the whole machine. So, you won't have to worry about dealing with different companies if a part breaks down and needs to be replaced, or you just need help.

Neither option is definitively better at this point, and it depends on how invested you want to be in PC gaming as a hobby. Putting together my first custom PC more than 10 years ago taught me tons about the parts I had taken for granted inside my PlayStation and Xbox consoles. 

However, if you don't have the time to handle your own repairs and just want to game instead of starting a hardware hobby, pre-built gaming PCs are customizable enough that you don't have to worry about getting sold short.

How long do gaming PCs last?

Gaming PCs can last for a long time, since desktop parts can be easily upgraded. Processors and graphics cards generally last about five years before it becomes necessary to upgrade to keep up with gaming trends.

Most gaming PCs will need to be replaced when the motherboard grows too old to work with new parts, as newly released processors and memory sticks occasionally change design and configuration compatibility for new features. 

Personally, I've built three different gaming PCs for myself since 2011, going about five years between major upgrades. However, many of the old parts I upgraded from still worked, so I was able to sell them and give them to friends for their own builds.

Glossary of terms 

Processor (CPU): The processor is essentially the brain of your gaming PC, executing the complex commands that control each part of the computer. Gaming PCs require strong CPUs to process large amounts of data during gameplay, impacting load times and frame rates. Some CPUs have built-in graphics processors that allow you to play basic games without a dedicated GPU to handle graphics output.

AMD processors are generally more affordable and energy efficient than Intel processors, but the latest 12th series Intel processors will outperform AMD in some games based on tests from Digital Foundry, a widely trusted benchmarking source. Ultimately both brands make great CPUs and the choice comes down to price and personal preference. 

Graphics Processor (GPU): If the CPU is the brain of your computer, the GPU is the heart. Your GPU is dedicated to handling the constant computations needed to produce the game's visuals while playing. Like the CPU, graphically intensive games will put more stress on the GPU, as will increasing the video resolution you play at. 

Your GPU will ultimately determine what level of graphics performance you can expect from your gaming PC, with prices ranging from $300 to $1,800. I primarily recommend Nvidia's 30 series GPUs, thanks to their impressive software support, but AMD GPUs are slightly more affordable and can see performance boosts when paired with an AMD CPU.

Random-access Memory (RAM): RAM determines how many tasks your computer can keep immediately accessible simultaneously, which is especially important when gaming. Typically, a minimum amount of RAM (8GB) is needed just to hold the complex worlds you see in games like Grand Theft Auto, but having additional RAM (16GB to 32GB) can also improve your overall load times.

Refresh rate: A term used to describe how often a display updates the picture on screen each second. Monitors with higher refresh rates will display more unique images per second, which means gaming PCs that output high frame rates of 60 per second or more will have even smoother looking animation on a high refresh rate display.

Storage (HD, SSD, M.2): Quite literally, storage describes how much space you have to store long-term data on your PC, and what type of drive it will be stored on. There are three types of storage drive available: hard disk drives, solid state drives, and M.2 drives.

The hard disk drive (HDD) is an older, slower storage type that uses a spinning disk encased in a magnetic material, but usually offers the most space for the least money. Solid state drives (SSD) don't have a physical disk inside and are capable of faster speeds than HDD.

M.2 and NVMe are the latest formats for solid state drives with even faster speeds and smaller sizes, but they're significantly more expensive than standard SSDs and HDDs for now.

Wi-Fi: A wireless network protocol using radio waves, often used to connect portable devices to the internet. In 2018 the group that owns the Wi-Fi trademark began identifying new versions of Wi-Fi numerically, and the latest format, Wi-Fi 6, was approved in February 2021. All of the PCs I recommend support Wi-Fi 6, meaning they are compatible with the widest possible range of devices.

Bluetooth: A relatively short range wireless format used to connect devices locally. Devices with the latest features are certified as Bluetooth 5.0 compatible to reflect the signal's improvements, but new devices remain backward compatible with older versions of Bluetooth. This is a common wireless connection used in computer mice, keyboards, and headphones.

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Live updates: Texas abortion clinic staff describe how patients 'begged for help' after Roe v. Wade fell — report

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 2:11am  |  Clusterstock
Abortion rights and anti-abortion rights activists fill the street in front of the U.S. Supreme Court during a protest in the wake of the decision overturning Roe v. Wade outside on June 25, 2022, in Washington, DC.
  • The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on last week.
  • The 1973 landmark ruling established the constitutional right to an abortion.
  • Over a dozen states have laws meant to immediately outlaw abortion upon a reversal of Roe.

The Supreme Court last week overturned the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade ruling that established the constitutional right to an abortion. 

The opinion in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization threw out the ruling as the nation's highest court sided with Mississippi and other states, which passed restrictive anti-abortion laws.

Immediately after last week's ruling, politicians on both sides of the aisle issued statements — with Republicans praising the Supreme Court and Democrats slamming the decision. 

Over a dozen states have "trigger laws" meant to ban abortion immediately upon the overturning of Roe, as the legality of abortion is now left up to state legislatures. 

Olivia Rodrigo calls out SCOTUS justices who voted to overturn Roe v. Wade with a rendition of 'F--- You'Olivia Rodrigo performing at the Glastonbury Festival on Saturday.

Pop star Olivia Rodrigo on Saturday sent a message to the Supreme Court justices responsible for overturning Roe v. Wade, calling them out during her set at the Glastonbury music festival. 

Rodrigo invited her guest, British singer Lily Allen, on stage and the pair performed Allen's 2009 song, "Fuck You" — but not before Rodrigo named all five SCOTUS justices who helped gut the landmark ruling that protected abortion rights in America.

"Today is a very, very special day. This is actually my first Glastonbury," Rodrigo said. "But I'm also equally as heartbroken over what happened in America yesterday." 

Rodrigo told the crowd that the SCOTUS decision infringed on a woman's ability to secure a safe abortion, which she called a basic human right. 


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After Roe fell, Steve Bannon called for an 'army of the awakened' to 'shatter' DemocratsIn a Gettr post, Steve Bannon urged "patriots" to take advantage of the "Roe momentum" to win the MAGA movement a "massive victory" at the midterm elections.

Right-wing figure Steve Bannon has called for an "army of the awakened" to "shatter" the Democratic party in post-Roe America. 

Bannon made a post on Gettr on Saturday lauding the Supreme Court's overturning of Roe v. Wade, a controversial decision that has led to abortion being halted in some states.

In his post, Bannon called on "the army of the awakened" to rally and capitalize on the verdict. 

"This is the key take-away for MAGA … the pro-abortion movement is shattered and is now turning in on itself — because for 50 years they didn't have to work— the Courts and Regime Media covered for them — now The Abyss," Bannon wrote.

"That's the Democratic Party in November— we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to shatter it into a million small pieces," Bannon added, referring to the upcoming midterm elections.


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Texas abortion clinic staff describe how patients 'begged for help' when Roe v. Wade was overturned: reportA patient at the Alamo Women's Reproductive Services Clinic in San Antonio, Texas, is informed by a staff member on Friday that the clinic can no longer provide her with an abortion.

Staff at an abortion clinic in Texas said they had to turn away people seeking abortions away just minutes after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday.

Speaking to The 19th, an independent news organization, clinic administrator Andrea Gallegos described how she had to turn away a dozen patients waiting in the lobby of the Alamo Women's Reproductive Services clinic in San Antonio, Texas. 

Gallegos told The 19th that she and the clinic's staff had to tell the people gathered that, because of the ruling, "unfortunately, your geographical location affects your bodily autonomy." 

Per the outlet, Gallegos described the scene at the clinic as being one of "complete despair," with people screaming, crying, and begging for help.


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'Full House' star Jodie Sweetin was thrown to the ground by LAPD during freeway protest for abortion rightsJodie Sweetin told People that she was "proud" of those who showed up to protest.

Los Angeles Police Department officers shoved Jodie Sweetin onto the ground of a freeway in Los Angeles on Saturday during an abortion rights protest, video shows.

The "Full House" and "Fuller House" star, wearing all black with a black backpack, can be seen in a video of the incident with a megaphone in hand when a couple of LAPD officers shove her to the ground. 

Protesters can be heard yelling "Jodie, you good?" and  "What the f*** is wrong with you guys?"

Sweetin is then picked up and the crowd immediately begins to chant "no justice, no peace."


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Since the Roe ruling a gynecology clinic in Texas has received increased requests for permanent sterilization: 'I sense that they're scared'Protesters march during an abortion-rights rally on June 25, 2022 in Austin, Texas.

A women's health clinic in Austin, Texas, has received dozens of requests for permanent sterilizations after Friday's decision by the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that established a constitutional right to an abortion. 

After the Women's Health Domain closed on Friday evening for the weekend, it received 109 new patient requests, the majority of which were requesting tubal ligation, or permanent sterilization. 


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The impact of Kavanaugh's confirmation on the 2018 elections may reveal how the reversal of Roe v. Wade could impact this year's midtermsU.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

As political analysts seek to understand the possible impact of Roe v. Wade being overturned on this year's midterm elections, some suggest that data from 2018 may reveal possible trends. 

In 2018, following the contentious confirmation hearings of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh — who was accused of sexual assault by Christine Ford — 40 Republican US House seats flipped to Democratic candidates. GOP candidates led in polls taken prior to the hearings and went on to lose in November in 27 of those races, indicating increased mobilization among partisan voters following the hearings.  


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Lindsey Graham said Alito's abortion opinion was correct for distinguishing Roe from same-sex marriage and contraception rulingsRepublican Sen. Lindsey Graham.

Republican South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham said Sunday that Justice Samuel Alito, unlike Justice Clarence Thomas, was correct for saying same-sex marriage and contraception would not be affected by the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade

In his concurring opinion on the ruling, Thomas wrote "we should reconsider all of this Court's substantive due process precedents" for cases regarding contraceptive accesssame-sex relationships, and same-sex marriage.


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AOC says Supreme Court justices who lied under oath must face consequences for 'impeachable offense'U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Sunday said she believes it's an "impeachable offense" for a Supreme Court justice to lie under oath. 

Following the overturn of Roe v. Wade, Sens. Susan Collins and Joe Manchin said they felt misled by Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch during their individual confirmation hearings. The two senators, both pro-choice, voted to confirm Kavanaugh and Gorsuch because they assured them that they believed Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark Supreme Court decision that made abortion a constitutional right nationwide, was law. 

Both Gorsuch and Kavanaugh, however, voted to strike down Roe earlier this week.

Ocasio-Cortez, speaking in an interview with NBC News' "Meet the Press," said she believes the court is facing a "crisis of legitimacy" and justices must face consequences if they lie under oath. 

"If we allow Supreme Court nominees to lie under oath and secure lifetime appointments to the highest court of the land and then issue, without basis," she said, "we must see that through. There must be consequences for such a deeply destabilizing action and a hostile takeover of our democratic institutions."


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Elizabeth Warren: Supreme Court 'set a torch' to the last of its legitimacySen. Elizabeth Warren.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren said the US Supreme Court has lost all legitimacy following the rollback of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark decision that made abortion a constitutional right nationwide.

Speaking on ABC News' "This Week" on Sunday, Warren suggested that Republicans have tried to stack the Supreme Court with justices who would be against abortion. 

"The Republicans have been very overt about trying to get people through the court who didn't have a published record on Roe, but who they knew — wink wink nod nod — were going to be extremist on the issue of Roe v. Wade." Warren said. "And that is exactly what we have ended up with."

"This court has lost legitimacy. They have burned whatever legitimacy they may still have had," Warren continued. "They just took the last of it and set a torch to it with the Roe v. Wade opinion."


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An abortion clinic in North Dakota has raised more than $500,000 in two days to fund its move to MinnesotaActivists march along Constitution Avenue to the US Supreme Court on May 14, 2022.

An abortion clinic based in North Dakota has raised more than $550,000 to fund its move in the two days since the Supreme Court's decision to roll back Roe v. Wade

The Red River Women's Clinic of Fargo, North Dakota, set up a GoFundMe to assist with a planned move to Moorhead, Minnesota. North Dakota is one of the at least 13 states that has a "trigger" law, which immediately bans abortions following the overturn of Roe v. Wade. 

But moving out of North Dakota means there will no longer be an operating abortion clinic in the state. 

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The overturning of Roe v. Wade will 'exacerbate the mental health crisis' in the US, American Psychological Association saysRear view of an unrecognizable abused woman sitting on her bed looking out the window. - stock photo

The American Psychological Association warned on Friday that the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade will exacerbate mental health in the United States.

Research suggests that "adding barriers to accessing abortion services may increase symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression," APA President Frank C. Wornell said in a statement.

"We are alarmed that the justices would nullify Roe despite decades of scientific research demonstrating that people who are denied abortions are more likely to experience higher levels of anxiety, lower life satisfaction and lower self-esteem compared with those who are able to obtain abortions," Wornell added. 

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Trump congratulated his conservative Supreme Court justice picks for their 'courage' amid the overturn of Roe v. WadeFormer President Donald Trump.

Former President Donald Trump on Saturday thanked his three conservative justice picks on the Supreme Court, all of whom voted to overturn Roe v. Wade.

"Yesterday the court handed down a victory for the Constitution, a victory for the rule of law, and above all, a victory for life," Trump said during a rally in Mendon, Illinois. 

"Thanks to the courage found within the United States Supreme Court, this long divisive issue will be decided by the states and by the American people," he added.

He congratulated his three picks — Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett — and praised the decision.

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AOC recalls thanking God she had the choice to get an abortion when she took a pregnancy test after being rapedRep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Friday shared a personal sexual assault story during a pro-abortion rights rally, saying she felt grateful she had the freedom to obtain an abortion if she needed one in that moment. 

"I myself, when I was about 22 or 23 years old, was raped while I was living here in New York City," she told a crowd in New York's City Union Square Park. "I was completely alone. I felt completely alone. In fact, I felt so alone that I had to take a pregnancy test in a public bathroom in midtown Manhattan."

"When I sat there waiting for what the result would be, all I could think was thank God I have, at least, a choice," she continued. "Thank God I could, at least, have the freedom to choose my destiny."

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Gloria Steinem slams Roe v. Wade repeal, says 'there is no democracy' without the right to choseGloria Steinem was one of the most important activists of the Women's Movement.

Journalist and feminist leader Gloria Steinem has slammed the impact of repealing Roe v. Wade will have on democracy, in an email to AP.

"Obviously, without the right of women and men to make decisions about our own bodies, there is no democracy," she said. 

She has called for action to fight the Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, protecting US abortion rights.

"Banning abortions does not stop the need. It just bans their safety."


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GOP privately worrying overturning Roe v. Wade could impact midterms: 'This is a losing issue for Republicans,' report saysProtests outside of the Supreme Court after it overturned Roe v. Wade

While Republicans are publicly celebrating the overturning of Roe v. Wade, some are privately worrying that the timing could negatively impact the November midterms. 

Some Republicans fear the abortion ruling could give Democrats ammunition to attack them and mobilize voters, Politico reported, based on interviews with more than a dozen GOP strategists and officials.

"This is not a conversation we want to have," Republican strategist John Thomas told Politico. "We want to have a conversation about the economy. We want to have a conversation about Joe Biden, about pretty much anything else besides Roe. This is a losing issue for Republicans."


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Planned Parenthood sues Utah to stop trigger law that makes abortion a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prisonPro-choice supporters and staff of Planned Parenthood hold a rally outside the Planned Parenthood Reproductive Health Services Center in St. Louis, Missouri, May 31, 2019.

The Planned Parenthood Association of Utah is suing to stop the state's "trigger law" abortion ban that took effect on Friday following the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

The Utah law makes abortions, with limited exceptions, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. 


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Many Republicans rejoiced at Roe being overturned but these 4 GOP governors want to protect the right to abortionGov. Chris Sununu of New Hampshire.

After Friday's Supreme Court Roe v. Wade ruling, which revoked the constitutional right to abortion, many Republicans celebrated it as a win

The GOP has long been at the forefront of the fight to restrict abortion access and many Republican-led states have enacted or will enact abortion bans as a result of the decision.


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Georgia Democratic nominee for Governor Stacey Abrams explains the change in her position on abortion: There is 'no place in that medical decision for ideology or for politicians'Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams speaks to the media during a press conference, May 24, 2022

Georgia Democratic nominee for Governor Stacey Abrams explained in a Friday interview with CNN how her perspective on abortion rights has evolved over the years and how she came to support the right to abortion services after being raised in a religious household. 

"I was very much on the side of anti-abortion, through much of my upbringing. I grew up in Mississippi, in a very religious family, in a religious community," Abrams told CNN host Sara Sidner. "And I was raised to have a very uncritical eye to this question."


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What is the Hyde Amendment and how is it related to the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade?People protest the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v Wade abortion decision in New York City, New York, U.S., June 24, 2022.

Following the Supreme Court's Friday decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, there have been renewed calls from lawmakers and activists to abandon the Hyde Amendment, a legislative provision preventing federal funds from being used on abortion services. 

The Hyde Amendment, named for anti-abortion Congressman Henry Hyde who introduced the provision, was passed in 1976, just four years after the landmark Roe vs. Wade ruling that established the right to an abortion. The amendment, which prevents federal funds from services such as Medicaid to be used to provide abortions, was mired in legal challenges for its first years, leading to the Supreme Court case Harris v. McRae


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After calls from AOC and other Dems to expand the court, White House says Biden 'does not agree' with the movePresident Joe Biden.

As calls for remedies to restrictions on abortion access grow, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Saturday that President Joe Biden "does not agree with" expanding the Supreme Court. 

"I was asked this question yesterday, and I've been asked it before... about expanding the Court. That is something that the President does not agree with. That is not something that he wants to do," Jean-Pierre said during a press briefing on Air Force One.


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Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin pushes state lawmakers for a 15-week abortion banRepublican Gov. Glenn Youngkin of Virginia.

Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin of Virginia on Friday said he would push for a ban on most abortions after 15 weeks in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade.

Youngkin, who took office earlier this year, said in a statement that the court's decision was an "appropriate" return of power "to the people and their elected representatives in the states."

"Virginians do want fewer abortions as opposed to more abortions," the governor said in a meeting at The Washington Post shortly after the decision was made public. "I am not someone who is going to jump in and try to push us apart … There is a place we can come together."

Youngkin assembled four Republican legislators to help write legislation that could potentially attract bipartisan support in a legislature. In the state, the GOP has a 52-48 majority in the House of Delegates while Democrats have a 21-19 edge in the Senate.
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Man uses truck to repeatedly block entrance to Mississippi's only abortion clinic as tensions run high after Roe v. Wade rulingA man blocked the entrance to the Jackson Women's Health Organization, Mississippi's only abortion clinic, with his truck on June 25, 2022 after the Supreme Court overturned Roe V. Wade earlier in the week.

JACKSON, MS — A man used his truck to block the entrance to Mississippi's only abortion clinic on Saturday as tensions continue to run high at the clinic after the Supreme Court overturned Roe V. Wade earlier in the week.

The Jackson Women's Health Organization, the only abortion clinic in Mississippi, has vowed to remain open for at least nine more days after the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to overturn Roe V. Wade, a landmark decision that legalized abortion nationally. 

Mississippi has a trigger law that requires the state attorney general to certify the Supreme Court's decision and allows for the clinic to remain open for 10 days after the certification.

Pro-life demonstrators continued to clash with clinic volunteer escorts, who call themselves Pink House Defenders, on Saturday. The clinic, housed in a large pink building, is commonly referred to locally as the Pink House.

A man in a white truck blocked the entrance to the clinic at least twice on Saturday.


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Democratic lawmakers urge FTC to investigate Apple and Google over mobile tracking data practices targeting abortion seekers

Four Democratic lawmakers on Friday urged the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Apple and Google's mobile tacking practices regarding abortion seekers. 

Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Ron Wyden of Oregon, and Sara Jacobs of California wrote a letter to FTC Chair Lina Khan — accusing Apple and Google of collecting and selling "Hundreds of millions of mobile phone users' data." 

The lawmakers argued that for individuals seeking abortion services in states where abortion would be illegal it is essential that their data won't fall into the wrong hands.


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Sens. Susan Collins and Joe Manchin, who voted to confirm justices Kavanaugh and Gorsuch, say they were misled on Roe v. WadeSen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME).

Centrist Senators Susan Collins and Joe Manchin criticized Friday's landmark Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, suggesting they felt misled by Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch.

Collins, a Maine Republican, and Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, both voted to confirm Kavanaugh and Gorsuch. 

Both senators are pro-choice and said that the justices had assured them they believed Roe v Wade was settled law.

"I trusted Justice Gorsuch and Justice Kavanaugh when they testified under oath that they also believed Roe v. Wade was settled legal precedent. I am alarmed they chose to reject the stability the ruling has provided for two generations of Americans," Manchin said in a statement.

Manchin, a self-described centrist, was one of three Democrats to vote to confirm Gorsuch in 2017 and the only Democrat who voted to confirm Kavanaugh in 2018. Kavanaugh's 50-48 confirmation vote was historically close.

Manchin said that while he is personally pro-life, he would "support legislation that would codify the rights Roe v. Wade previously protected."


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Senators Elizabeth Warren and Tina Smith call on Biden to 'declare a public health emergency' now that Roe v Wade 'is gone'Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., right, and Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn.

US Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Tina Smith of Minnesota are calling on President Joe Biden to  "declare a public health emergency," following the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

In an op-ed for the New York Times on Saturday, the Democratic senators said that "with the release of the Dobbs decision," the US is facing " a perilous time that threatens millions of women across this nation."

"We urge the president to declare a public health emergency to protect abortion access for all Americans, unlocking critical resources and authority that states and the federal government can use to meet the surge in demand for reproductive health services. The danger is real, and Democrats must meet it with the urgency it deserves," Warren and Smith wrote. 

The senators blamed the reversal of Roe v. Wade on "right-wing politicians and their allies" who they said "have spent decades scheming."


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Searches for how to move to Canada from the US spike by over 850% after Roe v. Wade ruling

Searches for how to move to Canada spiked over 850% on Google after the Supreme Court ruled to overturn Roe v Wade, Axios reported. 

Citing Simon Rogers' Google Trends newsletter, Axios reported that searches for  "How to become a Canadian citizen" also rose by 550% as of Friday evening.

In a 5-4 majority opinion, the Supreme Court on Friday overturned the 50-year-old landmark ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.


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A pickup truck driver in Iowa ploughed into pro-choice protesters opposing the overturning of Roe v. Wade abortion rightsProtesters approach a pickup truck that attempted to run over abortion-rights protesters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

A truck drove into a group of pro-choice protesters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Friday, leading to at least one woman being hospitalized. 

The group of mostly women protesters was demonstrating against the landmark Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade when an unidentified man driving a black Ford truck drove into them.

In videos of the incident, protesters can be seen trying to stand in the car's way and shouting at the driver to stop. He accelerates and a protester is knocked to the ground.


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Bill Gates and George Soros among billionaires denouncing Roe v. Wade decisionBill Gates voiced opposition to the Roe v. Wade decision, while Warren Buffett is reportedly planning a big investment in abortion rights.

Some of America's most prominent billionaires have denounced the overturning of Roe v. Wade, as Warren Buffett reportedly sets in motion plans for big donations to reproductive rights.

Bill Gates, Melinda French Gates, and George Soros all tweeted their opposition to the Supreme Court decision to roll back abortion rights nationally, overturning a near-50-year precedent. 

Bill Gates tweeted: "This is a sad day. Reversing Roe v. Wade is an unjust and unacceptable setback. And it puts women's lives at risk, especially the most disadvantaged."


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Meta bans staff from open discussion of Roe v. Wade decision and is deleting internal messages that mention abortion: reportMeta has disallowed employees to discuss abortion on internal messaging system.

Meta has warned employees not to discuss the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade on its internal system and deleting messages that do so, The New York Times reported.

Managers cited a policy that put "strong guardrails around social, political and sensitive conversations" in the workplace, according to company insiders, the newspaper reported. 


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Vatican praises US Supreme Court for overturning Roe v. Wade, says it 'challenges the whole world'Pope Francis gestures, during his weekly general audience in the Paul VI Hall, at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

The Vatican's Pontifical Academy for Life has praised the US Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v Wade which protected abortion rights for women. 

They also called that legislation ensures that those giving birth are given the support needed to keep and care for their children. 

In a statement released on Twitter, the Catholic organization said "The fact that a large country with a long democratic tradition has changed its position on this issue also challenges the whole world."


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The Arizona State Senate had to be evacuated after tear gas police deployed on protesters spread into the buildingArizona State Capitol Building at sunrise, features Winged Victory statue and was modeled after Greek statue Nike of Samothrace.

The Arizona State Senate Building in Phoenix was evacuated on Friday after police deployed tear gas at demonstrators.

video posted on social media by Republican State Senator Michelle Ugenti-Rita shows dozens of people protesting outside the government building in response to the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. 


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Obergefell, the plaintiff in the SCOTUS same-sex marriage ruling, said it's 'quite telling' Clarence Thomas omitted the case that legalized interracial marriage after saying the courts should go after other right to privacy casesAssociate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and his wife and conservative activist Virginia Thomas arrive at the Heritage Foundation on October 21, 2021.

Jim Obergefell, the plaintiff behind the Supreme Court's landmark ruling on same-sex marriage, said Friday that Justice Clarence Thomas omitted Loving v. Virginia on his list of  Supreme Court decisions to "reconsider" because it "affects him personally." 

"That affects him personally, but he doesn't care about the LGBTQ+ community," Obergefell said on MSNBC's "The Reid Out."


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Standing among protestors after the fall of Roe vs. Wade, AOC calls on Biden to create abortion clinics on federal landRep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks to abortion-rights activists in front of the U.S. Supreme Court after the Court announced a ruling in the Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health Organization case on June 24, 2022 in Washington, DC.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Friday called on President Biden to create abortion clinics on federal land, following the landmark Supreme Court ruling which overturned Roe v. Wade and removed federal abortion protections. 

Speaking to a crowd of protestors gathered in New York's Union Square, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez encouraged people to "be relentless to restore and guarantee all of our rights." She detailed her own experience after sexual assault in her 20s, when she was grateful that abortion would have been an option for her if she needed it, and pushed for federal action to preserve access to reproductive healthcare.  


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The states passing strict abortion bans have some of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the countryPRODUCTION - 17 April 2021, Berlin: A midwife listens to the heart tones of an unborn child with an ultrasound device. The woman is in her 2nd trimester of pregnancy and is lying on a bed in the midwife's office. 5.5.2021 is International Midwifery Day, which is intended to draw attention to the importance of the profession.

With Friday's Supreme court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade – the landmark case guaranteeing a right to abortion – 13 states with automatic trigger laws enacted total or near-total bans on abortions. 

The surge of new abortion bans and clinic closures has highlighted the recent rise in America's maternal mortality rates that are disproportionately affecting women of color and have placed the US first in maternal deaths among all developed nations.


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Pro-choice advocates come out in force vowing to continue the fight after the Supreme Court strikes down Roe v. WadeA massive crowd gathered in New York's Washington Square Park, hours after the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade.

Hours after the Supreme Court announced it had struck down the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, throngs of pro-choice Americans took to the streets vowing to continue the fight. 

In New York's Washington Square Park, a somber and angry crowd began assembling at 5 p.m. ET. They held handwritten signs with words like "Betrayed" or "My corpse has more rights." Some were smeared with red paint.


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Which Supreme Court justices voted to overturn Roe v. Wade? Here's where all 9 judges standReproductive rights activists hold cut out photos of the Supreme Court justices as oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Womens Health Organization case are held on Wednesday, December 1, 2021.

The Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade in a 5-4 majority opinion that guts federal abortion rights protections previously upheld by the nearly 50-year-old landmark ruling.

The conservative majority voted to uphold the Mississippi law at the heart of the case which seeks to ban abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, a contradiction to the standard set by Roe, which allowed abortions until about 24 weeks of pregnancy, at which point a fetus could feasibly survive outside the womb. 

Six justices ruled in favor of upholding Mississippi's 15-week ban, but it was the majority opinion of five judges that ultimately led to the total overhaul of Roe v. Wade. 

Read the full story to find out how each justice voted. 

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This map shows where abortion is illegal, protected, or under threat across all 50 US statesPro-life and abortion-rights advocates crowd the Supreme Court building after Roe v. Wade was overturned Friday morning.

On Friday, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the near 50-year-old court ruling that legalized abortion across all 50 US states.

Some states have been preparing for years for the possibility that Roe could be overturned.

A handful of states had trigger laws designed to immediately ban abortions within their borders once the decision was reversed. Some "sanctuary states," like New York, put in place legal framework that would protect abortion, even if Roe were overturned. In other areas of the country, it isn't totally clear what happens next — abortion isn't legally protected, but it's also not expressly forbidden.

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The Supreme Court just overturned Roe v. Wade, but the vast majority of Americans don't even know who the court's justices areSeated from left: Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, John Roberts, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor, Standing from left: Brett Kavanaugh, Elena Kagan, Neil Gorsuch and Amy Coney Barrett.

The Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, the nearly 50-year-old landmark ruling that protected abortion rights nationwide.

But recent polling suggests that the vast majority of American voters don't even know who these influential justices are, highlighting an apparent disconnect between the nation's top court and the very people affected by its rulings.

Ahead of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's Senate confirmation earlier this year, C-SPAN and Pierrepont Consulting & Analytics surveyed more than 1,000 likely voters to gauge the public's interest in and awareness of the Supreme Court's work and relevance. 

While 84% of voters said the Supreme Court's decisions affect their everyday life, far fewer respondents could provide basic details about the court's history or inner workings.Keep Reading

Wisconsin patients who were scheduled to receive abortions were turned away in the waiting room after Roe v. Wade was overturnedA volunteer escort outside Affiliated Medical Services, a Milwaukee abortion clinic, on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, in Milwaukee.

In Wisconsin, Planned Parenthood clinics had been scheduling patients through Saturday, June 25, but had stopped scheduling for next week in anticipation of the Supreme Court ruling that would overturn Roe v. Wade, which was leaked in May.

When the news broke Friday morning that the court had rendered its opinion, Tanya Atkinson, president of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, said her clinics had patients waiting to receive services.

"Our team had to go out into the lobby and let those individuals know that they would not be able to access the healthcare that they needed," Atkinson told the local PBS station.


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Protestors planning to protest on Justice Clarence Thomas' street

Protestors are planning to head over to Justice Clarence Thomas' house on Friday night after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

"Enraged? Devastated? Pissed the fuck off? So are we," Our Rights DC tweeted on Friday afternoon.

"Meet us at 5711 Burke Centre Pkwy. 6:30 PM we meet, 7 PM we carpool to the Thomas's street. WEAR A MASK," the human rights organization added. 


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The sports world is speaking out against Friday's Supreme Court rulingPro-choice activists protest in response to the leaked Supreme Court draft decision to overturn Roe v. Wade in front of the US Supreme Court May 3, 2022 in Washington, DC.

Some of the biggest names in sports — from tennis to basketball — are speaking out after the Supreme Court ruled to overturn Roe v. Wade on Friday.

The Minnesota Lynx's Natalie Achonwa wrote on Twitter that she's "feeling sick & heartbroken" after hearing about the decision. Tennis legend and feminist icon Billie Jean King said on Twitter that it's a "sad day" in the US. 

The WNBA's Seattle Storm tweeted that they are "furious and ready to fight."

Orlando Magic point guard Devin Cannady tweeted that the "country needs to be better," adding in a follow-up note that the ruling is "a POWER grab over WOMEN."


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These organizations are asking for donations after Roe v. Wade was overturned

In the wake of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, organizations fighting for abortion rights are calling on supporters to donate.

Click the link below for some organizations that are asking for help to either fight the ruling or provide access to abortion for women in states where it will be banned. 


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Attorney General says states can't ban abortion pills that are approved by FDA

US Attorney General Merrick Garland said states can't ban abortion medication mifepristone "based on disagreement" with the US Food and Drug Administration.

Garland said on Friday that the FDA already ruled on the pill's "safety and efficacy," so the decision can't be overturned by states that want to restrict abortion access.

"Women who reside in states that have banned access to comprehensive reproductive care must remain free to seek that care in states where it is legal," Garland said, after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade earlier.

He continued: "Moreover, under fundamental First Amendment principles, individuals must remain free to inform and counsel each other about the reproductive care that is available in other states."


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House Democrats sang 'God Bless America' on Capitol steps as crowds protested at Supreme CourtHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi leads a rally celebrating the passage of gun safety legislation as protesters swarm the court just yards away on June 24, 2022.

House Democrats gathered outside the Capitol on Friday to celebrate passing new gun safety legislation, and cheerfully sang "God Bless America."

Across the street, however, protesters swarmed the Supreme Court after the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. 


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Videos show police in riot gear head to Supreme Court after decision

Capitol Police in riot gear could be seen marching towards the Supreme Court earlier on Friday after Roe v. Wade was overturned. 

A video shared to Twitter by CNN correspondent Manu Raju showed dozens of officers march from the Capitol building and to the Court.

Law enforcement also closed streets around the high court, where peaceful protesters gathered by the hundreds after the decision. 

—Manu Raju (@mkraju) June 24, 2022

 


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Massive protests erupt outside Supreme Court after Roe v. Wade rulingProtesters outside of Supreme Court

Hundreds of people gathered outside the Supreme Court on Friday to protest the ruling that overturns Roe v. Wade. 

Abortion-rights advocates waived green and black signs and shouted "my body, my choice."

Across from the abortion-rights protesters, a group of abortion opponents wore red shirts with white letters that read: "The pro-life generation votes."


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The 13 states with abortion-ban 'trigger laws' are not prepared to enforce them

Thirteen states with abortion "trigger laws" — where the practice could become illegal — are not prepared for how to go about implementing a ban.

An Insider investigation over the last few months found that, through over 100 records requests and reaching out to nearly 80 state and local officials, just one agency could detail any sort of plan. 

This story is part of an investigative series from Insider examining the demise of abortion rights in so-called "trigger law" states. It was originally published on May 7, 48 days before the Supreme Court ruled in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization that abortion is no longer a constitutionally protected right. Read all the stories from "The First 13" here.


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States where abortion access will be on the ballot in 2022Abortion-rights supporters chant their objections at the Kentucky Capitol on Wednesday, April 13, 2022, in Frankfort, Ky., Kentucky is one of at least four states with abortion-related ballot measures in 2022.

Abortion policy will be on the ballot in at least four states during the upcoming 2022 midterm elections — the highest number of abortion-related ballot measures to appear in a year since 1986. 

Kansas and Kentucky will vote on constitutional amendments to establish no right to an abortion, while Montana will vote on a "born-alive" amendment that would extend personhood to infants "born alive" at any stage.

On the other side, voters in Vermont will decide on an amendment that will enshrine the right to an abortion in the state's constitution.


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Biden says Americans can have 'the final word' after the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. WadePresident Joe Biden

President Joe Biden said Friday was a "sad day" for the nation after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, and vowed his administration would do everything it can to protect women.

"With this decision, the conservative majority of the Supreme Court shows how extreme it is, how far removed they are from the majority of the country," Biden said during an address to the nation. 

He continued: "But this decision must not be the final word," urging Americans to vote.


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Getting an abortion is going to get a lot more expensive for many AmericansParticipants hold signs during the Women's March at the US Supreme Court.

Experts told Insider that the cost of getting an abortion is all but guaranteed to rise after the Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade. 

Many who live in states where abortion will become mostly, or entirely, illegal will have to face travel costs if they want a procedure in a different state where it is legal. 

Wage loss for taking time off to get a procedure is another issue. 

"You might be salaried and I might be salaried, and you can take time off," said Anna Rupani, executive director of Fund Texas Choice (FTC), a nonprofit organization that pays for low-income Texans' associated abortion costs. "A lot of our clients are living paycheck to paycheck, they're not in salaried positions… they're experiencing wage loss."


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Pelosi warns 'Republicans are plotting a nationwide abortion ban'

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned that congressional Republicans want to pass a federal abortion ban into law after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

Be aware of this: the Republicans are plotting a nationwide abortion ban," Pelosi said during her weekly press briefing. "They cannot be allowed to have a majority in the Congress to do that. But that's their goal."

She continued: "What this means to women is such an insult. It's a slap in the face to women about using their own judgment to make decisions about their reproductive freedom."


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Trump reportedly believes overturning Roe v. Wade is 'bad for Republicans'Trump stands with now-Justice Amy Coney Barrett at the White House after she was sworn in on October 26, 2020.

Former President Donald Trump praised the Supreme Court for overturning Roe v. Wade on Friday.

"This is following the Constitution, and giving rights back when they should have been given long ago," he told Fox News.

Privately, Trump has said that overturning Roe would be "bad for Republicans," according to The New York Times' Maggie Haberman and Michael C. Bender.


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Lead plaintiff in case that made same-sex marriage legal slams Justice Thomas' call for case to be reconsidered

The lead plaintiff in the case that made same-sex marriage legal slammed Justice Clarence Thomas' call for the case to be reconsidered.

Thomas said the Supreme Court should reconsider rulings that protect same-sex marriage, in the wake of Friday's decision to overturn nationwide access to abortions.

"The millions of loving couples who have the right to marriage equality to form their own families do not need Clarence Thomas imposing his individual twisted morality upon them. If you want to see an error in judgment, Clarence Thomas, look in the mirror," Jim Obergefell said in a statement obtained by HuffPost.

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Michelle Obama said she is 'heartbroken' after the Supreme Court's decisionFormer first lady Michelle Obama

Former First Lady Michelle Obama said she is "heartbroken" after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday.

She said before Roe was established, women "risked their lives getting illegal abortions."

"That is what our mothers and grandmothers and great-grandmothers lived through, and now here we are again," Obama wrote in her statement. 

"So yes, I am heartbroken — for the teenage girl full of zest and promise, who won't be able to finish school or live the life she wants because her state controls her reproductive decisions," she added.


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AG Merrick Garland said the Supreme Court dealt 'a devastating blow' to abortion rights

Attorney General Merrick Garland said the Supreme Court dealt a "devastating blow to reproductive freedom in the United States" by eliminating the constitutional right to an abortion.

Garland said in a statement that the Justice Department disagreed with the decision and predicted that it "will have an immediate and irreversible impact on the lives of people across the country."

"And it will be greatly disproportionate in its effect – with the greatest burdens felt by people of color and those of limited financial means," he added.

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Senate announces hearing 'to explore the grim reality of a post-Roe America'

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee announced a hearing to explore the "grim reality" of life in the US in the aftermath of Friday's Supreme Court ruling.

"Today's decision eliminates a federally protected constitutional right that has been the law for nearly half a century," said Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin in a statement.

He continued: "As a result, millions of Americans are waking up in a country where they have fewer rights than their parents and grandparents."

The hearing is set for July 12, a day after the Senate returns from a two-week July 4 recess.


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Biden to deliver remarks on Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade

President Joe Biden will deliver remarks at 12:30 p.m. local time on Friday about the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. 

The White House told reporters that he plans to speak about "the Supreme Court decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization to overturn Roe v. Wade."


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Various politicians react to Friday's Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe

Current and former politicians from both sides of the aisle are reacting to the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Sen. Lindsey Graham said the decision is "a long overdue constitutional correction allowing for elected officials in the states to decide issues of life." 

Roe was "constitutionally unsound from its inception," he said. 

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called Friday "one of the darkest days our country has ever seen." 

"Millions upon millions of American women are having their rights taken from them by five unelected Justices on the extremist MAGA court," he said in a statement shared with Insider.  


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Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats are using the Supreme Court decision as a fundraising opportunity for the 2022 midtermsUS Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi speaks in front of the steps to the House of Representatives with congressional members to speak on the Roe v. Wade issue May 13, 2022 in Washington, DC.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and fellow Democrats are using the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade as a fundraising opportunity ahead of the fall midterms. 

"Can you chip in $15 so we can WIN these midterms and finally codify reproductive rights into law?" Pelosi wrote supporters.

"Our ONLY option is to marshal a response so historic — 100,000 gifts before midnight — that we DEFEAT every anti-choice Republican that made this happen, EXPAND our Majorities, and FINALLY codify our reproductive rights into law. So, can I expect to see your name on my "Pro-Choice Champion" list tomorrow morning?"


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Planned Parenthood president slams Supreme Court decisionAlexis McGill Johnson, president of Planned Parenthood, addresses abortion-rights supporters at the "Bans Off Our Bodies Abortion Rally" at Los Angeles City Hall, Saturday, May 14, 2022.

Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Alexis McGill Johnson said the Supreme Court gave politicians "permission to control what we do with our bodies" after the Friday decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. 

"Due to centuries of racism and systemic discrimination, we already know who will feel the consequences of this horrific decision most acutely: Black, Latino and Indigenous communities, people with disabilities, those living in rural areas, young people, immigrants and those having difficulties making ends meet," she said. 

"All of our freedoms are on the line," she added. 


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DC police are fully activated in response to protests from the Supreme Court decisionPro-choice signs hang on a police barricade at the U.S. Supreme Court Building in Washington, DC, on May 3, 2022.

The Washington, D.C. Police Department has been fully activated after protests broke out over the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. 

The Metropolitan Police Department said in an alert that it would "be fully activated to support expected First Amendment demonstrations," and added that "all members should be prepared to work extended tours as necessary" through Tuesday, June 28. 

A heavy police presence could be seen outside the Supreme Court Friday morning.


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Barack Obama says overturning Roe v. Wade is an attack on 'essential freedoms of millions of Americans'

Former president Barack Obama slammed the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, and urged people to vote and "join with the activists who've been sounding the alarm on abortion access for years."

"Today, the Supreme Court not only reversed nearly 50 years of precedent, it relegated the most intensely personal decision someone can make to the whims of politicians and ideologues — attacking the essential freedoms of millions of Americans," he wrote on Twitter. 

He continued: "Join with the activists who've been sounding the alarm on abortion access for years — and act. Stand with them at a local protest. Volunteer with one of their organizations. Knock on doors for a candidate you believe in. Vote on or before November 8 and in every other election. Because in the end, if we want judges who will protect all, and not just some, of our rights, then we've got to elect officials committed to doing the same."


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Stoking fears of violence, Marjorie Taylor Greene credits Trump for the end of Roe

Far-right Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene praised former President Donald Trump and demonized Democrats in her live reaction to the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade.

"Thank you President Trump," Greene said to a pro-Trump YouTube channel. "God bless you. This got overturned today because of your great work as president, and we want him back."

"I do fear for the safety of people here in D.C.," she said, speculating without citing any evidence that Democrats will riot. 


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Hillary Clinton says decision to overturn Roe will 'live in infamy' and is a 'step backward' for women's rightsExecutive Producer Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks on stage during "Below The Belt" New York Premiere at Museum of Modern Art on May 24, 2022 in New York City.

Hillary Clinton said Friday's Supreme Court ruling is a "step backward" for women's rights.

"Most Americans believe the decision to have a child is one of the most sacred decisions there is, and that such decisions should remain between patients and their doctors," she tweeted after the decision. 

She continued: "Today's Supreme Court opinion will live in infamy as a step backward for women's rights and human rights."


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Friday's decision could undo much of women's economic progress since the 1970sAbortion rights advocates and anti-abortion protesters demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, in Washington, as the court hears arguments in a case from Mississippi, where a 2018 law would ban abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, well before viability.

Friday's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade will have enormous consequences for women's economic progress.

Experts told Insider before the ruling that research points to the fact that abortion legalization has greatly contributed to women's progress in many ways, like reducing rates of teen motherhood and maternal mortality, increasing rates of workforce participation, earnings, and educational attainment.

"This is going to create just a perfect storm of concentrated human misery," said Kimberly Kelly, a sociology professor focused on abortion politics at a Mississippi college, before Friday's decision, adding that overturning Roe means "abortion is going to become a function of class privilege."


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Supreme Court's liberal justices warn more rights are at stake with the end of Roe v. Wade

The Supreme Court's three liberal justices warned in a dissent that other rights could be on the line after Friday's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. 

"Whatever the exact scope of the coming laws, one result of today's decision is certain: the curtailment of women's rights, and of their status as free and equal citizens," read the dissenting opinion authored by Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan.

"No one should be confident that this majority is done with its work," they wrote. "The right Roe and Casey recognized does not stand alone."


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Chief Justice John Roberts says Supreme Court went too far in taking 'the dramatic step' of overturning Roe v. WadeChief Justice John Roberts.

Chief Justice John Roberts said he felt the Supreme Court's five other conservatives went too far in their decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

"The Court's decision to overrule Roe and Casey is a serious jolt to the legal system — regardless of how you view those cases," Roberts wrote in his concurring opinion that was released on Friday along with the majority opinion.

He continued: "A narrower decision rejecting the misguided viability line would be markedly less unsettling, and nothing more is needed to decide this case."


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Pence says the overturning of Roe v. Wade has 'righted a historic wrong'

Former Vice President Mike Pence said the Supreme Court "righted a historic wrong" when it undid nearly 50 years of abortion rights nationwide on Friday.

"Now that Roe v. Wade has been consigned to the ash heap of history, a new arena in the cause of life has emerged and it is incumbent on all who cherish the sanctity of life to resolve that we will take the defense of the unborn and support for women in crisis pregnancies to every state Capitol in America," Pence said in the statement, in one of the first reactions from a politician. 


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Justice Thomas says Supreme Court should reconsider rulings that protect contraception and same-sex marriageJustice Clarence Thomas

Justice Clarence Thomas said the Supreme Court should reconsider rulings that protect contraception, same-sex relationships, and same-sex marriage, in a concurring opinion with the ruling to overturn the precedent set in Roe v. Wade.

"For that reason, in future cases, we should reconsider all of this Court's substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell," the conservative justice wrote. 


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Supreme Court overturns 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade ruling

The Supreme Court has overturned the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade ruling that established the constitutional right to an abortion.

The opinion in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization threw out the decades-old ruling by siding with Mississippi and other states that had passed restrictive anti-abortion laws.

"The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives," the Friday ruling said.

 

The ruling now leaves the legality of abortion up to state legislatures. Over a dozen states have "trigger laws" meant to ban abortion immediately upon the overturning of Roe.

A leaked draft majority opinion obtained by Politico last month seemed to show the court was set to overturn Roe — immediately galvanizing nationwide protests along with condemnation by Democratic lawmakers.


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Toyota is recalling 2,700 of its flagship electric SUVs because its wheels may come off

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 2:06am  |  Clusterstock
People viewing a prototype of Toyota's bZ4X.
  • Toyota said it would recall 2,700 of its new electric SUVs over fears their wheels could come off.
  • Toyota is a world leader in car sales but has been slow to embrace electric vehicles (EV).
  • Analysts said the issue was mechanical in nature and unlikely to point to problems in Toyota's EV plans.

In a dent to its ambitions to become a global leader in electric vehicles, Toyota said it would recall 2,700 newly launched, all-electric SUVs over fears that their wheels could come off.

Toyota said on Thursday that the global recall of model bZ4X would impact about 2,200 cars in Europe, 260 in the US, 10 in Canada, and 110 in Japan, per Reuters. Some of these cars have not been delivered to customers.

"After low-mileage use, all of the hub bolts on the wheel can loosen to the point where the wheel can detach from the vehicle. If a wheel detaches from the vehicle while driving, it could result in a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash," according to Toyota's press release.

The Japanese carmaker said it was still trying to find out what circumstances could cause the wheels to come off, per the release. Toyota said drivers should avoid driving the car until it found a solution. There have been no reported incidents or injuries resulting from this issue so far, according to the Financial Times.

The company did not say how it discovered the problem. An unnamed Japanese government official told Reuters that authorities learned about the issue after some people in the US drove the SUVs.

Another electric vehicle co-developed by Toyota is facing a global recall over the same issue. Subaru said on Thursday that it is asking owners to return about 2,600 units of Solterra, an all-electric car it produced with Toyota, per Reuters.

Toyota was the world's largest car manufacturer in 2021 with more than 10.5 million cars sold, per Nikkei. Despite its global dominance in car sales, Toyota has been slow to embrace fully-electric cars. Toyota marketed the bZ4X as its first all-battery vehicle. It launched the car last month in Japan and had plans to introduce the model to US dealers this spring.

"BZ4X is the first Toyota vehicle to be launched under the global bZ series, with more bZ vehicles on the horizon intending to elevate the BEV segment for years to come," the company touted in a press release in April.

The bZ4X was part of Toyota's plans to become a global leader in electric vehicles. Toyota said in December it would invest $35.2 billion by 2030 into electric cars, per Bloomberg. It would use the investment to develop up to 30 fully-electric models and sell 3.5 million such units by the end of the decade.

Some analysts did not think the recalls were symptomatic of deeper issues within Toyota's electric-vehicle production set-up. David Leggett, an automotive editor at GlobalData, told CNBC the recalls could be discouraging for Toyota, but that "the recall is an early one in the model lifecycle and on a mechanical part that has nothing to do with the car's electric powertrain."

Toyota and Subaru did not immediately respond to Insider's requests for comment.

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After Roe fell, Steve Bannon called for an 'army of the awakened' to 'shatter' Democrats

Mon, 06/27/2022 - 1:23am  |  Clusterstock
In a Gettr post, Steve Bannon urged "patriots" to take advantage of the "Roe momentum" to win the MAGA movement a "massive victory" at the midterm elections.
  • Steve Bannon has called for an "army of the awakened" to rise in post-Roe America.
  • Bannon posted on Gettr touting the SCOTUS ruling as a victory over the "pro-abortion movement."
  • He called on the MAGA movement to capitalize on the situation to win big at the midterm elections.

Right-wing figure Steve Bannon has called for an "army of the awakened" to "shatter" the Democratic party in post-Roe America. 

Bannon made a post on Gettr on Saturday lauding the Supreme Court's overturning of Roe v. Wade, a controversial decision that has led to abortion being halted in some states.

In his post, Bannon called on "the army of the awakened" to rally and capitalize on the verdict. 

"This is the key take-away for MAGA … the pro-abortion movement is shattered and is now turning in on itself — because for 50 years they didn't have to work— the Courts and Regime Media covered for them — now The Abyss," Bannon wrote.

"That's the Democratic Party in November— we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to shatter it into a million small pieces," Bannon added, referring to the upcoming midterm elections.

In another post on Sunday, Bannon urged "patriots" to take advantage of the "Roe momentum" and "flood the zone" to win the MAGA movement a "massive victory" in the midterms.

The Gettr posts were not the first occasion that Bannon, a former Trump strategist, has alluded to a MAGA "army" of some sort taking over the government. 

In a December 2021 episode of his podcast, "War Room: Pandemic," Bannon and Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz floated the possibility of an "army of patriots" and "shock troops" taking over the US government.

Bannon was also seen ranting outside a courthouse in Washington, D.C., in June, claiming that MAGA will "destroy the Democratic Party" and "govern for 100 years." 

"We will govern for a hundred years after we win a hundred seats," Bannon said, baselessly claiming that MAGA candidates will sweep wins in the Senate, school boards, and state legislatures and take the seats for "all the Secretaries of State."

Bannon's comments, however, come at a tense moment in the political landscape. Protests have erupted across the US over Roe v. Wade, at times culminating in tense and violent confrontations

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Texas abortion clinic staff describe how patients screamed, cried, and 'begged for help' when Roe v. Wade was overturned: report

Sun, 06/26/2022 - 11:51pm  |  Clusterstock
A patient at the Alamo Women's Reproductive Services Clinic in San Antonio, Texas, is informed by a staff member on Friday that the clinic can no longer provide her with an abortion.
  • Staff at an abortion clinic in San Antonio, Texas, described the devastating scene after Roe fell.
  • They said they had to tell people they could not get their abortion procedures done.
  • The staff described people screaming, crying, and begging for help after being denied abortions.

Staff at an abortion clinic in Texas said they had to turn away people seeking abortions away just minutes after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday.

Speaking to The 19th, an independent news organization, clinic administrator Andrea Gallegos described how she had to turn away a dozen patients waiting in the lobby of the Alamo Women's Reproductive Services clinic in San Antonio, Texas. 

Gallegos told The 19th that she and the clinic's staff had to tell the people gathered that, because of the ruling, "unfortunately, your geographical location affects your bodily autonomy." 

Per the outlet, Gallegos described the scene at the clinic as being one of "complete despair," with people screaming, crying, and begging for help.

Gallegos also told The 19th that the clinic staff had to contact 20 people who had appointments that day, some of whom were caught by surprise. 

"These are patients that oftentimes are already mothers, they are already taking care of children, some are living paycheck-to-paycheck," Gallegos said, per The 19th.

"These are the folks that are going to be forced into having another child if they can't make it out of state, and those effects, all the way around, are just devastating," Gallegos told the outlet. "Several say, 'How am I supposed to do this? I took off work to be here today and now you want me to travel?'" 

Texas was one of the states that halted abortions after Roe v. Wade was overturned due to trigger laws banning the procedure. This has resulted in people with abortions scheduled on or after the date of the ruling having their procedures canceled.

Under the Texas "trigger law," abortions are banned in the state, with the only exceptions being if the pregnant person's life is in jeopardy or if the person faces "substantial impairment of major bodily function," per the Texas Tribune

According to public opinion polls, most Americans are opposed to the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

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Since the Roe ruling a gynecology clinic in Texas has received increased requests for permanent sterilization: 'I sense that they're scared'

Sun, 06/26/2022 - 11:15pm  |  Clusterstock
Protesters march during an abortion-rights rally on June 25, 2022 in Austin, Texas.
  • A women's health clinic in Texas has received more than 100 requests for permanent sterilizations since Friday.
  • Tubal ligation is a common procedure that involves the removal of both fallopian tubes.
  • Dr. Tyler Handcock told Insider he expects even more requests in the wake of Roe v. Wade being overturned.

A women's health clinic in Austin, Texas, has received dozens of requests for permanent sterilizations after Friday's decision by the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that established a constitutional right to an abortion. 

After the Women's Health Domain closed on Friday evening for the weekend, it received 109 new patient requests, the majority of which were requesting tubal ligation, or permanent sterilization. 

Dr. Tyler Handcock, an OB-GYN who runs the practice, told Insider he was in disbelief, as the clinic has only been open for about a month. 

"I sense that they're scared, they're anxious, they're nervous. They're fearful that other rights are going to be taken away. Maybe they're afraid contraception in general will be taken away down the road. So they want to take care of this now because they don't feel like anybody is supporting them," he said of his patients. 

In the next few weeks, reproductive rights in Texas will drastically change. The state has a "trigger law" in place which means abortions will be banned from the moment of fertilization. This is set to go into effect 30 days after the Supreme Court's judgment. While the trigger law prohibits prosecuting a person who undergoes an abortion, earlier this year, a 26-year-old Texan woman was charged with murder after a "self-induced abortion."

Texas will also provide few exceptions to save the life of a pregnant person or prevent "substantial impairment of major bodily function" which is why more Americans in the state are weighing their reproductive health options.  

From one or two requests to more than a hundred

Handcock said the majority of requests for tubal ligation ranged from people aged 20 to 30 years old. Prior to Friday, he said it was typical for the clinic to receive one to two requests related to this procedure per week.

Tubal ligation is a common procedure that involves the removal of both fallopian tubes. The benefits of it are nearly zero ectopic pregnancies – when a fertilized egg implants itself outside of the womb – and it can also decrease the risk of ovarian cancer.

The surgery consists of a small, five-millimeter laparoscopic incision, but Handcock said it requires complex counseling prior to the operation because it is not reversible.

"The biggest risk is the risk of regret," he told Insider.

Because of this, Handcock said his clinic has numerous conversations with patients about the procedure, even asking them on the day of surgery if they're sure they want to have it.

"If we have a patient who's 25 years old and wants to get permanent birth control, well, that's all fine. Let's talk about it and let's go over your options. It's safe, it's ethical, it's legal, but there is a risk of regret. And the younger you are, the higher that risk of regret is obviously," he said.

The procedure is covered by Medicare and Medicaid and anyone above the age of 21 can access it. 

"I think that if it's happening here, that means it's happening everywhere else."

In response to the influx of requests, Handcock said the practice will do its best to accommodate all of the requests by working longer hours and holding group appointments to see as many patients as it can. 

Handcock is anticipating more requests and believes other clinics like his are fielding numerous calls about this procedure.

"I think that if it's happening here, that means it's happening everywhere else. Red or blue, I think that people are scared because under it all, this is a human rights issue that's been taken away. And I think people truly are fearful for other human rights being eroded, whether it's minority rights, gay rights. I think we're all at risk." he told Insider.

The majority of patients Handcock typically sees who want permanent sterilization have already had children and are done with childbearing but he anticipates this changing in light of the Supreme Court's decision.

"I think it's going to be a huge shift with this thunderous change in our society as of Friday, where we're going to see patients who have never had kids request permanent sterilization," he said. "And I think that's okay. I'm an advocate for them as well."

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The impact of Kavanaugh's confirmation on the 2018 elections may reveal how the reversal of Roe v. Wade could impact this year's midterms

Sun, 06/26/2022 - 8:36pm  |  Clusterstock
U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
  • 40 Republican House seats flipped to Democratic candidates following Kavanaugh's 2018 confirmation.
  • In 27 of those races, GOP candidates led in polls taken prior to Kavanaugh's contentious hearings. 
  • The reaction to his confirmation may show how the repeal of Roe v. Wade could impact this year's midterms.

As political analysts seek to understand the possible impact of Roe v. Wade being overturned on this year's midterm elections, some suggest that data from 2018 may reveal possible trends. 

In 2018, following the contentious confirmation hearings of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh — who was accused of sexual assault by Christine Ford — 40 Republican US House seats flipped to Democratic candidates. GOP candidates led in polls taken prior to the hearings and went on to lose in November in 27 of those races, indicating increased mobilization among partisan voters following the hearings.  

"This is when the midterms were decided. Everything leading up to it was, for many Americans, a gradual erosion of political and societal norms. But nonetheless, it was gradual. Often politically imperceptible. A general state of unease favoring the status quo over an electoral revolution," B.J. Rudell, a political strategist, wrote in an opinion article for The Hill

He continued: "But Republicans giving an accused sexual predator a lifetime appointment on the nation's highest court was the lightning rod that struck the political life out of 27 House Republicans who, up to that point, had had a good shot at winning in November and keeping the chamber in GOP hands."

The Supreme Court's decision on Friday to repeal federal abortion protections established by Roe v. Wade may cause a similar increase in voter activity in this year's midterms. Historically, first-term presidents often lose Congressional seats in the first midterms, but recent polls indicate a closing gap when it comes to whether voters want Republican or Democratic candidates in Congress. 

As Democratic candidates have launched massive mobilization and fundraising efforts in the days since the ruling, it is unclear if Democratic leaders' plans for a voting turnout blitz will lead to election results. 

"For Democrats to win — and perhaps win big — in November, they already have everything they need: They simply need to make the 2022 midterms a referendum for the majority of citizens who recognize 19th-century immoral norms don't belong in 21st-century America," Rudell wrote for The Hill

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Lindsey Graham said Alito's abortion opinion was correct for distinguishing Roe from same-sex marriage and contraception rulings

Sun, 06/26/2022 - 7:52pm  |  Clusterstock
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham.
  • Justice Alito made a distinction between abortion rights and other rulings in his opinion overturning Roe.
  • In a concurring opinion, Justice Thomas said the court should review same-sex marriage and contraception cases.
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham said he respects Thomas but that Alito "set the right tone" in his decision.

Republican South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham said Sunday that Justice Samuel Alito, unlike Justice Clarence Thomas, was correct for saying same-sex marriage and contraception would not be affected by the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade

In his concurring opinion on the ruling, Thomas wrote "we should reconsider all of this Court's substantive due process precedents" for cases regarding contraceptive accesssame-sex relationships, and same-sex marriage.

Graham was asked about Thomas' opinion and whether or not it would affect moderate voters.

"I really respect Clarence Thomas.... but Alito, I think set the right tone," Graham said on "Fox News Sunday." 

"He said nothing in this decision puts those cases at risk," Graham said. "The reason he decided that Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided is because it deals with the potential for life."

Alito wrote that Roe and Planned Parenthood v. Casey dealt with the "critical moral question" of the "life of an 'unborn human being,'" which distinguished it from rulings on same sex-marriage, same-sex relationships and contraceptives.

However, in 2020 he rebuked the 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges decision that legalized same-sex marriage in a joint statement with Thomas, saying it was a "novel constitutional right" that had "ruinous consequences for religious liberty."

Critics have said that the decision to overturn Roe could put enumerated rights, or rights not explicitly mentioned in the constitution, at risk of being rolled back.

Earlier in the interview, Graham called the decision to overturn Roe a " huge victory for the pro-life movement."

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Rudy Giuliani was slapped by a supermarket worker while campaigning for his son in New York

Sun, 06/26/2022 - 6:37pm  |  Clusterstock
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks during a news conference in Miami in July 2021.
  • Guiliani's son Andrew is running as the Republican candidate for governor of New York.
  • A witness told The New York Post she was standing "shoulder-to-shoulder" with Giuliani when an on-duty employee slapped him on the back.
  • Giuliani said he regained his composure after being hit.

Rudy Giuliani was attacked by a supermarket worker while campaigning for his son in New York, according to The New York Post.

Guiliani was at a ShopRite on Staten Island where he was helping his son, Andrew, who is running as a Republican candidate for governor of New York.

Rita Rugova-Johnson, a witness, told the Post she was standing "shoulder-to-shoulder" with Guiliani when an on-duty employee slapped him on the back and said, "Hey, what's up scumbag?"

According to Rugova-Johnson, the employee was arrested by law enforcement. The Post reported the suspect is a 39-year-old from Staten Island who will be charged with second-degree assault involving a person over 65 years old.

Giuliani told the Post he regained his composure after being hit.

Rudy Giuliani, Andrew Giuliani's campaign, and Shoprite did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

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Are abortions legal in Canada? Yes, but access can be challenging depending on where you live: 'It's not all perfect here'

Sun, 06/26/2022 - 6:23pm  |  Clusterstock
A pro-choice counter-protester holds a sign on the sidelines of the pro-life National March for Life in Ottawa, Ontario, on May 12, 2022.
  • Access to abortion is enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
  • Many abortion facilities are located in major cities, which creates barriers for those in rural areas.
  • Abortion care cannot be accessed in Canada after 24 weeks.

Abortion is legal in Canada, but access to care remains an issue for Canadians who live in small towns or rural parts of the country.

Access to abortion is enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The landmark decision, R v. Morgentaler was made in 1988 when the Supreme Court of Canada decided restrictive criminal laws on abortion violated the Charter rights of women, specifically the security of the person.

Michelle Fortin, the executive director of Options for Sexual Health, based in British Columbia, told Insider that advocates like herself don't necessarily want it to become a law.

"Laws can be changed, but to change the charter would take a whole lot of work," she said. 

Fortin said about one in three Canadians will have an abortion in their lifetime and nearly 60% of people who seek an abortion already have children. She said ensuring equitable access should be top of mind, especially for those who are racialized, Indigenous, living in poverty, or part of the LGBTQ community.

"Supporting choice doesn't mean supporting abortion. It means supporting other people's choices for their own bodies," she said.

Most abortion facilities in the country are located in major city centers near the Canada-US border, which leaves large swaths of the population without access to providers. 

Jill Doctoroff, the executive director of the National Abortion Federation Canada told Insider that NAF helps with abortion-related travel costs for those who may have financial difficulties.

Another barrier facing Canadians wanting to access abortion care depends on what province they reside in. For those who live in Prince Edward Island, abortion care can be accessed up to 12 weeks and six days gestation. Anyone wanting an abortion after that time must travel to another province. 

"It's not all perfect here either and as you can imagine, the barrier-issues folks have are important and real to them," Doctoroff told Insider. 

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Clarence Thomas dismisses 'ridiculous' criticism that he doesn't ask enough questions during Supreme Court oral arguments: book

Sun, 06/26/2022 - 4:18pm  |  Clusterstock
Associate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
  • Clarence Thomas dismissed criticism that he isn't vocal enough during Supreme Court oral arguments.
  • "If you look at the history of the Court, the Court was a very quiet Court," he said in a new book.
  • Thomas, a pillar of the six-member conservative bloc, has served on the Supreme Court since 1991.

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in a new book dismissed critics who have accused him of not asking enough questions during oral arguments, arguing that there was no need for him to be "hyperactive."

In the book, "Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words," co-edited by Michael Pack and Mark Paoletta, the judge sat down with Pack for over 30 hours between November 2017 and March 2018, in what became an expanded companion to the 2020 documentary of the same name.

During his conversation with Pack, Thomas addressed why he doesn't feel the need to be excessively vocal when hearing cases. 

"That stuff is ridiculous," he said of the criticism. "If you look at the history of the Court, the Court was a very quiet Court."

He continued: "Justice (William) Brennan rarely asked questions. Justice (Lewis) Powell rarely asked questions," referring to William Brennan, who served from 1956 to 1990, and Lewis Powell who served from 1971 to 1987. 

"This is all new. When I got to the Court, people actually listened: Justice (Byron) White, Chief Justice (William) Rehnquist, Justice (Harry) Blackmun. Justice (Thurgood) Marshall wasn't on the Court with me. But I heard by and large they were pretty quiet."

Thomas, who has been a member of the Supreme Court since 1991, is a pillar of its six-member conservative bloc. He said in the book that the emphasis on vocalizing opinions is not needed in the Supreme Court setting.

"We've gotten very hyperactive now. I think it's unnecessary, and I don't think it befits the Court, and it doesn't advance the process," he said.

He added: "I think that an advocate should be allowed to advocate. We are judges, not advocates. We should act accordingly. Yeah, we might have opinions, but it's not my job to argue with lawyers; it's their job to make their cases and there's an advocate on each side."

He continued, "The referee in the game should not be a participant in the game. There might be things you want to flesh out, but we cannot cross the line between advocacy and judging."

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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson calls overturning of Roe v. Wade a 'backward step,' says the ruling 'spoke of the advancement' of women's rights

Sun, 06/26/2022 - 3:46pm  |  Clusterstock
US President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson attend the G7 group photo on the first day of the G7 summit at Schloss Elmau on June 26, 2022 near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
  • The US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday. 
  • UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the move "backwards."
  • However, he said it doesn't change the view of the US image as representative of democracy and freedom.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the US Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade was a "step backwards."

"I want to stress that this is not our court, it's not our jurisdiction," Johnson told CNN's Jake Tapper on Sunday. "So, in a sense, it's for the United States, it's not for the UK. But the Roe v. Wade judgment, when it came out, was important psychologically for people around the world, and it spoke of the advancement of the rights of women, I think."

Johnson added: "And I regret what seems to me to be a backward step," he continued. "But I'm speaking as someone looking in from the outside."

On Friday, the Supreme Court in a 5-4 ruling overturned the 1973 landmark decision that made abortion legal. Several states already have triggered laws that would ban abortion. 

However, Johnson said he doesn't think it changes the US's role and image as a representative of rights and freedom.

"I think the United States, for me, it remains a shining city on a hill. It's an incredible guarantor of values, democracy, freedom around the world," he said. 

Several global reproductive and women's rights groups have condemned the decision, adding that it could have consequences worldwide. 

"Almost all unsafe abortions currently occur in developing countries, and UNFPA fears that more unsafe abortions will occur around the world if access to abortion becomes more restricted. Decisions reversing progress gained have a wider impact on the rights and choices of women and adolescents everywhere,"  the United Nations' sexual and reproductive health agency said in a statement

Sarah Shaw, MSI Reproductive Choices' Global Head of Advocacy, said the impact of the decision will "also be felt around the world."

"But while this vote may embolden the anti-choice movement around the world, it has also motivated the global community to reassert the right to choose," ," she wrote in a statement. "To anyone who wants to deny someone's right to make decisions about what is right for their body and their future, our message is 'We are not going back.'"

She added, "We will never stop working towards a world where everyone, everywhere has the right to choose, and this attack only strengthens our resolve."

 

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Clarence Thomas says an 'arrogant' reporter once argued with his mother about how many children she had: book

Sun, 06/26/2022 - 3:40pm  |  Clusterstock
Associate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in 2007.
  • Thomas in a new book blasted an "arrogant" reporter who questioned his mother about the number of children she had.
  • "How can you be so arrogant to tell a woman how many kids she had?" he told filmmaker Michael Pack.
  • The jurist discussed the media scrutiny he faced after Anita Hill accused him of sexual harassment. 

When Clarence Thomas was going through the Supreme Court confirmation process in 1991, he knew there would be questions about his legal record, especially as he was a sitting judge on highly influential United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

However, after Anita Hill accused Thomas of sexual harassment while working with him at the US Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the media firestorm prompted reporters to explore more of the judge's background.

Thomas in a newly-released book recalled how some in the media doubted the existence of Pin Point, Georgia, the small community outside of Savannah where he was born, with a reporter even questioning his mother about how many children she birthed.

In the book, "Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words," co-edited by Michael Pack and Mark Paoletta, the conservative jurist sat down with Pack for over 30 hours between November 2017 and March 2018, in what became an expanded companion to the 2020 documentary of the same name.

Thomas in the interview questioned why he would mislead anyone about his birthplace and spoke of how his mother asked one reporter to leave her home.

"Initially when the media were told I was from Pin Point, they said Pin Point didn't exist. And that was really funny," he told Pack.

He continued: "These guys know so much. They said, 'You're a liar.' Who would lie about where you're from? That's easy to prove, and who would lie about it?"

Thomas was incredulous at the behavior of one of the reporters looking into his mother's background.

"One of the reporters went to Savannah and argued with my mother about the number of kids she had. How do you argue with a woman about the number of kids she had?" he said. "She eventually had to tell them to leave."

Thomas added: "He said they can only find records for two kids. How can you be so arrogant to tell a woman how many kids she had? But I think that it is similarly arrogant to tell people what their views ought to be just because of their race."

Thomas was eventually confirmed by the Senate in a 52-48 vote, but not after a heated set of hearings, where he defended himself vigorously against Hill's claims.

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says a Russian victory in Ukraine would be 'absolutely catastrophic'

Sun, 06/26/2022 - 2:46pm  |  Clusterstock
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he speaks during a press conference on the third and final day of the G7 summit in Biarritz, on August 26, 2019.
  • Boris Johnson on Sunday said a Putin victory in Ukraine would be "absolutely catastrophic."
  • On CNN, he said that sending aid to Ukraine was "a price worth paying for democracy and freedom."
  • Johnson is engaging with other leaders, including President Biden, at the G7 summit in Germany.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday said that allowing Russian President Vladimir Putin to succeed in his invasion of Ukraine would be "absolutely catastrophic."

Johnson made the remarks while appearing on CNN's "State of the Union," only hours after Russia launched more missile attacks in Kyiv.

The British leader told anchor Jake Tapper that Western nations needed to maintain their resolve in assisting Ukraine in their efforts to stave off further advances by Russian military forces, even with oil prices remaining elevated across much of the world, including the US.

"I would just say to people in the United States that this is something that America historically does and has to do, and that is to step up for peace and freedom and democracy," he said. "And if we let Putin get away with it, and just annex, conquer sizable parts of a free, independent, sovereign country, which is what he is poised to do ... then the consequences for the world are absolutely catastrophic."

Johnson and other Group of Seven (G7) world leaders arrived in Germany's Bavarian Alps this weekend and are set to continue mapping out their approach to handling Russia's aggression.

US President Joe Biden on Sunday announced that the G7 would bar gold imports from Russia in order to cut off another revenue stream that could be used to continue funding their invasion, according to The Washington Post.

However, as energy costs rise globally, G7 leaders are also contending with their resolve in maintaining sanctions against Russia — especially as consumers and workers have grown increasingly frustrated by higher costs compared to a year ago.

Johnson has been a staunch ally to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during the conflict, even visiting Kyiv twice to meet with the leader.

The British prime minister cautioned that allowing Russia to succeed in its mission would create more challenges in the future.

"You can see the consequences, the lessons that will be drawn," he told CNN. "That is what is ultimately disastrous, not just for democracy and for the independence of countries, but for economic stability."

Johnson emphasized that funding for Ukraine from Western nations, including billions in US aid, was "a price worth paying for democracy and freedom."

He also said that the crackdown on political opposition in Russia has allowed Putin to pursue his ambitions unchecked.

"Do you really think that Vladimir Putin would have launched an invasion of another sovereign country if he'd had people to listen to, properly arguing, if he'd had a committee of backbenchers?" he asked.

And Johnson opined that he didn't feel as though American democracy was in peril, despite the political turmoil caused by the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021.

"I think that reports of the death of democracy in the United States are grossly, grossly exaggerated," he told Tapper. "America is a shining city on a hill for me, and it will continue to be so."

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Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says providers should face criminal consequences — not the woman— if an illegal abortion is performed in the state

Sun, 06/26/2022 - 2:42pm  |  Clusterstock
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, is sworn into the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Dirksen Building titled Examining Federal Sentencing for Crack and Powder Cocaine, on Tuesday, June 22, 2021.
  • Hutchinson says the providers who perform illegal abortions should face criminal penalties, not the woman.
  • Arkansas was one of the states that banned abortions, following the Supreme Court's decision. 
  • On Friday, SCOTUS overturned Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortions nationwide. 

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says that providers should face criminal repercussions if they perform an illegal abortion in the state — not the woman — during an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday.

Moderator Chuck Todd asked Hutchinson if there will be "a department in Arkansas that inspects all miscarriages or investigates miscarriages," to which the governor responded, "No."

"We obviously have oversight of abortion clinics to make sure that they follow the law. But again, Chuck, this is about a limited ruling on abortion that is historic in nature, will save lives," Hutchinson said. "But the other decisions, when you're talking about miscarriages, the exception is, of course, if the life of the mother, if there's a medical, health emergency, and that's between the physician."

He added, "They're going to make those judgments on how to handle those things. This is simply about abortion."

—Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) June 26, 2022

Arkansas was among the states that had "trigger laws" that went into effect after the Supreme Court repealed Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling that legalized abortion. In the state, the only exception of the law is to save the person's life, with no exceptions for incest or rape, local news reported.

During the program, Todd asked the Republican governor if  physicians who perform a "necessary" abortion if they're "going to get investigated."

"They certainly should not," Hutchinson said. 

He added, "They have to make those medical judgments. And it's not the state's judgment to reconfigure those or to rethink those. They make those judgments," Hutchinson said. "And the decision that has to be made is whether there's an abortion, and then you go after the provider as a criminal penalty, not the woman."

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