Democratic attorneys general are gearing up to fight for abortion rights
If you’re looking for examples of upcoming state-level abortion fights, look no further than Michigan.
Yesterday, a judge preemptive timeout The state has long banned abortion.Michigan law dating back to 1931, and make abortion a felony unless the mother’s life is in danger.The law did not take effect because it was related to Roe v WadeDecades-old protection, but abortion rights advocates fear it could kick in if the Supreme Court overturns it roe.
Dana Nessel, the state’s Democratic attorney general, said she has no plans Appeal the judge’s decision. The decision is not surprising – Nessel has previously said she would refuse to execute Such an injunction if the justices step down roe.
But this episode underscores it: State attorneys general have enormous power over their state’s rules. The Democratic Attorney Generals Association (DAGA) is preparing to spend millions to elect candidates who support abortion rights, including in red states that could ban nearly all abortions.roe world.
Planned Parenthood in Michigan:
#break in 🚨: The Michigan Court of Claims just granted our request for a preliminary injunction to Michigan’s 1931 criminal abortion ban. This means abortion access in Michigan is protected while we pursue a full-scale lawsuit against outdated and unconstitutional laws.
— Planned Parenthood of Michigan (@PPofMI) May 17, 2022
In early April, Planned Parenthood in Michigan and state abortion providers file a lawsuit prevent enforcement of the ban. Judge Elizabeth Gleisherof Michigan Court of Claims, interim banroe Banned yesterday. But her comments on the issue go a step further.
- “The court held that the plaintiff had a good chance of winning the case. On the merits of their constitutional challenge,” Gleicher wrote in an article 27 page order.
Shortly after, Nessel, who was running for re-election this year, issued a statement in support of the ban, calling it “a victory for millions of Michigan women fighting for their rights.” While Nessel won’t appeal the ruling, the Republican-controlled legislature can.
Some say this could serve as a test case in states with previous abortion bans roe Decided.
- “I think other states will do the same thing as Michigan,” he said. Clark Forsyth, Senior Legal Advisor Americans are united for life, An anti-abortion law firm and advocacy group. He criticized Nessel’s earlier comments that she would not enforce the law if it came into force “without principle”, saying it was the attorney general’s job to “defend the law”.
If Democrats get their way, more attorney generals may oppose pre-predictionroe law.this Democratic Attorney Generals Association The record that is planning to spend the most $30 million Help support candidates for abortion rights, especially in battleground states like Georgia and Arizona, according to a memo from the group.
Since 2019, the association has conducted a touchstone. Candidates for attorney general must support abortion to gain political committee support.Democratic candidates promise that if roe overturned, as in delve deeper into the issue exist politics last week.
Wisconsin game is another game the association is concerned about, says Jeff Bulgan DAGA spokesperson.Similar to Michigan, the state has a pre-roe Banned books.Attorney General Josh Kaur (D), the incumbent said he does not intend to enforce Abortion ban if Supreme Court overturns landmark 1973 ruling, according to Wisconsin Magazine.
Simultaneously… this republican association of attorneys general Said the only litmus test for its candidate was a “commitment to support and defend the Constitution and the rule of law”.
Both parties see the Attorney General’s race as crucial. Democrats say the leaked draft should be a rallying cry for voters who don’t want to lose the process, while Republicans see their attorney general as the last line of defense against the Democrats’ agenda.
Axios: Homeland Security Prepares for Violence After Supreme Court Abortion Ruling
federal government is Prepare for potential growth Political violence after justices release ruling in potentially overturned case Roe v Wadeaccording to a Department of Homeland Security obtained memo Love News.
The unclassified May 13 memo said the threats following the leak of the draft opinion — aimed at judges, lawmakers, health care providers and more — “are likely to persist and may increase before and after the official court ruling is issued. “
Abortion-related violence has historically been driven by anti-abortion extremists, Love News wrote. But extremist behavior could also come from abortion rights supporters, the memo said.
However: “The mere advocacy of political or social positions, political activism, the use of strong rhetoric, or general philosophical advocacy of violent tactics does not constitute domestic violent extremism or illegal activity and is constitutionally protected.”
Democrats propose funding for baby formula shortages
House Democrats are ready $28 million exist emergency fund as part of a broader policy push to contain National shortage baby formula, post Tony Rom and Laura Reilly Report. The proposed spending comes amid new reports of two children being hospitalized because their parents were unable to access special formulas.
Here’s what you need to know:
House leaders aim to pass the bill this week, after which they hope to complete a separate but related job to help low-income families. But on Capitol Hill, it’s unclear whether the new funding — which is largely for more federal inspections — will provide immediate relief to families without milk powder.
Also uncertain is the political fate of the Democrats’ latest legislative strategyas Republicans expressed early opposition to spending measures that could be doomed in a divided Senate.
The new legislation is part of a solution to a potential crisis — driven by supply chain issues and the shutdown of a major formula production program in Sturgis, Michigan — that includes hearings and new challenges to formula industry executives. The review is directed at the FDA.
House Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone Jr. (DN.J):
It is unconscionable for families to struggle to find safe and affordable infant formula.
I’m holding hearings with the FDA and executives from Abbott, Gerber, and Reckitt to ensure that infants in America have access to formula and a crisis like this never happens again. https://t.co/rucAyPGVXb
— Rep. Frank Pallone (@FrankPallone) May 17, 2022
Rep. Jahana Hayes (D-Connecticut):
Today, my colleagues and I shared the actions Congress is taking to address infant formula shortages and shared information on my bill, the Access to Infant Formula Act, which would protect families participating in the WIC program from Impact of future supply chain disruptions or recalls. pic.twitter.com/w3ZFziP6oR
— Jahana Hayes (@RepJahanaHayes) May 17, 2022
Lowering the cost of Medicare age
Lowering Medicare eligibility to age 60 would add approximately 7.3 million people The program’s roster and additional $155 billion According to a five-year national deficit new analysis Depend on Congressional Budget Office and joint tax council.
The analysis found that enacting the policy would reduce the number of people covered by employment-based insurance by about 50%. 3.2 million peopleand provide information about 400,000 Americans without health insurance.
progressives in congress keep pushing Lowering the Medicare age, but Democratic leaders ultimately did not include the policy in the party’s currently stalled economic plan.
International researchers work to identify causes of childhood hepatitis cases
Experts are scrambling to unravel the culprit behind a mysterious global outbreak of pediatric hepatitis cases, which at least affects 450 children across 20 countries, Including 109 in the United States, Our colleagues Lena H. Sun Report.
Hepatitis — an inflammation of the liver — is usually caused by one of several known viruses, but all have been ruled out in this unusually severe wave of cases.
- Eleven children diedincluding five in the United States.
- More than two dozen need liver transplants, There are 15 in this country.
The growing number of cases has sparked international investigations into the cause, as disease detectives and researchers from global health agencies in the US, UK, Israel and others share data and hypotheses. Seven months after studying a growing number of cases, international disease researchers told Lena that they haven’t had an “aha moment,” but have narrowed down two prime suspects who may work individually or in concert:
- One is adenovirus, A common family of viruses that can cause pink eye or the common cold.
- The other is the coronaviruswhich some doctors believe may be inflammation of the liver through an old infection or a co-infection that triggers an overreaction of the immune system.
Eric Topol, founder and director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute:
Epidemiologist David Fissman:
Yes, Mystery Hepatitis Likely After Covid-19
Yes, childhood vaccinations can prevent immune-mediated covid complications
Yes, if your child is old enough, make sure they are vaccinated against Covid-19
— David Fisman (@DFisman) May 12, 2022
Americans navigate murky waters in latest wave of pandemic
people are mainly by myself in response to the latest wave of the coronavirus pandemic.The Post reports that a highly contagious sub-variant of omicron is spreading as the government discloses fewer data on infections and abandons measures to contain the virus Finite Lapierre, Katie Shepherd and Dan Keating Report.
The latest rise in infections is being tested New CDC Alert System Adopted by local and state governments. So far, it has classified the covid-19 community level as “low” even as the number of new cases reaches levels once considered high – which experts say may mask the real risk of contracting covid-19.
- more than two thirds of Americans live in low-risk areas CDC Metrics.
- but 43% Residents in the Northeast live in areas considered high risk, with 9% in the Midwest and below 1% in the south and west, respectively.
Experts say Americans can assume infections in their communities are 5 to 10 times higher than official statistics.At the same time, hospitalization rates have risen across the country 50% But it remains near the lowest level of hospitalizations for the entire pandemic since bottoming out six weeks ago.
CDC on the latest covid-19 rates:
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration Empowering Coronavirus Boosters Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine For children as young as 5 years old, our colleagues Caroline Y. Johnson and Laurie McKinley Report.
- White House announces American family Available to order now Eight more free home coronavirus tests ahead of possible summer down tidepost Katie Shepherd wrote.
- WHO is sound the alarm Regarding health care regulations in Ukraine, It said every third of patients had difficulty accessing medication, one in five needed psychological help and that sexual violence was on the rise, Reuters Report.
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