Former All Blacks Rugby Player Comes Out + More News

Former rugby player Campbell Johnstone (image via Instagram)

Some news items you might have missed:

The Advocate: Campbell Johnstone, a former member of the New Zealand All Blacks, has come out as gay. The All Blacks are New Zealand’s national rugby team for international competition, and one of the most dominant teams in the history of rugby. Continue reading “Former All Blacks Rugby Player Comes Out + More News”

Boston LGBTQ Senior Housing Project Defaced + More News

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Some news items you might have missed:

Boston.com: LGBTQ Senior Housing Inc., a Massachusetts non-profit that works to create affordable housing for LGBTQ+ seniors, said in a Facebook post Sunday that signs at The Pryde — their current housing project in Hyde Park — had anti-LGBTQ+ hate speech spray-painted on them. Continue reading “Boston LGBTQ Senior Housing Project Defaced + More News”

Sen. Susan Collins: Gorsuch & Kavanaugh Told Me Otherwise Regarding Roe

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) said in a statement today the report that the Supreme Court is prepping to overturn Roe v. Wade concerns her because such a decision would be "completely inconsistent" with her interviews with Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh prior to their confirmation.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME)

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) said in a statement today the report that the Supreme Court is prepping to overturn Roe v. Wade concerns her because such a decision would be “completely inconsistent” with her interviews with Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh prior to their confirmation. Continue reading “Sen. Susan Collins: Gorsuch & Kavanaugh Told Me Otherwise Regarding Roe”

Texas Lawmakers Approved Tighter Restrictions On Abortion-Inducing Pill

Road sign reading Texas

While many Americans are still aghast at the highly-restrictive abortion law that went into effect in Texas this week, it turns out there’s more bad news from the Lone Star state. Another bill passed by the GOP-controlled state Legislature, Senate Bill 4, will limit access to abortion-inducing pills. Continue reading “Texas Lawmakers Approved Tighter Restrictions On Abortion-Inducing Pill”

Supreme Court Will Hear Challenge To Abortion Rights

The U.S. Supreme Court (2021)
The U.S. Supreme Court (2021)
The U.S. Supreme Court (2021)

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case from Mississippi that directly challenges the 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade which established a constitutional right to abortion.

With the current 6-3 conservative majority on the high court, this very well could lead to a huge restriction in abortion rights.

From the New York Times:

The case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, No. 19- 1392, concerns a law enacted by the Republican-dominated Mississippi legislature that banned abortions if “the probable gestational age of the unborn human” was determined to be more than 15 weeks. The statute included narrow exceptions for medical emergencies or “a severe fetal abnormality.”

Lower courts said the law was plainly unconstitutional under Roe, which forbids states from banning abortions before fetal viability — the point at which fetuses can sustain life outside the womb, or around 23 or 24 weeks.

Mississippi’s sole abortion clinic sued, saying the law ran afoul of Roe and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the 1992 decision that affirmed Roe’s core holding.

Judge Carlton W. Reeves of Federal District Court in Jackson, Miss., blocked the law in 2018, saying the legal issue was straightforward and questioning the state lawmakers’ motives.

In his ruling, Reeves wrote that he believed the Mississippi lawmakers knew exactly what they were doing when they passed the law setting up an eventual appearance at SCOTUS.

A 3-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in New Orleans, agreed with Reeve’s ruling.

It should come as no surprise that the basis for the legislation was written by the hate group Alliance Defending Freedom.