🇺🇸 Under the Radar
April 29, 2022

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Trending On The Left


CNN: Biden taking 'hard look' at student loan debt but 'not considering' $50,000 per borrower

New York Times: How Governor Ron DeSantis Transformed Florida’s Political Identity

Huff Post: Rep. Greene: 'I Don't Recall' Which GOP Rep. Wanted Trump To Declare Martial Law

Trending On The Right


Wash Examiner: House GOP poised to gain three to four seats in volatile redistricting process

DW: ‘Bulletproof’ Case For Special Counsel To Probe Hunter, And Possibly Joe Biden 

Fox: Rep. Jordan's questioning of Mayorkas about migrants on terror watch list goes off the rails

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Massive Request for Ukraine, Biden Not Sweating Recession, Mixed COVID Messages


World: Biden seeks $33 billion war chest to support Ukraine, Zelensky wants quick approval (Reuters)

US: Biden 'not concerned' about recession after US economy shrinks in first quarter of 2022 (Fox Business)

US: Nation hears mixed messages on pandemic (The Hill)

US: Moderna seeks to be 1st with COVID shots for littlest kids (AP)

US: Mayorkas called ‘Benedict Arnold’ in heated House exchange over border crisis (NY Post)

US: DeSantis officials say Florida won't pay Disney's debt — but there's no plan yet (POLITICO)

US: Who Is Nina Jankowicz? Head of Joe Biden's Disinformation Governance Board (Newsweek)

World: What Russia cutting off energy to Poland and Bulgaria means for the world (NPR)

US: Biden's planned ban on menthol cigarettes divides Black Americans (The Hill)

US: Times Square is mounting a comeback (Axios)

US: Snap launches a $230 flying camera called Pixy (CNBC)

POLITICS

Under the Radar

In recent months, the war in Ukraine, COVID-19, and inflation have taken turns dominating the headlines. Meanwhile, the ever present abortion debate has remained largely under the radar, despite new state laws concerning the subject, and the possibility the Supreme Court could overturn Roe v. Wade.

News Coverage from the Right: Federal court dismisses challenges to Texas abortion law’s private enforcement provision (Fox News)

News Coverage from the Left: Kentucky abortion law blocked in win for clinics (ABC)

From the Flag: Just yesterday Oklahoma passed a near-total ban on abortions, modeled after a similar law in Texas. Here's more from both sides on the laws, rights, and attitudes concerning the termination of pregnancies.

LEFT-LEANING SENTIMENT

Abortion Restrictions Have Damaging Consequences


  • The Supreme Court’s forthcoming ruling concerning a Mississippi abortion law will be a polarizing decision that will alienate half of the country.
  • Abortion restrictions are causing women trauma, as doctors are being prevented from properly treating miscarriages.
  • Laws restricting abortions are becoming increasingly vague, which helps those looking to deny abortion access.

“The supreme court’s coming abortion ruling may spark a new era of US unrest” Stephen Marche, The Guardian Opinion: “This summer, when the US supreme court makes its long-expected decision in Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization, it will inevitably alienate half the country. … In anticipation of the overturning of Roe v Wade, several states have passed draconian anti-abortion laws, in the expectation that they won’t be challenged. … Two American blocs are emerging. In the south and parts of the west and midwest, abortion laws are about to return to where they were in the 1950s. The rest of the country has already set itself in opposition to these laws. The division will not stay considerate and respectful, particularly in areas where liberal and conservative states neighbor one another. In anticipation of a post-Roe world and a flood of out-of-state patients, abortion providers have established a series of abortion clinics in Illinois, across the river from more conservative Missouri. Oregon recently invested in a $15m fund for medical refugees traveling from Idaho for abortions.”

“These Laws Are Making Miscarriage More Traumatic in America” Jessica Grosse, New York Times Opinion: “...because the options that doctors have to end a miscarriage that doesn’t happen on its own — medication or surgery — are the same ones involved in an abortion, outlawing abortion would have a chilling effect on medical providers... Doctors wind up being afraid to conduct any procedure that may be misconstrued as an illegal abortion, even when they’re treating patients who miscarry. Women can then wind up with little choice about how their miscarriages end, sometimes simply having to wait to miscarry “naturally,” which may take weeks and risk their health in the process. ‘Make no mistake, these laws have a chilling effect on the ability to practice safe obstetrics,’ said Dr. Courtney A. Schreiber…’These laws put physicians in an impossible position of having to balance regulations that don’t take into account the complexity of pregnancy and an actual person’s urgent need to sustain their health…’”

One more opinion piece from the Left: The New Abortion Restriction No One is Talking About Michele DeMarco, POLITICO

RIGHT-LEANING SENTIMENT

States Should Decide, but Stop Short of Infanticide


  • If Roe v. Wade is overturned, states could decide if abortion is legal, which is a more effective system of governance.
  • Democrats are proposing laws that would allow abortions right up to childbirth, and could effectively legalize infanticide.
  • Images of five aborted fetuses were submitted to DC police, but officials are declining to conduct autopsies to determine cause of death.

“Abortion and the Supreme Court” Editorial Board, WSJ: “Far better for the Court to leave the thicket of abortion regulation and return the issue to the states. A political uproar would ensue, but then voters would decide on abortion policy through elections... The ability to obtain an abortion would not disappear across the US. It might in some states, but in some of those states there are already relatively few clinics that perform abortions. The likeliest result is a multiplicity of laws depending on how the debate and elections go. California might allow abortion until the moment of birth. Mississippi might ban it except in cases of rape or incest. The Guttmacher Institute, which favors abortion rights, estimates that 26 states “are certain or likely to ban abortion without Roe.” But that means 24 states would allow it, including some of the most populous. Based on a Guttmacher analysis from 2017 on abortions performed in various states, the majority of those abortions would remain legal.”

“The Slippery Slope from Abortion to Infanticide” Janet Levy, American Thinker: “Abortion advocates are worried that, if the court, increasingly viewed as conservative, reverses the constitutional right to abortion, then 26 states may go ahead and ban abortion. This case and a Texas fetal-heartbeat law prohibiting abortion past six weeks have energized them into fervent campaigning. Democrat states are rallying with them by proposing laws allowing abortions right up to childbirth—and beyond. Indeed, a Maryland bill may effectively legalize infanticide. How did America reach a stage in which legislatures entertain the idea that an individual’s right can take precedence over the right to life? The blame lies with advocacy groups dyed in leftist, feminist, and critical theory ideology. A systemic flaw they have exploited is the sponsored bill. It allows them to write a bill…and get it proposed by a pliant or sympathetic legislator… This one looks at how America has become so deeply divided by abortion laws that states discuss without guilt the murder of newborns.

One more opinion piece from the Right: D.C. Abortion Pictures Reveal Uncomfortable Truths Maureen Ferguson, Newsweek Opinion

FLAG THIS

Where Americans Stand on Abortion Access


Earlier this month, a Wall Street Journal poll found 48% of respondents at least somewhat support restricting abortion after 15-weeks of pregnancy, while 43% oppose the idea (Forbes).

At the end of last year, Harvard CAPS-Harris polling revealed a majority (54%) of Americans oppose overturning Roe v. Wade, if the court were to roll back the ruling and leave abortion laws up to the states (The Hill).

An AP-NORC poll conducted last summer showed 84% support a rape or incest exception to any ban, which 74% of Republicans agreed with (Intelligencer).

Flag Poll: Should abortion access be determined by state laws? Join our discussion here.

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WATERCOOLER

Nixon Tapes, Lunar Crimes, Ancient Excuses

On April 29, 1974, President Richard Nixon announces to the public that he will release transcripts of 46 taped White House conversations in response to a Watergate trial subpoena issued in July 1973. Above is a photograph of Nixon's Oval Office tape recorder.

France 24: Canada looks to prosecute crimes on the Moon

LA Times: Should you charge friends to eat at your place? We investigate. 

ElleBookTok Is Revitalizing The Publishing Industry, And POC Creators Are Leading The Charge

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