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Two dozen states restrict abortions following Roe decision


More than 2 dozen states to restrict abortions after Roe v Wade overturned in Dobbs decision
 — Abortion faces restrictions, bans in at least 25 states, or half the country
 | 24 June 2022 | Thirteen states in the country are poised to enact immediate abortion bans and at least 13 more could quickly follow suit after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday, leaving abortion rights up to the states to decide. At least 13 states in the country have so-called “trigger laws” banning most abortions that will take effect immediately or within weeks of Roe v. Wade being overturned. According to the Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion rights research group, those states are Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Wyoming, which just passed its trigger law in April.

Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade in landmark opinion –The case before the court centered on a Mississippi law banning abortions after 15 weeks | 24 June 2022 | The Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, effectively ending recognition of a constitutional right to abortion and giving individual states the power to allow, limit, or ban the practice altogether. The ruling came in the court’s opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which centered on a Mississippi law that banned abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The Republican-led state of Mississippi asked the Supreme Court to strike down a lower court ruling that stopped the 15-week abortion ban from taking place. “We end this opinion where we began. Abortion presents a profound moral question. The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of each State from regulating or prohibiting abortion. Roe and Casey arrogated that authority. We now overrule those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the court’s opinion.

Supreme Court overturns New York law on carrying concealed weapons | 23 June 2022 | The Supreme Court has struck down New York’s century-old law restricting the carrying of concealed firearms, its first major Second Amendment decision in more than a decade and a ruling that could lead to more guns on the streets. Writing for the 6-3 majority, Justice Clarence Thomas said Thursday that the law’s requirement of New Yorkers who want a permit to carry a handgun in public to show “proper cause” that the weapon is ​specifically needed for self-defense “violates the Fourteenth Amendment by preventing law-abiding citizens with ordinary self-defense needs from exercising their right to keep and bear arms in public.” Though the decision concerns New York law, it is likely to affect a handful of other states with similar permitting regimes, including California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island. In a separate opinion concurring with Thomas, Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that Thursday’s ruling does not preclude state and local restrictions on gun ownership by felons and the mentally ill — or laws banning the carrying of firearms in “sensitive locations” like schools and government buildings.

Senate Votes 65-33 to Approve Gun Control Legislation and Red Flag Laws; 15 Republicans, Including Mitch McConnell, Voted With Democrats | 23 June 2022 | The US Senate on Thursday evening voted 65-33 to approve the Safer Communities Act – a sweeping gun control legislation that includes “red flag” laws. All senators who caucus with the Democrats voted “yay” – and 15 Republicans joined the Democrats and voted “yay.” Here are the 15 Republican Senators who caved and bowed to the Democrats’ demands: Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Senate minority leader; Roy Blunt, MS; Richard Burr, NC; Shelley Moore Capito, WV; Bill Cassidy, LA; Susan Collins, ME; John Cornyn, TX; Joni Ernst, IA; Lindsey Graham, SC; Lisa Murkowski, AK; Rob Portman, OH; Mitt Romney, UT; Thom Tillis, NC; Pat Toomey, PA; Todd Young, IN.

Ukraine Bans Main Opposition Party, Seizes All Its Assets –‘Beacon of democracy’ cracks down on dissent. | 21 June 2022 | Ukrainian authorities have banned the country’s main opposition party and seized all its assets, once again undermining the narrative that President Zelensky is presiding over a beacon of democracy. The country’s Ministry of Justice announced the move via Facebook, revealing that the Opposition Platform — For Life had been shut down and its assets, m-ney and property transferred to the state. The party had previously had its operations suspended in March after it was accused of being complicit with Russia and being “anti-Ukrainian.” The ban means that Zelensky’s main political opposition has been eliminated. The OPPL was the second largest party in the country and its popularity surpassed that of Zelensky’s Servant of the People party last year. Its leader Viktor Medvedchuk, who claims he is merely looking out for the interests of the Ukrainian people by seeking better relations with Russia, was placed under house arrest last month. The announcement said the party was suspected of acting to “undermine the sovereignty” of Ukraine, with authorities have already banned 10 other political opposition parties for the same reason. [WHY is the U.S. backing this corrupt dictatorship?]Lithuania expands Kaliningrad blockade –The restrictions on transit to the exclave have affected both railway and road traffic, according to officials | 22 June 2022 | The restrictions imposed on the transit of freight to the Kaliningrad Region by Lithuania have already affected road traffic, officials of the Russian exclave said on Tuesday. “The partial restriction of freight transit also applies to road vehicles passing through Lithuania. Like [goods transported by] rail, these goods can now only be transported by sea,” the press service of the regional government has said. Vilnius began implementing the restrictions on Saturday, when Lithuania’s national railway operator banned the flow of sanctioned materials between Kaliningrad and the rest of Russia, citing guidelines from the European Commission.

US censorship of Russian media has failed – Microsoft –RT and Sputnik still reach American audiences despite Big Tech suppression on behalf of Ukraine | 24 June 2022 | Silicon Valley’s efforts to suppress what it terms “Russian propaganda” — meaning outlets like RT and Sputnik — on behalf of Ukraine may have reduced their reach, but they are still accessed by more Americans than before the outbreak of fighting between Moscow and Kiev. That’s according to Microsoft, in a report on the ongoing internet-war on behalf of the Ukrainians. Kiev has relied on a “coalition of countries, companies, and NGOs” for cyber defense, moving its digital infrastructure to the public cloud hosted in the West, according to the report titled “Defending Ukraine: Early Lessons from the Cyber War,” published on Wednesday and signed by Brad Smith, president and vice chair of Microsoft.

Biden causes alarm with cryptic warning about need to get ready for a ‘second pandemic’ –Some conservatives accused Biden of trying to interfere with the midterm elections | 22 June 2022 | During presidential remarks on COVID-19 vaccines for children under 5 years old, Joe Biden alarmed Twitter users when he spoke of the government preparing for a “second pandemic.” A reporter prompted Biden’s head-turning remarks with a question on what spending the U.S. government is still prepared to do in order to manufacture and distribute more vaccines and maintain the infrastructure necessary to combat COVID-19 as it lingers throughout the country. “…We do need more m-ney. But we don’t just need more m-ney for vaccines for children eventually. We need more m-ney to plan for the second pandemic,” Biden said. He reinforced his revelation: “There’s going to be another pandemic. We have to think ahead.” Twitter users were mystified and annoyed with Biden’s warnings of “another pandemic.”

Sen. Johnson Demands DOD Contractor Turn Over Military’s Medical Database Records | 21 June 2022 | Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) is asking the company that manages the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DOD) Defense Medical Epidemiology Database (DMED) to turn over records after the company failed to fully comply with a previous request seeking information about its “awareness of potential data problems” with the military’s database. This is the second time Johnson has requested the records from Unissant Inc. Johnson’s office previously sent three letters to the DOD following allegations by DOD whistleblowers that the DMED showed significant increases in registered medical diagnoses in 2021 following the authorization of COVID-19 vaccines and implementation of the DOD’s vaccine mandate.

Poll by Vaccine Safety Research Foundation indicates more than a quarter of COVID vaccine recipients were injured after receiving shot | 21 June 2022 | A new poll published on Sunday by the Vaccine Safety Research Foundation indicates more than a quarter of COVID vaccine recipients were injured after receiving the experimental shot. VSRF outsourced the polling company Pollfish to survey 500 randomly selected people exclusively on the effects of the COVID vaccine. The organization’s founder and director, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Steve Kirsch detailed the key findings from the survey on his substack on Monday. The survey showed the following, Kirsch notes: 20% of the respondents reported they were vaccine injured… In 87% of the cases where there was a vaccine injury, there was either a doctor visit(s) or hospital stay(s) or both… 45% of the vaccine injured said it would shorten their lifespan. 41% of the injured are unable to hold a job.

White House Health Official Makes False Claim About COVID-19 Vaccines | 20 June 2022 | A White House official made a false claim on June 20 about COVID-19 vaccines while encouraging parents to get their young children vaccinated. Dr. Ashish Jha, the White House’s COVID-19 response coordinator, said, “There have not been any serious side effects of these vaccines.” Contrary to Jha’s claim, severe allergic reactions, blood clotting, heart inflammation, and paralysis are among the serious side effects linked to the three COVID-19 vaccines that are available in the United States. “There is a well-documented risk of myocarditis from the COVID vaccine, especially in young men and adolescent boys, and an elevated risk of clotting in young women with the Moderna vaccine,” Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, a professor of medicine at Stanford University, told The Epoch Times in an email. “It’s not right for government scientific advisers to downplay documented risks of the vaccine because it ultimately undermines confidence in public health.”

1300 Southwest Airlines Pilots Stand Outside in Protest in Dallas | 22 June 2022 | Nearly 1300 Southwest Airlines pilots this week took to the streets outside the Dallas-Love airport to protest a staffing shortage coming into the brutal summer months schedule. The union behind the protest, the Southwest Pilots Association, described the protest as “the largest display of unity in Southwest Airlines history.” According to the union, the “informal picket” was meant to draw public attention to the pilot fatigue faced by many of these captains of the sky during these months.

Uvalde: an obvious false flag, six ways to Sunday: Uvalde school shooting: Officer whose wife was shot was disarmed and ‘escorted’ away, Texas DPS chief says –The Texas DPS director accused Uvalde school police chief Pete Arredondo of placing ‘the lives of officers before the lives of children’| 21 June 2022 | Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw ripped into the Uvalde school police chief’s handling of last month’s shooting at Robb Elementary School and said that some officers wanted to approach the gunman earlier, including a school district police officer whose wife was killed in the massacre. That officer, Ruben Ruiz, received a call from his wife, Eva Mireles, who told him that she had been shot. “He tried to move forward into the hallway,” McCraw said Tuesday at a Senate hearing. “He was detained and they took his gun away from him and escorted him off the scene.” Mireles later died in an ambulance on the way to a hospital.

Police Report Proves Plainclothes Electronic Surveillance Unit Members Were Embedded Among Jan. 6 Protesters –Embedded ESU members wore a specific ‘bracelet on their left wrist identifying them as MPD personnel’ | 21 June 2022 | While there is growing speculation that federal agents and Capitol Police were involved in instigating acts of violence during the Jan. 6, 2021, protests and recording responses for the purposes of entrapment, evidence now proves that “plainclothes” members of a special Electronic Surveillance Unit (ESU) were embedded among the protesters for the purposes of conducting video surveillance. Evidence also points to a day of security deficiencies and police provocation for the purpose of entrapment. According to a report–First Amendment Demonstrations, issued Jan. 3, 2021, by Chief of Police Robert Contee of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), Homeland Security Bureau, Special Operations Division, obtained exclusively by The Epoch Times–the MPD began to activate Civil Disturbance Unit (CDU) platoons on Jan. 4, 2021. Full activation of 28 platoons was scheduled to occur on the following two days.

The Federal Bureau of Tweets: Twitter Is Hiring an Alarming Number of FBI Agents | 21 June 2022 | Twitter has been on a recruitment drive of late, hiring a host of former feds and spies. Studying a number of employment and recruitment websites, MintPress has ascertained that the social media giant has, in recent years, recruited dozens of individuals from the national security state to work in the fields of security, trust, safety and content. Chief amongst these is the Federal Bureau of Investigations. The FBI is generally known as a domestic security and intelligence force. However, it has recently expanded its remit into cyberspace. “The FBI’s investigative authority is the broadest of all federal law enforcement agencies,” the “About” section of its website informs readers.

Desperate Liz Cheney Begs Wyoming Democrats to Switch Parties and Vote for Her in August Primary | 23 June 2022 | Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Necon-WY) is mailing campaign brochures to Wyoming Democrats with instructions on how to switch parties to be able to voter for her in the state’s closed August 16 Republican primary. Cheney is getting crushed in recent polls by her Trump-endorsed opponent Harriet Hageman with Hageman at 56 percent and Cheney at 28 or 26 percent support. Cheney campaign flyers showed up in the mailboxes of Wyoming Democrats starting last week.

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