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On Tuesday The Raw Story published a Reuters article titled “Despite opposition, Ireland passes bill to expand abortion access.”
The article reads:
Four lawmakers from Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny’s party came out on Tuesday against a move to legalize abortion under certain conditions but are unlikely to be able to scuttle the measure or threaten his comfortable majority.
Kenny’s government is proposing access to abortion when a woman’s life is in danger and both sides of the debate have staged protests on an issue that has long polarized the overwhelmingly Roman Catholic country.
A two-decade debate over how Ireland should deal with a Supreme Court ruling that abortion be permitted when a woman’s life is in danger was reopened last year after the death of a woman who was denied an abortion of her dying fetus.
On June 30, Time published an article titled “In Grenada, Offending Someone on Facebook Could Land You in Jail.”
The article reads:
” … in Grenada, social media users who offend others can now be fined — or even end up in prison. Legislators approved a bill that officially makes it a crime to offend people on sites like Twitter and Facebook, the Associated Press reports. But alas, providing too many mundane personal details or “oversharenting” wouldn’t exactly be enough to warrant a crime. The lawmakers are more focused on punishing users who slander companies or individuals.”
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On Tuesday, Think Progress published an article titled “North Carolina Prepares To Suppress Black Voters, Now That The Voting Rights Act Lost Its Teeth.”
The article reads:
Just days after the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act, North Carolina is moving forward with a host of bills to roll back voting rights. Republican lawmakers are accelerating a new agenda to eliminate early voting, Sunday voting hours, and same-day registration provisions. GOP leaders also vowed to move quickly to pass a controversial voter ID law that would make it much harder for minorities, seniors, students, and low-income voters to cast their ballots.
The court’s conservative majority decreed last Tuesday that the formula used to identify states with a history of using election law to discriminate against minorities has “no logical relationship to the present day.” Many of the covered jurisdictions celebrated the decision by promptly advancing voting restrictions that disproportionately target minorities and low-income voters. Texas enacted their previously blocked voter ID law mere hours after the ruling.
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