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Today Think Progress published an article titled “Rick Perry Officially Signs Texas’ New Abortion Restrictions Into Law.”
The article’s author Tara Culp-Ressler writes:
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) signed a controversial abortion bill into law on Thursday morning after weeks of ongoing protest against the measure. HB 2 will criminalize abortions after 20 weeks and impose harsh regulations on abortion providers that will force the vast majority of them to close their doors.
The governor added his signature to the bill while flanked by other conservative members of the legislature, including Rep. Jodie Laubenberg (R), who championed the anti-abortion measure. Laubenberg praised the governor’s legacy of “eternal life.”
Today The Raw Story published an AFP article titled “Fearful Indian schoolchildren refuse free meals.”
The article reads:
Thousands of schoolchildren were refusing free meals in poverty-stricken eastern India after 22 children died from eating lunch apparently contaminated with insecticide, officials said Thursday.
Authorities were trying to reassure frightened students and parents in the state of Bihar as police stepped up their investigation into the tragedy, focusing on the school headmistress who has fled.
The 22 children, aged four to 12, died after eating lentils, vegetables and rice cooked at a village school on Tuesday, sparking violent protests from angry residents.
IN OTHER NEWS
Today Colorlines.com published an article titled “Beautiful Inmate Art From Pelican Bay State Prison Hunger Striker.”
The article’s author Jamilah King writes:
Last week, 30,000 inmates in California’s state prisons began a hunger strike to call for an end to the use of indefinite solitary confinement. Here’s a written and visual piece from Michael D. Russell, an inmate in Pelican Bay State Prison’s Special Housing Unit.
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