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'A great loss but not a new one': Lizzo pledges big bucks for abortion organizations

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Lizzo's putting her money where her mouth is.

On Friday, the "Grrrls" singer said that she will donate $500,000 of proceeds from her upcoming fall tour to Planned Parenthood and additional abortion organizations. Her pledge comes in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's overturning of Roe v. Wade, which will revoke federal protections for ...Read more

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In an America divided by abortion, guns and COVID, California and Newsom seize the moment

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LOS ANGELES — As his wife stood behind him and held back tears, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday called the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade sickening and beckoned women in other states to California, their “sanctuary” for free abortion care.

In Texas, where performing an abortion will soon be a felony, Gov. Greg Abbott ...Read more

Gov. Inslee says Washington State Patrol won't cooperate with other states' abortion investigations

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OLYMPIA, Wash. – In fiery remarks by the state Capitol steps, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Saturday blasted the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade as “radical” and “un-American,” and called for a state constitutional amendment to protect the right to an abortion.

He said he would instruct the State Patrol not to cooperate...Read more

The chief stands alone: Roberts, Roe and a divided Supreme Court

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On a U.S. Supreme Court dominated by an ambitious conservative wing, Chief Justice John Roberts has become a man on an island.

The 67-year-old chief justice, appointed in 2005 by Republican President George W. Bush, is a conservative trying to chart an incremental course for a court that would rather take giant leaps.

In the historic abortion ...Read more

Biden signs bipartisan gun safety bill into law after massacres

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President Joe Biden signed gun safety legislation into law that he called the most significant of its kind in decades, restricting firearms access for the youngest buyers and offering incentives for states to set up “red flag” laws.

“How many times have we heard that — ‘Just do something,’” Biden said in comments at the White ...Read more

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Biden criticizes Supreme Court for making 'terrible decisions'

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President Joe Biden criticized the U.S. Supreme Court for making “terrible decisions,” a day after it struck down the constitutional right to abortion.

Biden commented during a signing ceremony Saturday for gun safety bill he supports, though he continued to sidestep questions about reforms to the court sought by some Democrats.

“I think...Read more

Democratic strongholds plot strategy to ensure abortion access

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California, Washington and Oregon formed an alliance to ensure abortion access on the West Coast. Michigan’s leader asked the state’s highest court to rule quickly on her suit seeking to codify rights to the procedure. And in Illinois, the governor demanded a special legislative session.

As conservatives across the U.S. celebrated the ...Read more

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13 protesters arrested for blocking Midtown traffic in march against end of abortion rights

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NEW YORK — Thirteen protesters railing against the Supreme Court’s decision to eliminate the constitutional right to abortion were arrested during a late-night march on Friday in Midtown, cops said.

A dozen adults and one teenager were zip-tied and taken into custody near the corner of Sixth Avenue and 42nd Street at 11 p.m. after they sat ...Read more

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Biden condemns 'terrible' court decisions but has few powers

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President Joe Biden’s administration is still exploring legal options to buttress protections for abortion services, but a top spokeswoman signaled his team sees few or none after what Biden called a “terrible” ruling.

Biden again condemned the decision by the court’s conservative majority on Friday to overturn Roe v. Wade, opening the ...Read more

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NRA scores policy win at high court in dark time for gun group

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The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision establishing for the first time a constitutional right to carry a handgun outside the home for self-defense is a bright spot in what’s been a bleak time for the National Rifle Association.

The gun rights group has faced unprecedented challenges in recent years. They include financial strain and an ...Read more

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Gasps, tears and fear: Inside a Texas abortion clinic the moment Roe was overturned

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SAN ANTONIO — There were 27 patients scheduled to receive abortions Friday at Alamo Women’s Reproductive Services in San Antonio.

Some were already waiting outside when the clinic opened at 9 a.m., doing their best to ignore a group of protesters at the parking lot entrance, shouting at them through a loudspeaker.

“You don’t have to go...Read more

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Starbucks says it will cover abortion travel and gender-affirming care

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Starbucks said Friday it will reimburse abortion travel expenses for partners enrolled in its health care plan if a legal provider isn't in the partner's state of residence or within 100 miles of their home.

Responding to the U.S. Supreme Court decision ending constitutional protections for abortion, the company also said it will begin ...Read more

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Major WA employers commit to maintaining abortion access for employees

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Many major Washington employers responded to Friday's U.S. Supreme Court decision throwing out constitutional protections for abortion with renewed pledges to pay the way for employees who must travel to access reproductive health care.

Microsoft, Starbucks, Alaska Airlines and others committed Friday to covering the travel costs of employees ...Read more

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Major WA employers commit to maintaining abortion access for employees

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Many major Washington employers responded to Friday's U.S. Supreme Court decision throwing out constitutional protections for abortion with renewed pledges to pay the way for employees who must travel to access reproductive health care.

Microsoft, Starbucks, Alaska Airlines and others committed Friday to covering the travel costs of employees ...Read more

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Big Tech companies will cover travel expenses for employees' medical procedures, including abortion

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Tech companies including Microsoft, Amazon, Meta, Apple and Google will cover or reimburse employees for travel expenses related to medical procedures, including abortions.

Amazon announced in May it would cover up to $4,000 in travel expenses related to medical procedures including abortion services. That policy is retroactive to Jan. 1 for ...Read more

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What happens when women get illegal abortions in post-roe America

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Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that protected the constitutional right to an abortion, it won’t just be harder for women to get the procedure — states have also been lying in wait with tough penalties for anyone that will provide the care. Some experts warn that those seeking abortions ...Read more

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Protesters crowd Union Square, Village to show anger over end of abortion rights

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NEW YORK — Protesters crowded Union Square and Greenwich Village on Friday evening to express anger over the Supreme Court’s ruling eliminating the constitutional right to abortion.

“It’s really upsetting,” said protester Talya Schwartz. “I don’t even think I’ve processed it yet. I just came out here immediately so I could have ...Read more

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'It feels like we're going back in time': Abortion rights protests quickly materialize in Los Angeles

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LOS ANGELES — As news of the Supreme Court’s decision to end constitutional protections for abortion spread Friday morning, many in Southern California responded with a simple question: Where do we protest?

The overturning of the landmark 1973 Roe vs. Wade ruling will not hinder reproductive health access in California, where abortion will ...Read more

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pg working Biden, Democrats lack options to do much on abortion access

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats are under pressure to enact new policies to ensure U.S. women retain access to abortions, but their options are sorely limited and risk generating new court challenges.

Biden said Friday that his administration will fight to make sure women can travel from states where abortion is ...Read more

Q&A: The woman who brought down Roe vs. Wade

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ATLANTA — Perhaps more than any other woman, Marjorie Dannenfelser is responsible for the fall of Roe v. Wade.

The president of Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America, a nonprofit group that works to end abortion in the United States by electing antiabortion politicians, Dannenfelser has dedicated her adult life to outlawing abortion. In 2016, she...Read more