Mississippi Is Close To Banning Abortion After 15 Weeks

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They’re only one vote away

Access to safe and legal abortions has been under threat in Mississippi for years. Governor Phil Bryant said in 2014 that his goal is to "end abortion" in the state, and he's getting frighteningly close. There's only one remaining abortion clinic in Mississippi, and earlier this week the state passed a bill, HB 1510, banning all abortions after 15 weeks, including in instances of rape or incest.

The only exceptions would be for “medical emergency and in cases of severe fetal abnormality." If signed into law, Mississippi would become the 22nd state to enact such a ban. Currently, 21 states have 20-week abortion bans. The most common form of legislative model is the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” authored by the National Right to Life Committee, which asserts that fetuses can feel pain at 20 weeks, although scientists have disputed this

Republican Senator Joey Fillingane, who presented the 15-week ban in Mississippi, claimed it was meant to protect the "health and well-being of expectant mothers." If that's the case, Democratic Senator Deborah Dawkins proposed an amendment. “If the state of Mississippi is to intercede in family matters and family budgets, it is only fair that we provide the affected children and families with early childhood assistance,” she said. Her proposal was struck down. 

The owner of Jackson Women's Health Organization, the last abortion clinic in Mississippi, Diane Derzis, told the Clarion Ledger that if the bill is signed, they'd be forced to deny people seeking abortions 15 weeks following their last period and refer them out of state. She added that the Senate vote wasn't surprising considering "(Governor) Phil Bryant has never seen an abortion bill he didn't like." The clinic now plans to sue the state.

“These groups are tossing anything and everything out there, anything that could start winding its way through the legal system because we’re in a very fragile place right now,” she said. “Roe is clearly in danger and that’s what they’re preparing for … They hope by the time they get to the Supreme Court they will have changed the Supreme Court.”

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He announced the news today

On Monday, Bernie Sanders announced that he is running for president again, after he lost the primary in 2016 to Hillary Clinton. And although he was very popular during the 2016 election, his announcement is drawing mixed reactions online.

Many of his previous supporters, including celebrities like Mark Ruffalo, were excited about him joining the 2020 race, voicing their support of his announcement.

But others seem to want him to disappear, even pretending not to know who he is. And these reactions have turned out, in some cases, to be hilarious.

The lack of excitement for his announcement may be because of the recent allegations of sexual assault which apparently occurred within his 2016 campaign, and which he claims he didn't know about. It could also be due to his base, who supported him even after he lost the primary to the detriment of Clinton's campaign.

Some are also calling out the fact that Clinton has been effectively shunned following her loss, while Sanders seems to be being welcomed back with open arms.



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The pieces will take your athleisure look to the next level

American Apparel just dropped its first activewear line since the brand's relaunch last year, and I can already tell that these looks are going to make up my entire summer wardrobe.

The new line, called FORWARD, offers a variety of styles in lightweight fabrics like flyweight satin, which is an imitation of boxing gear; lame tricot; and cotton Spandex. All of the fabrics feature a four-way stretch, making the clothes "suitable for training but also designed for life outside the gym."

With the collection, American Apparel also launched an inclusive campaign called How We Play, which shows a diverse range of models, including blind Paralympic runner David Brown and curvy yoga instructor Luisa Fonseca.

The collection's styles offer a wide range of looks which will fit with just about any aesthetic, whether you're going hard at the gym or looking for a casual off-day outfit. Personally, I'm excited about the iridescent looks and the rainbow patterned bra and bottoms, which I will definitely be rocking at Pride this year.

The entire line is also super-affordable, capping out at $48, with most products priced in the $20-to-$30 range. You can shop FORWARD collection online, now.