New York (AFP) - With visitors raising their arms in a sign of victory, clapping and lining up eagerly at ticket windows, New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art reopened its doors to the public on Saturday in a festive atmosphere -- a sign for many that the largest US metropolis is returning to normality after a nearly six-month closure caused by the coronavirus pandemic. "I am a huge supporter of all the museums, and I'm so excited to be here," said Michelle Scully, a 39-year-old public relations worker who was near the front of the queue at the imposing edifice on Fifth Avenue, next to Centr...
In an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union" with host Jake Tapper, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) dismissed questions about the health of women after stating he would ban all abortions in his state if the conservative Supreme Court opens the door for him with a ruling expected next year.
With a Mississippi law on abortion under scrutiny by the court, Reeves was asked by host Tapper to consider the plight of women and their health after the Republican governor expressed a desire for a complete ban.
Addressing a total ban on abortions, Reeves told the host, "I believe, very strongly that an innocent, unborn child in the mother's womb is, in fact, a child; the most important word when we talk about unborn children is not unborn but it's children. Yes, I will do everything I can to protect the lives of those children."
"The country has been here before, before 1973," host Tapper lectured. "What happens in reality is, women of means are still able to get abortions. poor women, young women, vulnerable women end up often seeking abortions in ways that can cause them severe harm, mutilation, if not death in some cases. Do you acknowledge that this step will result in some women almost seriously getting seriously hurt, some dying? "
"I certainly would hope that that would not be the case," Reeves parried. "What I would tell you, Jake, is that since Roe was enacted in 1973, there have been 62 million American babies that have been killed through this process. I think that those babies in their mother's womb don't have the ability to stand up for themselves. That's why they have to have people like me and others around this nation that for years have tried to stand up for unborn children."
"I think we have to do everything we can as policymakers to improve the quality of public health in our state," he continued. "When you look at this pandemic, there are a lot of negatives that have come from the pandemic. But one of the hopefully silver linings that come out of dealing with the pandemic over the last year and a half is that we have seen significant investments in infrastructure, both from the state and federal level in our public health system. I think we need to continue to do that. I think that's important."
"You clearly see this move as part of a culture of life as you have said in the past," Tapper replied. "Mississippi ranks 50th in the country in infant mortality. Mississippi is nearly last when it comes to childhood hunger. According to a recent study of what kids need to thrive, looking at education and health and family, community, Mississippi ranks 50th for child well-being, how do you square those statistics about Mississippi with what you say about a culture of life?"
"Well, first of all, when you look at that unborn baby in the womb and you consider it a human being, it changes your perspective on lots of different things," Reeves attempted. "With respect to the statistics you quoted, when I ran for office and in my first inaugural address, I made it clear to the people of my state that I believed in my heart I was elected not to try to hide our problems or not to try to hide our challenges but to try to fix them. I perfectly acknowledge that many of those statistics in terms of health outcomes in our state, we are underperforming relative to other states across the nation. It's incumbent upon all of us to work to pass policies to change that."
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'What about the liberty of the woman?' Chuck Todd grills anti-vax GOPer who wants to ban all abortions
NBC host Chuck Todd grilled Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) on Sunday because the senator believes in "liberty" when it comes to vaccine mandates but wants to ban all abortions for women.
During an interview on Meet the Press, Braun argued that the Supreme Court should overturn Roe v. Wade and allow states to criminalize abortion.
"When do you believe abortion should be available?" Todd asked.
"So in my case, when you believe in the sanctity of life, you want abortions to be eliminated from the landscape if you can," Braun admitted.
"You don't believe there should be a baseline protection of a woman being able to get -- have access to abortion?" Todd asked again.
Braun dodged giving a direct answer but he said that the decision should be the "domain of the states."
Todd went on to ask Braun how he would enforce an abortion ban but the senator talked about states' rights instead.
"Would you criminalize it?" Todd wondered.
The Republican senator insisted that he is "perfectly comfortable with doing it."
"And this applies to many other issues as well," he added.
Todd then wanted to know how Braun could oppose vaccine mandates while also refusing to give women rights over their own bodies.
"What about the liberty of the women who doesn't want to carry a pregnancy to term?" Todd pressed. "Why should the government force that? You don't want the government to force people to get a vaccine. You're essentially advocating for the government to force a woman to carry a pregnancy to term that she may not want."
Braun rejected the premise of the question.
"You might try to create that as an equivalent but I don't," he asserted. "Here, I'm saying on the abortion issue, take it back to the states where I think the Constitution intended it to be."
Watch the video below from NBC.
At the conclusion of an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper on the rise of the omicron Covid variant, Dr. Anthony Fauci was given the opportunity to respond to Sen. Ron Johnson (R_WI) who earlier in the week claimed the doctor "overhyped" the Covid-19 crisis with Johnson also downplaying the deaths from AIDS decades ago.
Speaking with Fox's Brian Kilmeade, Johnson stated, "Fauci did the exact same thing with AIDS. He overhyped it. He created all kinds of fear, saying it could affect the entire population when it couldn’t. And he’s doing, he’s using the exact same playbook with COVID, ignoring therapy, pushing a vaccine.”
Speaking with the doctor, host Jake Tapper stated, "Obviously, that's a bizarre and false assertion. President George W. Bush gave you the Presidential Medal of Freedom because of your leadership in the AIDS crisis. I did want to give you an opportunity to respond."
A visibly irritated Fauci responded, "How do you respond to something as preposterous as that? Over-hyping AIDS? It killed over 750,000 Americans, 36 million people worldwide. How do you overhype that?"
"Over-hyping Covid?" he continued. "It killed 780,000 Americans and over 5 million people worldwide. I don't have any clue of what he is talking about."
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