CHICAGO — Ron Rivera remains agitated. “Beyond frustrated,” to use his exact words. A year after contracting squamous cell cancer and battling it into remission, the coach of the Washington Football Team is aware his compromised immune system could make him more vulnerable to COVID-19. Yet as training camp began this week, barely half of Rivera’s players were vaccinated, representing an extreme case of hesitancy in the NFL. That resistance hasn’t sat well with the 59-year old coach, who became fully vaccinated earlier this year but remains cognizant of his health concerns and the risks that ot...
Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, revealed on Tuesday that Donald Trump's administration had issued an order to withdraw from Afghanistan days after the then-president lost the 2020 election.
"On 11 November 2020, I received an unclassified signed order directing the United States military to withdraw all forces from Afghanistan no later than 15 January 2021," Milley testified before the Senate Armed Forces Committee.
"After further discussion regarding the risks associated, the order was rescinded," he added.
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General Mark Milley testifies that the Trump administration issued him an order on November 11, 2020, eight days after Trump lost the election, to withdraw all forces from Afghanistan before Trump leaves office. pic.twitter.com/IZRt28BZiS
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A federal court has postponed a decision on Georgia's stalled anti-abortion law until after the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled on a Mississippi ban on procedures after 15 weeks into a pregnancy.
The decision was not unexpected. Chief Judge William Pryor suggested several times during a hearing Friday that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit should hold off until the nation's highest court settles a case that could have implications for Georgia's 2019 law.
The three-judge panel is handling an appeal from the state after a federal judge last year ruled the law unconstitutional and blocked it from taking effect.
“We STAY this appeal pending a decision of the Supreme Court of the United States in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization," the three-judge panel wrote in a one-sentence order Monday.
The states' laws vary significantly so it remains to be seen what impact the outcome of the Mississippi case will have here. Georgia's law would outlaw most abortions once fetal cardiac activity is detected, which is about six weeks into a pregnancy and before many women know they are pregnant.
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear oral arguments in the Mississippi case on Dec. 1, with a decision expected next summer.
Abortion rights advocates celebrated the decision late Monday.
“The court's stay means that Georgia's abortion ban remains blocked until further notice from the court," said Sean J. Young, legal director of the ACLU of Georgia, which is representing the plaintiffs. “Meanwhile, women will continue to be able to make their own healthcare decisions as U.S. Supreme Court precedent requires."
Georgia's law has never taken effect. Abortion services are legal in Georgia until 20 weeks into a pregnancy.
“Georgia's HB481 law is blatantly unconstitutional, which is why it was previously blocked by the federal courts," Staci Fox, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Southeast, said in a statement. “The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals appropriately acted on the binding 50-year precedent that says abortion is constitutionally protected health care, and our doors will continue to remain open."
Anti-abortion advocates had said they hoped other portions of Georgia's law – such as a tax break available to expecting parents – would be allowed to take effect while the direct ban on abortion was hashed out in the courts.
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A piece of legislation meant to go into effect if federal abortion rights protections are overturned will start its path through the Ohio legislature this week.
Senate Bill 123 is set to appear in the Ohio Senate Health Committee on Wednesday morning.
If passed, the bill would then await court challenges of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision, the ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. If challenges to Roe were successful, Ohio could then quickly ban abortion.
There is an exception in the bill for abortions when there is serious risk to the pregnant person's life, but written certification of the necessity is required, and “appropriate neonatal services for premature infants must exist at the facility where the physician performs or induces the abortion."
Currently, abortion is legal in the state of Ohio up to 22 weeks gestation.
The proposed legislation would also ban “as the crime of promoting abortion" possessing, selling or advertising “drugs, medicine, instrument or device to cause an abortion"
“Promoting abortion" is one of a few crimes defined under the bill, and would be a first-degree misdemeanor if passed. “Abortion manslaughter" would be a crime under the bill, treated as a first-degree felony punishable with a minimum of four to seven years in prison for “purposely taking the life of a child born by attempted abortion who is alive when removed from the…uterus."
As with other attempted legislation on abortion in the state, the punishment primarily lands on the physicians, leaving those having the abortions legally cleared and even able to file a wrongful death lawsuit if an abortion is performed in violation of the proposed legislation.
A physician could have their license revoked if found guilty of “abortion manslaughter," “criminal abortion," or “promoting abortion."
The language regarding “abortion manslaughter" is reminiscent of language in a different abortion-related bill seeking to punish doctors after “botched abortions." That bill seeks to prohibit inaction by doctors in the case of “failed" abortions, however, state data shows failed abortions are very rare.
Of abortions reported at 19 weeks or more gestation in the state's most recent data — which was available at the time the botched abortion bill was presented — only one pregnancy was found to be viable.
The Senate legislation isn't the first “trigger ban" that has been introduced in the General Assembly in the recent past. Last spring, a House bill was introduced by former state Rep. John Becker, also aiming to take effect if Roe v. Wade was overturned.
Abortion-rights advocates are planning to rally together at the Ohio Statehouse at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, the day before the committee meets to consider the trigger ban.
“With the stark reality that Ohio could be the next state where abortion is entirely inaccessible, now is the time to show up and fight for our communities," said Aileen Day, communications for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio, in a statement.
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