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Could abortion become illegal in America? With Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation, all signs point to 'yes'

Case Western Reserve University

B. Jessie Hill, the associate dean for academic affairs and law professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, says that America is facing a full-frontal attack on Roe v Wade.

With a Supreme Court that's tilting conservative, there is no guarantee that it will protect the right to terminate a pregnancy. 

"Whether it will be overruled or just gutted beyond recognition, I have little doubt that Roe v. Wade's days are numbered," Hill said.

Since Justice Anthony Kennedy retired and was replaced by Brett Kavanaugh, the five-justice majority on the US Supreme Court has unquestionably disagreed with Roe v Wade. Kennedy was one of the justices who voted to preserve Roe the last time it faced a serious challenge – in the 1992 case Planned Parenthood v Casey – and remained a reliable (if tepid) vote in favor of Roe’s core guarantee until his retirement. Four other justices – Chief Justice John Roberts, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Neil Gorsuch – have all espoused positions hostile to women’s reproductive rights.

Now, it seems as if Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat will be filled by conservative judge Amy Coney Barrett.

"The only thing that’s certain is that the future of Roe is uncertain at best," Hill added.

 

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For nationalistic regimes, similar COVID-19 policies are the sincerest form of flattery
University of Texas at Arlington

Analysis from a University of Texas at Arlington assistant professor of public policy suggests that nationalistic governments around the globe are more likely to copy other nationalistic governments in responding to the current pandemic.

Released: 4-Dec-2020 10:30 AM EST
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American Thoracic Society (ATS)

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Released: 3-Dec-2020 3:05 PM EST
Study finds COVID-19 hindering US academic productivity of faculty with young children
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Released: 3-Dec-2020 2:50 PM EST
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Why does it matter if most Republican voters still think Biden lost?
University of Rochester

As President-elect Joe Biden and his administrative team officially begin the transition process, only about 20 percent of Republican voters consider him the true winner of the election.

Released: 3-Dec-2020 2:00 PM EST
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American Physiological Society (APS)

New research suggests that levels of the sex hormones estrogen and testosterone could contribute to infection risk and severity of COVID-19.

Newswise: Chicago neighborhoods with barriers to social distancing had higher COVID-19 death rates
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Chicago neighborhoods with barriers to social distancing had higher COVID-19 death rates
University of Illinois at Chicago

New research has found that Chicago neighborhoods with barriers to social distancing, including limited access to broadband internet and low rates of health insurance, had more COVID-19 deaths in spring 2020. The study, led by researchers at the University of Illinois Chicago, is published in the Annals of Epidemiology.


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