A court in Georgia has rejected an abortion law in what is a win for advocacy groups
A court in Georgia has found a law banning abortion when a foetal heartbeat is detected cannot be enforced.
The ruling is a major victory for abortion rights groups that were challenging the law.
The law prevented most abortions once a “detectable human heartbeat” is present. This type of cardiac activity can be detected as early six weeks into a pregnancy.
Judge Robert McBurney of the Georgia court says it cannot currently be enforced because the law itself was void at the time it was passed by lawmakers.
This was back in 2019 when the Roe v. Wade was still in effect. This Supreme Court judgement provided nationwide protection for abortion rights for nearly 50 years.
“After a long road, we are finally able to celebrate the end of an extreme abortion ban in our state,” said Monica Simpson. Simpson is the executive director of SisterSong Women of Colour Reproductive Justice Collective, the lead plaintiff in the case.
Georgia’s law was passed by state lawmakers and signed by the Republican governor, Brian Kemp, in 2019. But it was blocked from taking effect until the supreme court officially overturned Roe.
The 11th U.S. circuit court of appeals allowed Georgia to begin enforcing the new law around three weeks after the high court’s decision in June.
The judge says the state will have to pass the law again now that Roe been overturned.
A spokesperson for Georgia Governor Brian Kemp says the state has “already filed a notice of appeal”. Adding, Kemp will “continue to fight for the lives of Georgia’s unborn children.”
Porn floods Twitter “China” search
Twitter users have been finding it hard to search for information on the social media platform due to an explosion of pornographic spam.
While thousands of protests against extended lockdowns, a digital bot army has roared into action on Twitter, with long-dormant Chinese language accounts suddenly tweeting links to escort services and other adult content.
Anyone trying to track the spontaneous protest movement on Twitter complained about the deluge of spam pornographic content making flooding the search for information.
The China protests come at a time when Twitter’s content and moderation teams have been pared back drastically following Elon Musk’s $44 billion takeover of the social media giant.
Twitter, along with other international social media services like Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram, is blocked by Beijing’s internet censors within Mainland China.
Biden silence on China protests
As citizens across China revolt against the country’s “zero Covid” policy, the White House issued a statement about the growing protests.
“‘We’ve long said everyone has the right to peacefully protest, in the United States and around the world,’ a White House National Security Council spokesperson said in a statement.
‘This includes in the [People’s Republic of China.]’
“‘Zero COVID is not a policy we are pursuing here,’ the spokesperson said.
‘And as we’ve said, we think it’s going to be very difficult for the People’s Republic of China to be able to contain this virus through their zero COVID strategy.’”
Commentators have noted that the statement came from the White House, and not President Biden himself.
Demonstrators are calling on President Joe Biden to take a stance and publicly support their cause.
The protests have continued despite numerous attempts by the Chinese government to quell them.
China protests hit global markets, crypto
The protests in China are having a negative impact on cryptocurrencies and markets around the world.
Bitcoin failed to break its descent and fell more than 3 percent.
The global crypto market cap fell over 2%, sending major cryptos into the red.
Over the last 24 hours, overall crypto market volume grew by 22%.
It comes amid a round of investor nervousness in global markets spurred by protests in China against Covid restrictions.
Protesters outraged by harsh COVID-19 regulations called for China’s strong leader to quit.
China is the world’s second-largest economy and has a significant impact on global financial markets.
Stocks and cryptos aren’t considered safe havens, leading to bearing price action.
Analysts are hoping for a sharp bullish reversal if and when the protests end.
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