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Democrats lose crucial vote on abortion law

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The Democrats lead an effort to protect the landmark Roe versus Wade case by enacting legislation

The critical vote was 49-51 in favour of the Republicans, which makes it increasingly likely Roe v Wade will be overturned.

Protesters are rallying across America under the slogan ‘off our bodies’, to demand abortion rights be protected.

Is America going backwards?

Molly Jong-Fast is a writer at The Atlantic, who says she is not surprised by what is happening.

“Donald Trump put three justices on the Supreme Court… to have them overturn Roe v. Wade, and that’s exactly what they’re doing,” she says.

“I think a lot of American women are very disappointed.”

Jong-Fast says the American people are in favour of Roe v Wade, implying the courts are not acting in the interest of the public.

“The percentage of Americans who want Roe overturned is very small… most Americans want Roe to stay in place.”

A dystopian future

Jong-Fast says there is “a lot of crazy stuff” in the Supreme Court’s draft.

“It’s the kind of stuff that is really dystopian.” she says. “I don’t think it’s the kind of thing that really belongs in a modern world that we live in.”

Why are men dominating the debate?

When it comes to women’s bodies men seem to have a lot to say.

“The way these white Christian men are framing it at the detriment of women.” says Jong-Fast. 

“It is a right we have had for 49 years that’s being taken away and these men are just trying to figure out any way they can to make a case for it.” 

Meanwhile, in a bizarre occurrence, Montana Senator Steve Dains compares women’s bodies to sea turtles and eagles when he took the senate floor.

She believes there are laws protecting unhatched sea turtle eggs. As such, there should be laws that protect pre-born babies too.

President Joe Biden says the Women’s Health Protection Act is essential for the reproductive health of women. He is calling for citizens to vote for pro-choice senators in the upcoming mid-term elections.

“This failure to act comes at a time when women’s constitutional rights are under unprecedented attack – and it runs counter to the will of the majority of American people.”

Though the draft could still change, if it is not altered, it will result in 26 states banning abortion within the space of just a few months.

The final decision will be made in June.

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Nude Britney Spears post sparks concern among fans

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A nude Britney Spears post has many fans concerned about her wellbeing

Pop sensation Britney Spears is no stranger to a controversial social media post, where she openly flaunts her body.

However, her latest post to Instagram has many of her beloved followers concerned.

The 40-year-old posted an explicit photo of herself in a near-empty bathtub, with a flower emoji the only thing between the world and her private parts.

It was paired with an unusual captions that read, “I like to suck!!! Never professional pics … sucking comes easy for me!!! Keep clapping bitch!!!”

The icon has 41 million followers on the social media app, many of whom were quick to share their concerns.

Some are suggesting Spears’ account is being controlled by someone else, attempting to make her look bad.

While others backed the pop stars post, supporting her desire to be open with her body image because she struggled during her younger years in the spotlight.

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Why ‘zombie viruses’ could be the next biggest public threat

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A new report reveals the world will see an increase in so-called ‘zombie viruses’ that are emerging beneath us

A new report by scientists at the French National Center for Scientific Research has revealed the global threat of ‘zombie viruses.’ As climate change continues to take effect, the earth is undeniably getter hotter.

Global warming essentially means significant areas of permafrost are now melting. Permafrost is a frozen layer on or under the Earth’s surface, holding beneath it millions of ‘zombie viruses’ not seen in millions of years.

The now melting permafrost means it is lifting the veil on potentially dangerous microbes that human kind isn’t prepared for.

In Siberia, the scientists uncovered a ‘zombie virus’ which they believe is 50,000 years old. This would be the oldest age of a frozen virus returning to life and able to infect.

Researchers are concerned about the global health impact if the earth continues to warm at its current rate.

 

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Australia lowers its terrorism threat level for the first time in nearly a decade

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Australia’s national terrorism threat level has been lowered but ASIO has warned an attack could still happen

Australia’s national terrorism threat level has been lowered from ‘probable’ to ‘possible’.

However, ASIO has warned a deadly attack could still occur on Australian soil in the next 12 months.

“A decision of this nature is not taken lightly or made casually,” said Mike Burgess, who is the Director General of ASIO.

It is the first time the warning has been lowered since 2014 when radicalised foreign fighters begun travelling to Syria and Iraq to join ISIS and other Islamic terrorist organisations.

Burgess said the threat of terrorism has not been eradicated, and Australia remains a target for terrorist organisations—even within the next 12 months.

“We keep the terrorism threat level under constant review. There can be no set and forget in security intelligence,” he said.

How common is terrorism in Australia?

There have been 11 terrorist attacks on Australian soil since 2014. In addition, 21 plots have been detected and disrupted.

“Thankfully, there have been no attacks or major disruptions this year,” Burgess said.

However, ASIO remains on alert for violent extremists despite “fewer” operating with the intention to conduct an onshore attack.

“Ideologically motivated violent extremism—particularly nationalist and racist violent extremism—remains a threat and its adherents will continue to engage in offensive behaviours.”

MIKE BURGESS, ASIO DIRECTOR GENERAL

ASIO maintains these extremists are likely to focus their attention on recruitment and radicalisation, rather than attacking.

Authorities believe the most likely terrorist attack to occur in Australia will see a lone actor using a basic weapon, like a knife or vehicle.

These attacks can be difficult to detect ahead of time and can occur with little or no warning entirely.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said he has confidence in the nation’s security agencies.

“I won’t second-guess them and I won’t comment on their behalf,” he said.

Mr Albanese’s government has led the repatriation effort of Australian women and children linked to ISIS from Syria.

The women and children were assessed by ASIO before they arrived in Australia. The decision to lower the terrorism threat level also considered the unfolding situation.

ASIO said foreign fighters may return from the Middle Eastern conflict zone and could bring “dangerous ideologies and capabilities with them”.

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