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Roe v Wade: Disadvantaged women disproportionately impacted

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The likely reversal of Roe v Wade is seen as one of the most controversial U.S. Supreme Court decisions in decades

There are major concerns the leaked opinion draft will eventuate and overturn the right to safe abortions.  

“Women of colour will be hit the hardest”

Some political analysts say women from disadvantaged backgrounds will be unable to receive safe abortions.

“They will be the most impacted – the lowest income, those with less resources to terminate pregnancies” says Cheddar’s political director Megan Pratz.

For wealthy white women, Pratz says accessibility may be difficult. But they still have the resources and money to travel to jurisdictions where abortion is legal.

Meanwhile, Australian Senator Sarah Hanson-Young says women would be pushed into dangerous measures to abort unwanted pregnancies if it was reversed.

“Abortions will still happen. They just won’t happen in a safe, transparent, medical setting.”

SENATOR SARAH HANSON-YOUNG

For generations, women have had access to abortions.

“But when they’re banned, when it’s pushed underground, when it’s made illegal, those who are in the most desperate need of that type of medical assistance, actually have to go and deal with people that are perhaps not qualified, putting them in a more vulnerable state, forcing them into poverty,” says Hanson-Young.

It’s a human right

Human Rights Watch released a brief to call out the Supreme Court and urge them to rethink their opinion.

“These are the very groups whose health the law should protect. Banning abortion does the opposite.”

Access to safe and lawful abortion services is firmly rooted in the rights to life,” says Human Rights Watch.

It will also affect the health of pregnant women. Evidence shows there is a correlation between “restrictive abortion legislation and increases in maternal mortality and morbidity,” says Human Rights Watch.

Why are men speaking on women’s issues?

With protesters lining the streets right across America, there is frustration and confusion over why men have been heavily contributing to the issue.

“When we are having these political and community-wide debates around issues like abortion that impact directly on women’s bodies, it does tend to be men who are leading the charge, who are filling the space, and who are feeding the debate about whether women should have the right to control their own bodies or not,” Hanson-Young says.

Last December, Justice Samuel Alito wrote the draft following the Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organisation case.

“It always ends up being women’s bodies that are debated as part of a proxy for actually those who have rejected for far too long such social reforms.”

SENATOR SARAH HANSON-YOUNG

In the Dobbs v Jackson case, five out of the nine justices were in support of the draft including four men, who all appointed by Republicans.

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Amazon turns to deforestation in Africa

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Amazon’s founder and CEO is no stranger to making headlines, and his latest venture is sure to turn some heads.

Bezos is looking to help reverse deforestation on 100 million acres of land in Africa by 2030.

The billionaire’s philanthropic organisation, the Bezos Earth Fund, is championing the cause and working with African Union countries to make it happen.

If successful, it would be a major win for the environment and help preserve some of Africa’s most biodiverse and threatened ecosystems.

So why is Bezos focusing on Africa?

Well, the continent is home to some of the world’s most endangered species and its ecosystems are under immense pressure from human activity.

His organisation’s efforts could help to protect these animals and their habitats, while also providing a much-needed boost to the local economy.

It comes as the Earth Fund’s CEO says richer countries are going to have to step up the support for their struggling counterparts…

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Four killed in Himalayas avalanche

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At least four people have been killed and dozens more are missing after an avalanche hit a group of mountaineers high in the Indian Himalayas.

The avalanche victims were part of a group of 34 trainees and seven instructors who were practicing navigation at the time.

The students were from different parts of India, and had come to the Himalayas for a mountaineering course.

So far, eight people have been rescued, while the rest are trapped in a crevasse.

Search efforts have been paused for the night due to intense rain and snowfall.

Local media reports say the number of casualties may rise significantly as further details emerge.

It comes just one week after American professional skier, Hilaree Nelson was also found in the Nepali Himalayas.

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Trump calls on Supreme Court to end raid probe

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Former President Donald Trump filed an emergency appeal at the Supreme Court over the FBI raid on his Mar-A-Lago estate.

Trump wants the court to temporarily block the Justice Department from reviewing classified documents seized at his Florida estate in early August.

The appeal came days after a three-judge panel of the Atlanta-based U.S. Court of Appeals said investigators could retain the classified documents and review them as part of a criminal investigation.

Despite nominating three associate justices during his time in the White House – Trump’s record at the Supreme Court hasn’t been too successful.

The high court repeatedly refused pro-Trump efforts to challenge the results of the 2020 election.

The litigation stems from an Aug. 8 FBI search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Florida, which came as part of a federal investigation into allegations he took classified documents from the White House.

Because the case is filed on the Supreme Court’s emergency docket, the justices could resolve the dispute relatively quickly – potentially within a matter of days.

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