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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.

By Katerina Kostakos

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BREAKING: Shots ring out at Trump rally

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Donald Trump was whisked off the stage at a rally in Butler, Pennsylvania after loud noises rang through the crowd.

Trump was showing off a chart of border crossing numbers when bangs started ringing through the crowd. Trump could be seen reaching with his right hand toward his neck. There appeared to be blood on his face.

He quickly ducked behind the riser as agents from his protective detail rushed the stage and screams rang out from the crowd. The bangs continued as agents tended to him on stage.

His motorcade has left the venue.

In a statement, Trump says he is “fine” and says he is being checked at a medical facility.

Donald Trump was safe, the U.S. Secret Service and his campaign said on Saturday after multiple shots rang out at a rally by the Republican presidential candidate in Pennsylvania as video showed Trump grimacing and raising a hand to his right ear.
The former president had just started his speech when gunshots erupted and Trump and other rally attendees hit the deck. Secret Service agents swarmed around him and live video showed blood on the right side of Trump’s face and ear.
 
Trump repeatedly raised his fist in the air, with an American flag visible behind him, as security ushered him away.
“The Secret Service has implemented protective measures and the former president is safe,” a spokesperson for the agency said on X after what it called an incident.
“This is now an active Secret Service investigation and further information will be released when available.”

A map of the site, showing where the alleged gunman was situated compared to Donald Trump.

CNN reported that Trump was injured, but gave no other details. It was not clear how or what injuries he may have sustained.

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NASA astronauts phone home, confident Boeing’s Starliner will return to Earth safely

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Stranded NASA astronauts express confidence in Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft, assuring its capability to safely transport them back to Earth from the International Space Station.

The astronauts, over a video call to NASA, highlighted Starliner’s enhanced safety features and testing protocols as reassuring factors for their safe return.

“I have a real good feeling in my heart that this spacecraft will bring us home, no problem…”, said Sunita “Suni” Williams, one of the stranded NASA astronauts.

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Franchising vs. Independent: key differences to choosing the right SMB model

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With latest Australian Federal budget, many SMB’s are weighing their options when selecting a suitable business model.

Franchising provides brand recognition, operational support, and economies of scale but involves ongoing fees.

Independent businesses offer full control and profit retention but face higher costs and regulatory challenges.

For risk and reward, the franchising model reduces risk through established practices and support but involves ongoing fees and profit-sharing with the franchisor.

On the alternative, independent businesses retain full control of profits but face higher risks and responsibilities in managing the business.

Sonia Shwabsky, CEO at Kwik Kopy Australia, joins to share her key insights on SMB’s. #featured

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