FROM Sharona Coutts
LA City Attorney Vows to Enforce Abortion Notice Law Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer says his office will enforce a controversial state law that requires so-called crisis pregnancy centers to inform their clients that abortion could be an option for them. Crisis pregnancy centers are nonprofit clinics that usually don’t inform clients about abortion, and according to multiple investigations, often try to dissuade pregnant women from seeking abortions. Under the new law – the Reproductive FAIR Act – however, crisis pregnancy centers must post notices informing clients that the state of California offers low-cost and free abortion assistance. Challengers to the law argue that it violates their first amendment rights of free expression and religion. There are five ongoing legal challenges to the law, and some cities across the state have decided not to enforce it at least until the challenges are resolved in court.
When Anti-abortion Activists Intimidate and Harass Donald Trump said Wednesday that women should face legal punishment for getting abortions. He then retracted that statement. However, the inevitable backlash raises an important question: are women already facing certain kinds of punishment for seeking abortions? A single mother in Mississippi told the investigative news outlet Rewire about threats she and her daughter received after she tried to help her daughter legally obtain an abortion.
Lead poisoning hits LA County It’s been three years since the lead crisis in Flint, Michigan began. Flint residents are still drinking bottled water. In LA County, there are areas with even higher rates of lead contamination, and in places you wouldn’t expect, like wealthy San Marino.
Scathing audit finds UC President's office hid $175 million A state audit says the Office of the President at the University of California has kept secret more than $175 million. The report says salaries are a lot a higher in that office than in comparable offices. The audit comes just months after the UC system won approval for its first tuition hike in six years.
'A Square Meal,' a kosher slaughter and Ukrainian Easter eggs Historian Andrew Coe explains how the Great Depression altered the 1930s’ food landscape, and contributor Sam Brasch witnesses a kosher slaughter. Artist Sofika Zielyk shows us how to decorate Ukrainian Easter eggs, Sandor Katz discusses his latest fermentation projects, and Dana Cree introduces her new book, “Hello, My Name is Ice Cream.” Plus: Laura Avery finds Swiss chard at the market, and Jonathan Gold dines at Kismet.