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.
Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé Morgan Parker says that the poems in her book There Are Things More Beautiful than Beyoncé take a stand against the clichés of the dominant culture.
Trump says goodbye Paris Accord: What does it mean for U.S. and the planet? President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, the landmark international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Trump was to renegotiate a new deal, but will that happen?
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”