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Emmanuel Macron Says Only A French-German Union Can Stop Global Chaos



Emmanuel Macron Says Only A French-German Union Can Stop Global Chaos

French Head Of State Emmanuel Macron informed the German parliament on Sunday that a European resurgence can avoid international ‘turmoil’

He hailed the collaboration in between France and also Germany as a safety pressure versus international turmoil and also opponents that exist past Europe’s boundaries.

” Europe, and also within it the Franco-German pair, have the responsibility not to allow the globe get on turmoil and also to assist it when traveling to tranquility,” Macron stated including that Europe should not “end up being a toy of world powers, have to think better duty for its safety and also its protection, and also have to decline a subservient function in globe national politics”.

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RT records: France and also Germany are encountering the job of making Europe a lot more “resistant” in these times of a restored surge of nationalism and also “opening up a brand-new phase in European background,” Macron informed German MPs on Sunday, including that both nations “owe this to Europe.” He after that obviously made a decision to believe huge, declaring that “Europe and also the Franco-German set within it” need to do no much less than “not allow the globe get on turmoil.”

As Well As to do that the French leader recommended rather a conventional dish, stating that “Europe should be more powerful” in addition to even more independent and also sovereign, while European countries need to really surrender on rather substantial components of their very own sovereignty.

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” Each people needs to share their decision-making powers, [harmonize] diplomacy, migration and also advancement plan in addition to [share] a raising component of the budget plan and also also tax obligation profits in the spirit of area,” he informed the German parliament.

To obviously validate such sacrifices, Macron stated that “there are powers that try to match us versus each various other,” probably indicating all those outside the European boundaries, consisting of Russia, China and also also Europe’s historical ally the U.S.A.. The French head of state appeared to be especially anxious to shake off Washington’s oversight over its European allies as he once more advertised his suggestion of a European Military, which should, according to him, end up being an icon of a joined continent.

” Europe would certainly never ever measure up to its real function up until it thinks complete duty for its very own events,” the head of state stated, including that it would certainly or else remain to “play a subservient function in globe national politics.” He likewise stated that Paris and also Berlin have a certain duty to assist Europe obtain “needed sovereignty.” “Lengthy live the Franco-German relationship. Lengthy real-time Europe,” he proclaimed.

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While consistently contacting Europe to take even more of this duty for its very own protection and also safety, Macron was likewise rather open concerning the leads of this job of his, stating that “this battle is not won and also … will certainly never ever be won.”

Both Macron and also Chancellor Merkel consistently swore to “change” the going stale European Union while regularly requiring European communication and also unity.

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Various other nations, nonetheless, appear to be relocating the various other instructions, with a variety of eurosceptics involving power.

The EU continues to be pretty-much separated on such problems as migration, and also Macron himself discovered strong challengers to his migration plans in Italy’s Inside Preacher Matteo Salvini and also Hungary’s Head of state Viktor Orban.

As Well As while Paris and also Berlin appear to be anxious to once more promote a European Military– a concept that really drifted around considering that the very early times of Europe’s post-war combination however was never ever appropriately applied– various other countries appear to be hesitant to sustain it.

Austria stated on Friday it would certainly bow out it since it is “as opposed to the Austrian constitutional setting.” The Dutch Head Of State Mark Rutte likewise revealed his hesitation concerning the suggestion, stating that Paris and also Berlin were prospering of themselves, while likewise stating that Europe’s safety might be difficult to assure without NATO.

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Transgender cosmetics entrepreneur wanted in Malaysia for wearing feminine clothing is arrested in Thailand



Nur Sajat arrested

Transgender cosmetics entrepreneur Nur Sajat Kamaruzzaman has been arrested after an eight-month search, Malaysian authorities confirmed on Monday.

The arrest: Nur Sajat, 36, was detained by Thai immigration authorities at a luxury condominium in Bangkok along with a man and a Thai woman, Malay Mail reported.

  • She was charged in an Islamic court near Kuala Lumpur for dressing up in feminine clothing, a baju kurung, while attending a religious event in 2018. 
  • The baju kurung, which originated from the Malay peninsula, is traditionally worn by women in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and southern Thailand.
  • An arrest warrant was issued in February after Nur Sajat failed to show up to a hearing.
  • She faces up to three years in prison or 5,000 Malaysian Ringgit (about $1,200) in fines, or both, if convicted.
  • Under Section 10(a) of the Shariah Crimes (State of Selangor) Enactment 1995, insulting Islam and related practices either by mocking or blaspheming through writing, drawings or photos is subject to punishment. 

Other offenses: Authorities said in a statement that Nur Sajat was arrested and charged with immigration offenses on Sept. 8 for carrying an invalid passport. She was released on bail for that case.

  • She is also wanted for criminal intimidation and “obstructing a public servant from carrying out his duties.”
  • Nur Sajat is seeking refuge with the UN Refugee Agency (UNCHR), according to Human Rights Watch Deputy Asia Director Phil Roberston.
  • “As a @UNHCRAsia recognized refugee, under no circumstances should Nur Sajat be sent back to #Malaysia,” he tweeted. “She needs to be sent to a country that will offer rights protections, not persecuted for being #LGBT which is what will happen if she is sent to Malaysia.”

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Boston College plans return to passing attack with QB Dennis Grosel against Missouri



Boston College plans return to passing attack with QB Dennis Grosel against Missouri

Boston College coach Jeff Hafley wants a downfield passing threat regardless of who is throwing the football.

Phil Jurkovec threw for 303 yards and three touchdowns in a 51-0 victory over Colgate in the season opener. A week later, Jurkovec suffered a season-ending right-hand injury on the opening possession of a 45-28 win at UMass. Dennis Grosel came in and threw for 199 yards and a touchdown.

The vertical passing game was nonexistent in the Eagles’ 28-3 victory at Temple. Grosel was 5-of-13 for 34 yards with a pick as BC settled into a power run scheme. But the Eagles need to revive their vertical mojo against SEC opponent Missouri at noon Saturday at Alumni Stadium.

“We are going to be a vertical passing team no matter who is playing quarterback,” said Hafley following Tuesday’s practice. “This scheme is not going to change and we have full confidence in Dennis.

“We went up so fast in that (Temple) game and I felt so good about the way we were playing on defense that we were going to run the ball. Dennis is a confident guy and if we have to throw 50 times to win then we will throw 50. If we have to throw for more than 400 yards to win, we will throw for 400 yards.”

In his only start in 2020 at Virginia, Grosel threw for 520 yards, equaling the single-game record set by Doug Flutie against Penn State in 1982.

“I think the way Temple played we were a little more underneath and stuff like that,” said Grosel. “But we are going to open the playbook back up and we know how to do it and let it fly. We have that mentality coming to this week. We were talking about it in meetings and we showed it in practice. We are going to open it up and let it fly. “

The Eagles got by with “vanilla” game plans because they took convincing early leads in all three games. That’s unlikely to happen against the Tigers, so Grosel is prepared to execute the pass plays BC practiced but left on the table.

“We still have a lot of stuff in our back pocket and plenty of stuff we haven’t even shown yet and it’s good stuff,” said Grosel.

A nickel’s worth

There is more to playing the nickel defensive back than keeping tabs on the slot receiver.

Hafley has entrusted the complex coverage and run-support responsibilities of nickelback to junior veteran Josh DeBerry. DeBerry recorded six tackles against Temple.

“Josh had one of his best tackling days and I thought all our corners tackled really well,” said Hafley. “When he is at the nickel position, sometimes he has an interior gap and sometimes he has an exterior gap. He might be the edge to the defense on some plays or if the ball gets outside, he has to set the edge and essentially be our force player. When he is in the nickel he blitzes, he fills in on run support and sometimes he’s in the box like a linebacker.”

DeBerry showed the versatility to play cover and nickel corner last season when he recorded 44 tackles, 33 solos with two TFL, two forced fumbles and an interception to earn All-ACC honorable mention. In three games this season, DeBerry is tied with linebacker Vinny DePalma for third with 12 tackles and two TFL.

“He is one of our toughest players physically and mentally on the team in my opinion and he is one of our better tacklers,” said Hafley.

Grant’s tomb

Punter Grant Carlson landed two inside the 20 and was named ACC specialist of the week. Carlson averaged 51.4 yards on five punts with a long of 62 against Temple that included a remarkable flip of the field.

With the ball on the BC 14 and his back to the goal line, Carlson launched the ball 59 yards. Jadan Blue retreated six yards to create a seam, but gunner Elijah Jones dropped Blue for a five-yard loss resulting in a flip of the field of 64 yards.

“He had two huge punts that totally flipped the field and Elijah had to run like 70 yards to make that one tackle and he made it immediately,” said Hafley. “Those are game-changers. Those take points away.”

Carlson is eighth in the nation with a 45.1 net average, with five inside the 20.

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‘Soul-crushing’: US COVID-19 deaths are topping 1,900 a day



‘Soul-crushing’: US COVID-19 deaths are topping 1,900 a day


COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. have climbed to an average of more than 1,900 a day for the first time since early March, with experts saying the virus is preying largely on a distinct group: 71 million unvaccinated Americans.

The increasingly lethal turn has filled hospitals, complicated the start of the school year, delayed the return to offices and demoralized health care workers.

“It is devastating,” said Dr. Dena Hubbard, a pediatrician in the Kansas City, Missouri, area who has cared for babies delivered prematurely by cesarean section in a last-ditch effort to save their mothers, some of whom died. For health workers, the deaths, combined with misinformation and disbelief about the virus, have been “heart-wrenching, soul-crushing.”

Twenty-two people died in one week alone at CoxHealth hospitals in the Springfield-Branson area, a level almost as high as that of all of Chicago. West Virginia has had more deaths in the first three weeks of September — 340 — than in the previous three months combined. Georgia is averaging 125 dead per day, more than California or other more populous states.

“I’ve got to tell you, a guy has got to wonder if we are ever going to see the end of it or not,” said Collin Follis, who is the coroner in Missouri’s Madison County and works at a funeral home.

The nation was stunned back in December when it was witnessing 3,000 deaths a day. But that was when almost no one was vaccinated.

Now, nearly 64% of the U.S. population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. And yet, average deaths per day have climbed 40% over the past two weeks, from 1,387 to 1,947, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Health experts say the vast majority of the hospitalized and dead have been unvaccinated. While some vaccinated people have suffered breakthrough infections, those tend to be mild.

The number of vaccine-eligible Americans who have yet to get a shot has been put at more than 70 million.

“There is a very real risk you’ll end up in the hospital or even in the obituary pages,” Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, chief medical officer for the Ohio Department of Health, said to the unvaccinated. “Don’t become a statistic when there is a simple, safe and effective alternative to go out today and get vaccinated.”

Many low-vaccination communities also have high rates of conditions like obesity and diabetes, said Dr. William Moss of Johns Hopkins. And that combination — along with the more contagious delta variant — has proved lethal.

“I think this is a real failure of society and our most egregious sin to be at this stage where we have hospitals overwhelmed, ICUs overwhelmed and hitting this mark in terms of deaths per day,” Moss lamented.

New cases of the coronavirus per day in the U.S. have dropped since the start of September and are now running at about 139,000. But deaths typically take longer to fall because victims often linger for weeks before succumbing.

In Kansas, 65-year-old cattleman Mike Limon thought he had beaten COVID-19 and went back to work for a few days. But the virus had “fried” his lungs and he died last week, said his grandson, Cadin Limon, 22, of Wichita.

He said his grandfather didn’t get vaccinated for fear of a bad reaction, and he hasn’t gotten the shot either for the same reason, though serious side effects have proved extremely rare.

He described his grandfather as a “man of faith.”

“Sixty-five is still pretty young,” the young man said. “I know that. It seems sudden and unexpected, but COVID didn’t surprise God. His death wasn’t a surprise to God. The God I serve is bigger than that.”

Cases are falling in West Virginia from pandemic highs, but deaths and hospitalizations are expected to continue increasing for as many as six more weeks, said retired National Guard Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, who leads the state’s coronavirus task force.

Dr. Greg Martin, who is president of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and practices mostly at Grady Hospital in Atlanta, said the staff is buckling under the strain.

“I think everyone in 2020 thought we would get through this. No one really thought that we would still be seeing this the same way in 2021,” he said.

Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon activated the state’s National Guard on Tuesday to provide assistance to hospitals dealing with a surge of COVID-19 patients.

In Oklahoma, Hillcrest South Hospital in Tulsa is among several medical centers around the country to add temporary morgues. Deaths are at an all-time high there, at three to four times the number it would see in a non-COVID-19 world, said Bennett Geister, hospital CEO.

He said the staff there, too, is worn out.

“They didn’t sign up to be ICU nurses only to have people pass away on them,” he said. “They signed up to be ICU nurses to take people to recovery and heal people from the brink of death.”

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Pediatrician conducting vaccine trials at Upstate talks about study’s progress



Pediatrician conducting vaccine trials at Upstate talks about study’s progress

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR) — Central New York is playing a big part in the Pfizer study of kids and vaccines. Upstate University is one of the vaccine trial sites. Pediatrician Joseph Domachowske, who’s reportedly helping conduct the study, joined NEWS10’s sister station in Syracuse to talk about its progress.

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Jefferson County juvenile claims self-defense after killing man with arrow



Group honors Missouri officer killed in the line of duty last week

NORMAL, Ill. – Twenty-five-year-old Jelani Day is a graduate student studying to get his master’s in speech pathology at Illinois State University. He was last seen Aug. 24 and hasn’t been heard from since. 

Police found his car, a 2010 White Crysler 300 with a blacktop, in a wooded area in Peru, Illinois, a few days later. 

“Nothing is more important to me than getting Jelani back,” Carmen Bolden Day, Jelani’s mother said. “I need help to find my son, it’s been 28 days.”

Jelani’s family from Danville and a faculty member reported Jelani missing after he did not show up for class for several days. Bloomington police said they need tips from the public in their ongoing search.

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Jeffco public health director spars with Christian school attorneys in court over mask mandate



Jeffco public health director spars with Christian school attorneys in court over mask mandate

Attorneys for three small Christian schools faced off with Jefferson County Public Health’s executive director Tuesday during a daylong hearing in which the county health department sought to force the schools to follow its COVID-19 mask mandate for students.

The health department sought a judge’s order last week after the agency found that three schools were not properly enforcing mask mandates in their classrooms, according to court filings. The schools objected, saying both that they were following the county’s guidance — which they argued was issued late, lacked legal authority and changed over time — and that the county’s public health order was unconstitutional, among other arguments.

Jefferson County Public Health executive director Dawn Comstock was the only witness to take the stand Tuesday; the hearing did not finish and will continue Wednesday.

Comstock testified extensively about rising rates of COVID-19 infections in the county and particularly among school-aged children, who are not able to be vaccinated if they’re under 12 and have seen significant rates of infection since schools returned this fall.

“For the first time, both the 6 to 11 age group and the 12 to 17 age group have higher incidence rates than adults,” she said. “This is the first time that has been seen in the state of Colorado during the entire pandemic.”

School supporters packed the courtroom Tuesday; some observers in the morning sat shoulder-to-shoulder on the floor and stood in the back of the room. Comstock at one point interrupted her testimony to ask that observers be reminded to wear their masks correctly.

“Your honor, I realize this is irregular but I am concerned we have a very packed courtroom with a number of people not wearing their masks correctly–” she said, before the audience’s derisive laughter drowned her out.

District Court Judge Randall Arp told everyone in the courtroom to wear their masks over their noses and mouths and said those who did not would be removed. Deputies did remove one person from an overflow room who refused to wear a mask.

The school attorneys who cross-examined Comstock on Tuesday focused on arguments the schools had laid out in court filings. Faith Christian Academy argued that it does enforce a mask mandate in its school, but that at the time health inspectors visited there were “some lapses in enforcement as everyone was trying to understand the scope of the public health order while also juggling all of the other responsibilities of starting the school year.”

Beth Eden Baptist School said in a filing that the school had decided last week — hours before the lawsuit was filed — that it would comply with the mandate and allow unimpeded access for inspectors.

“By the time this case was filed, our client was totally in compliance,” attorney Shaun Pearman said about Beth Eden during Tuesday’s hearing. The health department’s attorney, Craig May, disagreed with that characterization.

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Koreatown mural redone after three-year-long community backlash accusing of it being like a swastika



Koreatown mural redone

After three years of arguing, petitioning and back-and-forth conversations, a mural in Los Angeles’ Koreatown was redone and unveiled last Wednesday.

The controversy: In 2016, a mural was put up on a wall of the Robert F. Kennedy Community School in Los Angeles honoring Hollywood icon and actress Ava Gardner. There were no qualms about the actress herself, but in 2018, Korean community groups and protestors took issue with the massive crimson sun rays emanating from her face, comparing them to a swastika or a burning cross, according to the Los Angeles Times.

  • Protestors claimed the rays are too similar to the symbol of the imperial Japanese army during World War II — the rising sun. Those groups took offense and called for the mural to be taken down.
  • During that time of war, the Japanese Empire subjected Koreans to heinous atrocities and left deep scars within the community.
  • The mural’s artist, Beau Stanton, has featured multiple paintings with large sun rays before and said he did not mean to distress anyone with his depiction of Gardner. He said the accents around Gardner’s silhouette, along with the palm trees and the Grecian pillar, were “intended to honor the legendary Cocoanut Grove nightclub” that she frequented and that used to exist near the school, according to LAist.
  • The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) initially announced that they would remove the mural amid complaints from the Wilshire Community Coalition and Chan Yong “Jake” Jeong, the coalition’s president and protest organizer against the mural. However, they soon received pushback from artists like Shepard Fairey, who said he would remove his own mural of Robert Kennedy from the campus if they went through with their decision, according to NBC Los Angeles.

What came of it: The community came together, and an initiative was led by “GYOPO, a collective of diasporic Korean artists in Los Angeles,” to revise the mural.

  • Stanton redid parts of it and included input from students and members of the Koreatown community.
  • “This process and initial public conversation surrounding the original mural has been a challenging and ultimately positive experience,” he wrote in an Instagram post. “I genuinely hope this saga can serve as a constructive example of how to balance the input of local stakeholders with creative free expression in public art.”
  • The mural now includes a traditional Korean pattern of a phoenix, a migrant worker harvesting oranges based on a historic photograph, and a uniformed Koreatown hotel worker photographed in 1935 with ties to the school building’s former occupant. Ava Gardner is “crowned with flowers specific to the national origins of many of the students whose families immigrated from Mexico, Korea, Guatemala, El Salvador and other parts of Latin America.” The sun rays are also there but significantly less bold and muted behind the additions.
  • “Three years ago, we entered into a space of not knowing what was going to happen when we were informed about the impact that the mural had on our community, on our Korean community,” Roberto Martinez, LAUSD’s senior school district administrator said. “You’ve taught us what the word community means, what leadership means…We have created a space of love and respect.”
  • The president of the Wilshire Center Koreatown Neighborhood Council, Kisuk Jun, initially collected 1,400 signatures to get rid of the mural. He approved of the new mural stating, “We came together and now it’s more beautiful—because it symbolizes Los Angeles.”

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Patriots to honor Julian Edelman Sunday with halftime ceremony



Patriots to honor Julian Edelman Sunday with halftime ceremony

The Patriots will honor former wide receiver Julian Edelman with a special halftime ceremony during this week’s game against the New Orleans Saints.

Edelman, who made his home the slot, constantly moving the chains on offense, announced his retirement after 12 seasons with the Patriots this past spring.

The three-time Super Bowl winner made his greatest impact in the big games. He also made in imprint in the Patriots record books. He finished second in team history with 620 receptions, fourth with 6,822 receiving yards and ninth with 36 receiving touchdowns.

Edelman, now working as an analyst for “Inside the NFL” on CBS, also sits second in NFL history with 118 postseason receptions, behind Jerry Rice’s 151 catches in the playoffs. He is one of 15 NFL players with at least 1,000 career postseason yards.

Edelman also has a Super Bowl MVP on his resume, finishing with 10 receptions for 141 yards in the win vs. the Los Angeles Rams.

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Wild sign Russian star Kirill Kaprizov to 5-year, $45 million contract



Wild sign Russian star Kirill Kaprizov to 5-year, $45 million contract

At long last, the Kirill Kaprizov contract saga has come to an end.

After a back-and-forth negotiation process — and that’s putting it lightly — the Wild inked the 24-year-old Russian star to a 5-year, $45 million contract on Tuesday night.

The news comes less than 24 hours before the Wild report to training camp.

A source told the Pioneer Press that Kaprizov is in North America and will indeed be in Minnesota on Wednesday. He will be able to practice on Thursday, thus there should be no issue with him being ready for the Oct. 15 season opener.

Not long after the Wild made the deal official on their Twitter account, Kaprizov took to Instagram, posting a picture on his feed with the caption, “Let’s go.”

Wild general manager Bill Guerin was not immediately made available for comment. He is scheduled to talk to reporters on Wednesday afternoon.

As for Kaprizov, whenever he talked to reporters will mark the first time anyone has heard from him since last season. He was not available after winning the Calder Trophy this offseason because he was on a fishing trip in Siberia without Internet access.

This contract for Kaprizov runs through the 2025-26 season and instantly makes him the highest paid player in franchise history. His deal carries an average annual value of $9 million, topping captain Jared Spurgeon, whose contract carries an average annual value of $7.575 million.

While that might seem like a lot of money for a guy that has played only 55 games in the NHL, there’s no doubt Kaprizov earned a big pay day with his play last season. And the Wild absolutely had to get something done at some point.

There’s a legitimate argument to be made that Kaprizov is already the most talented player the Wild organization has ever seen.

He won the Calder Trophy last season after an incredible rookie campaign that saw him score a team-high 27 goals to go along with 24 assists. In fact, Kaprizov was so dominant that he garnered 99 of 100 first-place votes from the Professional Hockey Writers Association, the highest percentage of first-place votes in Calder Trophy balloting since 1992-93.

As pretty much every Wild fan knows by now, it took some time for Kaprizov to come over from his native Russia after being drafted in the fifth round of the 2015 draft. That said, it’s safe to say he has more than lived up to the hype.

That’s something Kaprizov did pretty much as soon as he stepped on the ice for the Wild. He scored the game-winner in overtime of his NHL debut against the Los Angeles Kings on Jan. 14. It was a storybook beginning to his NHL career, and he kept his foot on the gas pedal the rest of the way.

In the process, he captured the heart of Wild fans everywhere.

His stellar performance as a rookie gave Kaprizov and his agent Paul Theofanous some leverage heading into this offseason. Though it was widely reported that Guerin hoped to agree upon a long-term deal — perhaps a max eight-year deal if possible — Kaprizov was said to be in favor of a short-term deal.

Both sides met somewhere in the middle to get the deal done.

Now the key for Kaprizov will be proving it night in and night out. He’s being paid like one of the best players in the league and will be expected to perform like one of the best players in the league.

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Vermont pro-choice groups push for constitutional protection



Vermont pro-choice groups push for constitutional protection

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WFFF) — In the wake of a Supreme Court move allowing the nation’s most restrictive abortion laws to take effect in Texas, some Vermont lawmakers believe the ongoing effort to amend the Vermont Constitution is the most significant step they can take to guarantee access to abortion in the Green Mountain State.

“Currently, we have that fundamental right in this state, and we’ve had it for nearly 50 years as a result of Roe v. Wade,” said Sen. Ginny Lyons. “But it’s only a right as a result of court cases.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch met with advocates working to strike down antiabortion laws in Texas and ensure that reproductive rights are protected in Vermont. The roundtable event included representatives from Planned Parenthood of Vermont, the ACLU of Vermont, the Vermont Attorney General’s Office, and the Vermont Legislature.

Prop. 5, which was first introduced by Rep. Ann Pugh in January 2019, would guarantee reproductive rights regardless of any future Supreme Court decisions. It’s a lengthy process to amend the Vermont Constitution, but it’s expected the House will give its final approval early next year, and voters could weigh in as early as November 2022.

“Vermont’s policy has long recognized that decisions related to reproductive health and abortion are deeply personal and private, and they’re best left to the individual and their healthcare provider,” Rep. Pugh said. “Prop. 5 keeps things the way they are now, and the way they’ve been for half a century. I believe the voters of Vermont will agree.”

As Sanders and Welch return to Washington, their focus will be on a similar effort at the federal level. The ‘Women’s Health Protection Act’ would guarantee reproductive freedom nationwide. Both of Vermont’s representatives spoke about the importance of the legislation given the situation in Texas.

“This is not only an attack on women’s rights, not only an attack on human rights, what it is is another effort to try and divide us up,” Sanders said.

“I don’t think anyone in Vermont in their wildest dreams would think Texas would pass such an outrageous and unconstitutional law,” Welch said.

Falko Schilling, Advocacy Director for the ACLU of Vermont, said: “This is a case we’re challenging in court, we shouldn’t have to be, this is clearly unconstitutional and should be struck down, and it’s deeply, deeply troubling to see that the Supreme Court has let this law stand as long as it has, because it’s had devastating impacts on the people who live in Texas.”

Other speakers Monday included Melinda Moulton, for whom the developments in Texas bring back the pain of losing her mother nearly 60 years ago. More than 10 years before Roe v. Wade, Moulton said her mother went to a “secret hospital,” suffered complications from a procedure, and died five months later—three days before Christmas.

“Women cannot realize full equality if we are not allowed control over our own bodies,” Moulton said. “Reproductive freedom for women is a human right, and most Vermonters agree. Passing Prop. 5 is an extremely crucial step to ensure we never, ever allow anyone to force us to return to the days where women like my mother must endure humiliation and potentially life-threatening procedures that often cost them their lives.”

Welch said the Women’s Health Protection Act should be up for a vote in the House this week and believes it will pass. Senator Sanders said its future in the Senate is less clear. Some obstructionist Democrats are opposed, with some Republicans voicing support.

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