Iowa Heartbeat Abortion Law Struck Down by State J
Des Moines, Iowa: An Iowa judge struck down Tuesday a law basing an abortion ban on a fetal heartbeat, blocking the implementation of one of the strictest abortion bans in the U.S. The nine-page ruling, issued Jan. 22, cited a 2018 Iowa Supreme Court decision striking down a 72-hour waiting period for abortion, on the grounds that “a woman’s right to decide whether to terminate a pregnancy is a fundamental right under the Iowa Constitution.” The ruling continued the law’s defenders didn’t identify a compelling state interest to ban abortions based on when a fetal heartbeat is detected.
Diocese and High School in Kentucky Backtracking on the Covington Catholic incident
Covington, Ky: Being quick to judge, in their initial response on Saturday, Jan. 19, issued just a few hours after the first video emerged, the Diocese of Covington and Covington Catholic High School released a joint statement condemning the actions of the high school students. the statement was supported by Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, Archbishop of Louisville and Kentucky’s metropolitan archbishop, who added his own statement condemning the “shameful actions” of the students. However, both statements, along with the entire websites of the Diocese of Covington and the high school, have since been taken down, after subsequent, longer footage and additional information complicated the original interpretation of the video. Tempering their imprecations, the latest response falls short of apologizing to the students –“We pray that we may come to the truth and that this unfortunate situation may be resolved peacefully and amicably and ask others to join us in this prayer. We will have no further statements until the investigation is complete.” This statement is currently the only part of the website of the Diocese of Covington that is still functioning. By Monday, all other links on the site had been deactivated. Archbishop Kurtz on Monday released a new statement of support for Bishop Joseph Foy and the Diocese, and noted that the responses to the incident “revealed the regrettable polarization in our Church and in our society.”
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Senate Set to Vote on Proposals to End Shutdown
Washington D.C; The Republican-led U.S. Senate planned votes for Thursday on competing proposals, one broadly backed by Democrats and the other by Republicans, to end the partial government shutdown, both of which seemed unlikely to resolve the month-long impasse. The shutdown, triggered by Democrat politicians refusing to compromise on “the WALL,” is now in its 34th day, refusing to fund $5.7 billion for a U.S.-Mexico border wall.
IRS Employees Skipping Work
Washington D.C; IRS employees are skipping work to protest a Trump administration order that they return without pay amid the partial government shutdown. The National Treasury Employees Union said hundreds so far have received permission to stay home because of financial hardship, and growing absences among the 33,000 who have been recalled could delay processing of taxpayer refunds. The shutdown, now in its fifth week, could wipe out gross domestic product growth in the first quarter if it continues, according to the White House economist.