Supreme Court Removes Obstacle From NC Abortions


The Supreme Court let a ruling stand that in a lower court struck down a North Carolina law that required doctors to take an ultrasound and describe it to their patient before that patient could legally get an abortion. A U.S. Court of Appeals opinion stated that it overturned the law because it was “quintessential compelled speech” – that it violated doctors’ freedom of speech inasmuch as they would be forced to say things they would not otherwise say, that they would be forced to recite a script whether or not it was, in their opinion, necessary for the patient. All of that quite beyond the fact that it forces the patient to go through a “spectacle,” the opinion noted. One less hurdle for abortions in North Carolina! [Washington Post]



Canadian Libertarian and 20-ish poli-sci major Lauren Southern is a one-woman anti-feminist army who disrupts SlutWalks to tell rape victims that there is no rape culture and quiz them on statistics. Sounds like a great role model, huh? She’s also running for public office, which is worrisome, because despite her poli-sci major (again, she’s a sophomore in undergrad) she doesn’t really seem to understand that public representatives work for the people, not against them, which is pretty much her social media M.O. as it stands. [Daily Dot]



Uh, WHOOPS: The winners of a women’s cycling race in Belgium were greeted at the podium by bikini-clad models, because everyone knows that you aren’t a winner until someone’s tits are in the direct line of your gaze. The cyclists were understandably pissed, but the organizers of the event apologized and said that they agree that it was in poor taste, but that they weren’t the people who were responsible for the podium-greeting event. [The Guardian]



The MoMA is getting in on the conversation about race and justice in America with their retrospective on Jacob Lawrence’s Migration series. Lawrence’s paintings were created in the 1930s and 40s, and depicted the Black migration northward after the first World War. Read a really thorough profile on Lawrence, his work, and the rising tide of Black art in the 40s. [The Daily Beast]
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