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“Next it’ll be birth control”: Hillary Clinton warns of what Alabama’s IVF ruling could impact

“Next it’ll be birth control”: Hillary Clinton warns of what Alabama’s IVF ruling could impact

Responding to the Alabama Supreme Court ruling that frozen embryos can be considered children under state law, Hillary Clinton is warning of what “extreme right” lawmakers will clamp down on next. In a post to X (formerly Twitter) on Thursday, the former first lady and secretary of state shared an article on the subject from the feminist website Jezebel, along with her prediction of what women can expect to fear down the line, writing, “They came for abortion first. Now it’s IVF and next it’ll be birth control. The extreme right won’t stop trying to exert government control over our most sacred personal decisions until we codify reproductive freedom as a human right.” In the article that Clinton shared, journalist Kylie Cheung highlights that “the decision to suspend IVF services offers an ominous glimpse at the impacts that legal recognition of fetal and embryonic personhood will have on health care,” and in a statement echoing the writer’s views, as well as Clinton’s, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra worries of the “heart-wrenching consequences for women & their families.” “I’ve long …

From bodyguards to death threats – the real impact of chaos in the Commons | Politics News

From bodyguards to death threats – the real impact of chaos in the Commons | Politics News

The first real crisis of Sir Lindsay Hoyle’s time as Speaker was on full display as he was forced to apologise for how a debate on Gaza descended into chaos. While he expressed regret for how his decision to allow a Labour amendment on the SNP’s ceasefire motion had angered MPs, he made clear it was motivated by a regard for their safety – an issue that’s become more pressing since the Israel-Hamas war broke out. Politics latest: Starmer denies threatening Speaker Sky News has spent the day talking to MPs and their staff about their experiences – ranging from thousands of aggressive emails landing in their inboxes, to protests outside constituency offices that have left some so afraid that they have to work from home. Image: Labour MP Jo Stevens previously had her office defaced with posters accusing her of having ‘blood on her hands’. Pic: PA Ever since tensions over Brexit, MPs have been entitled to panic alarms in their constituency offices to notify the local police force if they are in danger. …

‘I’ve never really been fearful’: Jess Park aims to make impact with Lionesses | England women’s football team

‘I’ve never really been fearful’: Jess Park aims to make impact with Lionesses | England women’s football team

Jess Park has had a phenomenal season for Manchester City, ­shining in the 1-0 win against Chelsea in the Women’s Super League. Now she is back with England after ­missing the World Cup with injury, and ­playing ­without fear as the ­Lionesses prepare for friendlies against ­Austria and Italy. “As a player I’ve never really been fearful, I’m always willing to give it a go. If you don’t try, what’s the point?” the 22-year-old said at England’s warm-weather training camp in ­Marbella. “Being here in and around the team just helps push you up a level and take more risks.” The environment allows for risk‑taking and the emphasis of Sarina Wiegman’s camps has been to make the players feel as at home and com­fortable as possible. There is competition between players, but that is secon­dary to using the ­players around you to drive your own standards. “Everyone sees everyone as competition but in a healthy way,” Park said. “On the field we’re just together. We push each other but at the end of the day we’re all friends. …

How Alabama’s ruling that frozen embryos are ‘children’ could impact IVF

How Alabama’s ruling that frozen embryos are ‘children’ could impact IVF

The decision stems from a case brought by three couples that had pursued in vitro fertilization treatment. Sang Tan/AP hide caption toggle caption Sang Tan/AP The decision stems from a case brought by three couples that had pursued in vitro fertilization treatment. Sang Tan/AP Frozen embryos are people and you can be held legally responsible if you destroy them, according to a ruling by the Alabama Supreme Court on Friday. The decision could have wide-ranging implications for in vitro fertilization clinics and for hopeful parents. All Things Considered host Ailsa Chang speaks to UC Davis Professor of Law Mary Ziegler, who breaks down the possible downstream legal implication for how IVF is performed. This interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity. Interview highlights Ailsa Chang: Before we get to the actual ruling, can you just briefly explain the situation that led to the lawsuit, which was eventually brought to the state supreme court in Alabama? Mary Ziegler: Absolutely. There were three couples that had pursued in vitro fertilization treatment at a clinic in …

Biden sanctions aim to curb Jewish settler attacks. Some Israelis fear a wider impact.

Biden sanctions aim to curb Jewish settler attacks. Some Israelis fear a wider impact.

JERUSALEM (RNS) — Attacks by Jewish settlers on Palestinians in the West Bank have continued despite sanctions that President Biden introduced on Feb. 1 against settlers accused of violence. So far, four Israelis have been denied access to any property and bank accounts they may have in the U.S. and are barred from entering the country. France and the United Kingdom have also sanctioned more than 30 individuals. “We are talking about Jewish terror,” said Avi Dabush, the CEO of Rabbis for Human Rights, an Israeli nongovernmental organization. “Their ideology stems from religious fanaticism.” According to that ideology, only Jews have the right and even obligation to live in what was once the biblical Land of Israel, and Palestinians are not welcome.  Although the young men and teenagers who commit violence comprise only a tiny fraction — estimates range between a few hundred to 3,000 or 4,000 — of the nearly 500,000 Jews who live in the West Bank, their actions have long inflamed tensions between Jews and Arabs. The tensions have only grown since …

The devastating impact Covid and austerity had on children in England | Children

The devastating impact Covid and austerity had on children in England | Children

A wide-ranging national plan for childhood is needed in England to address the profound impacts on young people of austerity, poverty and the legacy of the pandemic, says the Association of Directors of Children’s Services. Investment and reform across several overlapping services, from child mental health to early years support, is essential to transform lives, tackle widening social inequalities and secure the UK’s future prosperity, it says. How has austerity and the pandemic had an effect on childhood in four key areas of policy? Child poverty About 4.2 million children are in relative poverty in the UK, while the number of young people experiencing destitution or extreme poverty – meaning their families cannot afford to clothe them, clean them or keep them warm – has tripled over the past three years. Poverty graph Rising material hardship has multiple effects; children going without proper clothes or having to share a bed with siblings. But it also means exclusion – missing out on family outings, holidays and school trips and social isolation. Life chances and opportunities have …

How Trump’s Civil Fraud Case Decision Is Likely to Impact His Business

How Trump’s Civil Fraud Case Decision Is Likely to Impact His Business

NEW YORK —  Donald Trump won’t face the “corporate death penalty,” as one of his lawyer’s called the potential outcome, after all. A New York judge on Friday spared the ex-president that worst case punishment as he ruled in a civil case alleging Trump fraudulently misrepresented financial figures to get cheaper loans and other benefits. Still, Trump was hit hard, facing big cash penalties, outside supervision of his companies and restrictions on his borrowing. In a pretrial ruling last year, the same judge threatened to shut down much of the Republican presidential front-runner’s business by calling for the “dissolution” of corporate entities that hold many of his marquee properties. That raised the specter of possible fire sales of Trump Tower, a Wall Street skyscraper and other properties. But New York Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron called off the dissolution. Instead, he said the court would appoint two monitors to oversee the Trump Organization to make sure it doesn’t continue to submit false figures. “It’s a complete reversal,” said real estate lawyer Adam Leitman Bailey. “There’s …

New study unpacks the impact of TikTok and short video apps on adolescent well being

New study unpacks the impact of TikTok and short video apps on adolescent well being

A recent study published in the journal Psychiatry Research has shared compelling insights into how TikTok and similar short-video applications impact the lives of adolescents. The study differentiates between non-users, moderate users, and addictive users of these platforms — revealing that addictive users tend to suffer from significantly worse mental health conditions, academic performance, and family relationships compared to their counterparts. The digital era has propelled short-video applications like TikTok into popularity — especially among adolescents. Previous research has extensively explored the broader impacts of social media use on mental health, highlighting concerns over increased depression, anxiety, and stress. However, the effects of short-video platforms, characterized by their brief yet engaging content, remained less understood until now. This gap prompted a team of researchers to analyze these platforms by differentiating between moderate and addictive usage patterns — and then finding those patternsʼ association with various psychosocial factors. The motivation behind this study stemmed from an urgent need to understand the implications of short-video application use among adolescents — a demographic particularly susceptible to any adverse …

The startling impact of early life adversity revealed in new neuroscience research

The startling impact of early life adversity revealed in new neuroscience research

In a groundbreaking study led by researchers from the Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences (SICS) at A*STAR, evidence has emerged suggesting that early life adversity (ELA) accelerates brain development during the critical preschool years. This hastened developmental pace, although potentially adaptive, may predispose children to adverse cognitive and mental health outcomes later in life. The study, detailed in the journal Nature Mental Health, delves into the nuances of how exposure to challenges such as a mother’s mental and physical health issues during pregnancy can significantly influence a child’s brain maturation and its long-term implications. The motivation behind this research was the recognized link between ELA and a host of negative health outcomes across a person’s life span, including cognitive impairments and an increased risk of developing mental health disorders. Prior research had hinted at accelerated brain development as a possible adaptive response to early adversity, potentially mediating the relationship between ELA and its adverse effects. However, a gap in the literature due to a lack of longitudinal neuroimaging data from early to late childhood necessitated …

How Do Lighter Nights Impact Sleep Patterns?

How Do Lighter Nights Impact Sleep Patterns?

We got through it! While we’re still in the season of winter, the long dark days are behind us, treating us to brighter mornings and longer evenings. Finally. However, just as clocks going back can impact our health, so can clocks going forward. Yes, whether you’re more of a winter baby or annually find yourself thirsting for the warm rays of the sun, the brighter days ahead promise to improve our mental health and wellbeing. I don’t know about you but this feels long overdue. How lighter evenings improve your physical and mental health Max Kirsten, Resident Sleep Expert for Panda London revealed the health benefits we can expect in the coming months: Improved circadian rhythm Kirsten said that our increased exposure to natural light throughout the day will help to regulate our circadian rhythm, the internal clock that regulates our sleep-wake cycle. He added that when we are exposed to daylight, especially first thing in the morning, it signals to our bodies that now is the time to be awake and alert. As our …