What’s Current: Federal appeals court rules Texas abortion ban allowed during COVID-19

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  • A federal appeals court rules Texas can enforce its COVID-19 ban on most abortions. Republican state officials claim the ban is “essential for preserving hospital resources during the pandemic,” while abortion providers say the ruling is “political opportunism.”
  • Chemists are wrongly telling women seeking emergency contraception that they are “legally required” to fill out a form that makes them disclose if they were sexually assaulted or have STI symptoms before they can access medication.
  • Seven women in labour and two babies died after being forced to walk to hospitals to give birth after Ugandan authorities banned private transport in order to avoid overwhelming hospitals dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Maria Ressa, CEO of women-led Filipino news outlet Rappler, talks about her upcoming trial for “cyber libel” against the government, press freedom, and COVID-19 in an interview with the Southeast Asia Globe.
Meghan McCarty

Meghan McCarty is an undergraduate student and aspiring journalist living in the United States.