[Free Beacon] A group of scientists is urging the Supreme Court to uphold a crucial abortion restriction, arguing that previous legal decisions contradict modern understandings of fetal development.
The 15-week abortion ban in Mississippi is not only constitutional but also better aligns state policy with scientific realities, according to a brief filed by Dr. Maureen Condic, a faculty member in the University of Utah School of Medicine specializing in human embryology, in collaboration with the pro-life Charlotte Lozier Institute. Legal precedent since Roe v. Wade does not allow states to restrict abortion prior to fetal viability, which is loosely defined as 24 weeks. This precedent, the brief states, must be updated to reflect modern understandings of fetal development that were not known at the time of earlier abortion cases.
"Because scientific understanding of human fetal life has expanded exponentially in the decades since those decisions, this Court should revisit its prior precedents to incorporate the compelling state interests implicated by current scientific knowledge about pre-viability fetal life," says the brief, which was filed to the Supreme Court on Thursday.
Studies have consistently found that the unborn begin to feel pain around 12 to 18 weeks, and 4-D imaging has found advanced neurologic and behavioral developments as early as 12 weeks. This updated scientific understanding, the scientists noted, leaves a legal uncertainly that should allow for the states to make decisions for themselves on when to limit abortion access.
"Such objective evidence of active fetal consciousness dispels any indeterminacy about whether the human fetus is either alive or capable of independent subjective experience," the brief says. "It also requires reevaluation of the State's compelling interest in protecting that conscious human life."
Chuck Donovan, president of the Charlotte Lozier Institute, said the legal argument against Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, another case that upheld abortion rights, is simple: Follow the science.
"Those precedents are not merely out of date, but severely out of touch and cruel given the undeniable evidence that a living, sentient human being exists in the womb," Donovan said in a statement. "Late-term abortion limits are grounded in science and compassion for mother and baby."
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(Last updated: July 30, 2021, 09:29 GMT)
Cases in the last 7 days: 502,465
Cases in the previous 7 days: 325,876
Weekly Infection Increase or Decrease in Cases: +54%
Cases last 7days / 1M Pop: 1,509
Current Odds of Infection: 0.1508 of 1%
Death in the last 7 days: 2,118
Odds of dying in the last 7 days in the USA, IF, infected : 0.0006 of 1%
Deaths in the previous 7 days: 1,842
Weekly Death % change: +15%
Figures Base on the USA Population of : 333,087,850
Source: WorldOMeters Covid-19
Calculator to Predict COVID-19
Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic developed this calculator using data from nearly 12,000 patients enrolled in their COVID-19 registry. It's meant to be used by healthcare providers to predict a patient's likelihood of testing positive for COVID-19.
Use this with CDC odds of dying below for interesting am I screwed data.
CDC CITED ODDS OF INFECTION BY COVID-19
Note: All rates are relative to the 18- to 29-year-old age category. This group was selected as the reference group because it has accounted for the largest cumulative number of COVID-19 cases compared to other age groups.
Sample interpretation: Compared with 18- to 29-year-olds, the rate of death is four times higher in 30- to 39-year-olds, and 600 times higher in those who are 85 years and older. (In the table, a rate of 1x indicates no difference compared to the 18- to 29-year-old age category.)
Deaths by Age of the COVID-19
as accessed on July 12, 2021
0-4 years old = <1x (public school age)
5-17 years old = <1x(public school age)
18-29 years old Ref. Grp
30-39 years old = 4x
40-49 years old = 10x
50-64 years old = 35x
65-74 years old = 95x
75-84 years old = 230x
#1 USA STATE FOR INFECTIONS
California Active Cases : 1,782,496 or 99,850 per 1M Pop
Hardest hit: Los Angeles and also #1 for Illegal aliens
Odd of infection: About 17.85% or about 1 in 5.6 odds.
Interesting Side Notes:
* Active Cases in California peaked the week Biden Admin took office and have remained above 1,640,000+ range per week ever since. Open borders maybe?
* Virginia and Maryland states which surround Washington DC are #2 and #3 for active cases.
[FoxNews] An Oregon county judge has dismissed a case challenging the validity of two gun rights measures passed by local voters in recent years in a move that Second Amendment advocates are hailing as a "victory with national implications."
The Columbia County Board of Commissioners had hoped for a court to review the Second Amendment Sanctuary Ordinance and Second Amendment Preservation Ordinance – which prohibit county enforcement of most state and federal gun control measures, according to the Columbia County Spotlight. The newspaper says the Oregon attorney general and lawyers from Everytown for Gun Safety entered their own filings in court opposing the two ordinances, arguing they violated state and federal laws.
"While a governing body may seek review of an ordinance... judicial examination still requires a justiciable controversy," Judge Ted Grove wrote in his ruling issued Thursday.
“Petitioners have not demonstrated such a controversy," he added, noting that instead they "seek what amounts to an advisory opinion designed to invalidate their own newly passed ordinance."
The Oregon Firearms Federation applauded the case’s dismissal, saying in a statement that "the Columbia County Court shot down ‘Everytown For Gun Safety’, Mike Bloomberg’s New York Lawyers, and the usual gaggle of state worshippers and upheld the County’s 2nd Amendment Sanctuary ordinance, an ordinance the county commissioners hoped to torpedo."
"This is a victory with national implications and a repudiation to the politics of division that Bloomberg and the gun grabbers are so famous for," the gun rights group added.
The Second Amendment Sanctuary Ordinance, in its language, says "while within Columbia County, this Ordinance preserves the right of any person to keep and bear arms as originally understood; in self-defense and preservation, and in defense of one's community and country, and to freely manufacture, transfer, sell and buy firearms, firearm accessories and ammunition, which are designed primarily for the same purposes and protects ancillary rights that are closely related to the right to keep and bear arms protected by the Second Amendment."
Sarah Hansen, an attorney for the county, told the Columbia County Spotlight that "I strongly disagree with Judge Grove's decision that there is no justiciable controversy in this case and his dismissal of the petition for validation," but added that she is unsure if the county will appeal the decision.
[TASS] The shipyards of Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation will lay down six warships and submarines on August 9-10, a source in the domestic shipbuilding industry told TASS on Friday.
"As of now, there is no exact date but there are plans to lay down two Project 955A Borei-A-class strategic nuclear-powered missile-carrying underwater cruisers, two Project 20380 corvettes and two Project 636.3 submarines," the source said, adding that the launch of the warships’ construction was previously planned to take place on the eve of Russia’s Victory Day on May 9.
The Sevmash Shipyard will lay the keel of the strategic nuclear-powered underwater cruisers Dmitry Donskoi and Knyaz Potyomkin, the Admiralty Shipyard will lay down the submarines Mozhaisk and Yakutsk (the fifth and sixth subs in a series of six Project 636.3 diesel-electric submarines for the Russian Pacific Fleet) while the corvettes that will be laid down at the Amur Shipbuilding Plant have been named the Grozny and Buiniy, he said.
Borei class SSBN: First of class laid down '96, launched 2008. Entered service 2013. Elapsed time 17 years. Five boats completed to date. For reference, it took them six years to crank out the latest one, Knyaz Oleg.
Projekt 20380 Stergushiy class corvette: Construction started in 2001, took 7 years to complete the first ship. Since then they have completed 6 more.
Projekt 636.3 Kilo class SS: A Cold War holdover, though a good one. 34 built -for the Russians, 46 more for the rest of the world - since 1980, an average of 0.80 boats per year.
All of this is warmed-over Cold War technology.
Keep an eye on the yards, but don't worry.
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07/31/2021 7:40 Comments ||
[Aljazeera] Walmart Inc., the largest private employer in the U.S., is requiring its headquarters and regional staff to be vaccinated by Oct. 4, joining Google in instituting a policy that may set a standard for corporate America as the highly contagious delta variant continues to spread.
The mandate covers all campus staff as well as market, regional and divisional employees who work in multiple facilities, Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon said in a memo Friday. A spokesman couldn’t immediately say how many of the retailer’s 1.5 million-person U.S. workforce will be affected. Walmart separately told its frontline store and warehouse associates Friday to don masks again, and doubled the cash incentive it’s providing for employees to get vaccinated to $150.
[Washington Examiner] A "special counsel" has been appointed the power to expand a GOP-backed investigation into the 2020 election in Wisconsin.
That's the label Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos gave to former state Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman, who was granted the authority to hire full-time investigators for a "top-to-bottom investigation."
Roughly two months ago, Vos hired retired police officers for the task, along with Gableman, to oversee the effort at a tab of $11,000 in taxpayer money each month, but the speaker told the Associated Press on Friday the ex-law enforcement officials quit earlier this month.
"After talking with our original investigative team, we realize that the part-time nature of these contracts is less time than is needed to complete the investigation," the Republican said in a statement. "Justice Gableman will have the resources and ability to determine the need for any future adjustments."
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.