The Wider World

Abortion law draws skepticism

PRO-LIFE and pro-choice demonstrators (Shutterstock).

A controversial Texas law that severely restricts abortions seems likely to face a strong challenge before the U.S. Supreme Court after two conservative justices expressed doubts about the constitutionality of the law.

According to the Associated Press, at issue is not the question of the legality of ending unwanted pregnancies, but the unusual nature of the law, which is in effect retroactively and is enforced by private individuals bringing lawsuits against women seeking abortions as well as anyone who assisted her.

Justice Brett Cavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett each expressed doubts about the law as written. Monday’s arguments before the court centered on whether it was abortion providers or the federal Department of Justice had “standing” to bring the matter before the high court.

The Texas law being discussed bans abortions from the moment a fetal heartbeat is detected, which is usually around six weeks into a pregnancy.

Little progress on climate change?

Despite warnings that failure to address the dangers of climate change was “digging our own graves,” the G26 summit in Glasgow Scotland that opened Monday showed little progress.

CLIMATE CHANGE issues discussed at G26 meetings (Shutterstock).

UN Secretary General Antonio Gutterres made that comment, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the world has strapped itself to a “doomsday machine” by continuing to burn fossil fuels that contribute to the “greenhouse effect” that scientists believe is responsible for rising global temperatures, melting polar ice caps and extreme weather.

President Joe Biden apologized for former president Donald Trump withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris Accords on climate change.

According to The New York Times, Russia has made no new pledges to reduce climate pollution and China has a new proposal nearly that same as an older plan. The U.S., Russia and China are three of the world’s top four emitters of fossil fuel pollution.

Sports: Von in a million? He’s a Ram now

VON MILLER (Wikipedia/Keith Allison)

Von Miller, one of the top linebackers in the NFL, has been traded from the Denver Broncos to the Los Angeles Rams for second-and-third round drafts picks.

“It’s all kind of new,” said Miller. “I’m on my way to L.A.” An eight-time Pro Bowl selection, he was also the Most Valuable Player of the Super Bowl 50 game as his Broncos upset the favored Carolina Panthers.

Miller is joining a 7-1 Rams team that last season fielded a defense that was one of the best in the league. He is expected to be in the lineup on Sunday when his new team faces the Tennessee Titans.

Weather: Same skies, weather or not

If you like consistency, you’ll like the weather forecast for the West Orange County area for the next few days. Tuesday should see a daytime high of 72 (overnight low of 55) under partly cloudy skies. Wednesday and Thursday will be similar with highs of 74 (55) also with partly cloudy skies. In the coastal areas of Huntington Beach, things will look very similar with highs of 70, 71 and 72.

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