The Wider World


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

In a widely anticipated action, the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday announced a decision that overturns a national right for an abortion.

The ruling – on a ideological basis – was 6-3 to overrule the 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision which created a “right to privacy” that granted women the power to terminate an unwanted pregnancy in most cases.

Friday’s ruling does not outlaw abortion, but leaves the status of that medical procedure to the states.

According to The New York Times, the result will be the enactment of laws banning abortions in about half the states.

President Joe Biden called the decision the “realization of extreme ideology.” Former president Donald Trump, who appointed three conservative judges to the court who made up the majority, praised the news, saying “it would work out for everybody,” according to The Associated Press.

Protesters and counter-protestors gathered outside the Supreme Court building and political leaders across the country called for making the issue an important part of the 2022 general election campaigns.

“Gun violence” bill advances

A “GUN VIOLENCE” bill has passed Congress (Flickr/Don Waddington).

The House of Representatives on Friday passed gun violence legislation previously approved by the Senate and sent it to President Joe Biden, who has promised to sign it.

According to United Press International, the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act was approved by the Senate by a 65-34 vote and the House by 234-193.

The bill will fund state efforts for school safety, background checks and “red flag” laws intended to temporarily confiscate firearms from people who may be a danger to themselves or others.

Sports: Angels and Dodgers in action

Hoping to move closer to second place (and hopes for a wild card spot), the Los Angeles Angels will host the Seattle Mariners in Anaheim today in the beginning of a three-game series.

The Los Angeles Dodgers, with a slim lead in the National League West, start a three-game series in Atlanta today against the Braves, who are gaining ground on the New York Mets in the NL East.

Weather: A hot time in the towns

Sunny skies and temperatures in the mid- to high-80s are the forecast for days and days. In the West Orange County area, after some cloudiness on Saturday, the sun will come out with a daytime high of 89 and an overnight low of 64. Sunday and Monday will be 88 and sunny. There will be a slow decline on daily highs after that, with next Friday forecasted to have a high of of 80.

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