Democrats say they are preparing to fight against Texas’s new law essentially banning abortions, after the Supreme Court refused to halt it. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House will hold a vote this month on the Women’s Health Protection Act, which could help protect abortion rights. But the legislation is unlikely to receive a 60-vote, filibuster-proof majority in the evenly divided Senate. President Biden slammed the “unconstitutional chaos” unleashed by the Texas abortion ban, vowing to deploy a “whole of government” effort to respond to the attack on Roe. v Wade. Meanwhile, in Texas, abortion providers say they’re having to turn away distraught patients, many of whom will now have to leave the state — if they can afford it — in order to access abortions.
has risen to 46, after the remnants of Hurricane Ida left a trail of destruction from Pennsylvania to Massachusetts. Much of Philadelphia’s Vine Street Expressway completely flooded, resembling a canal running through the city’s center.
Here in New York, the bodies of at least 11 people were found in flooded basement apartments. A growing number of poor and working-class people — many of them immigrants — have been forced into illegal basement dwellings due to a shortage of affordable housing.
On Thursday, Mayor Bill de Blasio joined Governor Kathy Hochul and Senator Chuck Schumer Thursday in demanding that Congress pass a federal infrastructure bill to help cities prepare for the climate crisis.
Mayor Bill de Blasio: “What we’ve got to recognize is the suddenness, the brutality of storms now, it is different: a record set two weeks ago, another bans off our bodies record set now, rainfall like we haven’t seen ever before. This is the biggest wake-up call we could possibly get.”
In Afghanistan, humanitarian flights by the U.N. have resumed in parts of the country. The World Food Programme warned the current political upheaval has only compounded the food insecurity brought on by years of conflict and a devastating drought. Some 14 million people, or one-third of the population, face “acute food insecurity,” and half of all children under the age of 5 suffer from malnutrition. Western Union announced Thursday it is resuming money transfer services to Afghanistan.
In the western city of Herat, dozens of women took to the streets Thursday to demand the Taliban respect their human rights, and full participation in Afghan society.
Farzana Karami: “We demand the right of education, employment, freedom, security and also presence in public forums, social activities, politics. We have to take place in political, social and public fields. We have fought for these important rights for years.”
Meanwhile, intensifying fighting between rebel Afghan forces and the Taliban in Panjshir province, located north of Kabul, has reportedly resulted in casualties on both sides. This comes as the Taliban is poised to announce the formation of a new government in Kabul, with Reuters reporting recently returned Taliban co-founder Mullah Baradar will be its leader.
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