These lawmakers want to make sure you can’t have an abortion so we asked if they ever had one

15 days ago

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Lawmakers who are passionate about legislation that builds it nearly impossible for women to procure a legal abortion, it turns out, are not interested in discussing their own experiences with contraception and ending a pregnancy. They want to legislate the most personal selection a woman can make and yet, despite asking, we know little to nothing about their own decisions.

Last week, 77 Ohio legislators voted to ban abortion upon the detecting of fetal cardiac activity, as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, with no exception for rape or incest.

We contacted every single one of those 77 lawmakers, to see if they’d answer three topics 😛 TAGEND

1. What’s your preferred method of preventing pregnancy?
2. If you or your partner have been pregnant, at what week did you learn of the pregnancy?
3. Have you or your partner ever sought an abortion?

It was a genuine effort to determine whether these legislators would be willing to publicly take stock of their intimate lives and choices as they sought to drastically limit their own constituents’ options and constitutionally-protected rights.

“I like you all very much but I would never ask any one of you to come into a doctors office with me and make any decision for me.”

Like the average state legislature, Ohio’s official records of the general assembly is 75 percent male.

By our counting, of the 77 yes votes recorded 😛 TAGEND

66 of the “yes” votes were cast by men.

11 girls, all Republican, have voted in favour of the bill.

22 women, largely Democrats and many of them women of color, resisted the bill.

Ohio Sen. Kris Jordan( R ), Sen. Bob Peterson( R) and Rep.Timothy E. Ginter( R)( from left to right ). Peterson and Ginter declined to comment for this story and Jordan did not reply to inquiries.

Mississippi tourism industry faces criticism, braces for backlash

17 days ago

( CNN) How do you persuade tourists to travel to your nation when there’s a growing chorus of criticism over a new statute many gay rights groups slam as discriminatory?

That’s an issue the travel industry in Mississippi is facing after Gov. Phil Bryant signed a controversial religion freedom bill Tuesday.

Screaming, fist-banging and ‘spit on my face’: What it was like to work for Wynn

1 month, 27 days ago

Las Vegas( CNN) Steve Wynn slipped a pair of vampire teeth into his mouth and walked into federal employees session at his glittering Las Vegas casino.

It didn’t work.

The 15 merchants he faced inside the Wynn Las Vegas — all fuming over his new policy that greatly reduced take-home pay — would afterward file a complaint against him with the National Labor Relations Board, “says hes” threatened to fire them if they unionized. They told a board judge that the mogul constructed his phase by hurling a tantrum, wailing, belittling them and slamming his fist on a table.

Former cocktail waitress celebrates Wynn resignation

U.S. slams Iran for arrests of Baha’i leaders 8 years ago

2 months, 28 days ago

( CNN) The United States condemned the 2008 arrests of Baha’i leaders in Iran Saturday and asked the Islamic Republic to free them.

Iran arrested Fariba Kamalabadi, Jamaloddin Khanjani, Afif Naeimi, Saeid Rezaie, Behrouz Tavakkoli, Vahid Tizfahm, and Mahvash Sabet. They were all convicted of espionage, insulting religion sanctities, and propaganda against the Islamic Republic. They were sentenced to 20 years in prison.

“We join the international community in condemning their continued imprisonment and calling upon the Islamic Republic of Iran to release them immediately, along with all other captives of conscience in Iran, ” State Department spokesman John Kirby said in a statement issued on Saturday.

Sources: Vegas killer paid money for property and privacy

2 months, 30 days ago

Mesquite, Nevada( CNN) He seemed so ordinary, only another house-hunting retiree, when he strolled with his girlfriend into the sales office of the Sun City development in late 2014. The agents had just what Stephen Craig Paddock was looking for — a 2,000 -square-foot, two-bedroom stucco rambler on a cul-de-sac.

He stood about 6-foot-4 but came across as “low key and relaxed, a good guy, ” one of the real estate agents recalled, speaking on condition of anonymity. Balding and paunchy, Paddock was the opposite of flashy. On his application, he said his income came from “gambling.” He gambled about$ 1 million a year, he told one of the agents.

And he paid money for the house, the agents said — $ 369,022.

Former Miss Alabama on why she called the Dallas shooter a ‘martyr’

2 months, 30 days ago

( CNN) The first African-American woman to be crowned Miss Alabama stirred up a lot of dispute when she called the man who shot and killed five Dallas police officer a “martyr.”

Kalyn Chapman James posted a Facebook video on Sunday where she told viewers that she didn’t feel sad for the officers who lost their lives, and that she’s more upset at ensure black men being gunned down by police.

2016 Presidential Campaign Hacking Fast Facts

3 months, 17 days ago

( CNN) Here’s a look at hacking incidents during the 2016 presidential campaign and Russian meddling in the election. For details about investigations into hacking and efforts to interfere with the election, find 2016 Presidential Election Investigation Fast Facts.

November 2015 – The FBI reaches out to the DNC again, warning them that one of their computers is transmitting info back to Russia. DNC management later says that IT technicians failed to pass along the message that the system had been breached.

March 19, 2016 – Clinton campaign manager, John Podesta receives a phishing email masked as an alert from Google that another user had tried to access his account. It contains a link to a page where Podesta can change his password. He shares the email with a staffer from the campaign’s assist desk. The staffer responds with a typo – instead of typing “This is an illegitimate email, ” the staffer kinds “This is a legitimate email.” Podesta follows the instructions and types a new password, allowing hackers to access his emails.

North Carolina, Mississippi measures have companions elsewhere in U.S.

3 months, 23 days ago

( CNN) A combat is shaping up across the country over various pieces of legislation that supporters argue protects religious beliefs while others argue are tools to discriminate.

Despite the ferocious attention get paid to freshly passed laws in Mississippi and North Carolina, nearly 200 bills have been proposed in legislatures in 2016 that could lead to discrimination against lesbian, lesbian and transgender people, according to Eunice Rho with the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Roy Moore, Jerusalem and LGBT rights: Why is religion so divisive?

3 months, 24 days ago

Washington( CNN) Religion didn’t come up when Jack Phillips, a Christian baker in Colorado, told a lesbian couple he wouldn’t make their bridal cake in the summer of 2012. Shaken and embarrassed, Charlie Craig and David Mullins say they quickly left the shop without seeking an explanation.

“He shared his religion, and I shared mine, ” said Munn, who attends a nondenominational church in Wyoming. “Within a minute I knew there was nothing more to be said.”

After 5 years of litigation, the dispute between the lesbian couple and Christian baker reached the Supreme Court on Tuesday. But while lawyers debated the legal issues in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, a different define topics could be asked about the conversation between Phillips and Munn.

Faulty hot tub wiring triggered wildfire that killed 4 in California

3 months, 29 days ago

( CNN) A California wildfire that killed four people and cost virtually $57 million to extinguish was kindled by faulty hot tub wiring at a home, officers said.

The so-called Valley Fire raged in Napa and Sonoma districts near San Francisco in September last year.

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