May 24, 2019

ACLU and Planned Parenthood sue Alabama over abortion ban

People during an abortion-rights rally in Foley Square of Manhattan on May 21. Photo: Selcuk Acar/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Planned Parenthood, the ACLU and the Alabama Women's Center sued Alabama on Friday over one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the country, the Washington Post reports.

What's happening: The lawsuit argues that Alabama's ban, which does not allow for exceptions against criminalizing abortion in cases of rape or incest, "directly conflicts with Roe and more than four decades of Supreme Court precedent affirming its central holding," according to the Post.

Between the lines: The Alabama lawyer who wrote this ban, Eric Johnston, expected a lawsuit since the ban goes against Roe v. Wade.

  • As reported by NYT's "The Daily," the lawyer is hoping the ban could be taken to the Supreme Court in a larger fight — but he acknowledges that may not happen.

Go deeper: Some states rush to protect abortion as Roe v. Wade fight heats up

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World coronavirus updates

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Over 500 schools in South Korea have either closed or postponed reopening, according to the Korea Times, which cites data from the Ministry of Education.

Why it matters: South Korea has been a model for how to handle the novel coronavirus, and the closures reportedly followed concerns from parents and teachers over child safety. The country's confirmed death toll has plateaued at 269 over the past few days, with few increases, per Johns Hopkins data.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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Trump to end Hong Kong’s special trade status

President Trump. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

President Trump announced on Friday that the U.S. would be fundamentally changing longstanding policies toward Hong Kong as a result of Chinese encroachment on the city's autonomy.

Why it matters: Trump said he would be effectively ending the special trade status that has allowed Hong Kong to flourish as a gateway to the Chinese market. That leaves an uncertain future for businesses that operate in Hong Kong, not to mention the city's 7 million residents, and could be met with reprisals from Beijing.