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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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1 hour ago - Health

CDC: It's time for "universal face mask use"

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The CDC is urging “universal face mask use” for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began, citing recent case spikes as the U.S. has entered a phase of “high-level transmission” before winter officially begins.

Why it matters: Daily COVID-related deaths across the U.S. hit a new record on Wednesday. Face coverings have been shown to increase protection of the wearer and those around them, despite some Americans' reluctance to use them.

2 hours ago - World

Saudi Arabia and Qatar near deal to end standoff, sources say

Qatar's prime minister (R) attends the 2019 Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Saudi Arabia. Photo: Fayez Nureldine/AFP via Getty

Saudi Arabia and Qatar are close to a deal to end the diplomatic crisis in the Gulf following U.S.-mediated reconciliation talks this week, sources familiar with the talks tell me.

Why it matters: Restoring relations between Saudi Arabia and Qatar would bring a sense of stability back to the Gulf after a 3.5 year standoff. It could also notch a last-minute achievement for the Trump administration before Jan. 20.

House passes bill to decriminalize marijuana

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), a longtime marijuana legalization advocate and co-sponsor of the bill. Photo: Pete Marovich For The Washington Post via Getty Images

The House on Friday voted 228-164 in favor of the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, marking the first time a congressional chamber has voted in favor of decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level.

Why it matters: The Washington Post describes the bill as a "landmark retreat in the nation’s decades-long war on drugs," which has disproportionately affected people of color.