Updated May 16, 2019

Missouri Senate passes bill to ban abortions at 8 weeks of pregnancy

An anti-abortion rally in Washington, D.C. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Image

The Missouri Senate passed a bill early Thursday 24-10 to outlaw abortions at 8 weeks of pregnancy, AP reports.

Details: The bill needs at least another vote of approval in the Republican-led House before it can go to Gov. Mike Parson (R), per Fox News. Parson has expressed his support for the measure, which includes exceptions for medical emergencies, but not for pregnancies caused by rape or incest.

The big picture: Missouri is the latest conservative state to move to restrict abortions. On Wednesday, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced she'd signed a into law a ban restricting all abortions except for women whose lives are in danger.

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Harvey Weinstein convicted in rape trial

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A jury in Manhattan found film producer Harvey Weinstein guilty on two of five counts in his rape trial on Monday, including criminal sexual act in the first degree and rape in the third degree.

Why it matters: Allegations of sexual assault and harassment from women in Hollywood against Weinstein nearly three years ago helped spark the global #MeToo movement.

Supreme Court to hear Philadelphia case over same-sex foster parents

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The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a high-profile case that could reshape the bounds of First Amendment protections for religion.

Why it matters: The direct question in this case is whether Philadelphia had the right to cancel a contract with an adoption agency that refused to place foster children with same-sex couples. It also poses bigger questions that could lead the court to overturn a key precedent and carve out new protections for religious organizations.