U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson issued the ruling Monday night. Photo: The Washington Post/Getty Images

U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson struck down a law that says only licensed physicians can perform abortions during the first trimester of a woman's pregnancy, reports AP.

Why it matters: This decision may increase access to abortions by allowing more medical professionals able to perform the procedure. It comes after a flurry of restrictive abortion bills have been passed across the country. Over 250 bills restricting abortion partially or completely have been filed in 41 states in 2019, according to Planned Parenthood.

Details: In his opinion, Hudson said the law "is unnecessary and provides minimal medical benefits with respect to first trimester abortions" increasing the burden to women who seek abortions, per AP. Midwives, nurse practitioners and physician assistants with the proper training will be permitted to perform abortions, the Washington Post reports.

Go deeper: Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signs "fetal heartbeat" abortion ban into law

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 4:15 p.m. ET: 32,381,243 — Total deaths: 985,104 — Total recoveries: 22,285,437Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 4:15 p.m ET: 7,015,242 — Total deaths: 203,329 — Total recoveries: 2,710,183 — Total tests: 98,481,026Map.
  3. States: "We’re not closing anything going forward": Florida fully lifts COVID restaurant restrictions — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam tests positive for coronavirus.
  4. Health: Young people accounted for 20% of cases this summer.
  5. Business: Coronavirus has made airports happier places The expiration of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance looms.
  6. Education: Where bringing students back to school is most risky.
Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata
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White House pushes to uphold TikTok ban

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The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday filed legal opposition to TikTok's request to delay a ban on downloading the app, with a judge expected to rule before the ban is set to go into effect Sunday.

Why it matters: The White House could have simply postponed the ban on its own for another week or two, as it did last Friday. This move suggests it's seeking to use the ban as leverage in ongoing negotiations.

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Substack and the future of media

Traditional media models, and even some of the digital ones, are either under pressure or outright broken. Some journalists have responded by going out on their own, leveraging a new group of startups that help them self-publish and monetize their work.

Axios Re:Cap digs in with Chris Best, CEO of Substack, which has more than 250,000 paying subscribers on its writer network.

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