Poll: Majority thinks fetal heartbeat abortion bans aren’t too restrictive

first_imgThe Hill 16 May 2019Family First Comment: Similar to polling recently done in New Zealand.#FollowYourHeartMore than half of registered voters believe that laws banning abortion after the sixth week of pregnancy are not too restrictive, according to a new Hill-HarrisX survey.The May 10-11 poll found that 21 percent of registered voters said that such abortion bans are “too lenient” while 34 percent said they believe they are “just right.”Forty-five percent of respondents said they believe the laws are “too restrictive.”Proponents of abortion rights have mounted legal challenges to new regulations passed by a number of states, but the Hill-Harris poll shows that in the court of public opinion, the laws do not currently appear to have sparked majority opposition.Following Brett Kavanaugh‘s appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court, a number of Republican-controlled states have passed legislation aiming to reduce access to abortion, in the hopes of sparking a legal challenge that could lead to the high court reconsidering its landmark 1970 Roe v. Wade decision which legalized medical termination of pregnancies.Opponents of the state laws — which ban abortion procedures after a fetal heartbeat can be detected — have argued that they place undue burdens on women, citing research that many do not know they are pregnant at six weeks of gestation.The poll, notably, found comparatively little difference between women and men on the question.Forty-three percent of male respondents said the laws, sometimes referred to as “heartbeat bills,” were too restrictive while 47 percent of women said the same. The margin of difference between the two sexes is not statistically significant.There were stronger differences between age groups, however, with older respondents being much more likely to believe the new laws are too restrictive.READ MORE: https://thehill.com/hilltv/what-americas-thinking/443879-poll-majority-of-voters-think-6-week-abortion-bans-arent-tooKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Los Angeles Lakers granted approval for $80 million training facility in El Segundo

first_imgThe Toyota Sports Center has long been inadequate, as the Lakers share space with the NHL Kings, kids’ sporting practices and the like.“If you visit our current facility, the name ‘Lakers’ is listed once on a little, tiny sign,” Harris said. “What’s become important to the Lakers and the players is their brand. The notion of having a training center where no one can find us doesn’t really work anymore. It worked in 1999, but it doesn’t work now.”The Los Angeles Clippers opened a $60 million practice facility in Playa Vista in 2008 after previously holding practices at an El Segundo Spectrum health club and a community college.The new Lakers facility, to be constructed of steel, aluminum and tinted glass, will allow natural sunlight to shine through, including in the locker rooms, and will feature digital signage integrated on the facade of the building.Architect Jim Renne emphasized that the building was designed to feel like a “second home” for the players and to allow fans access to everything Lakers.The facility is expected to generate $180,000 in annual taxes to the city and $350 million in annual economic benefits, according to a report by Kosmont Cos. During construction alone, the project is estimated to produce $136 million in economic benefits.Meanwhile, the Kings are expected to grow their footprint at the Toyota Sports Center, moving in their corporate team and expanding their business operations once the Lakers vacate their space.Council members last week could barely contain their excitement over the new Lakers facility, each raving about the proposal and enthusiastically supporting construction begin as soon as possible.“The design is beautiful,” Councilwoman Marie Fellhauer said. “I think it’s only going to add to the character of El Segundo.”Mayor Suzanne Fuentes said the Lakers have continually proven to be a good neighbor — donating to various organizations and schools in town and recently pledging $250,000 toward the new aquatics center.Fuentes, an El Segundo native, said the proposal is “thrilling,” especially for someone who grew up in the city.“If you had told us when we were growing up that the Lakers were going to be in the strawberry fields, I never would have believed you,” she said. There was a time when Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson would battle podiatrists on the basketball court. Not over ability, but space.The Showtime Lakers would hop from place to place, finding anywhere they could to practice, even local YMCAs.Now the Los Angeles Lakers will finally have a court of their own. The El Segundo City Council has granted unanimous approval of a new state-of-the-art training facility and exhibition venue for the NBA team, just one block north of the home it shares with he Los Angeles Kings at the Toyota Sports Center. The two-story, 122,000-square-foot facility is expected to open in spring 2017 at 710 N. Nash St. in Campus El Segundo.“We’re sort of like the resident who’s been living in an apartment and is finally going to own his own home. We’ve never built anything,” said Tim Harris, chief operating officer of the Lakers. The $80 million facility on 5 acres will not only house a double basketball court for Lakers practice and D-Fenders home games, two half-courts, a training area, team area, atrium, and courtyard but it also will serve as the team’s corporate headquarters.Harris said the new facility was a necessity to bring the team in line with today’s recruiting standards and give the players a second home.Before the year 2000, it was OK for the team to be nomadic — bouncing from space to space, Harris said. But, the sport and standards have evolved, he noted.“What’s acceptable for a training center has changed,” he said, adding that players and the NBA expect teams to provide high-quality nutrition, weight rooms, video-watching facilities and a community space.“Now you need so much more,” Harris said. “We have to provide players with a second home where they can grow and extend their career.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more


first_imgLifford Clonleigh Resource CentreLiffordLocal Notes 5th March 2015Camera Club: If anyone at any level of experience from complete beginner to the advanced seasoned photographer is interested in joining this new club, please leave your name and number at Lifford/Clonleigh Resource Centre reception if interested. We will meet for 2 hours at Lifford/Clonleigh Centre once a month where we will have regular speakers, camera knowledge sessions, organised field trips and more. Over 18s only. Start date: Thursday 31st March, 7pm to 9pm, €3. Grow Your Own. Six week course. Learn about: Preparing your ground, seed sowing, plant cutting, crop rotation, planting containers/hanging baskets and growing without pesticides. This is all towards saving money, healthy diet as well as a bit of exercise. Cost €20. Contact the Lifford/Clonleigh Resource Centre with your details.Juggling and Circus Skills Workshop: Beginners class all ages welcome. It’s a fun way to exercise. At the Lifford/Clonleigh Resource, 7pm to 8pm. Contact Ollie to ensure your place. ROI: 0858213767. NI:07434239901. Crochet Classes: Wednesday nights from 7.45pm to 9.30pm at the Lifford/Clonleigh Resource Centre. Everybody welcome.Parents Plus: Supporting Parents. Do you have a child/children aged 6-11 years old? Does it ever feel like World War 3 is breaking out in your home when it’s time to get down to homework or when bedtime is mentioned?Do you find it hard to get your child’s attention and end up becoming more frustrated when they just won’t listen? Do you ever just feel at a loss as to what to do next (who hasn’t)?St Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre in conjunction with the Child and Family Agency are offering parents an opportunity to come together in a relaxed and friendly environment to share ideas and learn new techniques to help children be more cooperative and keep rules, help them learn and reach their full potential, and manage difficult behaviour.Running from 10:30-12:30 every Tuesday morning starting Tuesday, 24th February, for 8 weeks.Car Boot Sale. The Lifford/Clonleigh Resource Centre are hosting their own Car Boot Sale facility here in the Centre Car Park starting, Saturday, March 28th. For further information please contact the centre on 074 91 41773.Book Club: Do You Love Reading? Do you want to meet people with the same interests as you?Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre.Contact 074 91 41773 for further information!Men Sheds. Free courses and training. Health and Safety (Safe Pass).Carpentry (Basic Skills).Telephone Reception on 074 91 41773.Email: [email protected]: Blossoms charity shop is open Tuesday to Thursday from 12pm to 4pm and Friday from 10am to 1pm. We would also like you to donate any old items such as books, clothes etc. We are looking for winter clothing (jackets, hats, scarf etc.).DD LOCAL: LIFFORD COMMUNITY NEWS was last modified: March 6th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more