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

Dodgers take their time extending latest win streak to four with 6-2 defeat of Twins

first_img“That was, um, different,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “I guess a learning experience for all of us.”Starting pitchers Kenta Maeda and Jose Berrios combined to throw 108 pitches in the first three innings, putting the game on a four-hour pace from which it hardly veered.But it was the sixth inning when things came to a crashing halt.The Dodgers were leading, 4-2, with one out and Joc Pederson at second base when Twins manager Paul Molitor came out to make a double-switch, pulling reliever Trevor Hildenberger in favor of Ryan Pressly while sending Adrianza out to play shortstop.An innocuous move on its face, Roberts emerged from the Dodgers dugout, lineup card in hand to challenge it. “It was just one of those things where there was some confusion over where the pitcher’s spot was after the double switch,” Roberts said. “So once the player that should be out of the game was still in the game, I just wanted to get clarity that the right players were out of the game and the right players were on the field playing defense. That wasn’t the case.”Clarity was an elusive target and still eluded Roberts after the game. He repeatedly referred to Twins third baseman Eduardo Escobar when he meant left fielder Eddie Rosario.Roberts said home plate umpire Lance Barrett indicated Pressly was entering the game in the fifth spot in the Twins’ order — Rosario’s spot. But Rosario was still in left field. Roberts clearly saw an advantage in getting Rosario (who had a home run and two doubles in Monday’s game) out of the game instead of Jorge Polanco.A series of meetings ensued. Roberts met with the umpires. The umpires huddled around their lineup card. They met with Molitor. They went to the headset to consult with MLB headquarters in New York on a rules review.And so on.The excitement of watching people go over paper work quickly wore off and fans were left with one thing to be thankful for — the dispute delayed the cutoff of beer sales at the top of the seventh inning.When play resumed after what was officially an 18-minute delay (but seemed oh so much longer), the umpires had decided it was a correctable error. Adrianza was in left field, replacing Rosario, and Jorge Polanco was back at shortstop after sitting out one pitch to Yasiel Puig.“I don’t even know what was going on,” Puig said through an interpreter. “I came down here (to the clubhouse) to grab some coffee. I really don’t like to wait.”The lineup-card snafu was an odd twist to a familiar winning strategy by the Dodgers — Maeda went five innings, Chris Taylor had another multi-hit game, Puig joined him and the bullpen shut things down over the final four innings.The Dodgers took the lead with a four-run burst in the fourth inning against Berrios. Pederson drove in one of the runs with a double. Puig did the same with one of his three singles and Taylor capped it with a two-run double.Running away with the honor of being the most pleasant surprise of the Dodgers’ season, Taylor added another double (and another RBI) in the interminable sixth inning. In July, he is 34 for 76 (.447) with eight doubles, three triples, three home runs, 14 RBI, 14 runs scored and 12 multi-hit games.“We talked about it the other night — we don’t know what this young man’s ceiling is,” Roberts said. “I think the beautiful thing is he just goes out there and tries to compete and perform. He keeps getting big hits and he’s also making great defensive plays out there, saving runs, driving in runs, scoring runs. He’s a winning player.”Perhaps lulled into a stupor by the game’s torpor, the Twins didn’t have a hit after the fifth inning. Josh Ravin pitched three scoreless innings and threw the last of the game’s 277 pitches to close it out. LOS ANGELES >> Never have so many waited so long to watch Ehire Adrianza play baseball.With no heroics necessary — but a deep supply of patience required — the Dodgers extended their latest winning streak to four games with a 6-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night in a game that did nothing to dissuade anyone from believing baseball has a problem with (to use Commissioner Rob Manfred’s phrase) pace and action.Over their past 50 games, the Dodgers have been on a pretty good pace, winning 39 times — a summer surge at least in the same neighborhood as their historic 42-8 stretch in 2013.When fans think back to this run, though, Tuesday night’s game will not be the one they remember fondly.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Johnny Manziel leaves AAF game with head injury after tackle attempt

first_imgJohnny Manziel gets hit in the head.He stayed down on the field and appeared to be wobbly while exiting. He’s likely done for the day. #ORLvsMEM pic.twitter.com/nZ4zFJevQH— AAF Reddit (@AAF_Reddit) March 30, 2019Before leaving the game, Manziel completed 2 of 3 passes for 13 yards and rushed for 18 yards on three carries. Manziel, 26, previously played in the CFL but was released by the Montreal Alouettes in February and barred from signing with any other teams in the league after violating an agreement with the CFL. Related News AAF might not survive past this weekend, report says Former Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel threw his first touchdown pass as part of the American Alliance Football league, but he also suffered his first injury since joining the Memphis Express earlier this month.center_img The injury happened after Manziel threw an interception that was returned by Orlando Apollos defensive back Will Hill III. Manziel attempted to tackle Hill and then fell to the ground before he was helped off by the team’s staff. Manziel was ruled out for the rest of the game and was replaced by Brandon Silvers.last_img read more