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

Lampard’s good work undone by Kalou

first_imgValencia 1 Chelsea 1Roberto Soldado’s penalty with four minutes remaining denied Chelsea a potentially crucial Champions League victory.Frank Lampard’s goal – a fine finish after he was picked out by Florent Malouda’s 56th-minute cross – looked like being the winner.AdChoices广告But shortly after coming on as a substitute for Lampard, Salomon Kalou inexplicably handled Sofiane Feghouli’s right-wing corner, gifting Soldado the chance to rescue a draw for Valencia.Kalou’s shocking lapse will have annoyed Andre Villas-Boas even more than the pre-match talk that focused on Lampard’s recent omission – something which clearly irked Chelsea’s manager in the build-up to this encounter.The England midfielder was restored to Villas-Boas’ starting line-up, which also included Juan Mata, who faced his former club.Lampard answered his critics in the best possible way, producing an impressive performance and scoring the goal that should have been enough to leave his team three points clear at the top of Group E, which they now lead by a single point.Chelsea might have been awarded an early penalty when defender Adil Rami clumsily bundled over Fernando Torres as the Spaniard galloped into the box after being gifted the ball by Valencia’s David Albelda.The home side looked anxious at the back for much of the of the first half and Victor Ruiz almost put the ball into own net while denying Malouda with a last-ditch challenge.Pablo Hernandez was at the centre of Valencia’s best work before the break, firing into the side netting from Jordi Alba’s left-wing cross and then sending a 30-yard volley into the arms of Petr Cech.Anelka was denied in the final minuteThe game exploded into life early in the second half when, within the space of five minutes, both teams came close to scoring, Valencia keeper Diego Alvez produced three stunning saves – two of them from Torres – and Lampard netted the opener.Alvez dived to his left to superbly claw away Torres’ header from Jose Bosingwa’s fine cross, and seconds later David Luiz was just able to get his head to Miguel’s right-wing centre and deny the waiting Pablo a free header.Ramires then raced onto Lampard’s ball over the top only to shoot straight at Alvez, who was quickly called into action again, this time producing an excellent point-blank save to thwart Torres after the striker had exchanged passes with Lampard.Alvez pulled off another great stop to prevent an own goal by Victor Ruiz after the La Liga side failed to clear Lampard’s corner, but he could not save them again when more slack defending led to the deadlock being broken.Malouda did well on the right and found an unmarked Lampard, who drilled home from 15 yards.It took a great save from Cech to preserve the lead, the Chelsea keeper pushing over a shot from Pablo Piatti who had beaten the offside trap.Cech also did well to keep out Feghouli’s deflected effort, before Piatti drove wide as Valencia desperately searched for an equaliser.That equaliser looked beyond them when Cech dived to palm away Jonas’ 25-yarder.But Cech was sent the wrong way by Soldado’s coolly taken spot-kick after Kalou’s moment of madness.Kalou almost made amends when he set up fellow substitute Nicolas Anelka in the final minute, but yet again the outstanding Alvez stood firm, this time saving with his legs.last_img read more

Burrowes holds PGA ambitions

first_img The Hillel Academy standout launched on to the scene following a famous Junior Champion-ships win in the Republic Bank Caribbean Junior Championships tournament in Trinidad and Tobago in 2014, copping the top spot in Boys 11-13 category in that competition. He is working hard to continue making his mark in the sport. “Winning in Trinidad and Tobago got me known throughout the Caribbean. It was a good win for me, and I am working hard to continue improving and growing as one of the young golfers,” added Burrowes, who wants to be playing professional by age 22. [email protected]erjm.com WORKING TO MAKE HIS MARK Talented national junior golfer, Justin Burrowes, though admitting he was not at his best at this point, is determined to improve his game as the year progresses. Burrowes is hoping that these improvements will help in transitioning his career to the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) level in the near future. The 17-year-old, though winning the blue tees trophy in the final game of the Jamaica Golf Association Junior Series last weekend, was not happy with his performance. He missed some games due to exams, but managed to rack up a total of 365 points. “Today was a pretty poor performance. I think my finishing was terrible, and I will just keep on pushing on and training hard on my game,” Burrowes shared after his outing. Next up for the player is the February Flights Classic at the end of month at the Caymanas Golf and Country Club, to be followed by the national trials in March. The teen could make Jamaica’s national team for the sixth consecutive year. “For sure, I can make the team this year. After this year, I want to get a zero handicap and play professional golf ultimately,” shared Burrowes. “I want to take small steps at a time and take on smaller tours, then to go on to PGA Golf, that is my dream,” Burrowes continued.last_img read more

‘Supporting a Gender Agenda in the Constitution Reform Process through Media’

first_imgMonrovia- The minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Julia Duncan Cassell, quite recently put women’s groups to the task. She urged every individual to campaign and ensure that women- related issues are brought before the country for legislation.Liberian Women’s Action Committee along with its partner, UNDEP has taken the challenge and on June 29, they hosted an open dialogue that attracted media institutions, government officials, decision makers and women’s organizations.Grouping these individuals created interesting suggestions, statistics and ideas that may push the women’s equality proposal into referendum.LIWOMAC and its founder Estella Nelson has been using its media platform to advocate for, educate on and promote the rights of women for many years. Using its recent mobile and radio method to reach out to the rural areas where information doesn’t reach, is their latest strategy.This being LIWOMAC’S latest attempt towards resolving the issues that women are faced with, the dialogue was rated as being ‘appropriate ‘.The issue of representation for women should not be an issue for debate.Among those seated at the dialogue was the excutive director of WONGOSOL, Mrs. Marpu Speare, IREX representative, Maureen Sieh, Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Maima Kanneh Sirleaf and the chairperson of The Constitutional Review Committee, Hon. Gloria Musue – Scott. Also present were the five panelist: Abdulla Kamara, Ms. Kparleh Harris, Mrs. Ruth Ceasar, Grace Scottland- Briama and Siatta Scott- Johnson.Meanwhile, Madam Estella believes that “whatever document we can come up with should be able to reflect the interests, needs and concerns of Liberian women”.She also adds that the issue of gender equality is very grave.“We need to redefine our principles so that society will be able to create a better environment, educational needs without going through the expenses that women have to go through,” she added.Also, Estella wants Liberians to ‘step back’ and think about what Liberians have done for society an how it can be changed.“Media has a critical role to play until society understands what the issues are and what needs to change” she added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more