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Five-Minute News 12/09/21: Abortion Protections, Olympic Boycott, & Carbon Emissions

Five-Minute News 12/09/21: Abortion Protections, Olympic Boycott, & Carbon Emissions

The Five-Minute News podcast covers some of the top global stories each day, addressing matters including economy, health, and climate — and does it in less time than passes between two taps of the ‘snooze’ button on your morning alarm.

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For Thursday, host Anthony Davis is addressing three major current issue: abortion rights, the upcoming Olympic Games in Beijing, and climate change. More specifically, you can hear the full episode below to learn of plans in one state to create an ‘abortion sanctuary’ if, as activists fear, the Supreme Court guts or entirely eliminates the protections of Roe v. Wade; plans by some nations to boycott the Olympics as a message on human rights, and Joe Biden’s plan to cut carbon emissions by 2050.

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The Supreme Court is expected to make a decision on a Mississippi law that would prohibit abortions after 15 weeks of gestation. Pro-choice activists are concerned that this decision — made by a rather conservative SCOTUS, with a full third of the Justices appointed by former President Donald Trump — could result in eroding or even full elimination of Constitutional protection for abortion. If this happens, the state of California is prepared to become an “abortion sanctuary,” helping pregnant people travel to the state and get the required care.

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The United States is part of a diplomatic boycott of the Olympics in Beijing, meaning that while athletes will travel to participate, no U.S. Government officials will attend. China has issued warnings that the U.S. will “pay a price” for this, but now Canada and the U.K. are joining the boycott.

Biden has signed an executive order to make the U.S. a “net-zero” contributor to the climate crisis by 2050, leading by example as the Federal government is the largest landowner, energy consumer, and employer in the nation. The plan is to begin transitioning the government’s fleet of vehicles to electric, and to transition government energy sources to solar and electric.

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