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Georgia Joins Ohio and Mississippi by Passing ‘Heartbeat Bill’

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Georgia has passed the controversial ‘heartbeat bill’, making abortion beyond six weeks illegal. A step back for women’s autonomy, the bill not only criminalizes terminating pregnancies, it likens the act to murder.

Georgia governor Brian Kemp signed HB 481 Tuesday, enacting what he considers “the toughest abortion bill in the country.” HB 481 prohibits doctors from terminating any pregnancy beyond six weeks, once a heartbeat can be detected in the womb. The implementation of this bill has already been heralded as a serious threat to women’s reproductive rights.

With such a slim window for discovery, the limitation of six weeks does not consider any obstacles which could delay a woman’s response, causing her to wait longer than six weeks. For instance, stress, dietary changes, weight loss or gain, could all delay a menstrual cycle for two weeks or longer, making the 6 week limitation infeasible, as a standard cycle is 4 weeks long.

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The ‘heartbeat bill’ states that “unborn children are a class of living, distinct person” deserving of “full legal recognition.” This means that Georgia state law now recognizes unborn children as “natural persons” outside of abortion as well. While the bill does not take effect until January 1, 2020, it has created fear for those who support a woman’s right to choose.

Beginning in 2020, any woman who seeks an abortion would be considered a party to murder, even if they sought one out of their state of residence. This carries a steep penalty, subjecting women to life in prison. Should a woman take an easily obtainable drug that is effective in terminating pregnancy, she would be liable to catch a second-degree murder charge. , Women who self terminate or lose a child because of their own conduct could face up to 30 years behind bars. In the event of a miscarriage, a woman would be subject to interrogation to determine if she could be found guilty for the death of the fetus.

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Mississippi Mayor Offers $10K for Drug Dealers and Gang Members to Leave Town

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Clarksdale Mayor Chuck Espy is prepared to pay a high price for “safety”. Offering up his own money to get drug dealers and gang members out of his city, the Mississippi mayor has proposed a relocation fund that he hopes will improve the quality of life for residents.

During a press conference on Monday, Mayor Espy stated he believed those indulging in criminal behavior are just in the wrong environment. He hopes that the funds would provide them a fresh start elsewhere and is targeting “drug dealers, gang members, and any wannabe criminals” within the limits of Clarksdale. With offers beginning at $10,000, Mayor Espy says now is the time if leave if you’re not going to change.

The relocation fund is just one part of a five point plan which focuses on a no tolerance policy, preservation of lives, rehabilitation programs, and intervention. Although it seems to be a final warning to those of the criminal element, Espy and local Reverend John Givins are emphasizing the opportunity for change is still on the table. In addition to the relocation fund, etiquette classes, education, and cognitive behavioral treatment will be made available to desiring citizens.

In a statement released just before the press conference, Espy communicated the success of a “Corrective Action Plan” has influenced this new approach. He plans to “double-down and implement a systemic approach and use proven models that address crime directly.” The model used in 2018 saw their number of homicides drop exponentially. But that success also came with attacking internal issues within the police department head on.

Describing their circumstance as an inherited 15-year problem, Espy, commissioners, and the police chief have had to crack down on internal corruption and offer solutions for improvement. Providing customer service training, anger management training, community policing, officer education, and formal disciplinary action, the City of Clarksdale is following a model for overall reform and not just policing the citizens.

Do you believe that a relocation stipend is a good idea or will it just fund criminal activity elsewhere?

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Say What? Florida Man Calls Police On Egyptian Comic, Claims Joke Made Him “Uncomfortable”

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After hearing a joke that made light of negative stereotypes of Muslims, a Florida man was triggered enough to call the police. Alleging the joke made him “uncomfortable”, the caller misidentified standup comedian Ahmed Ahmed as Middle Eastern and stated his joke supported terrorism.

Last Saturday during his set at the Off The Hook Comedy Club in Naples, Florida, Egyptian comic Ahmed Ahmed told a joke that apparently went over one attendee’s head. Asking the audience to “clap if you’re from the Middle East”, Ahmed scoped the audience for cheers. He responded, “All right. We got a handful of us in here, nice. But, hey, it only takes one of us… to tell a joke.” After hearing the bit, which is regularly part of Ahmed’s sets, the attendee claimed, “My wife and I looked at each other and we felt very uncomfortable.”

Stating he only went to the show because he’d received free tickets, the man called authorities at the Collier County Sheriff’s Department. Claiming Ahmed Ahmed was a man of Middle Eastern descent who was possibly organizing people to commit acts of terrorism, the caller yelled out mid-set that “the paddy wagon is going to be outside to get all of you!” However, the sheriff’s department didn’t show up until Sunday and found no reason for concern.

Since audio of the call was released by the sheriff’s department, Ahmed Ahmed has called it “a blessing in disguise.” Brien Spina, the owner of the comedy club where Ahmed has been booked for more than a decade, has praised the comic’s ability and stated “For me, it was a great joke. I stand behind him.” Ahmed spoke with NBC who asked what he would say to the backwards audience member. Ahmed replied, “I want to say, ‘Thank you, to him. He got more publicity for me in that one phone call than ever.”

You can listen to the joke and phone call here.

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Felicity Huffman Pleads Guilty In Admissions Scandal, Lori

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The college admissions scandal that shook the nation has moved forward now that Felicity Huffman has entered her guilty plea. But former Fuller House star Lori Loughlin is holding out hope that she won’t find herself behind bars.

A source close to Loughlin revealed the actress “doesn’t believe she deserves” jail time. Lori Loughlin, who refused any plea deals, incurred several additional charges unlike Huffman, who immediately owned her part in the conspiracy. To make matters worse, Loughlin’s relationships with her husband and daughter are suffering from the decision to pay $500,000 in bribes for admission to USC.

Olivia Jade, the daughter of Loughlin and fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, has not been on good terms with her parents following the discovery of their deceitful activity. The source, who spoke with ET, says Olivia is defiant and refuses to forgive or speak with her mother because “she’s hurt and feels betrayed.” Jade allegedly told her parents she “wasn’t interested in going to college”, and said this all could have been avoided if they had just listened to her.

While Loughlin is struggling to find the strength to hold herself accountable, Huffman is facing her charges head on. May 13th, Felicity Huffman appeared in court to plead guilty for paying $15,000 to allow extra time for her daughter to take the SAT test and have a proctor correct her answers. Prosecutors are asking that she receives a sentence of a mere four months in jail for the offense along with paying a $20,000 fine.

Appearing before Judge Indira Talwani, Huffman tearfully explained her case and accepted the terms of her plea deal. Under the agreement, Huffman is ineligible to run for public office, owning a firearm and ammo, and cannot appeal any prison decision up to 20 years. Huffman will receive her sentence September 13th.

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