In the News This Week

by Debra Brown

Ireland Abortion Ban

Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news. 


Ireland Votes to End Abortion Ban.

Ireland voted to repeal one of the world’s more restrictive abortion bans. The vote repeals the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution, a 1983 measure that conferred equal rights on the fetus and the mother and banned abortion under almost all circumstances.

Ireland’s vote to end its near ban has inspired many calls in Belfast, London and elsewhere for similar liberalization in British-ruled Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland has blocked all efforts from London to liberalize its abortion law, which permits termination only if the life of the woman is endangered.


Study Estimates Hurricane Maria Death Toll May Be More Than 4,600 in Puerto Rico.

More than 4,600 Puerto Ricans may have died in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in large part due to delayed medical care, according to a new survey of people on the island collected and analyzed by researchers at Harvard and other institutions.

The mortality rate is twice as high as Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2005. The government’s official count is 64, an underestimate that has remained unchanged for months.


Italian President Sergio Mattarella Rejects Nomination for Eurosceptic Finance Minister.

Under Italian law, the president can reject the appointment of an elected official. Mattarella told reporters it was important for confidence in broader financial markets that Italy signal an intention to remain part of the euro. Mattarella’s rejection of Paolo Savona as finance minister was viewed as a rejection of the mandate of 5-Star and the League to govern.


Barbados Elected Mia Mottley To Become The Island’s First Female Prime Minister.

The island of Barbados made history by electing its first-ever woman prime minister. Mia Amor Mottley, 52, won in a landslide Thursday against the leader of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) and current Prime Minister Freundel Stuart. The Democratic Labour Party has held power since 2008.


ABC Cancels Roseanne Hours After Racist Twitter Rant.

Roseanne Barr sent a racist tweet about the former White House advisor during the Obama administration, Valerie Jarrett. Her sitcom returned in March to enormous ratings on ABC. Ms. Barr initially dismissed accusations that the comment was racist, defending it as a “joke”. After leaving twitter Ms. Barr returned claiming that the sleep aid Ambien was the reason for her tweet. In the past, her twitter has featured Islamophobia, anti-semitism, and a similarly racist tweet about Susan Rice, the national security advisor under Barack Obama.


The Supreme Court Rules Police Need Warrant To Search Area Around Home.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police may not search the area around a private home without a warrant, even when they think they have seen stolen property on the premises. The Supreme Court has ruled previously that police cannot search the curtilage without a warrant, but the question for this case was whether the warrant requirement applied to motor vehicles parked within that area.

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