History was made this week with the leak of an initial draft majority Supreme Court opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade, effectively ending federal protection of abortion rights.The Supreme Court released a statement stating that the leaked draft was genuine, but said that, as a draft, “it does not represent a decision by the Court or the final position of any member on the issues in the case.” If the Supreme Court does strike down Roe v. Wade, the legality of abortion services will be determined on a state-by-state basis. The Center for Reproductive Health anticipates abortion rights would be protected in less than 50% of the states.
With the debate on a woman’s legal right to an elective abortion in the headlines, Sunday, May 8th is Mother’s Day in the U.S. Mother’s Day is celebrated in more than 50 countries, though not all countries celebrate it on the same day. Countries that celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May include Australia, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, and Belgium. In Mexico, El Salvador and Guatemala, Mother’s Day is celebrated on May 10th each year. Mother’s Day is a time to show our appreciation to moms of all kinds, including wives, sisters, and grandmas, for all their hard work and sacrifice!
This Weekend Reading Series begins with the It’s in the News, with articles on Omicron subvariants, telehealth concerns and other current topics. Next, check out the articles in It’s My Choice, or Is It? on abortion before Roe v. Wade and the potential impact on abortion access if overturned. Do not miss It’s My Story with heartwarming and heart-breaking stories about moms and aunts! Last, but not least, check out It’s Limitless for stories of women who broke barriers – and my favorite,The Secret History of the Female Code Breakers Who Helped Defeat the Nazis.
I hope you enjoy the following:
1. It’s in the News
- Kaiser Health News: A Guide to Help You Keep Up With the Omicron Sub variants
- STAT: A clash over online Adderall prescriptions is raising new questions about telehealth
- Fierce Biotech: Guardant debuts first cancer screening blood test for catching colorectal tumors
2. It’s My Choice, or Is It?
- NPR: 7 persistent claims about abortion, fact- checked
- Kaiser Health News: What’s Next if ‘Roe v. Wade’ Falls? More Than Half of States Expected to Ban or Restrict Abortion
- Scientific American: What the Supreme Court Should Know about Abortion Care. It’s an uncomfortable topic for some people, but it’s a safe and critically important part of health care that needs to be protected
- ProPublica: In a Post-Roe America, Expect More Births in a Country Where Maternal Mortality Continues to Rise.
- Anchorage Daily News: Memories of pre-Roe America, from people who were there
3. It’s My Story
- Chicago Sun-Times: The piano my mother bought me made my dream come true
- New York Times: No Way to Say Goodbye: When my mother got Covid in April 2020, I learned what we lose over text.
- BBC: ‘Aunt with no kids’: The women redefining family roles
- New York Times: I Cherish My Grief for the Mother I Never Expected to Have
4. It’s Limitless
- New York Times: Jockeys Know the ‘Pick Yourself Up’ Mantra Well. Diane Crump, who in 1970 became the first woman to ride in the Kentucky Derby, has proved resilient in her career.
- ESME (Empowering Solo Moms Everywhere): Cathy Hughes – Promise Kept
- Politico: The Secret History of the Female Code Breakers Who Helped Defeat the Nazis
- New-Press: Fort Myers native reminisces about pioneering in aviation, making her mark on Broadway
Enjoy your weekend!
Suzanne Daniels, Ph.D.
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