Weekly News Roundup June 20th - June 26th

Medina Dasayev - Teen Aspect - June 26th, 2022
Pro-choice protestors attend rally against the recent Supreme Court ruling in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (Kate Fraser/Teen Aspect/2022)

Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade


Since Politico released a Supreme Court document showing the reconsiderations of Roe v. Wade, Americans have become increasingly fearful of the possible decision. On June 24th, the Supreme Court finally came to a decision and overturned Roe v. Wade, leaving it up to states to decide whether they will ban, restrict, or protect abortion. As of now, it is expected that about half of the states will outlaw or heavily restrict abortion, some even going as far as to criminalize it. This decision has faced significant opposition already as it takes away a 50-year-old fundamental right from women. Currently, the Supreme Court may be reconsidering other landmark decisions such as same-sex marriage and access to birth control.


Senate Passes Gun Safety Bill


On June 23rd, the Senate passed the bipartisan gun safety bill with a vote 65 to 33. This bill is meant to increase and strengthen background checks, create red flag laws, and more. The passing of this bill in the Senate is shocking mostly due to the fact that this issue has always created a huge rift between the two parties. However, as this bill is bipartisan, it is supported by a great amount of Republicans, which is mainly why this bill was able to pass in comparison to previous gun safety bills drafted by Democrats. This bill is expected to pass in the House.


Supreme Court Rules on Right to Carry Gun in Public


On Thursday, June 23rd, the Supreme Court ruled that the second amendment protects the right to carry guns in public with a vote of 6-3. This ruling expanded on a 2008 ruling which deemed it constitutional to keep firearms at home. At a time when gun safety has increasingly gathered the attention of people and politicians, this was a setback for those demanding stricter gun laws.


Ukraine EU Membership and Aid Package


Ukraine has gotten closer to becoming a member of the European Union as the leader of the bloc accepted it as a candidate. To help Ukraine while they are close to membership, President Biden approved a $450 million security assistance package. In addition to previous packages, this has summed up the U.S. donations to Ukraine to be $6.1 billion since the start of the Russian invasion.


Title IX Proposed Changes Help Trans Students and Abuse Survivors


In the midst of a time when states are creating and passing more anti-trans legislation, especially in schools, the Biden administration proposed changes to Title IX. The changes to Title IX, a civil rights law that was initially created in 1972 to prevent sex-based discrimination in schools, would keep schools, colleges, and universities from discriminating against transgender students and discouraging sexual assault survivors from reporting such crimes. This has faced a great amount of opposition from conservatives who argue that it is an attack on other students. However, this would be a great step forward for the LGBTQ+ community which has faced countless legislative attacks in the last couple of months.


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