Last Friday, October 4, 2019, the Supreme Court announced that it would take up a pro-life Louisiana law, making it the first time the high court will review an abortion case since Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh joined the Supreme Court. If the justices uphold Louisiana’s law, the state will then become the seventh in the country with only one abortion clinic.
The law that is currently being reviewed is virtually identical to the one that the Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional back in 2016. In February, the court said that it would closely examine the case when it agreed to block the law requiring doctors who carry out abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital close by.
Abortion rights groups quickly responded to the Supreme Court’s announcement.
“Louisiana is openly defying the Supreme Court’s decision from just three years ago, in which they found an identical Texas law unconstitutional,” stated Nancy Northup, the president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights. This group is actively challenging Louisiana’s law.
Northup added, “We are counting on the Court to follow its precedent, otherwise, clinics will needlessly close and there will be just one doctor left in the entire state to provide abortion care.”
With one of the most conservative Supreme Courts in recent memory, abortion has been challenged by states throughout the South and Midwest. BLP reported on Alabama’s heartbeat law which received national attention for its passage.
This is part of a larger ploy by pro-life activists to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court case in 1973 which legalized abortion nationwide.
By overturning this decision, tenth amendment rights would be restored and pro-life states could be given the autonomy they need to craft their own pro-life policies.
Airbnb CEO Says Wuhan Virus Will Fundamentally Transform Domestic Travel
Post-pandemic America will not look the same.
Brian Chesky, the CEO of Airbnb, said to Reuters on January 14, 2021 that domestic travel patterns will not revert to pre-Wuhan virus pandemic standards.
In a Zoom call with Jonathan Weber, the global technology editor for Reuters, Chesky said that business travel will move towards leisure travel due to the fact that software like Zoom facilitates teleconferencing at unprecedented rates.
Furthermore, Chesky speculates that people won’t be visiting America’s largest cities as much as before, nor will they stay at crowded hotels. Instead, he believes that “many people will travel by car – some will travel by plane – and they’re going to travel to thousands of smaller communities. And many of these communities are going to be smaller cities and or even rural areas.”
Additionally, the Airbnb CEO notes that “farm stays are huge right now” and that national parks travel will become a major trend among travelers in the upcoming months. The latter will grow, in Chesky’s view, because most Americans have not visited such parks.
According to an Airbnb survey, 54% of Americans have plans of traveling in 2021 or they’re in the process of planning out their trips for the summer. Chesky asserted that travelers are “yearning for what was taken away from them.” He added, “they’re not yearning to see Times Square. What they are yearning to do is to see their friends and their families they have not seen in a long time.”
Tyler Durden of ZeroHedge raised an interesting point about this change in Americans’ travel patterns:
If Chesky is right about the significant travel shift, the hotel industry could be slated for a massive wave of bankruptcies and or consolidation to a degree never before seen.
Regardless, Americans are getting tired of the Wuhan virus lockdowns. Millions of Americans have had their freedoms infringed upon thanks to politicians who want to exploit a generalized crisis for their own gain.
If Republicans were smart, they would be unapologetically campaigning for their states to be reopened. Americans want to go back to their normal lives and engage in activities such as travel, which the political class has deprived them of.
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