#AceNewsReport – WASHINGTON (AP)June,21: Abortion is back before the Supreme Court, and the justices could signal by the end of June whether they are likely to take up the biggest case on the hot-button subject in nearly a quarter-century.
If the court steps in, the hearing and the eventual ruling would come amid the 2016 presidential campaign.
The court is considering an emergency appeal from abortion providers in Texas, who want the justices to block two provisions of a state law that already has forced the closure of roughly half the licensed abortion clinics in the state. Ten of the remaining 19 clinics will have to shut their doors by July 1, without an order from the Supreme Court.
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#AceWorldNews – ROME – March 27 – Barack Obama will meet Pope Francis for the first time Thursday for talks on a shared agenda to fight inequality which the US President hopes will help boost support at home.
The talks between the first Latin American pope and the first African-American US president will focus on tackling the gap between rich and poor, but could spill over into thornier issues such as abortion, contraception and gay rights.
“The Holy Father has been an inspiration to people around the world, including me,” Obama said in an interview with the Italian daily Corriere della Sera published on Thursday.
“It does not mean we agree on every issue,” he added.
#AceWorldNews says a report by the UN’s International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) 2014 has urged states to remove “unnecessary restrictions” on abortion.
“In all cases where abortion is not against the law, it must be safe,” the report said.
It also urged concrete measures “to ensure all women have ready access” to safe, high-quality abortion services.
“The more restrictive legislation on abortion is, the more likely abortion is to be unsafe and to result in death,” it said, citing the World Health Organization (WHO).
Abortion restrictions passed by the Texas Legislature are unconstitutional and won’t go into effect Tuesday as scheduled, a federal judge has ruled.
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