Politics news – Draft Gore 2008 http://draftgore2008.org/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 08:35:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://draftgore2008.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/icon-2022-01-14T222418.754.png Politics news – Draft Gore 2008 http://draftgore2008.org/ 32 32 Pravin Darekar cries foul on more than 160 GR passed by MVA in the midst of a crisis; denounces the “minority government” https://draftgore2008.org/pravin-darekar-cries-foul-on-more-than-160-gr-passed-by-mva-in-the-midst-of-a-crisis-denounces-the-minority-government/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 07:20:00 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/pravin-darekar-cries-foul-on-more-than-160-gr-passed-by-mva-in-the-midst-of-a-crisis-denounces-the-minority-government/ As the MVA government is on the verge of collapse, Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council Pravin Darekar has written to Governor of Maharashtra Bhagat Singh Koshyari asking for his intervention on the unusually high number of Government Resolutions (GRs) and circulars issued by the government led by Uddhav Thackeray. amid political uncertainty […]]]>

As the MVA government is on the verge of collapse, Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council Pravin Darekar has written to Governor of Maharashtra Bhagat Singh Koshyari asking for his intervention on the unusually high number of Government Resolutions (GRs) and circulars issued by the government led by Uddhav Thackeray. amid political uncertainty in the state. Speaking on the matter, Pravin Darekar has now claimed that the GRs issued were fake and demanded action against them.

According to Pravin Darekar’s letter, around 160 government resolutions were issued by the MVA, which appeared “suspicious”. Darekar asked the governor to intervene in the matter and put a stop to the GRs. Speaking exclusively to Republic on the letter, the BJP leader said he would write another letter demanding action if needed. “The MVA government is making hasty decisions. I wrote about it to the governor,” Darekar said.

“The MVA government has issued many GRs. I wrote a letter to the governor. The governor intervened in the matter on a letter written by me,” he said. Further alleging foul play in this case, Darekar said that “action should be taken against the bogus GRs that have been issued by the state government. There should be no room for corruption in the State,” he said while adding that there is a likelihood of corruption. He also said that “the government is a minority” in the current scenario.

Pravin Darekar calls for governor’s intervention

Earlier on June 24, the leader of the opposition in the Legislative Council, Pravin Darekar, wrote to Koshyari seeking his intervention on the unusually high number of GRs issued by the government led by Uddhav Thackeray amid political uncertainty in the state. The letter read: “Some 160 government resolutions have been issued by the MVA in the past 48 hours, which appear suspicious. I’m asking you to intervene in this matter and put a stop to it.”

Following this, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari requested information on all GRs and circulars issued from June 22-24. It also came after NCP- and Congress-controlled ministries reportedly issued GRs for releasing funds worth hundreds of crores for development-related works even after the rebellion in Shiv Sena on June 21. According to the sources, the letter sent by Koshyari’s Principal Secretary, Santosh Kumar to the Chief Secretary of Maharashtra requested the above information under Article 167 of the Constitution. This article empowers the Governor to request information relating to the administration of the affairs of the State and proposals for legislation.

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Iran ready to share achievements with D-8: President https://draftgore2008.org/iran-ready-to-share-achievements-with-d-8-president/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 11:12:00 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/iran-ready-to-share-achievements-with-d-8-president/ During a meeting with D-8 Secretary General Isiaka Abdulqadir Imam, held in Tehran on Monday, President Ebrahim Raisi stressed Iran’s cooperation policy with regional and international organizations. Highlighting the progress made by young Iranian researchers in the National Science and Technology Parks, the President said, “Iran can share its technological and knowledge-based achievements with D-8 […]]]>

During a meeting with D-8 Secretary General Isiaka Abdulqadir Imam, held in Tehran on Monday, President Ebrahim Raisi stressed Iran’s cooperation policy with regional and international organizations.

Highlighting the progress made by young Iranian researchers in the National Science and Technology Parks, the President said, “Iran can share its technological and knowledge-based achievements with D-8 members.”

He also underscored the need to increase trade among D-8 members, saying the organization’s capacity for increased trade and transit of goods has gone unused.

The Iranian president further criticized the opposition of the United States to the progress of developing countries, saying that Washington was trying to keep these nations dependent on hegemony.

For his part, Abdulqadir Imam hailed Iran as an active member of the D-8, saying that the Iranian cities of Tehran and Hamedan host two major D-8 institutions.

He also noted that the D-8 has adopted policies aimed at increasing trade among member states.

The D-8 Economic Cooperation Organization consists of eight developing Muslim countries, including Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey. The organization was established in 1997 with the aim of boosting the level of development and prosperity in member states and achieving a high position in the global economy. The headquarters of D-8 is located in Istanbul.

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Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi in Iran after MBS visit | Political news https://draftgore2008.org/iraqi-prime-minister-mustafa-al-kadhimi-in-iran-after-mbs-visit-political-news/ Sun, 26 Jun 2022 14:18:52 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/iraqi-prime-minister-mustafa-al-kadhimi-in-iran-after-mbs-visit-political-news/ The Iraqi leader is trying to facilitate the restoration of ties between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Tehran, Iran – Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi arrived in Tehran on Sunday leading a high-level delegation for talks with Iranian officials following a visit to Saudi Arabia. Iranian state media showed al-Kadhimi, who was also accompanied by his […]]]>

The Iraqi leader is trying to facilitate the restoration of ties between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Tehran, Iran – Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi arrived in Tehran on Sunday leading a high-level delegation for talks with Iranian officials following a visit to Saudi Arabia.

Iranian state media showed al-Kadhimi, who was also accompanied by his foreign minister Fuad Hussein and others, receiving an official welcome from President Ebrahim Raisi at Saadabad Palace in the capital.

The visit comes after the Iraqi leader was personally received by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during a short trip to Jeddah on Saturday evening.

Al-Kadhimi’s office said he and the crown prince discussed “efforts to push towards a calm and constructive dialogue” and issues “that would help support and strengthen regional security and stability” in addition to bilateral relations.

The Iraqi prime minister’s visit is part of his earlier efforts to facilitate conversation between regional foes Tehran and Riyadh, which support opposing sides in the more than seven-year war in Yemen.

In a press conference following their talks, Raisi and al-Kadhimi did not specifically mention Saudi Arabia, but spoke of improving relations in the region.

“The normalization of relations with the Zionist regime and the presence of foreigners will not be good for the region and will not solve any problems,” Raisi said in reference to Israel, standing next to al-Kadhimi.

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The two officials said they agreed that continuing the war in Yemen is not the way forward, and that only dialogue can resolve the fighting, which has caused a humanitarian crisis.

In this vein, they renewed their support for the UN-brokered truce in Yemen.

The two leaders also praised the bilateral relations of their two countries and said that some of the discussions between their delegations were aimed at improving them. Discussions focused on removing obstacles to financial transactions, facilitating religious pilgrimages and work on a railway that links Shalamcheh in Iran and Basra in Iraq, they said.

Direct negotiations between Iran and Saudi Arabia, hosted by Baghdad, started in April 2021.

They have so far held five rounds of talks but have yet to agree on how to restore formal diplomatic relations which were cut in 2016. At the time, protesters stormed the Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran after Saudi Arabia, which is mainly Sunni, executed a famous Shia religious leader.

Following the fifth round of talks, held in April, a media outlet close to Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, which took part in the talks, said there was a chance the two countries could soon organize a meeting of their foreign ministers.

So far, the only workable outcome of the talks appears to have been the reopening of Iran’s representative office to the Jeddah-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

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FM: Iran ready to continue JCPOA talks https://draftgore2008.org/fm-iran-ready-to-continue-jcpoa-talks/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 12:29:00 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/fm-iran-ready-to-continue-jcpoa-talks/ “We are ready to resume talks in Vienna in the coming days,” Amirabdollahian said at a joint press conference with European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell held in Tehran on Saturday. Borrell visited Iran as part of efforts to break the deadlock between the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) parties over reviving the […]]]>

“We are ready to resume talks in Vienna in the coming days,” Amirabdollahian said at a joint press conference with European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell held in Tehran on Saturday.

Borrell visited Iran as part of efforts to break the deadlock between the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) parties over reviving the deal and lifting sanctions on Iran.

The top Iranian diplomat expressed hope at the press conference that the United States would “this time” follow a “realistic and fair approach” and act responsibly.

Iranian officials are not negotiating directly with the Americans, as the United States unilaterally withdrew from the deal in 2018 and reimposed sanctions on Iran. During talks in Vienna, suspended since mid-March, US negotiators communicated with the parties to the deal through European intermediaries, Press TV reported.

Iran’s foreign minister said he had “detailed, precise and in-depth” talks with Borrell on the JCPOA relaunch negotiations, adding, “We will break the deadlock in the Vienna talks and end the tension that has existed for the past few days”.

What matters to Iran is that the country must take full advantage of the economic benefits of the 2015 nuclear deal, Amirabdollahian said, noting that any issues that could jeopardize Iran’s full economic benefits will be unacceptable to Iran.

“We are trying to overcome the existing problems and sticking points through the negotiations which will soon resume,” he added.

For his part, Borrell said talks on reviving the JCPOA will resume soon in the coming days.

“We need to resume the talks in the coming days and break the deadlock. It’s been three months and we need to speed up the work. I am very happy with the decision that has been taken in Tehran and in Washington,” the chief said. of European diplomacy. said.

Since April 2021, several rounds of talks between Iran and the five other parties to the JCPOA – Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia – have been held in the Austrian capital to bring the United United in agreement with Iran.

The talks in Vienna, however, exclude American diplomats due to their country’s withdrawal from the agreement.

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10 reactions to the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. wade https://draftgore2008.org/10-reactions-to-the-supreme-courts-overturning-of-roe-v-wade/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 18:15:00 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/10-reactions-to-the-supreme-courts-overturning-of-roe-v-wade/ Pro-life activists celebrate near the U.S. Supreme Court on the streets of Washington, DC, June 24, 2022. – The U.S. Supreme Court struck down nationwide abortion legalization on Friday in one of the most controversial and hard-fought issues in American political life. The court overturned the landmark 1973 decision Roe v. Wade and said individual […]]]>
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Pro-life activists celebrate near the U.S. Supreme Court on the streets of Washington, DC, June 24, 2022. – The U.S. Supreme Court struck down nationwide abortion legalization on Friday in one of the most controversial and hard-fought issues in American political life. The court overturned the landmark 1973 decision Roe v. Wade and said individual states could authorize or restrict the procedure themselves. |

Reactions to Friday’s decision by the US Supreme Court to overturn the 1973 decision Roe vs. Wade The decision that the US Constitution protects the right to abortion reflected both joy and sadness, underscoring the deep divisions between the public and US politicians on the issue.

The Supreme Court has upheld a Mississippi law that bans abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy with its ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

The court’s conservative majority agreed that the deer decision was wrong.

“The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by constitutional provision,” Judge Samuel Alito wrote for the court. “It is time to respect the Constitution and return the question of abortion to the elected representatives of the people.”

The court’s three liberal justices accused the conservative majority of dismissing the “record” presented in deer and the 1992 Family planning c. Casey decision in protecting a woman’s interest and that of the state in protecting “potential life”.

“Today, the Court rejects this balance. It says that from the very moment of fertilization, a woman has no rights, strictly speaking,” wrote judges Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

The following pages highlight 10 high-profile reactions to the Dobbs decision.

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5 Key Takeaways From the Fifth Hearing on the Jan. 6 Capitol Riot | Political news https://draftgore2008.org/5-key-takeaways-from-the-fifth-hearing-on-the-jan-6-capitol-riot-political-news/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 21:45:07 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/5-key-takeaways-from-the-fifth-hearing-on-the-jan-6-capitol-riot-political-news/ US lawmakers investigating the deadly riot at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 have turned their attention to President Donald Trump’s pressure on the US Department of Justice to void the 2020 election. The House committee held its fifth public hearing this month on Thursday, laying out once again what it knows about Trump’s […]]]>

US lawmakers investigating the deadly riot at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 have turned their attention to President Donald Trump’s pressure on the US Department of Justice to void the 2020 election.

The House committee held its fifth public hearing this month on Thursday, laying out once again what it knows about Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of the US presidential election he lost to Joe Biden. .

This time, the hearing focused on Trump’s attempt to get the Justice Department to “legitimize its lies” about voter fraud, panel chairman Bennie Thompson said.

“When these and other efforts failed, Donald Trump sought to replace Mr. [Jeffrey] Rosen, the acting attorney general, with a lawyer who he says is improperly putting the full weight of the Justice Department behind efforts to nullify the election,” Thompson said.

Here’s a look at the top five takeaways from this month’s fifth public hearing:

‘Just say the election was corrupt,’ former US official Trump said

The panel featured a handwritten memo from former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue, in which he quoted Trump saying, “Just say the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me and the Republican members of Congress.”

Donoghue confirmed to the panel that the statement was an accurate quote from Trump.

Donoghue said the Justice Department reviewed various claims but found no cases of fraud that would have come close to altering the election results. The department communicated this to Trump, he added.

“There have been isolated cases of fraud; none of them came close to questioning the outcome of the election in any given state,” Donoghue told US lawmakers.

Trump contacted Justice Department daily over allegations of fraud, Jeffrey Rosen testifies

Former acting U.S. attorney general Jeffrey Rosen testified Thursday that Trump contacted him daily in the weeks leading up to the Capitol riot and “claimed he felt the Justice Department hadn’t done enough.” to investigate his false allegations of voter fraud.

“Between December 23 and January 3, the president called or met with me virtually every day, with one or two exceptions, such as Christmas Day,” Rosen, who held the position, told the committee. in the final days of the Trump administration. .

Rosen said Trump discussed the possibility of having a special attorney for voter fraud, holding a meeting with his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, filing a lawsuit in the U.S. Supreme Court and making a public statement about allegations of fraud, among others.

“I will say that the Justice Department denied all of these requests…because we didn’t believe they were appropriate based on the facts and the law as we understood them,” Rosen said.

Former acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen testified before the House panel on Thursday [Jim Bourg/Reuters]

Trump’s team offered to appoint Jeffrey Clark as attorney general to overturn the vote

The panel said it was reviewing efforts to install former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark as acting attorney general to help overturn the election.

Lawmakers and witnesses argued that Clark was unqualified for the job and was only suggested because he allegedly supported Trump’s fraud allegations.

In a video of his testimony before the committee, Giuliani said: “I remember telling people that someone should be put in charge of the Ministry of Justice who is not afraid of what is going to be done to their reputation. .”

Donoghue said Republican Congressman Scott Perry of Pennsylvania mentioned Clark during a Dec. 27 call in which Perrry raised allegations of voter fraud in the state. “At the start of the call, Congressman Perry said he was calling at the request of the president,” Donoghue told the panel.

“He said something like, ‘I think Jeff Clark is great and I think he’s the kind of guy who can get in there and do something about it. And that followed the fact that the president had mentioned Mr. Clark during the afternoon call earlier today.

Donoghue also testified Thursday that Trump appeared to be threatening to fire him along with Acting Attorney General Rosen for refusing to support his baseless voter fraud allegations. “He said, ‘People tell me I should just get rid of you two. I should just pull you out and make a change in management, put Jeff Clark in and maybe something will finally get done,'” said Donoghué.

He recalled telling Trump in response, “Mr. President, you should have whatever leadership you want, but understand that the United States Department of Justice operates on facts, evidence and law.

“And those aren’t going to change, so you can have whatever leadership you want, but the position of the department isn’t going to change.”

Draft letter at heart of Clark’s effort to reverse Trump election defeat: Panel

A draft letter from Clark and his adviser, Ken Klukowski, falsely alleging voter fraud that was to be sent to the Georgia state legislature emerged at the heart of Thursday’s hearing.

“If this letter had been published on official Department of Justice letterhead, it would have falsely informed all Americans, including those who might be inclined to come to Washington on January 6, that the allegations of voter fraud of President Trump were likely very real,” the committee’s co said. – President Liz Cheney said.

Donoghue said Clark sent him and Rosen the draft letter on December 28. “It was so extreme for me [that] I had a hard time figuring it out at first,” Donoghue said.

Donoghue said he told Clark that “for the department to insert itself into the political process in this way…would have had serious consequences for the country. It could very well have dragged us into a constitutional crisis, and I wanted make sure he understood the seriousness of the situation.

Clark declined to say whether he had discussed his draft Justice Department letter with Trump. In a video of his testimony before the committee, Clark invoked the Fifth Amendment and “executive privilege” to avoid answering questions.

“Fifth and executive privilege again, just reworded for abundance of caution,” he told the panel.

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Representative Liz Cheney speaks at the fifth public hearing into the January 6 attack, June 23 [Jonathan Ernst/Reuters]

Republican lawmakers have asked for clemency: Former Trump White House official

Cassidy Hutchinson, a former aide to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, told the committee in an interview that Republican members of Congress Matt Gaetz and Mo Brooks “advocated for there to be a pardon general” compared to January 6.

“Mr. Gaetz was personally pushing for a pardon and had been doing so since early December. I don’t know why,” Hutchinson told the panel, according to a video of his testimony shown during Thursday’s hearing. “Mr. Gaetz contacted me to ask if he could have a meeting with Mr. Meadows about obtaining a presidential pardon.”

When asked if other lawmakers have contacted her about pardons, Hutchinson said Congressmen Andy Biggs, Louie Gohmert and Scott Perry have also done so. Congressman Jim Jordan “talked about congressional pardons, but he never asked me. It was more for an update on whether the White House was going to pardon members of Congress,” she said.

Hutchinson added that Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, a prominent Trump ally, asked the White House attorney for forgiveness.

“The only reason I know to ask for a pardon is because you think you’ve committed a crime,” House committee member Adam Kinzinger said Thursday.

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Iranian diplomat laments obstacles to aid to quake-affected Afghans https://draftgore2008.org/iranian-diplomat-laments-obstacles-to-aid-to-quake-affected-afghans/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 08:06:00 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/iranian-diplomat-laments-obstacles-to-aid-to-quake-affected-afghans/ In comments Thursday, Hassan Mortazavi expressed deep sympathy to the Afghan nation and the families of the earthquake victims, stressing the need to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid to the affected areas. Deploring the sanctions imposed by the United States and other Western governments on Afghanistan, the Iranian deputy ambassador said: “The international community […]]]>

In comments Thursday, Hassan Mortazavi expressed deep sympathy to the Afghan nation and the families of the earthquake victims, stressing the need to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid to the affected areas.

Deploring the sanctions imposed by the United States and other Western governments on Afghanistan, the Iranian deputy ambassador said: “The international community must realize the depth of the human crisis in Afghanistan in the current circumstances and open the way to channel global aid to the affected Afghan people and avoid obstructionism by abandoning cruel levers against the oppressed Afghan nation.

On Wednesday, the Iranian Embassy in Kabul said Iran had dispatched two planes loaded with first aid supplies to Afghanistan after the earthquake.

The Taliban-led government of Afghanistan has called for more international aid as it struggles to deal with the devastating earthquake in a mountainous eastern region that has killed more than 1,000 people and injured at least 1,500 others.

The 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck in the early hours of Wednesday near the town of Khost near the Pakistani border.

Officials warn the death toll is likely to rise as many families were sleeping in flimsy accommodation when the quake struck.

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Spokesperson slams UN chief’s human rights report on Iran https://draftgore2008.org/spokesperson-slams-un-chiefs-human-rights-report-on-iran/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 06:37:00 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/spokesperson-slams-un-chiefs-human-rights-report-on-iran/ In comments on Tuesday, Saeed Khatibzadeh dismissed as politically motivated a recent report by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on human rights in Iran, saying Tehran remains committed to promoting human rights regardless of the fact that the report was based on false allegations made by terrorists. . He said Iran had sent its detailed comments […]]]>

In comments on Tuesday, Saeed Khatibzadeh dismissed as politically motivated a recent report by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on human rights in Iran, saying Tehran remains committed to promoting human rights regardless of the fact that the report was based on false allegations made by terrorists. .

He said Iran had sent its detailed comments and arguments on every paragraph of the UN chief’s report to his office, but Iran’s response was sadly overlooked.

The report “is based on false allegations and documents based on unreliable sources, and therefore the main text of the report is mainly based on the content of allegations and accusations of hostile groups and terrorist sects,” it said. the spokesperson.

Speaking at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Tuesday, UN deputy human rights chief Nada Al-Nashif presented Guterres’ latest report, which strongly criticized the Iran for executions in the country and other issues.

“The Secretary General is deeply concerned about the increase in executions, including for drug-related offences,” Al-Nashif said.

Guterres also claimed that Iran used coercive measures against dissidents, Press TV reported.

The Foreign Ministry spokesperson explained that Iran continues to be fully committed to the promotion of human rights due to its religious beliefs and legal obligations and is ready to cooperate with UN human rights bodies.

He said the report fails to mention the responsibility of those behind the anti-Iran sanctions and refuses to acknowledge the negative and destructive effects of inhumane US sanctions against the country.

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Iowa Supreme Court says there is no right to abortion https://draftgore2008.org/iowa-supreme-court-says-there-is-no-right-to-abortion/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 18:11:30 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/iowa-supreme-court-says-there-is-no-right-to-abortion/ The Iowa Judiciary Building, home of the Iowa Supreme Court, in Des Moines, Iowa. | Screenshot: Google Maps The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled there is no right to abortion in the state constitution, which overturned an earlier ruling by the state’s highest court a few years earlier. . In the case of Planned Parenthood […]]]>
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The Iowa Judiciary Building, home of the Iowa Supreme Court, in Des Moines, Iowa. |

The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled there is no right to abortion in the state constitution, which overturned an earlier ruling by the state’s highest court a few years earlier. .

In the case of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland et al. against Kim Reynolds et al., the state Supreme Court issued a ruling on Friday, overturning a lower court ruling against the state’s 24-hour waiting period for an abortion and remanding for further proceedings.

Judge Edward Mansfield expressed the majority opinion, concluding that the court rejects “the proposition that there is a fundamental right to abortion in the Iowa Constitution subjecting the regulation of abortion to rigorous scrutiny”.

“[T]he Iowa Constitution is not the source of a fundamental right to abortion requiring a strict standard of review for regulations affecting that right,” Mansfield wrote.

“Constitutions – and courts – should not choose sides in divisive social and political debates unless a universal principle of justice is on one side of that debate. Abortion is not one of those issues.

Mansfield also challenged the 2018 Iowa Supreme Court ruling that declared abortion a state constitutional right, writing that the earlier ruling “lacks textual and historical support.”

“This is doctrinally inconsistent with prior Iowa family law case law that followed a balancing approach. His rhetoric is one-sided. Its constitutional basis is not solid,” he continued.

“While it is true that some other states have strengthened the protection of the right to abortion, they have done so by invoking more relevant substantive constitutional guarantees, such as the right to privacy, and not a procedural clause such as due process.”

Judge Brent Appel filed a dissenting opinion, arguing that in overturning the 2018 decision, the state Supreme Court created “a case law of doubt about an interest in liberty of the highest possible importance for each woman. of Iowa of childbearing age”.

“We have found [in 2018] that the fundamental interest of freedom in family relationships holds a place for reproductive choices,” Appel continued.

“We have thus declared that ‘autonomy and dominance over one’s body goes to the very heart of what it means to be free. At stake in this case is the right to shape, for oneself, without undue governmental intrusion, one’s own identity, destiny and place in the world.

American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa legal director Rita Bettis Austen denounced the decision, calling it a “devastating and shocking reversal.”

“With the constitutional right to abortion under deer threatened, the people of Iowa rely on the protection of our state constitution,” Austen said.

“Abortion rights for Iowa women are essential to their freedom, equality, health and safety, and it’s something Iowa overwhelmingly supports, now more than ever.”

Urbandale, Iowa-based social conservative group The FAMiLY Leader celebrated the state Supreme Court’s decision, calling it a victory against judicial activism and for unborn children.

“In 2018, five unelected judges brazenly admitted ignoring the original meaning of the Iowa Constitution to invent a so-called ‘right’ to abortion,” said Bob Vander Plaats, President and CEO. by The FAMILY Leader.

“Today’s decision brings us closer to the day when the people of Iowa can protect unborn children,” he added. “The future of abortion in Iowa remains uncertain. But this back and forth in the courts reveals that the Protect Life amendment is needed more than ever.

The Protect Life Amendment Vander Plaats is referring to was approved by both houses of the Iowa General Assembly last year and states that the state constitution “does not recognize, grant, or guarantee the right to abortion nor does it require public financing of abortion”. To go into effect, the Iowa General Assembly must pass the Protect Life Amendment in the next session, which begins next year, and voters must approve it in a referendum.

The Iowa Supreme Court ruling comes as the country waits for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on a case involving a Mississippi state law banning most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

Known as Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organizationmany believe the U.S. Supreme Court case will overturn the landmark 1973 ruling Roe vs. Wade, which invalidated abortion restrictions prior to fetal viability. Politico released a leaked draft notice in the case last month, which said a majority of justices had expressed support for the overturning. deer and leave the issue of abortion to each state to decide. The Dobbs The decision should be made by the end of the month.

In the absence of Deer, Iowa would be able to enforce its law prohibiting abortions after six weeks of gestation. Iowa is one of 21 states that would completely ban abortion or more severely restrict abortion if deer is overturned. Sixteen states would continue to allow abortion during most or all of pregnancy because the right to abortion has been codified in state law, three states could take the issue of abortion to voters and the remaining 10 states will continue to enforce existing abortion laws and/or restrictions.

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Northern Ireland Protocol Bill is ‘economic vandalism’, Irish leader warns | Politics News https://draftgore2008.org/northern-ireland-protocol-bill-is-economic-vandalism-irish-leader-warns-politics-news/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 15:50:50 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/northern-ireland-protocol-bill-is-economic-vandalism-irish-leader-warns-politics-news/ Breaking post-Brexit trade deals in Northern Ireland would inflict “economic vandalism”, the Irish Prime Minister has warned. Micheal Martin said it would be a “very serious situation” if the UK government went ahead with legislation to abandon key elements of the Northern Ireland protocol. He insisted that the European Union wanted to avoid a trade […]]]>

Breaking post-Brexit trade deals in Northern Ireland would inflict “economic vandalism”, the Irish Prime Minister has warned.

Micheal Martin said it would be a “very serious situation” if the UK government went ahead with legislation to abandon key elements of the Northern Ireland protocol.

He insisted that the European Union wanted to avoid a trade war and argued that issues with the controversial deal could be resolved through negotiation.

His comments came after Brussels launched new legal action against the UK in retaliation for the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill, which would effectively tear up the bulk of the deal signed by Boris Johnson and the EU in 2019.

Critics have warned it would be an “unacceptable breach” of international law and fuel distrust of Britain.

The treaty agreed by the UK and the EU as a means of keeping a smooth Irish land border after Brexit created economic barriers to the movement of goods between Britain and North Irelandcausing resentment and anger among many trade unionists and loyalists.

The row has created a stalemate in efforts to form a devolved government administration in Belfast.

The UK is planning unilateral action to introduce separate ‘green’ and ‘red’ lanes for goods traveling between Britain and Northern Ireland, drawing a line between those destined to stay in the UK and those heading to the Republic of Ireland and beyond.

Speaking to the BBC, Mr Martin said: ‘If this bill is passed I think we are in a very serious situation.

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He added: “This represents unilateralism of the worst kind in terms of respecting and adhering to international agreements that governments accede to, sign and ratify in their parliaments.

“We fully accept that there are legitimate issues around the operation of the Protocol and we believe that with serious and sustained negotiations between the European Union and the UK Government these issues could be resolved.

“Indeed, this represents a form of economic vandalism on Northern Ireland because if we look at hard data, it now shows that the economy of Northern Ireland is doing very well.

“The manufacturing industry is doing very well. The dairy industry, the meat industry, the general food industry and agriculture are doing very well.

“There are some areas where we can improve the protocol and we should continue to do so.”

Read more:
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What is the Northern Ireland Protocol and why is it important?

Mr Martin added: “We want this to be resolved. We believe this can be resolved with good will.

“We believe we know where there is a landing zone to resolve issues with the operation of the protocol to give Northern Ireland the best chance of gaining access to the European Union market and the UK market.

“It would position Northern Ireland well in terms of foreign investment.”

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UK acts ‘according to law’ on NI protocol

The dispute could ultimately lead to a trade war, with tariffs or even the suspension of the whole Brexit deal between the UK and the EU, but Mr Martin said all parties wanted to avoid this.

“Nobody wants a trade war in any form,” he added.

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