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♪ anchor: this is "dw news." the u.s. supreme court overturning roe v. wade ruling, ending constitutional protection to the right to an abortion. the decision paving the way for individual states to make laws on abortion. also coming up, a major retreat, ukraine orders its troops to leave a city after fighting and
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relentless attacks by the russians. and, the aftermath of the deadliest earthquake in decades, a arriving to that remote mountainous region, but people say more help is needed. ♪ i am brent goff. welcome. in the u.s., the constitutional right for a woman to have an abortion is no more. the supreme court overturned the landmark 1973 roe v. wade decision, granting and protecting abortion rights across the country. today's rulings sends abortion rights back to the state, in some states such as missouri have announced legislation to ban the procedure. the u.s. is bracing for
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nationwide protests and possible riots. correspondent: the moment they have been waiting for. antiabortion activists thrilled by the new ruling. >> we did it. correspondent: but abortion rights activists are furious, and president biden criticized the decision in no uncertain terms. pres. biden: now with roe v. wade gone, let's be very clear, the health and life of women in this nation are now at risk. the supreme court's 1970 three ruling on roe v. wade was a landmark decision, effectively legalizing abortion across united states. the focused focused on jane roe, a texas woman seeking an abortion. since state law only allowed it in cases where the mother's life was in danger, she was denied. the justices ruled 7-2 that a
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woman's right to privacy superseded a state right to ban abortion. that decision set off a fierce legal battle. the republicans added an antiabortion stance to their platform and an effort to enlist support from the religious right. donald trump's presidency was a major victory for republicans looking to tilt the balance of the e supreme court. in four-year years, he appointed three justices, giving the court a 6-3 conservative majority. in the dissenting opinion, the three liberal justices said the court is putting its legitimacy at risk. with sorrow for this court, but for many american women who have lost a fundamental constitutional protection, we
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dissent. this comes as many has criticized the supreme court for becoming too political. and post roe v. wade america, more than half of the 50 states are expected to quickly ban or severely restrict abortion that is likely to galvanize democrats who want to keep abortion available across the country, a position recent polling suggests is supported by a strong majority of americans. anchor: our bureau chief in washington is covering the ruling. she joined us a few moments ago from outside the cord. correspondent: there are hundreds of women and men in front of the supreme court. it only took a couple of minutes before the the ruling came out. it was not clear that it came out today i'm so more and more people are coming here, the majority is very sad that this very important right to get an
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abortion for many women is being taken away. i just want to make clear for our international audience that it is not that abortion is not possible anymore in the united states, but protection for this nationwide law says it is up to the states. this is what some women fear, that in places far away in which states have abortion still legal, they will not beble to get it de if ty are in need of it. anchor: the polling has told us for the last 50 years that there has never been a majority of americans in favor of overturning roe v. wade. so how divided is america when it comes to abortion? correspondent: this is one of the most divisive and one of the most emotional issues here in the united states. we are seeing some law
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enforcement coming. we just heard from officials that they are really worried that this might turn into some aggression. they are getting prepared for riots later today, probably because this is so divisive and emotional. the majority of the americans are not against abortion, but the majority the supreme court right here behind me is against abortion, and that probably makes his country more divided than it already is. anchor: give us a sense of the security situation where you are. there have been images of police and right gear walking towards a supreme court in the capitol building. how concerned are you and people therefore your own safety? correspondent: i am not concerned about my own safety, as for now. so far, it has been peaceful. we have seen some clashes between the two sides, because we also have to keep in mind that there are many americans who applaud this decision, but
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we will see what will happen when it gets dark. most people here are really kind of sad and worried what will happen to all those women who are in need of an abortion. anchor: our washington bureau chief outside the u.s. supreme court, thank you. the reversal of roe v. wade is expected to win minorities disproportionately -- affect minorities disproportionate more. i spoke with the national director for the national latino institute for reproduction justice in california. >> we are angry. we are crushed. this decision to uphold the mississippi band that overtur roe v. wade will be devastating for everyone in our countryin thu.s., but particularly for communities that a the most vulnerable here, and my organization represents the community here.
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our communities and other communities of color will be the most affected. anchor: what would that look like? we know that this decision means that the states can now decide whether or not to restrict access to abortion, ban abortions, or do nothing. what would that mean for those communities? >> well, for our community, the latino community that already faces a lot of barriers to access to care, so i want to make clear that even before this decision to overturn roe v. wade , our communities already faces steep areas to be able to have access to care in this country. our health care system also does not necessarily provide us adequate health care coverage in general. and so, what these bans do is for those of us already marginalized and lack access, it will make things much worse. one of the things we know is that 28% of latinos in this country will have an abortion in
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their lifetime, so that is a large proportion of our community, and we are also some of the most common least likely to have -- least likely to have access to health care coverage, and the least likely to have jobs through which we get health care coverage that does not offer paid time off and does not offer sometimes health care coverage, and so this will just exacerbate a lot of issues we have already been facing. one last point i will make is that our community is particularly worried about the element of, the removal of this protection. many states, including senate minority leader mitch mcconnell have said they want to pass federal law restricting abortion, and that they want to criminalize abortion, and we know that communities of color in these communities are already
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at high rates in this country, and it is just another excuse for the state to criminalize our communities. anchor: we appreciate your time and inside. thank you. a major retreat in the war in ukraine, ukrainian forces have been ordered to withdraw from sievierodonetsk after weeks of fierce fighting against russian forces. capturing the city of sievierodonetsk in the dundas area is central to russia's goal of seizing a large section of land in ukraine. regional authorities say fighting is intensifying and that know town is safe for civilians. correspondent: ukraine is losing ground in the east. this town nearne city has been devastated by schilling. -- shelling. russian forces are concentrating firepower on the last major ukrainian held city in the province.
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they have seize control of its twin city sievierodonetsk, forcing ukrainian troops to retreat in order to avoid encirclement after weeks of combat. >> there is no sense staying in our positions, which have been destroyed during many mohs of fiting. if we do, the number of casualties and the poorly fortified areas will grow every day. therefore the decision was made for the sake of the defenders who are there. many civilians are being taken to safety, but not everyone wants to leave. >> it is the ukrainian army shooting at us. it is them that kill our children. we wanted to be united with the russians, not the germans and european correspondent: reports from the region are causing concern in the neighboring region.
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the regional governor is worried about further russian advances. >> there is no place, no town in the region that is safe. taking into consideration that i have intligence data and i understand where the danger lies . i have deliberately mentioned those cities because that would be the direction where the enemy will be moving. some people might be loyal to the russians, but believe me, when the cities are destroyed from addenda's loyalty and people understand -- destroyed, then disloyalty disappears and the people understand. correspondent: seizing the city has been a key goal of russia as it pushes farther into the industrial heartland of rain. -- of ukraine. anchor: earlier we spoke with
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our correspondent and asked about the significance of the ukrainian t retreat from sievierodonetsk. correspondent: this is a big deal. this top news in ukraine. it was not unexpected. they have prepared for this for weeks now. they have tried to make te russians paid as high a price as possible for the smallest gains. and hope they basically exhaust themselves in a situation where they still have future superiority in terms of the weapons. we have heard different figures. ukrainian government figures talking about 10 times more artillery on the russian side than ukrainian side, so ukraine having to choose his battles carefully and uses equipment that they have as cleverly as possible, and now they have made a desion to withdraw from sievierodonetsk in the hope they will minimize losses to their forces in give themselves a
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chance of continuing this battle without losing in an uncontrolled and chaotic way. anchor: the war in ukraine has led to rising food prices and shortages around the world from especially in countries already struggling to feed their unpaid. today, antony blinken was in berlin at a meeting to discuss how to deal with the world's growing food crisis. he put the blame squarely on russia for making things worse. take a listen. >> russia itself has been playing terrible games with its own food, imposing its own export controls on itself, putting quotas on, deciding when and where it is going to make food available for political reasons. as i said before, there is nothing preventing the export of food, food products, fertilizer from russia except for russia
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itself, and the only thing preventing the export of food from ukraine, the breadbasket of europe, is russia. anchor: the european union this week took the historic step of granting ukraine candidate status, putting the country on the path of one day joining the eu, but supporting ukraine will come at a cost for europe, in the form of increasing energy prices. we have this report. correspondent: by the time the eu's 27 heads of government began the summit, it was all but certain they would announce the decision to grant ukraine candidate status for e.u. membership, a first step in a long process that puts kyiv on the road to brussels. the importance of this decision for ukraine cannot be overstated. it is the european union saying to that country that we want you with us. just imagine how much of a boost that is to the ukrainians fighting on the front lines, but it was also important for the eu
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leadership, who desperately needed to show unity and send a message to moscow that the entire eu was still strongly in support of ukraine, and its aspiration to join the west. there is economic trouble in the west, and that dominated date two of -- day two of the summit agenda. >> inflation isn't concern for all of us. russia's aggression is pushing prices up, and all of this has an impact on citizens and businesses. correspondent: the eu has sought to isolate russia for its invasion of ukraine, and the block has delivered six rounds of sanctions, targeted at russia's economy. eu leaders say moscow is retaliating by restricting gas supplied to the eu. >> by now, 12 member states have been totally cut off from russian gas or partially, and therefore the best, there is always hope for the best, and
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prepare for the worst. that is what we are doing now. correspondent: the worst case scenario is russia cutting off all gas supplies to europe. the impact would be devastating. for member states like germany send others, their economies depend on russian energy. anchor: our correspondent is in brussels and has more on the summit where that historic decision was taken. correspondent: after this you summit in brussels, the german chancellor olaf scholz put the most important decision in a few words. we said 27 times we said yes, he said, all eu leaders said yes when it comes to granting eu candidate status to ukraine and to moldova. it was a historic decision, a clear sign towards russia that ukraine and moldova are part of the european family. even if it will take years, maybe decades, for both
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countries to enter the bloc. other war related issues also dominated the summit in brussels. russia's aggression against ukraine has severe economic impacts for europe. energy prices are soaring all over the block, and olaf scholz and other eu leaders said that the use has to become less dependent on russian fossil fuels, something that is easier said than done. since most of the block is still very dependent on russian energy. anchor: that was maryna strauss and brussels. in afghanistan, taliban officials have ended the search for survivors after wednesday's earthquake. at least 1000 died and many were injured. aftershocks hit the area in the east friday, killing five people. aid groups are rushing to get food, tents, and medical supplies to the region. >> he has seen so much in his
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life. the pain after the earthquake is almost too much. this is what is left of his home. >> the quake happen suddenly at night. our houses were destroyed. 12 pple from my family were killed and my brothers were hurt. correspondent: who are the people killed? >> two wives, my brothers, elders, and one of my sons. correspondent: slowly, at a creeping pace, in fact, aid is making is way to the areas that are most difficult to reach. waiting for that aid, children like this girl and her brother sitting on the rubble of what was their home. they lost their mother and two sisters. untold numbers of children have helped to bury parents and elders. and parents have very children.
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he lost 13 members of his family, including children. where afghan helicopters can land, food and water, and medicine have arrived. also importantly, tenants -- tent overnight rainfall has added to the misery of those who have lost their homes and their loved ones. anchor: let's look at the other stories making headlines. thousands of people have rallied into bc to show support for the former soviet republic joining the european union. a greet at georgia not being given candidate status like ukraine, they have called on the government to resign or emblem in the 12 points listed by the european union for georgia's application to be reassessed. the u.s. senate has passed bipartisan legislation on gun safety, although described as modest, it is the first
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significant gun-control legislation to pass in three decades and it must now go to the house of representatives for approval before becoming law. the united nations says that israeli security forces fired the bullets that killed the al jazeera journalist. the united nations human rights office said the palestinian-american was not killed by indiscriminate firing from palestinians. she died while covering israeli army operations in the northern west bank last month. morocco says five migrants died in an attempted mass crossing from its territory into the north african spanish enclave. around 2000 tried to breach the border. it is a popular crossing point for migrants from sub-saharan africa trying to reach europe. police in ecuador fired tear gas at protesters as they tried to
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enter the congress building in the latest escalation in more than a week of nationwide demonstrations and rallies being led by indigenous people, demanding the government cut fuel prices and tackle the high cost of living and spend more on education. our correspondent has this report. correspondent: downtown on the 11th consecutive day of the general strike in ecuador. a standoff between the indigenous community and the government that is intensifying. neither side is willing to talk to the other, to help bring this conflict to an end. violence broke out in the afternoon, with police firing tear gas at protesters, who responded by throwing stones. >> a peaceful protest turned into violence when indigenous people were provoked by members
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of the security forces, a version that police have denied. in any case, classes were inevitable. >> [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, the people came out today in a peaceful way to protest for our rights and we got the police surrounding us and shooting at us. [speaking in foreign language] >> there are many wounded. >> [speaking foreign language] translator: the police throw munitions and when people pick them up and throw them back, they explode in their hands and people have been wounded. >> [speaking foreign language] translator: we want him to leave. he is murdering our comrades, children, and husbands. correspondent:hile classes we happening in the capital, representatives from the indigenous community held an assembly to agree on a path forward. speaking to dw from the leader
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of the demonstrations denied the protests are aimed at ousting the president. he said he was open to dialogue, to find solutions to the crisis. >> [speaking foreign language] translator: the more days that go by, the indignation grows. we guaranteed peace, but in order to keep the peace, we need to progress on the fundamental topics of change. if we don't find a way out, the protests will continue, even if we are controlling the peaceful character of the rallies. that is why it is necessary for the government to give real answers of the people can calm down. correspondent: the clashes became more intense by the end of the day, one man died. he is the fourth person to lose their life during these protests. demonstrators say he was killed by police fire. authorities say they will investigate. anchor: the iraq war of 2003 and
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the sectarian violence that followed changed forever the lives of countless numbers of people, including soccer players. many careers were cut short after players lost limbs. tonight, and inspiring story of new beginnings and new hope. correspondent: giving it another shot, he lost his left leg in a baghdad car bomb into thousand six, then just 22. -- in 2006, then just 22. the team has given his pride back. >> i am married with four children peered they say daddy, go and train. myorale is totally lifte correspondent: the team was founded last year by a man made aware of the portsmouth amputee team whilst in england and decided to take the idea to iraq. he was not short of application from men whose lives have been scarred by war. >> [speaking foreign language] translator: our mission has
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become to restore morale and activity to amputees. as we made sacrifices in the past, we will continue to do so for the success of the sport and to raise iraq's profile. correspondent: doing so has not been easy. a lack of official recognition means no funding, so for transport and equipment from the team must depend on donations. -- equipment, the team must depend on donations. >> [speaking foreign language] translator: so far they have not given us official recognition even though our team represents iraq and has achieved many things. unfortunately they did not give usocal recognition so that we could ask for support. we have not received any budget from the government. correspondent: but improvising in the face of adversity is what these men do, and the team has given them the camaraderie that has helped many recovery from long-standing mental health issues. anchor: with wimbledon just
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around the corner, everybody will be watching serena williams , as she returns after being away for one year. she will face the french debutante in the first round. she was unseated for the tournament, but avoided big names in the friday drawer. the 40-year-old is targeting a 24th grand slam title. we wish her luck anyway. you are watching "dw news." after a short break, i will be back to take you through "the day." we will be right back. ♪
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>> thanks for joining us. you are watching "france 24." this is "live from paris," 10:00 p.m. in the french capital. our headlines this hour -- the u.s. supreme court overturns roe v. wade. individual states now have the power to decide the reproductive rights of millions of women. about half the countries poised to largely criminalize abortion. ukrainian troops are ordered to retreat from the key eastern city of severodonetsk after weeks of fierce fighting. it paves the way for russian
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forces to capture larger swathes of the donbass region. a united nations panel finds that a palestinian-american journalist was killed by israeli fire, contradicting israel's version of events. millions of women in the united states will lose their constitutional right to an abortion following the supreme court's decision to overturn roe v. wade. the landmark 1973 ruling guaranteed abortion rights for nearly 50 years. from today come individual states will be able to criminalize the procedure. nearly half of american states are poised to do so. reporter: there were cries of
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joy and rage as the supreme court overturned 50 precedent, ruling abortion is no longer constitutional right. >> we hold that roe and casey must be overruled. the constitution makes no reference to abortion and no such right is implicit protected by any constitutional provision." reporter: the president expressed his disapproval of the decision and called for americans to vote for leaders who would protect abortion rights in november's midterms. pres. biden: with this decision the conservative majority of the supreme court shows how extreme it is, how far removed they are from the majority of this country. they have made the united states an outlier among developed nations in the world. this decision must not be the final word. reporter: in a divided america, there was a divided response. for some, it is the outcome they
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have long been campaigning for. >> we have thousands of women, tens of thousands of women across this country who believe that life is sacred, that the sanctity of life is worth protecting. reporter: politicians on the pro-life side of the divide also rejoiced. >> today life won. by overturning roe v. wade, the supreme court has given the american people a new beginning for life, and i commend the justices in the majority for having the courage of their convictions. reporter: the court ruled in favor of a mississippi law brought by republicans that outlaws abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. three liberal justices dissented. six conseative justices, including three appointees of former president donald trump, had the majority. the decision has sparked outrage among pro-choice activists. >> we are not waiting for the democrats, we are not waiting for elections.
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we are not ceding to an illegitimate fascist court that takes away women's rights. we are claiming our own power and our own future. reporter: the court decision is expected to lead to abortion bans and half the states as around 13 states, mainly in the south and midwest, already have so-called trigger laws on the books that ban abortion in the event roe is overturned. julia: president biden has condemned what he called "the extreme ideology" of the conservative-leaning supreme court. america's highest judicial a 30 was heavily shaped by his republican presidential-- authority was heavily shaped by his republican predecessor donald trump. here is what he had to say on twitter. "today's decision with the biggest decision for life in a generation, only made possible because i delivered everything as promised."
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emmanuel macron posted on twitter saying that abortion is a fundamental right of all women and it must be protected. we can now speak to a lawyer and former federal and state prosecutor. >> hello? julia: thank you very much for joining us today. i just want to start by asking you, 13 states have the so-called trigger bans. can you explain what they are and what they mean for women in the states who are trying to seek an abortion? >> yes, depending on which side of the question these laws take, they were designed to not have any effect until there was a reversal -- unless and unti there was a reversalf roe v. wade. in of the more coervative-leaning states, these laws have the effect of making it mediately illeg to have an abortion.
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in the other states, such ashe ones that mae you had in mind when you introduced it in the prior piece, they are ptective bans safeguarding atever tha state's law was, protecting abortions prior to the enactment of roe v. we. that was back in the '70s, bac when this wasast an area that legislatur and not deemed a the constitutional right. altogether, maybe half or slightly more than half of the states in the united states have laws one way or the other on the subject. the other states don't. but regardless, in every state legislature, one can envision some sort of battle now as to wh -- how abobortion should be regulated going forward. even in the united states congress, this will also take place. julia: you mentioned congress, but is there anyway for joe biden to overturn this decision
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by the supreme court? for example, through executive order, or at least limit the consequences of it? eric: he can certainly limit the consequences of it particularly of some of the extreme measures that some states like texas and others in the south are going to take to really jump on this gift that they feel the radical right wing feels it has been given by this decision, because they are really going to go after abortion and make it very difficult for people to even travel. the president can enact some provisions safeguarding the right of travel which would otherwise be criminalized in some of the states where they feel that people might be crossing state lines to get an abortion. this is another area where the law hasn't evolved yet. you're going to see a lot of legal battlegrounds. in terms of legislatively overruling this recent court
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decision which focused on a mississippi case, the president's powers are very limited. he can do it by the vote of a majority of congress, but the problem always lies in the united states senate, which is effectively governed by the minority party under its filibuster rules. it takes 60 republicans to get anything done, and it is a case of minority rule and the senate. even though majority of the population would like to see the congress and biden work together to protect the right to abortion, from a political and procedural perspective that is going to be extremely difficult. julia: you mentioned the filibuster. it has also been mentioned in regards to gun control and gun reform in the u.s. where are we -- is it possible to reform the filibuster in the united states? it seems to be the main obstacle to any real change happening. eric: absolutely, it is an
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incredible obstacle, very frustrating to people. and it is very easy to change on paper, because it is just a rule. there is nothing constitutionally enshrined about it. it has no legal support other than it requires 50 senators to support it. or oppose it to get rid of it. there is 48 senators on record as wanting to get rid of it on important questions, whether it be voting rights, which is the basis for everything else, as well as gun rights or abortion also. but that is only 48. they need two more. although there are 50 senators, there are two that are nominally democrats that have become notorious for their position against reforming the filibuster, that is joe manchin of west virginia, which is a republican state, and kyrsten sinema of arizona, which is not anymore republican state, but for reasons of her own opposes modifying the filibuster in any way.
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it is a very simple thing to do, and maybe it can be done after the next midterm election if democrats pick up two more seats in the senate. that is what they're missing right now. julia: thank you very much. eric lisann with his analysis. let's turn to washington, d.c., and speak to france 24's correspondent. you have been following events for us since the news broke. tell us what is the latest where you are. reporter: i'm going to pick up on what your guest was talking about earlier about those trigger laws, because the concrete example and consequences are already taking place in several states. right now as we speak, already six states have really put into place those bands, those trigger laws snapped into place. the latest was arkansas with the attorney general basically
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certifying the overturning of roe v. wade. and the enactment of that trigger law. six states out of 13 who have those trigger laws on the books. we could see in the next few days some have a period of 10 days, some have a period of 30 days to snap those laws into place. you're going to see in 13 states those trigger laws come into force in virtually ban abortions or heavily restricted them. and then you have another dozen or so states, mainly conservative republican states, that either had laws that dated back to before roe v. wade, that were on the books, that were halted or not enforced because they knew they would be challenged in court, that now will likely be enforced. and you have a few states that
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have prepared laws or are in the process of passing or signing laws ofer-- over the next couple weeks or months that will heavily restrict access to abortion. you are going to see basically divided states of america. half of the united states will have access to abortion. probably a lot of states will expand access to abortion. another half will know longer have that-- no longer have access to abortion. julia: kethevane, we have had reactions from republican and democratic politicians to this ruling. when have they been saying -- what have they been saying? kethevane: well, it has of course, as expected, then used by both sides politically, and today was no different. i was actually in front of the supreme court when that ruling was handed down, and very quickly a few minutes after the ruling was handed down, i saw several representatives, both
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democrats and republicans, showing up to meet the crowds, to meet their crowds, the pro-life and pro-choice. there was representative marjorie taylor greene. she is a staunch supporter of former president trump, and she was there as a sort of victory lap for conservatives for this big victory for their camp. and you had several representatives from the democratic side who came to speak to those very angry protesters in front of the supreme court to tell them that this was just the beginning of the fight, because democrats especially are already turning their eye to, midterms and they are going to use this ruling by the supreme court to motivate, to fire up their base, telling those voters that they have to show up at the polls, because now it all comes down to the majority in the house and in the senate. and you heard the president himself at the end of his
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statement saying that this will now be going all the way down to the polls. that is where it will be decided. that is where they are taking the fight, hoping this issue of abortion is going to fire up their base and hope fully -- and hopefully help them, they believe, to alleviate some of the damage that has been done and may be called on to their majorities, because that is the only way they can try to pass something in congress as you were discussing with your guest. julia: ok, kethevane gorjestani, thank you very much for that. kethevane gorjestani reporting from washington, d.c. president biden earlier said the supreme court's ruling has made the united states an outlier in the developed world. the united states among a select few countries with severely curtailed access to abortion in this century. over the past decades, countries around the world have moved to legalize the procedure. >> nearly three decades, over 30
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countries across the globe have taken steps to legalize or expand access to abortion. >> votes in favor of the proposal, 1,429,981. reporter: after ireland in 2018, argentina, another traditionally catholic country, became the first major latin american nation to legalize the procedure in 2020. texaco wouldn't --mexico couldn't hide from the so-called green wave. its supreme court voted to decriminalize abortion last year. although the situation varies by state. in february of this year, colombia followed in his footsteps. the highest court there ruled that getting an abortion for the 20th--before the 24th week of pregnancy is no longer a crime cou.
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>> we wanted the constitutional court to declare the offensive abortion unconstitutional and eliminate it as a crime, because we consider abortion as a health service that should be regulated by public health policy. that is, within the framework of health and not in the penal code. reporter: other nations such as honduras, nicaragua, and el salvador maintained total bans. the letter has moved to introduce more restrictions, banning abortions in all circumstances. women continue to protest, calling for laws to be changed, but to no avail. >> we believe that this government's refusal to allow abortion is a way of rolling back our rights. reporter: in europe, poland has tightened restrictions in recent years. in africa, several countries maintain complete bans. others allow abortion to save
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women's lives or preserve their physical or mental health. benin went against the brain in october 2021, legalizing abortion up to 12-- against the grain in october 2021, legalizing abortion up to 12 weeks. julia: turning to other world news, ukrainian forces are retreating f from the key eastern city of severodonetsk after weeks of fierce fighting. the withdrawal leaves all of the luhansk region under russian control except for one city. russian forces are also advancing there. it has been coming under increasingly heavy bombardment. the setback could pave the way for russia to seize the largest wave of the dundas. -- donbas. reporter: after weeks of intense bombardment, russian forces are poised to capture severodonetsk. the governor of the province of
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luhansk says ukrainian troops have received in order to withdraw from the city. he said remaining impositions smashed to pieces over many months just for the sake of staying there does not make sense. severodonetsk has been reduced to rubble. the luhansk governor says all critical infrastructure has been destroyed, 90% of the city's damage, 82% of the houses will have to be demolished. capturing it effectively gives the kremlin almost full control of the luhansk region. it will need to advance in the nearby city of lysychansk, which has been facing increasingly heavy russian bombardment. russian separatists have told the queen enforces trying to defend both cities that resistance is pointless and futile. julia: united nations says israeli forces fired the shot that killed al jazeera journalist shireen abu akleh. the palestinian-american reporter was wearing a vest
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marked "press" when she was killed last month covering an israeli army rate in the occupied west bank also the u.n. human rights office says it was deeply disturbing that israeli authorities have not conducted a criminal investigation. israeli authorities, for their part, say the cause of akleh's death was impossible to determine due to the palestinian authority's refusal to conduct a joint investigation. reporter: a u.n. independent probe concluded friday that it was israeli forces and not palestinian militants who fired the gun shot that killed shireen abu akleh, an al jazeera journalist who was slain while covering an israeli army rate in the occupied west bank. >> all of the information we have gathered, including official documentation from the israeli military and the palestinian attorney general, is consistent with the finding that the shots that killed abu akleh and injured her colleague came from israeli security forces and
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not from indiscriminate firing by armed palestinians, as was initially claimed by the israeli authorities. reporter: the u.n. added that the lack of a criminal investigation was deeply disturbing. the 51-year-old journalist was a renowned correspondent in the region. thousands of mourners attended her funeral in east jerusalem. israel's defense forces leased a in response to the one, and sitting had been a change of fire between their forces and palestinian gunmen and the perpetrator could not be determined. >> the idea of an investigation-- idf investigation clearly concludes that ms. abu akleh was not intentionally shot by an idf soldier, and it was not possible to determine whether she was killed by palestinian gunmen shooting indiscriminately in her area or inadvertently by an idf soldier. reporter: whilst israel has offered to cduct ballistic analysis should palestine hand over the bullet that took her life, palestinian authority's week rejected this offer, citing a lack of trust.
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al jazeera announced last month they assigned a legal team to take the case to the international criminal courts. julia: turning to the united kingdom, prime minister boris johnson has vowed to carry on in spite of his conservative party suffering crushing defeats in two by elections. he was dealt a further blow when the party chairman quit after the results came out. the ballots were triggered by the resignations of two tory mps both hit bite sex scandals, the public voting them out in two conservative strongholds just weeks after johnson survived a confidence vote in parliament. he has cut short overseas engagements to deal with the fallout. it is time for "truth or fake," our daily fact checking segment. hello there. in today's segment we are going to debunk claims that cristiano ronaldo is pro-palestinian. >> an arena in-state news
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channel broadcaster about cristiano ronaldo come about his support for palestine and allegedly hatred towards israel. here is the news report broadcast on june 15 by the iranian state news channel entitled "rinaldo's support for palestine." we reviewed the support and every single claim is fake. we found seven consecutive false claims about cristiano ronaldo in a total of two minutes. we are going to debunk -- this one right here, false claim number one, the portuguese superstar did not swap shirts with the zionist football player following an israel-portugal match. here are the images allegedly -- allegedly the captain of the israel national team approached him and -- approached ronaldo to exchange the jersey and he refused the demand. we wl show the real images behind this, explaining what
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happened from a 2016 match between portugal and iceland, not portugal and israel. this is the captain of the iceland football team. there's real reports that cristiano ronaldo acted rudely towards the shirt-swap request. he denied this report. this is the captain -- he denied this report and said he would swap his shirt but inside, confirming that the rumors were not true. false claim number two, the following report right here. we can see a voiceover video of chris channel group-of cristiano rinaldo with a fake translation where he says amongst football fans, israelis are the most disgusting ones, i can't stand them. these are nasty declarations that are not true. this is video from 2016 in support of syrian children in a period of increasing attacks on
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civilians by bashar al-assad. moving on to false claim number three, he sold one of his golden beets for 1.4 million euros and donated the money to build the school in the gaza strip. this rumor has been debunked many times. according to cristiano ronaldo's official museum website, the four golden bids he has earned throughout his career are in the museum in his hometown in portugal. let's fast-forward to the seventh and final claim in this report right here. they show this manipulated image of cristiano ronaldo holding up a poster that says "todos con palestine." the real image is "todos con l orca," from the football club in lorca, spain, went an
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earthquake killed nine people. you can see the same poster right here. here we see these are seven claims in total that were not able to debunk. keep an eye out for these reports. it is not the first time they've broadcast these fake news to spread their propaganda, julia. in this case, cristiano ronaldo's apparent phonetic support for prep-- fanatic support for palestine. julia: there is more news coming up on france 24. stay with us. >> a river known for trafficking in illegal crossings, the authorities are trying to work together.
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