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Judge Aborts North Dakota Abortion Law

The issue of abortion can be considered one of the most controversial topics in American culture. With the contrasting opinions of pro-life versus pro-choice, the tension within this argument has changed many state laws recently. While many states retain restrictions and tight regulations on abortions, the federal government has slowly begun to dismantle anti-abortion legislation. The most recent case involves a federal judge ruling North Dakota’s abortion law as unconstitutional. The law previously banned abortions after six weeks of pregnancy (due to the first signs of a fetal heartbeat), but now the federal government has overturned this law, providing leniency to those that favor the views of pro-choice. U.S. District Daniel L. Hovland came to this decision in his ruling:

“A woman’s constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy before viability has been recognized by the United States Supreme Court for more than 40 years. The United States Supreme Court has clearly determined the dispositive issue presented in this lawsuit. This court is not free to impose its own view of the law.”

Essentially, Hovland supports the notion that woman are constitutionally entitled to choose what they want to do with their pregnancies. Though this decision has received much acclaim from pro-life advocates, the governor of North Dakota refused to comment immediately on the Hovland’s ruling, possibly suggesting regret over this decision. The dismantling of one of the strictest abortion laws in the United States is a clear sign that further state regulations, in regards to abortion, will be challenged by the federal government in the future.

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Oscar Pistorius Maintains Innocence

The murder trial of South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius  reached new heights when Pistorius took the stand a few days ago. While on the stand Pistorius broke down crying as the prosecutor repeatedly told him he shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on purpose.

Pistorius claims that he thought an intruder was present in his bathroom, and in a state of panic he reached over grabbed his gun and shot through the door. It was only when it was to late did he realize he had shot and killed his girlfriend.

However, prosecutors say the story goes a little differently. They assert that on the morning of Valentines Day 2013, Pistorius and Steenkamp had an argument and Steenkamp locked herself in the bathroom. Following that Pistorius, in his state of anger, went and grabbed his gun, and then purposely shot through the door with the intent to kill Steenkamp.

It is estimated that the trial will go on for at least another month. What do you think? Is Pistorius innocent or guilty?

 

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Honey Maid Takes Political Stance

In March of 2014, Honey Maid released an ad titled This is Wholesome. The commercial features different families, most prominently featuring two dads and their two children. Other families include a mixed race couple, a single dad, a tattooed ‘rocker’ family, and a military couple. Overlaying clips of these families laughing and sharing Nabisco snacks is the tagline of the ad: “No matter how things change, what makes us wholesome never will. Honey Maid. Everyday wholesome snacks for every wholesome family. This is wholesome.”

Honey Maid: This is Wholesome

This 30 second commercial spurred a storm of response and reaction. Leading the charge of voices against Honey Maid is the conservative activism group One Million Moms. The organization released a statement titled Honey Maid Offends Conservatives, stating Nabisco “should be ashamed of themselves” for their “attempt to normalize sin”. One Million Moms concluded the statement with a call to action: “Please send U.S. key executives for Honey Maid and Nabisco (owned by Mondelez International) an email urging them to pull this liberal commercial immediately and remain neutral in the culture war.”

Nabisco’s response to the conservative backlash their commercial received came last week. On April 3rd, Honey Maid: Love was released on YouTube.

Honey Maid: Love

In less than a week, the video has reached over 3 million views.

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