The House of Representatives will vote on two bills on the right to abortion
In response to the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade last month, the House of Representatives is expected to vote Friday on two bills that would protect abortion access. The Women’s Health Protection Act of 2022 would enshrine Roe v. Wade in federal law, and the Abortion Access Act would protect a patient’s right to travel for legal abortions. The bills are expected to pass the Democratic-led House of Representatives, but there are major questions whether the bills can make it through the 50-50 divided Senate to reach President Joe Biden’s desk. Already, a number of GOP-controlled states have moved quickly to restrict or ban abortion, while Democratic-controlled states have sought to defend access. Ahead of the vote, Democrats highlighted the case of a 10-year-old girl who had to cross borders from Ohio to Indiana for an abortion after being raped, calling it an example of how court decision already has serious consequences.
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In Israel, Biden draws attention to plight of Palestinians, will visit Saudi Arabia
After two days of reaffirming America’s alliance with Israel, President Joe Biden turns his attention to the plight of the Palestinians on Friday, though he has already acknowledged he cannot give them what they want . Biden said Wednesday he still supports the creation of an independent Palestinian nation, but knows that won’t happen anytime soon. Instead, Biden visited a Palestinian hospital in East Jerusalem where he announced humanitarian aid and will meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Biden’s initiatives to benefit the Palestinian people include more than $316 million in aid. The other big test of Biden’s trip to the Middle East is his final stop in Saudi Arabia. Ahead of Biden’s arrival later Friday, Saudi Arabia announced it would open its airspace to all civilian aircraft, including those to and from Israel. Biden said the move was the result of months of “constant diplomacy” between his administration and Saudi Arabia. Biden has been criticized by some for his visit to Saudi Arabia, which he has sworn as a candidate to make a “pariah” state because of its human rights abuses.
The Buffalo supermarket where 10 people were killed will reopen
The Tops Friendly Markets store in Buffalo, New York, where 10 people were killed and three others injured in a racist and hateful shooting, will reopen on Friday. Company officials said Monday that the store at 1275 Jefferson Ave., which is in a predominantly black neighborhood, will reopen “quietly and respectfully” and hold a “time of silence and prayer” for victims and employees affected by the shooting. . Since the May 14 massacre, the store has been closed and it has been completely renovated, officials said. The company and the City of Buffalo supported those affected by the shooting with financial assistance and donations. As the only supermarket for miles, local officials say Tops has become something of a community center on Buffalo’s East Side – where residents chat with neighbors and catch up on people’s lives.
Jayland Walker’s autopsy report to be released
Autopsy results for Jayland Walker, who was shot and killed last month by police in Akron, Ohio, will be made available to the media on Friday morning. A medical examiner will answer questions about the autopsy process but will not comment on other parts of the investigation into Walker’s death, a news release said. Walker, a 25-year-old black man, was killed on June 27 after police shot him about 60 times following car and foot chases. Hundreds of people mourned his death at his funeral service on Wednesday, which was declared a day of mourning across the city after days of protests over his death. A new United Nations group, called the International Mechanism of Independent Experts to Advance Racial Justice and Equality in Law Enforcement, plans to investigate Walker’s death. The group plans to make strong recommendations to the federal and state governments after their investigation.
Kick-off of the World Championships in Athletics
The world athletics championships begin Friday in Eugene, Oregon. There will be 37 reigning world champions and 37 US Olympic medalists participating. The most anticipated track and field event outside of the Olympics will take place for the first time in the United States at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon. In a mixed 4×400 relay on Friday, Allyson Felix is set to run for the last time as the 36-year-old retires. His 18 medals are the most in world championship history. Along with Felix, Fred Kerley, Sydney McLaughlin, Erriyon Knighton and Noah Lyles are some of the other athletes to watch at the world championships. Coverage of the World Championships in Athletics will be available on NBC, Peacock, USA Network, CNBC, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. Streaming also available on fuboTV. The event will run until July 24.
Contribute: The Associated Press