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Wyoming Becomes First US State To Ban Abortion Pills



Wyoming Becomes First US State To Ban Abortion Pills

Wyoming has become the first US state to ban the use of abortion pills, the latest salvo in a campaign by conservative-led states to roll back access to abortion.

After signing the ban on abortion pills, Wyoming Governor, Mark Gordon, appealed to legislators to act further by proposing a total ban on abortion be added to the state constitution and then putting it before voters for approval.

“I believe this question needs to be decided as soon as possible so that the issue of abortion in Wyoming can be finally resolved, and that is best done with a vote of the people,” the Republican governor said in a statement.

The Wyoming action comes amid a flurry of activity across the country by anti-abortion groups seeking to win a total ban on abortions following a landmark Supreme Court ruling last year.

Also looming is a ruling in a federal courtroom in Texas, where a judge is expected to decide imminently on a possible national ban on a widely used abortion pill.

The pill, mifepristone, was approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration more than a decade ago and has been legally available for years.

Texas judge Matthew Kacsmaryk could order the abortion pill taken off the market across the country.

Texas legislators are also considering a proposal that would not only ban abortion pills but also require internet service providers in the state to block access to websites where such pills are for sale by mail.

Gordon said he would not back down in the fight against abortion.

“I believe all life is sacred and that every individual, including the unborn, should be treated with dignity and compassion,” Gordon said in a letter Friday evening to the secretary of state.

Since the US Supreme Court last year overturned a 1973 ruling that established abortion as a constitutional right, anti-abortion activists have sought ways to enshrine a ban across the nation.

About 15 states already restrict access to mifepristone by requiring a physician to provide it, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive health research group.

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Biden to meet with Trudeau’s political rival on Canada visit



According to a senior administration source, President Joe Biden wants to meet briefly with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s main political challenger during his official visit to Canada, which begins on Thursday.

According to the person, Biden will meet with Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre, who was chosen last year to lead the party’s quest to unseat the Liberals and Trudeau. It is fairly uncommon for a visiting US president to meet with the opposition leader in Canada.

As part of the welcoming ceremony on Thursday, Biden is also slated to meet and greet all opposition leaders.

Biden is visiting close friend Canada this week to demonstrate solidarity on Ukraine and the environment, but the duo are unlikely to reach an agreement on harder trade conflicts.

Biden will be in Ottawa, Canada’s capital, on Thursday and Friday to address Parliament and meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Traditionally, US presidents make their first overseas trip to Canada, but due to delays, including COVID-19, Biden has already visited nearly 20 other countries. He did, however, have his first bilateral meeting with Trudeau as president, although digitally.

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Saudi & UAE Financiers Interested in Making Investments in SpaceX



According to persons familiar with the conversations, a subsidiary of Saudi Arabia’s investment fund and an Abu Dhabi-based firm are seeking to invest in a multibillion-dollar fundraising round for Elon Musk’s SpaceX.

According to the article, the fundraising round is estimated to value the rocket manufacturer at over $140 billion.

According to Space Capital, SpaceX raised $2 billion in 2022 and $2.6 billion in 2020.

According to the article, the business and Morgan Stanley executives told investors that Saudi Arabia’s Water and Electricity Holding Company, part of the country’s sovereign wealth fund, and the United Arab Emirates’ Alpha Dhabi are part of the investment round.

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TikTok to be removed from Scottish parliament phones and devices



US Ban On TikTok Download Takes Effect

According to Sky News, TikTok will be deleted from Scottish Parliament phones and devices because to security concerns.

According to an email, members of the Scottish Parliament and employees were “strongly” instructed to delete TikTok, including from personal devices used to access the Scottish Parliament’s IT systems.

Alan Balharrie, CIO and group head of digital services, wrote: “After discussions with the National Cyber Security Centre, we are strongly advising that all members, members’ staff, parliament staff and contractors’ staff remove the TikTok app from any device currently used to access the Scottish Parliament’s IT systems.

“This includes personal devices and SPCB-issued devices.

“We are giving this advice based on a precautionary approach and the best information available to us at this moment given the concerns around the information the TikTok application can collect from devices.

“We consider this advice to be proportionate and necessary given the situation as we currently understand it.

“We will continue to liaise with cyber security partners including the National Cyber Security Centre and this advice will be kept under review.”

In a speech to parliament on Thursday, Cabinet Office minister Oliver Dowden announced the removal of TikTok from UK government phones.

He stated that the app’s usage of government data and information “could” pose a concern.

Mr Dowden added that while TikTok use is “limited”, banning it is good cyber “hygiene” – and brings the UK in line with the US, Canada and the EU.

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