Rachel Lynn Aldrich

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Judge halts protections for babies in Georgia

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 10/02/19, 10:55 am

Georgia’s “heartbeat law” is on hold, for now. U.S. District Judge Steve Jones on Tuesday temporarily blocked the state’s protections for unborn infants with a “detectable human heartbeat.” Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, signed the law in May, and it was scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

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Children of 9/11 firefighters join FDNY

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 10/01/19, 11:40 am

Many of the sons and daughters of firefighters who died on 9/11 are all grown-up, and some have joined the New York Fire Department. Of the 301 probationary firefighters who graduated from New York City’s Fire Academy last week, 13 had fathers who died in the World Trade Center attack, and six others later lost a parent to 9/11-related illnesses.

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Judge partially upholds Virginia infant protections

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 10/01/19, 11:32 am

A federal judge on Monday upheld some Virginia laws protecting unborn babies while overturning others. U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson gave the green light to a law requiring women to receive an ultrasound at least 24 hours before an abortion, as well as one mandating that licensed physicians carry out the procedures. But the state can no longer dictate that second-trimester abortions must take place at a licensed outpatient hospital or that abortion facilities must meet the same standards as surgery centers.

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