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Alabama Passes Controversial Abortion Bill 🚫


Alabama’s new law

The Alabama state legislature passed a bill on Tuesday banning abortion in all circumstances that do not directly endanger the life of the mother, making the state home to the strictest pro-life laws in the country.  Under the new law, doctors who are found to have performed abortions will be subject to up to ninety-nine years in prison.

Roe v. Wade overhaul?

State representative Terry Collins (R-AL) stated: "This bill is about challenging Roe v. Wade and protecting the lives of the unborn, because an unborn baby is a person who deserves love and protection." This passing comes weeks after states Ohio, Mississippi, and Georgia passed their respective ‘fetal heartbeat’ laws.


The left is reporting this as an attack on Roe v. Wade, with many adding opinion pieces to supplement factual reporting. Citing the aforementioned fetal heartbeat bill, publications are claiming that Alabama’s ruling is a further effort to strike down the legality of abortions nationwide. Left-leaning sources are labeling the new law as unconstitutional while fearing that other states could pass similar laws.


The right sees the passing as a victory for right-leaning ideals, celebrating the number of states that are taking on increased abortion restrictions. Much like the left, these articles speculate that more states, such as Missouri, will attempt to follow Alabama’s lead in the upcoming years as overturning Roe v. Wade is a growing Republican demand.

Where's the common ground?

Given how controversial abortion and its laws are, little common ground can be found between the two sides. For good or bad, it is primarily agreed that the recent increase in states revising abortion laws might create an opportunity in which the Supreme Court would overturn Roe v. Wade.

Sweet home, Alabama?

Z(I)O(N)? 🏀


NBA draft lottery

The National Basketball Association (NBA) Draft lottery occurred on Tuesday, a bizarre process by which ping pong balls and other factors determine which NBA team gets first pick in the upcoming draft. This lottery proved significant because the team that won would receive Zion Williamson, considered the best prospect since Lebron James.

Pelicans win?

The New Orleans Pelicans won the draft lottery and conceivably the rights to draft Zion. However, many see New Orleans as a franchise in disarray and on Wednesday reports surfaced that Zion may try to find any way out of joining the Pelicans, even including a return to college.


Those who believe that Zion’s in do not even address the possibility that he’s out, though they acknowledge that New Orleans, which had only a 6% chance of winning the lottery last night, benefited from the lottery’s recent changes. These sources also paint Zion as a “good guy” and reference his likable personality.


Those who question if Zion’s in focus on a video of Zion after the Pelicans received the pick, in which he did not appear happy (or sad). The sources discuss the reality that because Zion has not signed a professional shoe deal, he could technically return to Duke. The sources also drum up other options for how he might evade New Orleans.  

Where's the common ground?

Though some sources doubt Zion’s enthusiasm about New Orleans because of the video, even they believe Zion will likely elect to go to New Orleans. If he does (and he should), it could also mean new development for other New Orleans star player, Anthony Davis, who requested a trade from New Orleans in the 2018-2019 season.

Zion with his hype squad 
zion williamson sport GIF by Duke Men's Basketball
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