Grind for March 26th, 2019
“The loss of young first love is so painful that it borders on the ludicrous.”
– Maya Angelou
President Trump demands free speech on college campuses
This Thursday, President Trump signed an executive order which threatens to withhold federal funding from college campuses if they fail to promote “free inquiry.”
The decision was not covered by major networks ABC, CBS, and NBC during Thursday evening newscasts, which instead covered headlines like:
— CVS’s decision to sell CBD products
— Celebrity health scares
— Crash test ratings for pickup trucks
— Gun control laws in New Zealand
Liberal networks weren’t excited about the executive order because it is a direct response to universities’ limiting of conservative viewpoints.
“We’re here to take historic action to defend American students and American values,” said Trump at the signing ceremony. “Under the guise of speech codes, safe spaces, and trigger warnings, these universities have tried to restrict free thought, impose total conformity, and shut down the voices of great young Americans.”
The executive order asks 12 grant-making agencies to ensure campuses are not limiting free speech before providing federal dollars. According to White House officials, the order affects the allocation of more than $35 billion.
The order does not alter existing laws, but it does create a new enforcement dynamic for universities with policies that violate the First Amendment (and there are many); and since speech suppression incidents tend to go viral, it will be easy for regulators to impose punishment.
Democrats will find it hard to fight the rule, because attempts to do so will be perceived as attacks against free speech. Ideally, the order will encourage public and private universities to reform their policies (if only to avoid funding cutoffs).
New law in Mississippi bans abortions as early as six weeks
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant (R) on Thursday signed a bill which prohibits doctors from performing abortions after the point in which an ultrasound detects fetal cardiac activity.
The law contains exceptions for pregnancies found to endanger the woman’s life, but not for cases involving rape or incest. Doctors caught in violation of the law will be charged with a misdemeanor and could lose their medical license.
Mississippi passed a law in 2018 banning abortions after 15 weeks, but the law was struck down by a federal judge as “unconstitutional.” The new law, which is scheduled to go into effect on July 1st, cuts that window down to six weeks.
“We think that this is showing a profound respect and desire of Mississippians to protect the sanctity of life of that very unborn life whenever possible,” said Governor Bryant.
Opponents insist the bill provides a too-small window for women who desire an abortion.
“Today, Mississippi’s anti-choice governor signed an extremist ban that effectively outlaws abortion across the state. This is about punishing and controlling women – and if not blocked in the courts, it will have absolutely devastating effects,” tweeted the pro-abortion organization NARAL.
As it stands, federal law allows abortions until the point at which a fetus is able to survive outside the womb.
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