SCOTUS on Indiana abortion law

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In The Middle

The Headline

Supreme Court makes decisions about Indiana abortion

The Grind

The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld an Indiana law requiring aborted fetal tissue to be buried or cremated.

A majority of justices agreed the burial provision did not place an “undue burden” on women seeking abortion.

Pro-life advocates say the decision bodes well for the high court’s expected review of Roe vs. Wade.

The Details

Included in the announcement was the Supreme Court’s decision not to review a more controversial aspect of the Indiana law: a provision that blocks abortions based on race, gender, or disability.

While there is little evidence of abortions being performed due to race or gender, doctors regularly test for physical defects and other abnormalities.

“No one deserves to lose her life just because she was born with Down Syndrome,” argues March for Life President Jeanne Mancini.

Conservative Justice Clarence Thomas, who agreed with Mancini, admitted the Court would soon have to face that argument in the future.

“Given the potential for abortion to become a tool of eugenic manipulation, the Court will soon need to confront the constitutionality of laws like Indiana’s.”

The Takeaway

While GOP-led states are doing everything they can to push the abortion issue to the Supreme Court, Tuesday’s anti-climactic decisions suggest the High Court is not in a hurry to review Roe v. Wade and could even try to postpone the issue until the 2020 election is over.

Hold Your Breath

The Headline

NASA to start training astronauts underwater near Florida Keys

The Grind

This summer, NASA will begin training astronauts underwater to help them prepare for the harsh environments on the Moon and Mars.

The so-called “aquanauts” will join an international diving crew at the Aquarius Reef Base, a tiny underwater research facility located 62 feet underwater and 6 miles off the coast of Key Largo.

While at the base, the team will collect data on sleep and body composition and use augmented reality for navigation purposes.

“The close parallels of inner and outer space exploration will be clearly demonstrated during this undersea mission,” says Bill Todd, head of NASA’s Extreme Environment Mission Operations. “In the interior of Aquarius, aquanauts and astronauts will tackle an array of experiments and human research related to long duration space travel.”

The research facility, operated by Florida International University, is the only operational underwater laboratory in the world.

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