California’s Conscious Rule and Protests in Sudan

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“It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.”

– Winston Churchill

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The Headline

Sudan: Tens of thousands join protest against military rule

The Grind

Tens of thousands of people gathered in the streets of Sudan this weekend to demand the restoration of civilian rule.

Security forces responded to the protest with violence, resulting in 7 deaths and nearly 200 injuries.

“There are several seriously wounded by the bullets of the military council militias in hospitals of the capital and the provinces,” said the Central Committee of Sudan Doctors.

The Details

Sudan has been ruled by the Transitional Military Council since April, when military forces ousted President Omar al-Bashir following a public uprising against him.

Negotiations between the two sides collapsed in early June when dozens of protestors were killed by the military in Khartoum.

“We are here for the martyrs of the [June 3] sit-in,” said one protestor. “We want a civilian state that guarantees our freedom. We want to get rid of military dictatorship.”

The military says it will hold democratic elections in nine months, but protestors insist more time is needed to ensure elections are fair. On Saturday, the military said it would hold the opposition responsible for any injuries or deaths during the protests.


The Headline

California attorney delays “conscious rule”

The Grind

In May, the Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) announced a new rule designed to protect doctors who refuse to carry out procedures for moral or religious reasons.

The rule was set to go into effect in mid-July.

The so-called “conscious rule” threatens to withhold federal funding from institutions that do not allow medical workers to exempt themselves from procedures on moral or religious grounds.

The Details

Opponents worry the new policy will endanger patients seeking access to contraception, HIV treatment, and abortion.

“The Trump Administration is trying to systematically limit access to critical medical care for women, the LGBTQ community, and other vulnerable patients,” argues San Francisco Attorney Dennis Herrera. “Hospitals are no place to put personal beliefs above patient care. Refusing treatment to vulnerable patients should not leave anyone with a clear conscience.”

As announced Saturday, the HHS has agreed to wait until November 22nd for a final ruling on the case.

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