Grind for May 9th, 2018
“A woman is the only thing I am afraid of that I know will not hurt me.” – Abraham Lincoln
Out Of The Frying Pan, Into The Fire
Volcanic eruption in Hawaii threatens residents
Nearly 2,000 people were ordered to evacuate after Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupted on Thursday.
Hawaii’s National Guard was called in to assist with evacuations and emergencies while authorities warned residents about “extremely high levels of dangerous sulfur dioxide gas.”
Thursday’s eruption occurred hours after a 5.0 magnitude quake and was followed by a 6.9 magnitude quake Friday. The second quake, which is not expected to cause a tsunami, occurred in almost exactly the same location as the deadly 7.1 magnitude quake in 1975.
Residents who had ignored the evacuation orders were forced to flee Friday when lava shot out of cracks in the ground created by the quakes.
“Eruptive activity resumes from a new vent in Leilani subdivision on the Island of Hawaii,” tweeted the US Geological Survey at 5:15am Friday. The agency also posted videos of lava flowing across roads and near houses.
“You can’t really predict what Pele is going to do,” said resident Julie Woolsey. “It’s hard to keep up. We’re hoping our house doesn’t burn down.”
Woolsey evacuated Thursday with her daughter, grandson, and dogs. She was forced to let her chickens fend for themselves.
Experts have been monitoring the Kilauea volcano since March, when they noticed significant pressure within the Pu’u O’o crater. That crater collapsed on April 30th, sending magma flowing underground beneath highways and neighborhoods.
This geological disturbance caused more than 600 temblors in the past week, and geologists in recent days warned that lava could break through the surface at any moment.
Iowa’s “heartbeat” bill is the strictest abortion regulation in the country
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds on Friday signed a bill that bans doctors from performing abortions just six weeks after conception. This is before many women even know they are pregnant.
“I believe that all innocent life is precious and sacred,” said Governor Reynolds at the signing ceremony. “I understand that not everyone will agree with this decision, but if death is determined when a heart stops beating, then doesn’t a beating heart indicate life?”
Iowa’s “heartbeat” bill makes exemptions for rape, incest, and cases in which the mother’s life is in danger. It provides immunity to women who seek abortions in spite of the law but punishes doctors who perform illegal procedures. It also restricts the use of fetal tissue in research.
The victory in Iowa comes amid a nationwide push for stricter abortion laws from conservative lawmakers who hope an influx of right-leaning judicial appointments under President Trump could give them a chance to overturn Roe v. Wade.
“The bold pro-life action taken by the Iowa legislature reflects growing national pro-life sentiment and restlessness under the extreme status quo imposed by Roe v. Wade,” says Marjorie Dannenfelser, who leads the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List. “While Roe has not yet been reversed, it has been soundly rejected in the court of opinion. “
The ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and others have already promised to challenge the law.
“We know that abortion bans don’t end abortion,” argues Des Moines resident Jennifer Weatherby, 32, who joined pro-choice supporters Friday at the Capitol Building to oppose the bill. “This just ends safe abortion.”
Iowa’s House of Representatives passed the bill Tuesday after a small group of Republicans threatened to withhold their votes on critical budget bills until the measure was brought to the floor. It was approved by the Senate at 2:30am that morning.
Not a single Democrat in either chamber voted in favor of the bill.
GOOD TO THE LAST DROP:
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