The Supreme Court blocked a law on Friday that would have left the state of Louisiana with only one abortion clinic. Abortion rights groups saw the decision as a sign of hope for what’s in store for the future of women’s rights. “Just two days after arguing our case before the Supreme Court to strike down a similar sweeping law in Texas, we look to the justices to put an end to these sham measures threatening women’s rights, health and lives across the U.S,” said Nancy Northup, the president of the Center for Reproductive Rights. The law, which was passed in 2014, made it mandatory for doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. Many doctors are unable to acquire these privileges, ultimately limiting resources for women. Louisiana attorney general Jeff Landry said the state was upset by the ruling and will “continue to defend Louisiana’s pro-life and pro-woman laws.” Read more.
Beyoncé Does a Surprise Performance at Blue Ivy’s School
On Saturday, the “Formation” singer surprised an audience at the Center of Early Education in Los Angeles, where Blue Ivy is enrolled, and delivered a memorable show. She sang a bunch of her hits including “Crazy in Love” and “XO,” and covered Whitney Houston’s song “I Will Always Love You,” which was originally written by Dolly Parton back in 1973. People in the audience took to social media to share clips of the performance. Read more.
The Obamas Pay Homage to Nancy Reagan
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama paid homage to former first lady Nancy Reagan after her death on Sunday. The First Couple spoke about how influential Reagan was during her time in the White House and commended her for her advocacy work surrounding Alzheimer’s disease. “We remain grateful for Nancy Reagan’s life, thankful for her guidance, and prayerful that she and her beloved husband are together again,” said the Obamas in a statement. “Our former first lady redefined the role in her time here. Later, in her long goodbye with President Reagan, she became a voice on behalf of millions of families going through the depleting, aching reality of Alzheimer’s, and took on a new role, as advocate, on behalf of treatments that hold the potential and the promise to improve and save lives.” Ronald Reagan, who died from Alzheimer’s back in 2004, served as president between 1981 and 1989. Read more.
ICYMI: Ebony Celebrates Black Women’s Bodies in March Issue
Ebony Magazine used the cover of their latest issue to put the focus on body image. “The Body Brigade” issue features four African-American plus size women who are all making moves within their respective careers. The cover features actress Danielle Brooks, plus size fashion blogger Gabi Gregg, and singers Chrisette Michele and Jazmine Sullivan. Inside, the four women delve into their struggles with body image. Read more.
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