Your burning election questions answered SFGATE STAFF Updated 12:07 pm PST, Tuesday, November 6, 2018 California gubernatorial Democratic candidate Gavin Newsom holds his son, Dutch, 2, while voting alongside his wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Larkspur, Calif. California gubernatorial Democratic candidate Gavin Newsom holds his son, Dutch, 2, while voting alongside his wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Larkspur, Calif. Photo: Eric Risberg, AP It’s midterm election season, and there’s a lot to keep track of. Here’s what you need to know. It’s midterm election season, and there’s a lot to keep track of. Here’s what you need to know. Photo: Andy Clement / Getty Images The House and the Senate will be determined in midterms on November 6, 2018. A red or blue … [Read more...] about When will we know who won? What time do polls close? What if I forgot to register?
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The Minnesota Legislature has approved a measure that would require doctors to ask women seeking an abortion if they want to first view images from an ultrasound scan. The state House voted 79-48 on Thursday to approve the bill, which was identical to one approved earlier this month by the Senate. Both vote tallies in the Republican-majority Legislature were largely split along party lines, with few exceptions. The bill now heads to the desk of DFL Gov. Mark Dayton, where it is likely to get a quick veto. The governor’s office declined to comment on the House vote on Thursday, but Dayton has previously rejected other attempts by the Legislature to regulate abortion. Thursday’s debate on the House floor prompted a lengthy debate. Supporters said the bill allows for women to gather more information before deciding whether or not to have an abortion. The bill’s author, Rep. Abigail Whelan, R-Ramsey, said the intent wasn’t to force women to make a specific decision, … [Read more...] about Abortion ultrasound bill heads to Gov. Dayton’s desk
DUBLIN, Ireland -- Ahead of Ireland's upcoming referendum on abortion rights, concern is mounting over political activity on the digital front line -- sufficient concern to prompt Facebook to announce preemptive action on Tuesday. In addition to official campaign groups running their own operations on the internet, local activists, journalists and politicians say social media platforms are fertile ground for non-official, and even foreign groups with an interest in affecting the outcome of the vote -- and their influence could be significant. "In Ireland, it only takes four or five hundred tweets and a single hashtag to get (a) subject trending," says Phillip Boucher-Hayes, a prominent radio host for Irish state broadcaster, RTE. Around August last year, Boucher-Hayes noticed a dramatic uptick in the number of new Twitter followers he was getting every week. Many of those accounts, which he says now total about 35,000, appeared to be what are known as "bots": accounts that are … [Read more...] about Ireland abortion referendum campaigns worry about foreign influence on social media
OPINION 05/08/2018 05:46 am ET Jill Wieber LensGuest Writer George and Toni were excited and grateful when they found out they were pregnant; both were in their 40s and long wanted to be parents. Like many expecting their first child, they’d already decorated the nursery and chosen a name for their son: George Jr. Toni went into labor 37 weeks into her pregnancy. After reportedly ridiculing her request for a cesarean section and otherwise not giving his patient adequate attention, the doctor misused a vacuum extractor during delivery and crushed George Jr.’s skull. Toni delivered her son already dead ― stillborn, defined as the loss of pregnancy after 20 weeks but before birth. The grieving parents sued their doctor. At a trial in Florida, the doctor objected to the language Toni and George used when describing their loss ― language like “our son,” “our child” and using George Jr.’s name. The child died … [Read more...] about Recognizing Stillborn Babies Doesn’t Threaten Abortion Rights
OPINION 05/02/2018 05:46 am ET By Renee Bracey Sherman and Daniel Grossman, Guest Writers The Washington Post recently ran an op-ed by Kevin Williamson in which he addressed whether he supports capital punishment by hanging for women who have abortions ― a previously stated view that led to his high-profile firing from The Atlantic. Williamson asserted his earlier words did not represent his position at all, yet he continued to theorize how we should punish women for abortions if the practice is once again criminalized: I differ from most pro-lifers in that I am willing to extend criminal sanctions to women who procure abortions and to those who enable abortions, assuming they are mentally competent adults ordinarily answerable for their actions. The thing about Williamson’s thought experiment is that it’s really not a thought experiment at all: Across the U.S. and globally, politicians are proposing criminal sanctions for people seeking … [Read more...] about Abortion Is Not A Thought Experiment