What’s behind the absurd gamble on women’s rights and health

(CNN)Last week, Georgia joined the ranks of states in a sudden rush to ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, as early as six weeks after conception — before a woman may even know that she is pregnant. Kentucky, Mississippi, and Ohio passed similar laws this year. Alabama is taking its fight against choice even further, with a bill that not only bans abortions but makes it a crime for a doctor to perform an abortion. The Supreme Court, first in Roe v. Wade in 1973, in Planned Parenthood v. Casey in 1992, and yet again in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt in 2016, has made it clear that placing an undue burden on a woman’s right to choose …

The word that made history this week

(CNN)Every presidential investigation gives us new phrases that stick. “What did the President know, and when did he know it,” Sen. Howard Baker asked during the Watergate scandal that brought down President Richard Nixon. “Snitty” turned out to be an apt word for much of the reaction to this week’s events. Our legal analysts couldn’t have differed more strongly on what it all meant. Paul Callan wrote, “Barr did not deserve Mueller’s snit nor any of the snitty abuse heaped on him for doing his job. His interpretations were a defensible analysis of a report that was poorly written.” Elie Honig painted a much different picture. He called Barr’s testimony before a Senate committee “a master class in obfuscation, backtracking …

Ana Navarro: Joe Biden is normal — and that sounds really good to me

(CNN)Joe Biden is finally making it official. He is set to announce Thursday that he is running to be the Democratic nominee for President. I have given up any realistic hope of Donald Trump getting a serious challenge in the Republican primary. He will be the Republican nominee. Also, I have zero expectations that Trump will be impeached. Make no mistake, regardless of how obnoxious and horrible in every way many Americans find him, Trump will not be easy to beat. He will have a daunting war chest and all the advantages that come with incumbency. He also has the support of a cult-like base who believe he can do no wrong. I am begging and pleading with Democrats not …

We’re not equipping reality stars for internet fame. That must change

(CNN)Stars of reality dating shows become our constant companions during the weeks and months they grace our screens. What we’re currently not doing is equipping reality stars for fame in an internet era. Jonny Mitchell — who appeared on “Love Island” alongside Thalassitis — created a Change.org petition that called on ITV to provide after-show support to all its contestants. In the petition, which has since received more than 83,000 signatures, Mitchell reveals he was “trolled more than most” after “Love Island.” And though he says it didn’t affect him, he says he was never contacted by the show to see if he was in need of support. “For younger people going into that environment, being shot to fame literally …

Here are some HIV headlines you may have missed

(CNN)Last Monday, researchers shared the case of a London man who is being hailed as “functionally cured” of HIV. By Tuesday, that announcement was on the home page of virtually every paper of record in the world. Over the past week, this news has caused ripples of celebration, analysis and follow-up, including reports of a third patient who received the same treatment as the London man but whose recovery remains at a more tentative stage. This breakthrough absolutely deserves to be met with enthusiasm and earnest discussion. For the second — and possibly even third — time in history, a marrow transplant from a donor with a protective genetic mutation appears to have allowed its recipient to control HIV without …

“Smart” pills are here and we need to consider the risks

(CNN)In the new Broadway musical “Be More Chill,” the main character is a bullied teenager who doesn’t fit in with the popular kids at his high school. The play purports to be science fiction. But is it? Sign up for our new newsletter. Join us on Twitter and Facebook Ultimately, in “Be More Chill,” the lead character decides that the drug poses more risks than benefits. Acknowledging the clashing teenage impulses in his head, he sings, “They scream and shout. I tune them out, then make up my own mind.” It won’t be long before many of us will have to make up our minds about these smart pills as well. Hearing these concerns in harmony and rhyme can raise …

Trump’s ‘domestic gag rule’ is un-American

(CNN)In an attempt to keep one of his many outlandish campaign promises, the so-called most “pro-life” president has cemented his willingness to attack the millions of people who obtain confidential and affordable health care via Title X, the federal program that provides millions of low-income Americans with birth control and other reproductive health services. Title X is the only US federal grant program dedicated to expanding access to birth control and comprehensive reproductive health care. According to the Guttmacher Institute, Title X patients are “disproportionately low-income, one-third are people of color, and one in 10 have limited English proficiency.” By stripping federal funding from health care facilities that provide comprehensive reproductive care that includes abortion and medically accurate information about …

The hate Jussie Smollett is accused of faking happened to me

(CNN)My ex-boyfriend and I were walking home along Hollywood Boulevard late one night about 15 years ago, when, out of nowhere, we were blindsided by two men and their fists. It all happened so quickly, I don’t actually remember how it began. My first memory is pushing off one guy and turning around to see my boyfriend on the ground being kicked by the other. They were shouting anti-gay slurs at us. I ran over to my boyfriend, yelling for the guy to get off of him. That’s when either a boot or fist knocked me on the chin. I stumbled, dazed for a minute, and the next thing I remember was the blood pouring from my jaw onto the …