Just a few hours ago, the governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley, signed a piece of legislation that outlaws abortions after 20 weeks. The new law is effective immediately.
Like similar legislation elsewhere, the law includes exceptions in the case of a threat to the mother's life or if a doctor doesn’t believe the baby can survive outside the womb. Essentially, this new ban only affects hospitals because, according to the AP, “none of the three abortion clinics in South Carolina provide abortions beyond 15 weeks.”
This new action also carries a strict punishment for those who don’t comply: Doctors would face up to $10,000 in fines and three years in prison for each violation, and after the third violation, prison time is mandatory.
State representative Wendy Nanney, who sponsored the bill, said publicly that she sees this piece of legislations only as a step—her long term goal is to "get rid of abortion altogether."
The AP’s report says that South Carolina's new law is also similar to other states’ in that it ties a child’s age to conception. That’s a little complicated, though, because that date can’t be exactly determined. So, this law actually uses the gestational age of 22 weeks.
Shocking to no one, Planned Parenthood’s spokesman wasn’t happy. Discuss
There’s a theory—first articulated by psychologist Arthur Aron—that four minutes of uninterrupted eye contact can actually bring two people together. Based on that premise, Amnesty International Poland created this short documentary, pairing refugees from both Somalia and Syria with people from across Europe, simply spending four minutes in each other's presence.
It doesn't take long before things get emotional.
Countries throughout Europe have recently seen a large influx of refugees, who have fled violence in the Middle East and parts of Africa. And though immigration remains a contentious political issue in some countries, the video is a simple, powerful reminder of the humanity at the core of the crisis.
It’s an emotional watch, but a video you’ll be glad you took the time to see. Discuss
The conflict in Syria has inspired a sequel commercial to Save the Children's heartbreaking 2014 "Most Shocking Second in a Day" video that looked at the realities of the Syrian civil war.
"Still the Most Shocking Second a Day" was released this week and continues to follow the same young girl, now her life's circumstances have gotten more desperate. We watch her forced out of her home, separated from her family, fleeing the country by boat and living as a refugee in Paris.
The conflict has been happening for the past five years, displacing millions of people. UNICEF estimates that "8.4 million children–more than 80 percent of Syria's child population–are now affected by the conflict, either inside the country or as refugees in neighboring countries."
The videos are set in England to try to have the Syrian conflict hit home, with the original video ending with "Just because it isn't happening here doesn't mean it isn't happening." Both commercials are modeled after the popular one second per day format, where people show parts of their lives with one-second video clips.