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Supreme Court Hears Arguments In Mississippi Abortion Case. What Are The Key Takeaways?

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Police officers stand as abortion rights advocates and anti-abortion protesters demonstrate in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, on December 1, 2021.

Supreme Court Hears Arguments In Mississippi Abortion Case. What Are The Key Takeaways?

SCOTUS Mississippi 12.1.21

The Supreme Court this morning heard arguments in a case that will determine the future of abortion rights in the United States. Members of the court’s conservative majority suggested they may make sweeping changes to limit abortion rights. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito questioned the viability line established by the historic 1973 Roe v. Wade decision and the 1992 ruling in Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Those decisions allowed states to regulate - but not ban - abortion up until the point at which a fetus can survive outside the womb, which is roughly 24 weeks. The Mississippi law in question here bans abortion after 15 weeks. Chief Justice Roberts asked why 15 weeks isn’t enough time to make a decision on abortion. Meanwhile the courts three liberal justices argued that reversing Roe and Casey would severely damage the court’s legitimacy.

Today on AirTalk, Larry discusses today’s arguments with Florida State University law professor and author of the book “Abortion and the Law in America: A Legal History, Roe v. Wade to the Present” Mary Ziegler, and Rachel Rebouché, law professor and interim dean of Temple University Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia.

With files from the Associated Press.

Amid The Pandemic And Great Resignation, How Employers And Employees Are Navigating A New World Of Perks And Benefits

Employer Perks 12.1.21

Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, workplaces around the country and around the world look a lot different than they once did. As employees started working from home, many realized the benefits of added flexibility in their schedule from not having to get to and from work each day. With that came a renewed idea of what a work-life balance should look like, and as a result of this and other factors, so began what is referred to as the “Great Resignation” as thousands of workers across the country have left their day jobs to pursue personal endeavors, travel or just to spend more time with their families. But now, as companies return to in-person work environments, the desire for continued perks and benefits like better pay, more paid time off, more flexible work schedules, the ability to work from home and shorter work weeks has remained. As a result, many employers are offering perks they likely wouldn’t have before the pandemic.

Today on AirTalk, we’ll talk with Jennifer Deal at USC’s Center for Effective Organizations about how employers and employees are navigating this aspect of the new workplace landscape.

Breaking Down The Mater Dei Football Allegations And High School Hazing Culture

Mater Dei Hazing 12.1.21

Last week, the Orange County Register published a detailed story on Mater Dei High School’s football team and video of an alleged hazing ritual. The family of one severely injured former player has filed a lawsuit against the school. The Mater Dei football program is one of the most successful and celebrated in the state, but reports of the alleged hazing have cast a new light on its team’s culture.

Today on AirTalk, we get the latest news on the story and discuss how it fits in with the greater culture of hazing rituals in high school and college settings with Orange County Register reporter Scott Reid and Franklin College journalism professor Hank Nuwer.

We reached out to Mater Dei High School for a comment, but they did not respond to us prior to the segment airing.

COVID-19 AMA: Merck Pill Gets FDA Panel Support, Latest On Omicron & More

COVID Update 12.1.21

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, infectious disease specialist and professor of medicine at the UCSF Medical Center.

Topics today include:

  • Merck pill gets FDA panel support in a 13-10 vote
  • Biden administration expected to toughen testing requirements for international travelers
  • Omicron likely had began to spread from South Africa prior to it being detected 
  • Los Angeles County has no significant plans for new COVID-19 restrictions 
    • If vaccines prove to be ineffective, county health department’s first priority will be protecting nursing homes
  • Bay Area Scientist explains Omicron variant’s set of mutations
  • California patient confirmed to have first US case of the Omicron variant.

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