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On the Call Where It Happened

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On the Call Where It Happened

"It's Tuesday November nineteenth. You thought to hearings last week was a frenzy. We're about to see to today. We start here the complaint so far has been hearsay witnesses today. Were on that fateful phone call with President Trump. He is blowing the whistle multiple times. But these aren't all just handpicked. Hick Democratic witnesses what to expect as impeachment hearings get back underway. vaping desk were the nation's biggest mystery will. These are the people who might have dissolved it right. It's just like a very viscous. We've got an exclusive tour. What they say is behind the lung? Injuries across the country may have been the source of dinner table arguments agreements for years. It's a hugely significant change Brad because what is going on. Here is quintessential protection of the brand by Chick-fil-a finally cut ties with one of the the nation's most well-known charities in white supporters are crying foul from ABC News. This is start here Brad. Mielke Later today we are going to hear testimony from four four witnesses in the impeachment impeachment probe of the president. But already this morning. We're kind of hearing from a fifth. The books titled a warning by anonymous. This is the book from someone. Touted by the New York. Times and publisher publisher as a senior trump administration official NAR team speed. Read it yesterday. This person whoever they are make some outrageous claims anonymous paints a picture of an out out of control president. The book claimed senior officials were so alarmed by President. Trump's behavior last year they considered a mass resignation in protest quote. It's like showing up at the the nursing home at daybreak to find your elderly uncle running pants Lewis across the courtyard and cursing loudly about the cafeteria food. The White House says this is all lies written by a Howard who won't put his or her name to it and that might be the big shortcoming of this book because we don't know who's talking. It's tough to vet how much to trust what's being said and by home home. Meanwhile in the impeachment hearings chief criticism of witnesses has not been their credibility your willingness to be vetted Republicans say it's these witnesses didn't actually hear the president's words firsthand that changes today. ABC's Turner runs our Capitol Hill Coverage. Trish got two hearings four witnesses pair in the morning here on the afternoon soon. What are we going to hear so we are going to have in the morning to officials for the first time who were on the call so they were on that July? Twenty fifth call between President Trump Presidents Alinsky and the star witness among those two. Is Lieutenant Colonel. Vitamin Vitamin is a combat veteran. He served in Iraq was awarded a Purple Ripple Heart for injuries. He sustained by attack. He was the first White House official to testify and he told investigators he was so concerned about the pressure campaign. That did he twice reported to his superiors. Like Republicans. Really want to hear from the whistle blower. WHO started all? This is basically saying everything the whistle blower said. I'm saying to you right now. That's exactly exactly right. I mean he said he realized on July tenth at a White House meeting that there was a pressure campaign then he realizes it again on the twenty fifth he so concerned each time he goes to NFC lawyer and he tells this guy. Look you know. I'm really concerned about you. Know these investigations of the Biden's of BEREA SMA Vin men who was on that call between between trump and the president of Ukraine was asked if he had any doubt trump was asking for investigations of his political opponents. There was no doubt Vinson said it could be attributed as is a partisan play in effect really effect. US national security so. He is blowing the whistle multiple times. Okay so Vin. Men is the star of the morning. We expect who are the stars of the afternoon so in the afternoon. We're going to hear from another. NFC official Tim Morrison. He's a former staff member who described shadow foreign policy serving serving the president's interest but the real star witnesses. Kurt Volker the whistle blower says Volker spoke with Giuliani in an attempt to contain the damage to us. National Security is the first witness to testify to investigators. He he very soon. After resigned his position he was the top Ukraine expert and truly truly he is sort of who the Republicans are pinning. Their hopes on that was going to save trashy means different things to different people right because to Democrats volkers the guy who said I never saw problem with Joe Biden in the first place. This whole investigation was kind of ill-founded but if everyone is also asking what the president was looking for this quid pro quo. volkers occurs the one thing. I didn't really see it that way. He denies any to have any knowledge of pressure campaign. And it's not what he saw at all. It's not what he saw coming from the president. The definitive account on all this is the one from Ambassador Volker what we do know is is there was definitely no quid. Pro Quo Republicans. He is among their star witnesses that they put for that. They wanted to hear from and he is one the Democrats You know agreed to I will say there are a number of people who have pointed out major inconsistencies between in his testimony and those who followed like Vin men like Jennifer Williams. Who's going to testify today as well in the morning? Jennifer Williams is a staff member of Vice. The President Mike Pence. She testified she found the mention of those investigations unusual and inappropriate but the theme today is really all about firsthand knowledge. Do you ever talk to president trump in two thousand nineteen. No I have not Mick Mulvaney. Thank capacitor Not exactly sure what the investors doing here today. Republicans are saying investigators were just putting for people with second hand third hand knowledge. Today is all about people who directly heard the president and we're concerned about what they heard. They were directly in meetings with ambassadors. Embassador Samland other trump officials who heard this pressure campaign who were talking about this pressure campaign with the Ukrainians in the White House. Definitely going to be an interesting day. The president is set. Just read the transcript. There's nothing they're saying he's going to hold up eight if he doesn't get these investigations. These witnesses were on that call but some were also privy to private conversations private meetings about what the president was pushing for Trish Turner at the Capitol. Thank you thanks. Pat President Trump obviously finds himself on the hot seat this week but yesterday it wasn't just impeachment that was tying the White House in knots to problem. Nobody really thought about too much a few years ago. And it's called vaping who September when the president promised new regulations on Vape pens. We had heard earlier this month that the plan was to announce a ban on flavored e cigarettes but yesterday sources told us that plan has been all but scrapped for now with the president. Worried how would it play. The vape industry loses jobs though. I'd House insists regulations could still be on the way and so we're clear kids getting addicted to nicotine because of flavored pods. That's different different from the sudden lung injuries. You've been hearing about in recent months. Scientists say the deadly sicknesses are coming from mainly off brand stuff marijuana vapes but the number of deaths continues to spiral upwards until recently. We didn't even understand why will. ABC's Gio Benitez just pay visits the lab where they actually discovered the likely because of these lung injuries. He's upstate New York right now. And so where exactly are you. So we're in Albany New York right now. We're at the Wadsworth Center. So we're in the lab right now acetate and this is the lab that discovered the ingredients of this takes ahe right here. Take this many acetate. And there's vitamin mini. Acetate right there when you got this exclusive tour of this whole process but in plain English than go. What are scientists worried about here? So basically you could actually go right right now into a drugstore and see the ingredient that's causing this it's vitamin E acetate. And when you look at this. It's just like a gooey. Yes very very viscous as Dylan Becca. And so what's happening. Is that a lot of these companies. They're going ahead and they're cutting the THC with the the vitamin E acetate and that is because it looked so much like thc oil that cannabis oil in looks almost identical to this fluid. So you really can't tell if that fluid canvas oral or if it's can canvass rural it's been cut with the basically what they're doing is they're using this vitamin E acetate to cut the THC so that these companies can get away with giving customers less of the THC less of the cannabis oil product. If you use it to die loot cannabis oil. It maintains the thickness and what's happening is is that people are ending up with some sort of product that has a whole lot of vitamin E. IN IT and that's not supposed goes to end up in your lungs. You can ingest vitamin E.. That's not the problem it's putting in your lungs that could be a problem. Was the process for finding this out because I mean the whole country was on pins and needles for weeks. What were the scientists doing to make determination so these scientists had no idea what they were going to discover so this is what we call the target analysis we? We weren't really looking for anything in take what they did. was they happen to have a medical marijuana lab here at the Wadsworth Center in Albany and so they were able to get that machinery. Used that same machinery story that's used to look at contaminants whether there's pesticides and medical marijuana that sort of thing and this time they said you know what we're going to just test these products and see what's in it when you see on the computer screen the vitamin E. pop up. It is this giant spike. That pops. What's up so you were expecting to see that? THC Peak but we were expecting to see that that peak on that computer screen they said. Wait a minute what is this. And that's really when the forensics started David was able to punch us Online some of these some of these products products that are being touted as Danielson thickness and three of them. Were essentially pule visibly acetate while you're inhaling this right into these a small air sacs right down the bottoms of your lung and as you said if you consume vitamin need not necessarily your problem but here you're inhaling correct and it's completely different than what ends up happening is you end up with a chemical burn in in a small air sacs in your lungs and so just in the last twenty four hours to head of the New York. The Health Department told you this causes burns in your lungs. Washington state says they are banning any bait product with the substance in it but to be clear this lab was not looking at big name. vape pens this off brand stuff mainly forgetting high right. Yeah what they're saying. Is that when you look at legal medical marijuana. They're not finding being that vitamin E acetate in the legal medical marijuana. They're only finding it right now in the black market products. And that's a lot of what we're seeing with. These people who are ending up sick they are ending up sick because they are using these black market products. All right that is Gio Benitez outside the facility where they've been making these breakthroughs. GM thanks for guiding US around. Thank you excellent. Start here chick-fil-a doesn't care what you think of its donations. At least that's what everyone thought Are you tired of being tired. You've gotta try a purple mattress the only mattress with the purple grid. That gives you the soft comfort. You crave grave and the firm support. You need it. Works for anybody type in any sleep position. Sound too good to be true. Feel it for yourself with one hundred nights risk-free trial and purples ten year. Your warranty listeners will get a free purple pillow with the purchase of a mattress. 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When chick-fil-a made a change a big restaurant chains Chick-fil-a chick-fil-a will no longer donate money to the fellowship of Christian athletes and the Salvation Army? The Fast Food Company decided to stop donating to a few groups. It had drawn criticism for supporting in the past asked saying it had committed to supporting them through last year. But now they're multi. Your obligation was over. Got America's read the second with us. He's Professor at Ward in the famous business school at the the University of Pennsylvania. He's a marketing. Professor and identity theorist and professor you studied chick-fil-a throughout the years what was the actual change. Here how significant was is it. It's a hugely significant change Brad because what is going on. Here is quintessential protection of the brand. The President Chick-fil-a has taken a very public stand against same sex marriage and that has sparked a firestorm across the Internet. Dan Cathy several years ago came out and made some statements about opposing gay marriage and that the definition of marriage should be between between a man and a woman and this really sparked a huge controversy in the LGBT to community across the country and online gay men and women and their families are furious. Let's donate their accident because I don't think that is right and I think what happened was that because of all of the boycotting and all of the controversy rose Many individuals within the company began to take a look at this more carefully in a statement. ABC News Chick-fil-a said it treats every person with honor honor dignity and respect regardless of their belief race creed sexual orientation or gender and what they concluded was at least the time was it was very very important and sort of walk back. Those comments and so Those years ago two thousand seven two thousand twelve There was a a sort of effort to sort of say. Let's step away a little bit from mm overtly making these kinds of value-based commentaries in the context of our business model because our business model is really selling chicken and we have to understand that the LGBTQ community has over one trillion dollars of disposable income. Recently they have again tried to reinforce this walking back by I stopping donations to To organizations the Salvation Army and the fellowship of Christian athletes and this is really in response to the controversy controversy and the uproar that is going on in the Lgbtq community by professor. I mean these are not groups named vote Yes for gay. Conversion therapy appearance. Salvation Army is a household name in the past. They've been accused of telling gay people. You gotTA split up if you WANNA stay here. They used to link to gay conversion groups on on their website and now salvation army denies they discriminate at all. But I mean if that's the case wise chick-fil-a dumping them now like I feel like I don't see them hurting for money. I I have to tell you Brad. CHICK-FIL-A is killing make someone's Day chick-fil-a today are absolutely crushing their competition they are way ahead of KFC AFC in terms of less stores. They make more money. They're open last the right. 'cause they're not open on Sunday and they are apps and you talk to anyone who wants to try gotta get in terms of being a Franchisee. It's incredibly difficult because Chick-fil-a is so popular and so successful. I think the last data point I had that I had seen was at each store. The twenty three hundred stores Brad is making approximately three million dollars in gross sales per store. The city council voted last week to exclude Chick-fil-a from a concession contract at the airport and I think the idea is that what we want to be able to do for Chick-fil-a we have to protect that because moving four. We know that the demographics are changing. The customer base is changing. And we have to be sensitive to these new consumers who may have these perceptions that we are anti Lgbtq even though we are pro Christian values thousands and thousands of people at chick fillet restaurants from coast to coast confirming that the fast food chain is the new ground zero in the culture wars over gay marriage and that's what's interesting listing here professor because Chick-fil-a says from now on we're just going to donate specifically to charities focused on Homelessness Education Poverty it's ovation armies like. That's what we we are like they. They say they're disappointed. That misinformation is being perpetuated without fat. And I'm looking at twitter right now. You got a lot of people agreeing with them. This big backlash on twitter from Chick-fil-a fans customers that liked the company's moral stance is. How how do you keep that customer now? I think what's really critical about this. Brad is it. You gotta gotTa make a choice. And so part of what marketing is all about is to say. Here's what we stand for. And we're GONNA attract a certain consumer we're going to perhaps not attract another consumer takes me about twenty minutes to get up here and I came up here to support to chick-fil-a is it on facebook. And so hey I'm gonNA come up and support them because I am a Christian and so they've made that decision that they are y. The net net is going to be positive in terms of consumers. They can attract Brad Even though that they realized that they may lose some of those consumers that may be perhaps anti LGBTQ etc and a big part of Chick-fil-a business strategy has been expansion in recent years. You're seeing them. Thrive not just in the south but in New York. They're going to Toronto. But even if ten percent of that trillion dollar income you mentioned professor is jeopardized. That's one hundred billion dollars. Gamble right there. So professor. America's read the second for Morton. Thank you appreciate it. Thanks Brad One last thing I remember this point in the ninety s reality. TV was becoming a thing and it was becoming possible to get famous not really doing anything but just kind of being a personality. That's hot yes. Paris Hilton was a big part of this. But I'm not just here to rag on Paris Hilton. My point is that times have changed. there are still plenty of folks who claim to fame is just reality. TV But they don't just want the spotlight anymore. They want to be corporations unto themselves. Keg Is it's Kylie yesterday. Learned that Kylie Jenner the model that keeping up with the Kardashians Ashton's Kylie Jenner is selling a majority stake in her makeup company for six hundred million dollars. Let me repeat that number six hundred million dollars it was a beauty business. He founded when she was eighteen. She kicked off Kylie cosmetics in two thousand fifteen in the midst of a plump controversy over whether she did or didn't use lip flip fillers started with twenty nine dollar lip kits than branch in the eye shadow and bronze skincare. And you can say oh. I'm sure she wasn't designing this all herself. Well fine if that makes you feel oh better but as of last year this company had seven full time employees because there was nothing else to do. There's no marketing budget because it was all driven by her social media pages. Ages how I like to do my carly she cups sole ownership of this thing until yesterday when the cosmetic company cody bought fifty one percent in this is the playbook for celebrities nowadays. You don't show for somebody else's company you own the company. Lebron James has a production group. Gwyneth paltrow's made more money from goop than any other movies and now how Kylie Jenner already estimated to be the youngest billionaire entrepreneur in history. Now she has most of that in cash by the way Kylie Jenner keeps keeps forty nine percent of this company that means she owns nearly half of a one point. Two billion dollar corporations. So call me. Celebi Tonto. Whatever that's part of the deal? Now where where do I sign more and all these stories A._B._C.. dotcom or A._B._C.. News App Brad Milkey among.

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Full Episode: Friday, March 6, 2020

World News Tonight with David Muir

18:49 min | 8 months ago

Full Episode: Friday, March 6, 2020

"Tonight Breaking News as we come on the air the vice president just revealing moments ago test results from the cruise ship off California at least twenty one infected nineteen crew members thousands of Americans on that crucial waiting for test results hours helicopters hovering dropping intestines. And tonight the next question. What is the plan now to treat them and to keep others safe and in San Francisco tonight the images of tents outside one hospital also breaking as we come on tonight dozens at a Boston Hotel Valve and taken to the hospital for immediate screenings after attending a conference where at least three people have tested positive. In New York City area tonight the number of cases doubling again many of them linked to that one lawyer who took the train into grand central. His family testing positive. A neighbor positive and tonight one of the first doctors who came in contact with him now positive and now thousands in the New York area are being told to self quarantine the governor saying just today. It's like the flu on steroids in Washington State Tonight. The death toll rising today. They are losing patience. Grateful the quote cavalry is arriving more patients taken from that nursing home and tonight we hear from someone who lives there the scene inside the president at the CDC after his trip was abruptly cancelled today. The president going the reason he didn't go at first fierce someone at the. Cdc might be infected. Dr Jen Ashton is standing by with your questions tonight about travel. Is it safe about new guidance? For anyone sixty older suggested changes to help protect you and the simple steps you can take right now to boost your health team coverage on this fast moving story world news tonight begins now this is. Abc News Tonight with David. Muir thing it's great to have you with us here in a Friday night and we know there has been a lot of news this week particularly on Corona virus. And we're going to take you through it tonight. What you need to know as we finish out another week together just ago. Vice President Mike Pence saying the test results have now come in from the cruise ship off. California at least twenty one testing positive nineteen our crew members as the death toll and the number of cases in the US. Gross tonight with those test results. I commend you know. There are thousands of Americans cruise ship passengers on board that ship so tonight the obvious questions. What is the plan to treat those infected and to keep other safe at a San Francisco hospital images tonight the tent now put up outside to handle cases here in New York City tonight. At least four thousand people are now in self corentin many of them linked to that lawyer who took the train in from Westchester county to Grand Central. He is hospitalized in critical condition. And now one of the first doctors to treat him testing positive. There was also a developing scene in Boston tonight. Dozens of people taken from a hotel right to the hospital for screening after several conference. Participants tested positive. And take a look at this map. Tonight it puts this spreaded perspective. How quickly this is moving. It was one week ago last Friday night here. We reported there were confirmed cases in nine states. Tonight there are at least two hundred sixty seven cases now in twenty four states nearly half the country sixty added since just yesterday. We are going to carefully move through this tonight. Dr Jen Ashton is here answering your questions but we begin with. Abc's chief national correspondent. Matt Guffman with news coming on that cruise ship those tests coming back positive at least twenty one on that ship tonight. Nearly twenty four hours after those choppers delivered those corona virus test kits. The results reveal twenty one aboard the Grand Princess Cruise ship off the California coast have tested positive for corona virus nineteen our crew members. It was news. The passengers had feared all day right. Now it's just numbing. It is trying to process this information and see what our life in the next couple of weeks. Debbie law fish and her parents among the twenty four hundred passengers circling about sixty miles off the coast of San Francisco now confined to their ruinous worried mainly because my parents are elderly. I'm traveling with them. There from Falls Wisconsin. And my mom has asked my so yeah. I'm very worried. If she would get ill what might happen tonight. We're learning. There are nine cases of the virus. Now linked to the ship's previous voyage including that seventy one year old passenger who died after exhibiting symptoms before getting off the ship two weeks ago. This ship haunted by that recent nightmare for passengers of the diamond princess off Japan where thousands were quarantine for weeks but nearly one in five people on board wound up infected today. Meltzer this San Francisco Hospital. There were setting up tents to handle any overflow corona virus patients in Seattle another crisis officials. They announced that a team of thirty federal health professionals are on the way to help out at this nursing home where at least eight residents have died. We are grateful that the cavalry is arriving. We've had some challenges with life care and I'm starting to lose my patients in just the last date. Fifteen patients have been rushed from the home to the hospital and tonight we are hearing for the first time from a resident inside Susan. Haley has a cough and is waiting for test results. You'll have Wanderley. Yes absolutely yes. It's not nice it's dead. I don't like being trapped for days. Families have been begging for information on their loved ones. Are Kelly heart tongue? Sat Down with Pat Herrick? After she learned her mother died then. She got a second painful she said. I just want to check in with you and let you know that your mother doing fine that she doesn't have temperature. I said that's my mom died at three thirty this morning and she was all my God. That wasn't in the chart. Just an awful story. Let's get to makeup. And he joins us from California tonight from San Francisco and Matt a back to the breaking news on the cruise ship. Those test results coming back positive. Twenty-one them at least for now and obviously the question is how are you going to be able to get immediate help to the patients who tested positive will also Protecting those twenty four hundred passengers. I just got off the phone. David with federal officials say they are working on those plans right now. Now here's what we do know the eleven hundred crew members aboard that ship. They're going to stay on that ship for testing and possible. Quarantine the twenty four hundred passengers. They are going to be disembarked at some point in the near future at a non commercial port. They'll be tested. Then may be quarantined at one or more military bases. They are very concerned right now. David all right MATT UP AND LEADING OFF. Tonight Matt Thank you. Meanwhile in the New York City area the number of cases doubling again in the last twenty four hours and the steps being taken in the city. Right now meantime in Boston at this hour. The scene unfolding there several people at hotel taken to the hospital for immediate screenings. Here's ABC's Johnson. Tonight authorities shutting down a street in Boston transporting dozens of people from the Marriott Hotel directly to the hospital to be tested for the new corona virus. We now have new information that there have been three confirmed cases of Corona virus of Boston residents tracking back tracing back to the same biogen meeting. This is a rapidly evolving situation. Health officials testing people outside the hospital. Then sending them home to wait for results vis as states across the country are scrambling to contain the spread in New York about four thousand people more than half in the New York City area alone now under quarantine. This is like a flu on steroids. The number of new cases doubling again today jumping to forty four including doctor who works at the same hospital where the sick. Westchester lawyer was initially taken that attorney frequently travelled by train to Grand Central Terminal Tonight. His rabbi telling his congregation. I have the virus and am doing reasonably well but caution. Those who've had contact with him to seek counsel from Your Health Practitioner. A he demonstrated confidence in his own condition And he reminded his conference that we all have a responsibility to do what we can to safeguard public health the normally bustling business district of new. Rochelle a virtual ghost town. It's eerily quiet. There's not many cars. There are not many shop. Burs Bob Kent lives just down the street from the lawyer at the center of the outbreak. Do you get the sense that people are anxious about what will happen next. Yes I think. People have pretty. Well decided that it's in a sense unstoppable. I don't see any way that it doesn't continue to expand. Abc News getting exclusive access. To New York's Wadsworth Center in Albany the first state lab in the country to begin testing corona virus with its own developed test. There's no reason for panic here. There's no reason for undue anxiety facts. Do not back that up tonight. Nationwide many schools and universities canceling classes are holding lessons online. New York City schools preparing plans for remote learning capabilities. The University of Washington also teaching classes online after a faculty member tested positive and pharmaceutical companies are bracing for shortages to eighty percent of drugs consumed in the US come from China and India so more delays threaten supplies of critical medication late tonight. The city of Austin Texas cancelling the wildly popular south by southwest festival. A three hundred fifty five million dollar blow to the local economy. More than four hundred thousand people attend the event each year and David that lab here in New York state that developed its own tests received. Fda approval less than a week ago. They have confirmed most of the positive cases here in New York state but officials are reminding people that as they test more. The numbers will dramatically. Go Up David Johnson on the ripple effect across this country tonight and just moments ago president trump went to the CDC in Atlanta after his trip was abruptly cancelled for a time. Today the president said the reason he did not go at first fears that someone at the CDC might be infected later. He went amid questions tonight about the response about whether there are enough test kits in this country. Here's ABC's chief White House correspondent. Jonathan Karl Tonight. President trump visited the centers for disease control in Atlanta and insisted the federal government has the Krona Virus outbreak. Under control ahead of the. Cdc seemed to agree at the present time. Demo American public remains low. The president also said Corona virus tests are available to. Everybody needs them. Anybody that needs a desk gets a test. We were there. They have the test and test to beautiful. That is not clear as Anthony. Fauci of the National Institutes of Health said last night up to this point that has been a lag in the ability to get tested vice president pence which Washington state last night. Praising the efforts of Democratic Governor Jay Inslee in this state hit hardest so far. I do want to commend. Governor Inslee your team's effort and the seamless partnership that was forged from the very beginning today. The president offered an entirely different message. I told my not to be complemented government because that governors snake and the governor of Washington S. We have many of you problems. So Mike may be happy with them. But I'm not president's trip to the CDC almost didn't happen today after concerns. There may have been employees. They're exposed to the virus. Mr President. Why aren't you going to CDC Today? He's actually sat. Need we make They thought there was a problem at CDC somebody that had the virus it turned negative so Giancarlo at the White House tonight and John President trump at the CDC declaring that anyone who needs a test kit or a test in particular that they can get a test but there is some question about that in fact Vice President Mike Pence. I know who's been put in charge by the administration of the coronavirus response was asked about this just moments ago. How how did he clarify that? Because he said twenty four hours ago. There weren't enough test kits in this country Vice President Pence said that the president is exactly right. David did quote for the communities that have been impacted. We have been able to respond to requests for tests less clears whether or not they will have enough. Going forward but pence also said that they've already distributed some nine hundred thousand a test kids this week and planned to do another four million by next week. David Alright Giancarl with us on a very important Friday night. John Thank you tonight. The World Health Organization reporting the number of current virus infections is now on the verge of one hundred thousand deaths now surpassing thirty three hundred and this number today forty nine more deaths in Italy just today nursing homes. There are being shut down. The director of the World Health Organization is warning. This is not a drill calling for significant action to stop the spread. Abc's James Longman from London tonight. The viral wave from China now seems to be cresting as it. Surges West Italy Iran and Britain all recording this single biggest daily jumps in corona virus cases with one hundred thousand infections globally? Now the chief of the World Health Organization. It's calling on all nations to make containment the highest priority. This is a time for pulling out all the stops Italy with forty nine people died in a day is restricting access to nursing homes. The risk is particularly great for Western. Europe's large elderly populations and the Vatican reporting. It's first case a medical connect shutdown for sterilization one major European airline slashing its flights in half from pre outbreak levels and people look to avoid crowds tourist spots around the world are unusually quiet and David a glimpse of hope from Asia. China is reporting a slow down in the virus because of an unprecedented crackdown. But these harsh methods unlikely to be reproduced by Western countries. David James Longman with the scene around the World James. Thank you and of course we know all of you at home. Continue to have a lot of questions about this so we want to get right back to Dr Ashton chief medical editor and Jen. You heard what James Report. They're out of China somewhat reassuring that the case numbers are coming down dramatically but they took drastic steps. We're likely not to do that here in the US you've heard a lot about this social distancing and we're starting to hear about that here in the US action tonight. We're learning a New York City when it comes to schools exactly so we're talking about things David like school closings or canceling large gatherings Working from home if possible though clearly. Not everyone can do that and not everyone can do school from home but it is effective potentially and really slowing the spread of this virus otherwise known as flattening that curve. We JUST WANNA keep everybody healthy. That's the bottom line here and I heard one of the headlines The updates today and it was somewhat concerning for me it said. What are you the recommendation that people sixty and older might start to think about some of their behavioral patterns. Things that they have planned in the coming days and weeks and sixty seems so young to be Changing behavior but you say this could be important. We'll sixty is young But it refers to the more vulnerable population here which we know skews older so people seventies eighties with chronic or pre existing medical conditions. And I think it also introduces this concept. David of we take these steps. Not just to protect your health and my health but to to provide a buffer of protection around those more vulnerable population commonsense. If you don't feel comfortable going into a crowd just don't do it just at least for the next few. See what's going to happen here. And in the meantime we're coming up on the weekend. I know we're GONNA lose an hour of sleep this weekend but there are things you can do to try to optimize your health to make yourself a little stronger colds and Flus anyway. This absolutely commonsense and productive and help can alleviate some fear. Try to get enough sleep. Try to get regular exercise if you smoke. Try to stop and wash those hands and wash those cell phones. David really really employs phones. 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Abortion Rights: A Tale of Two States

At Liberty

27:54 min | 1 year ago

Abortion Rights: A Tale of Two States

"Staff Attorney here at the ACLU and your host Supreme Court from the ACLU this is at liberty I'm Emerson Sykes really appreciate the feedback until next week piece Russian heather welcome to the podcast Hi Nice to be here thank you so the slew of restrictions that we've seen in Kentucky are not exactly a news rotation with someone at the clinic that can happen via teleconferencing accountabilities but then the patients from around the state have to get to Louisville to narrate ultrasounds and provide certain information that the state requires in the course of that ultrasound for every patient we saw a ban after imbalance company and we've also got what we now call trigger band so Kentucky passed a law that says if Roe v Wade is overturned neglect down from seventeen in nineteen seventy eight it's new Republican governor wants to take that number two zero and the protesters agree yet even as some state legislator story but they've intensified over the last couple of years can you tell us what's happened since about January of twenty seventeen sure yes since January of two thousand seventeen we've seen one as well we've got a current law suit that challenges the State's requirement that the clinic have a transfer and transport agreement with the local hospital and patients from around the state need to make an appointment with Kim W and get here before even coming here they have to have an informed consent face to face wave can you just tell us if someone is in Kentucky and wants to seek an abortion what are the steps that they need to go through to get one yeah so Kentucky is one of the state teachers work to get rid of abortion access altogether others are bucking that trend today we'll hear from Ucla you attorneys one from Kentucky and one for main working about twenty weeks of just station we saw a ban on the most common second trimester abortion procedure Dni we are currently in two very different landscapes for reproductive rights we'll begin with heather good nerik staff attorney at the Aclu of Kentucky who's on the frontlines of the fight to protect the right to sort of across the board restricting abortion access in any way they can that really is a slew of restrictions that have been put in place but that's only the most recent in whole or in part and the right to restrict abortion is given back to the states than abortion would be immediately outlawed in Kentucky so our legislators have been hard at work we have places in Kentucky that are three and four hour drives from Louisville it's certainly not easily accessible across the state so we know that in clinic in the state that's already the case in six other states in the US were owners restrictions have shuttered all but one clinic Kentucky only has this one it's in the country that has one abortion provider that is e MWR client which is located here in Louisville and so first things first is that after another coming through our general assembly and these have restricted abortion access in a number of ways beginning with a mandating abortion providers minors if they are unable to get parental consent they could get judicial bypass but that means finding an attorney and going to court and actually getting a judge to decide that a minor find child care and not not even counting things like if they need an interpreter or just money to pay for the abortion of course there is no social service ars certainly some of the most professional and committed people that I've ever met in that is true of the doctors of the nurses the other medical staff gently a designated parking lot so patients and their companions do have to come through the front door off the sidewalk through protesters and the number I'm for the abortion if the reason was related to the race sex or disability status of the fetus embryo and we've also seen some other restrictions as I know three quarters of abortion patients are living at or near the poverty line and so that means for a lot of these patients they have to find transportation take is that will cover abortion care so folks have to come up with the money themselves in cash and luckily we have some groups on the ground that can help with that but it's protesters outside the clinic varies today they are there every day with most of them present on Saturday and it can be an incredible goblet that people have to walk just home addresses or if the doctors have other medical offices protesters target those offices as well we've seen fliers that get beating the most recent bands that have passed which were abandoned after approximately six weeks of pregnancy and band based on patients reason spread throughout the neighborhoods where the clinic staff live all in an attempt to really intimidate people out of this work but I have been nothing but no it means that they themselves get unwanted attention from protesters and we've had issues in the past few years with antiabortion groups targeting doctors impressed by the extent to which folks at the clinic are dedicated to providing this care and were they already the last clinic standing when they became our client how is and the clinic director as well a lot of the folks have been working at the clinic for years and years and they are completely dedicated to making sure that patients have access to this care even prior to that there was another clinic owned by one of the same doctors that shut down the year before twenty sixteen and over the years assembly flip so with the election of Twenty Sixteen Republicans gained a supermajority control over both the House and Senate keep saying that I can't think of another profession where you know you get your degree and you go to medical school and you do a residency all to be able to provide a certain type of care and then on top of eighteen or all sorts of other hoops that when might have to jump through as well Oh yes that's all true we are a parental consent state so we do have a Persian for these lawsuits have been really discovery intensive which means that folks at the clinic need to sit for depositions and testify at trial we've had to Glenn our client can you tell us a little bit about the people that work there they have to walk a gauntlet on a daily basis yeah the people at am w years our relationship with them has gotten a lot more intense we are in much more regular communication and we have a lot more that we need to be working on with them several of has been the case that the ACLU and w have certainly been in communication and in touch about these issues but I think that it's safe to say that for the last few to get in the front door at the clinic and many patients do report that actually walking through those protesters is the worst part of the experience for them was you mentioned there's only one certainly is a barrier that some people just can't overcome I understand that at the clinic there also protesters and you have to get parental consent if you're under is mature enough to make the decision of themselves to get the abortion and then yes the clinic that's here in Louisville is right downtown and it does not have unfold time off work if they're able to which means lost wages oftentimes we know that most of the patients that get abortions already have children at home so often they have to gi and what's being blocked so every single one of the lawsuits that we have currently pending those laws are not in effect that includes the narrated ultrasound law relationship with them developed over time yes they have been the last clinic standing since we've seen this recent onslaught of cases which began in January twenty seventeen the new governor came in at the end of Twenty fifteen what happened in two thousand sixteen is that in addition to having that new anti-choice governor We also saw our general of that your job requires you to spend an incredible amount of hours on something like being a plaintiff in a lawsuit I mean I I can't think of a corollary to that because it's in the Kentucky General Assembly which is not to say that abortion votes are along partisan lines in Kentucky because they're not there are plenty of Democrats that vote for these measures here client doesn't know for sure whether a bill has actually become law and that has impacted the ability of some patients to get care I mean the clinic has had to reschedule appointments aw the transfer transport agreement the DNA ban and the most recent six week ban and reason ban all of those are not in effect the time one of these passes there is a brief but important window of time where it is just chaos and confusion because we don't know for sure as well however before the Republicans had a supermajority there were enough legislators to vote against these bills that they just didn't pass through but there were mm so outrageous to me but that's the situation that doctors have found themselves in so what exactly changed in January two thousand seventeen that brought on this new wave of restrictions churn unfortunately though we don't have notice of that and I believe that that's done intentionally on the part of the governor's office so what happens is that every or cancel appointments in some instances before we've been able to get relief from the courts but thankfully in all of the cases that I've mentioned we do have in place either the fight himself as being unapologetically pro-life so he is certainly an influence I think behind a lot of these bills he has said public sales being introduced year after year after year in the General Assembly and then once the chambers flipped in there was a super majority we just saw them come sailing through that has been the the bills that we've seen here are nearly identical if not identical to bills that have been introduced in other states as well so the sort of deep red into law but not all of them are in place thanks to your work in the work of your colleagues in our coalition partners can you tell us what's in place now in Kentucky Conservative southern states that are pushing through a lot of these abortion restrictions are taking them from what I believe is a singular playbook and Kentucky is just picking them up piecemeal ago so the Supreme Court on the ultrasound case cert meaning you're asking the Supreme Court to review the decision of the lower court yes exactly so with is probably a across the board effort from those individuals both in the legislative and the executive branch you know Kentucky of course doesn't exist in a vacuum in a lot of ultrasound case which is the first of all of these laws were discussing we won a permanent injunction in the District Court cure in Kentucky the state of Kentucky I documents to the state I mean it has been an incredibly invasive experience and that's above and beyond what they do just to provide care to patients if abortion becomes outlawed in Kentucky that patients will need to go somewhere for this care and we are located not too far from Illinois which is a place where patients can court war to overturn roe abortion would automatically be outlawed here in Kentucky so that is already on the books here we all know of course glee several times that he would be glad to see Kentucky being the first state in the nation where there was no abortion clinic where was no access to abortion so I view that case it sounds like you're playing quite formidable defense who is it that's on the other side really driving this agenda that's a great question there all of these states are pointing towards one goal in many ways which is to overturn Roe v Wade in one way or another either piece by piece our wholesale what do you think build up to the sixth circuit and earlier the six circuit reversed the lower court so we have filed a cert petition to the Supreme Court asking them to decided to hear the Louisiana Law that requires admitting privileges for doctors who are performing abortions but it seems like all of these different efforts and our preliminary or permanent injunctions from the court so those laws are not in effect we've got several before the circuit right now and we just filed sir about is the other states have been doing as well you mentioned that you're applying for certain from the Supreme Court on the ultrasound law but the supreme court also recently ace since the first days of the general assembly in January twenty seventeen you've listed all of the many different types of restrictions that have been introduced many of which have been signed overturned by the Supreme Court abortion has been harder and harder to access here so this is an example of a place where the ability to access this care can be whittled away guests so there are certainly plenty of legislators in both parties who vote for these laws and of course we do have a governor who has is that patients need to access abortion care no matter what the state law says about it so we certainly are cognizant that even even short of reversing Roe itself unfortunately we are sort of a a poster child for that problem so far these restrictions are are struck down pretty spent a strictly on abortion cases I joined thinking we'd have a much more diverse docket but I certainly do love this work and getting to know access care if they need to but that means driving even farther taking even more days off work in getting childcare for even longer so the kinds of logistical support that we have here on the ground are going to be called upon I think tenfold in order to provide the resources that patients need to travel even farther for the care that employees of the clinic and then also groups that we have on the ground that fund patient's ability to access abortion care and provide other resources logistical others like Illinois New York and Vermont are expanding access recently the aclu of Maine was instrumental in doing away with barriers to reproductive care that my mother fought when she was in college and a wasn't one that I necessarily anticipated having to fight myself as an attorney but it is are many members of you know what consider themselves to be the pro life caucus in the Kentucky General Assembly and again that's a pretty bipartisan Cox sources that people need the folks that we have doing that are just some incredible incredible people very inspirational and so to the extent that I ever got tired you're going to need to access and I think it's important of course to note that Kentucky is a state there are others across the country where even though Rowe has not been across the board but we'll see what happens they make the ramp to the Supreme Court how do you sustain your energy in the face of all these challenges statewide and and happen in Kentucky if Roe is in fact overturned well as I mentioned before we have now what we refer to as a trigger ban which means that if the supreme thank you also very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to speak with us today we really appreciate it sure sure it's great to talk with you so much and now we had so switching from Kentucky where things are quite difficult to maintain where it's a slightly different story but not always easy you recently sued over it gives you hope to continue this fight I joined the ACLU in March of twenty seventeen and I just had no idea how much of my time over the next few years line And I can't speak highly enough about the folks that we have here in Kentucky who against all odds have been working to provide this access both hearing Kentucky all of these laws that go through the General Assembly are passed with an emergency clause so that means that they take effect immediately upon the governor's signature or started to feel somewhat hopeless think being a part of this community is certainly enough to lift me up but then you know of course I mean this is a fight constitutionality of Mainz decision not to provide abortion coverage for people who use Medicaid now as you probably know the US Supreme Enjoyable to get abortion care and they removed a barrier to people who are not physicians like Advanced Practice Clinicians Nurse Practitioners Physicians Assist Governor Expanded Access to abortion in two really important ways they authorize the payment of state funds to cover people who are Medicaid it was a challenge to a main law that blocked nurse practitioners and advanced practice clinicians for performing abortions in Jenkins Ford said under the Federal Constitution there's no problem with denying people access to abortion care who use Medicaid Zac Haydn the legal director of the Aclu of Maine is on the line to explain how they did it Zach welcome to the podcast hey thanks for some great to be here it will be the single most important events since Roe versus Wade in the state of Maine as certain states do everything they can to ban abortion perfect basis it was simply a prejudice against fully qualified primary healthcare clinicians performing procedures you and that was a challenge to means ban on Medicaid coverage for abortion the Mabel Wadsworth case was a challenge to the legality and the circumstance we find ourselves in I am just really really thankful to be a part of it and to be able to fight alongside the experts in this field to make sure that people still have acts chance to perform abortions those changes though they were legislative came about because of two lawsuits that we had filed here at the Aclu that we both working their way through the court system when the Maine legislature stepped in to address these issues through the political process people that live far away from cities and far away from a lot of medical care were impacted and their access to healthcare particularly we're that means restriction on advanced practice clinicians performing abortion was unconstitutional because it had no medical or science abortion care was dramatically improved by these two changes I many people in Maine who rely on Medicaid people who are low income people who are otherwise vulnerable situations main is a huge rural state so who use Medicaid for their health insurance or from disadvantaged groups marginalized groups people who are living in poverty and now they're going to take care we're really thankful for all of your energy and all of your efforts and all of your success so far in defending people's right to access abortion on implemented and second and no less significantly people who live in rural areas or people who are poor are more likely to depend but since then nineteen eighty numerous states have tried to re- different results under their state laws or their state constitutions and we were trying to do physician's assistants and nurse practitioners whose scope of practice includes similar services and who are very very capable of safely end on nurse Practitioners and other advanced practice clinicians for their medical care and now they're going to be able to use those Clinton available to access abortion care on the same level as other pregnancy related care if the law is implemented in the way that we think it ought to be this or providing medical care that was well within their scope of practice so that was a federal case Wadsworth case was estate case and those cases were Russian access in your state can you tell us about what happened sure things are very different here in Maine than in much of the country just this year the Maine legislature the main and when Maine's legislature decided to improve access to abortion what was the impact for women in Maine how did they are access change in real life an amazing story in echoes how influential the legislature in Kentucky is as well the courts are playing a role the legislature is obviously playing an enormous role the impact of these two pieces of legislation is tremendous the issues in both of these lawsuits really has a tremendous impact on on people particularly both the folks in the ACLU's reproductive freedom project to are the experts on these issues and especially our clients in Kentucky it's been an incredible world for me to join and access in addition to the normal work the day to day work which too often is playing defense right and we do a tremendously good job Bob at playing defense but in states like Maine and there are other states like this across the country where there is an opportunity to expand access we need to take that opportunity and in those lawsuits what were you asking for and what were you trying to adjust so in two thousand fifteen we filed a case called Wadsworth Center versus may success with this campaign any lessons that we can learn from this effort our goal was not only expand access here in Maine but to expand area of abortion but also an all sorts of other areas it's not every lawsuit that leads to a change in law and dramatic increase in access to abortion how did you have and so both of these cases were really about expanding not just fighting against contraction without these lawsuits there's through the press so I think that's one of the wonderful things about the ACLU where we have access to organizing and legislative advocacy and litigation advocacy in your General Medical Care Main Speaker of the House Sarah Gideon Democrat presented the bill which Governor Janet Mills supports now we have advanced clinicians people like nurse midwives and smelly been successful if we hadn't gotten legislation but was also very powerful tool to organize around and to raise awareness into to communicate with the public very deliberately and conscientiously for the losses bringing lawsuits was helpful for the litigation and that would you know I think we would have he weighed and so these states like Maine that are playing offense are becoming potential havens in a way for access to abortion what happens in Maine if Roe v wants to rely on them for abortion cares well in addition to all of their other regular medical care so they don't have a disconnect between WHO's providing abortions and WHO's providing constrictions on access to abortion and other states have these so-called reproductive privacy acts we use that in we need to take advantage of that and show that we're not going to simply be content with the status quo because the status quo means for many women the right to access warming these services of course the ACO you and the main have filed a lot of lawsuits over the years challenging all sorts of things in the air here in Maine with the Maple Wadsworth case which we filed almost four years ago the second cases Jenkins versus Lynch which we filed in two thousand seventeen and no way that the legislature would have been as interested in these issues and there's no way that the public would have known about these problems which we had to document abortion only exists on paper it's not a real meaningful right because they can't afford an abortion or because they live too far away from doctor who can perform an abortion which is problematic as it is is also a roading I mean there's a lot of effort by some of our opponents to chip away at or even overturn altogether Roe v in a place like main you know I think it's a day to day challenge to make sure that people who are marginalized people who are having a very difficult initiated one in two thousand fifteen one in two thousand seventeen so things are definitely going in a different direction here in Maine than they are in much of the country time of life already people for whom the system is already stacked against them have access to the basic necessities of life and that includes medical you know there are states like Maine that have adopted this legislatively and for States the heaven but where the political climate might be supportive of such a thing aid is actually overturned so in Maine if roe versus Wade is overturned if the US Supreme Court decides that there's no longer a federal protection we're certainly in addition to education and other sort of basics of life you know the system is our country gets more and more unequal it because of life you know looking for systemic issues

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