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Missouri on track to become first state without an abortion clinic

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According to Planned Parenthood, Missouri’s last abortion clinic could possibly close its doors by the end of the week due to the state’s pending decision on whether or now it will renew the business’ license.

In a teleconference on Tuesday (May 28), Planned Parenthood reps reported that the current license for the St. Louis clinic expires Friday.

If a renewal is not set in place, the organization claims Missouri would become the first state without a functioning abortion clinic since the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision.

“This is not a drill,” said Dr. Leana Wen, president, and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “This is not a warning. This is real and it’s a public health crisis.”

Gov. Parson signed a bill Friday banning abortions on or beyond the eighth week of pregnancy, with no exceptions for rape or incest.

Source: AP

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Ellen DeGeneres reveals she was sexually assaulted as a teen

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Entertainment veteran Ellen DeGeneres admits she was sexually assaulted as a teenager.

DeGeneres, 61, recently detailed about the traumatic experience which she alleges occurred after her mother Betty married “a very bad man” and was diagnosed with breast cancer shortly afterwards.

Speaking on Netflix show ‘My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman’, she said: “He told me when she was out of town that he’d felt a lump in her breast and needed to feel my breasts because he didn’t want to upset her, but he needed to feel mine.

“Again, because I didn’t know about bodies, I don’t know that breasts are all different and … Anyway, he convinced me that he needs to feel my breasts and then he tries to do it again another time, and then another time.”

The daytime talk show host – who explained her mother Betty is “apologetic” about everything – also added she didn’t want to tell her mum about the incident at the time because she “knew that would ruin her happiness”.

Revealing why she has chosen to open up about the alleged abuse now, she said: “I’m angry at myself because, you know, I didn’t … I was too weak to stand up to … I was 15 or 16.

“It’s a really horrible, horrible story and the only reason I’m actually going to go into detail about it is because I want other girls to not, you know, ever let someone do that … I should never have protected her.

“I should have protected myself and I didn’t tell her for a few years and then I told her. And then she didn’t believe me and then she stayed with him for 18 more years. And finally left him because he’d changed the story so many times.”

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Solar powered re-design of Notre Dame spire could be on the horizon

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Vincent Callebaut Architectures

After a devastating fire gutted parts of the historic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, the French government announced an international competition to redesign the Notre Dame spire. One of the designs gaining public interest is a glass roof and spire that can harness solar energy. 

Vincent Callebaut Architectures

If selected, the design by Vincent Callebaut Architecture will install a roof and spire made up of diamond glass panels supported by steel frames. Each of the panels would store solar power in hydrogen fuel cells, which are projected to provide electricity for the cathedral and some buildings in its vicinity. 

The green design also incorporates food sustainability by having a vegetable garden on its rooftop. The produce from this urban farm would feed Paris’ homeless population. 

Vincent Callebaut Architectures

Aside from Vincent Callebaut Architecture, other firms have submitted modern yet elegant designs that complement the French Gothic design of the cathedral. 

The designs have now been submitted to the French Government, who announced an international competition to re-design the spire of the Cathedral.

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