5 things to know for May 15: Alabama abortion bill, Trump Jr., tech, US births, Brexit

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Posted: May 15, 2019 10:40 AM
Updated: May 15, 2019 10:40 AM

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1. Alabama abortion bill

Alabama lawmakers passed an abortion bill that supporters hope will be sent on a collision course with Roe v. Wade. Votes by the Alabama Senate sent the bill to the governor's desk last night. It's the most restrictive abortion bill in the country and would punish doctors who perform abortions with life in prison. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, a Republican, hasn't publicly taken a stance on the bill, but her anti-abortion views are well known. She has six days to sign the bill. If she does, the ACLU and Planned Parenthood say they'll sue, and a court battle is just what the bill's supporters want. They hope it eventually ends up in the Supreme Court and leads to the overturning of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that legalized abortion.

2. Donald Trump Jr.

Looks like Donald Trump Jr. will appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee after all. The committee and Trump Jr. reached a deal for him to testify behind closed doors sometime in mid-June. The committee -- which is still looking into Russia's interference in the 2016 campaign -- had issued a subpoena for Trump Jr. to appear, sparking a huge backlash from President Trump's allies. Trump Jr. will be asked to answer questions about discrepancies between his past testimony and what other witnesses have told the committee and special counsel Robert Mueller, a source told CNN.

3. Tech

Facebook's new rules on live-streaming kick in today. Under the new guidelines, people who break Facebook's "most serious policies" will be immediately kicked off of Facebook Live for a period of time, like 30 days. The social media giant was under great pressure to do something after the gunman in the New Zealand mosque shootings live-streamed the attacks on Facebook. Meanwhile, San Francisco became the first city in the United States to ban the use of facial-recognition technology. That keeps city departments, like San Francisco's police force, from using the sometimes controversial technology.

4. Births and fertility

The number of births in the US just keeps dropping. Births last year dropped to the lowest number in about three decades, a new CDC report says. The number of births was about 3.79 million, down 2% from 2017. The nation's fertility rate also hit a record low in 2018, with just 1,728 births per 1,000. That's down 2% from 2017. The fertility rate was so low in 2018 that it's considered below the level needed for the population to replace itself.

5. Brexit

Yes, we know, yet another Brexit story. But please keep reading. UK lawmakers will vote for a fourth time on Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal, which they've voted down three times before. And the prospects for passage this time don't look particularly good right now either. The vote will happen the week of June 3. That's the same week of the state visit by US President Donald Trump, so that will make for a fun couple of days. The UK has until October 31 to find a way to leave the European Union.

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