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Oklahoma bans nearly all abortions, new Harry Styles music: 5 Things podcast

On today’s episode of the 5 Things podcast: Oklahoma passes nation’s most restrictive abortion law

The move has ripple effects around the country. Plus, Supreme Court correspondent John Fritze looks at the rest of the court’s term, the Senate approves more aid for Ukraine, reporter Elizabeth Weise tells us that COVID-19 cases are on the rise and Harry Styles has some new music.

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Hit play on the player above to hear the podcast and follow along with the transcript below. This transcript was automatically generated, and then edited for clarity in its current form. There may be some differences between the audio and the text.

Taylor Wilson:

Good morning. I’m Taylor Wilson and this is 5 Things you need to know Friday, the 20th of May 2022. Today, the strictest anti-abortion law in the country. Plus a look at what else the Supreme Court is considering beyond abortion and more.

Here are some of the top headlines:

  1. President Joe Biden begins his five day Asia trip today with a visit to a Samsung semiconductor plant. The stop is meant to show growing cooperation between the US and South Korea on technology and other issues.
  2. Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers have ordered all female presenters on TV channels to cover their faces on air. After taking back power last year, the Taliban said there would not be a strict dress code for women, but they’ve taken a sharp hard line turn in recent weeks.
  3. And a man is celebrating his 50th anniversary of eating a McDonald’s Big Mac almost every day. Donald Gorske has missed only eight days in the last 50 years and says he often eats two of the burgers a day. According to Guinness World Records, he broke the record for most Big Macs eaten in a lifetime in 1999, with more than 15,000. As of 2021, that number was more than 32,000.

Lawmakers in Oklahoma have given final passage to the strictest anti-abortion law in the country. Nearly all abortions in the state would be prohibited under the legislation that would take effect immediately once signed by Governor Kevin Stitt. That could come any day, though abortion providers plan to challenge in court. The move comes weeks after a leak showed the Supreme Court is willing to overturn Roe vs. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that upheld the right to abortion. The Oklahoma House overwhelmingly passed the bill on a 73 to 16 vote, though two Republicans broke party ranks to oppose the measure. The bill modeled after a similar one in Texas allows private citizens to sue anyone who helps those seeking abortion at any point during pregnancy. The person though actually pursuing the abortion could not be sued. There are limited exceptions for life-saving procedures and for rape or incest, but only if the crime was reported to law enforcement. The bill would take the place of a ban on abortions after six weeks in the state signed by Governor Stitt earlier this month.

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