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CRIMEAN LAWMAKERS VOTE TO JOIN RUSSIA
Crimean lawmakers voted unanimously this morning to join the Russian Federation and asked Russia to examine the request. And the region’s Deputy Prime Minister Rustam Temirgaliev announced a March 16 referendum in which voters will answer two questions: whether they want Crimea to become a Russian territory, and whether they want to restore Crimea’s 1992 constitution, which would see it remain in Ukraine but with increased autonomy, RT reports. Ukraine’s interim Economy Minister Pavlo Sheremeta said the referendum was unconstitutional. Yesterday, a Kiev court issued arrest warrants for Crimea’s prime minister and the speaker of the region’s parliament. Read more from Xinhua.

This comes as European Union foreign policy leaders gather in Brussels today for an emergency meeting to discuss possible sanctions against Russia for its role in the Ukraine crisis. It is unclear what the meeting can achieve, as there appears to be no unanimity about what to adopt. While Eastern European countries such as Poland favor tough sanctions and isolation, Germany is said to prefer mediation. According to the BBC, German Chancellor Angela Merkel fears that sanctions against Russia would eventually hurt the EU, as the continent relies on Moscow for 30% of its gas. Earlier today, Brussels announced an assets freeze on 18 Ukrainians including former President Yanukovych and his son. Read more from Euronews.

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End Of Roe v. Wade, The World Is Watching

As the Supreme Court decides to overturn the 1973 decision that guaranteed abortion rights, many fear an imminent threat to abortion rights in the U.S. But in other countries, the global fight for sexual and reproductive rights is going in different directions.

"Don't abort my right" At 2019 pro-choice march In Toulouse, France.

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Hannah Steinkopf-Frank and Sophia Constantino

PARIS — Nearly 50 years after it ensured the right to abortion to Americans, the United States Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade case, meaning that millions of women in the U.S. may lose their constitutional right to abortion.

The groundbreaking decision is likely to set off a range of restrictions on abortion access in multiple states in the U.S., half of which are expected to implement new bans on the procedure. Thirteen have already passed "trigger laws" that will automatically make abortion illegal.

U.S. President Joe Biden called the ruling "a tragic error" and urged individual states to enact laws to allow the procedure.

In a country divided on such a polarizing topic, the decision is likely to cause major shifts in American law and undoubtedly spark outrage among the country’s pro-choice groups. Yet the impact of such a momentous shift, like others in the United States, is also likely to reverberate around the world — and perhaps, eventually, back again in the 50 States.

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