News Wrap: Indiana passes new law banning nearly all abortions

In our news wrap Saturday, Indiana has passed new legislation banning nearly all abortions, the U.S. Senate is working to pass a major health, climate and tax reform bill, President Biden tests negative for COVID again after a rebound case, China cuts communications with the U.S. after Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan, and violence escalates in the Gaza Strip following Israel's airstrikes Friday.

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  • Lisa Desjardins:

    Good evening and hello. Late last, night Indiana became the first state since the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade to approve a new law banning nearly all abortion procedures. As protesters gathered outside the state Senate chambers, Republican Governor Eric Holcomb signed the bill within an hour of its passage. All current Indiana abortion clinics will lose their licenses. But the law narrowly permits some abortions at hospitals and outpatient centers in cases of rape and incest within the first 10 weeks of pregnancy. Today, the Biden administration and Eli Lilly, one of Indiana's largest employers condemned the law which goes into effect next month.

    The stakes are high for the U.S. Senate tonight on the verge of passing a sweeping reform bill. Senate Democrats have forced an unusual weekend session to push through their half trillion dollar health care climate and tax reform bill. Supporters of the bill got some good news overnight. Use our has learned the Senate parliamentarian has given a green light to the climate and tax provisions and many of the health and drug price elements of the bill. But a proposal to cap the out of pocket costs for insulin is still in doubt and may not make it through to the final version. Votes are expected overnight.

    President Biden has tested negative today after testing positive from a rebound case of COVID one week ago. The President's position says Mr. Biden will remain under isolation until he receives a second negative test.

    For the first time in years, there is no direct communication between the United States and China. Beijing's silence is seen as retaliation for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan this week. China also escalated the intensity of its actions near the island, ratcheting up military drills and attack simulations now in their third straight day. Earlier today, in the Philippines, Secretary of State Antony Blinken rebuked Beijing's actions.

    Antony Blinken, U.S. Secretary of State: The differences between Taiwan and the mainland need to be resolved peacefully. And what we've seen China do over the last few years is move away from a peaceful resolution of differences to doing so coercively and potentially forcefully.

  • Lisa Desjardins:

    The Chinese military says this week's activities are a test of its land strike and sea assault capabilities.

    There is escalating violence in the Gaza Strip amid an Israeli crackdown. A warning some of the following images are graphic. Israeli airstrikes pummeled parts of Gaza today leveling buildings, destroying what the Israeli military alleges are militant targets. Later in the day, Israel claims straight rocket fire from Palestinian militants caused more civilian deaths in northern Gaza. At least 24 Palestinians including a five-year-old girl have been killed since Israel began strikes against Gaza on Friday.

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