In the News 5/15


Maroon Staff

Here’s a look into the events that have happened in the past week.

Noa Davies and Hadley Schwall

Roe v. Wade Draft Opinion Leaks


The pending decision of the US Supreme Court case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, has threatened to overturn the 1970 Roe v. Wade decision that protects a pregnant person’s right to have an abortion if they choose to. On May 2, Politico leaked a draft opinion that appeared to be set to overturn Roe v. Wade. If the draft opinion were to become official, the decision would implement thirteen states’ trigger laws that would automatically ban abortion. With Roe v. Wade in danger, thousands gathered to march for abortion rights on Saturday in cities across the country. The final decision, expected in late June or early July, will be anxiously awaited by the country.


Baby Formula Shortage Impacts Americans


Due to recent supply chain issues across the country, a shortage of baby formula has parents nationwide struggling to figure out how they will feed their children. In combination with staff and ingredient scarcity, a recall by Abbott Nutrition, the largest formula manufacturer in the US, worsened the shortage. Many parents have turned to unsafe methods of watering down the formula or attempting to make their own and taking on the financial burden of buying off of others online. For any infant, especially those with specific dietary needs, inadequate nutrition could lead to long-term health issues. As desperate families continue to search for solutions, the Biden administration says the shortage is of its highest concern and that formula will be back on the shelves in a matter of weeks.


California Church Shooting Ends With At Least One Death

Today, on Sunday, May 15, a shooting took place at a church in Laguna Woods, California. One person was shot dead at the scene, reported the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Four others are critically injured. A suspect was detained at the scene, tweeted the department. California Governor Gavin Newsom said his office is “actively monitoring the shooting at a church in Laguna Woods and working closely with local law enforcement.”


18-Year-Old Executes Hate Crime Mass Shooting in Buffalo

On May 14, a shooting in a Tops Market in Buffalo killed 10 people and injured 3 more. The perpetrator was identified as Payton Gendron, an 18-year-old white male from Conklin, NY. Authorities have said that this shooting was a hate-fueled attack; the shooter was reported to have posted a manifesto online that details his racist intentions. 11 of the 13 people shot were Black. In addition, a government official told The Buffalo News that the semi-automatic gun used in the shooting had “the N-word” spelled out in white paint on the barrel as well as the number 14; the number 14 stands for a popular 14-word statement often used by white supremacists. Gendron live-streamed the entire attack online.