The Weekly Pulse: Has the GOP Changed Their Minds on Vaccines? Will the Supreme Court Overturn Roe?

For The Weekly Pulse, we’ve scoured the most trusted journalistic sources—and, of course, our Twitter feeds—to bring you this week’s most important news stories related to health and wellness.

In this edition: Mississippi asks the Supreme Court to re-evaluate the constitutionality of Roe v. Wade; the FBI unsurprisingly ignored 4,500 tips against Justice Brett Kavanaugh in 2018; Fauci warns Americans the U.S. is going in the “wrong direction” as COVID cases increase by 300 percent; and key Republican lawmakers and media personalities are now urging conservatives to get the vaccine.

The Weekly Pulse: Will We Need COVID Booster Shots?; Low-Vaccine States Hit Hard by Delta Variant; Texas GOP Continues Crusade Against Abortion

In this edition: Pop star Olivia Rodrigo joins President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris in a campaign to boost youth vaccination rates; Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) calls for a special legislative session to restrict voting and abortion rights; Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill) and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass) introduces legislation for parental-paid leave for miscarriages; and the FDA and CDC say fully vaccinated people do not need booster shots.

Keeping Score: Record Number of LGBTQ Athletes Compete in Tokyo; Police Arrest Congressional Black Caucus Chair; Louisiana Eliminates ‘Pink Tax’

This week: Olympic athletes push for gender equality and inclusivity; Biden condemns state lawmakers’ attack on voting rights; ICE prohibits arrest of pregnant women, and federal judge rules DACA is unlawful; Rep. Joyce Beatty is arrested during demonstration; Zaila Avant-garde is first African American winner of the National Spelling Bee; and more.

Texas Democrats: On Abortion Rights and Voting Rights, “I Don’t Want To Go Back”

It’s been a little over a week since Texas Democratic state legislators decamped to Washington, D.C., in protest over Gov. Greg Abbott’s uncompromising agenda during the state’s special legislative session. Republican attempts to pass extreme voter suppression legislation are taking up the bulk of media attention—understandably. But the fight isn’t just for voting rights: It’s also about reproductive rights, which are under severe attack in the Lone Star State.

Texas state Rep. Donna Howard is one of the Democrats that fled the state. As a registered nurse and current chair of the Texas Women’s Health Caucus, Howard spoke to Ms. late last week to discuss the flawed assumptions behind the Republican push to restrict abortion access in Texas and the real-life impact of these laws on everyday Texans.

Texas’s Radical Six-Week Abortion Ban Challenged: “The Cruelty Is the Point—And We Will Not Let it Stand”

A broad coalition of Texas abortion providers, doctors, clergy, abortion funds and practical support networks filed a lawsuit on Tuesday to block Senate Bill 8, a new six-week abortion ban set to take effect on September 1.

Due to many barriers to abortion care in the state, approximately 85–90 percent of people who obtain abortions in Texas are at least six weeks into pregnancy, meaning this law would prohibit nearly all abortions in the state.