Oklahoma Abortion Bill Comes Sweeping', Plus More

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Today we've got: more updates on EgyptAir, OK's abortion plan and lots and lots of girl power

1. Oklahoma: Where The Abortion Bill Comes Sweepin'

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The Short of It:

Yesterday, the Oklahoma Legislature passed a bill that would make providing an abortion a felony.

The Longer Version of It:

The state legislature in Oklahoma passed a bill, Thursday, that criminalized the act of performing an abortion, marking it as a felony. The bill is being sponsored by Republican Sen. Nathan Dahm, who has expressed hope that the Oklahoma measure could eventually overturn of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the 70s. Under the bill, unless a provider is performing an abortion on a woman whose life is at risk, medical providers could face a felony charge and spend a maximum amount of three years in prison and have their medical license revoked. The bill's next step includes approval from Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, an anti-abortion Republican before it is set into law.

Why Everyone's Talking About It:

Opponents of the bill call it out for conflicting with Roe v. Wade, and infringing on a physicians function to provide women with healthcare and blocking them from exercising their right to decide when to start a family on their terms. The new bill comes as more conservative states have started passing laws seeking to ban abortion.

2. Personal Belongings From EgyptAir Flight Found

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The Short of It:

EgyptAir and Greek officials say searchers have found seats, aircraft parts and personal belongings during their effort to find EgyptAir Flight 804 which is believed to have crashed into the Mediterranean Sea early Thursday.

The Longer Version of It:

Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos announced what had been recovered in the search at a news conference today about the EgyptAir plane that vanished from radar early Thursday. The plane coming from Paris and carrying 66 people on board was supposed to land in Cairo Thursday but was reported to have suddenly swerved and plunged in altitude just before it was expected to land. As of now, investigators are considering terrorism and technical failure as factors for the tragedy.

While no terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the crash, the possibility of the incident being an act of terrorism is high. This incident comes at a time when Paris and the rest of Western Europe is on high alert with the recent November 2015 attacks in Paris.

3. Anything Boys Can Do Girls Can Do Better

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The Short of It:

A test, administered in 2014 found 8th grade girls outscored boys in technology and engineering literacy.

The Longer Version of It:

This week, the federal government announced that after testing 21,500 students, in public and private schools, a study found that eighth-grade girls performed better in tech and engineering literacy than boys in the same grade. The results are surprising to see because previous studies have shown that by eight grade boys begin to overtake girls on science and math assessments despite performing at the same level with them just four years previously when they were in fourth grade. By 12th grade, boys completely outperform.

The Takeaway:

The new results just further confirm that girls are capable of performing well in STEM education, and that they can go onto have careers in the sciences.

4. Dr. Luke's Label Changes Their Mind About Kesha

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The Short of It:

Kesha gets to take the stage at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, after all.

The Longer Version of It:

Dr. Luke and Kemosabe Records are now allowing Kesha to perform at the Billboard Music Awards this Sunday, after the artist had announced earlier in the week that she'd be out of the performance. The Tik Tok singer's highly buzzed about performance had been rumored to be a “statement performance” about her alleged sexual abuse by producer, Dr. Luke and had been called off by the producer's record label on Wednesday, May 11.

The record label released a statement to the AP saying, "Kesha's performance on the Billboard Music Awards was always approved, in good faith. Approval was only suspended when Kemosabe learned Kesha was to use the performance as a platform to discuss the litigation."

"Now that Kemosabe has obtained assurances, that it is relying upon, from Kesha, her representatives and Dick Clark Productions that neither Kesha nor her supporters will use the performance as such a platform, the approval has been restored."

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