On Sep. 9, 2021, Los Angeles Unified School District, the second largest in the country, mandated the COVID-19 vaccine for students ages 12 and up by Jan. 10, 2022, the first in the country to mandate the coronavirus vaccine
On Sep. 2, 2021, Mexico became the 41st country and first in North America to ban cosmetics testing on animals, according to the Humane Society International.
On Sep. 1, 2021, the most restrictive “fetal heartbeat” law to date went into effect in Texas after the US Supreme Court refused in a 5-4 vote to block the law. The law bars abortions after six weeks, has no exceptions for rape or incest, and has only a narrow exception for the health of the mother. Further, the law bars state officials from enforcing the law, instead deputizing private citizens who may bring a $10,000 lawsuit (plus legal fees) against anyone they suspect of performing or “aiding and abetting” an abortion, making the law more difficult to challenge in court.
Explore the question of whether parents or other adults should be able to ban books from schools and libraries with this updated Top 3 article.
A three-judge panel issued a preliminary injunction declaring that people convicted of felonies who have completed their prison time must be allowed to register to vote immediately. The injunction restored the right to vote to about 56,000 people who are on probation, parole or post-release supervision. The injunction may be appealed.
From 2015 to 2019, ride-hailing app use increased from 15% of Americans to 36%. Explore the debate about whether the apps are a social benefit in an updated top 3 article.
All 50 states and DC require at least DTap, polio, chickenpox, and measles/rubella vaccines.
As of Apr. 2021, there are 241 accredited zoos in the United States. Should these zoos exist for conservation and educational purposes? Or are zoos cruel to the animals imprisoned in them?
Following the Cuban government’s reaction to the July 2021 protests, the Biden Administration further sanctioned the island, a continuation of President Trump’s actions and divergence from President Obama’s approach.
The FDA has until Sep. 9, 2021 to decide whether to continue allowing flavored vape liquid, putting the safety of vaping back in the news.
Explore the topic of reenfranchising people withe felony convictions via updated questions, resources, and statistics.
With Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos traveling to space recently, the debate about whether to colonize space has been reignited.
The Mexican government accused the manufacturers of “actively facilitating the unlawful trafficking of their guns to drug cartels and other criminals in Mexico.”
The Trump Administration policy, called Title 42 and used to turn away about 100,000 migrants at the southern border, will remain in place during the pandemic.