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The Morning Scroll: LaCroix Drops New Flavor For The Summer & Alabama Senate Passes Most Restrictive Abortion Bill Yet In U.S. History

Morning! While you were sleeping (or staying up to binge-watch Friends for the tenth time, or pulling an all-nighter in the library), a few things went down that you’ll probably want to know about. So grab a cup of coffee, settle in, and get scrolling.

Rumor Has It

Kate Middleton and Prince William reportedly met baby Archie for the first time on Tuesday, People reported.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit took place at the new parents Frogmore Cottage home, according to the publication. Will and Kate waited a week to meet Archie, but it reportedly wasn’t for a shady reason. Royals expert Omid Scobie told Good Morning America that Meghan and Prince Harry asked for one week with their newborn baby before anyone came over to meet him. 

“Archie’s first week at home with mom and dad was quiet,” Scobie said. “They wanted that personal space with their newborn. This week it’s all about the visitors, with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting tomorrow and the Prince of Wales visiting later this week.” 

This week will be all about the visitors. On Thursday, Prince Charles will reportedly come to Frogmore Cottage.

“We’re absolutely thrilled,” the Duke of Cambridge told reporters last week about Archie’s arrival. “We’re looking forward to seeing them in the next few days. I’m very pleased and glad to welcome my brothers to the sleep-deprivation society that is parenting.”

News You Can Eat

There’s a new LaCroix flavor to try, and it’s definitely the Instagrammable drink of the summer. 

The company announced on social media the new refreshing HI-Biscus flavor. “Thank you for the overwhelming response,” the company wrote on the post. “Please welcome LaCroix’s newest innovation HI-Biscus! HI-Biscus will soon be available starting in the Western United States.” Sorry everyone on the East Coast! But bright side, LaCroix has a ton of flavors to choose from (16 different flavors), including apricot, peach-pear, and passionfruit.  

Some people on social media were extremely excited about the new flavor. Hibiscus is definitely on trend this summer and promises to be a refreshing take on the sparkling drink.

However, not everyone was here for the new option. Some fans thought the new flavor would have been watermelon, and they were not happy about the new flavor’s announcement. And of course, they weren’t afraid to share their opinions with the world. 

Then This Happened

Alabama’s state Senate passed a bill on Tuesday that will ban nearly all abortions, and if signed into law, it will be the most restrictive anti-abortion legislation in the United States. The Republican-led Senate voted 25-6, according to CNN.

The bill would criminalize the procedure for medical providers at any stage of pregnancy unless the woman’s life is at risk or the fetus has a lethal abnormality, NPR reported. The Senate Judiciary Committee passed an earlier version of the bill that included exceptions for rape and incest survivors, but the final pill did not contain those exceptions, according to AL.com.

Doctors who perform an abortion under any circumstance could receive felony charges and up to 99 years in person. An attempted abortion could put a doctor at risk for up to 10 years in prison, The New York Times reported. A woman who has an abortion reportedly won’t be prosecuted. 

Republican Gov. Kay Ivey has been an opponent of abortion, but she has not confirmed whether or not she will sign the bill into law, KFGO reported. If she vetoes it, Alabama law allows the state legislature to override the decision with a majority vote, according to the Montgomery Adviser.

The ACLU has already promised to sue Alabama, if it is signed into law. A lawsuit could be a financial risk for the state as Alabama had to previously pat $1.7 million to the ACLU and Planned Parenthood after it passed an abortion law that was ruled unconstitutional.  

“We will not stand by while politicians endanger the lives of women and doctors for political gain,” Alexa Kolbi-Molin, the ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom Projects senior staff attorney, said. “Know this, Governor Ivey: If you sign this dangerous bill into law, we will see you in Court.”

Planned Parenthood President Leana Wen later tweeted, “Doctors and public health leaders agree: the cost will be women’s lives.” 

There is still one more step before we know whether or not the bill will be passed into Alabama law. 

Happy Thoughts

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Carissa Dunlap is a Her Campus News X Social Intern for Summer 2018. She is a current Publishing major and Journalism minor at Emerson College (Class of 2020). When she isn't perusing the YA bookshelf at the bookstore, she can be found watching dog videos on Facebook, at her favorite coffee shops, or relaxing on the beach. Follow her on Instagram @dunlapcarissa or Twitter @Caridunlap.