The Morning Scroll: Legendary Actress Doris Day Dies at 97 & Justice Stephen Breyer's Dissent is a Warning About Roe v. Wade

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

Actress and singer Doris Day has died at the age of 97.

The Doris Day Animal Foundation confirmed the actress’ death Monday at her home in Carmel, California.

“Day had been in excellent physical health for her age, until recently contracting a serious case of pneumonia, resulting in her death,” the foundation said in a press release. “She was surrounded by a few close friends as she passed.”

Day made nearly three dozen films and over 600 recordings, according to NPR, and remains one of the most successful actresses of all time.

Born Doris Mary Ann von Kappelhoff on April 3, 1922, in Cincinnati, Ohio, Day was the youngest of three siblings, according to her website, She began her career as a big band singer and had her of her biggest hits of World War II, A Sentimental Journey, with Les Brown’s big band.

As the end of the war brought an end to the big band era, Day’s acting career took flight. In 1948, Day appeared in her first film, Romance on the High Seas.

But it was her roles in musicals like Tea for Two (1950), Lullaby of Broadway (1951), On Moonlight Bay (1951), By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953) and Calamity Jane (1953) that helped her sell hit records like It’s Magic and Secret Love.

In 1956, Day starred opposite James Stewart in Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller The Man Who Knew Too Much. It was in that film where Day, who played a distraught mother whose son was kidnapped, sings Que Sera, Sera. The song became her signature tune, landing the No. 2 spot on the charts, and ended up winning an Oscar in 1957 for best original song.

Day was seen as the quintessential all-American girl, with the “girl-next-door” image. Norman Jewison, who directed Day in two films in the '60s, said her persona and her personality were able to attract men and women alike and were perfect for the times.

But Day was known to lead a private life in at her home in California and was passionate about her organization, The Doris Day Animal Foundation, which she established in 1978.

“Originally Doris went out and did all of the rescues herself. That’s how it all started,” Day’s business manager and longtime friend, Bob Bashara, told ABC’s Good Morning America in April. “She’d pick any animal up on the street and bring it home. She can’t do that anymore [because] she’s 97. But she’s so interested in her foundation and how it’s helping animals.”

Day was honored with many awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004 and a Grammy for Lifetime Achievement in 2008.

The actress made it clear in her will that she did not wish to have a funeral.

“No funeral, no memorial and no [grave] marker,” Bashara told PEOPLE.

Bashara says her estate will be donated to charity, per her will.

Fans wishing to remember Doris Day are encouraged to visit her organization’s website at

News You Can Eat

Last year, Target offered a limited-edition Pink Unicorn ICEE at its store cafe. But it’s time for the unicorns to move over, because this year, it’s all about the mermaid. That’s right, Target has an exclusive Mermaid ICEE to get you ready for summer (and for all that shopping).

Instagram account @theimpulsivebuy posted a picture of the sign showing the bright blue Mermaid ICEE.

According to blog All Things Target, the Mermaid ICEE has a mixed berry flavor with a combination of strawberry, raspberry and blueberry. The ICEE is finished off with some festive purple and blue sprinkles on top.

The cup is also covered in a colorful, scaly mermaid tail, Delish reports.

So the next time you visit Target, make sure to stop by the cafe for a fun Mermaid ICEE before hitting the Dollar Spot!

Then This Happened

In a 5-4 ruling Monday, the Supreme Court overturned a 40-year-old legal precedent regarding state sovereignty, which lead Justice Stephen Breyer to question which cases might be overruled next.

Justice Clarence Thomas and the conservatives on the court did not offer what the issue was with the 1979 ruling that said there was no blanket immunity for states in other states’ court systems, but argued that “states retain their sovereign immunity from private suits brought in courts of other states.”

Leading the majority, Thomas deemed the case,  Nevada v. Hall, “an incorrect resolution of an important constitutional question.”

In a dissenting opinion, Breyer, joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, argued that the court should not be so quick to overturn longstanding decisions that have provided “legal stability” for decades in the United States.  

“Each time the Court overrules a case, the Court produces increased uncertainty,” Breyer wrote. “To overrule a sound decision like Hall is to encourage litigants to seek to overrule other cases; it is to make it more difficult for lawyers to refrain from challenging settled law; and it is to cause the public to become increasingly uncertain about which cases the Court will overrule and which cases are here to stay.”

Breyer added that even though the justices may disagree with previous rulings, they should only seek to overturn those that are “obviously wrong.”

The justice added that Thomas, along with Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. and Justices Samuel Alito Jr., Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, “surrendered to the temptation to overrule Hall even though it is a well-reasoned decision that has caused no serious practical problems in the four decades since we decided it.”

Even though Breyer did not mention Roe v. Wade in his dissent, the implications were clear as he cited portions of Planned Parenthood v. Casey, a case that reaffirmed Roe v. Wade.

“It is one thing to overrule a case when it 'def[ies] practical workability,’ when ‘related principles of law have so far developed as to have left the old rule no more than a remnant of abandoned doctrine,’ or when ‘facts have so changed, or come to be seen so differently, as to have robbed the old rule of significant application or justification,’” Breyer wrote, quoting from Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

“Today’s decision can only cause one to wonder which cases the Court will overrule next,” he wrote.

As Breyer issues his warning, multiple states have enacted more restrictive measures that could potentially end the right to an abortion in those states.

According to HuffPost, Republican Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia signed a controversial “heartbeat bill” this month that bans abortion as soon as a doctor can detect a fetal heartbeat. Mississippi, Ohio and Kentucky have all passed heartbeat laws as well. Alabama is also close to approving a bill, called the Human Life Protection Act, which would make it a felony for a doctor to perform an abortion.

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