U.s. Government And Politics

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Mikayla DiDonato Miller AP U.S. Gov

A.P. U.S. Government and Politics
Summer Reading Assignment

Earlier this month on August 6th, the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act generated a reminder of the progress the United States has made in regards to discrimination, specifically against African Americans after several years of unfair and shameful treatment. This historical act was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson in 1965, overcoming legal barriers at state and local events which had earlier prevented African Americans from practicing their right to vote through the 15th Amendment, which is found in the Bill of Rights to the Constitution of the United States. Recently, current African American President,
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If certain racial groups aren’t registering to vote due to a lack of effort and determination, then the Voting Rights Act will continue to go downhill, rather than receiving the chance to be updated. People must see this as a large priority by focusing on the laws, as well as the habits of citizenship.

http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/12/politics/obama-voting-rights-act/index.html

Throughout many generations, American citizens have categorized themselves into two separate groups in relation to abortion, which has become a large complication in today’s society. Every day, protesters throughout the nation are either fighting for pro-life or pro-choice views on abortion. Disagreement between both groups occurs often, pushing further states into passing laws to restrict abortion, such as parental notification, waiting periods and ultrasound requirements. In 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the first federal law banning abortion procedures and allowed politicians to interfere in the private health care decisions of women and their families. This federal abortion ban criminalizes abortions in the second trimester of pregnancy, which doctors claim are usually the safest and most effective way of protecting women 's health. Although abortion is currently legal in the United States, individual states have the ability to regulate and limit the use of abortion due to Article IV in the Constitution, which states that “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a
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