Today’s news roundup includes War on Women dispatches from two states where abortion rights are under siege, interesting data on gun violence, analysis of today’s ruling from the Supreme Court… and a little song of summer parody to lighten your day a little.

Moral Mondays

These are a concerted protest against North Carolina conservatives’ assault on reproductive health access, high quality public education, and social supports for the poor and elderly. Progressive faith groups & others in broad coalition are pressuring legislators every Monday until they get results. –Cyn

Don’t Mess with Texas Women

Near round the clock vigils by feminists monitoring the progress of an anti-choice bill that would basically close all but five abortion clinics in the state have been going on since Sunday. It’s as sweeping and dangerous as the House GOP’s 20-week abortion ban. We cannot abandon Texas to the anti-choice right! –Cyn

Anti-Abortion Myth Scorecard

It’s increasingly difficult to keep track of all the crazy claims uttered by anti-abortion legislators (masturbating fetuses, anyone?). But Mother Jones gives it a try. — Donna

Yes, the US DOES Have a Problem with Gun Violence

Research is finally being done on gun violence in the US and the results are pretty interesting, with fodder for both sides of the debate. However, it is indisputable that “the U.S. rate of firearm-related homicide is higher than that of any other industrialized country: 19.5 times higher than the rates in other high-income countries.” — Donna

SCOTUS Decision on Fisher vs. UT Austin

SCOTUSblog has a “plain English” dissection of the high court’s decision on Fisher v. UT Austin with regard to affirmative action in high education admissions. The upshot? Affirmative action in college admissions survives another day, but with a few holes poked in it. -Cyn

What Happened to the Supreme Court’s Conservative Bloc?

Has the Supreme Court’s conservative bloc splintered? Analysis of their votes seems to indicate it has. — Donna

And Finally…

…With all of that hard news, who wouldn’t like to kick back and “Get Lucky”?