Diagnosed with ALS at 14, she’s now a disability lifestyle influencer

(CNN)Lauren “Lolo” Spencer was that rambunctious girl you’d see on the playground: She loved running, street hockey and dancing. But when she turned 14, she started feeling fatigued and became concerned after noticing that her muscles had begun to weaken. “My body has changed very slowly, thankfully. I just made a decision that I was going to live my life to the fullest. [ALS] was not going to be my story.” Now in her early 30s, Spencer is thriving on her own but admits that it’s not easy. Follow her around, and you begin to understand her challenges. On a recent Friday, she was in her neighborhood, looking for a place to get a tattoo. At the tattoo parlor, she …

‘Women will die’: how new abortion bans will harm the most vulnerable

Women of color and poor women will be disproportionately affected by new restrictions across the US, opponents say On the floor of the Alabama state senate this week, a robotic voice read nine pages of legalese that would define a new reality for women in the state: abortion would be a crime, starting from the moment a woman knows she is pregnant. Doctors who perform the procedure could face up to 99 years in prison. Then senators names were called one by one, and they cast their votes. There were 25 yes votes, enough for the bill to pass easily. Every single one was cast by a white man. Those most hurt by the ban, by contrast, will be women …