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Philadelphia as a ‘sanctuary city’ for abortion access

After the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, many local elected officials spoke out, and one called for Philly to be an “abortion sanctuary city.”

  • There’s already an influx of new patients, because Pittsburgh clinics are overwhelmed and flights to Philadelphia are more plentiful. And there’s a push in Council to provide funding for related care and costs, Lizzy McLellan Ravitch reports.

But unlike with immigration, if the next governor signs a ban of the procedure, Philly’s sanctuary ability would be severely limited.

Free Library cooling centers: hours and how to get there

There’s a Heat Health Emergency in Philly, which means utility shut offs are suspended and cooling centers open for residents to grab some free AC.

  • A dozen Free Library branches will act as cooling centers, with extended hours until the advisory ends. Each location has free WiFi and a slate of programming — if the branch has enough staff.

Asha Prihar mapped all 12 locations, with how to get there on public transit, plus options for fun things to do.

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MAYOR WATCH

Mayor Kenney is off in Germany attending the Cities Fortifying Democracy Forum through next Tuesday.

ON THE CALENDAR

? Tonight! Our pub trivia night about all things Philadelphia lands at Hawthornes in South Philly. Happy hour specials and prizes await. RSVP for free to join us. (6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 21)

?️ The Philly Queer Flea heads to Mural City’s new wine garden in Kensington, where attendees can shop for cottagecore-inspired dream catchers, whimsical prints, and plenty of handmade jewelry from local LGBTQ artisans. (1 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 23)

? End the week at the historic Glen Foerd mansion for its annual Summer Celebration, which includes a stacked lineup of screenprinting seminars, tacos from Taqueria Dos Hermanos, John’s Water ice, and a dance party courtesy of Snacktime. (2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 24)