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New abortion laws for Philly? A trio of lawmakers hope so

Three women councilmembers are introducing today a trio of local abortion laws focusing on privacy and antidiscrimination protections.

  • The approach mirrors that of other cities looking to ensure continued abortion access. Pittsburgh just barred crisis pregnancy centers from falsely advertising, and Seattle instituted something similar.

Unlike some of these other cities, Philly cannot institute a “shield” law, reports Lizzy McLellan Ravitch, unless it comes straight from the mayor.

Councilmembers Helen Gym, Kendra Brooks, and Jamie Gauthier are introducing a trio of bills to protect abortion access in Philadelphia Credit: Twitter / @HelenGymAtLarge

Recommended: ‘Blind date experience’ at the Fringe Festival

This year’s Philly Fringe Festival lineup includes a “blind date” option, where theatergoers are paired with a total stranger to watch a show.

  • The dates are entirely blind — with no details shared beforehand — but not necessarily romanticThe experience’s creator told Billy Penn it’s equally exciting for audience members to leave with a new friend.

Contributor Sammy Caiola went on a Fringe Fest blind date — why not? — and recommends you delete the apps for the night and try the same.

The ‘Blind Date Experience’ is new this year at Fringe, offered by Cannonball at several shows throughout the festival Credit: Courtesy Cannonball

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In advance of Mural Arts Month, Mayor Kenney makes a proclamation at the Independence Visitor Center (11:15 a.m.). Kenney then heads to Orleans Technical College in the Northeast for the Building & Construction Trades Hiring Fair (12 p.m.). Back at City Hall, the mayor joins election officials to highlight voter resources like the City Commissioners’ new website, vote.phila.gov (2 p.m.).


? The Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll is back to close out the summer with $1 to $5 deals from some of West Philly’s most poppin’ local businesses. (5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15)

? Kensington brewery Human Robot is hosting an Oktoberfest-themed beer competition where Philly brewers will be competing against their German counterparts. Tickets range from $25 to $55. (12 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17)

? Head to Logan Square for free admission at the Academy of Natural Sciences in honor of the STEM organization Women in Natural Sciences 40th anniversary. (10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 & 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18)