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SCOTUS Decision To Overturn Roe V. Wade Further Divides America; Stadium Collapse In Colombia Leaves 4 Dead, Hundreds Injured; 22 Teenagers Found Dead In South African Tavern. Aired 5:30-6a ET

Aired June 27, 2022 - 05:30   ET




SALMA ABDELAZIZ, CNN REPORTER (voice-over): The airstrikes happening as G7 leaders gathered for a major summit in Germany -- a possible message from President Putin.


ABDELAZIZ: Now, Russia absolutely has the momentum in this conflict, Laura. We see that clearly on the battlefield where they have more manpower, more weapons, more willingness to inflict brutality. And you can be sure that's what President Zelenskyy is going to tell those G7 leaders. He's going to say we are outmanned, we are outgunned, we need serious help -- Laura.

LAURA JARRETT, CNN ANCHOR: Salma, excellent reporting as always. Thank you.

Still ahead for you, more on the end of abortion rights. We're going to ask the CEO of a women's clinic in Florida about life post-Roe.

CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN ANCHOR: And a morbid mystery in South Africa. Twenty-two young people dead at a tavern and no one seems to know why.



ROMANS: The Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade is deepening the battle lines in a country already bitterly divided. But at the state level, political debates are no longer theoretical. Changes are happening rapidly right now and abortion clinics on the ground are forced to deliver news they once thought unthinkable.

Let's bring in Kelly Flynn. She's the CEO of A Woman's Choice Clinic in Florida. Thank you so much for joining us, Kelly.

Right now, abortion is still legal in Florida but banned after 15 weeks. Governor DeSantis could push for more restrictions. So what's your plan? What are you hearing from women? What are you telling women? KELLY FLYNN, PRESIDENT AND CEO, A WOMAN'S CHOICE CLINIC (via Webex by Cisco): Good morning.

Right now, we are emphasizing that we are still open. A Woman's Choice clinics and other abortion clinics -- we are still open. Abortion is legal, abortion is still safe, and our clinics are still open and we're able to provide care for our patients.

JARRETT: Are they asking you, like, how long am I going to be able to do this? Do you find yourself getting an influx of calls of people who are rushing to get this done before 15 weeks?

FLYNN: Oh, yes, absolutely. We had a number of -- our volume increased last week with patients, now that we have the 24-hour in- person waiting period, wondering if they're going to be able to get their abortion sooner than later because they are worried about the upcoming ban in July.

JARRETT: You know, I --

FLYNN: So we're emphasizing -- yes, come in when -- you know, ASAP.

JARRETT: Come in when you can.

I know one of your other --


JARRETT: -- concerns is -- you know, mentioned to our producers that this is not going to stop women from getting abortions. It's going to stop them from getting safe abortions. And that --

FLYNN: Absolutely.

JARRETT: -- when you don't want to be pregnant you will find a way to stop it -- any way you know how. And that may mean trying to perform a self-abortion. As scary as that -- as that may sound that's the reality for some women who can't get it legally.

FLYNN: That's correct. You know, we worry that we're going back into pre-Roe where they had specific hospital wings for patients that tried to self-abort.

So, you know, this is a very devastating and scary time. This was a cruel decision and we are still going to fight and work towards protecting women and providing safe, accessible care the best that we know how.

ROMANS: Safe, accessible care, the best that you know how.

A big concern here, threats of violence. Talk to us a little bit about that because that is a big concern.

FLYNN: We -- yes -- you know, for as long as I've been in abortion care, 24 years, we have -- there's always been an issue with harassment and protesters and certain clinics across the country have experienced different levels of violence.

And in our case, we do have daily protests or as they refer to sidewalk counseling, which is really harassment. So in the last few days, we have seen an increase in harassment. And we encourage our staff, our patients, and our physicians just to be vigilant and look around and know your surroundings.

JARRETT: Well, Kelly, thank you for your willingness to come on and talk about this. I know that this is a contentious time and you have a lot going on right now, so I appreciate you coming on. And please come back and update us on how things are going. I know -- we don't know what's going to happen in Florida --


JARRETT: -- but things are moving very quickly.

ROMANS: Thank you.

JARRETT: Thank you.

FLYNN: That's correct. OK, thank you.

JARRETT: So, as I mentioned, while the marches across the country have been mostly peaceful, one of the stars of "FULL HOUSE" was thrown to the ground during a march in Los Angeles.


Actress Jodie Sweetin shoved to the ground by LAPD officers.


JARRETT: The woman you saw shoved to the ground there, actress Jodie Sweetin. The photojournalist who shot the video says she was talking to officers and tried to actually guide protesters away from the on- ramp when she was pushed by police. Now, police claim she tried to march onto the 101 Freeway.

The video also showed officers hit at least one person with batons. The LAPD said it is reviewing the incident.

Coming up, a bullfight turns deadly for the spectators after a stadium collapses in Colombia. Look at that.


ROMANS: And it took an avalanche to dethrone the 2-time defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning. The Bleacher Report ahead.


JARRETT: Forty-three minutes -- back now.

And a tragic scene out of Colombia.


Stadium collapses during a bull fight.


JARRETT: That's just awful. At least four people were killed there and hundreds injured after the stands at a bullfight collapsed, causing panic and chaos.

CNN's Stefano Pozzebon has more.


STEFANO POZZEBON, CNN REPORTER (on camera): Laura, it's really a tragedy what happened in the small Colombian town of El Espinal, which is located just a few hours southwest of the Colombian capital city, Bogota, where I am speaking to you.

On Sunday, a stand in a bullfight arena collapsed under the weight of the bystanders and the onlookers just as a corrida was taking place.


And according to the local governor, Ricardo Orozco, at least four people have died -- among them, one minor, two women, and a man -- while local health officials said that over 300 people were treated at local hospitals.

The tragedy occurred, as I said, on Sunday around midday as the town was preparing to celebrate the upcoming Feasts of Saint Peter, which is today, on Monday. And it has already had some political consequences with Colombian president-elect Gustavo Petro calling on mayors across the country to suspend bullfights to avoid similar tragedies.

In Colombia, just as in many other countries in the Hispanic world, bullfights or corridas are both a traditional -- historic traditional practice and a very controversial issue with campaigners petitioning to ban them on animal rights, but also now on security grounds -- Laura.


ROMANS: All right, Stefano. Thank you so much for that.

Developing this morning in South Africa, 22 teenagers found dead at a pub with no visible sign of injuries. Some of them, authorities say, as young as 13 years old.

CNN's Larry Madowo is live in Nairobi. What are -- what are the investigators, Larry, saying about the cause of deaths here? No visible signs of injury.

LARRY MADOWO, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Exactly, Laura. It's still a mystery more than 24 hours after this happened early Sunday morning in East London in the town of South Africa. It's not clear. Is it something they inhaled? Is it something they consumed?

Because the injuries are not consistent with a stampede or natural deaths, according to South Africa's police minister. He broke down in tears after being to the morgue and seeing these bodies. They were aged between 13 and 17.

They were celebrating, according to some provincial officials, likely the end of exams. School closed in the Eastern Cape on Friday.

But right now, authorities there say that taking -- they're using maximum efforts to investigate exactly what happened and what was the cause of the death here. They're carrying out autopsies and taking toxicology samples to figure out what could have been the cause of death.

They are also, they say, taking immediate steps to shut down this tavern. They are on the scene right now. And to prefer criminal charges against the owner of this tavern because the legal drinking age in South Africa is 18 and children as young as 13 were here, which is a complete mystery right now.

But across the nation, outrage, and heartbreak about how something like this could have happened to people who should have been protected, especially --

ROMANS: Right.

MADOWO: -- this coming during South Africa's youth month.

ROMANS: Oh, just heartbreaking. All right, Larry, keep us posted on any updates there. Thank you.

JARRETT: It's so strange.

ROMANS: All right, bad blood on the baseball diamond. Six players and both managers ejected after this wild brawl.

JARRETT: Plus, NASA's first-ever commercial spaceport launch from outside the U.S.




UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Four, three, two, one, go! Yeah!


JARRETT: A historic rocket launch -- an enthusiastic one, too -- from Australia's space center. The joint mission is NASA's first outside the United States and Australia's first in almost three decades. The rocket is set to travel more than 186 miles into space to observe the closest star systems to the Earth.

Two more launches are scheduled next month. The mission will study the evolution of galaxies and observe whether any habitable planets exist.

ROMANS: All right, let's get a check on CNN Business this Monday morning.

Looking at markets around the world, Asian shares all closing higher. Europe has opened with a bounce. And on Wall Street, stock index futures also pointing higher to start

the new week.

Look, the Dow surged 823 points on Friday and gained more than 5%. It was a holiday-shortened trading week.

Bad news turned out to be good news as only it can on Wall Street. Stocks rising after a key economic report showed a record low in consumer confidence levels. So why would investors like something like that? Well, because growing recession fears may mean the Federal Reserve could reverse course by the end of 2023, and its aggressive rate hike schedule in order to deal with a slowing economy.

Investors may have also been heartened by an 11% surge in new home sales in May.

All right, if you are flying today you might want to make sure your plane will actually take off. More than 850 flights across the country were canceled yesterday. More than 650 are already canceled today. This is according to FlightAware, the website.

A Delta spokesperson blamed a combination of sickouts, bad weather, and air traffic control constraints for these disruptions.

Airlines, as you know, are scrambling to meet unbelievable demand as panic-weary Americans -- pandemic-weary Americans feel more comfortable traveling and there are --

JARRETT: Panic, too.

ROMANS: And they are out there in force.

And, you know, when they had the crisis -- the pandemic in the beginning, so many of these airlines offered buyouts --


ROMANS: -- to their most experienced and longest-serving pilots --


ROMANS: -- and employees. And so, now, those retirements are coming back to haunt them.

JARRETT: Trying to play catch up.

All right, let's get a little sports. The Colorado Avalanche are Stanley Cup champions for the first time since 2001.

Andy Scholes has this morning's -- [05:55:00]

ROMANS: Hey, Andy.

JARRETT: -- Bleacher Report. Hey, Andy.


You know, what a series this was. The Avalanche -- you know, they were the favorites all year long. And in the end, they hoist the Stanley Cup, ending the Lightning's dream of a 3-peat.

And game six was a good one. Second period had a tie game. Colorado's Artturi Lehkonen scores to give them a 2-1 lead.

We would go to this third. Tampa desperately trying to even the score. Gabriel Landeskog blocks the key to Kucherov's shot with his skate. The blade actually came off. Landeskog had to crawl off the ice to go get it fixed.

In the final seconds, the Avalanche holding off the Lightning's final charge with an empty net. They celebrate as Stanley Cup champions for the first time since 2001.


CALE MAKAR, NHL POSTSEASON MVP: You grow up -- you see that thing as a kid and you have pictures of it on your wall. And, I mean, all I think about is everybody that got me here. And, I mean, my family is in the stands so it's amazing -- wherever they are. But it's just -- it's surreal. It's amazing.

NATHAN MACKINNON, COLORADO AVALANCHE CENTER: It's hard to describe. I didn't really know what it would be like to actually win it, but just seeing all these warriors battle, it just feels -- it feels unbelievable. So words can't describe how I feel right now.


SCHOLES: Yes, what a postseason for the Avalanche. They finished 16-4 with 10 comeback wins -- the second-best playoff record since 1987.

Twenty-three-year-old Cale Makar received the Conn Smythe trophy -- Smythe trophy for the most outstanding player in the playoffs.

All right, Ole Miss, meanwhile, is on top of the college baseball world for the first time in the school's history. The Rebels down 2-1 to Oklahoma in the seventh inning, but they rallied to score three runs in the bottom of the eighth. Two of them actually came off of wild pitches. Ole Miss would win the game 4-2.

And what a ride for them. They were one of the last four teams to make the postseason. But then they finished the season on a 20-6 run, including 10 wins and only one loss in the national tournament. And this was the first men's national title in the school's history. All right, it was an odd weekend for the Yankees. They got no hits by the Astros on Saturday and went a Major League record-tying 16 in a third-straight innings without a hit.

Giancarlo Stanton finally breaking that hitless streak up with a solo home run in the 7th inning. And Yankee Stadium there, letting out a sigh of relief.

They got to cheer later on. In the bottom of the 10th, Aaron Judd, a 3-run walk-off home run -- his second walk-off hit of the series.

So the Yankees go from being no-hit for six innings to winning that game 6-3.

All right, we had a brawl in baseball on Sunday between the Mariners and the Angels. Andrew Wantz drilling Jesse Winker. This game after Mike Trout and the Angels were really mad after he was nearly hit in the head on Saturday. The Angels actually changed starting pitchers to have Wantz, who is a reliever, start on Sunday.

Lots of punches thrown in this melee. Six players and both managers were ejected. Winker actually also gave the double bird to the fans on the way out.

And then after all the melee was done, Raisel Iglesias -- he was still mad -- decided to throw the team's sunflower seeds onto the field towards the Mariners.

Guys, I'm not sure what effect that had on the whole thing. It was just, I guess --

ROMANS: Well, I mean --

SCHOLES: -- still throwing the punches so he threw those onto the field. But, man, a wild scene there.

JARRETT: Other things I don't understand.

ROMANS: Number 7,525.

All right, thank you so much. Nice to see you.

JARRETT: Thank you, Andy.

SCHOLES: All right.

ROMANS: All right.

A multimillion-dollar battle at the box office this weekend.


Clip from "Elvis."

(END VIDEO CLIP) ROMANS: "Elvis" and "Top Gun: Maverick" both bringing in $30.5 million in North America. The two films are locked in a dead heat for first thanks to a better-than-expected opening for "Elvis." While for " Maverick," the film catapulted past $1 billion at the worldwide box office. It's only the second movie of the pandemic era to accomplish the feat.

And I finally saw "Maverick."

JARRETT: I have not seen either but I want to see both.

ROMANS: It's good.


ROMANS: I do want to see both, too. Yes, it's -- it was good.

JARRETT: I saw the original and everyone says it's excellent, so --

ROMANS: It was good.

JARRETT: All right, everyone, Happy Monday. I'm Laura Jarrett.

ROMANS: And I'm Christine Romans. "NEW DAY" starts right now.

It's just nice to be able to go --

BRIANNA KEILAR, CNN ANCHOR: Good morning to viewers here in the U.S. and around the world. It is Monday, June 27. I am Brianna Keilar alongside John Berman this morning.