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Over 90 Million Americans Are Under Heat Warnings or Advisories; White House Doctor: Biden "Continues to Improve" After Contracting COVID-19; "Shrinkflation" Means Consumers are Getting Less for their Money; Miami School Board Rejects New Sex Ed Textbook Amid Controversy; Women Having Miscarriage Could Suffer Under New Anti- Abortion Laws. Aired 7-8a ET

Aired July 24, 2022 - 07:00   ET



AMARA WALKER, CNN ANCHOR: Good morning, everyone. And welcome to your NEW DAY. It is Sunday, July 24th. I'm Amara Walker.

ALEX MARQUARDT, CNN ANCHOR: Great to be back with you, Amara. I'm Alex Marquardt. Thank you all so much for joining us this morning.

We're going to start with the brutal heatwave that's baking many parts of the United States, and it is showing no sign of letting up today. Right now, more than 90 million Americans are under excessive heat warnings and advisories, high humidity mixed with sweltering temperatures. That's pushing some heat indices up into the triple digits.

Now, the National Weather Service is warning it will feel extremely oppressive. Philadelphia could see its hottest day in more than a decade. And Boston is forecast to possibly break a 90-year-old record set in 1933.

WALKER: Oh, gosh. But, you know, they're not the only ones in total. Nearly two dozen cities in the Northeast will likely see daily record high temperatures. We're also getting a better sense of how dangerous these weather conditions are. At least one person has died in New York from heat exposure.

Governor Kathy Hochul has now issued the first set of interim recommendations as part of a comprehensive extreme heat action plan. Many residents say they're doing anything possible to try to stay cool.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Buying drinks at McDonald's to sit in the store for a little bit of time to be in the ac. That's really it.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I don't like going outside in this heat. I stay inside.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Beach. Coney Island. Boardwalk, then jump in the water to cool off. (END VIDEO CLIP)

MARQUARDT: CNN's Polo Sandoval is in New York with more on the impact this scorching heat is having.


POLO SANDOVAL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hey, Amara and Alex. Good morning to you.

Today will bring another challenge for New Yorkers to try to find any way to keep cool. That's especially as those temperatures begin to truly peak as forecasters expecting the hottest temperatures of this heat wave to be experienced today.

We know city officials have already scaled back on the triathlon, scheduled to take place today by reducing the distance of the cycling and of the running portion.

And Boston, officials decided to just simply postpone their triathlon altogether and won't hold it until next month. The big concern is the temperatures continue to rise, so does the threat.

We have already seen the temperatures turn out to be deadly in cities like Dallas, where last week they recorded the first heat related death this year. Arizona officials have already recorded at least 29 heat-related deaths since March.

It is a reminder the temperatures are extremely dangerous, but nevertheless, we have seen all weekend people try to make the best of it, but officials here, though, Amara, are really recommending the people simply take care of not only themselves, but also one another.

Amara, Alex, back to you.


WALKER: I can't do anything in the heat. I just stay indoors. I don't even do the beach, if there were a beach nearby.

Well, you know, this massive heat wave is also fueling a raging wildfire. In California's Mariposa County, outside Yosemite National Park, the fast-moving oak fire has burned nearly 12,000 acres in less than two days and officials say the fire is still zero percent contained.

MARQUARDT: No progress there. Governor Gavin Newsom of California declaring a state of emergency after more than 3,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes. One couple has described the moment that they knew it was time to pack up their belongings and get out. Take a listen.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This went up the hill and I looked and I'm, like, oh, my God. It was coming fast. LYNDA REYNOLDS BROWN, EVACUATED HOME: It was scary when we left

because we were getting ashes on us, but we had such a visual of this billowing, it just seemed like it was above our house and coming our way really quickly.


MARQUARDT: Absolutely terrifying.

Now, so far, the fire has destroyed at least ten structures and authorities are saying that another 2,000 are in jeopardy. Now, today is expected to bring the hottest temperatures to the Northeast.

CNN's Allison Chinchar is in the weather center.

Allison, any relief anytime soon?

ALLISON CHINCHAR, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Yes, it just depends on where you're looking. That is the good news at least for some areas. Give it another 24 to 48 hours and we will finally start to see some of the temperatures ease back. The problem is for other areas, the temperatures will only go up from here.

So, let's break it down. Overall, you see the map where we have all the excessive heat warnings and heat advisories. You're talking well over a dozen states that are dealing with those extreme temperatures.

And in the central portion of the country, it's been hot for weeks and we're seeing that trend continue, especially with those triple digit temperatures.


Oklahoma City, yet again, high temperature in the triple digits, and that heat index even several degrees beyond that, St. Louis with a high of 97 today, but that feels like temperature of 105. Record- breaking temperatures expected across many cities in the Northeast.

Montpelier expected to crush their previous record at 89. They're forecast to get to 93. Boston, forecast to get to 99, that would also break a nearly 90-year-old daily record if they make it to that temperature.

But again, the trend is finally starting to see some of those temperatures come back down. It is at the cost, however, of having showers and thunderstorms in the forecast. Some of them could even be severe. You're talking damaging winds, couple of tornadoes and the potential for hail.

But then things start to warm right back up as we get later into the upcoming week. They stay above average for the Southeast. And then the Pacific Northwest, guys, we start to see their temperatures rise as we head into the workweek.

WALKER: Yeah, let's stay safe, indoors if possible.

Allison Chinchar, thank you very much.

Well, the World Health Organization has issued temporary recommendations after declaring monkeypox a public health emergency of international concern. Among those recommendations are travel -- restrictions on travel. The group says anyone with signs and symptoms compatible with monkeypox virus infection or has come into contact with a suspected case of monkeypox should avoid any travel until they are determined not to be a public risk.

MARQUARDT: And as of Friday, the CDC has confirmed more than 2,800 monkeypox cases here in the United States with nearly a third of those infections coming from New York state by itself. And the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Secretary Xavier Becerra says monkeypox is being declared a public health emergency and it's a call to action for the global health community, and that the Biden administration is determined to accelerate its response in the days ahead.

Now, President Biden's physician says that his COVID symptoms continue to improve after testing positive for COVID-19 on Thursday.

WALKER: Let's go now to CNN's Jasmine Wright, live outside the White House this morning.

Hi there, Jasmine. What's the latest?

JASMINE WRIGHT, CNN WHITE HOUSE REPORTER: Well, President Biden enters day three of a five-day isolation period at the White House. His doctors say he is improving, according to Dr. Kevin O'Connor, who released a letter yesterday stating as much and also got more into specifics about exactly what President Biden was experiencing.

I want to read some of that for you. O'Connor wrote that Biden's primary symptoms, though less troublesome, sore throat, rhinorrhea, which is that nasal drip, loose cough and body aches. But that his pulse, blood pressure, respiratory rate and temperature remain entirely normal. His oxygen saturation continues to be excellent on room air, his lungs remain clear.

Now, O'Connor said that President Biden finished the second day of the Paxlovid antiviral treatment on Friday and he continues to take prescribed medicines like Tylenol and using his albuterol inhaler about two to three times a day for a loose cough.

Now, interestingly here, he identified the BA.5 variant as the one that President Biden most likely have. We know that that is a really transmissible one, affecting about 75 to 80 cases.

Now, going forward here, Alex and Amara, the White House said on Friday that President Biden will complete his full five days at the White House in isolation and then we can expect he will try to test out on Wednesday.

So, Wednesday will be the earliest we'll see him likely out and about. Until then, we can expect him to continue the virtual conferences, something the White House chief of staff Ron Klain said he was doing yesterday and something we saw him doing on Friday.

Now, of course, today is Sunday, we're still waiting at the White House for an update on the president's condition -- Alex, Amara.

WALKER: All right. Jasmine Wright, thank you.

A Tennessee police officer is on administrative leave this morning after the violent arrest of 25-year-old Brandon Calloway that was caught on video. State officials are investigating whether officers used excessive force during that incident after allegedly beating him with a baton and then tasing him in his own home.

MARQUARDT: The police for their part, they say they followed him when he went inside after allegedly running a stop sign.

CNN's Nadia Romero spoke with Calloway about the physical and mental scars he still has a week after his violent arrest.


NADIA ROMERO, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: A man arrested by police in Tennessee says he's still recovering from physical and emotional wounds and now in Oakland, Tennessee, police officer is on administrative leave as the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation investigates the arrest of that man.

(voice-over): This is 25-year-old Brandon Calloway, police say he failed to stop at a stop sign and was driving 12 miles over the speed limit. A complaint affidavit obtained by the Tennessee attorney general's office alleges that Calloway refused to pull over until he turned into his driveway.

He then ran into his home and ignoring police commands as another officer identified Officer Richardson arrived on the scene. Then police say officers pursued and made entry by kicking in the front door.


You're about to see video of law enforcement officers running into the home of Calloway, where he was tased and hit by a baton after police say he resisted arrest. The video was recorded by Calloway's girlfriend, and we want to caution you, this video is disturbing.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Stop! Stop! Stop! Brandon, Brandon, Brandon, stop! Stop hitting him! Stop hitting him! Stop! Stop it! Stop it! Stop it! Stop! Stop! Stop! Stop it! Stop!

Why are you chasing him and hitting him? He has no weapon. He has no weapon. Why are you chasing him? He's beating him and tasing him he has no weapon, sir. He has no weapon.

They're being aggressive. I have all of this on video. No, I need to record this. No, you will -- don't put your hands on me. Do not put your hands on me.

Bring me my phone. I need to call my mom. I need to call his mom.

POLICE OFFICER: Get on the ground! Get on the ground! Get on the ground.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Look how they're doing him. Stop hitting him! Stop!

Brandon, stop resisting. Stop resisting. Don't resist. Just stop. Just stop. No!

Just get on the ground. Get on the ground, Brandon. Get on the ground.

POLICE OFFICER: Get on the ground.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Get off of his neck! Get off his neck!

ROMERO: Calloway was arrested and later bonded out of jail. He says he still has bruises and had to get stitches and is experiencing blurred vision and headaches following that police interaction. He says he never thought he would be involved in this kind of an incident.

BRANDON CALLOWAY, SUBJECT OF VIOLENT ARREST IN TENNESSEE: I'm definitely having flashbacks and nightmares. I really feel like the nightmare is consistent thing. I've always had fear because of what's happened to other people like me. But, no, I never thought anything like this would ever happen.


ROMERO: The cell phone video does not show the entire police interaction.

Former Washington, D.C. Police Chief Charles Ramsey says he didn't see any efforts by police to de-escalate the situation. He says other video elements will be important in this investigation.

CHARLES RAMSEY, CNN SENIOR LAW ENFORCEMENT ANALYST: It is going to be important to see that body cam footage because when you look at the cell phone video, there are periods of time he's out of sight and you can't see exactly what's going on.

ROMERO: The Tennessee attorney general's office denied CNN's public records request to obtain the officer's body camera footage, citing the open and ongoing investigation.

Brandon Calloway's attorney, Andre Wharton, says they're asking for transparency into the investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. He also says the allegation of a traffic violation should not have escalated.

ANDRE WHARTON, ATTORNEY FOR BRANDON CALLOWAY: At best you have two honor traffic violations, no prior felony alleged, no robbery, no homicide, no shooting, no active shooter allegations, things of that sort, forced entry into the home, immediate use of force.

ROMERO: Oakland Police Officer Richardson has been placed on administrative leave according to the city manager.

CNN has reached out to the Fayette County sheriff's office, the Fayette County Criminal Justice Center and the police union, we have yet to hear back.

Nadia Romero, CNN, Atlanta.


WALKER: Still to come this morning, heated moments between parents and police in south Florida. All over a decision to pull a sex-ed book from the curriculum. A Miami board school member will join us to weigh in on that debate.

MARQUARDT: And cutting corners to curb rising prices as companies are looking for ways to save money themselves, consumers are paying more for less. Why that means you're going to be getting less for the same items on your grocery list. That's coming up.



MARQUARDT: As inflation reaches the highest levels seen in decades, it seems like just about everything is costing a little bit more these days. In some cases you may be getting less for your money. Consumer advocates are pointing to growing cases of what they're calling shrinkflation. That's when manufacturers reduce the amount of products sold at the same retail price in order to offset their increased costs.

Food industry analyst Phil Lempert is her now to help us understand this phenomenon. He's the editor of

Sir, thank you so much for being with us this morning. If you could give me a bit of a better or a broader explanation, how shrinkflation works. So, you think you're getting your regular product, for your regular price, but you're not really?

PHIL LEMPERT, GROCERY ANALYST AND FOUNDER, SUPERMARKET GURU: Absolutely. You think about it, the last time you went to the supermarket, were you looking at the net ounces or the net weight of a product? Are you looking at the per unit price?

Absolutely not. We spend about 22 minutes each shopping trip every time we go into the store. Nobody has the time to look at this. What we're starting to see, and we have seen it for years, you go to buy ice cream, you buy a pint of ice cream, you know, take a look, they're all the same ties packages. But with the exception of Ben & Jerry's, they're all 14 ounces.


Sixteen ounces is what's in a pint. They're the only ones that have that. So, what we need to do is we need to pay closer attention to it. And

frankly, this is a food crime for lack of a better word. You know, they're misleading us. They're putting less in the package and in some cases as you point out, it is a -- they don't increase the price of it, but in some cases, they're increasing the price, as well as putting less in the package.

MARQUARDT: Phil, you say people need to pay closer attention. How do you pay closer attention and what products are you seeing this happen with most?

LEMPERT: Well, we're seeing it in just about everything. For example, earlier this year, Doritos started putting, I think, five to seven less chips in the package, but it's the same size package.

The only thing we can do is have to write down how many ounces is in that package when we take inventory at home, when we produce that shopping list and then compare it. You know, it is really tough, and, you know, in this age of inflation where we're seeing prices at a 40- year high, nobody is really paying attention to what the net weight is.

MARQUARDT: Do you expect any blowback against the major brands? You mentioned Doritos. If people feel like they're not getting what they're suppose to be getting, what they're paying for?

LEMPERT: Yes, but we're seeing blowback in two different places. From a shopper is standpoint and also a supermarket standpoint. What supermarkets are doing is they're going to manufacturers who are asking for a price increase, or the shrinkflation in the packaging and the supermarket is demanding to know why the prices are going up.

There's a huge fight right now in the UK between, you know, Kraft Heinz and Tesco, the largest retailer there, where Tesco is saying, you know, I'm not taking the price increase. And Kraft Heinz says, well, that's it. So, guess what? Tesco has eliminated a lot of the products that are from Kraft Heinz on their shelves.

We also saw the same thing here in the U.S. a few years ago between Campbell's Soup and, you know, Walmart, where Campbell's Soup said, OK, we need a price increase and Walmart said no and dropped half the products that they carried from Campbell's.

MARQUARDT: So, pay close attention. Look at the price per unit and look at your receipt when you get home.

Phil Lempert, thank you so much for your time this morning. Appreciate it.

LEMPERT: And keep your fingers crossed.



WALKER: Good advice. All right. Thanks so much. Fuel shortages and rolling blackouts are part of everyday life in

Cuba. But the nation's ongoing energy crisis has drivers waiting days to fill up at state-run gas stations.

CNN's Patrick Oppmann has more now from Havana.


PATRICK OPPMANN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The line for diesel in Havana seems to go on forever and barely move. It takes days for drivers to fill up their tanks.

Yes, you heard that right. People wait for days to get fuel, don't even think about leaving the line, not even for a second.

We can't go, he says. If you leave, someone else takes your spot. You have to go back to the beginning and start all over again.

So, drivers catch some Zs in their cars, brush their teeth by the side of the road, kill the hours playing dominos, hoping the next increasingly scarce shipment of fuel comes soon.

The people at the front say they have been waiting for eight days to fill up their trucks and cars with diesel. They'll sleep in their truck, have their family bring them food.

What they didn't want to talk to us on camera. They thought if they talked too publicly they would lose their place in line.

Battered by the pandemic, U.S. sanctions and a global supply chain disrupted by the war in Ukraine, Cuba is confronting the worsening energy crisis. Large parts of the communist-run island are being hit by longer and longer power outages.

Keeping the lights on requires more fuel than they have on hand.

The power plants have consumed all the small amount of fuel that we have, he says, fundamentally diesel, which costs us a lot of work to get, it means a generation of energy is affected as are important economic activities.

Analysts say the whole grid is in danger of collapsing.

JORGE PINON, LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN ENERGY PROGRAM: You have a number of cumulative effects that are taking place that cannot be solved with band-aids. We're talking about major structural investments in the billions of dollars that is going to take a number of years to solve this problem.

OPPMANN: Blackouts in July 2021 sparked the largest anti-government protests in decades. Already this summer, outages caused people to take to the streets, banging pots and pans to demand that power be restored.

[07:25:06] But with the government warning that the blackouts and fuel shortages will continue, Cubans can expect a long, hot and tense summer ahead of them.

Patrick Oppmann, CNN, Havana.


WALKER: Restrictive abortion laws are already having very real and devastating impacts in several states. Up next, one woman shares how it took weeks to get the medical care she desperately needed following a miscarriage.


WALKER: We are weeks away from the start of the new school year, where has the time gone, right?

But some teachers in Florida's largest school board are in limbo this morning after the Miami-Dade School Board reversed its decision to adopt new sexual education textbooks that they voted to approve back in April.

The decision means the county has no sex ed curriculum, and it comes months after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed the so-called don't say gay law into law, banning certain instruction about sexual orientation, and gender identity in the classroom.


The decision means the county has no sex ed curriculum, and it comes months after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed the so-called don't say gay law into law, banning certain instruction about sexual orientation, and gender identity in the classroom.

Joining me now to discuss this further is the vice chair and district one school board member for the Miami-Dade County School System, Steve Gallon III, who we say voted to approve the textbook.

Steve, good morning to you. Thank you for joining us.

I do want to tell our viewers that, you know, in this textbook, it looks pretty standard on the surface, and if you look at the table of contents it covers pregnancy prevention, mental health, understanding STDs and HIV, drugs and alcohol, maintaining healthy relationships, et cetera, et cetera.

I want to play what critics had to say about why they believe this textbook was or is inappropriate. Listen.


ALEX SERRANO, COUNTY CITIZENS DEFENDING FREEDOM: An 11-year-old being told where to obtain and how easy it is to obtain plan B pills in our assessment is not age appropriate.


WALKER: And just to point out, the board decided to strike out a chapter on sexuality when it approved the textbook. So, what else in the textbook do parents find inappropriate for students? We heard a little bit from that parent there.

STEVE GALLON III, VICE CHAIR & SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER, MIAMI-DADE COUNTY SCHOOLS: Well, just for the record, let me clarify, the individual that spoke is actually not a parent in the school district. This individual has no children in the school district, according to reports. His children attend a private school.

But that being said, parents had a significant role and responsibility and more importantly they had a voice and a vote in the process, at the onset. So, parents were a part of the process initially. They had an opportunity through several interactions of engaging the board through various board meetings to express their concerns.

And the ultimate process involves objections cited in writing. The Miami-Dade County public schools received 278 objections, moved through the process pursuant to law of those 278 petitions that were filed, four parents showed up, three spoke.

And, again, parents who had an opportunity to express their concerns could opt out pursuant to state statute. This is not something that's mandated.

WALKER: Yeah, excuse me here, Steve, and excuse me for stepping in, but tell me about the content. What exactly are they objecting to in the textbook?

GALLON: Well, it depends who is objecting. That's the question. Parents may object to what this individual cited, he has no children, parents may object to information about contraception, abstinence, it varies.

This covers a myriad of topics. Topics include --

WALKER: Beyond sexuality and gender identity because the school board already voted to remove that portion of the chapter from being taught in the classroom.

GALLON: Absolutely. And those individuals who deduced it to gender and sexuality are misinformed. You're talking about HIV prevention, child abuse information, how to communicate with someone if you're being abuse abused.

It covers a myriad of topics to the wealth and welfare of our children under the umbrella of human, reproduction and health.

WALKER: Right. So, we're talking about middle schoolers to high school, right? So who won't be getting a sex education this upcoming school year, for how long?

GALLON: Well, the process that we have -- well, currently we don't have anything currently adopted. We're going to have to start the cycle over again. That can take approximately 4 to 8 months, again, involving the parents, the stake holders, teachers, educational professionals. This is a very inclusive process the board undertakes. The students will be without that particular content during that particular time.

WALKER: And you raised an important point. Florida, like many states, has a law that allows parents to opt their children out of sex education courses. What is the impact of a lack offering -- not offering any sex education right now, this school year?

GALLON: I mean, I've been in education for three decades. I've been a teacher, principal, superintendent.

Education is power. Our students who do not receive this information will be rendered powerless to make critical decisions, not only during school, but in life. This is critically important, each and every one of us through our schooling has had an opportunity to access information about health and reproduction.

This is continuous to public education as we know it and to rob the entire district of this information is unfortunate. I said publicly and I'll continue to say, I have no problem with parent choice in terms of them wanting to defend their children regarding this information.


But to defend children and to deny children is a proposition that is very untenable.

WALKER: For a lot of people, a lot of students including myself. Getting sex education in school is the only time and place where you get it. My parents didn't talk to me a lot about what I learned in sex ed.

And you're also learning a lot about, you know, respecting yourself, having a healthy relationship and things of that nature as well. So, an important conversations there.

Steve Gallon, I appreciate you for joining us. Thank you so much.

GALLON: Thank you.

MARQUARDT: All right. As more states move to ban abortions, life threatening complication are arising for some women. In Texas, for example, some pregnant women who suffered miscarriages are saying doctors are denying the care they need because of strict anti-abortion law passed last year.

CNN's senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen shares one woman's story.


ELIZABETH COHEN, CNN SENIOR MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Marlena Stell and A.D. DeSilva have always wanted a little brother or sister for their daughter Adelina. Instead, what they got was a nightmare because of a Texas anti-abortion law.

MARLENA STELL, WAS REFUSED MISCARRIAGE TREATMENT: I get so angry that I was treated this way because of laws that were passed by men who have never been pregnant and never will be.

COHEN: Stell's nightmare started out as a dream come true. After months of trying she became pregnant late last summer.

STELL: We were super-excited because we didn't think I could get pregnant.

COHEN: An ultrasound at 7 1/2 weeks showed all was well. But at an ultrasound two weeks later --

STELL: She said there is no heartbeat. There is no viable pregnancy.

COHEN: Stell asked her doctor for standard treatment -- a surgery to remove the fetal remains. She says her doctor refused. That surgery, commonly known as a D&C, is the same procedure used to abort a living fetus.

STELL: She said, well, because of the new law that's passed you're going to have to get another ultrasound for me to be able to even do anything for you.

COHEN: Overwhelmed emotionally and physically --

STELL: The pain would get so severe it would be hard to walk.

COHEN: -- she went to get a second invasive ultrasound at an imaging center, describing it later in a YouTube video.

STELL: Someone shoves a wand in my sensitive area and tells me hey, you lost your baby again. I shouldn't have to go through that twice.

COHEN: So you had to hear it twice that you lost a baby?

STELL: It's gut-wrenching. Sorry.

COHEN: That's OK.

STELL: Because you already know what you're going to see. It's just like seeing it twice and being told that you're not going to be a mom.

COHEN: Even after that second ultrasound --


COHEN: -- would your obstetrician give you the surgical procedure?

STELL: No, no.

COHEN: Stell had to get yet another ultrasound showing her dead fetus.

COHEN: So you were walking around carrying a dead fetus? STELL: And just emotionally carrying it around and just knowing that there's nothing you could do, it just feels very -- it's like I can't grieve or most past is because I'm just walking around carrying it.

COHEN: Dr. Lillian Schapiro has been an OB-GYN in Atlanta for more than 30 years.

When a woman is walking around with a dead fetus for weeks because she can't get a surgical procedure, what's the danger to her?

DR. LILLIAN SCHAPIRO, OBSTETRICIAN-GYNECOLOGIST IN ATLANTA: She can develop an infection that can make her sterile and never able to have children again.

COHEN: Or even worse --

SCHAPIRO: When the baby dies inside, the baby starts to release parts of its tissue that can get into the mother's blood supply. And it can cause organ failure. It can cause death.

COHEN: In Texas and some other states, a doctor who does the right thing and surgically removes a dead fetus could be vulnerable to an expensive lawsuit.

STEPHEN VLADECK, LAW PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS: Any private citizen can walk in the court and say I think Dr. Smith performed an abortion.

COHEN: And citizens are incentivized to bring such cases. They can win more than $10,000. And even when doctors can prove the fetus was dead, the doctor still has to be responsible for their own legal fees.

VLADECK: They're going to lose even though they win, and that's the chilling effect. They face this specter of potentially endless, ruinous litigation that they just can't stop. They can't avoid. They can't preempt.

COHEN: As I spoke with Stell, I thought back to how between my second and third children I had a miscarriage that was handled very differently.

They saw there was no heartbeat. They did a D&C. It allowed me to move on quickly and get pregnant again. And then I got pregnant again, too.

SCHAPIRO: Right, and that's great. And that is the story that we want to hear from people.

COHEN: Stell was not so lucky. She did finally manage to find a doctor to perform her D&C but it took two weeks. She worries the nightmare could happen to her again.


COHEN: Are you trying to get pregnant again?

STELL: No. COHEN: Why not?

STELL: I'm worried about getting infected, have something happen to me, and then my daughter's left without her mom.

COHEN: Now they are contemplating moving away from Texas -- away from their extended family -- just so they can try to get pregnant again.

Elizabeth Cohen, CNN, Conroe, Texas.


WALKER: Just horrendous. What a story.

Coming up, a shocking story also out of West Virginia, a man dying just days after his sister wakes up from a 2-year coma, only to then name him as her attacker. All the twist and turns in this case, next.



WALKER: This is really an incredible story. A stunning twist in an already shocking case out of West Virginia. So a woman, she wakes up from a 2-year coma and then tells police it was her own brother who attacked and nearly killed her.

MARQUARDT: And now, that very same man has died in custody.

CNN's Jean Casarez has this latest incredible return.


JEAN CASAREZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Daniel Palmer III was anything by cooperative as law enforcement tried to get him to jail after an initial court proceeding on Friday. Palmer of Jackson County, West Virginia is now charged with the attempted murder of his sister Wanda in June of 2020. Allegedly bludgeoning her with a hatchet or axe according to the sheriff. It was Wanda's mother who called 911 after it happened.

EILEEN PALMER, VICTIM'S MOTHER: They came Wednesday morning to mow her grass. And they found her at a big pool of blood they said and they run up on the hill real fast on a four-wheeler and told us and I called the police and the ambulance.

CASAREZ: Wanda was found in her living room.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We show up and we see her on the couch, bloodied, battered, bludgeoned in the head and face area.

CASAREZ: They believed she was dead. But then heard sounds, quote, commonly referred to as the death rattle. But Wanda was alive.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I wouldn't have wagered a nickel for her life that morning. She wasn't that bad a shape. CASAREZ: According to the criminal complaint, a witness, Wanda's brother had her trailer that night. And investigators say there was a history of violence between them. But law enforcement had no weapon, no eyewitness to the attack, and no phone records or video.

And Wanda was in a coma. Until about three weeks ago, when she woke up in her nursing home, the sheriff says, and she told investigators the attacker that night was her own brother.

MESSI POWERS, VICTIM'S FRIEND: For her to be able to wake up and say, you know, give the name, thank God. That's all I can say. Thank God.

SHERIFF ROSS MELLINGER, JACKSON COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA: This case is really about the perseverance and the toughness on the strength of the victim in itself.


CASAREZ (on camera): From the beginning, Jackson County sheriff department tells CNN that palmer was to uncooperative, they couldn't take a brand-new mug shot of him and he wouldn't sign the paperwork allowing for an attorney to represent him.

Now the question is would he not cooperate, or could he not cooperate because of a medical condition that no one ever knew existed? His attorney and guardian ad litem tells CNN he will be looking into that, and also says that Palmer was in bad shape, nonresponsive and basically alive by the machine in the hospital.

Jean Casarez, CNN, New York.



MARQUEZ: I love this story. Latest internet sensation is an emu named Emmanuel.

WALKER: So, apparently, he's not a fan of iPhones, especially when his owner tries record with hers.

CNN's Jeanne Moos has more.


JEANNE MOOS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): He's an emu who's made a name for himself.

TAYLOR BLAKE, KNUCKLE BUMP FARMS: Emmanuel, do not do it. Emmanuel, don't do it! Emmanuel!

MOOS: And that name is Emmanuel.

BLAKE: Emmanuel, don't do it.

MOOS: Whenever Taylor Blake tries to make a video at Knuckle Bump Farms in Florida, where they raise miniature cattle, she's always getting bumped by -- guess who?

BLAKE: Emmanuel, don't do it, Emmanuel. Emmanuel.

MOOS: Don't do what?

BLAKE: Emmanuel! Emmanuel.

Emmanuel is just natural. I swear he was born to be on camera.

MOOS: And now he's gone viral. Probably thinks his name is "Emmanuel- don't-do-it."

TAYLOR: Emmanuel, don't do it. Emmanuel!

MOOS: And when he's done it, the question is --

TAYLOR: Why. why do you got to be such a menace dude?

Emmanuel has always had a hatred of two things. One of them is phones, and the other one is buttons.

MOOS: Blake has even resorted to the tactic all moms try: the dreaded three names.

TAYLOR: Emmanuel Todd Lopez! Emmanuel.

And he stops in his tracks and kind of looks.

MOOS: Have you lost an iPhone over there?

TAYLOR: Not yet.

MOOS: And it could be worse. A woman named Amanda at Useless Farm has herself been pecked, pecked repeatedly, suffering minor injuries inflicted by her emu Karen.

TAYLOR: That is some scary stuff she puts up with. So, all the love and all the props to her.

MOOS: Speaking of love, Emmanuel is actually crazy about Taylor. It is the phone he can't stand.

TAYLOR: Emmanuel, don't do it. Emmanuel. You know what? Do it.

How did that make you feel? Do you feel fulfilled?

MOOS: At least he gets the fill of hearing his name.

TAYLOR: Emmanuel, don't do it! Emmanuel, don't do it!

MOOS: Jeanne Moos --

TAYLOR: Don't do it.

MOOS: -- CNN --

TAYLOR: Is there anything you want to say? All right. You heard it here, folks.

MOOS: -- New York.

TAYLOR: Emmanuel.


WALKER: You know, that reminds myself as a parent. You know, I'm telling my kids, don't do it. Don't do it.

MARQUARDT: Yeah, but children understand the tone. I love it that Taylor thinks that stern tone is going to be comprehensible to an emu.

WALKER: It seems like it is, because it kinds of stops him.


MARQUARDT: That shot of her of Emmanuel sleeping on her, I mean, at the end of the day, Emmanuel, he seems very sweet.

WALKER: Yeah, when he's not pecking at the phone.

But it was so great to be with you this weekend.

MARQUARDT: Thanks so much for having me, Amara.

WALKER: I appreciate you.

That was our morning. "INSIDE POLITICS SUNDAY" is up next.

MARQUARDT: And tonight, W. Kamau Bell heads to the legendary sports town of Boston to find out what makes the culture so intense for athletes.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You know, Fenway, I've heard at Yankee Stadium, I've heard at Pac Bell, I mean, that's -- people think I pay this money and I have this right to now do this.

W. KAMAU BELL, CNN HOST: I'm paying for the right to express myself. And also, there is something, again, baked into sports in this country where booing is a part of it and not -- but abuse is a part of it. Not just like it is okay. It's actually a part of a ritual.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: That's toxic. That's toxic as it gets. And this idea that somehow your health is irrelevant, that your job is to be a show horse and get out there and entertain the people, and you make a lot of money to do that, you know, that ugliness is impossible to divorce from what professional sports is.


MARQUARDT: Catch an all new episode of "UNITED SHADES OF AMERICA" tonight at 10:00 p.m., right here on CNN.

Thanks so much for joining us. Have a great Sunday, everybody.