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Fact Check-Kentucky Democratic state senator proposed satirical amendment in 2019 on women notifying state of pregnancies

Users have been sharing a screenshot of a proposed amendment with claims that Kentucky passed a bill in June 2022 that would necessitate women of childbearing age to notify the state monthly with a signed statement from a medical professional as to whether they are pregnant. Although an amendment to that effect was introduced in 2019, it was proposed by a Democratic state senator and intended as satire in response to a bill that restricted abortion rights in the state.

Fact Check-Trump statement saying Mark Meadows wore too much cologne is a fake

Screenshots of what appears to be a statement by Donald Trump condemning former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, accusing Nancy Pelosi and the FBI of planting a fake phone, and recommending the movie Catch Me if You Can, are fabricated. There is no evidence that it ever appeared on an official Trump channel, and a Trump spokesperson called it “fake”.

Fact Check-Ukrainian fuel prices cheaper than UK’s due to lower taxes on fuel; both countries have seen fuel prices rise since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Fuel prices in Ukraine are cheaper than in the UK due to the former putting less tax on the likes of petrol and diesel. Both countries have experienced an increase in retail fuel prices since the outset of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. This has been heavily documented in the media and fuel price data is available for the public to access. Claims that people are “being lied to” over the UK’s rising prices lack any evidence.

Fact Check-Bayer executive’s comments misinterpreted in social media posts

Remarks by Bayer executive Stefan Oelrich in 2021 have been shared on social media to spread the false allegation that COVID-19 mRNA vaccines are a form of gene therapy. Contrary to claims online, Oelrich was highlighting the public’s acceptance of such technological innovation as an example of how people could potentially also accept the company’s gene and cell therapies.

Fact Check-Contrary to social media posts, there is no evidence Uvalde shooter was part of a set-up or conspiracy and he had a job until shortly before the shooting

A video claiming that the equipment that was used by the perpetrator of the shooting rampage on Tuesday at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, was unaffordable for the shooter, and that therefore the whole tragedy was a setup, is misleading. The shooter, Salvador Ramos, had been employed at a fast-food restaurant until about two weeks before the shootings and he had expressed intent to purchase weapons.

Fact Check-Fact check – 1973 Roe v. Wade decision did not center on whether plaintiff had been raped

After the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade court ruling in June 2022, a claim gained traction online that the 1973 decision was only made because the plaintiff had falsely claimed she had been raped. While it is true that Norma McCorvey, the plaintiff dubbed Jane Roe, had publicly stated and later retracted the claim that she was raped, the claim was not mentioned and did not form part of the Supreme Court ruling. McCorvey also first made the claim publicly in an interview

Fact Check-Photos show pallets of bricks for a construction project near Cannon House Office Building

At least two images showing pallets of bricks near the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. have been shared on social media alongside allegations that they were planted there for protesters to use. The bricks in the photo, however, are unrelated to the demonstrations against the U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade precedent that recognized women's constitutional right to abortion.

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