OMG! It’s An Abortion Ban!

That is the same response that Dems have held for decades.

I have held off writing about the big story on the new abortion law that was signed by that mentally deranged group in Texas to see what the response of the Dems would be…..and now I have my answer.

First let me say…..the media and Dems need to stop using the term ‘pro-life’….that is a lie….instead they need to start using the term ‘anti-choice’.

Now to the grits and gravy.

The Dems are doing what they do best…..react.

So you think the Dems are doing what they can to prevent this law from effecting women?

Since 1980 when Reagan slithered into the White House the Dems have had NO idea how to go on the attack….instead they wait for the Repubs to attack and then they react….and that is why they have little answers to this new assault on reproductive rights.

The Dems counterattacked with the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2021….all but the cowards like Casey and Manchin who are the bane of getting anything done in the Congress for they are ‘moderates’….that means they are more worried about votes than the health of women….like I said before ‘spineless’.

Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA) of 2021……

Would you like to see what is in this bill?  (Stupid question for most will ignorge this as they always do then bitch when they are caught flat-footed)

https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/senate-bill/1975/text

Read the damn bill!

A valiant effort…..but it will flop as it did in 2013….and again in 2019…..

Yes that is right…this bill has been proposed several times…..and yet nothing has been accomplished either time….

Doubt my word?

2013…..https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/senate-bill/1696

How about in 2019…..

Overview of H.R. 2975. 1

  1. H.R. 2975 would impose a heightened burden of proof on many if not most if not all abortion laws ever enacted 2
  2. H.R. 2975 treats abortion like one more “medical procedure”—not like the “unique act” and “grave decision” it really is 4
  3. H.R. 2975 excludes important legislative interests that the Supreme Court has expressly recognized 5
  4. Under H.R. 2975 doctors and nurses who conscientiously object to abortion could lose their jobs and Catholic hospitals could lose public funds. 7
  5. H.R. 2975 would jeopardize limits on taxpayer-funded abortion—including the Hyde Amendment 9
  6. H.R. 2975 would jeopardize parental notice requirements. 11
  7. H.R. 2975 would jeopardize informed consent laws such as ultrasound requirements and reflection periods 13
  8. H.R. 2975 would block States from protecting pain-capable babies at 20 weeks of pregnancy in most cases 15
  9. H.R. 2975 would force States to allow discrimination. 16
  10. H.R. 2975 would make it harder to limit late abortions 17

Want the whole bill?

https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/1645/text

If you a truly pro-choice then spend a little damn time and learn this stuff…..

This Dem attempt is but a fart in the wind!

Personally I think this effort by the Dems will fall away as it has for many years…..they will defer to the Supreme Court and now that it is stacked with ideologues I fear that these bans may hold.

At what point will the Dems learn to attack first and let the Repubs scramble for an answer?

That point is to elect true progressives and not mealy mouth moderates that hamper any progress on this issue and others.

Until then you just have to live with the gutless attempts put forward by the Dems.

As of writing this post the announcement came out that the AG will proceed with a lawsuit…..

The Justice Department is suing Texas over its new state law prohibiting most abortions, arguing that it was enacted “in open defiance of the Constitution.” The lawsuit, filed Thursday in federal court in Texas, asks a federal judge to declare that the law is invalid, “to enjoin its enforcement, and to protect the rights that Texas has violated,” the AP reports. The Texas law prohibits abortions once medical professionals can detect cardiac activity—usually around six weeks, often before a woman knows she’s pregnant. Courts have blocked other states from imposing similar restrictions, but Texas’ law differs significantly because it leaves enforcement to private citizens through civil lawsuits instead of criminal prosecutors.

I await the SCOTUS response when it makes it that far.

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Mississippi Sets The Stage

My state of Mississippi has the distinction of many things…..we lead the nation on child poverty, one of the most unhealthy of states, most littered state,….on and on…..

Now Mississippi trying to be known as the state that brought down Roe v Wade…..

The Mississippi attorney general on Thursday asked the US Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, a challenge to the 1973 law that’s been expected since May, when the high court agreed to hear a case involving a Mississippi law banning most abortions after 15 weeks. Lower courts blocked the law, known as the Gestational Age Act, and the state is appealing, NBC News reports. Attorney General Lynn Fitch said the Roe v. Wade ruling, as well as the other major ruling legalizing abortion in the US, 1992’s Planned Parenthood v. Casey, were “egregiously wrong.” She said there is an “overwhelming” case to be made for overruling them, CNN reports.

“The conclusion that abortion is a constitutional right has no basis in text, structure, history, or tradition,” Fitch said in a new brief to the justices. The request is notable, because when Mississippi asked SCOTUS to hear the case, it said doing so did not “require the court to overturn either Roe or Casey.” Politico says this brief “raises the stakes,” but notes that court watchers tend to think the justices are more likely to stop short of overruling Roe, while continuing to allow states to place an increasing number of restrictions on abortions. Axios points out the possibility that President Biden will protect abortion rights via an executive action if Roe is overturned. Oral arguments are expected in late fall or early winter, with a decision possible by June.

With a conservative ideologues on the Court this could well be the death throes of Roe v Wade….

And Mississippi will be the final nail in the coffin of reproductive rights.

I am so proud….(that is sarcasm in case you missed it)

Thoughts?

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“lego ergo scribo”

Closing Thought–16Jun21

The abortion battle has been going on for decades and in all that time misinformation has been circulating and my governor, Tater Twat Reeves, has once again illustrate just how damn ignorant their lies are…..

I a recent interview he shows how far these liars will go to misinform….

Mississippi GOP Governor Tate Reeves appeared on Jake Tapper’s “State of The Union” to discuss his hopes and dreams for his state’s law banning abortion after 15 weeks. It should come as no surprise that his hope is that it will lead to the overturning or at least the erosion of Roe v. Wade. But what Reeves wanted to make most clear to Tapper and to CNN audience was that he wanted it overturned not just because of his personal beliefs about abortion, but because he believes the science has changed, therefore the law must keep up with that.

Here, however, appears to be Governor Reeves’s best guess on what “the science” says. It is very different from what “the science” actually says.

He said:

REEVES: For people such as myself that are pro-life, I believe that the Supreme Court made a mistake in the 1970s. But that’s not the issue at stake that is before the court, hopefully when the arguments are heard sometime in the fall.

The question that is before the court, and this is something you mentioned earlier, and that’s with respect to understanding and appreciating and respecting science.

The fact is, we know so much more in America today about the formation of young children in the womb than we did when Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973. We know so much more even than we knew when Casey was decided in 1992, that was 30 years ago. It is not unusual for the court to review cases from the past. And what we know now, Jake, is that we know that the heart has partially formed at 15 weeks. We know that the baby in the womb is practicing breathing. We know that most internal organs have started to form and we believe that child is viable outside the womb.

As it turns out, “we” know exactly none of those things, because Tate Reeves just made them all up as he went along.

https://www.wonkette.com/mississippi-gov-has-some-real-wild-ideas-about-human-gestation-periods

This just illustrates how far these GOP dullards will go to spread their crap and prevent the individual’s rights….something they pretend that they support.

This as usual is a pathetic lie that the idiots in my state will believe…..(I am shaking my head at the stupidity)……

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A High Schooler With Guts!

An IST Shout Out!

This young Texas lady has shown more guts than the officials in DC…..

The commencement speech that Lake Highlands High School valedictorian Paxton Smith planed to give—and that administrators approved—had to do with media and content consumption. But in light of the “heartbeat” abortion bill her home state of Texas just signed into law, which will essentially ban all abortions after the six-week mark of pregnancy after it takes effect in September, she changed her topic without notifying administrators. “I have dreams, hopes, and ambitions,” she said when addressing the graduating class Sunday, per D Magazine. “Every girl here does. We have spent our whole lives working towards our futures, and without our consent or input, our control over our futures has been stripped away from us.”

The 18-year-old called the legislation “gut-wrenching,” especially considering it offers no exceptions for rape or incest. “I refuse to give up this platform to promote complacency and peace, when there is a war on my body and a war on my rights. A war on the rights of your sisters, a war on the rights of your mothers, a war on the rights of your daughters,” she concluded. “We cannot stay silent.” The speech got some high-profile shout-outs, including one from Hillary Clinton. A district spokesperson tells the Dallas News speech protocols will be reviewed ahead of next year’s graduation ceremony. Smith, who is headed for UT Austin, says she’s heard from some administrators that her diploma may be held as a result, but nothing has yet happened on that front.

Kudos to this brave young lady…..

This country needs more young like her and less game remote players…..

It took a lot of guts and IST wishes Ms Smith all the luck in her future endeavors….and with the hope that she does lose that spark and fire for social justice.

Thank you Miss Smith

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“lego ergo scribo”

Pro-Choice And The Dems

The Christmas countdown has begun!

Okay before we go through exercise let me state that this is only an observation into the issue of abortion….I am not advocating for one side or the other….this is only my thoughts on the whole issue of abortion from Roe v Wade to today.

My personal opinion in a full disclosure I believe that a woman has a right to her body and government should have NO say in this decision.

The Dems since the beginning have a history of dropping the ball on many issues and abortion is one of them…..

America’s pro-life movement is surging, and not just because of conservative activists—at least according to a detailed New York Times piece about the abortion rights movement’s fragmentation along political, financial, and cultural lines. “It’s really, really complicated and somewhat controversial where the pro-choice movement lost,” says a Rutgers University professor versed in abortion history. With Midwestern and Southern states passing 58 abortion restrictions over six months in 2019, many pointed to years of steady work by conservatives to win state legislatures, pressure judges, and, as the Guardian noted in June, gerrymander districts to win state legislatures. But interviews with over 50 people on the pro-choice side tell another story.

They say national pro-choice leaders had become overly confident, relying too much on President Obama’s abortion protections and assuming Hillary Clinton would win in 2016. Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood was riven by internal discord and apparently didn’t realize the funding problems faced by independent clinics, which perform some 60% of America’s abortions. By one account, pro-choice leaders in swanky New York and California zip codes had lost touch with red-state America. Now Democratic Party presidential candidates are pushing back with ardent pro-choice stands, but polling shows America is still only moderately pro-choice. “I hope they continue doing what they are doing,” says one active conservative. “We’ll run the table in 2020.” Click for the full Times piece

Dems always drop the ball matters not on the issue….they have done so with civil rights, voting rights, etc etc……they get a win and then they are satisfied and move on and leave their win vulnerable to attack from the Right….

They, the Dems, dropped the ball in yesteryear and they are still dropping it as I type.

This issue could be the “sleeper” issue of 2020……

Forget impeachment. Forget Medicare for all, global warming, and income inequality. The sleeper issue of the 2020 campaign is none of those. It is abortion — and it could tip the balance in three swing states to favor President Donald Trump.

Abortion may not be on everybody’s “hot issue” list, but it remains so for the people who head the Catholic Church in the US. And while US Catholic bishops don’t sway a huge percentage of Catholic voters, they just might influence the Catholic voters who count.

An estimated 51 million adult Catholics live in the US, about one-fifth of them in the midwest. When the bishops talk, a key group of swing voters listens: White Catholic voters helped deliver Trump victories in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin in 2016. He won these three crucial swing states by a total of fewer than 80,000 votes.

The Sleeper Issue That Could Swing the 2020 Election

I wish I could say something nice about the Dems but they leave a bunch to be desired….as the Dems of today illustrate….they are bought and sold in the political slave markets of DC.

Democrats are great with big ideas but they SUCK at the art of politics.

Enough said?

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A Sunday Thought

The big news for the last week has been the votes on abortion in Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi…..speaking for Mississippi a Federal judge has crapped on the religious right’s parade…..

A federal judge on Friday issued a strongly worded preliminary injunction blocking Mississippi’s “heartbeat” abortion law, that would have banned abortions as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, when a fetal heartbeat is detected.

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves’ order will combine the lawsuit against Mississippi’s fetal heartbeat ban with an ongoing one against the state’s previous 15-week abortion ban.

“Here we go again,” Reeves wrote. “Mississippi has passed another law banning abortions prior to viability. The latest interpretation (Mississippi’s new law) bans abortions in Mississippi after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which is as early as 6 weeks.”

The Center for Reproductive Rights had filed a lawsuit challenging Mississippi’s latest abortion ban, which was set to become law July 1.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/05/24/heartbeat-abortion-federal-judge-blocks-mississippis-law/1227710001/

I am sure that Mississippi is not alone and there will be many more challenges to these outrageous “laws”…….

Before I go any further (there is more to be said) I need to let my feelings be known…..

I am against abortion….but I have nothing to say about it for I cannot give birth……NO man should have control over a woman’s decisions or her body…..

That said……these newest “laws” are what is known as the “heart beat laws”…….but are these laws a con job?

Within the last few years, six U.S. states — Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, Georgia, Iowa, and North Dakota — have passed so-called “heartbeat bills,” a term that’s become shorthand for a proposed ban on abortions beginning six weeks into a pregnancy, or the point at which a “fetal heartbeat” can be detected. Four more states have similar bills pending. Anti-abortion activists have doubled down on “heartbeat” messaging — in a recent news release regarding the ACLU’s legal challenge of the Ohio bill, the state’s leading anti-abortion group, Ohio Right to Life, used the term eight times in 300 words.

But obstetricians say the term “fetal heartbeat” is misleading, and that this scientific misunderstanding, among countless others, may contribute to negative public opinion toward abortion.

https://www.thecut.com/2019/05/embryos-dont-have-hearts.html

Not to worry this issue does not let facts get in the way of the con.

I understand that this is an emotional issue……but what part of it moves the country forward?  This is not a political issue and does not belong in the discourse of the nation.  When this issue builds a new bridge then I may alter my thinking but until then I shall keep my opinion.

I even wrote my thoughts on the question awhile a go…….https://lobotero.com/2019/05/17/what-part-of-this-moves-the-country-forward/

What Part Of This Moves The Country Forward?

In the last couple of weeks abortion has once again taken front row importance in politics……

First in Georgia……

One, two, three—and now, four. Georgia has passed a bill banning abortions after a detectable fetal “heartbeat,” making it the fourth US state to pass such a law this year, per Vox. “All life has value, all life matters and all life is worthy of protection,” Gov. Brian Kemp said Tuesday in signing the bill more than a month after it passed the legislature, per the Atlanta Journal Constitution. As in Ohio, Kentucky, and Mississippi, court challenges await. Critics say the bill equals a near-total abortion ban as fetal cardiac activity is detected just six weeks into pregnancy, before many women know they’re pregnant. It “flies in the face of 50 years of US Supreme Court precedent,” says Andrea Young of Georgia’s ACLU. “We will see Governor Kemp in court.”

Unless it’s struck down, the law will go into effect in January with exceptions when the mother’s life is at risk or for “the accidental or unintentional injury to or death of an unborn child.” Unlike Ohio’s law, a woman in Georgia can also obtain an abortion after the fetal heartbeat is detected in cases of rape or incest, though she’ll need to provide a police report. Otherwise, mothers, doctors, nurses, and pharmacists could be subject to criminal prosecution for seeking, performing, or assisting in an abortion once a heartbeat is heard.

Then came the Alabama law…….

After rejecting an attempt to add an exception for rape or incest, Alabama’s Senate passed the nation’s strictest abortion law Tuesday. The bill, which passed by a vote of 25-6, makes performing an abortion at any stage of pregnancy a felony punishable by up to 99 years or life in prison, the Guardian reports. Four Republican senators joined Democrats in voting in favor of the rape or incest exception, which was defeated 21-11. The only exception that remained in the bill is for women whose health is at serious risk. The bill—which punishes doctors, not women seeking abortions—will now head to the desk of Gov. Kay Ivey, whose office says she won’t make a decision until she sees the final version of the legislation, reports AL.com. (Not to worry the gov signed it into law)

I have one question….but before I ask it…..on a personal note…I am against abortion but it is never my decision to make and therefore it has definitely not the government’s place to make it either.

I understand the state’s push to limit voting or gerrymandering….that moves a political agenda and benefits a party over another.

With that said….this push for the overturning of Roe v Wade…..what does it do for the country?  Does it improve the infrastructure?  Does it improve the income of states?  Does it create any jobs?  Does it help feed the hungry?  Or house the homeless?  Maybe help keep the border safe?

Just what in Hell does this energy, time and money actually do for the state that the laws have been passed?

This is how you do it.  This is how you overturn a law that you do  not like.  Chip away at it until the emotions run high and you get stuff done.

It has taken 50+ years and all that whining and bitching could pay off when this makes it to the Supreme Court….this is how you force a belief on a country that does not agree with you.

To me this is a worthless endeavor that does NOTHING to improve the country and the lives of the people.

Ain’t democracy great?

Talbert Swan put something on Twitter that rings true…..

Only in American can you be:

Pro-Death Penalty– Pro-Unrestricted Gun Rights– Pro-War Pro-Preemptive Strikes– Pro-Torture– Pro-Healthcare Repeal Pro-Police, defending every extrajudicial murder of an unarmed  persons… …and still perfidiously call yourself ‘Pro-Life.’

Well said!

We Can Pretend…

..But with or without Kavanaugh there will be nothing changed when it comes to abortion.

We have had good judges and then we have had the ones we have today.

These judges are the referees of our republic and yet it has come down to ideology not the rule of law.  The judges are voting, for the most part, along party lines not whether a law is beneficial or restrictive to the population.

As the midterm elections speed towards us, defeated Americans hope for a ‘blue wave’ of Democrats to save us. Republicans, who align across the board with President Trump’s corporate ecocide agenda, want to push through Trump’s despicable Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh before a potential blue wave. Republicans may not trust Donald Trump, but they agree with him on the issues and will take whatever gains he has provided the party.

Trump has called his nominee Kavanaugh a man of outstanding intellect. Such a phrase coming from Trump is enough to make anyone giggle. It’s like the tortoise saying the sloth is extremely fast. It all depends on the perspective.

Whenever Trump cozies up to someone it always makes me uneasy. For one, it is always so over the top it becomes clear Trump has never given a genuine compliment to anyone in his life. Even more troubling would be the character of the person Trump is complimenting. If he finds something redeemable about you, you should take a long look in the mirror.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/09/21/with-or-without-kavanaugh-the-united-states-is-anti-choice/

I beginning to think that the Supreme Court is a colossal waste of time and money….why not just banish these spineless partisan hacks and just let the elections decide what the laws of the country will be and who gets screwed by them.

Of course I am being a bit bombastic here….but you get what I am railing about, right?

Closing Thought–26Jun18

So many people are wondering why the evangelicals are quiet over what the president is doing because they see that it flies in the face of the beliefs of Christianity…..there is an easy answer……they want Trump to appoint those judges that will do the bidding so they can have their way with abortions and forcing their Christian beliefs on the country……

Well the most recent ruling but SCOTUS shows the value of having activists judges on the court……the most recent ruling was on the Trump travel ban………

The Supreme Court has just delivered a major victory to President Trump by upholding his travel ban, reports Politico. The justices split 5-4 along the usual lines, with the conservative majority winning the day. The court actually upheld the president’s third version of his ban, this one issued last fall and originally barring travelers from eight countries, reports the Washington Post. The eight were Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad, Venezuela, and North Korea, though Chad was later removed. Six of those countries have Muslim majorities, but the White House insisted to the court that it was not a “Muslim ban.” The state of Hawaii and other challengers disagreed and argued, unsuccessfully, that Trump had exceeded his executive authority with the move.

“SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS TRUMP TRAVEL BAN. Wow!,” tweeted Trump after the news broke. The decision ends more than a year of legal arguments about a key component of the president’s immigration policy, notes NBC News. Trump put his first travel ban into effect soon after taking office, but it caused chaos in airports and met stiff resistance in courtrooms. The second iteration didn’t fare much better, but the third has now succeeded. The ban has been in effect since December, when the Supreme Court allowed it to take effect while the legal case played out.

Not to worry there is more……..

The Supreme Court delivered good news on Tuesday to faith-based pregnancy centers that oppose abortion. In a 5-4 ruling, the justices blocked key provisions of a California law requiring the clinics to inform patients about low-cost abortions provided elsewhere, reports the Los Angeles Times. While the court did not strike down all of the law, it returned the case to lower courts, with Clarence Thomas writing in his majority opinion that challengers were “likely to succeed.” He concluded that forcing the clinics to talk to patients about abortions probably violates their free-speech rights, reports the AP. “California cannot co-opt the licensed facilities to deliver its message for it,” Thomas wrote. Chief Justice John Roberts joined him, along with Anthony Kennedy, Samuel Alito, and Neil Gorsuch.

The law went into effect in 2016 after lawmakers raised concerns that the anti-abortion pregnancy centers were using “intentionally deceptive advertising and counseling practices,” per the LAT. The law was two-pronged, explains NPR. If a center was unlicensed, it had to make that fact prominently known, including in signs and advertising. If the center was licensed but did not provide abortions, it had to post signs saying that the procedures were provided by the state. While the law affects only California clinics, the court ruling could have ramifications in other states. However, as USA Today notes, that might actually be good news for those who support the right to have an abortion. For example, the ruling could possibly be used to strike down laws in conservative states requiring women to have ultrasounds before an abortion.

This is what you get when activist judges are the priority for appointment to the Supreme Court…..

I will be out of pocket tomorrow……I will explain in tomorrow’s post…..chuq

“Reversible” Abortion?

I am about to post on a subject that I do not normally do so…..abortion.

I guess we could say the this is a PSA (Public Service Announcement) or maybe even an FYI piece…..

I leave this subject alone for the most part because it is a personal decision and in that matter I have no say…..since I will never have to make that decision then my opinion means nothing as does everyone else….if it is not your choice then silence is advised.

But occasionally I read something while doing research that I feel I need to post it here on IST…..and yesterday was one of those days…..

I think everyone knows that there is a “morning after” pill….will there is a doctor that convinces people that he can nullify the effects of the pill……

George Delgado made his first attempt at reversing an abortion in 2009.

He got a call from Terri Palmquist, a missionary at the evangelical group LifeSavers Ministries who ran in the same California anti-abortion circles he did. Palmquist said she’d gotten a call from a young woman in El Paso, Texas, who had taken the abortion pill, a common method for ending a pregnancy, but changed her mind. The woman wanted to know if there was any way to reverse the effects of the pill. Palmquist turned to Delgado, a family practice doctor in San Diego, seeking advice.

Delgado had never heard of anyone “reversing” a medical abortion before, but he had an idea for how to try. A medical abortion comes in the form of two pills: Mifepristone, the first, works by blocking the hormone progesterone and preventing a pregnancy from continuing. Misoprostol, the second pill, is taken 24 to 48 hours later to cause contractions that empty the uterus.

Source: Meet the doctor who convinces women he can “reverse” abortions – VICE News

Take away what you like from this piece…..I posted it only as a public service…/.I am sure that there are those rabid anti people waiting for something to write about….well Irene here it be….knock yourself out.