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Welcome to the abortion wars, where anti-abortion zealots and politicians demonize (and terrorize) women and their doctors with never-ending bans, restrictions, and threats.
Here’s where we are so far:
GOP having ‘full-blown freak out’ after being punished in elections this week
Story by Brad Reed, in Raw Story
“Republicans handily lost this week’s big Wisconsin Supreme Court election, as Justice Janet Protasiewicz defeated Republican-backed rival Dan Kelly by 11 points – a surprisingly severe defeat in what is traditionally a swing state.”
Read all about it in Raw Story here…
Judge Invalidates F.D.A. Approval of the Abortion Pill Mifepristone
By Pam Belluck – “The Texas judge’s ruling was quickly contradicted by another federal judge in Washington State who ordered the F.D.A. to keep mifepristone available.”
Idaho Bans Out-of-State Abortions for Minors Without Parent’s Consent
By David W. Chen
The first-of-its-kind law imposes criminal penalties on anyone who helps a person under 18 leave the state for an abortion and classifies it as “abortion trafficking.”
Republican Senator Blocks Military Promotions Over Abortion Policy
By Karoun Demirjian – “Senator Tommy Tuberville is holding up scores of Defense Department appointments in protest of a new Pentagon policy to ensure that military personnel can obtain abortions after the overturning of Roe v. Wade.”
Five Women Sue Texas Over the State’s Abortion Ban
By Kate Zernike – “Five women who say they were denied abortions despite grave risks to their lives or their fetuses sued the State of Texas…”
Wyoming Judge Temporarily Blocks the State’s New Abortion Ban
By Pam Belluck – “Abortion will remain legal in Wyoming — at least temporarily — after a judge on Wednesday ordered that a newly enacted ban be blocked until further court proceedings in a lawsuit challenging it.”
Dakota Supreme Court Blocks Abortion Ban; Says Constitution Protects Procedure
By Ava Sasani and David W. Chen – “North Dakota’s Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s decision to block a ban on abortions in the state, and said the state Constitution protects abortion rights in some situations.”
“The ruling means abortion in the state remains legal until nearly 22 weeks after a women’s last period, while the case proceeds in a lower court.”
An Idaho College Removes Artwork About Abortion, Citing a State Law
By Brian Boucher – “Artwork about abortion is, historically speaking, vanishingly rare. And the future display of such work seems dimmer after a small public college in Idaho removed six works about abortion and birth control from an exhibition, citing a state anti-abortion law.”
“One of the artworks removed was “Medical Abortion Pills,” by Katrina Majkut (2015).”
Finally, as we wrote in a previous issue of the Matrix Gazette:
“Most women and their spouses are happy with a pregnancy. They want to have a child. It should be a joyous occasion.
“Yet not every pregnancy is planned. Not every woman is ready to bring a child into the world.
“So, here’s a warning: If you’re a woman or girl of child-bearing age in America, think twice before getting pregnant in Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia, or Wisconsin!
“If you do, your life will suddenly belong to the state. You will not be free to choose whether to bring a child into the world or not. That decision is made for you by state politicians, courts, and law enforcement.
“You effectively become a child-bearer for the state.
“You have no choice but to stay pregnant… or go to jail.
“But if you’re happy being pregnant, whatever you do, don’t have complications during your pregnancy.
“Your doctors will not be free to offer informed decisions for fear of breaking the laws, losing their license, and going to jail.”
A final thought: The Republican Party has allowed itself to become the Anti-Abortion Party. If it wants to regain lost momentum and relevance, it needs to refocus on limited government, fiscal responsibility, and… freedom! Tamp down the anti-abortion zealotry.
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