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Posted 06 June 2019 - 10:11 AM

The Governor of North Carolina vetoes the Republican bill that makes something illegal that might not have ever occurred. Republicans failed to override. Good thing they're working on important stuff like stopping non-existent acts and suppressing the wrong kind of voters.

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North Carolina’s legislature upheld Gov. Roy Cooper’s (D) veto of an anti-abortion bill Wednesday afternoon.

Only this year — after the 2018 midterms — did Democrats have enough seats in the legislature to end the GOP’s supermajority in the statehouse, which had previously given Republicans the votes to override Cooper’s vetoes.

The successful veto from Cooper comes after other states in the South have rushed to pass extreme anti-abortion laws.

The North Carolina legislation, dubbed the “Born-Alive Survivors Protection Act,” sought to make it a crime for doctors and nurses to not offer care to infants who are born alive after unsuccessful abortions.

Cooper’s veto message said that the bill would “criminalize” a practice “that simply does not exist.” He said it was “needless,” because other laws exist protecting newborns, and that it was an “interference between doctors and their patients.”

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 06 June 2019 - 06:34 PM

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Bishop Bans Communion for Abortion-Rights Supporters
The Roman Catholic bishop has banned the Illinois General Assembly's leaders from receiving Holy Communion at local churches because of their involvement in abortion legislation approved last week.

Bishop Thomas John Paprocki took the action against House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton in a decree based on Catholic canon stating that those "who obstinately persist in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion."

Additionally, Paprocki barred other Catholic legislators who voted for statutory protection for abortion rights in Illinois. The measure was Democrats' response to steep restrictions on abortion adopted in at least six Republican-controlled states in an effort to get the contentious issue, legalized by the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, back before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who is Jewish, has promised to sign the legislation.

"To support legislation that treats babies in the womb like property, allowing for their destruction for any reason at any time, is evil," Paprocki said in a statement.

I wonder if this Bishop came out as strongly against priests who abuse(d) children. Of course anything is OK once a child exits a woman's womb.
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Posted 07 June 2019 - 08:25 AM

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"To support legislation that treats babies in the womb like property, allowing for their destruction for any reason at any time, is evil," Paprocki said in a statement.

But any female child of course becomes property after birth. Make sure you get them married by age 16 before they get "spoiled."
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 07 June 2019 - 09:51 AM

One Texass Republican says that which they don't like to say out loud.

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Rep. Ron Wright (R-TX) said Thursday that “of course” women who perform their own abortions should be punished since “they committed murder.”

He doubled down, saying they “absolutely” should face repercussions, in a video posted by an abortion rights group and published by the Dallas Morning News.

His chief of staff whisked him away at that point in the video.

Both the Dallas outlet and activist video claim that Wright was agreeing that women who perform their own abortions should be imprisoned, but it is unclear if he’s giving a thumbs up to anything more specific than general “punishment.”

Wright did not immediately respond to TPM’s request for comment.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 07 June 2019 - 10:30 AM

It's one thing to be against abortion but this is punitive rape, pure and simple. This is what Christianists do when they have power. Remember that when W Bush ran a torture program roughly 2/3 of Evangelicals polled supported it. Their sickness here in America doesn't look much different than it did centuries ago in Europe. Torturing and killing for Jeebus is a time honored game in their world.

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Missouri state officials are forcing physicians to perform pelvic exams on women ahead of abortions, according to a doctor who works at the last abortion clinic left in the state. David Eisenberg told the Los Angeles Times that, since the state’s governor signed a law banning abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy, he’s been forced to carry out the exams. They reportedly have to happen at least 72 hours before every abortion and critics say it’s aimed as another move to dissuade women from having abortions. “What I realized was I effectively have become an instrument of state abuse of power,” said Eisenberg. “As a licensed physician, I am compelled by the state of Missouri to put my fingers in a woman’s vagina when it’s not medically necessary.” The doctor added that he feels like he’s losing a battle against the state to maintain access to legal abortion. “In reality, over the last 10 years, we have been digging our heels in and trying not to slide backward,” he said. “And we are sliding faster and deeper.”

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 10 June 2019 - 03:46 PM

The business wing of the GOP isn't as hot to dive into government sanctioned gay bashing. I'm sure the Christianist solider wing doesn't give a shit.

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and more than 180 other business executives took out a full-page ad in the New York Times on Monday urging companies to stand up for abortion rights.

“Equality in the workplace is one of the most important business issues of our time,” the letter reads. “When everyone is empowered to succeed, our companies, our communities, and our economy are better for it.”

“Restricting access to comprehensive reproductive care, including abortion, threatens the health, independence and economic stability of our employees and customers,” the letter continued. “Simply put, it goes against our values, and is bad for business.”

According to Don’t Ban Equality, the coalition responsible for the ad, it’s a response to “an alarming trend of bans passing in states across the country that restrict access to comprehensive reproductive health care, including abortion.”

Over the past several months, Ohio, Georgia, Louisiana, Missouri, Kentucky, and Mississippi have all passed “fetal heartbeat” laws that effectively ban abortion after six to eight weeks of conception. Alabama passed an all-out ban on abortion unless the mother’s health is at risk, with no exceptions for rape or incest.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 10 June 2019 - 04:24 PM

Give the University of Alabama a bit of credit, they put their money where their mouth was when it came to banning abortion. It sounds like they wanted to do it very quietly, though.

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The fight between the University of Alabama and its largest-ever donor—whose $21.5 million gift was returned last week—escalated over the weekend, with the school releasing internal emails attempting to prove the return “was never about the issue of abortion.”

But on Monday, the Florida-based attorney and philanthropist Hugh Culverhouse Jr. upped the ante, claiming in an interview with The Daily Beast that at least one of those emails was “doctored” by university officials in order to retroactively justify their decision.

Culverhouse, the son of the late Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner by the same name, had claimed in a Washington Post op-ed last week that the university returned his donation and removed his name from the law school on May 29 after he called for out-of-state students to boycott the university for supporting Alabama’s near-total abortion ban.

“The ban on abortion they passed wasn’t just an attack against women, it was an affront to the rule of law itself,” Culverhouse wrote. “I expected that speaking out would have consequences, but I never could have imagined the response from the University of Alabama, which on Friday said it would be returning my gift and removing my name from the law school.”

The university’s chancellor, Finis St. John, announced his recommendation to return the funds last Wednesday, and the board of trustees voted to carry it out on Friday.

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""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 12 June 2019 - 10:15 AM

Ariana Grande performed in Georgia ... and donated all of the proceeds from the show to Planned Parenthood.

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Pop superstar Ariana Grande has donated the proceeds from her sold-out Atlanta concert to Planned Parenthood, TMZ reports. The singer gave $300,000 to the nonprofit from her June 8 show in Georgia, one of the states that recently passed restrictive abortion legislation. Others in the entertainment industry, including producer David Simon of Blown Deadline Productions, CEO Christine Vachon of Killer Films, and Mark Duplass of Duplass Brothers Productions, vowed to cease filming in the Peach State after Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed the bill into law last month. Streaming giant Netflix also said it would “rethink” investing in Georgia in light of the legislation, and an upcoming film starring Kristen Wiig reportedly pulled out of filming in the state.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 12 June 2019 - 11:14 AM

This is why ultimately the Hyde amendment is meaningless beyond the political ramifications. As long a PP gets funds for other services and overhead abortion funding can be met by donations to it. It is a non-profit, after all. PP receives around a third of its funds from the government. That was about half a billion dollars in 2014, which means they get around one and half billion from private sources. This is enough that they can meet their operational cost and still have plenty for their PAC funding. Grande's donation is great, but pales in comparison to donations from organized charities like one Bloomberg Philanthropies donation of $50 million. How much under or over all of this is to meet their needs for providing abortion services would require more research than I am willing to do at the moment.
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Posted 12 June 2019 - 11:24 AM

It's hard to believe 1/3d of its funding is meaningless.

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Posted 12 June 2019 - 11:32 AM

View PostAnBr, on 12 June 2019 - 11:14 AM, said:

PP receives around a third of its funds from the government. That was about half a billion dollars in 2014, which means they get around one and half billion from private sources.

Just as a math correction: $0.5B is one third of a total $1.5B so they get $1.0B from private sources.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 12 June 2019 - 11:33 AM

View PostJackD, on 12 June 2019 - 11:24 AM, said:

It's hard to believe 1/3d of its funding is meaningless.

No, that is putting words in my mouth. It is just noting that they have many additional sources for funding, not that they do not need the federal part. The costs of providing abortions is tiny in comparison with all else they do.
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Pray for Trump: Psalm 109:8

"Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time - when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers arc in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.

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The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
1995


“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

— H.L. Mencken
On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe


“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

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Posted 12 June 2019 - 11:34 AM

View PostLFC, on 12 June 2019 - 11:32 AM, said:

Just as a math correction: $0.5B is one third of a total $1.5B so they get $1.0B from private sources.

Brain fart.
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— Carl Sagan


Pray for Trump: Psalm 109:8

"Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time - when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers arc in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.

— Carl Sagan
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
1995


“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

— H.L. Mencken
On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe


“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

— Franklin Delano Roosevelt
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Posted 12 June 2019 - 11:52 AM

View PostLFC, on 12 June 2019 - 11:32 AM, said:

Just as a math correction: $0.5B is one third of a total $1.5B so they get $1.0B from private sources.

Correction to your correction: in alternative math $0.5B can be whatever fraction of $1.5B you want it to be. Just have to tip the scale. Don't be constrained by linearity.

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Posted 12 June 2019 - 12:01 PM

I did a quick dig for PP's annual report (see page 28). It looks like 60% of revenue from federal sources is actually reimbursement for services provided. I suspect the rest consists of grants. (I assume Republicans are trying to block Medicaid reimbursement payments as well as grants but I'm actually not sure.) Other big chunks are private donations and actual non-government payment for services.
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Posted 12 June 2019 - 12:03 PM

View PostProbabilistic, on 12 June 2019 - 11:52 AM, said:

Correction to your correction: in alternative math $0.5B can be whatever fraction of $1.5B you want it to be. Just have to tip the scale. Don't be constrained by linearity.

This sounds like a guy I work with who says "there's real math and then there's actuarial math."
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 12 June 2019 - 01:11 PM

Grande's donation is great,

Her recent donation made headlines. Her contribution is less about actual dollars however, but rather bringing attention to the situation - especially to the attention of younger folks. They are the ones who benefit more from available abortion than old white men legislators.
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Posted 12 June 2019 - 01:20 PM

View PostLFC, on 12 June 2019 - 12:03 PM, said:

This sounds like a guy I work with who says "there's real math and then there's actuarial math."

True to form, my comment was in jest, solely for Traveler's entertainment. Seems to have hit the mark.

Mathematically speaking, you can have a dimension that is entirely whimsical wherein the scale is not only non-linear but also not smooth. Anyway, back to the bad Republicans.

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Posted 12 June 2019 - 01:55 PM

View PostProbabilistic, on 12 June 2019 - 01:20 PM, said:

Mathematically speaking, you can have a dimension that is entirely whimsical wherein the scale is not only non-linear but also not smooth.

You mean like in a Faux News graph used to make the Dems look bad?
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Posted 13 June 2019 - 11:58 AM

As Republican legislatures continue with their anti-abortion extremism we see a newly emboldened campaign of lawbreaking in the anti-abortion folks on the ground. Knowing what we know of the self-righteous violent tendencies from the right-wing all I can wonder is, how long before they hurt somebody?

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Abortion clinic staff reported a stark increase in hate mail, harassing phone calls, trespassing, vandalism and obstruction in 2018, according to new findings by the National Abortion Federation, the professional association of abortion providers.

The organization has been tracking incidents of violence and harassment at abortion clinics since 1977. On Thursday, it released its 2018 report, coinciding with a wave of extreme anti-choice legislation that has cropped up in conservative states.

Among its findings: Picketing of clinics has skyrocketed, increasing over threefold from 2015 to 2018. And with more protesting came more confrontations between anti-abortion activists and those trying to seek health care inside the clinic’s doors.

In 2018, abortion providers reported a 78 percent increase in acts of obstruction, which is defined as attempts to interfere with a clinic’s business, or preventing people from entering or exiting an area. In one case detailed in the report, anti-abortion protesters covered a clinic’s parking lot with nails, damaging the tires of patients and clinic staff.

Under federal law, it is a crime to use force or threat of force or physical obstruction to “injure, intimidate or interfere with” someone entering a reproductive health care facility.

Abortion clinics also reported a marked increase in hate email and internet harassment, with members reporting 21,252 incidents up from 15,773 the previous year. “If one murders, they must pay with their life,” one clinic protester wrote online. “If we start doing this, abortion stops.” Harassing phone calls and hate mail sent to clinics rose as well.

At another clinic, a protester threatened staff, telling them, “I have a bullet with your name on it.” The incident is currently under investigation by law enforcement. Trespassing at clinics increased in 2018 to more than 1,135 incidents — the highest number since the organization began collecting data on it.

The Very Reverend Katherine Ragsdale, Interim President and CEO of the National Abortion Federation, said the findings echo a similarly dramatic increase in 2016 and 2017, which she noted corresponded to President Donald Trump’s rise to power.

“When violent, incendiary rhetoric takes place, you watch the violence escalate,” she said. “What makes these last couple of years different is that it used to be that kind of demonizing rhetoric came from extremists. And now it’s coming out of the mouth of the president.”


They are ramping up their "outing" tactics again in order to harass, intimidate, and attack those involved with facilities that perform abortions. We saw all this before.

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A registered nurse is attempting to use an open records law in Pennsylvania to uncover the name and license number of every physician, administrator, medical director, owner, trustee and board member affiliated with abortion clinics in the state.

Jean Crocco, 66, who lives in Illinois and works for the anti-abortion organization Pro-Life Action League, says she is seeking the information to protect women from subpar medical care, though experts say abortion is an extremely safe procedure and complications are rare.

“I research the physicians to verify they are licensed and also look at other states where they may practice to see if their licenses are current and if they have been disciplined,” she told HuffPost in an email. “Only when there is a real threat to patient safety do we make public my findings.”

But supporters of abortion rights say the true intention of these requests is to bully and pressure providers out of practice, with the ultimate goal of eroding abortion access.

A number of groups in the anti-abortion movement, including the Pro-Life Action League, use personal information to harass, stalk, intimidate and even physically harm abortion providers, said Melissa Fowler, vice president of external relations at the National Abortion Federation, the professional association of abortion providers in the U.S.

“We can’t buy into the lie that their intentions here are innocent,” Fowler said. “This is not what the history of their past actions show us.”

Crocco’s request was denied under the personal safety exemption of the state’s open records law, which protects records that, if disclosed, could result in a substantial and demonstrable risk of physical harm to an individual.

Now Crocco is appealing to the courts, pitting her right to know against the safety of abortion providers. Last week, Commonwealth Court judges heard arguments in the case. A three-judge panel will decide if the contested information should be released or not in the coming months.

Crocco’s lawsuit comes at a time when the U.S. is seeing an unprecedented wave of anti-abortion legislation. So far in 2019, six states have passed bills to ban abortion at six to eight weeks, long before many women know they are pregnant. Alabama has gone even further, banning abortion in almost all cases. None of the new laws are currently in effect.

The heavier the regulation, the more information flows to state regulatory agencies, and the broader the net becomes for what anti-abortion activists can gather. Susan Frietsche, senior staff attorney at Women’s Law Project

In the current political climate, the risk of harm to abortion providers who are “outed” by activists is even greater than usual, Fowler said. She pointed to a report her organization recently authored showing a rise in harassment and threats at clinics.

Using public records to dig up information on abortion clinics is not a new tactic for the pro-life movement, although efforts have gotten more sophisticated.

Over the past 10 years, activists have turned to open records laws to try to obtain 911 calls from abortion facilities, the names of researchers working with fetal tissue, the names of people who participated in a study evaluating the safety of nurses providing first-trimester abortions, and the identities of individuals involved in the FDA approval of mifepristone, a drug used in medication abortion.

Pro-Life Action League, where Crocco works, even offers trainings on how to file freedom of information requests so activists can investigate abortion clinics in their states.

Fowler said anti-abortion activists were weaponizing public records to push the narrative that abortion is dangerous and needs to be treated differently than other types of health care.

“They are using it to demonize providers and abortion care in this country and act like it needs to be investigated,” she said.

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