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    If there’s anything we’ve learned about the recent blowout in Kansas, where voters rejected a measure to remove the right to an abortion from the state’s constitution, it’s this: “One is women be votin’,” co-host of The New Abnormal Andy Levy reveals. “And we also learned that conservatives have a coastal elite problem. People… are outraged by this Kansas vote, which is odd because I thought they were all states’ rights guys, but it turns out as usual states’ rights never means what they claim.” On this week’s episode of The New Abnormal, Andy, along with co-host Molly Jong-Fast, discuss the conservative state’s rejection of the anti-abortion measure after nearly 60 percent of voters dismissed the move. Subscribe to The New Abnormal on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Amazon Music, or Overcast. “I can't tell you the joy I have about this Kansas vote,” Molly says. “Seventy percent of the people who registered to vote after the Dobbs decision were women, pissed-off women. So I’m delighted that these furious women went and said, ‘Kansas, get out of my cooch.’...
    (CNN)The overturning of Roe v. Wade gives the green light to Republican-led states to pass stricter abortion laws, and several legislatures, rather than wait for the traditional legislative season to begin in the fall, are calling extraordinary sessions this summer to immediately take action.Lawmakers in Indiana and West Virginia have met this week to debate new bills that would curtail the procedure, and other Republican leaders have publicly indicated that they will meet over the coming weeks. Several Democratic-led legislatures have also reconvened -- in order to pass new protections for abortion rights that they now see under threat.These states are potentially next to hold special sessions on abortion this summer.Arkansas Asa Hutchinson, governor of Arkansas, speaks on a panel during the SelectUSA Investment Summit in National Harbor, Maryland, US, on Monday, June 27, 2022. Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson has already called for an extraordinary session the week of August 8 to address tax relief. Hutchinson told reporters earlier this month that abortion may be a potential topic for the session, according to local reports. Read MoreArkansas bans providers...
    Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) is standing by his controversial comments made about female abortion rights protesters. While speaking at the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit in Florida Saturday, Gaetz called women protesting the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade unattractive. "Why is it that the women with the least likelihood of getting pregnant are the ones most worried about having abortions?" Gaetz said. "Nobody wants to impregnate you if you look like a thumb." Gaetz also told the crowd that some of the female protesters would do well to “get up and march for like an hour a day, swing those arms, get the blood pumping, maybe mix in a salad." WATCH: MEDICAL STUDENTS WALK OUT OF CEREMONY OVER PRO-LIFE KEYNOTE SPEAKER When asked Monday about what he would say to those who found the comments offensive, the congressman simply stated, “Be offended.” @RepMattGaetz doubled-down on his comments in our interview this morning.Q: You're suggesting that these women at these abortion rallies are ugly and overweight?A: YesQ: What do you...
    Matt Gaetz has laughed off anger at his claim that all abortion rights protesters are too unattractive and overweight to get pregnant - telling those upset by his comments: 'Be offended'. The Florida congressman on Saturday joked about the demonstrations against the Supreme Court's repeal of Roe v. Wade, mocking those who wanted to protect access to abortion nationwide. 'Why is it that the women with the least likelihood of getting pregnant are the ones most worried about having abortions?' Gaetz told college students at the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit in Tampa. 'Nobody wants to impregnate you if you look like a thumb.' On Monday, he was asked to explain his comments. 'I'm very pro-life and I make no apology for it,' the 40-year-old said. Matt Gaetz on Monday said he stood by his labelling of pro-choice activists as ugly and overweight WEARTV Privacy Policy The 40-year-old on Saturday had told the Turning Point summit (pictured): 'Why is it that the women with the least likelihood of getting pregnant are the ones most worried about having abortions? Nobody wants...
    Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) doubled down on comments he made last week where he stated, “Why is it that the women with the least likelihood of getting pregnant are the ones most worried about having abortions? Nobody wants to impregnate you if you look like a thumb.” His comments were a sort of inverse and less vulgar version of a bit by the late George Carlin in which he asked, “Why is it that most of the people who are against abortion are people you wouldn’t want to fuck in the first place?” When pressed about his comments on Monday by journalist Olivia Iverson, Gaetz refused to backtrack and stated he’s glad the constitutional right to abortion was struck down. @RepMattGaetz doubled-down on his comments in our interview this morning. Q: You’re suggesting that these women at these abortion rallies are ugly and overweight? A: Yes Q: What do you say to people who think those comments are offensive? A: Be offended. https://t.co/QNyR4tLI3a pic.twitter.com/ytG7rZ2Vrn — Olivia Iverson (@OliviaIversonTV) July 25, 2022 “I’m very pro-life,” he said. “I make no...
    United States Congressman Matt Gaetz is standing firm to the sexist remarks about abortion rights protestors that he delivered to a right-wing rally over the weekend. "Have you watched these pro-abortion, pro-murder rallies? The people are just disgusting. Like, why is it that the women with the least likelihood of getting pregnant are the ones most worried about having abortions? Nobody wants to impregnate you if you look like a thumb," Gaetz crowed at Saturday's Turning Point Action's Student Action Summit in Tampa, Florida. "These people are odious on the inside and out," Gaetz continued. "They're like five-two, 350 pounds and they're like, 'give me my abortions or I'll get up and march and protest.' And I'm thinking, march? You look like you've got ankles weaker than the legal reasoning behind Roe versus Wade. A few of them need to get up and march! They need to get up and march for like an hour a day, swinging those arms, get the blood pumping, maybe mix in a salad." READ MORE: Matt Gaetz lobs sexist attack on pro-choice activists On...
    The devastating overturn of Roe v. Wade has left millions of people desperate for a solution. While President Biden has recently issued an executive action related to reproductive healthcare, he can still remove the remaining FDA restrictions on Mifepristone, the drug known as the abortion pill, and make abortion care post-Roe even more accessible. Although this drug has been approved in the US for more than 20 years, federal and state regulations strictly limit who can get it. Many poor individuals and minorities will be affected by this ruling in Republican-controlled states in the South and Midwest, and sadly, many people who want to get an abortion will still attempt to get one anyway, which may lead to dangerous procedures. Source: KOCO 5 News/Youtube With more than a dozen states planning to almost totally ban abortion, it’s more important than ever to put pressure on the FDA to make these safe and effective abortion pills more easily accessible. Sign this petition to add your name to demand President Biden remove the remaining FDA restrictions on abortion pills! Tell...
    When Ariela Schnyer was choosing where to get trained as a nurse-midwife, California stood out for an important reason: The state would allow clinicians like her to provide abortions. But three years later, after graduating from her nurse-midwifery program at UC San Francisco, Schnyer is not yet prepared to provide abortions that require hands-on care. After the news broke that Roe vs. Wade had been overturned — a shift that is expected to send more abortion patients to California — Schnyer was trying to find out whether she could get trained in Mexico City. “It feels frustrating to have that theoretical training,” she said, “but not be able to jump into the gaps that are going to be here.” As Texas, Mississippi and other states have clamped down on abortion, California leaders have vowed to make their state a haven for abortion patients. UCLA researchers have estimated that 8,000 to 16,000 more patients will head to California annually for abortions after the Supreme Court ruling. But the limited availability of abortion training has constrained the number of clinicians who...
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Lunatic) is lying about ectopic pregnancies and abortion, which could get women killed. A few days ago, AOC was reveling in the fact that Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was chased out of a D.C. steakhouse by menacing protesters. But during her revel, she spread a bald-faced lie…. “Poor guy,” AOC tweeted. “He left before his soufflé because he decided half the country should risk death if they have an ectopic pregnancy within the wrong state lines.” Poor guy. He left before his soufflé because he decided half the country should risk death if they have an ectopic pregnancy within the wrong state lines. It’s all very unfair to him. The least they could do is let him eat cake ἷ https://t.co/5Y3b1TIW1N — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 8, 2022 Forget her mean-girl approach to a Supreme Court Justice being harassed during a private meal. What AOC is doing is spreading health misinformation to her 13.2 million followers and beyond. In no state is a surgical procedure for an ectopic pregnancy outlawed. In no state is it...
    by Andy Puzder   The Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization was a long-awaited victory for life. While Dobbs did not make abortion illegal, it did empower the residents of all 50 states to democratically determine abortion’s legal status through their elected representatives. Currently, 22 states provide or will soon provide protection for unborn children. The other 28 states place few or no limits on abortion. The abortion battle will now move to the ballot box in each state. But don’t fall for the deceptively appealing belief that this battle will be limited to the political arena. According to a recent Harvard Harris poll, 72% of Americans believe abortion should be illegal, or legal only with restrictions. The Left is well aware that a majority of states will pass at least some abortion restrictions in the coming months. On this issue, democracy is not their friend. So, the Left is employing an autocratic means to impose its will – “woke capitalism,” sometimes referred to as “stakeholder capitalism.” These terms sound compelling, even virtuous, but each is a ruse to conceal the Left’s...
    Anti-abortion advocates are gearing up to fight President Joe Biden’s pledge to secure access to abortion-inducing medication by exercising his federal authority over states that have restrictions in place. Biden signed an executive order Friday aimed at bolstering access to abortion now that the Supreme Court ruled in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization that the Constitution does not guarantee the right to abortion. One of his orders vaguely directed the Department of Health and Human Services to “protect and expand access to abortion care, including access to medication that the [Food and Drug Administration] approved as safe and effective over twenty years ago,” according to a White House summary. CONGRESS LAUNCHES INVESTIGATION OF PERIOD-TRACKING APPS OVER POST-ROE PRIVACY CONCERNS “Consider the challenge accepted, court. I'm asking the Justice Department to do everything in their power to protect these women seeking to invoke their rights,” Biden said. “To protect a woman's right to the FDA-approved medication that's been available for over 20 years.” The Justice Department has already broached the topic of restrictions in...
    New York (CNN Business)In the wake of the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, women living in states that criminalize abortion are grappling with the possibility that their phones could now hold incriminating information about their travel, search history and menstrual cycles.With that in mind, some popular services are rethinking the data they collect from users and also stressing the privacy protections they already have in place — but it remains to be seen how much those efforts will protect women, or ease their minds in this new era.Online abortion pill interest soars after the demise of Roe v. Wade Flo, the leading menstrual cycle tracking app with 240 million users, announced an "anonymous mode" option last week. This lets users enter data into the app without adding their name, email or technical identifier. If the company, which is based in London, receives an official request to identify a user by name or email, it will be unable to connect that information with their health data, Flo said. "Flo will never share or sell user data, and only...
    As soon as news leaked that the Supreme Court could overturn Roe v. Wade, Democrats starting working at making abortion a midterm issue — a message that is “already falling flat” with voters, The Hill reported Wednesday. “Here we are with leadership basically [reduced] to begging for people to vote,” Aaron Chappell, political director of the grassroots group Our Revolution told the publication. “No clear plan, no promises of what those votes will translate to.” Now that the issue of abortion laws has been returned to state legislatures, Democrats have begun chattering about attempting to “codify Roe” or even revive the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would prohibit local, state, and federal officials from preventing abortions at any stage of pregnancy. Pro-abortion groups are already dumping money into Democrats’ campaigns and paying for political attack advertisements against pro-life Republicans. Democrats are also “hoping to create enough urgency to tilt the turnout numbers in their favor” by fear-mongering about a potential national abortion ban if Republicans win back the House and Senate in November. But according to The Hill, some Democrat strategists “question whether that’s the...
    Stand-up comedian Andrew Schulz said he is self-releasing his latest special Infamous after a streamer wanted to censor certain jokes that it deemed were too offensive and could cause online backlash. Schulz didn’t say who the streamer was, though some of his previous specials were released by Netflix. He said the jokes on the chopping block included one about an abortion clinic he once lived near in New York. In his announcement this week, Schulz said the unnamed streamer “freaked out” after watching the finished cut. “They said we can’t put this out, and those jokes are wild, and we don’t want to deal with the backlash. So you’re going to have to edit some of these jokes or cut some of these jokes out entirely,” he said. “Some of you probably know this about me, I’m a very stubborn guy, so long story short, I took my fucking life savings and I bought my special back.” Watch below: Here’s the story about the special. It’s simple really. I’m not gonna edit my material and cut out jokes bc a...
    On Wednesday’s broadcast of CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” Rep. Jake Auchincloss (D-MA) argued that Republicans have spent “the last six months” “tying themselves in a knot over guns and abortion and Trump instead of reaching across the table” to work with Democrats on addressing inflation and high prices. Auchincloss stated, “[E]nergy, food, housing, these are not monetary phenomena, these are real-world phenomena. And we’re going to have to come to geoeconomic and domestic policy solutions to address them as well. But we need Republicans to come to the table and work with us. What I’ve heard from Republicans in the last six months is them tying themselves in a knot over guns and abortion and Trump instead of reaching across the table and saying, how can we expand housing production and cut red tape? How can we work with you on expanding labor force participation and expanding legal immigration? How can we get some votes on the Republican side for Medicare negotiation of drug prices, which will lower out-of-pocket costs for senior citizens? We’re going to do that on a party-line...
    On Tuesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “All In,” Senate Majority Whip Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) argued that Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) doesn’t want to talk about gun control or abortion, “He wants to focus on whether Joe Biden pulled out of Afghanistan too soon, whether inflation can be dealt with successfully by Republicans as opposed to Democrats,” and “other, discreet issues.” Durbin stated, “I understand completely what Mitch McConnell’s saying, and he’s brutally honest about that. He does not want to talk about the overturning of Roe v. Wade in November. He does not want to talk about lessening the power of the Environmental Protection Agency to protect our clean water and clean air. He does not want to talk about the horrific killings and these mass shootings that are killing innocent people in every corner of America with these horrendous military weapons. He wants to focus on whether Joe Biden pulled out of Afghanistan too soon, whether inflation can be dealt with successfully by Republicans as opposed to Democrats, and a couple other, discreet issues. Anytime you...
    Mother Jones illustration; Getty Facts matter: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter. Support our nonprofit reporting. Subscribe to our print magazine.A few weeks ago, before the final decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization which ended the constitutional right to an abortion, I downloaded the audio version of American Baby: A Mother, A Child, and the Shadow History of Adoption by the journalist Gabrielle Glaser. Glaser’s book details the history of what became known as the “Baby Scoop Era,” the period from 1945 to 1973 during which as many as three to four million young, unmarried women surrendered their newborns to an exploitative adoption industry, and for many against their will, were permanently severed from their child.  As a new mother myself, I could not help but picture my own son as I listened to the story of Margaret Erle. Seventeen years old, and forced to give her son Stephen up for adoption in the early 1960s, she spends decades mourning his loss. Meanwhile, her son, renamed David, spends his life wondering why his mother let...
    It’s the Fourth of July 2022. And damn, do we need to look hard again at those words that kicked this whole experiment off 246 years ago. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Now, we know they meant it when they said “Men.” White, propertied men. Maybe a few of their wives and daughters. It wouldn’t have occurred to even the abolitionists among them that anybody else needed to brought into their realm. So now it...
    The Declaration of Independence begins with the famous words, crafted by Thomas Jefferson: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed . . .” Stephen Greenblatt argued in Swerve: How the World became Modern that Jefferson’s conception of the “pursuit of happiness” can be directly traced to Epicurean philosopher Lucretius’s De rerum natura (On the Nature of Things), a manuscript of which had been unearthed in the sixteenth century in a German monastery. Lucretius’ work begins with a paean to the goddess of beauty and love, Venus, who, he says inspires the very fecundity of spring itself. The Trump Supreme Court self-evidently does not believe in these principles of liberty and pursuit of happiness, on which the United States was founded. The justices hold that we have no right to personal autonomy or bodily...
    Unfortunately, the world is not a very peaceful or safe place for many individuals. From conflict to abuse to exploitation, there is so much cruelty inflicted on both humans and animals. While this can get disheartening and difficult to hear about, petitions are a great way to use your voice for good. Just by signing one, you are a part of helping those who are not treated fairly. You can even share them with your friends and acquaintances to increase your impact. Through petitions, we can reach those in power and demand justice for others. They are valuable tools for making positive changes in the world. If you are looking for a way to help animals and humans, here are 10 petitions you should sign this week, including Urge Authorities to Rescind License of Animal-Abusing Veterinarian, Call on Congress to Pass Protections for Abortion Access, Help Ban the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, and more! We want to thank you for being the change you wish to see in the world and giving a voice to the voiceless. 1. Help...
    In this article GOOGLSundar Pichai, CEO of GoogleAnindito Mukherjee | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesGoogle said late Friday that it will work to quickly delete location history for people going to abortion sites and other medical sites following the Supreme Court's overturning of Roe v. Wade last week. "Today, we’re announcing that if our systems identify that someone has visited one of these places, we will delete these entries from Location History soon after they visit," wrote Jen Fitzpatrick, Google's senior vice president of core systems and experiences, in a blog post. Fitzpatrick noted that visits to places like counseling centers, domestic violence shelters, abortion clinics and fertility centers "can be particularly personal." Google parent Alphabet owns highly popular devices and data services, including Android, Fitbit, Search and Google Maps. That's become a greater concern since the Supreme Court ruling, because of uncertainty surrounding whether sensitive data could be used to target what is now potentially criminal activity. Google's post says, "Fitbit users who have chosen to track their menstrual cycles in the app can currently delete menstruation logs one...
    Now that the Supreme Court has removed the right to obtain an abortion and handed the control of wombs over to state politicians, conservatives are moving onto the next step: How can they compel forced birth if there’s even one blue state out there still making abortion available? The answer they’ve found is based on the Texas law paying bounties for anyone who has “aided and abetted” obtaining an abortion.  That Texas bounty law was specifically upheld by the Supreme Court in a ruling last December. That included the court greenlighting the bounty scheme; one where anyone, absolutely anyone, is empowered to accuse their relative, neighbor, or a complete stranger of assisting in obtaining an abortion. It “deputizes” everyone with the power to sue and it provides a big payday, allowing them to collect a cash judgement of $10,000, plus all legal costs, from those they sue. And if they happen to lose, or if it turns out the person accused had nothing at all to do with providing an abortion for anyone, the vigilante deputy who lodged the suit in the first place...
    A person holds a metal coat hanger, a symbol of the reproductive rights movement, with the words "Keep Abortions Safe" outside the Lloyd D. George Federal Courthouse in Las Vegas in protest of the overturning of Roe v. Wade on Friday. Laws in at least one dozen states and Washington, D.C., have kept abortion rights protections in place, even in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade and leaving the decision to allow or block abortion services to individual states. Those acting as safe havens include California, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington, according to TIME Magazine. New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham joined the governors of Minnesota and Massachusetts Monday in signing executive orders to protect medical providers from any effort to retaliate against them for providing abortions. Grisham had already repealed legislation last year that would have criminalized abortions when Roe v. Wade was effectively repealed.  RELATED STORY: Abortion providers in Louisiana and Utah get temporary wins in court “Today we have once again declared that we will take every available action...
    Vandalism, a 1931 abortion ban, and a potential ballot measure codifying a “right to abortion” are colliding in Michigan, heating up a pro-life v. pro-abortion battle in a state splintered by a Democrat governor and a Republican majority state House and Senate. Executive Director of Jackson Right to Life in Jackson, Michigan, Kathy Potts spoke to Breitbart News Sunday following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and return the issue of abortion laws to state legislatures. But just two days before the landmark ruling, vandals — who claim to be Jane’s Revenge — ravaged the Right to Life headquarters. The organization happens to share an office with Rep. Tim Wahlberg (R-MI). The attack is one in a string of vandalisms and fire-bombings perpetrated by pro-abortion radicals. My office and Jackson @Right_to_Life were the latest to fall victim to the disgusting domestic terrorism targeting pregnancy centers and pro-life groups across the country. We wont be intimidated or stray from our principles. This only strengthens our resolve. pic.twitter.com/s5jaXEro9C — Walberg for Congress (@TimWalberg) June 22, 2022 “We...
    During an appearance on this week’s broadcast of FNC’s “Sunday Morning Futures,” conservative talker Mark Levin, host of “Life, Liberty & Levin,” gave his take on Friday’s Supreme Court ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Levin criticized Democrats who were critical of the high court decision and said the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Constitution was the federal government did not have the power to make abortion on demand legal as the 1973 Roe v. Wade case had. Partial transcript as follows: BARTIROMO: Mark, good morning to you. Great to have you this morning. LEVIN: My pleasure. Thank you, Maria. BARTIROMO: You are the former chief of staff of the Department of Justice. You have been talking about what has taken place all weekend. Let’s walk through the ruling. Tell us how you see things. LEVIN: First of all, we don’t need lectures from Joe Biden, who plagiarized his way through law school. He has no idea what’s going on. Secondly, the media in America are so thoroughly corrupt. They haven’t read Roe v. Wade or the subsequent Casey...
    Governor Kristi Noem (R-SD) said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that she will ban telemedicine appointments with abortion providers who prescribe pills online on the heels of the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade. Partial transcript as follows: MARGARET BRENNAN: So there’s a lot of confusion here. So South Dakota is one of 30 states that will limit access to telemedicine abortions, which allow patients to receive these pills in the mail that would allow them to end their pregnancy. The president has said he’s going to use the Justice Department to intervene here if there’s an attempt to stop women from receiving these pills. Are you prepared for that kind of legal battle? Are you actually going to seize mail? How would you stop women from actually receiving this federally approved medication? NOEM: Well, we’ve already addressed this and in many ways in the state of South Dakota, I brought a bill that would ban telemedicine abortions, which means a doctor of the internet or over the phone could prescribe an abortion for an individual because these...
    (CNN) — After the Supreme Court ruled on Friday to overturn Roe v. Wade, corporate giants from a range of industries pledged to provide support and financial assistance for employees — and, in some cases, their dependents — seeking abortions in states that outlaw the procedure. The court’s decision to roll back the nearly 50-year-old landmark ruling, which protected the federal, constitutional right to an abortion, is expected to transform the landscape of reproductive health in America, leaving abortion policy up to individual states and paving the way for numerous states to pass new abortion restrictions. As of Friday afternoon, state officials in at least seven states said that new abortion bans can now be enforced. READ MORE: Survivors Of Two Pandemics Credit Pets With Helping Them SurviveMillions of people seeking abortions could soon be forced to travel across state lines to access the procedure, adding to the cost of an already often expensive healthcare service. For many, employers’ benefit packages may be the only way they can afford an abortion. In response, corporations, some with headquarters or offices in Republican-controlled states, are taking action. Companies such...
    Unfortunately, the world is not a very peaceful or safe place for many individuals. From conflict to abuse to exploitation, there is so much cruelty inflicted on both humans and animals. While this can get disheartening and difficult to hear about, petitions are a great way to use your voice for good. Just by signing one, you are a part of helping those who are not treated fairly. You can even share them with your friends and acquaintances to increase your impact. Through petitions, we can reach those in power and demand justice for others. They are valuable tools for making positive changes in the world. If you are looking for a way to help animals and humans, here are 10 petitions you should sign this week, including Help Grant Giraffes Protection Under the Endangered Species Act, Call on Congres to Pass Protections for Abortion Access, Help Ban Toxic Additive Commonly Found in Bread, and More! We want to thank you for being the change you wish to see in the world and giving a voice to the voiceless....
    CNN host S.E. Cupp addressed in a Twitter thread her objections to comments by The View co-host and CNN political commentator Ana Navarro about autistic and special needs children during an abortion discussion. Cupp posted her thoughts on Saturday after she took some time deciding whether to comment and discuss such a personal subject, she wrote in her thread. It was a response to Navarro’s comments to CNN political commentator Alice Stewart on Friday. In a CNN Newsroom segment, Navarro and Stewart sparred on the subject of abortion following the Supreme Court’s earthquake decision that overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade after 49 years. During that debate, Navarro addressed the subject of persons with disabilities, a point brought up first by anchor Alisyn Camerota. “I have a family with a lot of special needs kids. I have a brother who’s 57 and has the mental and motor skills of a one-year-old. And I know what that means financially, emotionally, physically for a family,” said Navarro, who emphasized that she is a practicing Catholic. “I have a step-granddaughter who was...
    Washington (CNN)The US Supreme Court handed down a bevy of decisions this week that will affect Americans across the country. The rulings from the nation's highest court range from topics such as gun rights to Miranda rights. The most notable ruling, which overturned Roe v. Wade and upended constitutional protections on abortion, came down on Friday as the court heads into summer recess. AbortionThe Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling, struck down the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that federally protected a woman's right to have an abortion. 13 states have passed so-called trigger laws, bans that go into effect with overturn of Roe v. WadeThe decision was long anticipated after a leaked draft of the ruling was obtained by Politico in May. The court's ruling leaves abortion rights to be determined at the state level. Several GOP-led states have already moved to enact statewide bans following Friday's ruling. Read MoreMiranda rights The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that suspects may not sue officers who fail to inform them of their right to remain silent for damages. It...
    (CNN)I'll never forget taking the Hippocratic oath. In a somber, dark, wood-paneled room at my medical school, rows of my graduating medical school classmates and I stood wearing pristine white coats. We raised our right hands and solemnly swore to the Most High to uphold the highest possible ethical standards in treating patients for the rest of our careers. Robert KlitzmanWe pledged to serve patients to the utmost of our abilities, to put their benefit first, preserve their confidentiality and avoid harming them. The seriousness of our oaths deeply moved us.Being a doctor is different from being a business executive, salesperson or politician -- we commit ourselves to a very high moral code. That's not to say that an individual in another field of work can't do the same, but for doctors, it's part of the job description. The oath, a version of which was written some 2,000 years ago, remains our traditional moral compass, our North Star, deeply engrained within us to guide us when we face conflicting demands -- those middle-of-the-night struggles with sick patients when we'd prefer...
    (CNN)Both cite the same Bible. Both follow the same Jesus. And both talk about the sanctity of life.And yet both stand on opposite sides of the contentious debate over abortion.Trent Horn, an author, speaker and podcaster, is a Roman Catholic and an opponent of abortion rights. Laura Ellis supports legal abortion rights and is project manager at Baptist Women in Ministry, a Baptist group that advocates for women in ministry.The US Supreme Court building in Washington, on June 14, 2022.Both personify the divisions over abortion in the church — and show how complex the issue can be when two smart and well-informed people cite scripture to support their point of view.The US Supreme Court addressed a momentous legal question Friday when the court's conservative majority overturned Roe v. Wade, stripping away nationwide access to abortion. For the first time in almost 50 years, Americans are living in a country where abortion is not enshrined as a constitutional right.Read MoreBut the debate will continue over access to abortion, which is both a moral and religious issue for many people of faith...
    After the Supreme Court ruled on Friday to overturn Roe v. Wade, corporate giants from a range of industries pledged to provide support and financial assistance for employees - and, in some cases, their dependents - seeking abortions in states that outlaw the procedure.The court's decision to roll back the nearly 50-year-old landmark ruling, which protected the federal, constitutional right to an abortion, is expected to transform the landscape of reproductive health in America, leaving abortion policy up to individual states and paving the way for numerous states to pass new abortion restrictions. As of Friday afternoon, state officials in at least seven states said that new abortion bans can now be enforced.Millions of people seeking abortions could soon be forced to travel across state lines to access the procedure, adding to the cost of an already often expensive healthcare service. For many, employers' benefit packages may be the only way they can afford an abortion.In response, corporations, some with headquarters or offices in Republican-controlled states, are taking action. Companies such as Citigroup, Salesforce and Match Group first promised financial...
    (CNN)The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday, but more than a dozen states have passed laws that will continue to protect a woman's ability to access an abortion. An analysis by the Guttmacher Institute finds 22 states have laws in place to limit abortions, including 13 that have so-called "trigger bans" in place that almost immediately enact near-total bans on abortion now that Roe has been struck down. Still, there are 16 states that protect abortion access under state law, either by guaranteeing the right to get an abortion up to a certain point in pregnancy or -- in just four states and Washington, DC -- protecting the right at any stage of pregnancy, according to Guttmacher. Some state officials have reinforced their commitment to providing a haven for abortion-seekers and are bracing for the potential influx of abortion seekers from neighboring states with restrictive laws. These are the states with laws in place to protect abortion rights in the post-Roe era.Read MoreCaliforniaThe right to obtain an abortion in California is protected until the fetus is considered viable...
    The CEO of a company that operates so-called “pregnancy crisis centers” compared the attack on one of its facilities to Kristallnacht, when in 1938, the Nazis destroyed Jewish-run businesses and arrested thousands of Jews. Appearing on Jesse Watters Primetime hours after the Supreme Court struck down a constitutional right to abortion, Rev. James Harden explained that a vandal or vandals attacked a company facility in Amherst, New York, where they broke windows and set two fires inside the building. No one was in the building at the time. Such facilities solicit visits by pregnant women who are considering abortions. Many have been criticized for trying to steer women away from getting them, even if it means lying to the women. “We’re in the middle of a pro-abortion Kristallnacht,” Harden told Jesse Watters. “No one has refuted me. We are in the middle of a pro-abortion Kristallnacht. They firebombed the location.” He went on to explain he’s pleased with how law enforcement has handled the investigation so far. “We’re hoping that we can celebrate some arrests of the perpetrators and the...
    (CNN) — After the Supreme Court ruled on Friday to overturn Roe v. Wade, corporate giants from a range of industries pledged to provide support and financial assistance for employees — and, in some cases, their dependents — seeking abortions in states that outlaw the procedure. The court’s decision to roll back the nearly 50-year-old landmark ruling, which protected the federal, constitutional right to an abortion, is expected to transform the landscape of reproductive health in America, leaving abortion policy up to individual states and paving the way for numerous states to pass new abortion restrictions. As of Friday afternoon, state officials in at least seven states said that new abortion bans can now be enforced. READ MORE: Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade, Allowing States To Ban AbortionMillions of people seeking abortions could soon be forced to travel across state lines to access the procedure, adding to the cost of an already often expensive healthcare service. For many, employers’ benefit packages may be the only way they can afford an abortion. In response, corporations, some with headquarters or offices...
    The results of the midterm elections will determine where in the United States abortion is legal and how draconian abortion bans may be. The fate of abortion rights is now in the hands of voters after the Supreme Court on Friday overturned decades of settled precedent in its ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization that abortion is not a right under the U.S. Constitution. Now that state legislatures are able to pass bills that restrict abortion, the outcome of elections for governors, attorneys general, and state lawmakers will determine whether abortion remains legal and how draconian bans will be. Thirteen GOP-controlled states already have on the books "trigger" laws, bans on abortion designed to take effect once the constitutional right to abortion was denied by the Supreme Court. However, in other states, Democratic governors and other officials have served as a firewall against abortion bans, firewalls that will crumble if Republicans win key elections in those states in November. Nearly every GOP candidate for the positions have said they support bans on abortion, some even in cases in...
    Jeff Roberson/AP Facts matter: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter. Support our nonprofit reporting. Subscribe to our print magazine.Now that the Supreme Court has officially overturned Roe v. Wade, near-total abortion bans are springing into effect across the nation in the form of “trigger laws.”  Oklahoma—which didn’t even wait for the Supreme Court to overturn Roe—has already banned abortion. Immediate abortion bans have also come into effect in Kentucky, Louisiana, and South Dakota, according to the Guttmacher Institute.  The trigger laws in Idaho, Tennessee, and Texas will take 30 days to come into effect. If you have an abortion scheduled in one of these states, you still have a very limited amount of time to undergo the procedure. Meanwhile, trigger laws in Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming require an extra step to come into effect—typically certification by an attorney general—which could take place at any second. Oklahoma also has a trigger law pending certification on the books, which could soon overlap the six-week civil ban already in effect. Here’s what has been announced by...
    ABORTION is legal in the US thanks to the Roe v. Wade legal case in 1973. The US Supreme Court ruling meant that unduly restrictive state regulation of abortion is unconstitutional - but laws and restrictions vary by state with some open to overturning the case. 2Demonstrators rally in Washington DC in November 2021Credit: Alamy That historic ruling though is now under threat after a leaked legal document revealed some judges want it scrapped. The majority draft opinion, reportedly written by Justice Samuel Alito and obtained by Politico, rejects the 1973 decision guaranteeing constitutional protection of abortion rights. Alito wrote: "Roe was egregiously wrong from the start. "Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences." Read More on the Supreme CourtROE BACK Supreme Court 'to overturn landmark Roe v Wade' ruling sparking protestsCOURT JUSTICE Everything to know about Samuel Alito and his political career The document stated: "Abortion presents a profound moral question. The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of each state from regulating or prohibiting abortion." Justices Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett reportedly...
    MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images. The long-anticipated Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization was released Friday morning, a 5-4 decision overturning the landmark cases of Roe v. Wade (1973) and Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992), which recognized and then reaffirmed the constitutional right to an abortion. In a separate concurring opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas suggested that cases granting rights like contraception and same-sex marriage should be reconsidered under the same legal theory. The Mississippi law at issue in Dobbs banned virtually all abortions after the 15th week of pregnancy, with narrow exceptions for medical emergencies and “severe fetal abnormality” but not for rape or incest. In the opinion, written by Justice Samuel Alito, the court addressed whether various provisions of the U.S. Constitution conferred an “implicit constitutional right” to an abortion. “The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives,” Alito summarized the ruling at the beginning of the opinion. Specifically, the Court held the Fourteenth Amendment’s...
    Roe V. Wade has officially been overturned by the Supreme Court, eradicating 50 years of American women's rights to abortion. The Supreme Court's decision in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization made Friday, June 24, upheld a Mississippi law that banned abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. States will soon be allowed to ban women's access to abortion, and 22 of them are expected to in some way. According to a poll by CBS News, 50 percent of people say abortion should be made available while 33 percent say there should be stricter limits. An initial draft majority opinion leaked in May suggested this might happen. Roe v. Wade was a landmark 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that regulating it was unconstitutional.  This is a developing story. Check back for more.
    NASHVILLE, Tennessee – Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life spoke with The Tennessee Star about what the landscape is going to look like in a post-Roe world and addressed the denial of communion to Speaker Nancy Pelosi because of her pro-abortion views and actions in government. “We’re going to have to work with lawmakers, first of all, in those states that have either trigger laws or pre-existing pro-life laws that have been blocked by the courts – do whatever is necessary quickly to get those laws activated,” he said. “In some cases it’ll take some legislative action, not to the same extent as starting from scratch, but the steps that need to be taken,” Father Pavone said. The priest stressed the need for pro-life individuals to have relationships with their lawmakers. “People need to, not only for their state lawmakers but for their members of Congress, communicate very clearly that we want action quickly. In other words, there’s no reason to dilly-dally or be afraid. Get these laws activated and into effect,” he said. Pavone made the point that...
    Arizona Representative Debbie Lesko (R-AZ-08) recently took action in an attempt to protect threatened pregnancy centers in Arizona. “Radical pro-abortion activists are planning attacks on Choices Pregnancy Centers [Choices] in Arizona in the wake of the anticipated Dobbs v. Jackson decision. I am demanding that the Department of Justice take swift action to prevent these attacks,” Lesko said in her newsletter. Lesko spoke further about her actions in a press release, including a letter sent by Lesko to the United States Attorney General Merrick Garland. “I am horrified by the reports that radical pro-abortion activists are planning attacks against pregnancy centers in Arizona that provide vital support for pregnant mothers and their babies,” Lesko said. “I am demanding that the Department of Justice take the steps necessary to prevent these attacks and prosecute those who commit these violent acts to the fullest extent of the law.” The letter, co-signed by Arizona Representatives Andy Biggs (R-AZ-05), Paul Gosar (R-AZ-04), and David Schweikert (R-AZ-06), asks the Department of Justice to investigate and deter the violence planned against Choices and other pregnancy centers...
    by Grazie Pozo Christie   What would it be like to go to work in the morning and find a death threat spray-painted across the façade of your office? What would it be like knowing that a facility just like yours was recently fire-bombed near Buffalo, New York? Would you keep showing up? Would you continue to put yourself in danger? Maybe you could, if you knew you were saving fragile lives and helping vulnerable women and girls each day. Maybe you could, if you were very brave. These are the hard questions facing the volunteers and staff at a pregnancy care center in South Florida where I volunteer. It was recently vandalized with spray-painted threats. Like other pregnancy care centers, our facility assists under-resourced pregnant women and families. Our clients are already struggling to make ends meet. Unlike the nearby Planned Parenthood, our center offers real choice. While Planned Parenthood offers exactly one solution for parents in this situation – abortion, and cash up front, please! – our center offers material necessities, parental education, assistance in accessing obstetric...
    Abortion rights activists have accused pro-life pregnancy centers of providing women with misinformation about abortions in an attempt to dissuade them from taking the lives of their unborn children. Pro-life groups deny this charge. The CCDH study said that 11% of search results for "abortion clinic near me" and "abortion pill" in 13 Republican-led states that have passed laws that would ban abortion if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade directed women to pro-life pregnancy centers instead of abortion clinics. This included 37% of Google Maps results. "When people search for information or services relating to their sexual and reproductive health, Google is sending them to sites that users might expect contains robust, scientific, evidence-driven healthcare information – but they actually contain ideologically-driven opinion and misinformation," said Imran Ahmed, CEO of the Center for Countering Digital Hate. “We have a right to expect that safety by design is a key consideration for any tech platform. If Google refuses to guarantee users’ right to good information, it will be up to lawmakers to step in to ensure...
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