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Restrictive Texas Abortion Law Has Already Become The State’s ‘Worst Nightmare’

Republicans in the state of Texas are in one hell of a fix now as a result of their passing the most restrictive anti-abortion law in the nation, and it could wind up having both legal and political consequences,

CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin was a guest on “Anderson Cooper 360” Monday evening, and he explained that news the first doctor is being sued under the Texas law proves just how bad the legislation is.

Cooper kicked off the discussion by noting that the people who filed suit against the Texas doctor aren’t exactly model citizens and don’t even live in the Lone Star State:

“One of the first legal challenges has come from someone on house arrest, another from a lawyer who has been disbarred. I mean any — under this law, anybody can just make a complaint?”

Toobin responded:

“This law in many respects is the worst nightmare of the anti-abortion forces, the people who are behind this law. It just underlines how ridiculous it is. I mean, you have this disbarred lawyer in Arkansas under house arrest filing one lawsuit. Some random person in Chicago filing the other lawsuit. I mean, how and why they should be able to sue a doctor in San Antonio for doing something that is, at least at this moment, protected under the United States Constitution is just crazy. But it is apparently what this law allows.”

This initial lawsuit, Toobin predicted, could be the one that helps obliterate the Texas law in the courts:

“And what the advantage that Nancy Northrup and and the other people are defending the doctor have, finally a judge will be able to say this law is unconstitutional. Because of the strange structure of the law, so far the Supreme Court have thrown up hands saying, there is not really a challenge here. It’s premature. And they haven’t ruled on the constitutionality and this law is now depriving women of the rights that they’re guaranteed into its third week. This — these lawsuits should finally get the question of whether the law is constitutional before a judge.”

The Texas anti-choice law could also wind up having political consequences for Republicans in the state, especially Gov. Greg Abbott, who is facing an uncertain bid for reelection next year with his approval rating cratering and likely facing a formidable Democratic opponent, former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke, who is reportedly considering a run in 2022.

What a mess the Texas GOP has created. And they have no one to blame but themselves.

 

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Texas Doctor Admits That He Just Violated The State’s ‘Extreme’ Anti-Abortion Law

Even though Texas has passed the most restrictive abortion legislation in the country, Dr. Alan Braid is admitting in a very public way — an op-ed in The Washington Post — that he performed an abortion and is in direct violation of the law.

Dr. Braid begins by noting that he started his residency in obstetrics and gynecology in 1972, a year before Roe v. Wade made abortion legal nationwide:

“At the hospital that year, I saw three teenagers die from illegal abortions. One I will never forget. When she came into the ER, her vaginal cavity was packed with rags. She died a few days later from massive organ failure, caused by a septic infection.”

Roe changed everything for those who provide health care to women, Braid goes on to explain, but he fears the bad old days may be about to return in the Lone Star State:

“Then, this month, everything changed. A new Texas law, known as S.B. 8, virtually banned any abortion beyond about the sixth week of pregnancy. It shut down about 80 percent of the abortion services we provide. Anyone who suspects I have violated the new law can sue me for at least $10,000. They could also sue anybody who helps a person obtain an abortion past the new limit, including, apparently, the driver who brings a patient to my clinic.

“For me, it is 1972 all over again.”

What did Dr. Braid do? What a doctor should do: He put the needs of his patient above the law and performed an abortion:

“And that is why, on the morning of Sept. 6, I provided an abortion to a woman who, though still in her first trimester, was beyond the state’s new limit. I acted because I had a duty of care to this patient, as I do for all patients, and because she has a fundamental right to receive this care.”

“I understand that by providing an abortion beyond the new legal limit, I am taking a personal risk, but it’s something I believe in strongly. Represented by the Center for Reproductive Rights, my clinics are among the plaintiffs in an ongoing federal lawsuit to stop S.B. 8.

“I have daughters, granddaughters and nieces. I believe abortion is an essential part of health care. I have spent the past 50 years treating and helping patients. I can’t just sit back and watch us return to 1972.”

Braid says he realizes there could be legal consequences for his actions. But he did what he believed was right as a medical professional:

We need more doctors like Alan Braid. And we need fewer politicians who are eager and willing to stick their noses where they don’t belong out of political expediency.

 

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Sarah Palin Says AOC Is A ‘Fake Feminist’ And Gets Her A*s Handed To Her

We haven’t heard much from failed 2008 Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin, and that’s a blessing, because she rarely has anything valuable to say and is usually just trying to find a new way to grift a buck or two and remain semi-relevant as the world passes her by.

But the failed, half-term former governor of Alaska is back, and she’s decided that the new Texas anti-choice abortion legislation is a good thing and since she’s a “feminist,” she knows how women feel on the issue.

However, Palin made a very big mistake when she went on Fox News this week and commented on remarks that had been made by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) about the Texas abortion bill that was signed this week by Gov. Greg Abbott (R).

Specifically, Newsweek reports, AOC told Anderson Cooper of CNN that Abbott was “not familiar with a menstruating person’s body” and should not be regulating one.

That led Palin to retort:

“(AOC is) such a fake feminist that she would bring up an issue like this and try to use it to make some kind of political point.

“She’s so off base politically, but even off base in the analogy or whatever it is that she’s throwing out there. She’s milking the whole female thing, and as a real feminist, I’m embarrassed for her.”

AOC is a fake feminist but Sarah Palin is a real one? That’s kind of odd when you consider that the congresswoman is defending a woman’s right to make her own reproductive choices without government interference while Palin is cheerleading for old white men in Texas passing laws that would put Big Brother in every woman’s uterus.

That led Ocasio-Cortez to drop a video online in which she expertly trolls Palin by looking into the camera and asking:

“Does my existence make you mad? Does the fact that, yes, I am a mouthpiece for the people of New York’s 14th congressional district upset you? Well, I have help for you. Call 1-800-CRY-NOW. That’s 1-800-CRY-NOW.”

And that’s not all. AOC also set up a website that makes contributions for a purpose that’s certain to upset Palin:

That’s not only expert trolling, it’s putting your money where your mouth is. Well done, AOC!

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Jen Psaki Has The Perfect Response To Greg Abbott’s Absurd Pledge That He’ll ‘Eliminate All Rapists’

On Tuesday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott made an absurd statement regarding how he planned to “eliminate all rapists” in response to a question about what women in the Lone Star State are supposed to do if they’re raped and don’t want to carry the child to term now that the state has all but made all abortions illegal.

Abbott was asked:

“Why force a rape or incest victim to carry a pregnancy to term?”

Abbott replied:

“It doesn’t require that at all because obviously, it provides at least six weeks for a person to get an abortion. That said, however, let’s make something clear. Rape is a crime, and Texas will work tirelessly to make sure that we eliminate all rapists from the streets of Texas by aggressively going out and arresting them and prosecuting them.”

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked about what Abbott said at her press briefing Wednesday afternoon, and her reply has quickly gone viral:

“Well if Governor Abbott has a means of eliminating all rapists or all rape from the United States then there’d be bipartisan support for that. But given there has never in the history of of the country, in the world, been any leader who’s ever been able to eliminate rape, eliminate rapists from our streets, it’s even more imperative—it’s one of the many reasons I should say not the only reason—why women in Texas should have access to healthcare.”

She then added:

“So it does not change our objectives, does not change our commitment. The Department of Justice, the Attorney General, announced a step on Monday. Our Department of Justice is continuing to look at legal options. Our Department of Health and Human Services is also continuing to look at all options and the president has made clear that it’s a priority to do everything that we can to ensure that women in Texas have access to healthcare.”

And there it is: The perfect way to counter these right-wingers who want to keep women from controlling their own reproductive choices. This isn’t about abortion. It’s about the right to choose what happens to your body. It’s about health care and letting women make the most personal and difficult decision any person can ever have to make.

The government doesn’t belong in the bedroom or the doctor’s office. And it damn sure doesn’t belong in anyone’s uterus.

 

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Abbott: Texas Women Who Are Raped Won’t Need Abortions Because I’ll ‘Eliminate All Rapists’

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said Tuesday that women in his state who are raped need not worry they won’t be able to get an abortion because he plans to “eliminate all rapists” in the Lone Star State.

At a signing ceremony for yet another piece of bad legislation (which makes it harder to vote in Texas), Abbott was asked:

“Why force a rape or incest victim to carry a pregnancy to term?”

The governor responded:

“It doesn’t require that at all because obviously, it provides at least six weeks for a person to get an abortion. That said, however, let’s make something clear. Rape is a crime, and Texas will work tirelessly to make sure that we eliminate all rapists from the streets of Texas by aggressively going out and arresting them and prosecuting them.”

No need to worry, ladies. Gov. Abbott is going to do what has never been done in the history of the world: Completely eliminate rape by arresting all the rapists and prosecuting them for the crime. Why didn’t anyone think of that sooner? This Abbott guy must be a freaking genius!

Actually, he’s as dumb as a damn stump.

What Abbott conveniently neglected to mention was that rape is already an underrated crime because women feel shame when it happens to them. And yet now Texas wants to all but guarantee that women and girls who are raped or victims of incest have no choice but to give birth. It’s beyond horrific; it’s inhumane and outright torture.

Even worse, for Abbott to pretend he actually gives a damn is also perverse. If he cared, it wouldn’t have signed the anti-abortion law in the first place. If he cared, he wouldn’t try to make it harder for people to vote.

But like nearly every Republican in today’s GOP, Greg Abbott only cares about himself and his own self-aggrandizement. Everyone else is secondary to his political ambitions. Too bad there isn’t a law to cover that crime.