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Powerful Abortion Ad Aimed At Greg Abbott Goes Viral As His Poll Numbers Slide

Unless you live in the state of Texas or happen to be a political junkie who regularly follows campaigns in other states, you may not have seen the hottest political ad of the 2022 midterm elections.

The ad, which is aimed at Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R), has quickly gone viral, and is being shown all over cable television and online, where it is quickly earning the reputation as the most brilliant political ad in years.

Newsweek notes:

The Mothers Against Greg Abbott PAC posted the ad on Twitter on Monday, where it has since amassed more than 3 million views.

It begins with a nervous couple waiting in a doctor’s office. When the doctor enters, he solemnly tells them their baby has a “catastrophic brain abnormality.”

Nancy Thompson, the founder of the Mothers Against Greg Abbott PAC, explained the purpose of the ad:

“(It shows) the absurdity and horror of the government making a deeply personal decision – a decision which should be made between a woman and her health care provider. The video has been well received… We’re getting donations, and we’re not going to stop.”

Could a political ad in deep red Texas actually manage to turn the tide against the incumbent Abbott, who is facing a challenge from Democrat Beto O’Rourke? That depends on who you talk to, but the polls suggest that Abbott is indeed vulnerable and facing the political battle of his life, according to Axios:

In December, after the well-known Democrat announced his campaign, 54% of voters supported Abbott, compared to 37% who supported O’Rourke, a Quinnipiac University poll showed.

This month, 48% of voters support Abbott compared to 43% who support O’Rourke.

What, you may ask, is happening in Texas, long thought to be a conservative stronghold? In a word, pessimism:

Texans think Texas is on the wrong track and have expressed pessimism about their personal finances and the national economy.

Abbott’s approval rating has slipped to 43%, and 26% of Texas Republicans disapprove of the governor’s handling of the electric grid, according to the latest polling figures from the Texas Politics Project.

Additionally, following the money shows where the momentum is in the last three months of the race, with O’Rourke outraising Abbott since February.

Will Beto pull off one of the great political upsets in electoral history? It’s too soon to say definitively, but if it does happen, a viral campaign ad may well prove to have been the beginning of the end for Greg Abbott.

 

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Ohio Republican: Pregnancy From Rape Is ‘An Opportunity For Women No Matter How Young Or Old’

The Ohio legislature is currently debating a “trigger law” that would immediately outlaw abortion in the Buckeye State if Roe v. Wade is overruled by the United States Supreme Court.

Speaking at a hearing on the law, Ohio state representative Jean Schmidt (R) was asked why the trigger law didn’t include exclusions for instances of rape.

Specifically, Democratic representative Richard Brown posed this question:

“If a 13-year-old girl was raped by a serial rapist … this bill would require this 13-year-old to carry this felon’s fetus to term, regardless of any emotional or psychological damage or trauma that may be inflicted upon this 13-year-old girl.”

According to Mediaite, Schmidt had a strange defense of the legislation:

Schmidt responded, noting that “rape is a difficult issue and it emotionally scares the individual,” but insisted “if a baby is created, it is a human life, and whether that mother ends that pregnancy or not, the scars will not go away, period.”

“It is a shame that it happens,” the lawmaker continued, “but there’s an opportunity for that woman, no matter how young or old she is, to make a determination about what she’s going to do to help that life be a productive human being.”

Yeah, there’s an “opportunity” for an innocent girl to be forced into bearing the child that’s a product of rape. How in the hell is that the least bit fair to a girl who has already had to endure something as traumatic as rape?

The bill is HB 598, and it has not yet passed either house of the Ohio legislature. It would only provide one exception where abortion would allowed: If the mother’s life was at risk.

Penalties for breaking the Ohio law include making abortion a fourth-degree felony. It also criminalizes abortions by medications such as RU-486.

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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!