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:
This initial lawsuit, Toobin predicted, could be the one that helps obliterate the Texas law in the courts:
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.
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.
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 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:
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!
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:
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:
She then added:
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.
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.