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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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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.

 

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Abortion Elections GOP

This Viral Video Shows How The Texas Anti-Abortion Law May Cost Republicans The 2022 Midterms

When they passed the most restrictive anti-abortion law in the nation, the Texas GOP legislators probably thought they had just accomplished something monumental that would delight many of their conservative constituents.

But it turns out they may well have guaranteed that Republicans lose the 2022 midterm elections.

As Nicolle Wallace noted on her show Monday afternoon, the Texas bill is a nightmare for the GOP:

“With Republicans now traipsing into the arms of the most extreme elements of the GOP base with the law that all the bans of abortion in Texas and turns neighbors and friends into bounty hunters, the question is this, what are Democrats going to with their control of the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate and the White House to protect reproductive freedoms, not just for the women of Texas but for all the women in this country?”

Wallace then played a video from author Don Winslow that has gone viral with over 2 million views and is, the host added “likely a preview of what’s to come in terms of motivating women and Democratic voters to activism.”

In the ad, young women are shown crying as a narrator says:

“If I’m beaten and raped in the state of Texas, I have to give birth to the baby of my rapist. If am raped by my father, brother, or uncle and get pregnant in the state of Texas, I have to give birth to the baby of my family abuser.

“This is madness. The same people protesting and screaming ‘My body, my choice’ when it comes to the Covid vaccine are now saying I don’t have any control over my own body.”

After showing the ad, Wallace told viewers:

“That ad has had more than 2 million views and is likely to represent the tip of the spear in activating the same voices and people who spilled into the streets of the nation’s capital and cities across the country in 2016 and 2017 after Donald Trump’s election and inauguration.”

Time to take the right-wing dream of banning a woman’s right to choose and making them pay at the ballot box. That’s how we destroy their chances of ever attempting to repress women again.

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Sarah Sanders Has A Conniption Fit When Asked Why Trump Won’t Condemn Domestic Violence (VIDEO)

No matter how they try to change the subject, the White House cannot manage to talk away the fact that the administration had two alleged wife-beaters on the public dime. And until they confront the issue head-on (don’t hold your breath waiting for that), the daily press briefing will be exactly like Monday’s.

A reporter asked Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders why the president still hadn’t condemned domestic violence in all forms. Sanders replied:

“I spoke with the president and those are actually his words that he gave me directly today, It’s my job to speak on behalf of the president. I spoke to him and he gave that message directly to me and I read it directly to you.”


When another reporter noted that Vice President Mike Pence had called domestic assault appalling but Trump still hadn’t done so, Sanders had this to say:

“The president has been clear multiple times through myself and others in the administration that we condemn domestic violence.”

However, Trump himself has not actually said the words, and considering that he’s been accused on at least a dozen occasions of being a sexual assaulter, it does make you wonder why he cannot just read a statement and be done with it, no matter how hypocritical it would be.

A reporter then asked:

“Why do you have to say it? Why can’t he say it?

“He said that he wishes Porter well and people should have due process. But he hasn’t addressed the victims of domestic violence.”

That led Sanders to rely on the well-known “alternative facts” that this administration is famous for:

Everyone who believes Donald Trump dictated a statement to Sanders on the subject of domestic violence, please stand on your head and recite the Magna Carta from memory. At least that would be entertaining.

Watch:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylAuiLNB4so