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Anti-Abortion Protesters Sued For Harassing Schoolchildren In DC

In Washington, D.C., anti-abortion protesters opposed to Planned Parenthood have been harassing children and staff of an elementary school because the school is near a soon-to-be built Planned Parenthood facility. But now the school is fighting back with a lawsuit.

Two Rivers Public Charter School accuses the activists of blocking carpool lanes and even showing children graphic images of aborted fetuses. Those images so disturbed one child that he would only come back to school if a counselor agreed to meet him before he returned to campus.

In the lawsuit, Two Rivers accuses the protesters–one of whom has a criminal record–of engaging in “extreme and outrageous conduct” and even terrorizing students–some as young as 3–with images of mangled fetuses and warning them that a “murder facility” is being built next door to their school.

The protester with a criminal record, Robert Weiler Jr, has been convicted of plotting to bomb a clinic.

Jessica Wodatch, the executive director of the school, wrote a letter to parents in which she stated:

“We are a diverse community with different viewpoints on the issue. Our students are caught up in a controversy that is not about them — our goal is to allow them safe passage to school.”

D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine said he will not hesitate to prosecute anyone who violates laws which prevent such harassment of children, adding:

“Protecting children is one of our highest priorities at the office of the attorney general, and we are very concerned about the allegations set forth in the complaint. We are committed to ensuring that students, teachers and parents are not harassed or otherwise intimidated by aggressive and unnecessarily inflammatory protests that go beyond the protections afforded by the First Amendment.”

For their part, protester Jonathan Darnel said he and his compatriots are not to blame:

“We blame the messenger instead of the message. They should be filing a lawsuit against Planned Parenthood for moving in there and building this place next to their school.”

Wonder how he’d feel if someone stood outside his place of worship and held signs calling him a domestic terrorist. But I’m sure he’d be deeply offended. Some asshats cannot see beyond their own perverted sanctimony.

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Carly Fiorina Has Blood On Her Hands, And The Colorado Shooter’s Words Prove It

Carly Fiorina is an accomplice to murder and domestic terrorism. Yes, you read that right, and I will not soften or retract it. Not now, and not ever.

Recall that at the second GOP debate, Fiorina, whom I have called the biggest political liar since Richard Nixon (I will never retract that assertion, either) said that she had personally seen a video taken in a Planned Parenthood clinic which showed:

“I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama to watch these tapes. Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking, while someone says, ‘We have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.’ “

No such video exists. Neither Fiorina or her campaign could ever produce such a video. Again, because it doesn’t exist anywhere but in her fevered, self-promoting imagination.

The State vs. Robert Lewis Dear

But the man who killed three in Colorado Springs as part of a domestic terrorist attack on a Planned Parenthood facility told authorities when he was taken into custody:

“No more baby parts.”

Authorities say Dear was ranting against Planned Parenthood, and no doubt referring to the bogus videos released by the so-called Center for Medical Progress, a group which has ties to other domestic terrorist groups which have bombed and set fire to women’s health clinics across they country when they aren’t busy murdering doctors who perform a procedure protected by the U.S. Constitution.

Others With Crimson-Stained Hands

Fiorina is far from the only guilty party when it comes to the type of rhetoric which feeds the deeply simmering hate and paranoia which permeates much of the anti-choice movement in this country. All of the 2016 GOP candidates have said equally inflammatory things about a woman’s right to choose and about Planned Parenthood. Congress, under the control of the Republicans, even held hearings so they could attempt to spread their lies about the organization.

A “Crime Against Women”

U.S Attorney General Loretta Lynch called the Colorado attack a “crime against women,” but it is much more than that. It is a crime against civilized society as we have established it under our system of government. It is terrorism, plain and simple, and those who spewed out the vile lies which in part motivated Robert Dear are also culpable for his crimes.

In the days after the horrific attacks in Paris by ISIS, Republicans said the President should declare war on ISIS and put combat troops into the conflict as a response.

But where are they now that an act of domestic terrorism has been committed on American soil? They are disgustingly silent, as if Robert Dear never even existed.

And to each of them, I offer this indictment: There is blood on your hands, and all the soap and washing in the world can never remove it. Guilty. Each and every one of you is guilty.

ISIS is the biggest threat we face? No. The biggest threat we face lies within, and many of them dare to call themselves patriots. But they are nothing more than cowards and fear mongers. And they too will have their day of reckoning.

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org.

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Texas AG Seeks To Block Birth Control Coverage For Women At Religious Nonprofits

The recently-indicted Attorney General of Texas, Ken Paxton, has filed a friend of the court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court which would deny insurance coverage to women if the policy pays for contraception their employers object to.

A lawsuit has been filed by East Texas Baptist University and Houston Baptist University against the federal government over a provision of the Affordable Care Act which requires some employers–including nonprofits–to offer health plans that include contraceptive coverage. The universities oppose emergency contraceptives, including the so-called morning-after pill, and intrauterine devices (IUDs).

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires employers with 50 or more full-time employees to offer health plans with “minimum essential coverage,” which includes access to federally approved contraception for women, with no copayments or deductibles.

In his brief, Paxton said the ACA would:

 “Coerce employers to proceed with a course of action despite a belief in its religious impermissibility.”

Because hey, if you work at a place that is controlled by a bunch of religious extremists, why shouldn’t they be able to impose their beliefs on you? Isn’t that what America is all about?

The brief also states:

“Many employers around the country feel driven by their faith to care for their employees by providing them health insurance. But some employers find it incompatible with their religious convictions to provide that health insurance when it means contracting with a company that then, by virtue of that very relationship, becomes obligated to pay for drugs regarded as abortifacients.”

A federal district court sided with the universities, blocking the requirement from going into effect. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services then appealed the case to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals–considered the most conservative appellate court in the country–and the district court ruling was overturned.

In their ruling the 5th Circuit wrote that the universities had:

“Not shown and are not likely to show that the requirement substantially burdens their religious exercise under established law.”

Considering how the Supreme Court ruled in the Hobby Lobby decision, it is anyone’s guess how the justices will rule in this case.

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org.

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WTF?! GOP Senator: I Lecture Women On Abortion Because It’s A ‘Men’s Issue’

We naturally expect right wing Republicans to say patently ridiculous–not to mention inaccurate–things, but I do believe that Oklahoma GOP Senator James Lankford has now jumped to the head of the class when it comes to stupid, bizarre statements that are both false and incomprehensible when subjected to logic and reason.

During a debate on the Senate floor about whether or not to defund Planned Parenthood, Lankford proclaimed that the “culture has been wrong” to allow abortion.

Which led to this response from California Democrat Barbara Boxer:

“I just don’t like lectures by men about what it’s like. I’m pro-choice and I just have to say, using pregnancy as a political football doesn’t sit well with the people I represent and the people of this country.We have to respect one another. I respect your view entirely. I’m asking you to respect mine. Keep Uncle Sam out of my private life and my children’s and my grandkids’ and your’s. Families will make these decisions with their God, with their doctor.”

Oh, but Lankford insisted he had every right to lecture women on reproductive choice because it’s a “men’s issue.”

The sound you heard after that claim was the chins of millions of women across America hitting the floor. But let’s hear Senator Lankford out on this:

“I’m a dad of two daughters. I had something to do with the birth as well, and was also there. I was there during the sonograms. My wife and I are extremely close. And to be a dad of two daughters, I’m very passionate, not only about my own wife, but about my mom, who’s a cancer survivor — multiple-time cancer survivor — I’m passionate about my daughters having every single opportunity.”

But if you defund Planned Parenthood, Senator, lots of women won’t be able to get the cancer screenings that probably saved your mother’s life. Nor would your daughters, when they are of age, be able to get services from a Planned Parenthood facility.

Which, of course, is the whole plan for the Republicans: Stop women from getting health care services if the provider in any way, shape, or form might have a connection to terminating a pregnancy, which, the last time I checked, was a woman’s Constitutional right according to the Supreme Court. But the right wing only chooses to listen to the Court when they agree with them.

Lankford continued:

“So this is important to us as well. This is not just a women’s issue, this is a men’s issue as well. Because this is a family issue. And the family is extremely important to all of us.”

Ah yes, back to the old saw of family being so important to the Republicans. And yet they have voted on several occasions to cut Food Stamps, which takes food off the tables of needy families across the country. They also love to cozy up to anti-choice zealots who are fond of shooting doctors. What about the families of the assassinated doctors, Senator?

Lankford and his ilk are the ultimate when it comes to hypocrisy, and that is why they are becoming more marginalized with each and every national election.

Watch Senator Lankford In Action

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org.

 

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Woman In Arkansas Charged With ‘Concealing Pregnancy’ And ‘Abusing Corpse’ Following Abortion

An Arkansas nurse has been charged for the crime of performing an abortion, and her patient was also charged with concealing a pregnancy and abusing a corpse.

You may want to read that first sentence again. It certainly caused me to scratch my head and mumble, “What the…” under my breath. Then I began to do some research and found that Arkansas has some of the most draconian anti-choice laws in the country.

The nurse, Karen Collins of Monticello, Arkansas, allegedly gave abortion drugs to a patient, Anne Bynum, so Bynum could terminate her pregnancy at 33 weeks of development. Authorities charged Collins with performing an abortion without being licensed to do so and performing an unlawful abortion. Bynum was charged with concealing a birth and abusing a corpse.

Police allege that Collins gave the drugs to Bynum, and that Bynum then took the drugs and delivered the fetus at the home of her parents. They further claim that Bynum wrapped the fetus in a plastic bag, put it in her car, and went to sleep for “several hours” before she went to a local emergency room.

While it might be easy to dismiss this overreach by a state into the private lives of women as an isolated incident, it is only one of many in recent months.

In March, Indiana charged and prosecuted a woman, Purvi Patel, for feticide and neglect of a dependent. Patel, who was pregnant, began bleeding and had a miscarriage shortly after she showed up at an ER.  She was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment.

And, just this week, a woman in Albany, Georgia, was charged with malice murder for taking Cytotec, an abortifacient drug she purchased online to terminate her pregnancy of five-and-a-half months.

The GOP’s War on Women, which they like to say it just in the mind of liberals, rolls on in red states across the nation, and shows no signs of relenting.

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org.