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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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Tech Writer Believes She’s Found A Foolproof Way To Shut Down Texas’ Abortion Snitch Website

One of the most disgusting facets of the new Texas anti-abortion law is that it includes a reward of up to $10,000 to anyone who snitches on a woman who is attempting to get an abortion in the state.

Texas Right to Life has set up a website which allows people to report women who might be in violation of the new law, but a tech writer believes she’s found a way to get the website taken down once and for all.

Tech journalist Shoshana Wodinsky penned an article for Gizmodo in which she suggests the best way to have the Texas Right to Life website removed from the internet is by reporting it to the registrar of the domain name:

“In this case, the registrar is GoDaddy — a company that’s historically known for being kind of terrible all around, but also one with a slew of rules for what its sites can be used for. Among the rules are that sites cannot ‘collect or harvest’ information about people without their consent, or do anything that ‘violates the privacy or publicity rights of another User or any other person or entity, or breaches any duty of confidentiality that you owe to another User or any other person or entity.'”

Reporting the medical procedures of other people would certainly be a violation of GoDaddy’s rules, and that means there’s a way to battle this problem with the power of the internet, Wodinsky writes:

“GoDaddy has its own specific tipline set up for users to reach when they see a site falling afoul of the company’s privacy rules: privacy@godaddy.com. People can also file out an abuse report with the platform, and let GoDaddy know that they’ve come across ‘content that displays personal information.’ While the examples that GoDaddy gives in the form are sites listing people’s social security or credit card numbers, the Texas tipline is a pretty clear privacy violation of a different sort.”

In other words, it’s up to us to flood GoDaddy with reports regarding the Texas abortion snitch tipline. We have internet access and that’s really all that’s required to make a difference in this case.

Granted, we can’t personally repeal the Texas anti-abortion law, but we can damn sure give its enablers some major headaches along the way.

Ladies and gentlemen: Time to grab our computers and phones and make a difference. We can do this!

 

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Ashley Judd Blasts Trump At March On Washington: ‘Our P*ssies Ain’t For Grabbing!’ (VIDEO)

The Women’s March on Washington is historic and has clearly touched a nerve among millions across the world.

As part of the protest of Donald Trump and his views on and behavior toward women, actress Ashley Judd read a poem written by Nina Donovan, a 19-year-old poet who lives in Tennessee. It was received with rapturous applause by the hundreds of thousands of Americans gathered in our nation’s capital.

The first line of the poem set the tone:

“I am a nasty woman.”

Then Judd got into the heart of the message, and it was pure gold:

“I am a nasty woman. Not as nasty as a man who looks like he bathes in Cheeto dust, a man whose words are a dis to America, Electoral College-sanctioned hate speech.”

And if Donald Trump wondered how he’s viewed by tens of millions of those who didn’t cast a ballot for him, that was also covered in the powerful words Judd read aloud:

“I feel Hitler in these streets, Nazis renamed.”

There was even a reference to the inappropriate comments Trump has made about his daughter, Ivanka:

“I’m not as nasty as your daughter being your favorite sex symbol. Our p*ssies ain’t for grabbing. This p*ssy is for my pleasure and giving birth to more nasty woman.”

Thank you Ashley Judd. And thank you, Nina Donovan, for your incredible words which also describe how those of us who are fathers of young girls feel about this illegitimate puppet who now resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. He is a disgrace to all that is decent and admirable about this country.

Ladies, you freaking rock!

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