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Author: Raine    Date: 05/16/2019 13:07:15

For most of my life, there has been the conservative clamoring that Roe v. Wade should be overturned. Also for most of my life, women have been told that overturning Roe v. Wade was nothing more than a wedge issue designed to raise money for and by evangelical conservatives.

I never bought that line of reasoning. While fear has long been used as a political tool, I never believed this was a particular 'wedge' issue. They have been telling us what they want for years. This time they have dropped all pretense and are screaming the intent from the top of the churches. Since 2001, a total of 660 abortion limits or bans have been imposed and 33 efforts to improve access. From the article, a sampling:
Louisiana hospital privileges
A Louisiana law requires abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges. The law resembles a Texas law struck down by Supreme Court in 2016. The court voted 5-4 in February to impose an emergency block on this law so there is a fair chance the court will take the case. The law had been upheld by an appeals court, so if the Supreme Court does not take it the restriction would go into effect.

Alabama procedure
Alabama banned the type of procedure most often used in cases after about 15 weeks of pregnancy. A trial court and appeals court ruled the ban unconstitutional. The state has appealed to the Supreme Court.

Indiana reasons and burial
An Indiana law forbids abortion for some reasons, such as because of a potential disability. Another law requires fetal tissue to be buried or cremated. An appeals court said both were unconstitutional. The state is asking the Supreme Court to uphold the laws.

Indiana waiting period
In another case stemming from Indiana, a law requires an ultrasound 18 hours before the abortion procedure, essentially requiring a two-day process. The case that stemmed from it was blocked by an appeals court. The state is seeking to let the law go into effect while objections are litigated.

Mississippi 15-week ban
Last year, Mississippi banned all abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. A federal court ruled the ban unconstitutional. The state appealed to the Circuit Court. A decision there could be appealed to the Supreme Court.

Kentucky six-week ban
A 2019 Kentucky law that would ban abortions after six weeks of pregnancy was blocked in the courts. The case has not yet been appealed.

Georgia and Mississippi six-week bans
Georgia and Mississippi passed bans on abortions after six weeks this year. Neither case has been heard in court yet.

After this article was published, Missouri decided to jump into the fray.
The bill has a “trigger” provision banning abortion completely if the Supreme Court overturns Roe, which established a woman’s right to the procedure without undue government interference. It also contains redundant restrictions that would remain in effect if the two-month threshold were thrown out by the courts, as has happened in other states.
Now would be a good time to mention another canard brought forward by those seeking to ban abortion: protecting children.

Alabama happens to rank last in the USA for education. Criminalizing abortion in a state that ranks 50th in public education doesn't seem to be sending a message that it cares about children.

I remember telling my niece that our rights as women might not always be there. I told her that what we assumed was a right was not as it seemed.
The Alabama Senate just passed a total abortion ban with no exception for rape or incest. Governor Ivey signed it into law.

Here's a hard cold reality: Alabama is the first state in recent history to say that they want to take women back to a time when they had no voice about their autonomy.

Do you see the regression? Do you see where this is going? Do you see who is leading the charge?

I will remind you that any woman of financial means can get an abortion. Any man of financial means will always be able to pay to prevent a birth they do not want via abortion.

Abortion is not pretty, but I can tell you, it's always in reach for people who can pay for it. This is a big reason why I have a problem with conservative politicians. They know they can take away 'rights' because women don't have codified rights. Don't assume your rights are yours. They are not.

That's a big damn problem not just for women but for this nation and it's soon going to be a headache for the Supreme court. The question is, what will Chief Justice John Roberts do? Will he stand on the correct side of history? Only time will tell.
But no matter what he does next, the story Roberts likes to tell—and that we prefer to hear—about the slow, incrementalist, precedent-loving Supreme Court, is falling apart. It’s openly collapsing under the weight of the death penalty fight, but it’s also disintegrating as states vie with one another for more extreme ways to punish and humiliate women. I feel sorry for the chief justice largely because all this is happening just when the court’s reputation matters most. Roe v. Wade is in the news this month not because it’s in the crosshairs (yet), but because amateurs in Alabama and Georgia are drunk on God, and as a consequence, the Supreme Court’s slip is showing. The path to ending abortion in America was smooth and seamless in the hands of John Roberts and Brett Kavanaugh; most of us would never have seen it happen. But so long as Alabama and Georgia keep saying the quiet parts at the tops of their lungs, the court’s conservatives cannot accomplish what they had been on track to accomplish—at least, they cannot do it quietly. The question for the chief justice is no longer whether he prefers to win quietly on reversing Roe. He’s going to win ugly. He needs to decide if he can live with that.


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