51 Comments

Thank you for posting the link to the TX Supreme Court hearing.

Expand full comment

I watched the appeals hearing in Texas and wanted to scream. But i'm at work so i can't. I can't believe the country we're living in. It is beyond sick.

Expand full comment
founding

Ali Velshi had a good segment with Zurawski yesterday -- I like Ali, he is not averse to doing advocacy while giving news.

As Jessica points out the significance of language in abortion discourse, it occurred to me that saying something is bad for democracy may not convey the urgency to people (because democracy is a nebulous word to them). How about saying 'something' is a clear and present danger to our country -- replace 'democracy' with country. Drive home the point that your country as you know it will not remain as that with trumpists in power.

Expand full comment

Texas Chainsaw Massacre Of Women's Rights. Use this infographic to understand the Zurawski v. State of Texas lawsuit. Who are the endangered women? Who banned abortions in Texas? Start with this StoryMap.

https://thedemlabs.org/2023/11/28/zurawski-v-texas-abortion-lawsuit-women-sue-texas/

Expand full comment

Pertaining to the piece on “Trad wives” No No No He** No!! These misguided women and their menfolk may be happy as clams BUT those of us in our 60 s saw what happened to our mothers or mother’s friends who were Trad Wives until the wheels came off ( alcohol in my Dad, infidelity in my husband’s dad, early death in another friend’s father) and then the women had to come up with a way to support their families with limited skills and options. We all grew up knowing we had to have a skill or career to allow us to support ourselves No matter what. Some of these ladies are in for a real eye opener when they get traded in for a newer model. Read history for goodness sakes!!!

Expand full comment

I think Cohen is wrong. Montgomery didn’t think something was suspicious. He just saw an opportunity to snoop around and hoped that he would find something he could prosecute. Montgomery isn’t just biased against Planned Parenthood. He harbors great malice against Planned Parenthood.

Expand full comment

I’m old enough to remember when an Arizonan named Rehnquist was nominated to be Chief Justice and at his hearing was credibly charged with harassing minority voters at polling places when was still a private attorney.

Expand full comment

I'm so goddamn sick and tired of the assholes in the anti-abortion movement and the special privileges afforded them by the government I could throw up. I've got plenty of things I'm not very happy about MY tax money going for, but there's no equivalent to the Hyde amendment to spare MY feelings.

Expand full comment
founding

We do SO well, politically, on this issue. I'd like to think that would help us next year. My concern is all of the 2024 voters who haven't been motivated to vote since 2020. They either don't know what's going on or it's not very important to them. I think women are more persuadable, because it should be such an obvious assault on one's autonomy. But oh the men they worry me. Some polling suggests men of color voting more like white men. I fear an election with the biggest gender gap ever, Democrats holding on with women, but a Republican landslide among men, reacting against the supposed 'weakness' in America: the economy, the border, foreign policy, crime, whatever, and doing what men always do, which is fuck stuff up. I hope this does not happen and I will not forgive my fellow Y-chromosome carriers if they sweep America into fascism this way.

Expand full comment

The lying Arizona Supreme Court forced-birther is not an outlier in our fair state. We've got every variety of dissembling misogynist you can name, with dollops on top of the flavors of Christian Nationalism so popular these days. Why, there's even a Christian Nationalist on my town council. Needless to say, I'm working on flushing him out...

Expand full comment
founding

One thing Arizona did very right in 2022 is elect Democrats to most statewide offices. Ultimately to keep doing that is the only way out of the hole. But then a botched federal election next year could render a lot of state level government moot :(

Expand full comment
founding

Birth rates up, but more in certain groups. Can we convince Republicans that only means more brown children and thereby convert more of them to pro-choice? And how disgusting is it to even have that thought? History suggests the Christian nationalists overlap quite well with the white supremacists, but there's also suggestion that Republicans are polling better with non-college educated voters of color. If the fascists can compromise some on their racism (or at least pretend to) they can be even more dangerous. Either way I expect them to cheer this data, and it's all fucking terrifying for anyone remotely liberal, of any genetic background.

Expand full comment
founding

How frustrating is it though, that Donald Trump is the only Republican who has (so far) successfully told the anti-abortion movement what they need to hear, which is to go fuck themselves. I'm not saying that makes him a moderate or any less dangerous. Just that it doesn't even occur to any other Republican that they could do this, despite a large minority of Republicans being pro-choice. We need to win this election. If we don't, the ONLY check on Republicans' power will be Republicans themselves deciding that something's gone too far. And right now, even if he doesn't mean it, Donald Trump is the only Republican who seems even capable of thinking that way. And this is a guy with dozens of felony charges against him who wants to rule as a dictator. How fucked is that.

Expand full comment

“And something scary: the popularity of online ‘trad-wife’ content among conservative right-wing men who are drawn to the widespread subordination of women.”

Is it actually growing in popularity or is it bot accounts? I’m just not convinced that significant numbers are really buying it. I don’t trust social media companies much either and I think their viewership numbers are sketch.

Expand full comment

How nervous should we be about this "until viability" in these ballot measures? Is that going to be the new battle ground? Is it just deemed to hard to not put that type of limit? Viability seems to be something as debatable as "heartbeat" for some folks...

Expand full comment