Republican running for Kentucky Governor agreed to criminalize contraception
This is terrifying.
“ Polish scientists claim they’ve devised laboratory methods to detect mifepristone and misoprostol in biological specimens, and a spokeswoman for the regional prosecutor’s office in Wroclaw confirmed that these tests have been used in Poland to investigate pregnancy outcomes. “
Thank you so much for all you do! I’m disappointed in The NY Times for such an expansive article about all the ballot initiatives and over looking the one in their own backyard as we work towards passing the equal rights amendment to the NY constitution. Protecting not only women and pregnancy and pregnancy outcomes, but all gender identities and expressions, ages, ability, sexual orientation, country of origin and more I know I’m forgetting. Our measures take years to get to the ballot! NY is safe, now but we are one governor away like so many states and our constitution needs to protect all of us. (Race and religion are currently protected )
“ In practice, the two have been combined into a single form, accessible only through a state website, that patients must sign within a specific time frame (no more than two weeks, but no less than 24 hours, before their appointment), print, and bring to their appointment.”
So if you don’t have internet access, or don’t have a printer, you’re out of luck?
Thank you for sharing. Gut-wrenching.
Thank you for the work you continue to do to keep us informed. The fact that the extremists are now “glorifying” maternal death is disgusting but not surprising. I have come to realize that the reason these particular people are so against allowing women the right to choose is because the male leaders resent that women are the limiting factor in whether or not they can have sons. Allowing that power to be in the hands of another, never mind that the other is a lowly female, really twists their knickers. This also explains why there have never been monuments to the women who have died trying to bring life and why they won’t pay the $15,000 in taxpayer funds to track their sacrifice. Honor a woman’s sacrifice? No. Resent the hell out of it. Absolutely. They won’t give a penny to preventing those deaths. Every time someone brings up how “rare” these deaths are, I bring up how rare police deaths are and yet they finance training, equipment and monuments to the fallen. Why haven’t other states invested in procedures like California’s where the maternal mortality rate is the lowest in the nation? Because women are not a priority to them. I was told that women die because of their own faults like being too fat or too old. It’s disgusting. I always point to California and ask, “So women in California don’t have diabetes or aren’t old?” How does that work exactly?
This newsletter is one of the only truths we have, and it's getting scarier and scarier. Today's top hits for me:
--What are "severe" fetal anomalies? Who gets to define those?
--I have indeed talked to a guy at a get together who asserted the same "I'd hope the woman would do the right thing" BS about dangers to her during pregnancy. I was aghast. Stunned in silence. They exist. These people exist. And this was in a pretty sophisticated spot in NJ.
--10.2 billion dollars on ad spending when the planet is in crisis and people are either being burned alive or drowned from climate disasters. And we're fighting internally over something we tried to settle decades ago (minus the ERA, where is that?) - that women are equal and have autonomy over their own lives! All this money spent and half these candidates aren't worth a dime !
--“I just want other women to know that if they go through something like this, they’re not alone and it’s not their fault." (OK resident Statton, who was left to deteriorate in a hospital parking lot). Deep sigh... She's a saint, but I'd have said "I just want other women to know that if they vote Republican, and if they're Republican, they're voting against themselves as a whole human being. They're voting for their subjugation, physically, emotionally, socially-- in every way."
--Lastly, defining personhood at fertilization. That's what they want. That's the endgame. And in the Constitution. Zygotes with due process rights, fetal lawyers.
The danger to us should Trump win reelection is profound.
So, will the KY legislature go after everyone born in the state of Kentucky who ever had a tubal ligation or vasectomy and no longer lives in the state of Kentucky? Including the asshats in congress?
The simple answer for the BS that Tumorville is doing is to start closing military bases in red states and moving those capabilities to blue states. Tommy will be happy because the military won't have to reimburse travel for abortion. Start with bases in Alabama.
Clicking through to that poll from The Hill, it looks as though young men were pretty evenly divided, which would definitely be an improvement over older generations of men. A problem with men, especially white men, is they can treat politics as abstract and ideological, an intellectual exercise, because their privilege means they're rarely the ones affected by the policies. When all the harms are hypothetical you don't distinguish between real and imagined dangers, and you can miss what's right in front of you in favor of what you tell yourself is some higher principle.
Regarding the Vox piece, the concern is that if laws are enforced exclusively by citizen bounty hunters, their constitutionality can't be challenged pre-enforcement, because of the court's decision in Jackson which let the Texas law slide. It's not completely clear to me what the court really meant by that, considering that I think they were quite aware at that point that they were going to overturn Roe, but there's an easy way to find out. A blue state needs to pass a law banning guns but only enforceable by private bounty hunters. Presumably the court would not take a pass on that. And then they would have to indicate in what circumstances such laws could indeed be preemptively challenged, and that would be precedent for similarly structured laws regarding travel, speech, etc. My point is that if the other side wants to fucking play games, then let's step up and play the fucking game.
As always, you're the absolute best! Thank you for your work. As a MO resident, I've been calling, emailing daily. It will probably do nothing, but it makes me feel like I've done something this week. The doom I feel is unmatched. I lost pregnancies at 16 and 22 wks. I now have 2 live children but, I almost died giving birth to my 2nd (as did he) I was always a c section due to my multiple spinal surgeries and loads of metal. Even then, I almost died. We work at catholic hospital (I'm out for the moment to be with my youngest, my husband is still there) and they would not tie my tubes EVEN THOUGH I would pay out of pocket 5000 bucks because the priest board denied it. I'm 42. Had my kids in my 30s. I'm now 12 surgeries deep, fresh hip replacement and all. Even then, it was a hard no. We had to wait for my d&e even though my babies had no heartbeat due to how far along I was and that was 10 yrs ago! I'm sorry for rambling, my grammar, etc. I just want to say you make a difference in my day. Your words bring fire and a strange comfort to know I'm not alone in my fear, to know I'm not "over reacting" or being "alarmist " . I was a clinic escort in college. I'm originally from WV. I worked with them until I moved to MO. Never stop doing what you do. You're a Rockstar and I'm just thankful for you.
Regarding the paragraph quoted from a campaign website, voters don't seem to be buying the 15-week bans (right?), which is good. I wonder whether that's because they understand that those policies aren't reasonable, or because they don't trust that those are the policies Republicans would actually implement. It's always important to know what voters are thinking, not just which way they're leaning.