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Thank you, Jessica and everyone else here on this blog. We need to memorialize this time in history and you are an integral part of it. For the life of me, I don't get why the so called journalists and TV shows are not talking about this issue, at all.

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GOP/Republicans are taking their cues from their Russian masters. And as I said in another comment, what better way is there to control half the population. That a major party in America is doing things that reflect a failed state like Russia is mind boggling.

Sorry to use a tweet but we can't find these things elsewhere easily:

Tweet says: ""The reluctance to have a child is now completely contrary to state policy" - Russian officials of all levels call women to start having children early (at 20) and have more children.

This could be the indicator that apart from needing more cannon fodder and more labor force, Russian authorities don't want to have an educated and free-thinking population. In Russia, families with many children are usually rather poor, many on the brink of survival. These children often aren't able to get university degrees and start working low-level jobs as early as possible to contribute to the family budget.

The Kremlin has seen that smart people can be dangerous. So it wants a lot of poor people and, as an added bonus, give women fewer chances for education, career and independence."

https://twitter.com/Gerashchenko_en/status/1727398336187998352

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It is not a little ironic that anti-choice activists would accuse this legislation as a "super-right". Certainly the whole anti-abortion movement is based on the basic idea that a woman's pregnancy has a super-right over the life of the woman. Why not legislate so that a pregnant woman justified additional rights or protections and so protect her pregnancy in the most practical way? Politically, it would make women more self respecting regarding their potential as child bearers. By posing her as subservient to her reproductive role, it only makes her resentful and fearful of pregnancy. Any caution she takes is defensive, not pro-active. The power to abort her pregnancy is fundamental to her will to become pregnant.

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It’s Thanksgiving today. And I am particularly grateful for Jessica and Grace and the whole team. Thank you for all the work. The vital never ending relentless work.

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It doesn't help my fear to understand that the extent of the rage expressed by the anti-abortion forces is fear-based: fear (and these are just my assumptions) that they could lose a mythical 'way of life' dictated by a narrow interpretation of one narrow form of religious belief that depends upon women's almost total subservience to men. That's really what it boils down to and abortion rights, bodily rights, legal rights are just one expression of that. If I have religious beliefs they're amorphous and diversified, a little bit of this and of that; but I've never really believed in god(s) and as time goes on and humans continue to use religious beliefs to hurt and kill each other and everything else around them ... I have no regrets about that.

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If pro-choice Republicans could stomach Democrats, we could put an end to this overnight. They don't. Republicans exploit that. And we're all worse off for it. The huge majorities for abortion rights are not huge majorities for everything else Democratic. Which is to say as much as I'd blame the pro-choice Republicans, it doesn't help. I wonder if pro-choice Republicans tend to differ from other Republicans in any other ways. You'd think so but I can't say for sure. People are going to die because we couldn't cobble together a majority to stop it.

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How does listening to all that drivel not make you want to do horrible things to horrible people. Just reading your Substack leaves me so very angry all the time.

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Thank you for continuing to call out this manipulation of language. Such a fascist tactic. I don’t know how you and Grace don’t bleach your brains and your eyeballs every night so you can sleep. I hope you both enjoy your Thanksgiving. We are thankful for you.

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Very good column today! Thank you. About the redefinition of "abortion", "ban", etc: I can remember this sort of thing going on as long as I've been politically active, since c1970, since the time of the anti-Vietnam War movement. Bottom line: words are political, always. Re-definition of words, ditto. Even 100+ years ago, rightwingers were redefining words to dehumanize people for the benefit of those in power. (Read some of Emma Goldman's writings, or listen to some of those classic labor songs if you don't believe me.) Don't forget we get to counter that by redefining words too. As we used to say in the '70s: A luta continua/the struggle continues.

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Upgraded to founding member as I do not want to read all the stuff yall read and listen to that allows this analysis and highlights for our community. Thank you both for your work and keeping me, us, informed. So much love ❤️

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They have to be voted out.

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I just googled Americans United for Life (AUL). The group opposes abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, embryonic stem cell research, and certain contraceptive methods and probably a lot more. Preborn seems to be their current it phrase. Totally Totally vile group.

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I'm so sorry you have to listen to all the pro-forced-birthers on reactionary media. I don't think I could listen to them for five seconds.

How do you not get traumatized?

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