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Dec 8, 2023·edited Dec 8, 2023

Hi Jessica ,

I read your column daily . I recently spoke with Sandy Newman of Focus for Democracy . One of the projects they have supported is Couriernews.com which supports small newspapers in areas where readers mainly read about local news, but don't get much about what is at risk for them or others in elections . I mentioned that some of your real life stories might help wake up and move these potential voters. Would you be willing to be in email contact with Sandy and the young journalist who stated courier news?

I don't have an email for you.

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Elizabeth Crawford

Ebcrawfordpt@gmail.com

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I don't know how to express my feelings. I almost want her to get the abortion, and have Paxton try to prosecute some of the hospital staff. Maybe then a court will actually set a ruling saying ok, this is CRAZY, we're not putting hospital staff in prison for doing something legal. Then there would be precedence that could help others going forward The woman WANTS a healthy baby. Cruel seems too soft of a word to describe this....

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There is something psychologically wrong with people like Paxton and so many other trump Republicans (and of course, with trump himself). These are not normal people. They are like ISIS, Taliban, Al Queda but in suit and tie.

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In true Ken Paxton fashion, he has vowed to prosecute anyone involved in the abortion.

He is one sick, malicious, vindictive prick.

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The Fundamentals/Anti-Abortion groups are hiding behind Christianity. There is NO WAY one can follow the teachings of Christ and oppress other people and inflict pain and harm. Jesus Christ was an activist and inclusive.

They can try to hijack the christian religion but not a God, Source, Higher power of love.

Their behavior is not New Testament biblical.

I respect all faith traditions. today when someone says they’re a Christian I ask what kind?

Thanks for listening to my rant. 😊❤️😊

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It’s a race to the bottom for these assholes. Ugh.

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The NYT reports:

“After the ruling, the state’s attorney general, Ken Paxton, sent a letter to top hospital officials in Houston, where Cox’s doctor practices, saying that Cox and hospital staff could still face criminal and civil penalties, despite the judge’s order.

Paxton wrote that the restraining order “will not insulate you, or anyone else.” He added that it would expire “long before the statute of limitations for violating Texas’ abortion laws expires.”

Fuck you Paxton you creepy lying cheating fraudster criminal.

Paxton doesn’t need to take it to the TX Supreme Court. All he has to do is threaten the hospital, doctor, and other involved healthcare workers. He should take a really long walk off a very short pier.

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Watch the state declare them unfit parents and take away their children if they go ahead with an abortion. Texas=hell.

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Are these anti-abortion groups now offering to PAY for necessary post-natal palliative care and the mother's mental health care?

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My. God! That vile lawyer who said “her life isn’t sufficiently in danger”—-is he married? Does he go home at night and say “Hi honey, great day in court today!” Does his spouse welcome him home with open arms? (I tried to find info on him online, and frankly, I can’t tell if he’s married or not, but a lot of the other monsters involved most definitely are….)

I don’t know about the rest of you (women) but I”d be furious if a boyfriend or husband or brother argued in court that a woman’s life is so worthless.

What do we do with our rage?

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It just gets crueler, more misogynistic and, frankly, like state sanctioned femicide. I keep saying "Oh my god, oh my god." Yeah...and it ain't over 'til it's over." Remember consciousness raising groups? I need a group to help me stay sane during a very dark time in our history as "The Land of the Free." People of color aren't free. Women aren't free. LGBTQ+ people aren't free...who am I missing here? Thanks for reading my cry of despair...

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It is cruel to force a woman to carry a pregnancy knowing the baby will likely not survive. Imagine having to go 4-5 months knowing the baby is just getting bigger and you will have to see it die, if it survives the birth. An abortion is safer than childbirth. Imagine having to work or take care of other children that whole time. How is that the compassionate approach? The compassionate approach is letting the woman decide what is best for her and her family and not having others judge her because they don't have all the facts and don't know what it is like to live her life. Ahhhhh!!!!! I hope they are doing the abortion right now.

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This case helps make the point to all 3 branches of our government that there is no one on the planet better equipped or more appropriate to provide medical advice to a woman than her physician.

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https://x.com/AliceOllstein/status/1732857131081097419?s=20

“NEW: A Texas court ruled today that a woman undergoing a medical emergency *could* legally obtain an abortion reproductiverights.org/temporary-rest…

The state's AG is threatening to prosecute her doctors anyway.”

Vile

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“Every child is uniquely precious and should continue to be protected in law no matter how long or short the baby’s life may be."

So they are lobbying for unlimited government funding for in home nursing care, caregiver support, full coverage for all lifetime medical care, specialized transportation, etc. for every disabled child in the US?

No, no they aren't

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So, we can be reasonably certain that the state of Texas will appeal. Does Ms. cox have to wait to see if an appeal is filed? What would an appeal mean in terms of Ms. Cox’s ability to have the abortion now- today? The ruling today is great but if the doctor and hospital are fearful of an appeal, might they still refuse to carry out the abortion?

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