The reality of the GOP's 'commonsense' abortion bans
“Even if Americans wanted to ignore the consequences of abortion bans, it’s unlikely that they’d be able to. Every day that goes by, someone else is harmed by this legislation—not an imaginary scenario dreamed up by political strategists, but a real person who has friends and family who care about her. People who vote.”
Correct. They thought they knew who would be affected. Callous promiscuous women or Misguided poor souls who just don’t understand what they are doing. Not their sister, daughter, wife.
Unfortunately, more women will be sacrificed before it spreads enough to end this tyranny once and for all. Every day we need to shove these consequences in their faces. I think we can all see how being timid to equivocate on abortion did nothing. We need to be bold and secure in our defense that bodily autonomy is a fundamental human right. We will accept nothing less.
I work with teenagers and I will tell you the one thing they are having none of, is shame. They grew up in an era of stop the stigma campaigns and went to preschool using multicultural markers. They are chronically online and although there is plenty of bad on the internet, my students are pretty well informed compared to my generation who btw are their parents. I have a lot of hope despite this dark time we are enduring.
VA legislative seat campaigns are held in an “off year,” which is in 2023. If VA Democrats lose the state legislature this year, VA will be on par with NC, TX, ID, AR, FL, etc.
It's really quite amazing in all of this how their hipocrisy and hatred for women just comes to the surface. There is much to fixate on in this bill, but I keep thinking about those three appointments before taking the abortion pill(s). And then I think about the BS lawsuit in Texas, where the doctors were professing their supposed concern that mifepristone leads to complications that doctors have to manage after the woman has taken the pill. And then I think again about the fact that these three BS appointments are to be scheduled *before* taking the pill, not *after*. Seems a bit like they might know that the pill actually doesn't lead to complications, and/or they really don't give a shit if it does. Any way you look at it or try to follow their logic, it invariably leads to the policing and hatred of women. Always.
There is nothing 'common sense' about a politician taking over your health care decisions.
What’s been done in NC is sickening and vile beyond belief. The law concerning abortion was already not that simple or easy for a woman who needed an abortion, and this one is vile, egregious, despicable and immoral in it’s cruelty and it’s punishing nature is beyond believing. I feel trapped by these immoral so called “Christian” saviors of the right, and Phil Berger & his ilk are top of the list when it comes to misguided, ignorant, ill informed and malicious busy body out of control interfering miscreants. Something is rotten in Raleigh, and it’s infecting the entire state. I feel like I can’t breathe. How do we save ourselves. And do ‘t say “just vote”! I’ve been voting for years and years, and these Republican Liars have been gaining ground at an untenable pace, and now they wrapped us up tight with their gerrymandering and other misbehaviors to the point that I’m not sure even getting out more voters will ever free us of this Christian Taliban” monstrosity called the Republican Party. And believe me, I know what it is, I watched it happening from my early childhood right in front of my eyes with my insane father leading the way and saying how proud he was, how good he felt, how HONEST of him it was to change over to the Republican Party BECAUSE they represented EXACTLY what he BELIEVED and WANTED in life, in law, for his children. It was disgusting then, and it is only more so now. I feel physically ill from living in this warped insane zealotry, this unconscionable Old Testament fanaticism, or even worse than that - the immensity of the anti life, anti equality, anti-everything, i.e, homophobic, trans phobic, misogynistic hatred of anything joyful, happy, beautiful, educated, intelligent, factual, scientific or life giving. It’s just too much to have this steamroller of hatred rolling over everything of value in this beautiful world we live in, smothering any impulse of decency...and do you know why? Because these perpetrators of hatred only believe in money and domination, power. That’s what they want, and what they are hell bent on having, more and more indiscriminate power. I fear the system has been rigged to the point that we cannot possibly vote our way out of this hellish life, BECAUSE of the lues that led us here. In the same way that Thomas, Allito, Kavenaugh, Gorsuch, and Coney-Barrett LIED their way onto the Supreme Court, our NC legislators have LIED their way onto ballots and won elections into the Legislature - claiming in their case to be loyal Democratic candidates who will protect the right of women to choose their reproductive health care free of unfair and egregious laws curtailing their freedom of choice but switching once seated. And then, they claim that Democrats are “mean” to them? “Mean” to them meaning taking them to task for missing vital voting in the legislature, or even outright voting straight Republican or, for switching party affiliation AFTER being sworn in? How do we deal with the lies? These people LIED in order to get into seats of power, and NOW they’re in place to turn OUR lives upside down??? Because people were “mean” to them? What kind of idiocy is this? Smells like corruption to me. Immorality. Straight out LYING for personal gain. Pure & simple, LYING FOR PERSONAL GAIN. That’s what we’re dealing with here - people who are living in a mind set where anything goes as long as me me me gets what me wants - no morals, no honor, no justice, no reproductive health care for women, no healthcare for trans people, no healthcare from scientifically trained men and women, just a plunge back into 1300s witchcraft and ignorant barbarism. These people are sick and crafty, and clever, and the fact that they are “winning” has NOTHING to do with voting or not voting at this point. It’s been clear since Pat McCrory refused to accept his gubernatorial loss that the fix was in. We the people, were just too stupid or too naive to see it, and honestly, still can’t seem to believe it. And we are drowning in a sea of insanity foisted upon us by fascistic demagogues who are in love and enraptured with themselves. Who never quit. Their hatred for anyone “not like them” is a powerful motivator. I know that Jesus and Martin Luther King, Jr. reportedly told us that only love would win over hate, but some days it’s difficult to believe that we can survive the flooding wall of HATE washing over the land, over the world in fact. May Peace be with us.
Jessica -- Have you thought of going on Victor Shi's podcast? He does a ton around the college vote and it seems as though the past 2 elections have finally brought out the "younger" generations to the ballot box.
Jessica, once again, and always, thank you for this terrific work you're doing. xo
Fuck Republicans and their compromises. I'm not giving those bastards shit - it's my way or the highway.
Seriously, at this point, if someone in a MAGA hat collapsed on the sidewalk in front of me, I'd step around them and keep walking.
"Common Sense" is to kick those that create and those that support such laws. Remove the laws. If the law makers really care for children they would stop the proliferation of military stile weapons, increase the age of ownership to 21, red flag laws. Insure those that have children get a good education in a safe school.
I would not be surprised if part of the problem is that we've prioritized making sure everyone is heard, over the search for objective truth. That's sensible because those in power push their version of events as 'objective truth', and we don't want that, but we can't have the alternative be that one person's ignorance is as good as another's knowledge.
Because somehow we have a political movement afflicting around half the country (depending on the metric you use) that is based almost exclusively on lies and delusion. Take away the lies and delusions and there's almost nothing left to conservatism or especially to the Republican party.
This is the overarching problem, and it just happens that reproductive health care is the issue where the situation is most acute and most nefarious.
What we have are lies, and people who 'honestly' believe them. It's impossible to make progress without shining the light of truth. And it's the same on every other 'political' issue too; it's just that here is where it's most dire.
How many lives will have to be destroyed to make truths evident and prevail over the lies?
This reminds me of case Y in Ireland, they force fed a women suicidal because of her pregnancy and being denied travel for an abortion. https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/timeline-of-ms-y-case-1.1951699. I expect to see similar stories from the USA.
Republicans "Let's write a bill so bad that it'll turn people green with nausea if they read it." At least their messaging attempts mean they are still trying to persuade voters in NC. They kind of aren't in more red places like Texas and Florida because the goals there are to just restrict or throw out Democratic votes instead.
Excellent article. Should be required reading for everyone in NC.
do people anywhere believe the lies? the fake data etc?
I don’t know where the countervailing messaging (opposing restrictions) should come from but it needs to be disseminated through channels other than this one. TikTok?