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August 29, 2022

Google Just Made It Easier to Get an Abortion

Google will soon implement a new update that will make it easier for abortion seekers to find a clinic.

The company had faced pressure from Democratic lawmakers over misleading search results to people seeking abortion clinics. The update will default to only showing verified abortion providers in local search results.

Google announced the update in a letter to Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI).

“We continue to update our Local Search services for local health-related queries, including those related to abortion services, to improve the accuracy and relevance,” wrote Mark Isakowitz, Google’s Vice President of U.S. and Canada Government Affairs and Public Policy.

“When someone in the US searches for health care providers that provide abortions — for example, using the query ‘abortion clinics near me’ — the Local Search results box will display facilities that have been verified to provide abortions.”

A Google spokesperson told CNBC that the update would also apply to other medical-related search queries, showing users only verified locations for searches such as veterans hospitals.

“When people turn to Google to find local information, we aim to help them easily explore the range of places available so they can determine which are most helpful to them,” the Google spokesperson said in a statement.

“For a number of categories where we’ve received confirmation that places offer specific services, we’ve been working for many months on more useful ways to display those results. We’re now rolling out an update that makes it easier for people to find places that offer the services they’ve searched for, or broaden their results to see more options.”

Warner addressed the update in a statement, applauding the move.

“I welcome the changes that Google has announced today so that women seeking abortion services aren’t directed towards fake clinics that traffic in misinformation and don’t provide comprehensive health services,” Warner said.

“Importantly, this isn’t about silencing voices or restricting speech – it’s about returning search results that accurately address a user’s query and giving users information that is relevant to their searches.”


Source: CNBC

July 22, 2022

AOC Dismisses Criticism as Republican “Conspiracy Theory” [Video]

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) addressed criticism that she had faked being handcuffed when police arrested her at a pro-abortion rally in Washington, D.C., dismissing it as a Republican conspiracy theory.

“Republican’s favorite hobby is to make conspiracy theories out of everything to distract you and keep you from talking about what actually important which is the fact that they are trying to take away your right to bodily autonomy,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “If I was faking that, why would I intentionally fist pump somebody? It’s so silly.”

The congresswoman was one of 17 lawmakers arrested by the US Capitol Police on Tuesday for blocking traffic during a pro-abortion protest. Ocasio-Cortez said she was “arrested, charged, and fined.”

“Politics has become performative art,” Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) wrote on Twitter. “So of course @aoc fakes being in handcuffs. Performance, not policy, is the name of the game here.”

Ocasio-Cortez responded on Twitter, writing: “No faking here. Putting your hands behind your back is a best practice while detained, handcuffed or not, to avoid escalating charges like resisting arrest.”

July 21, 2022

17 Lawmakers Arrested on Capitol Hill

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The U.S. Capitol Police arrested 17 members of Congress at a pro-abortion rally in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday.

Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar (MN), Ayanna Pressley (MA), Rashida Tlaib (MI), and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) were among those arrested at the rally.

“We have already given our standard three warnings. Some of the demonstrators are refusing to get out of the street, so we are starting to make arrests,” the Capitol Police tweeted at 1:20 p.m. EST on Tuesday.

Ocasio-Cortez was widely mocked after video footage showed her seemingly pretending to be handcuffed as police escorted her away.

Video showed the lawmaker holding her hands crossed behind her back as if she was wearing handcuffs — until she raises a fist to the crowd in solidarity.

Journalist Glenn Greenwald took to Twitter to share “what makes it even funnier that AOC pretended to be handcuffed” in the video.

“Just last week, she claimed she almost slapped her catcaller but realized she ‘needed to catch a vote more than a case today’ — as if she were worried about adding to her notoriously long rap sheet,” Greenwald tweeted.

Omar was also visible in the video, walking away from the demonstration with her hands behind her back, despite not being handcuffed.

Still, Omar posted a video of her pretending to wear handcuffs, writing: “Today I was arrested while participating in a civil disobedience action with my fellow Members of Congress outside the Supreme Court. I will continue to do everything in my power to raise the alarm about the assault on our reproductive rights!” 

July 16, 2022

Two “Aggressive” Abortion Bills Pass Through House

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1940: Adolf Hitler orders preparations for the invasion of Britain (Operation Sea Lion).

The U.S. House of Representatives passed two bills aimed at protecting abortion rights on Friday, exactly three weeks after the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

The Women’s Health Protection Act of 2022 passed mostly along party lines, with every House Republican and one Democrat — Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) — voting against it.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said the measure “is is strong, focused legislation to once again make the central protections of Roe v. Wade the law of the land.”

“A woman’s health decisions are her own to make, not to be dictated by far-right politicians,” Pelosi continued. “[House Democrats] will continue fighting ferociously to defend Americans’ fundamental freedoms and ensure the central holdings of Roe v. Wade become the law of the land.”

Meanwhile, the Ensuring Access to Abortion Act of 2022 passed with three House Republicans voting in favor. The measure prohibits “the provision of interstate abortion services, and for other purposes,” according to its text.

Both bills now head to the Senate.

“Democrats are once again doubling down on their efforts to nationally enshrine abortion at the expense of democratically passed state laws, our Constitutional order, and the natural, pre-political right to one’s own life,” Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) told The Daily Wire.

Roy called the passage an “aggressive action” that is meant to “appease the most radical, profit-driven elements of the abortion industry.”

“It only strengthens the argument for federal action to protect this fundamental right for our unborn fellow Americans,” he said.

July 12, 2022

California Doctor Pitches Floating Abortion Clinic to Bypass Bans [Video]

A doctor from California is floating the idea of a buoyant abortion clinic in the Gulf of Mexico as a way to bypass bans in southern states.

Dr. Meg Autry, an obstetrician and gynecologist, told The Associated Press that her idea is to provide a clinic aboard a ship in federal waters, where state laws don’t apply.

“There’s been an assault on reproductive rights in our country and I’m a lifelong advocate for reproductive health and choice. We have to create options and be thoughtful and creative to help people in restrictive states get the health care they deserve,” said Autry, a professor at the University of California San Francisco.

Autry said the clinic would offer first trimester surgical abortions, contraception, and other care.

“This is closer and faster access for some people, particularly for working people that live in the southernmost part of these states,” she told the outlet.

Autry said they’re still in the fundraising stage through the non-profit organization PRROWESS (Protecting Reproductive Rights Of Women Endangered by State Statutes).

Many details are still in the works, as well, Autry said, including where the boat would launch and how women would get there.

July 6, 2022

Pope Francis Likens Abortion to ‘Hiring a Hit Man’

Pope Francis reaffirmed his stance on abortion following the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade, comparing the procedure to “hiring a hit man.”

The Pope’s comments came during an extended interview with Reuters published on Monday morning.

When asked about the court’s decision, Pope Francis said he didn’t have enough information to weigh in from a legal standpoint. But, he reiterated the Catholic Church’s stance that life begins at the moment of conception.

Pope Francis reportedly compared abortion to “hiring a hit man” and said: “I ask: Is it legitimate, is it right, to eliminate a human life to resolve a problem?”

The Pope also used the controversial comparison while speaking at an anti-abortion conference in May 2019.

“Is it licit to throw away a life to resolve a problem? Is it licit to hire a hit man to resolve a problem?” he asked.

The Holy See Press Office, which represents the Pope and the Vatican, commented on the Pope’s remark in a statement.

“It is not the first time that the Pope has said [this]. The reason is clear. The position of the Catholic Church on abortion is equally clear, to be found in the Catechism [summary of Catholic beliefs] and can certainly refer to the Catholic Church in the United States,” The Holy See Press Office told Newsweek.

July 5, 2022

AOC Calls For Extreme Measures in Response to Roe v. Wade

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is calling for a drastic “workaround” for the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade: opening abortion clinics on federal land.

Ocasio-Cortez said Congress should immediately work on repealing the Hyde Amendment — which prohibits using federal funds for abortions.

“I will say, on a policy response, we should — we need to be working on repealing the Hyde Amendment in Congress right now,” the Congresswoman said.

“I am proud to say that we have successfully started to take the steps to repeal the Hyde Amendment. … repealing the Hyde Amendment will allow the federal government to invest in access to reproductive care on — in any place that has federal jurisdiction, including places with federal jurisdiction in red states.”

“I have brought up, for example, the prospects of increasing abortion access on federal lands in red states,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “There are workarounds around this. We can start exploring this now.”

AOC’s comments come after she demanded that abortion clinics be opened on federal land immediately.

“Open abortion clinics on federal lands in red states right now!” Ocasio-Cortez told a crowd of pro-abortion protestors last week.

June 28, 2022

South Dakota Governor Says State Will Prosecute Doctors Who Perform Abortions

Gov. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) says that doctors who perform abortions in South Dakota will be targeted for prosecution.

Noem’s comments come after a new trigger law went into effect in her state after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday.

“We’ll continue to have those debates on how we can support these mothers and what it means to really make sure we are not prosecuting mothers ever in a situation like this,” Noem said during an interview with CBS’s Face the Nation.

“It will always be focused toward those doctors who knowingly break the law to perform abortions in our state.”

The South Dakota governor defended her state’s abortion restrictions, saying that “every life is precious.”

“We know so much more using technology and science than we did even 10, 15 years ago about what these babies go through and the pain they feel in the womb,” Noem said.

“We’re putting resources in front of these women and walking alongside them, getting them the health care, the mental health counseling services they need.”

June 27, 2022

FBI Investigates Rising Attacks Against Pro-Life Groups

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating a rising number of attacks on pro-life groups nationwide, according to a report.

Data shows that more than two dozen pregnancy centers and offices of pro-life groups have been attacked since the Supreme Court draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade was leaked last month.

The FBI told The Daily Wire that it is “investigating a series of attacks and threats targeting pregnancy resource centers and faith-based organizations across the country.”

“The FBI takes all threats seriously and we continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners and will remain vigilant to protect our communities,” the bureau said.

“We would like to remind members of the public that if they observe anything suspicious or have information about potential threats to report it to law enforcement immediately, call their local FBI field office, or submit a tip to tips.fbi.gov.”

June 26, 2022

13 States Where Abortion is Now Illegal

Abortion immediately became illegal in 13 states after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday.

The high court’s decision leaves it up to states to decide the legality of abortion.

Here are the 13 states where abortion immediately became illegal:
– Idaho
– North Dakota
– Utah
– Wyoming
– South Dakota
– Missouri
– Kentucky
– Tennessee
– Oklahoma
– Louisiana
– Arkansas
– Mississippi
– Texas

Conversely, 16 states and Washington, D.C., have enacted laws to keep abortion legal regardless of Roe v. Wade.

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