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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.

June 29, 2022

Howard Stern Teases Presidential Bid

SiriusXM host Howard Stern says he’ll “probably have to run for president now” after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

“I’m actually going to probably have to run for president now,” Stern said on an episode of the Howard Stern Show.

Stern gave his listeners “a couple of examples of why this is so horrible.”

“A lot of times women are raped. A lot of times contraception doesn’t work. And then there’s even a more confusing state where a man and a woman want to have a baby, and all of a sudden things go medically wrong,” Stern said.

The controversial host said if he were president he would disband the electoral college.

“I am going to do the very simple thing that’ll set the country straight: one vote, one person. No more Electoral College. I’m getting rid of it,” he said.

Stern said he would also “appoint five more Supreme Court Justices.”

“The other thing is, if I do run for president — and I’m not f—— around, I’m really thinking about it — because the only other thing I’m going to do is appoint five more Supreme Court justices,” he said.

June 28, 2022

Chicago Mayor: ‘F— Clarence Thomas!’

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) cursed Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas over his opinion that overturned Roe v. Wade.

“So we know what happened in the Supreme Court yesterday,” Lightfoot said at a Pride event in Chicago on Saturday.

“If you read Clarence Thomas’ concurrence — Thank you. F—k Clarence Thomas!”

“He thinks we’re going to stand idly by while they take our rights,” said Lightfoot, the city’s first openly-gay mayor. “Our right to marry, our right to have children.”

June 28, 2022

‘Needs To Be Fired Immediately’: Liberal Critics Blast Kamala Harris

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Liberal critics blasted Vice President Kamala Harris over a “tone-deaf” photo she posted online in response to the Roe v. Wade protests that broke out nationwide.

In the photo, the VP is watching news coverage of the protests aboard Air Force 2.

“I know there are women out there who are afraid. To those of you who feel alone and scared: I want you to know the President and I are fighting for you and your rights. We are in this fight together,” Harris wrote alongside the photo on Twitter.

Pro-choice critics quickly responded to Harris, expressing dismay with the VP’s “tone-deaf” photo.

“Um. 36,000 feet above everything, watching on a big ass TV in a private plane, and the message is ‘we’re in this together’? I’m not sure you guys get where the rest of us are at right now,” said Joan McCarter, a writer for the left-wing outlet Daily Kos.

Activist Imani Barbarin tweeted: “Who was the strategist that decided a photo op on a taxpayer funded private plane both physically and metaphorically above the people watching pensively while not demonstrating action was a good idea?”

Jack Mirkinson, the editor of the left-leaning Discourse Blog, wrote: “You could try and try, but you would not invent a more cutting visual metaphor for the democrats’ total detachment from the abortion fight than this.”

“Not VP Kamala Harris watching the erosion of Roe vs. Wade from her plane, at a distance,” writer Anna Gifty tweeted. Whoever thought this was [a] good photo-op needs to be fired immediately.”

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.

June 25, 2022

Pro-Choice Activists Call for ‘Summer of Rage’

Police nationwide are bracing for unrest as pro-choice activists and groups are calling for a “Summer of Rage” in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

“Now the leash is off,” said Jane’s Revenge, a militant pro-abortion group. “And we will make it as hard as possible for your campaign of oppression to continue. We have demonstrated in the past month how easy and fun it is to attack.” 

“We promised to take increasingly drastic measures against oppressive infrastructures. Rest assured that we will, and those measures may not come in the form of something so easily cleaned up as fire and graffiti,” the group said.

“Through attacking, we find joy, courage, and strip the veneer of impenetrability held by these violent institutions.”

In addition to the online posts, Jane’s Revenge has reportedly been spreading pamphlets and flyers. The group’s threats of violence have become so prevalent that a reporter asked White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre about them.

“Violence and destruction of property have no place in our country under any circumstances, and the president denounces this action,” Jean-Pierre said. “Actions like this are completely unacceptable regardless of our politics, and we continue to denounce any violence or threats.”

June 25, 2022

Biden: ‘This is Not Over’

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President Joe Biden called on lawmakers in Congress to restore abortion protections after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday.

“Let me be very clear and unambiguous: the only way we can secure a woman’s right to choose—the balance that existed—is for Congress to restore the protections of Roe v. Wade as federal law,” Biden said from the White House on Friday. “No executive action from the president can do that.”

“You can act. You can have the final word,” Biden said. “This is not over.”

Biden called the Supreme Court’s ruling a “tragic error” and blamed the outcome on former President Donald Trump.

“It was three justices named by one President Donald Trump who are the core of today’s decision to upend the scales of justice and eliminate a fundamental right for women in this country,” the 79-year-old said.

Biden also called on demonstrators opposed to the Supreme Court’s decision to keep protests “peaceful, peaceful, peaceful.”

“I call on everyone, no matter how deeply they care about this decision, to keep all protests peaceful. Peaceful, peaceful, peaceful,” Biden said. “No intimidation. Violence is never acceptable. Threats and intimidation are not speech. We must stand against violence in any form, regardless of your rationale.”

You can watch Biden’s remarks in full below:

December 11, 2021

California Will Become Abortion ‘Sanctuary’ if Roe Overturned

With the imminent possibility of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, California abortion clinics and advocates announced a plan to make the state a “sanctuary” for those seeking the procedure.

Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) created the California Future of Abortion Council, consisting of more than 40 abortion providers and advocacy groups. The council released a lengthy list of 45 suggestions for the Golden State if Roe is overturned.

“We’ll be a sanctuary,” Newsom told The Associated Press. “We are looking at ways to support that inevitability and looking at ways to expand our protections.”

The report suggests providing travel expenses, like gas, lodging, and transportation, for out-of-state patients seeking an abortion. It also recommends that lawmakers reimburse providers who provide service to patients who can’t afford to pay.

Newsom said he’ll include some of the 45 recommendations in his upcoming January budget proposal.

Currently, the state’s Medicaid program pays for abortions for low-income residents. California is one of six states that require private insurance companies to cover the procedure.

The pro-choice research group, The Guttmacher Institute, said that 132,680 abortions were performed in California in 2017.


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California plans to be abortion sanctuary if Roe overturned

September 19, 2021

Architect of Texas abortion ban says women can simply ‘refrain’ from sex instead

Former Texas Solicitor General Jonathan Mitchell argued in a Supreme Court brief that if Roe v. Wade is overturned, women can simply refrain from sexual intercourse.

“Women can ‘control their reproductive lives’ without access to abortion; they can do so by refraining from sexual intercourse,” Mitchell wrote in the brief. “One can imagine a scenario in which a woman has chosen to engage in unprotected (or insufficiently protected) sexual intercourse on the assumption that an abortion will be available to her later. But when this court announces the overruling of Roe, that individual can simply change their behavior in response to the court’s decision if she no longer wants to take the risk of an unwanted pregnancy.”

Mitchell, who played a pivotal role in designing the legal framework of the state’s “heartbeat” bill, said that women can still terminate pregnancies by traveling to “wealthy pro-abortion” states like New York and California.

The Supreme Court will soon hear a Mississippi case that experts say could lead to the reversal of the Roe v. Wade ruling.

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Women can say no to sex if Roe falls, says architect of Texas abortion ban

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