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Abortion Activists Protest Across the Country; Abortion Ban Takes Effect in Several States

Abortion Activists Protest Across the Country; Abortion Ban Takes Effect in Several States

Ohio’s Abortion Ban Becomes Law

A ban on most abortions at the first detectable fetal heartbeat became the law in Ohio on Friday following the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade.

Enforcement of Ohio’s 2019 “heartbeat” ban had been on hold for nearly three years under a federal court injunction. The state attorney general, Republican Dave Yost, asked for that to be dissolved because of the high court’s ruling, and a federal judge agreed hours later.


Abortion Providers in Arizona Halt Procedures

Abortion providers across Arizona halted procedures Friday as they try to determine whether a law dating to pre-statehood days means their personnel could face prison time after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

The possibility of prosecutions was just too risky, said Brittany Forteno, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Arizona.

She said the state’s largest abortion provider is working with its attorneys to “understand Arizona’s tangled web of conflicting laws.”

At least two other large providers in Tucson and Phoenix followed suit.

At issue is a law that dates to at least 1901, 11 years before Arizona became a state. It subjects anyone who provides abortion care to a possible two to five years in prison. Republicans in the state Senate believe the pre-Roe law is enforceable.


Abortion Clinics in Alabama Stop Providing Services

Abortions swiftly came to a stop in Alabama as a 2019 state abortion ban took effect, making it a felony to perform an abortion at any stage of pregnancy, with no exceptions for rape or incest victims.

All three clinics in the state stopped providing services Friday morning after a federal judge granted the state’s request to lift an injunction and allow the state to enforce the ban, after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

The only exception to the state’s abortion ban is for the sake of the mother’s health.

Gov. Kay Ivey praised the Supreme Court decision.

“I could not be more proud as a governor, a Christian, and a woman to see this misguided and detrimental decision overturned,” Ivey said. “Alabama will continue standing up for our unborn babies, our mothers, and our families.”


Abortion Ban Takes Effect in Arkansas

The Arkansas Department of Health on Friday notified the state’s two abortion providers that its ban on the procedure had taken effect under a law triggered by the Supreme Court ruling. The law bans abortions except to protect the life of the mother in a medical emergency.

The notices advise the facilities that performing an abortion in violation of the law is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.

Planned Parenthood said it would no longer be able to offer abortions at its Little Rock facility.


Planned Parenthood Pauses Service in Texas

Jeffrey Hons of Planned Parenthood South Texas said the group’s abortion services in Texas have been “paused” statewide as they await guidance from their attorneys.

The announcement comes Friday, just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the right established in Roe v. Wade to terminate a pregnancy. The issue reverts to the states, many of which have taken steps to curtail or ban abortions.

A website affiliated with Planned Parenthood is advising that it is legal to travel out of state to get an abortion.


Mayor: Abortion Remains Legal in DC

Mayor Muriel Bowser declared Friday that abortion remains legal in the nation’s capital despite the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade.

“We are a pro-choice city,” she said at a news conference held at the local branch of Planned Parenthood. “Nothing has changed in Washington, D.C.”

But Bowser cautioned that the district is vulnerable because it is not a state and Congress retains oversight over it.

She pledged to continue fighting “to make sure we remain a safe city for abortion care and a legal city for abortion care.”


California, Washington, Oregon Governors Vow to Help Women Seeking Abortions

The Democratic governors of California, Washington, and Oregon on Friday vowed to help women who travel to the West Coast seeking abortions following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

The three states issued a joint “multi-state commitment” saying they will work together to defend patients and medical professionals providing reproductive health care.

They also pledged to “protect against judicial and local law enforcement cooperation with out-of-state investigations, inquiries, and arrests” regarding abortions performed in their states.

The liberal West Coast states anticipate an influx of people seeking abortions, especially as neighboring conservative states move to outlaw or greatly restrict the procedure.


Republicans, Democrats React to Overturning of Roe v. Wade

Republican leaders are lauding the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion at a national level, while Democrats are decrying what they call the revocation of women’s rights.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who played a role in preserving the seat left vacant by the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and paving the way for a Republican-appointed conservative majority, said Friday’s ruling is a “historic victory.”

“The Court has corrected a terrible legal and moral error, like when Brown v. Board overruled Plessy v. Ferguson,” McConnell wrote in a statement, referencing the 1954 decision that effectively ended racial segregation in public schools.

“The Justices applied the Constitution. They carefully weighed the complex factors regarding precedent. The Court overturned mistaken rulings that even liberals have long admitted were incoherent, restoring the separation of powers,” he continued. “I commend the Court for its impartiality in the face of attempted intimidation.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said at her press conference that there was “no point in saying ‘Good morning,’ because it certainly is not one.”

“Today, the Republican-controlled Supreme Court has achieved the GOP’s dark and extreme goal of ripping away women’s right to make their own reproductive health decisions,” Pelosi said. “Because of Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, the Republican Party, and their supermajority on the Supreme Court, American women today have less freedom than their mothers.”

Pelosi also made unsubstantiated claims about what the ruling means for other issues related to pregnancy. “GOP extremists are even threatening to criminalize contraception, as well as in-vitro fertilization and post-miscarriage care,” she said, although the justices explicitly said in the majority opinion that this will not undo cases on contraception.

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Biden Responds to Supreme Court Ruling

President Joe Biden on Friday criticized the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, a 50-year-old ruling that characterized access to abortion as a constitutional right.

Biden referred to former President Donald Trump in his speech by name, saying that three justices that voted to overturn Roe v. Wade were appointed by him. The current president then alleged that Friday’s decision was the result of decades of conservative and religious groups’ attempts to get the law struck down.

“It’s a sad day for the court and a sad day for the country,” Biden said, adding that the 50-year-old ruling gave women the “power to control their own destiny.”

Biden then claimed that women’s reproductive health around the United States is now “at risk,” although states that choose to pass laws allowing abortions are still free to do so under the Friday ruling. Biden noted that women can still travel from a state that restricts abortion to another state that doesn’t have such laws to obtain one.

Later in his speech, Biden called on people to vote for candidates who will work to pass laws that support abortions during the 2022 midterms, suggesting that Democrats will likely use the Supreme Court ruling as a push to get their candidates elected to Congress.

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DOJ Disagrees With Supreme Court Ruling

Attorney General Merrick Garland issued a statement on Friday, disagreeing with the Supreme Court’s majority opinion.

“The Justice Department strongly disagrees with the Court’s decision,” Garland wrote. “This decision deals a devastating blow to reproductive freedom in the United States. It will have an immediate and irreversible impact on the lives of people across the country. And it will be greatly disproportionate in its effect—with the greatest burdens felt by people of color and those of limited financial means.”

“The Supreme Court has eliminated an established right that has been an essential component of women’s liberty for half a century—a right that has safeguarded women’s ability to participate fully and equally in society,” Garland wrote. “And in renouncing this fundamental right, which it had repeatedly recognized and reaffirmed, the Court has upended the doctrine of stare decisis, a key pillar of the rule of law.”

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Trump Reacts to Supreme Court Overturning Roe v. Wade

Former President Donald Trump on June 24 praised the Supreme Court after a majority of justices overturned Roe v. Wade, delivering the ability to regulate abortion back to states.

“This is following the Constitution, and giving rights back when they should have been given long ago,” Trump, a Republican, told Fox News.

The court’s decision was in a case brought by the state of Mississippi against Jackson Women’s Health Organization, an abortion clinic.

Justices found that Roe was wrongly decided in 1973, as was a ruling in 1992 that reaffirmed Roe.

Three justices Trump appointed—Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch, and Amy Coney Barrett—joined with Justices Clarence Thomas, a George H.W. Bush appointee; John Roberts, a George W. Bush appointee; and Samuel Alito, a George W. Bush appointee to form the majority.

Trump, asked by Fox whether he helped bring about the decision, said, “God made the decision.”

President Joe Biden, a Democrat, decried the ruling, saying in prepared remarks that the court “took away a right from the American people that it already recognized.”

“It was three justices named by one president, Donald Trump, who were the core of today’s decision to upend the scales of justice,” he added later.

The reaction among members of Congress largely split along party lines. Republicans joined Trump in cheering the decision while Democrats decried the ruling.

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2 Dozen States to Restrict Abortion

More than two dozen states will move to restrict abortion following the Supreme Court’s Friday ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

The Guttmacher Institute, a research group, says that 13 states have “trigger laws” that bar most abortions that will take effect immediately after the ruling Friday. They are Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.

Five more states had respective bans on abortion from the time before the Roe v. Wade ruling in 1973. They include Alabama, Arizona, Michigan, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Georgia, Iowa, Ohio, and South Carolina, according to the Institute, have laws that ban abortions after the 6-week mark. Those laws will be revisited after the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

Meanwhile, the legislatures of Florida, Indiana, Montana, and Nebraska appear likely to ban abortion based on previous and current efforts, the group says.

Overall, 26 of 50 U.S. states are likely or certain to ban abortion after the ruling was handed down Friday, the Institute says.

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‘Comedians’ Curse and Spit at Anti-Abortion Advocates :: Right & Free


The “progressives” among us who fervently argue for abortion do not argue calmly or rationally when they are losing. As state legislators in Austin debated the “Texas Heartbeat Act,” outlawing abortions after a baby’s heartbeat can be detected at six weeks, Planned Parenthood boss Alexis McGill Johnson accused the bill’s backers of cruelty.

“The cruelty is the point,” she proclaimed, “and we will not let it stand.”

So the abortion conglomerate that dismembers and murders over 300,000 unborn babies for money every year is accusing someone else of engaging in cruelty. It’s cruelty to object to their cruelty.

The abortion industry can always count on TV entertainers to rally to their side with all the anger and profanity they can muster. Our so-called comedians erupted in foam-flecked attacks on the conservative legislators of Texas after the Supreme Court declined to overturn this law.

On NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” the host bitterly complained anti-abortion advocates don’t have a majority in the Court and “they don’t give a s—- because they’re there for life. I mean, if that’s how our government is going to work, then why not just have a f—-ing monarchy?”

That wasn’t the only obscene outburst on that program. Meyers also introduced a “Minute of Fury” commentary from Amber Ruffin in which she “satirically” demanded federally funded pedicures if the government owned her body. She lectured, “So don’t take charge of the biggest decision I’ll ever make in my whole life when you can’t even get me a goddamn pedicure.”

On TBS, “Full Frontal” host and feminist Samantha Bee shook her fists at the Supreme Court. “If you’re taking away our reproductive rights, at least own that you’re gutless monsters.” She called the Supreme Court Republicans an “anti-pussy posse.” The cultural elite gravitate seamlessly from being “sex positive” to negating pregnancies. Bee wants America to be just like her native Canada, where you can get an abortion at any moment over nine months and government will pay for it, too.

On HBO’s “Last Week Tonight,” British import John Oliver not only raged at the American legislators and judges but at his own employers at AT&T. The left is so domineering it now insists every corporation must threaten politicians who oppose abortion. Every company is supposed to wage cultural war, and if the casualties are all under the age of birth, then so be it.

Oliver told his audience that he demanded answers from the people who pay him an estimated $8 million a year. They said they haven’t taken a public position on abortion. How dare they! “Listen, not taking a stance on this issue right now is taking a stance,” Oliver lamented. “And both-siding abortion isn’t really the PR slam dunk that they seem to think it is. Although it is certainly on brand for them. AT&T clearly likes their public statements the same way that they like their cell signal: Hilariously f—-ing weak.”

Moments like these make you wonder why on Earth the liberals at the Peabody Awards gave Oliver’s show a “rare second” award “for crafting a form that pushes both comedy and journalism in new, fresh, and publicly important directions.”

This is not new or fresh. This is not comedy. This is not journalism. It’s just lobbying. It’s in-your-face liberalism, which the Peabody folks have applauded repetitively as a “publicly important direction.” It’s so “publicly important” that you’re not allowed to be neutral about it. The babies have to be sacrificed on the altar of “anti-cruelty.”


Every life important?

5/9/20 WSJ  By Rick Santorum

Battle lines are being drawn over when and how to reopen the economy. These are hard decisions—the kind politicians prefer to avoid—because they’re both uncertain and consequential. Yet you can tell people’s true character in a crisis—what is most important, what they’re willing to fight for.
Generally the left is on the side of continuing the shutdowns, while the right favors opening up. The left’s main concern is protecting life: Economic activity must give way for the sake of the most vulnerable. The right, while initially compliant, is now in revolt over infringements on personal liberty and the dire economic impact of shutdowns.

Both sides deserve credit for taking a consequential stand on the principled debate between life and liberty. I am especially grateful to Democratic politicians who put the lives of the most vulnerable ahead of the liberty of young, healthy people. I’m also grateful to President Trump and Republicans for initially joining Democrats in that position. Whatever you think of these policies, these officials showed character by standing up for the importance of life—not just any life, but the lives of the old, the sick and often the forgotten. This was a great moment for a society that doesn’t agree in large majorities about much of anything.

As the weather warms, the caseload has fallen in the epicenter of New York, and infections haven’t exploded in less densely populated areas, I agree with my conservative friends that we should return to work. We believe in freedom, but with responsibility—to care for yourself, your family and the vulnerable. As Americans get back to work, they will have
The ‘elective’ procedure blue-state politicians wouldn’t halt for the coronavirus pandemic.

to behave differently to avoid another outbreak of this deadly virus. More will work from home, school from home, change career paths, eat out less, embrace faith and be more engaged with friends, family and neighbors.

We all now understand how little and vulnerable we are. We recognize that life is fragile and not to be taken for granted. When push came to shove we all prized life above the economic freedom to pursue our dreams—and even to preserve our health. Politicians on the left and right shut down surgery centers, cancer-treatment centers and other places that used personal protective equipment, because it was needed on the Covid frontlines and such procedures were considered elective or nonessential.

There was one exception to the closure of these types of medical facilities in states run by Democratic governors. These facilities for 50 years have put economic freedom (and on rare occasions health) over the life of the most helpless, most vulnerable among us. How can governors insist on closing life-saving cancer centers as nonessential while keeping open abortion clinics, whose sole purpose is to end life? How can governors insist on saving every life possible, no matter the hardship to working families in their states, while keeping open facilities so people don’t have to live with the responsibility of raising new life?
In this moment of crisis, our character is laid bare, for better and for worse.

Mr. Santorum served as a U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, 1995-2007.

Source: The Wall Street Journal


The subject is Infanticide

Agree; let’s get the subject matter correct.


WSJ 3/11/2019

‘Safe, legal and rare.”

The phrase, which President Clinton coined during his 1996 re-election campaign, was meant to make abortion sound reasonable and even compassionate. It implied that abortion is inherently regrettable, and that legality and safety go hand in hand.

A generation later, the party of “safe, legal and rare” has been captured by the loud voices and deep pockets of an extremist abortion industry that treats abortion as a moral good. Major Democratic politicians are even unwilling to protect the lives of babies who survive attempted abortions.

There are many complicated debates to be had about abortion, and as unapologetic pro-lifers we want to have those conversations based on compassion and science. But infanticide isn’t complicated. The current debate is about whether or not it’s OK to deprive newborns of appropriate medical care.

The abortion industry’s shift has been assisted by most mainstream media outlets, which have framed the issue with cheap euphemisms and a prefabricated narrative. They describe all pro-life policies, even ones backed by a majority of Americans, as “controversial.” But when pro-abortion politicians advance extreme policies, the headlines focus on pro-life “backlash.”

In reality, the abortion industry is playing offense, not defense. The extraordinary abortion law passed recently in New York is the most glaring example. Gov. Andrew Cuomo lit One World Trade Center pink to celebrate late-term abortion and the removal of protections for babies born alive during botched abortions. Meanwhile in Virginia, Gov. Ralph Northam endorsed infanticide outright, suggesting that a baby born during a botched abortion ought to be “made comfortable,” but then possibly left to die on the table.

These governors weren’t alone. Last month 44 Democratic senators voted to reject the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. The bill would have required health-care providers to give babies who survive abortions the same care they would give to any other baby at the same gestational age. The bill is necessary because current federal law neither affirmatively requires that these babies receive care nor criminalizes withholding care from them.

It shouldn’t be controversial. It shouldn’t be partisan. Three Democratic senators—Pennsylvania’s Bob Casey, Alabama’s Doug Jones and West Virginia’s Joe Manchin—read the bill and agreed. Yet under enormous pressure from an abortion industry that spends tens of millions in campaign contributions, Senate Democrats—including six seeking the presidency in 2020—filibustered the bill.

Most Americans don’t share these Democrats’ disregard for newborn life. A recent poll found that a majority of Americans oppose withholding medical care from a viable infant, including 77% who consider themselves pro-choice. If there is ever an opportunity to find common ground, surely this is it.

For more than 200 years, each generation of Americans has committed to protecting the dignity of more and more human beings. Following this tradition, our country now must condemn the lie that some newborn lives are worth less than others. Fundamental American principles demand that we protect babies from cruel mistreatment.

This debate is about infanticide. Planned Parenthood is defending that crime. Many in the national media are overlooking it. Democratic politicians are hiding from it. But the American people are repulsed by it. The recent vote was a missed opportunity to protect the most vulnerable among us. But it will not be the last.

Ms. McCain is a co-host of “The View.” Mr. Sasse, a Republican, is a U.S. senator from Nebraska.