180 business leaders say abortion bans are ‘against our values’


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“It’s time for companies to stand up for reproductive health care,” a full-page ad in Monday’s New York Times reads—but it’s not, as you might think, advocacy groups calling on companies to change their ways. Top executives from 180 companies signed on to the ad, which says that restrictive abortion laws are “against our values.”

The ad follows statements from several high-profile companies that Georgia’s abortion ban, in particular, threatens their continued investment in the state. Netflix, Disney, and WarnerMedia have all said they might pull out of producing movies and TV shows in the state. The ad was coordinated by a coalition that includes Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and the ACLU. “We encourage the entire business community to join us in protecting access to reproductive health care in the critical months and years to come,” NARAL president Ilyse Hogue said in a statement.

We already

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With brutal abortion bill poised to take effect, a reminder: In Alabama, rapists can sue for custody


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If Alabama’s abortion ban goes into effect, women who’ve become pregnant as a result of rape or incest will be forced to remain pregnant. And once they have children, their rapists can pursue custody under state law.

A rapist seeking custody is not some outlandish scenario. “Many rapists commit assaults as a way to dominate and control,” Lisae Jordan, director of the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault, told The Washington Post. “Seeking custody is just a continuation of that desire to dominate.”

In Alabama, for instance, Jessica Stallings is fighting her uncle for custody of her two sons. She had been pregnant by him four times before she was 18, with one son dying of an incest-related condition. Her uncle—and let’s say this scumbag’s name: Lenion Richard Barnett Jr.—is fighting for custody now after a recent drug arrest that happened while Stallings’s son was in the car. “I understand the father’s rights,

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Republicans peddle grotesque abortion-slavery comparison


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In the great and proud history of the United States, no failing, no appalling ideology, no perverse institution—no national tragedy—compares to the American sin of chattel slavery. Codified in the nation’s founding documents in a grotesque mockery of the Declaration’s self-evident truth that “all men are created equal,” the 250-year bondage of black Americans was an uninterrupted reign of savage violence, capricious brutality, and never-ending dehumanization. At its peak in 1860, one in eight people in the United States was the “property” of another American; in the South, five million whites owned four million blacks. Those slaves didn’t just constitute the single largest asset in the entire U.S economy; the institution of slavery was central to the development and expansion of American industrial capitalism. And sustaining the entire enterprise was an all-encompassing ideology of white supremacy bolstered by the complicity of Christian churches which split South from North precisely

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Republicans peddle grotesque abortion-slavery comparison


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In the great and proud history of the United States, no failing, no appalling ideology, no perverse institution—no national tragedy—compares to the American sin of chattel slavery. Codified in the nation’s founding documents in a grotesque mockery of the Declaration’s self-evident truth that “all men are created equal,” the 250-year bondage of black Americans was an uninterrupted reign of savage violence, capricious brutality, and never-ending dehumanization. At its peak in 1860, one in eight people in the United States was the “property” of another American; in the South, five million whites owned four million blacks. Those slaves didn’t just constitute the single largest asset in the entire U.S economy; the institution of slavery was central to the development and expansion of American industrial capitalism. And sustaining the entire enterprise was an all-encompassing ideology of white supremacy bolstered by the complicity of Christian churches which split South from North precisely

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What’s behind the abortion bans? White supremacy requires white babies—lots of them


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The Trump administration has left absolutely no doubt that the Republican Party is the party for white supremacists, neo-Nazis, alt-righters, white nationalists, and all of the other garden-variety bigots. In April, Pew Research published its annual survey on Race in America, which further clarified the difference in attitudes about race between the two major political parties:

White Republicans, white Democrats differ widely in their views of the country’s racial progress

As a lifelong racist, it is only fitting that Donald Trump heads such a party. After all, in October 1973, the Justice Department sued him for violating the Fair Housing Act by refusing to rent to people of color. Although that case was settled in 1975, Trump was sued yet again in 1978 for failing to live up to the original settlement terms. There was simply no way he was going to allow the law to restrict his chosen expressions of bigotry. But then, he never did believe that laws applied to him. He still doesn’t.

Judge gives Missouri’s last abortion clinic a few more days to resolve dispute over state license


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A Missouri judge has ruled that the state’s last remaining abortion clinic in St. Louis can remain open until at least Tuesday. The clinic’s state operating license was set to expire tonight at midnight, and health authorities doing an annual audit were giving the clinic’s staff a hard time, threatening not to renew the license because of alleged “deficient practices.” Planned Parenthood, which operates the clinic, says those authorities haven’t fully explained what those deficiencies are. The state wants to interview seven doctors at the clinic regarding three allegedly “failed surgical abortions,” one of which required a transfer to a hospital. Only two doctors agreed to this, and they have already been interviewed. 

If the clinic closes, it would be the first time in 45 years that there has been a state without an abortion clinic: 

Gov. Mike Parson has said that the clinic, Reproductive Health Services of

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Republicans try to sneak fetal personhood language into tax plan


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Republicans never stop trying to ban abortion—even, apparently, when drawing up plans on how to tax college savings. In the section on 529 college savings accounts, Republicans added a provision on “treatment of unborn children,” defined specifically as “a child in utero,” which “means a member of the species homo sapiens, at any stage of development, who is carried in the womb.” Emily Peck reports that:

Pro-abortion rights advocates were quick to call out the language. “This is a back-door attempt to establish personhood from the moment of conception,” Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), co-chair of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, said in a statement. “The tax code is no place to define what constitutes an ‘unborn child.’ What’s next, giving a Social Security number to a zygote?” […]

Abortion foes believe that if fetuses were legally considered people, then abortion would

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Mila Kunis set up a monthly donation in Mike Pence’s name to Planned Parenthood


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Actress Mila Kunis has her own sly way of protesting the vehemently anti-choice Vice President Mike Pence: setting up an anonymous monthly donation to the major reproductive healthcare provider Planned Parenthood in his name. During an interview on TBS’s CONAN with host Conan O’Brian, she shared a juicy tidbit about a small form of resistance she practices every week. She explained, in part:

I disagreed with some of the stuff that Pence was doing and was trying to do.

And so, as a reminder that there are women in the world that may or may not agree with his platform, I put him on a list of reoccurring donations that are made in his name to Planned Parenthood.

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Mila Kunis set up a monthly donation in Mike Pence’s name to Planned Parenthood


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Actress Mila Kunis has her own sly way of protesting the vehemently anti-choice Vice President Mike Pence: setting up an anonymous monthly donation to the major reproductive healthcare provider Planned Parenthood in his name. During an interview on TBS’s CONAN with host Conan O’Brian, she shared a juicy tidbit about a small form of resistance she practices every week. She explained, in part:

I disagreed with some of the stuff that Pence was doing and was trying to do.

And so, as a reminder that there are women in the world that may or may not agree with his platform, I put him on a list of reoccurring donations that are made in his name to Planned Parenthood.

Love it.

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After fighting for her right to an abortion, immigrant teen finally gets one this morning


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Yesterday, the federal appeals court in Washington, DC, ruled that Jane Doe, a 17-year-old immigrant woman in federal custody, had the right to obtain an abortion. This ended a month-long battle with the Trump administration, who repeatedly attempted to block her from terminating her pregnancy. While in a detention center for unaccompanied minors, Doe sought and received a judge’s permission to have an abortion without parental consent. Because the administration felt it perfectly acceptable to make this decision for her, they filed appeal after appeal to delay the abortion. Yet, a state judge, a federal judge, a panel of appeal judges and the full appeals court all said the same thing—Jane Doe is entitled to have the abortion she seeks and it’s absolutely none of the government’s business.

While many of us were worried that the administration would appeal the most recent decision and try to take an appeal to

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Appeals court rules against Trump administration, says immigrant teen has right to an abortion


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After several weeks of attempted delays by the Trump administration, a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. ruled on Tuesday that a 17-year-old immigrant woman in custody must be allowed to have the abortion she requested last month. 

A U.S. appeals court has cleared the way for a 17-year-old immigrant held in federal custody to obtain an abortion.

The ruling Tuesday by the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit overruled a decision by a three-judge panel of the court that at least temporarily blocked the teen from having the procedure.

Jane Doe, whose name is not being released in the press, is currently in a detention facility for unaccompanied minors in Texas. She has requested that she be permitted to have an abortion without parental consent since she is in the country without guardians. Though she made the request on September 11, the

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Sessions’ Dept. of Justice will say anything to prevent an undocumented immigrant’s right to choose


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On Friday, a panel of the D.C. Circuit’s U.S. Court of Appeals entered an order preventing a 17-year-old undocumented woman in federal detention from exercising her constitutional right to choose. This happened despite the fact that she had already sought and received an order from a Texas state court judge confirming that she was mature enough to make this decision on her own, and that all she needed was the same freedom to visit her doctor for the purposes of terminating her pregnancy, which the Trump/Sessions Department of Justice (DOJ) would readily grant if she were continuing her pregnancy.

Over the weekend, the ACLU filed an emergency petition calling for for the entire D.C. Circuit to review this case, and it makes the same strong arguments as Judge Patricia Ann Millett’s dissent on Friday: time is of the essence, given that Jane Doe is 15 ½ weeks pregnant, her constitutional rights are clear,

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Lawyers for immigrant teen take her fight for an abortion to full appeals court in Washington, D.C.


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On Friday, Oct. 20, an appeals court in Washington, D.C., ruled that the Trump administration cannot block a 17-year-old undocumented immigrant woman in a detention facility from getting an abortion. In case you are keeping count, that’s now two individual judges (one at the state level, one at the federal level) and an appeals court panel of three judges that have all come to the same conclusion: this young woman has the right to have an abortion if she wants one. Yet the administration is still persisting in its attempt to force this woman into motherhood. 

Despite three court rulings that have been on her side, it is still a real possibility that Jane Doe, as the teen is known, will not get the abortion that she seeks. In Friday’s ruling, while the court said the administration couldn’t block her from an abortion, they also gave immigration authorities

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In Texas, the number of poor women on birth control dropped after Planned Parenthood was defunded


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When the Framers of the Constitution wrote about freedom of religion, it is certain that they meant that government should not force certain religious beliefs on the citizens of this country. Indeed, the First Amendment asserts that individuals and groups have the right to practice (or not) any religion they choose. Yet, Republicans insist on turning their religious beliefs into law. And there is no other example of this that is quite so egregious as their obsession with abortion and Planned Parenthood.

In Texas, Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood have already caused all kinds of havoc like an increase in teen abortion rates. And a new study shows that four years after Planned Parenthood was dropped from the state’s family-planning program for low-income women, “the number of clients obtaining birth control dropped by 41 percent.”

Using the state’s own data, the Center for Public Policy Priorities reported that, from 2011 to 2015,

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In Texas, the number of poor women on birth control dropped after Planned Parenthood was defunded


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When the Framers of the Constitution wrote about freedom of religion, it is certain that they meant that government should not force certain religious beliefs on the citizens of this country. Indeed, the First Amendment asserts that individuals and groups have the right to practice (or not) any religion they choose. Yet, Republicans insist on turning their religious beliefs into law. And there is no other example of this that is quite so egregious as their obsession with abortion and Planned Parenthood.

In Texas, Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood have already caused all kinds of havoc like an increase in teen abortion rates. And a new study shows that four years after Planned Parenthood was dropped from the state’s family-planning program for low-income women, “the number of clients obtaining birth control dropped by 41 percent.”

Using the state’s own data, the Center for Public Policy Priorities reported that, from 2011 to 2015,

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In Texas, the number of poor women on birth control dropped after Planned Parenthood was defunded


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When the Framers of the Constitution wrote about freedom of religion, it is certain that they meant that government should not force certain religious beliefs on the citizens of this country. Indeed, the First Amendment asserts that individuals and groups have the right to practice (or not) any religion they choose. Yet, Republicans insist on turning their religious beliefs into law. And there is no other example of this that is quite so egregious as their obsession with abortion and Planned Parenthood.

In Texas, Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood have already caused all kinds of havoc like an increase in teen abortion rates. And a new study shows that four years after Planned Parenthood was dropped from the state’s family-planning program for low-income women, “the number of clients obtaining birth control dropped by 41 percent.”

Using the state’s own data, the Center for Public Policy Priorities reported that, from 2011 to 2015,

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Progressive coalition issues statement on Democratic candidates’ abortion ‘litmus test’


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A major dispute arose this week when Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Rep. Ben Ray Lujan noted that there would be no “litmus test” for Democrats running in the 2018 elections. Specifically, he opened the door to supporting anti-abortion Democrats in that contest in which Democrats must win 24 seats to gain a majority in the House of Representatives. In fact, that’s not a new stance from the DCCC.

But Lujan’s remarks sparked considerable anger from reproductive rights activists and their allies for throwing women under the bus. And this, while across the nation, Planned Parenthood is under attack and state after state is passing new restrictions on abortion, 41 of them this year alone, hundreds in the past six years.

Consequently, an ad hoc coalition of progressives has issued a statement, endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice America, challenging the DCCC’s approach. (You can read the entire statement below.)

On Monday, when Lujan

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Progressive coalition issues statement on Democratic candidates’ abortion ‘litmus test’


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A major dispute arose this week when Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Rep. Ben Ray Lujan noted that there would be no “litmus test” for Democrats running in the 2018 elections. Specifically, he opened the door to supporting anti-abortion Democrats in that contest in which Democrats must win 24 seats to gain a majority in the House of Representatives. In fact, that’s not a new stance from the DCCC.

But Lujan’s remarks sparked considerable anger from reproductive rights activists and their allies for throwing women under the bus. And this, while across the nation, Planned Parenthood is under attack and state after state is passing new restrictions on abortion, 41 of them this year alone, hundreds in the past six years.

Consequently, an ad hoc coalition of progressives has issued a statement, endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice America, challenging the DCCC’s approach. (You can read the entire statement below.)

On Monday, when Lujan

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Progressive coalition issues statement on Democratic candidates’ abortion ‘litmus test’


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A major dispute arose this week when Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Rep. Ben Ray Lujan noted that there would be no “litmus test” for Democrats running in the 2018 elections. Specifically, he opened the door to supporting anti-abortion Democrats in that contest in which Democrats must win 24 seats to gain a majority in the House of Representatives. In fact, that’s not a new stance from the DCCC.

But Lujan’s remarks sparked considerable anger from reproductive rights activists and their allies for throwing women under the bus. And this, while across the nation, Planned Parenthood is under attack and state after state is passing new restrictions on abortion, 41 of them this year alone, hundreds in the past six years.

Consequently, an ad hoc coalition of progressives has issued a statement, endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice America, challenging the DCCC’s approach. (You can read the entire statement below.)

On Monday, when Lujan

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Federal courts smack down extremist forced-birther laws in Arkansas and Alabama


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Over the past 14 months there have been a number of encouraging court rulings on abortion, starting with Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt last June. There were a couple more last Friday, as reported by Jezebel:

In Arkansas, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction on four laws, three of which would have gone into effect on Tuesday, in a case filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Reproductive Rights on behalf of Little Rock abortion provider Dr. Frederick Hopkins. The laws ban a common second-trimester abortion  procedure known as dilation and evacuation; impose restrictions regarding the fetal remains that could allow a woman’s sexual partner or even her rapist, to effectively block her abortion ; expand requirements around reporting a minor’s abortion  to law enforcement; and require providers to obtain records of a

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