Texas 60 Year War on Women.

 

There is currently a court case that began in Texas resulting from former Governor Rick Perry signing the  House Bill 2 (HB2) in 2013. The HB2 bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, requires abortion clinics to meet the same standards as hospital-style surgical centers and mandates that a doctor has admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the facility where he or she performs abortions. As well as many other restrictions. The State Representative Jason Isaac co-signed this bill and ran unopposed in the 2016 primary election. Yipee!

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Pro-choice campaigners Grayson and Tina Currin funny counter-protests against anti-abortion demonstrations

The entire state of Texas has 10 abortion clinics, prior to the good Governors bill Texas had 40 clinics. For reference purposes, California has 522 clinics that perform abortions. California is the most populated state in the US followed by Texas. The current laws in place make it almost impossible for a woman to get an abortion without waiting weeks if not months for an appointment. By the time they are able to get to an appointment they may be passed the 20-week mark. This is breaking a Constitutional right. The doctors have admitted there is no way they will be able to provide abortions to as many women that seek them.

Since the law was enacted there has been a significant decrease in medical abortions (taking a pill). Many women prefer this to avoid a surgical procedure. Unfortunately, with the new Texas law, you need to take each pill in front of a doctor. That is 4 office visits when there are only 10 locations in the entire state. Some women are more than 300 miles away from the nearest clinic, many women who seek abortion do not have the means to travel. This is why many have abortions because they are unable to financially provide. A study is currently being conducted to get numbers on how many at home abortions are happening in Texas, it can and will happen again.

Medical abortions have dropped 70% which is a huge number. A significant increase in second-trimester abortions have been reported, since the new law was enacted. The lack of access to abortions and longer wait times are to blame for this increase. Complications can occur during an abortion as with any medical procedure or medication. There is a higher risk of complications the longer you wait to have the procedure done. The purpose the Republicans claimed they enacted these laws was to make sure abortions were done safely. Waiting to have a simple procedure done that could be done in a few minutes is not helping anyone. In fact, this bill is more costly for the woman and the providers. It makes it very inconvenient for all involved which seems to be the lawmakers agenda.

In 1973 Roe Vs. Wade made it to the Supreme Court. Roe, a single pregnant woman in Texas wanted an abortion. Wade, the Dallas County District Attorney. Roe could not afford to travel to a different state to have an abortion performed safely. The laws in Texas made it impossible for a woman to have a safe, clinical abortion with a licensed physician. Roe claimed Texas statutes were unconstitutional and she was protected by the First, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth, and Fourteenth Amendment. She appealed decisions of the district court on behalf of herself and all women in the same predicament. A doctor and a couple came forward in the claim stating similar issues. The doctor had court cases pending for performing abortions in Texas.

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Texas urges that, apart from the Fourteenth Amendment, life begins at conception and is present throughout pregnancy, and that, therefore, the State has a compelling interest in protecting that life from and after conception. We need not resolve the difficult question of when life begins. When those trained in the respective disciplines of medicine, philosophy, and theology are unable to arrive at any consensus, the judiciary, at this point in the development of man’s knowledge, is not in a position to speculate as to the answer. [p160]- Justice Blackmun (delevering the opinion of the court) Roe Vs. Wade

A district court ruled that the Texas statute was indeed unconstitutional and a violation of the 9th amendment. The problem was it did nothing for abortions. It was basically a slap in the face and the reason why it was appealed to the Supreme Court. The same issues that were happening in the 1970s are again happening in the Supreme Court today, and again it is the state of Texas.

The principal thrust of appellant’s attack on the Texas statutes is that they improperly invade a right, said to be possessed by the pregnant woman, to choose to terminate her pregnancy. Appellant would discover this right in the concept of personal “liberty” embodied in the Fourteenth Amendment’s Due Process Clause; or in personal, marital, familial, and sexual privacy said to be protected by the Bill of Rights or its penumbras, see Griswold v. Connecticut,381 U.S. 479 (1965); Eisenstadt v. Baird,405 U.S. 438 (1972); id. at 460 (WHITE, J., concurring in result); or among those rights reserved to the people by the Ninth Amendment, Griswold v. Connecticut, 381 U.S. at 486 (Goldberg, J., concurring).-Justice Blackmun (delevering the opinion of the court)Roe Vs. Wade

This decision changed history for millions of women. Prior to this court case in many places in the US women were having unsafe home abortions. The court decision on Roe Vs. Wade is a long but a very interesting read. It goes into the history of abortion and shows that it has been around and available prior to Geek and Roman times. The Justice was very clear from the beginning, this case is not about feelings it is about the Constitution and the question asking are Texas laws preventing American Citizens from their right.

All this, together with our observation, supra, that, throughout the major portion of the 19th century, prevailing legal abortion practices were far freer than they are today, persuades us that the word “person,” as used in the Fourteenth Amendment, does not include the unborn…..

It should be sufficient to note briefly the wide divergence of thinking on this most sensitive and difficult question. There has always been strong support for the view that life does not begin until live’ birth. This was the belief of the Stoics. [n56] It appears to be the predominant, though not the unanimous, attitude of the Jewish faith. [n57] It may be taken to represent also the position of a large segment of the Protestant community, insofar as that can be ascertained; organized groups that have taken a formal position on the abortion issue have generally regarded abortion as a matter for the conscience of the individual and her family. [n58] As we have noted, the common law found greater significance in quickening. Physician and their scientific colleagues have regarded that event with less interest and have tended to focus either upon conception, upon live birth, or upon the interim point at which the fetus becomes “viable,” that is, potentially able to live outside the mother’s womb, albeit with artificial aid. [n59] Viability is usually placed at about seven months (28 weeks) but may occur earlier, even at 24 weeks. [n60] The Aristotelian theory of “mediate animation,” that held sway throughout the Middle Ages and the Renaissance in Europe, continued to be official Roman Catholic dogma until the 19th century, despite opposition to this “ensoulment” theory from those in the Church who would recognize the existence of life from [p161] the moment of conception. [n61] The latter is now, of course, the official belief of the Catholic Church.-Justice Blackburn (reciting the decision of the court) Roe Vs. Wade

 

It was decided. The Court ruled 7–2 that a right to privacy under the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment extended to a woman’s decision to have an abortion, but that this right must be balanced against the state’s two legitimate interests in regulating abortions: protecting women’s health and protecting the potentiality of human life.

When Roe Vs Wade hit the Supreme Court abortion was already legal in 18 states. The affirmation of the Supreme Court made it legal in all states. In the 1970s, the minorities suffered the most. Abortion may have been legal in many of these states, but not everyone had a way to get to places where it was legal. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that in 1972 alone, 130,000 women obtained illegal or self-induced procedures, 39 of whom died. Furthermore, from 1972 to 1974, the mortality rate due to illegal abortion for nonwhite women was 12 times that for white women.

In 1992, a similar case was seen in the Supreme Court regarding a women’s constitutional right to abortion, Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

The Casey decision said states may not place undue burdens on the constitutional right to abortion before fetal viability. Undue burdens, it said, included “unnecessary health regulations that have the purpose or effect of pres

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Prior to the 19th-century, abortion was not considered a crime. The people nor the Catholic Church regarded or acknowledged life prior to birth. Today this is a huge issue, yet for thousands of years, it was never a problem. When Abortion Was A Crime

Today we are fighting this ridiculous claim again. Roe Vs. Wade disallowed many states and federal restrictions with its ruling any changes to that can be permanent trouble for women in the United States. It was fought in 1992, seems every 20 years or so someone decides women shouldn’t have free will.

This law is being fought in front of the Supreme Court yet again, Texas is the state that constantly seems to be fighting the Constitution. If the Supreme Court rules in favor of these abortion restrictions this will not only affect Texas but 11 other states that have also adopted these harsh laws and restrictions.

According to the Supreme Court ruling in 1973, every woman has the right to a safe and legal abortion. Our lawmakers have different ideas. There are only 8 Justices currently sitting on the Supreme Court. 4 of the Justices are Republicans and 4 of the Justices are Democrats. Unless they allow President Obama to appoint a Justice and a vote it may be a dead end. Justice Kennedy who is likely to be the deciding vote is trying to delay the vote as he is asking the Texas courts to do more fact finding.

The Republicans have said they won’t even consider voting or having a hearing  on any nominee that President Obama chooses. Republicans are trying to change the Constitution yet again.

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When someone asks me to describe a Republican politician I say “Watch a dog chase their tail in a circle” that’s what they do chase their tails going in circles until something breaks. They focus on a few insane components of legislation anything that makes life hard on your average person and they dig deep and rub it in. To add salt to the wound most of the last 97 bills that passed the house were regarding blocking other bills, war, energy companies, and homeland security.

Texas has been infringing women’s Constitutional rights for 60 years actually a lot longer, this has been going on prior to Supreme Court cases. It’s time to fight back in a bigger way. Abortion is a right of every American woman. Any laws that block an Americans rights should not be tolerated. Women need to stand up for themselves yet again. It’s like the civil rights movement never happened. Our future generations deserve to have a choice and their Constitutional rights protected. As an American, we should all do what we can. If someone was fighting for more gun control in the Supreme Court, Texas lawmakers would be quoting the Constitution. They only read part of the Constitution, it seems it was too much to read and they stopped at the Second Amendment.

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If you would like to help in supporting Pro-Choice please go to the NARAL website, it is a great site you can take action by signing petitions or sign up to volunteer. It has a lot of information on the site, and it explains what being pro-choice is all about.

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What The Fuck Democrats!?!?

I’m truly afraid for my children. This election is going to ensure a psycho like Donald Trump ends up in the oval office. I will always vote Democrat, but I’m ashamed of my fellow liberals right now who refuse to. Donald Trump winning this election will result in eventual mass hysteria.

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So Bernie supporters won’t vote for Hillary if she wins the Primary. Hillary supporters won’t vote for Bernie if he wins the election. Really people? You need to compromise, Hillary and Bernie would BOTH be better than any Republican candidate running. Let’s not act like the Republicans, we’re all adults behave accordingly.

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As much as I support Bernie and believe in him. I know Hillary will do a better job than any Republican. Sure, she has more sponsors than a Nascar Driver, as bad as I know she will be for our country, she will not be  any worse than Donald Trump or God forbid Ted Cruz.

If a Democrat does not win the Presidential Election, say goodbye to many programs that are vital to our country. They will defund planned parenthood, reverse gay marriage, reverse Rowe Vs Wade, cut food stamps, cut medicare, basically cut anything that helps people. I still can’t understand how anyone like that can consider themselves pro-life. They are SO not pro-life, the death penalty is something they love. They are pro-birth with no care or thought of the quality of life after birth. That is not pro-life, that’s the most hypocritical thing I’ve ever seen.

I know I can’t change everyone’s mind on voting or not voting for someone. Hopefully, I get through to one person and it would be worth the time. We vote for what we want, many people are afraid of Bernies proposed policies, as many are afraid of Clintons. Bernie.jpg

Bernie scares Clinton supporters with his  “Socialism” talk. Sanders is not trying to make the US a Communist country. He wants to add to current programs in place. When Bernie says he’s a Democratic Socialist, he is basically saying he agrees with social programs which are already in place. Social programs consist of things like The US Mail Service, Police Departments, Fire Departments, roads, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, etc.  He want’s to give everyone free healthcare, he wants everyone to have the opportunity to go to college without massive student loans. How is this a bad thing? He never mentions taxing to pay for this. He’s going to be like Robin Hood, taking from the rich (Wall Street) and giving to the poor (everyone else).

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Hillary scares Bernie supporters because of her record, her lies, and her flip flops from only 8 years ago. Hillary is a typical politician, she lies, cheats, and I’m sure steals to get what she wants. I do not care for her, but that doesn’t mean I won’t vote for her. As much as I like the idea of telling the DCCC (Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee) to go fuck themselves and vote for Trump, I will NEVER do that. I refuse to act like a Republican baby if I don’t get my way. That’s what they want, they want the pissed off Democrats. Why do you think Trump is running? He doesn’t need the power or the money. Hillary may lie, but she will be better for our country than any Republican running for President.

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If you choose not to vote at all, don’t bitch about politics, because you only did it to yourself. Please wake up Democrats! Vote Democrat no matter what! This election is extremely important. A republican win means we go back in time. They will make this country look like 1950 again. I guarantee it. A woman especially has the most to lose with a Republican win.

 

Duck and Cover

ObamaCare is from 2010 GET OVER IT!

I am so incredibly happy that our Senators and US Representatives are deciding to try to balance the budget and  kill ObamaCare. North Korea is trying to nuke us, but you know what let’s worry about how ObamaCare will bring our country down. WAKE UP POLITICIANS! Deal with real issues ObamaCare has been done, instead of repealing it how about we figure out how it can help. Here is a better option let’s read the law since none of the Conservatives have bothered to “it’s too long.” Hmm, I thought it was your job to do that? Maybe that cuts into your 45 vacations a year, that lord knows you really need because your job is just so stressful. Try raising children and then tell me how stressful being a Senator or Representative is. Not to mention the fact that you can do one term and make your salary for the rest of your miserable life. I am certainly in the wrong field, should have went to law school. If only I did that I could be as lazy as everyone on Capital Hill. Just so everyone is clear, the Democrats are lazy as well. I do not discriminate when talking about how the law-makers (MOST) do not do a damn thing to help our country. The main concern on their plates are how much money do I get if I vote this way or that way. It really should make the people in the US sick. The funny thing is that most people aren’t even aware of how this all works. The average US citizen is blind to what our lovely government does. If you went through school, meaning K-12 then you have taken the Constitution test and should know how the government works. Unfortunately, most people have either chosen to forget or never really knew what the hell was going on in the first place.

 

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This looks like Germany during WWII (it’s last month in Korea)

Back to North Korea, wow the new leader wants to eliminate its enemies. That would mean the US, they actually have put the video out of North Korean Soldiers shooting at targets that have pictures of US soldiers on them. Let us be concerned with ObamaCare because North Korea is just bluffing right? Let’s hope, but I am very doubtful they are extremely dangerous. The new leader is just as brutal as his father. If you ask me he is even more brutal, he is a new Hitler that is no joke he has already called martial law on his own people. Only time will tell what will happen, but for now duck and cover because our Government is not helping this situation. They are trying to work on defunding ObamaCare which was put into effect in 2010 that is three years they have been trying to do this and since it has yet to be done let’s move on to bigger and better things. I don’t know how about job creation? They could care less about that, it doesn’t affect them in any way shape or form and you want to know why? They are going to get the same salary they have now (for their whole lives) for doing absolutely nothing. They may have been elected but not a damn one of them do their job it makes me absolutely sick! Duck and Cover when you hear the sirens because North Korea is for real they mean business and you better hope our government gets off their ass and does something about this threat. Taunting them is probably not our best idea, but it is what we have come up with so far. One more thing, if I hear the song “Proud to be an American” one more time I am going to lose it. Have a lovely day Americans because with this threat it could be one of our last days.

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Liberals Win! Glenn Beck Loses!

Sometimes life for a liberal is good for instance, just today Glenn Beck announces he will be leaving Fox News, JoAnne Kloppenburg wins a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, and Speaker of the House Bohner looks stupid once again. It has been a hard few months for liberals and today it starts to look up again. The Tea Party look like fools, it is astonishing that anyone still supports them. The Republican party is completely killing their chances of leading the Executive office it brings me personally much joy.

The Word is out today Glenn Beck show will be canceled on Fox sometimes in 2011! There really is a God, sorry my atheist friends, but there has to be to make me feel the joy I do right now! The only problem with this is that Fox News and Glenn Beck have both stated that they will still be working together in some form or another. Beck, has lost over 300 advertisers this year, he is down in viewers, and his statements have enraged several different groups. One group that he has particularly alienated was the Jewish funds for Justice in which Simon Greer, President of this group has stated “Fox News is dumping Glenn Beck because he has been rejected by Jews, by Christians and people of conscience from across the political spectrum.” What an accurately true statement, several Jewish and Black groups have publicly denounced the radio and television star. Unfortunately, Glenn Becks radio show is still going to annoy us with his talks of the world ending and speaking of how the Democrats are out to get him and his Conservative cronies. The fact of the matter is Beck is in fact out to get anyone who doesn’t feel the way he does, and I will be happy when there is no more talk of the moron people call Glenn Beck.

The battle in Wisconsin on union busting has taken a dramatic turn around thanks to the anger and rage Wisconsinites feel. There was a record turnout for the election last night and JoAnne Kloppenburg earns her seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The win was against incumbent Justice David Prosser who held that seat for 10 years this is a win for the workers in Wisconsin and all over America. Governor Scott Walker has to be shitting his pants right about now. There will more than likely be a recount, because all Republicans as we know are babies. Just watch Speaker John Boehner speak and cry, you all know it’s true. Plus the vote difference was only 204 votes. I think the major problem in Prosser’s campaign was that Sarah Palin supported him. We all know that is a bad move for any conservative she is a quitter and a moron, which she has proven several times. As I said win for our side congratulations, Justice Kloppenburg! I should also say a congratulations, to the good people of Wisconsin!

What is with this budget? The Republicans have had loads of time to get this done. So what in fact is really going on? The Tea Party is in charge of it. Giving all the arrogant destructive right wing conservatives the ball is not the best move Speaker Boehner could have made. If that man had a backbone this could have been done over a month ago. Listening to a completely ignorant person like Michele Bachmann is one of the worst moves I have seen in the Republican Party. That woman can not even figure out where she is half the time, let alone the Federal budget. So what are these morons doing in the House? Golfing? Well I sure as hell hope not, I’ll tell you one thing they certainly are not doing their jobs. If a Government shut down happens as a result, there will be many angry Americans. First of all, how can you do this when there are soldiers fighting overseas and you just think it is OK to shut down and not pay these people? Most have families that rely on that income. Do Republicans give a damn about  families? No, they care about lining their pockets which is apparent in any budget they propose. Giving wealthy more tax breaks and lowering the corporate tax rate is absolutely ludicrous. Corporations do not give a damn about the American people and neither do the executives that work for these corporations. Most corporations are not even run by Americans, so what the conservatives are doing is potentially giving them your hard earned tax dollars. If you vote for these conservatives and make less than 500k per year, you might be an idiot, because you are not who they care about. The number is more than likely higher than that even. Really, Republicans are killing this country so if you want to continue to vote for them it is all of our funerals. They will kill anything decent and humane in this country and it is starting already.

As much as I love this country it shames me every day to think of what is happening to it. The way the Conservatives toss the working people on the chopping block as they do is absolutely appalling frankly, it is disturbing and to let these people do this is what everyone should be stopping. If the hard working people of the United States do not act soon our country will fall apart, and we are already watching it happen. As much as I agree with President Obama in most ways, he is starting to disappoint me by not fighting back enough. What needs to happen is our President needs to stand up to these people and say NO! That is all he has to do. The man can veto anything in front of him, he has the power to do that and the words he uses as inspiring as they are we need him to step up and say no I will not let you cut Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid, and every other decent program this country offers. President Obama, please be the leader we know you are!