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Congresswomen Share Their Abortion Stories In Hopes Colleagues Will Develop Empathy

It seems unlikely, but anything is worth a shot.

At the beginning of September, the Supreme Court decided to allow Texas to ban all abortions after six weeks (really four weeks, since the six weeks are counted from the date of the last menstrual period) by allowing anyone to sue anyone who has anything to do with someone in Texas getting an abortion. In December, the Court will hear arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, the Mississippi case that is primed to give the very conservative court the opportunity to overturn Roe v. Wade.

On Thursday, in hopes of rallying some support for the Women's Health Protection Act, which would protect reproductive rights beyond Roe, three congresswomen got up and did something they should not have had to have done. They got up and told their colleagues and the world at large the stories of why they chose to have abortions and what being able to make that choice meant for their lives.

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LIVE: Members Of Congress Saying 'Abortion' Out Loud, Telling Their Abortion Stories

This is an important fucking hearing.

This morning, the House Oversight Committee is holding a hearing called "Examining the Urgent Need to Protect and Expand Abortion Rights and Access in the United States," and y'all really ought to watch it if you can. Members of Congress are going to say the word "abortion" out loud, and not only that, several are going to tell their own personal abortion stories.

This is happening against the backdrop of Texas's bizarre and fucked up SB 8 Abortion Bounty Hunter law, and as the Trump fascists on the Supreme Court prepare to hear Mississippi explain why banning abortion is actually GOOD for women, because it will allow them to have God's Little Blessings waiting at home for them making Little Blessing Noises when they get home from working their nine shitty low-paying non-union Mississippi jobs.

Or whatever the goddamn dumb fucking Mississippi attorney general said, it was beyond deranged.

Members of Congress testifying today include Reps. Cori Bush, Judy Chu, Pramila Jayapal, and Barbara Lee. Other abortion rights activists and abortion providers are serving as witnesses, and oh yeah, Gloria Steinem will also be there. Rep. Kat Cammack, a Republican, will be saying anti-abortion asshole words, we guess.

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Deranged Person Says Eliminating Roe Will 'Empower' Women, Is Also Mississippi Attorney General

Wow, bet not voting would really make women carefree!

The US Supreme Court will be hearing arguments on Mississippi's abortion law on December 1, in a case that could overturn Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, unless of course the Court's refusal to block Texas's abortion law already did that. Last Friday, Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch said in an interview with the Catholic TV network EWTN that if the case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health, were to overturn Roe, it would actually "empower" women. You see, every woman who wants to "have it all" can have a baby and a career, and women who only want a career can also have a baby and a career, which is clearly a bonus.

The Mississippi Free Press watched so we wouldn't have to. Fitch was positively brimming with excellent news for all women, whether they want control over their own bodies or not:

Think about this: the lives that will be touched, the babies that will be saved, the mothers that will get the chance to really redirect their lives. [...] And they have all these opportunities that they didn't have 50 years ago. Fifty years ago, professional women, they really wanted you to make a choice. Now you don't have to. Now you have the opportunity to be whatever you want to be.

Unless what you want to be is no longer pregnant, but Fitch just said you can have whatever you want, so you clearly wouldn't want that. Instead, she explained, "You have the option in life to really achieve your dream and goals, and you can have those beautiful children as well."

Guess that covers all the options: having children and a career, or just having children. What an amazing modern world Mississippi is opening up for the mothers of tomorrow!

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Greg Abbott Does Not Wish To Amend Weird Thing He Said About Eliminating All Future Rapists

It's your very bewildered Sunday show rundown.

Among the MANY INSANE THINGS about the anti-abortion bill Texas GOP Governor Greg Abbott signed is that it doesn't even include perfunctory exceptions for rape and incest, which conservatives often add to make it look like they're not complete monsters. Abbott, when asked about this days after law went into effect, said it didn't matter because they would just stop all the future rapes by arresting all the future rapists:

That was then.

On "Fox News Sunday" this weekend, host Chris Wallace, after giving Abbott a platform to spew hatred against immigrants and asylum seekers, in the guise of "border protection," asked about the Texas abortion ban. He specifically asked Abbott about his stated intention to prevent all the future rapes, in what we can only assume was an attempt to give Abbott a chance to make himself look a little bit less insane.

It did not work.

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