Abortion

Conspiracy Sites Once Again Insisting Dems Want To Legalize Murder Of Newborn Babies

No one is doing this.

Back in February, California Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks introduced AB 2223, a bill meant to protect pregnant people from being investigated or thrown in prison for having a miscarriage, stillbirth, or other unfortunate pregnancy outcome. While we'd love to believe that such a bill would be entirely unnecessary, according to the National Advocates of Pregnant Women, more than 1,200 people were arrested, jailed or otherwise deprived of liberty for exactly these kinds of things between 2006 and 2020.

We'd also like to believe that this is the kind of bill anyone could get behind, because what kind of person wants to see someone who has just endured a tragic life event sent to prison? Alas, there are a lot of terrible people out there.

Over the past two weeks, rightwing media has been breathlessly reporting that this bill is actually a secret plot to "legalize infanticide," because they truly think we all just really want to murder babies (probably for the purposes of harvesting their adrenochrome).

But how could they possibly think this? Glad you asked. The claim comes from one sentence in the bill, which states:

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Criminal Justice System

South Carolina Ready To Execute People With Firing Squads Now

Well that's horrifying.

In 2011, the European Union took a stand against the death penalty in the United States by banning pharmaceutical companies from importing several drugs meant to be used for lethal injections. Since then, rather than just give up, states have scrambled to find other ways of killing people in order to show people that killing people is wrong.

In Arizona, lawmakers decided to ask death row inmates to BYOED (bring your own execution drugs) if they don't want to suffer through botched executions like the one inmate Joseph Wood went through in 2014. Thanks to an experimental formula the state came up with, it took Wood two hours to die as he struggled to breathe like "a fish gulping for air" and was “gasping and snorting for more than an hour.”

Other states, desperate to continue this brutality, have turned to other methods of execution. On Friday night, after ten execution-free years, the state of South Carolina joined several others in officially reinstating firing squads as an option. The measure to introduce firing squads was introduced by Democratic state Sen. Dick Harpootlian, who claimed it was the "most humane" and "least painful" option. Though some of us might be able to come up with another.

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Criminal Justice System

Florida GOP Loves Bad Fentanyl Test Strip Ban More Than Lives Of Spring Breakers

Because harm reduction would just be silly.

On Thursday, six students on spring break in Florida were hospitalized after overdosing on what is being described as "a powder possibly laced with Fentanyl." Four of them have been identified as West Point cadets, one of whom is an Army football player. They're pretty lucky they survived, given that the drug is currently the leading cause of death of Americans age 18 to 45, superseding even COVID-19 over the past two years: 79,000 have died of Fentanyl-related overdoses, while 53,000 have died of COVID-19.

The day after this incident, the Florida House voted against decriminalizing Fentanyl test strips — which, unlike the "powder" consumed by these students, do not in fact contain Fentanyl. They just test for it.

The Democrats in the legislature have been pushing to decriminalize these life-saving test strips since the beginning of the year.

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Abortion

MO Lawmaker Can't Wait To Watch People Die From Ectopic Pregnancies

Bill would outlaw abortions, add extra penalties for aborting an ectopic pregnancy.

One thing that really tends to get under the skin of anti-choice legislators and activists is the fact that the only treatment for ectopic pregnancies, other than just letting the pregnant person die, is abortion. For years, they have tried to deny this fact. In 2019, an Ohio legislator even tried to pass a bill requiring doctors to try to "reimplant" the fetus from the fallopian tube into the uterus, despite the fact that this is not scientifically possible to do. That would be the same bill that called for the death penalty in the case of an abortion performed in the course of a robbery. A new bill, proposed in Missouri by state Sen. Brian Seitz (R-Branson) is no less cruel and no less stupid.

The purpose of Seitz's bill is to make "trafficking abortion" a thing. He wants to make it illegal to import or export any device or drug meant to be used to induce an abortion, so that once the Supreme Court gets rid of Roe and Missouri makes abortion immediately illegal, they can throw people in prison for ordering Mifepristone off the internet. But it gets far, far worse than that.

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