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The "Brain Drain" of college-educated professionals, MD's, PhD's, MBA's, et al., will be slow at first.

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Ken Paxton is the most capacious runt in Texas. For fans of spoonerism.

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I’m a cynic and I tend to follow the money. Texas has one of the highest private prison systems in the country. They can get about $150 a day per inmate. Private prisons have much higher violent incident percentages than state prisons, so throwing a bunch of doctors in prison would lower their medical costs pretty effectively. I wonder if some of these politicians are getting a kick-back.

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Welcome to Trump’s America

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This is a classic Catch-22 situation.

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TxSC — doctors are fully in charge of these decisions and we’re confident that eventually they will use the double-secret magical incantation that will permit medically necessary abortions and provide indemnity. .

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This was a so-welcome chance for Paxton to 'come out fighting like a- like creep, but still!' when he's barely avoided getting kicked out of his job for bad behavior. Right? So now here he is bless his heart, cracking the whip in the good old heirarchical Texas way, like a regular Texas man.

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"The law leaves to physicians—not judges—both the discretion and the responsibility to exercise their reasonable medical judgment, given the unique facts and circumstances of each patient."

Provided, of course that the physician doesn't actually decide that an abortion is necessary, which the State can (and, in Texas, certainly will) decide was a felony, after the fact. Texas is rapidly degenerating into a fascist shithole state, and rational students and workers are already choosing to go elsewhere for education and jobs.

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There you go parsing what the court actually meant.

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The whole state of Texas is your Lucky Noodle Ouija Board.

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Oh, that’s not argue over who killed who. The only reason why this court turned around and made some snide pronouncement was because they were getting shit from every single corner of the world. They still don’t care about women they just care about the possibility of seeing the state finally wake up and start voting out the assholes that perpetuated this nightmare. Otherwise, still don’t care about women. Nor do they care about making the law clear enough to actually save lives.

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I worked for a statewide elected Republican. The only way to tell when you violated an office policy was when you got disciplined for violating that policy.

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"Anything not forbidden is compulsory. YOU figure it out."

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Perhaps appropriate to have printed-up business cards, which said, “I deeply regret having violated the hereby violated policy.” And a blank line, upon which you can write in the date.

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I attended a disciplinary hearing where the President of the Local argued on behalf of an employee, asking for mercy. The hearing officer, the Assistant Secretary of State, said, "My mercy comes from a higher power."

I had to bite my tongue to keep from saying, "Governor Taft?"

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Jeebus. That’s psycho.

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Do you people have any idea how hard it is to admit I LIVE in this Gawd-damned state? I WANT to leave, but can’t afford it. I barely make enough to pay my rent and bills. So stop telling us poor bastards in Texas, Florida, Kentucky and Tennessee to “just move”, as if that’s the easiest thing to do!

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You don't have to be ashamed you live there! But you ought to leave if you hate it, of course. I've been to eastern parts of California where expenses are low, but that might bug you too.

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It is entirely inthe forced birthers best interests to keep things murky so that doctors won't act, and unsurprisingly the forced birthers on the SCOTX obliged.

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Dec 13, 2023·edited Dec 13, 2023

"just another gesture at the vague “reasonable medical judgment” standard"

This is a shot across the bow directed at the lawsuit brought by mutiple plaintiffs who were denied abortions despite conditions like sepsis and hemorrhage. They say that they want a judicial declaration that a doctor can use reasonable medical judgment and be protected against prosection.

When that lawsuit was first filed I said here (as both a doctor and a lawyer) that it would not help at all because prosecutors would still go after doctors to challenge their decisions.

Now we know how the appellate court would actually rule: that the law is already fine on this point, so shut up.

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This pregnancy was a genetic anomaly, but she's had c-sections. Every post- c-section is a more at-risk pregnancy. American doctors are shockingly more likely to do c-sections than others, because of liability and pressure from hospital systems to get patients out quickly. Next pregnancies can implant on scar tissue from the surgery or the uterus ruptures and hemorrhages during the next birth. Doctors in the US don't properly warn women about c-sections.

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godalmighty I have never heard of that happening.

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I heard (but can’t find confirmation), that Katie Cox voted GOP.

The reason I bring it up is not to say that she deserves this. But to say that white women have a history of knowing the harms they are voting for, and don’t care until it happens a to them personally. So any other white woman Republican voter in Texas who is not in this exact position seems likely to not give a shit about Cox’s situation and vote GOO anyway.

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Color me unsurprised.

And I guarantee that the Republican women who surged out to protect abortion rights in Kansas and Ohio will, now that the thing that could bother them personally is fixed, go right back to voting red.

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I like the concept of her fleeing to a "free state". It would be appropriate to henceforth refer to Texas as a "slave state" along with the other states that enslave women's reproductive rights. And it's kinda handy too, because many of them used to be slave states.

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They may as well switch to a Confederate flag for now.

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Her lawyer used that term being interviewed by Rachel Maddow Monday night.

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