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"As a Catholic, there's sins that cry out to heaven for vengeance, and one of them is the oppression of woman and children," he said.

No, oppression by the people who meddle in matters not their business.

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"...the CEO of Ohio Right to Life and a board member of the ironically named group Protect Women Ohio, told Politico."

That name "Protect Women Ohio" seems like such a clunky name. It would make more sense if it was "Protect Ohio Women." Ohh...wait..."POW" might hit a little too close to home for the forced birther crowd. You wouldn't actually want to give the game away so easily.

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Ta, Robyn. I'm glad I am an elder and don't have to worry about this for myself, but everyone who can get pregnant should have a CHOICE about whether or not to have a(nother) child.

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“If we’re able to defeat this, then I think we can come together as a state and find a place where a majority of Ohioans can, in fact, agree..."

But--but--if a majority of Ohioans vote for abortion, then they do, in fact, agree with it. What's his problem with majority rule?

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You have to include the part he didn't say with the rest of his statement, which then reads: "...find a place where a majority of Ohioans [voting on this] can, in fact, agree [with my position]."

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Voted Yes. I’ve done my duty. Also voted yes for legalizing weed and taxing it.

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If it doesn't have a heart, it cannot have a heartbeat. Hell, "cardiac pole activity" is suspected to be an artifact of the equipment and has been observed at times when fetal development isn't even as advanced as "tissue is sufficiently vascularized to throb in time with the parent's heartbeat."

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If it doesn't have a brain - it can't be viable. A fetus can't breathe or maintain a heartbeat without a brain. This usually develops around the end of the second trimester. Science!! Meanwhile, the pregnant person already has a brain and pays fucking taxes and should have bodily autonomy. FFS

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Or lungs, which develop around week 23-24.

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"The doctor will expect to hear a heartbeat once the fetus is 7 millimeters or more in length."

7 mm? Big enough to get a job in turkey processing plant. Slackers.

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If they spay women like dogs, it means they get to rape them without fear of being asked to pay child support, right?

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Why is nobody banning gas cars and stoves over there, tho?

Here in Ireland the EU told our centrist government we had to wait until 2035 when all of Europe is banning new sales of gas cars. They wanted to do it in 2030. Meanwhile new homes won’t be allowed to be connected to the gas network starting in, I think, 2025.

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Because EVs make Baby Jesus cry.

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I'm still flabbergasted that 100 million women didn't vote out every GOP for the next three decades in the last election. Just stunned. WTF is going on?

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"Gender traitors." (copyright kmblue87.)

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Their husband's don't let them vote.

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Serena Joy disorder. Surely those rules will be for other woman and not me. I'm one of the good ones, the men will appreciate my help and make an exception for me right?

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dammit

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This is OT, but I’m in London and by the OT rolls around I’ll not be around, so I just wanted to share-brag that in about an hour I will be seeing Roger Allam and Sir Ian McKellan on stage in “Frank and Percy.”

Commence theatre nerd squee.

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This was one of my favorite things to do when I spent time in London. Single person tickets to west end shows were frequently available very close to curtain time. The place I was staying was walking distance to Covent Garden, and so I tried to take advantage at every opportunity.

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I hope you enjoyed London. I kinda of miss it, sometimes. Spent a lot of my life there.

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Tell Sir Ian we said "Hey!"

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When I was in London, I saw Richard Harris in "Camelot". No cakes were left out in the rain.

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Sir Ian McKellan?

[issues deep, envious sigh]

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***“It’s important to win here so that we can demonstrate to the rest of the nation how you win ballot initiatives,” said Peter Range, the CEO of Ohio Right to Life.***

Who ideally will not be within peter range of anyone ever again.

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Hi, Peter Range (if that really is your name…). Opinions welcome from anyone directly impacted by this legislation. Therefore, feel free to weigh in as soon as you’ve missed your first period.

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And what will it demonstrate when you lose?

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That they need to change the rules and try again.

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I doubt he ever has been in Peter Range of anyone.

GAH!

https://ohiolife.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/Peter_Range-_headshot_circle-2.png

even his own hands shun him

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Guy's got "youth minister" written all over him.

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You mean they still sell Electrolux door-to-door?

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I'm tryna have lunch over here!

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I read "headshot" and was somewhat disappointed.

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That’s a face that says “I know what’s best for you, young lady”

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That patriarchal prick looks like too many of the similarly motivated Jesuit brothers and a few of the priests I had to contend with in high school.

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Also, too, "I know what's best for you, young man."

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Check the floorboards, Hank.

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SHUN! SHUUUUUUN!

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He looks like he bites the heads off gerbils

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He aint that punk.

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Do we have a Sqeaker yet?

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Cheney just squeaked over the 217 threshold. No, not Liz, Dick. (Just kidding -- it was Grover Norquist, with a loofah, in the vestibule)

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Oct 13, 2023·edited Oct 14, 2023

Bill O’Reilly, with a falafel, in the shower.

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I believe Punxsutawney Phil is in the lead.

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If he sees his shadow, there's six more weeks of No Speaker But A Chorus of Discontent.

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Oh good! I like him.

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No we don’t have a Sqeaker yet! Don’t make me pull this congress over.

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No white smoke yet

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It's not really like the Cardinals picking a new Pope.

It's more like the Cardinals picking a new pitcher.

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Actually MTG will roll coal in a large truck outside the Capitol to mark the selection

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While Boebert gives birth in the other seat.

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And Gomert fires a gun from the bed

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The postcard writers of our (D) Women’s PAC have made Ohio’s Issue 1 our most recent project. After reading the Politico article the other day, asked our PAC leader if we’d still be writing after early voting opened. Campaign is still underway; I just got 50 more addresses. Since forced-birth brigade is pulling out all the stops, this one seems pivotal. Vote YES early on Issue 1, Ohio - Oct 11 thru Nov 7!

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"Stabilization" in EMTALA statutorially means addressing a process likely to cause physiologic deterioration. It does not directly address outcome, death or otherwise. That is because EMTALA was created to stop hospitals from turfing out sick people after they failed a "wallet biopsy". It therefore provides a much wider scope for abortion because in the emergency setting with an inevitable fetal demise ending the pregnancy is literally the only step to avoid further deterioration in the clinical status of the mother - antibiotics may stem infection temporarily or transfusions may deal with bleeding temporarily but the underlying process will continue if the pregnancy does. Because it is about a present process it is therefore a very powerful counter to state law exceptions that focus on endpoints that are intrinsically, as Robyn noted, unknown at the moment.

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Again, I cannot caution enough that we have to be wary of 15 week bans.

While a majority of Americans support abortion rights as a general concept, a majority of that majority are also discomforted by "late " abortions. They are not parsing trimesters,though, and 15 weeks polls at about 55% popularity when it is couched as a "reasonable " alternative, which Gov. Vest would do.

We have to be always ready to say that all such bans actually do is increase suffering when a wanted pregnancy goes horribly wrong.

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"Turns out, they just hate poor people more than they love reproductive rights!"

This goes to the necessity to draw no conclusions from abortion votes than about abortion.

Draconian post-Dobbs laws have not created a great epiphany among Republicans that when you vote for a horrible party horrible things happen. Instead, these voters are fixing the one thing that could affect them in a way that they don't like and will now comfortably go back to voting for book bans and gerrymandering Black people out of legislative existence.

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The compromise was Roe.

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Exactly.

It made good medical sense - operationally and embryonically -and still does.

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These Rethugs have decided they'd prefer to compromise the lives and well-being of millions of American women instead.

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We get mail-in ballots here in Washington, but we drop them off at collection boxes as DeJoy has really screwed-over the Post Office.

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I take mine and my mom's (ballot harvesting!!!) to the city clerk's office.

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And our drop boxes here in MA - besides the one at city hall - are all at fire stations throughout the city. Nobody's gonna' fuck with the boxes, or people dropping off ballots, when there are firefighters in the building 24/7.

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