SCOTUS

Amy Coney Barrett, Queen Of Gaslighters, Cries Hot Tears Over Being Called 'Partisan Hack'

Oh, BOO FUCKING HOO.

Last night Justice Amy Coney Barrett stood next to GOP Senator Mitch McConnell at an event hosted by the University of Louisville's Mitch McConnell Center to fete McConnell for getting her confirmed, and complained about mean media bullies calling the Supreme Court's decisions "political."

Not in an Onion post. Not in an "SNL" sketch. In real life.

"My goal today is to convince you that this court is not comprised of a bunch of partisan hacks," she said at the private event to honor the man who shoehorned her into Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat just a week before the election on the promise that Barrett would go on to gut Roe v. Wade. Yes, that would be the same Mitch McConnell who held Justice Antonin Scalia's seat open for more than a year because it would be too "political" to confirm a Supreme Court justice in the last year of a (Democratic) presidential administration.

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Abortion

Oh Hey Looky Here, It's UNITED STATES VS GODDAMN TEXAS

ABOUT. FUCKING. TIME.

Remember last week, when Texas and the federal court system took a shit all over women's rights and then flushed them both down the toilet? And the government did basically nothing but issue angry press releases?

Well, looks like my government is finally doing something about it!

Yesterday, the DOJ sued Texas to stop enforcement SB 8, which bans basically all abortions by, as the DOJ puts it, "deputiz[ing] private citizens ... to serve as bounty hunters."

Correctly pointing out that "Texas enacted S.B. 8 in open defiance of the Constitution[,]" the United States asks a federal court to find that the law is unconstitutional under the Fourteenth Amendment's Supremacy Clause, preempted by federal law, and a violation of intergovernmental immunity. The DOJ is seeking a declaratory judgment that the law is some illegal bullshit (paraphrasing), and for it to be enjoined.

As the lawsuit lays out,

It takes little imagination to discern Texas's goal—to make it too risky for an abortion clinic to operate in the State, thereby preventing women throughout Texas from exercising their constitutional rights, while simultaneously thwarting judicial review. Thus far, the law has had its desired effect. To date, abortion providers have ceased providing services prohibited by S.B. 8, leaving women in Texas unacceptably and unconstitutionally deprived of abortion services. Yet, despite this flagrant deprivation of rights, S.B. 8 remains in effect.
And FUCK THAT.

The legal issues

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Culture Wars

Weird How Anti-Choicers Never Seem To Want To Make Giving Birth Free

It's almost like they don't care about what is effective.

This week, as you likely know by now, Texas essentially banned abortion. Or, at least, they banned abortion for poor people by giving citizens the right to sue anyone who gives someone else money for an abortion or drives them to a clinic. Rich people will not be impacted at all. In fact, in all likelihood, there will probably be the same number of abortions in Texas, because banning them does not eliminate the need for them, and because banning abortion does not actually reduce abortion.

As Zara Ahmed of the Guttmacher Institute points out, "The data shows that abortion rates are roughly the same in countries where abortion is broadly legal and in countries where it isn't. And abortion rates are actually four times higher in low-income countries where abortion is prohibited than in high-income countries where it is broadly legal." Studies show that the Mexico City Policy, which prevented federal dollars from being used to fund family planning clinics overseas if said clinics so much as mention that abortion exists, led to a 40 percent increase in abortions in sub-Saharan African countries. As abortion and family planning clinics tend to go hand in hand, decreased access to abortion often means decreased access to birth control, which — surprise! — tends to lead to more abortion.

One would think that people who are so incredibly desperate to reduce abortions, due to their great love of fetuses, would pay attention to things like this. But oddly enough, they have absolutely no interest in what is or is not known to actually be effective in terms of reducing the number of abortions.

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Abortion

Texas Abortion Ban Sadistic, Psychopathic, Dumb As Hell

Every part of SB 8 is a parade of horribles, and they like it like that.

Welcome to Gilead.

Two days ago, because this is the Bad Place, a Texas law banning basically all abortion and deputizing abortion bounty hunters went into effect.

I am not exaggerating when I say SB 8 is the most batshit, psychopathic, sexist law I have ever seen actually take effect. And I used to work at the ACLU of West Virginia — I have seen a lot of shit!

All abortions after six weeks — or two weeks after the first missed period, if you are completely regular with your periods — are now illegal in Texas. And, just in case destroying people's lives wasn't enough, anyone can sue anyone who may have possibly thought about helping someone get an abortion. (Really, you can be sued for intending to abet an abortion that does not take place.) And, like SER and Robyn already told you, this week, the Supreme Court essentially overturned Roe v. Wade in secret. First, by failing to act. Then, by acting in the worst way possible.

I'm not sure if "misogyfascist" is an actual term, but I've decided to roll with it.

It's all bad.

Now let's take a look at what this draconian abortion of a bill actually does!
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