As Georgia and Alabama and Missouri passed their restrictive anti-abortion laws…much has been written about the exception written into the laws…and more pointedly those left out.
Most commonly included are clauses permitting abortion to save the life of the mother. But this isn’t always a given. There was literal screaming in the Alabama legislature…before they agreed to add such language to their extremely restrictive and obviously unconstitutional legislation.
And I don’t think any of the bills included exceptions for rape or incest…although discussed a number of times. But the media always makes a point to mention that these bills don’t include such exceptions.
Well…let’s stop talking about exceptions. We don’t want exceptions. It is no longer acceptable to have any conversation that implies that there are possible compromises around abortion anymore. Clearly the ‘pro-life’ team doesn’t believe that there is.
So let’s drop the topic and accept nothing less than the constitutional protections for abortion under Roe v. Wade at minimum. No exceptions! Women have a right to control their own bodies. Women have a right to make their own choices. Exceptions are no longer an option.
from this morning’s email inbox:
In Alabama, Missouri, and in states across the country, extremist Republican lawmakers are trying to turn back the clock, outlaw abortion, and deny women access to reproductive health care.
Even though Roe v. Wade established a woman’s constitutional right to a safe and legal abortion — and has been the law of the land for over 46 years — these extremist Republican lawmakers don’t care. And they are hoping the Supreme Court will back their radical play.
And it just might work. Donald Trump has packed the courts with extreme, anti-choice judges. Senate Republicans stole a Supreme Court seat and rammed through the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh last year to cement an anti-choice majority on the Supreme Court.
This is a dark moment. People are scared and angry. And they are right to be. But this isn’t a moment to back down — it’s time to fight back.
And I’ve got a plan.
Congress should pass new federal laws that protect access to reproductive care from right-wing ideologues in the states. Federal laws that ensure real access to birth control and abortion care for all women. Federal laws that will stand no matter what the Supreme Court does.
Add your name if you agree, and let’s fight to get this done.
Here’s what our plan looks like:
1. Create federal, statutory rights that parallel the constitutional right in Roe v. Wade.
These rights would have at least two key components. First, they must prohibit states from interfering in the ability of a health care provider to provide medical care, including abortion services. Second, they must prohibit states from interfering in the ability of a patient to access medical care, including abortion services, from a provider that offers them.
Federal law preempts state law, so as soon as Congress takes this step, we’d sweep away the bans in Alabama, Georgia, Ohio, and anywhere else.
We’d end the political games being played by right-wing courts to try to narrow Roe’s protections. And because these federal protections would be valid on a variety of constitutional grounds, they would ensure that choice would remain the law of the land even if the Supreme Court overturns Roe.
2. Pass federal laws to preempt state efforts that functionally limit access to reproductive health care.
States have passed countless “TRAP” laws – laws that circumvent Roe to functionally limit and eliminate women’s access to abortion care – which are are medically unnecessary and exist for only one purpose: to functionally eliminate the ability of women to access abortion services.
A bill already proposed in Congress, The Women’s Health Protection Act, could help block these kinds of schemes concocted to deny women access to care. Congress should pass it.
3. Guarantee reproductive health coverage as part of all health coverage.
All women — no matter where they live, where they’re from, how much money they make, or the color of their skin — are entitled to access the high-quality, evidence-based reproductive health care that is envisioned by Roe.
Making that a reality starts with repealing the Hyde Amendment, which blocks abortion coverage for women under federally funded health care programs like Medicaid, the VA, and the Indian Health Service.
Congress should also expand culturally and linguistically appropriate services and information and include immigrant women in conversations about coverage and access. Congress must also pass the EACH Woman Act, which would also prohibit abortion restrictions on private insurance. And we should ensure that all future health coverage — including Medicare for All — includes contraception and abortion coverage.
Ensure equal access and reproductive justice.
We must undo the current administration’s efforts to undermine women’s access to reproductive health care — including ending Trump’s gag rule — and fully support Title X family planning funding. We must crack down on violence at abortion clinics and ensure that women are not discriminated against at work or anywhere else for the choices they made about their bodies.
And these issues are bigger than Roe. The women of color who have championed the reproductive justice movement teach us that we must go beyond choice to ensure meaningful access for every woman in America — not just the privileged and wealthy few.
We must go beyond abortion, to ensure access to contraception, STI prevention and care, comprehensive sex education, care for pregnant moms, safe home and work environments, adequate wages, and so much more. We must build a future that protects the right of all women to have children, the right of all women to not have children, and the right to bring children up in a safe and healthy environment.
The overwhelming majority of Americans have no desire to return to the world before Roe v. Wade. And so the time to act is now.
It’s inspiring to see so many women coming off the sidelines in this fight — and women must continue to speak up to make sure this conversation stays grounded in their real experiences. Men must speak up too.
And Americans outraged by these efforts should get into the political arena, run for office, and make these right-wing Republican lawmakers face the consequences of their actions.
We’re going through a tough time. A really tough time. But we’re not helpless. We’re strong. We’ve got power in our democracy. So let’s use it.
Our democracy should not be held hostage by right-wing courts, and women should not have to hope that Brett Kavanaugh and Donald Trump’s Supreme Court will respect the law.
Add your name if you agree Congress should act to ensure access to reproductive care — including real access to birth control and abortion.
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Alabama has passed a new bill essentially outlawing all abortions. The lawsuits will be piling up if the Republican governor signs it. I don’t know if the fact she is a woman is a firewall or not. That remains to be seen.
Editor’s note: 5/15/19 5:30 PM CDT: I have been told that Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed the bill this afternoon.
But not surprisingly this bill has been introduced and pushed forward by men. I don’t even know where to go from here…except to say that they should be seen and not heard on this subject.
The Alabama state Senate on Tuesday approved a bill essentially banning abortion in the state, a move specifically aimed at challenging more than 40 years of federal abortion protection under Roe v. Wade. The bill would make it a felony for a doctor to perform or attempt an abortion during any stage of pregnancy.
Alabama House Rep. Terri Collins, who sponsored the bill, told NBC News Tuesday evening that legislators wanted to keep the bill’s text as clean as possible, specifically to address the language in Roe v. Wade, which talked about a baby being “in utero.”
“This bill’s purpose is to hopefully get to the Supreme Court and have them revisit the actual decision, which was, is the baby in a womb a person?” Collins said. “And we believe technology and science shows that it is. You can see that baby tissue develop all the way through now.”
exceptions for rape and incest??? nope.
I just can’t believe that this is actually happening in 21st Century America.