May 23, 2021 at 11:09 pm #218309
Senate Bill 8, the six-week abortion ban that the Texas governor, Greg Abbott, signed into law last week, is a total ban on abortion in everything but name. The bill is one of several across the country that bans abortions at six weeks of gestation – in layman’s terms, four weeks after fertilization and two weeks after the first missed period.
Texas is the ninth state to pass such a bill, named by the anti-choice movement that lobbies for them as “fetal heartbeat bills”. The term is a misnomer, because at six weeks of gestation there is neither a fetus nor a heartbeat. Indeed, there is no heart.
At six weeks, the pregnancy consists of an embryo, which will not develop into a fetus for nearly another month. No heart, and no other organ, is present. The so-called “heartbeat” that abortion opponents refer to is actually the pulsing of some cells that are starting to specialize, and which will eventually form cardiac tissue if the pregnancy continues.
At that stage in a pregnancy, most women don’t yet know that they are pregnant. Even those who do sometimes can’t access abortion care that early, as providers often prefer to wait until eight or 10 weeks of gestation to perform abortions, for safety reasons. Before that stage, it is difficult to rule out the possibility of an ectopic pregnancy, an unviable condition that can be fatal.
At the phase of pregnancy when abortions are banned by the new Texas legislation, the embryo is about the size of a pea. There are no exceptions for rape or incest. After an outcry, the Texas legislature amended the bill to create an exception, saying that a rapist would not be permitted to use the law to sue the providers who gave his victim her abortion. But the law only applies to those men who have been convicted of rape. In Texas, 91% of rapes go unreported.
In addition to the abortion ban, the bill includes a peculiar provision that privatizes the enforcement of that law. SB8 grants standing to any individual – including those outside the state – to sue people in Texas who “aid or abet” an abortion or who “intend” to help an abortion patient. Like Trap laws – targeted restrictions on abortion providers, a separate slate of state level anti-choice laws that are designed to make it too expensive and burdensome for providers to perform abortions within a state – this part of the law seems largely intended at punishing doctors and nurses, increasing provider overhead costs, and ultimately shutting down clinics.
the Texas bill is so broadly written as to amount to a large-scale attack on any kind of action or speech in support of abortion rights. It would render virtually everyone involved with the operation of a clinic, or who materially contributes to a pro-choice organization, to be sued. Clinic escort volunteers can be sued; so can non-medical clinic staff, like janitors or receptionists. Anyone who has donated to an abortion fund, or a pro-choice organization such as Planned Parenthood, can be sued under the Texas law. So can anyone who provides any kind of material support to a patient seeking an abortion, such as a ride to or from the clinic.May 30, 2021 at 1:43 am #218735
A march against abortion and euthanasia drew in thousands in Croatia’s Zagreb on Saturday, with feminist groups staging smaller counterdemonstrations.
Organizers of the sixth annual “March for Life” said they were calling for “protecting every human life, with no discrimination” towards fetuses and the elderly.
Abortion is currently legal until the 10th week of pregnancy in predominantly Catholic Croatia.May 30, 2021 at 7:18 pm #218748
The US has the highest maternal death rate among similarly developed countries and is the only industrialized nation where such deaths are rising.
In Texas the maternal mortality rate is above the US average, at 18.5 deaths per 100,000 live births. Black women in the state are “disproportionately” affected, accounting for 11% of live births but 31% of maternal deaths.
A state maternal mortality and morbidity review committee found discovered that nearly 90% of such deaths were preventable.
Texas kicks new moms off Medicaid after 60 days, leading to delayed and less preventative care.
Black mothers are three times more likely to die than our white counterpartsJune 4, 2021 at 12:26 pm #218854
Republican-led states used money from the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program (Tanf), better known as welfare or direct cash aid, to fund the activities of anti-abortion clinics associated with the evangelical right. The clinics work to dissuade women from obtaining abortions.June 10, 2021 at 8:31 pm #219032
It was expected. More than 60% of women voted for Donald Trump and against abortion and they support all those cavemen known as priests and pastorsSeptember 1, 2021 at 11:01 am #221443
A Texas law banning abortions beyond around six weeks of pregnancy took effect at midnight after the U.S. Supreme Court did not act to block it, a decision that could have major implications for reproductive rights across the country.
Texas politicians will have effectively overturned Roe v. Wade.
It deputizing private individuals to enforce the sweeping abortion ban. Private individuals—including anti-abortion activists with no connection to patients—can now sue anyone who they believe is providing abortion or assisting someone in accessing abortion after six weeks.The law actively encourages private individuals to act as bounty hunters by awarding them at least $10,000 if they are successful.
Senate Bill 8 empowers private individuals to sue anyone who performs an abortion after the sixth week of a pregnancy—before many people even know they’re pregnant—or anyone who “knowingly engages in conduct that aids or abets the performance or inducement of an abortion.” Plaintiffs who prevail in court are entitled to $10,000 as well as the recovery of their legal fees.September 1, 2021 at 3:16 pm #221446
It was expected when more than 65% of women voted for the right wingers and religious fanatics. The next step is going to be the total elimination of abortion rights for womenSeptember 3, 2021 at 11:57 pm #221590
This Texan abortion law proves two things:
1) Human beings ( Life ) are not going to liberate themselves thru the legal system
2) The legal system was created in order to defend the interests of the ruling classSeptember 4, 2021 at 12:20 am #221591
There is not such thing as a heartbeat at six weeks of pregnancy, a stethoscope will not hear a heartbeat, they are cell that produce sounds and pulse and electric impulses.
It took thousands of years to form the human being circulatory system and we inherit it from other inferior animals, we are a cumulus of prior animals evolutions, some animals had a more efficient circulatory system.
On six weeks we do not have a heart or a pump, and when we develop a heart we only use one ventricle.
Life is a very complicated and long process which can not be learned by reading a book of fantasies, or seating in the room of government Congress, but by studying and reading natural sciences, and seeing them in laboratories, and despite that sometimes it is like Engels wrote: Most scientists are materialists in their laboratory and some are idealists in their private life
PS: An ultrasound scan is a medical test that uses high-frequency sound waves to capture live images from the inside of your body. It’s also known as sonography. The technology is similar to that used by sonar and radar, which help the military detect planes and ships.
September 4, 2021 at 1:18 am #221593
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Several Republican-controlled states will now be following the example of Texas.
The evangelical Taliban is effectively in control of much of the USASeptember 4, 2021 at 5:32 am #221594
It has been like that for more than two centuries
Many women are going to be forced to travel to other states to obtain an abortion
https://www.commondreams.org/views/2021/09/03/out-state-abortion-providers-brace-influx-texas-patients?utm_term=AO&utm_campaign=Daily%20Newsletter&utm_content=email&utm_source=Daily%20Newsletter&utm_medium=EmailSeptember 5, 2021 at 6:51 pm #221682
The Satanic Temple has filed a lawsuit against the Texan Abortion Law based on the freedom of religion act. Several years ago they prevailed based on a lawsuit based on the freedom of religion.
The argument was: If Christians can display on public buildings the cross and then commandment, the satanic temple can also display the statue of Baphomet in a public building, it can be added to that the Hindus can display the 14 million gods that they haveSeptember 7, 2021 at 9:02 am #221724
United Nations human rights monitors have strongly condemned the state of Texas for its new anti-abortion law, which they say violates international law by denying women control over their own bodies and endangering their lives.
Melissa Upreti, the chair of the UN’s working group on discrimination against women and girls, slammed the new Texas law, SB 8, as “structural sex and gender-based discrimination at its worst”.
“This new law will make abortion unsafe and deadly, and create a whole new set of risks for women and girls. It is profoundly discriminatory and violates a number of rights guaranteed under international law,”September 7, 2021 at 11:31 am #221738
And create a Gestapo/Vigilante/Bounty hunter system which might endanger the lives of many womenSeptember 7, 2021 at 12:25 pm #221739
Once again we will witness state law enforcement officers versus federal law enforcement agents
FACE (Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances) Act prohibits any form of threatening or violent behaviour towards anyone trying to obtain an abortion. US Attorney General Merrick Garland said he would enforce FACE to protect clinics and patients.
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