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  • mrussel1mrussel1 Posts: 22,785
    I saw a post on twitter saying that since there is no law against false or frivolous claims in Texas, anyone who knows how to fake their IP address can file a claim online against any republican they wish. 

    not that I'd endorse anyone to do that. Just an FYI. 
    I saw something circulating on twitter about this.  Instructions on how to use a fake IP address, fake TX address, and then file complaints to bog down their system
    File complaints?  If you mean legal complaints, you have to pay court costs when you file otherwise the case won't be docketed.  I don't think that's going to work. 
  • Halifax2TheMaxHalifax2TheMax Posts: 28,861
    I suggest folks do those sudden crowd things and wear masks, hoodies, shades, etc. and leave the ID at home. Go into the clinic enmass as a swarm and the litigators or complaintants have no idea who or what. How long before someone is threatened with a gun over this? Over/under?
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  • HughFreakingDillonHughFreakingDillon HeadstoniaPosts: 28,190
    mrussel1 said:
    I saw a post on twitter saying that since there is no law against false or frivolous claims in Texas, anyone who knows how to fake their IP address can file a claim online against any republican they wish. 

    not that I'd endorse anyone to do that. Just an FYI. 
    I saw something circulating on twitter about this.  Instructions on how to use a fake IP address, fake TX address, and then file complaints to bog down their system
    File complaints?  If you mean legal complaints, you have to pay court costs when you file otherwise the case won't be docketed.  I don't think that's going to work. 
    does it cost anything for this "report someone getting/aiding/abetting getting an abortion" thing?
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  • Halifax2TheMaxHalifax2TheMax Posts: 28,861
    You go Tejas, being “pro-life” as you are. Yay Tejas!

    https://everytexan.org/images/2018KC_newsrelease_TX_FINAL.pdf

    Child poverty, healthcare and education rates for Tejas. We should all be like Tejas.
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  • Halifax2TheMaxHalifax2TheMax Posts: 28,861
    Only the shadow knows. "I dissent." "I respectively dissent." What's that? Can't happen here?

    Rulings without explanations

    The Supreme Court opinion allowing Texas to ban nearly all abortions was different from most major rulings by the court.
    This one came out shortly before midnight on Wednesday. It consisted of a single paragraph, not signed by the justices who voted for it and lacking the usual detailed explanation of their reasoning. And there had been no oral arguments, during which opposing lawyers could have made their cases and answered questions from the justices.

    Instead, the opinion was part of something that has become known as “the shadow docket.” In the shadow docket, the court makes decisions quickly, without the usual written briefings, oral arguments or signed opinions. In recent years, the shadow docket has become a much larger part of the Supreme Court’s work.
    Shadow-docket rulings have shaped policy on voting rights, climate change, birth control, Covid-19 restrictions and more. Last month, the justices issued shadow decisions forcing the Biden administration to end its eviction moratorium and to reinstate a Trump administration immigration policy. “The cases affect us at least as much as high-profile cases we devote so much attention to,” Stephen Vladeck, a University of Texas law professor, told me.

    Shadow-docket cases are frequently those with urgency — such as a voting case that must be decided in the final weeks before an election. As a result, the justices don’t always have time to solicit briefs, hold oral arguments and spend months grappling with their decision. Doing so can risk irreparable harm to one side in the case.
    For these reasons, nobody questions the need for the court to issue some expedited, bare-bones rulings. But many legal experts are worried about how big the shadow docket has grown, including in cases that the Supreme Court could have decided in a more traditional way.

    “Shadow docket orders were once a tool the court used to dispense with unremarkable and legally unambiguous matters,” Moira Donegan wrote in The Guardian. “In recent years the court has largely dispensed with any meaningful application of the irreparable harm standard.”
    Why the shadow docket has grown

    Why have the justices expanded the shadow docket?
    In part, it is a response to a newfound willingness by lower courts to issue decisions that apply to the entire country, as my colleague Charlie Savage explains. By acting quickly, the Supreme Court can retain its dominant role.

    But there is also a political angle. Shadow-docket cases can let the court act quickly and also shield individual justices from criticism: In the latest abortion case, there is no signed opinion for legal scholars to pick apart, and no single justice is personally associated with the virtual end of legal abortion in Texas. The only reason that the public knows the precise vote — 5 to 4 — is that the four justices in the minority each chose to release a signed dissent.

    Critics argue that judges in a democracy owe the public more transparency. “This idea of unexplained, unreasoned court orders seems so contrary to what courts are supposed to be all about,” Nicholas Stephanopoulos, a Harvard law professor, has said. “If courts don’t have to defend their decisions, then they’re just acts of will, of power.”

    During a House hearing on the shadow docket in February, members of both parties criticized its growth. “Knowing why the justices selected certain cases, how each of them voted, and their reasoning is indispensable to the public’s trust in the court’s integrity,” Representative Henry Johnson Jr., a Georgia Democrat, said. Representative Louie Gohmert, a Texas Republican, said, “I am a big fan of judges and justices making clear who’s making the decision, and I would welcome reforms that required that.”

    The shadow docket also leaves lower-court judges unsure about what exactly the Supreme Court has decided and how to decide similar cases they later hear. “Because the lower-court judges don’t know why the Supreme Court does what it does, they sometimes divide sharply when forced to interpret the court’s nonpronouncements,” writes William Baude, a University of Chicago law professor and former clerk for Chief Justice John Roberts. Baude coined the term “shadow docket.”

    Six vs. three
    The court’s six Republican-appointed justices are driving the growth of the shadow docket, and it is consistent with their overall approach to the law. They are often (though not always) willing to be aggressive, overturning longstanding precedents, in campaign finance, election law, business regulation and other areas. The shadow docket expands their ability to shape American society.

    The three Democratic-appointed justices, for their part, have grown frustrated by the trend. In her dissent this week, Justice Elena Kagan wrote, “The majority’s decision is emblematic of too much of this court’s shadow-docket decision making — which every day becomes more unreasoned, inconsistent and impossible to defend.” In an interview with my colleague Adam Liptak last week, Justice Stephen Breyer said: “I can’t say never decide a shadow-docket thing. … But be careful.”

    Roberts also evidently disagrees with the use of the shadow docket in the Texas abortion case. In his dissent, joining the three liberal justices, he said the court could instead have blocked the Texas law while it made its way through the courts. That the court chose another path means that abortion is now all but illegal in the nation’s second-largest state.

    The justices are likely to settle the question in a more lasting way next year. They will hear oral arguments this fall in a Mississippi abortion case — the more traditional kind, outside the shadows — and a decision is likely by June.

    For more on the Texas abortion law:

    • Republican lawmakers in Arkansas, Florida and South Dakota pledged to enact similar legislation.
    • “Patients are crying. There’s a lot of anxiety and frustration,” one Planned Parenthood director said.
    • Public opinion will play a greater role in shaping abortion policy. Here are the restrictions most Americans favor.

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  • mrussel1mrussel1 Posts: 22,785
    mrussel1 said:
    I saw a post on twitter saying that since there is no law against false or frivolous claims in Texas, anyone who knows how to fake their IP address can file a claim online against any republican they wish. 

    not that I'd endorse anyone to do that. Just an FYI. 
    I saw something circulating on twitter about this.  Instructions on how to use a fake IP address, fake TX address, and then file complaints to bog down their system
    File complaints?  If you mean legal complaints, you have to pay court costs when you file otherwise the case won't be docketed.  I don't think that's going to work. 
    does it cost anything for this "report someone getting/aiding/abetting getting an abortion" thing?
    I'm not sure, but my understanding is that someone has to file a legal complaint to essentially sue the provider.  So there needs to be a plaintiff who would have an attorney.  
  • tempo_n_groovetempo_n_groove Posts: 28,581
    edited September 3
    Is there anything about a still born abortion in the new law?  I haven't seen anything of the sort yet.

    EDIT: Nevermind.  It involves a heart beat.
    Post edited by tempo_n_groove on
  • BentleyspopBentleyspop Craft Beer Brewery, ColoradoPosts: 9,122
    Most "pro-lifers" are also pro death penalty.  When you call them on it they usually come back with some biblical reference. But when you tell them about "thou shalt not kill" and that Jesus would grave been anti-death penalty. They have nothing.

    Forced birth hypocrites 
  • mrussel1mrussel1 Posts: 22,785
    edited September 3
    Most "pro-lifers" are also pro death penalty.  When you call them on it they usually come back with some biblical reference. But when you tell them about "thou shalt not kill" and that Jesus would grave been anti-death penalty. They have nothing.

    Forced birth hypocrites 
    That's one thing about hte Pope and the Church.  They have been consistently against both abortions and capital punishment.  The American Protestant faiths, not so much. 
  • BentleyspopBentleyspop Craft Beer Brewery, ColoradoPosts: 9,122
    mrussel1 said:
    Most "pro-lifers" are also pro death penalty.  When you call them on it they usually come back with some biblical reference. But when you tell them about "thou shalt not kill" and that Jesus would grave been anti-death penalty. They have nothing.

    Forced birth hypocrites 
    That's one thing about hte Pope and the Church.  They have been consistently against both abortions and capital punishment.  The American Protestant faiths, not so much. 
    Exactly
    And I live in a state with an "orthodox" catholic  governor who loves the death penalty and will try to follow texas with restrictive anti-abortion legislation.

    Another forced birth hypocrite 
  • mrussel1mrussel1 Posts: 22,785
    mrussel1 said:
    Most "pro-lifers" are also pro death penalty.  When you call them on it they usually come back with some biblical reference. But when you tell them about "thou shalt not kill" and that Jesus would grave been anti-death penalty. They have nothing.

    Forced birth hypocrites 
    That's one thing about hte Pope and the Church.  They have been consistently against both abortions and capital punishment.  The American Protestant faiths, not so much. 
    Exactly
    And I live in a state with an "orthodox" catholic  governor who loves the death penalty and will try to follow texas with restrictive anti-abortion legislation.

    Another forced birth hypocrite 
    I assumed you were in Colorado... 
  • Gern BlanstenGern Blansten Your Mom'sPosts: 12,241
    mrussel1 said:
    I saw a post on twitter saying that since there is no law against false or frivolous claims in Texas, anyone who knows how to fake their IP address can file a claim online against any republican they wish. 

    not that I'd endorse anyone to do that. Just an FYI. 
    I saw something circulating on twitter about this.  Instructions on how to use a fake IP address, fake TX address, and then file complaints to bog down their system
    File complaints?  If you mean legal complaints, you have to pay court costs when you file otherwise the case won't be docketed.  I don't think that's going to work. 
    I don't think it was a legal complaint...more of a tip hotline or something.  But in order to file the complaint you had to be a TX resident or something.
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  • PJPOWERPJPOWER In Yo FacePosts: 6,292
    edited September 3
    The party that claims to want small government, less government control…yada yada yada…wants to control your body.  Abortion illegal, weed illegal yada yada…

    Too bad all the females in Texas don’t pack up and leave.


    So the irony with that is that there are numerous pro-life groups that are primarily led by women.  And the lower class individuals are the “Cletuses” that you see running their MAGA flags even though they are the ones most affected by this legislation. 
    I, for one, think abortions are barbaric, but absolutely needed in some situations.  That’s my personal stance.  That being said, I’m hands off as far as abortion policy goes because it truly isn’t something that effects me in any way whatsoever.  I am not a woman and would never be a rape victim worrying about what to do with a rapist’s baby.  It really is not an issue that guides my vote for the most part.
    I am, however, a limited government person like you speak of and am not a fan of the government meddling in medical treatment issues that should be decided on solely between doctors and patients.  That very well will effect my voting.
    Post edited by PJPOWER on
  • HughFreakingDillonHughFreakingDillon HeadstoniaPosts: 28,190
    PJPOWER said:
    The party that claims to want small government, less government control…yada yada yada…wants to control your body.  Abortion illegal, weed illegal yada yada…

    Too bad all the females in Texas don’t pack up and leave.


    So the irony with that is that there are numerous pro-life groups that are primarily led by women.  And the lower class individuals are the “Cletuses” that you see running their MAGA flags even though they are the ones most affected by this legislation. 
    I, for one, think abortions are barbaric, but absolutely needed in some situations.  That’s my personal stance.  That being said, I’m hands off as far as abortion policy goes because it truly isn’t something that effects me in any way whatsoever.  I am not a woman and would never be a rape victim worrying about what to do with a rapist’s baby.  
    I am, however, a limited government person like you speak of and am not a fan of the government meddling in medical treatment issues that should be decided on solely between doctors and patients.  
    women's health care affects all of us, actually. economically, socially, etc. 
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  • PJPOWERPJPOWER In Yo FacePosts: 6,292
    edited September 3
    PJPOWER said:
    The party that claims to want small government, less government control…yada yada yada…wants to control your body.  Abortion illegal, weed illegal yada yada…

    Too bad all the females in Texas don’t pack up and leave.


    So the irony with that is that there are numerous pro-life groups that are primarily led by women.  And the lower class individuals are the “Cletuses” that you see running their MAGA flags even though they are the ones most affected by this legislation. 
    I, for one, think abortions are barbaric, but absolutely needed in some situations.  That’s my personal stance.  That being said, I’m hands off as far as abortion policy goes because it truly isn’t something that effects me in any way whatsoever.  I am not a woman and would never be a rape victim worrying about what to do with a rapist’s baby.  
    I am, however, a limited government person like you speak of and am not a fan of the government meddling in medical treatment issues that should be decided on solely between doctors and patients.  
    women's health care affects all of us, actually. economically, socially, etc. 
    Not sure what type of straw man you are trying to create, but I agree with that.  I just don’t think I, as a man, should make or decide on policy surround gynecology/pregnancy related needs.  My vote is more guided by limiting government interference…which is a category that no Democrat or Republican fits nicely into these days.
    In other words, I do not agree with this heartbeat law in the respect that I feel it is government overstepping its ideal reach.
    Post edited by PJPOWER on
  • HughFreakingDillonHughFreakingDillon HeadstoniaPosts: 28,190
    edited September 3
    PJPOWER said:
    PJPOWER said:
    The party that claims to want small government, less government control…yada yada yada…wants to control your body.  Abortion illegal, weed illegal yada yada…

    Too bad all the females in Texas don’t pack up and leave.


    So the irony with that is that there are numerous pro-life groups that are primarily led by women.  And the lower class individuals are the “Cletuses” that you see running their MAGA flags even though they are the ones most affected by this legislation. 
    I, for one, think abortions are barbaric, but absolutely needed in some situations.  That’s my personal stance.  That being said, I’m hands off as far as abortion policy goes because it truly isn’t something that effects me in any way whatsoever.  I am not a woman and would never be a rape victim worrying about what to do with a rapist’s baby.  
    I am, however, a limited government person like you speak of and am not a fan of the government meddling in medical treatment issues that should be decided on solely between doctors and patients.  
    women's health care affects all of us, actually. economically, socially, etc. 
    Not sure what type of straw man you are trying to create, but I agree with that.  I just don’t think I, as a man, should make or decide on policy surround gynecology/pregnancy related needs.  My vote is more guided by limiting government interference…which is a category that no Democrat or Republican fits nicely into these days.
    no straw man. if a woman can't access the health care she needs, more poverty, more potential crime, more funds needed to allocate to these issues, which comes from your tax dollars, etc etc. 
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  • PJPOWERPJPOWER In Yo FacePosts: 6,292
    edited September 3
    PJPOWER said:
    PJPOWER said:
    The party that claims to want small government, less government control…yada yada yada…wants to control your body.  Abortion illegal, weed illegal yada yada…

    Too bad all the females in Texas don’t pack up and leave.


    So the irony with that is that there are numerous pro-life groups that are primarily led by women.  And the lower class individuals are the “Cletuses” that you see running their MAGA flags even though they are the ones most affected by this legislation. 
    I, for one, think abortions are barbaric, but absolutely needed in some situations.  That’s my personal stance.  That being said, I’m hands off as far as abortion policy goes because it truly isn’t something that effects me in any way whatsoever.  I am not a woman and would never be a rape victim worrying about what to do with a rapist’s baby.  
    I am, however, a limited government person like you speak of and am not a fan of the government meddling in medical treatment issues that should be decided on solely between doctors and patients.  
    women's health care affects all of us, actually. economically, socially, etc. 
    Not sure what type of straw man you are trying to create, but I agree with that.  I just don’t think I, as a man, should make or decide on policy surround gynecology/pregnancy related needs.  My vote is more guided by limiting government interference…which is a category that no Democrat or Republican fits nicely into these days.
    no straw man. if a woman can't access the health care she needs, more poverty, more potential crime, more funds needed to allocate to these issues, which comes from your tax dollars, etc etc. 
    Which, as I said, government should not interfere with decisions about “needed” healthcare that should be solely between doctor and patient…Am I missing something?  I am not the person to decide whether or not abortion is something a particular woman needs in the realm of healthcare, and neither is the government.
    Looking back, maybe I should have said abortion “decisions” instead of “policy” in my initial comment…
    Post edited by PJPOWER on
  • HughFreakingDillonHughFreakingDillon HeadstoniaPosts: 28,190
    PJPOWER said:
    PJPOWER said:
    PJPOWER said:
    The party that claims to want small government, less government control…yada yada yada…wants to control your body.  Abortion illegal, weed illegal yada yada…

    Too bad all the females in Texas don’t pack up and leave.


    So the irony with that is that there are numerous pro-life groups that are primarily led by women.  And the lower class individuals are the “Cletuses” that you see running their MAGA flags even though they are the ones most affected by this legislation. 
    I, for one, think abortions are barbaric, but absolutely needed in some situations.  That’s my personal stance.  That being said, I’m hands off as far as abortion policy goes because it truly isn’t something that effects me in any way whatsoever.  I am not a woman and would never be a rape victim worrying about what to do with a rapist’s baby.  
    I am, however, a limited government person like you speak of and am not a fan of the government meddling in medical treatment issues that should be decided on solely between doctors and patients.  
    women's health care affects all of us, actually. economically, socially, etc. 
    Not sure what type of straw man you are trying to create, but I agree with that.  I just don’t think I, as a man, should make or decide on policy surround gynecology/pregnancy related needs.  My vote is more guided by limiting government interference…which is a category that no Democrat or Republican fits nicely into these days.
    no straw man. if a woman can't access the health care she needs, more poverty, more potential crime, more funds needed to allocate to these issues, which comes from your tax dollars, etc etc. 
    Which, as I said, government should not interfere with decisions about “needed” healthcare that should be solely between doctor and patient…Am I missing something?  I am not the person to decide whether or not abortion is something a particular woman needs in the realm of healthcare, and neither is the government.
    Looking back, maybe I should have said abortion “decisions” instead of “policy” in my initial comment…
    I was just responding to you saying it doesn't affect you, which it does. that was all. maybe you meant something different by "affect me". I wasn't trying to be argumentative, just pointing out the ripple effect of this in society as a whole, that's all. 
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  • Halifax2TheMaxHalifax2TheMax Posts: 28,861
    Maybe this is what its really about in Tejas? Sounds "pro-life" to me.


    The US has the highest maternal death rate among similarly developed countries and is the only industrialized nation where such deaths are rising. But according to data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 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. Wide racial and ethnic disparities exist nationally too.

    The Texas legislature is comprised mostly of white males: 61% of lawmakers in the House and Senate are white, even though white Texans make up just 41% of the population. Women are vastly outnumbered by men.

    “Black women are dying at an alarming rate for reasons that could be prevented and our state leaders cut down the main proposal that a state-appointed committee recommended to help them – why would that even happen?” said Jones. “I think it’s because it’s so easy to dismiss Black women’s lives.”

    The legislature expended time and energy on restricting abortion access, including passing one of the most extreme bans in the country, which allows any citizen to sue an abortion provider, as well as a “trigger” bill that bans the procedure in the event Roe v Wade, the 1973 ruling which safeguards the right to abortion, is overturned by the US supreme court.

    A recent study in the medical journal Contraception showed a correlation between high maternal mortality rates and states that pass abortion barriers.

    “We have a maternal health crisis and conservative legislators once again made anti-choice bills a priority,” said Thierry. “They fail to realize all the women threatened by maternal deaths are obviously choosing life – they shouldn’t have to do so in exchange for their own.”

    Lawmakers made no significant gains for Medicaid in general. Texas is home to the highest number of uninsured residents in the US as well as the highest percentage of uninsured women of childbearing age, but it has declined to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act and Republicans blocked legislative efforts to help extend healthcare coverage for the working poor.

    Texas has one of the steepest Medicaid eligibility requirements in the US. Of 1.4 million Texans who would benefit from expanded Medicaid, 75% are people of color.

    “Once again, we are kicking the can down the road with many of these solutions,” said Thierry. “It’s absolutely imperative we continue to work on reducing maternal mortality. One death is too many, especially when it’s preventable.”


    ‘It’s easy to dismiss Black women’s lives’: Texas drags feet on maternal mortality crisis | Texas | The Guardian

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  • KatKat There's a lot to be said for nowhere.Posts: 4,591
    The discussion after this tweet is interesting. Sharing here. 




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  • Gern BlanstenGern Blansten Your Mom'sPosts: 12,241
    Kat said:
    The discussion after this tweet is interesting. Sharing here. 




    I saw a blurb about this also....really odd
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  • KatKat There's a lot to be said for nowhere.Posts: 4,591
    It means they know it's not good for them. Like someone in the comments said about what does the dog do once it catches the car?

    Falling down,...not staying down
  • Halifax2TheMaxHalifax2TheMax Posts: 28,861
    Kat said:
    It means they know it's not good for them. Like someone in the comments said about what does the dog do once it catches the car?

    They build and expand on it in other red states, first, before they eventually come for the blue states. The only way it ends is via elections and we know where their/there/they’re already going their/there/they’re. It’s regression, baby!
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  • curmudgeonesscurmudgeoness Brigadoon, foodie capitalPosts: 2,847
    Kat said:
    It means they know it's not good for them. Like someone in the comments said about what does the dog do once it catches the car?


    David Frum has, again, an interesting take on this. For years, "pro-life" politicians could posture about the evils of abortion and use the topic for fundraising. But everyone assumed most of them were self-serving hypocrites. Actually outlawing abortion runs the risk of mobilizing the pro-choice groups -- Democrats being less likely to vote in midterms, historically -- which could cause this scheme to blow up int he GOP's face. This, says Frum, is why they took steps to suppress voting first.


    <<But it’s also possible that Texas Republicans have miscalculated. Instead of narrowly failing again and again, feeding the rage of their supporters against shadowy and far-away cultural enemies, abortion restricters have finally, actually, and radically got their way. They have all but outlawed abortion in the nation’s second-largest state, and voted to subject women to an intrusive and intimate regime of supervision and control not imposed on men. At last, a Republican legislative majority has enacted its declared beliefs in almost their fullest form—and won permission from the courts to impose its will on the women of its state.>>

    <<In the off-year elections of 2014, Republicans won a huge victory. In 2018, they suffered a huge defeat. The crucial difference was turnout: 2014 saw the lowest turnout since 1942; 2018 saw the highest in a nonpresidential year since before World War I. The moral of the story would seem to be that Republicans do best when the electorate is satisfied and quiet; they face disaster when the electorate is mobilized and angry. Texas Republicans have just bet their political future in a rapidly diversifying and urbanizing state on a gambit: cultural reaction plus voter suppression. The eyes of Texas will be upon them indeed. The eyes of the nation will be upon them too.>>

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  • Halifax2TheMaxHalifax2TheMax Posts: 28,861
    Kat said:
    It means they know it's not good for them. Like someone in the comments said about what does the dog do once it catches the car?


    David Frum has, again, an interesting take on this. For years, "pro-life" politicians could posture about the evils of abortion and use the topic for fundraising. But everyone assumed most of them were self-serving hypocrites. Actually outlawing abortion runs the risk of mobilizing the pro-choice groups -- Democrats being less likely to vote in midterms, historically -- which could cause this scheme to blow up int he GOP's face. This, says Frum, is why they took steps to suppress voting first.


    <<But it’s also possible that Texas Republicans have miscalculated. Instead of narrowly failing again and again, feeding the rage of their supporters against shadowy and far-away cultural enemies, abortion restricters have finally, actually, and radically got their way. They have all but outlawed abortion in the nation’s second-largest state, and voted to subject women to an intrusive and intimate regime of supervision and control not imposed on men. At last, a Republican legislative majority has enacted its declared beliefs in almost their fullest form—and won permission from the courts to impose its will on the women of its state.>>

    <<In the off-year elections of 2014, Republicans won a huge victory. In 2018, they suffered a huge defeat. The crucial difference was turnout: 2014 saw the lowest turnout since 1942; 2018 saw the highest in a nonpresidential year since before World War I. The moral of the story would seem to be that Republicans do best when the electorate is satisfied and quiet; they face disaster when the electorate is mobilized and angry. Texas Republicans have just bet their political future in a rapidly diversifying and urbanizing state on a gambit: cultural reaction plus voter suppression. The eyes of Texas will be upon them indeed. The eyes of the nation will be upon them too.>>

    And there will be a dearth of voting machines and an excess of voter vigilantes at voting centers in dem districts resulting in long lines, intimidation and conflict. Let’s not forget the purge of the voting rolls.

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  • curmudgeonesscurmudgeoness Brigadoon, foodie capitalPosts: 2,847
    Anyway: Although I'm at an age where this horseshit no longer directly affects me, it absolutely did affect me directly, with both of my pregnancies. While I doubt that I'll ever be "pro-abortion," I'll always be vigorously "pro-choice," because, twice, I had to make a choice, and it was my choice and mine alone, with all due respect to my supportive and awesome husband.  There's a long story behind all of this that I won't share here. Our children are awesome, and I've always been absolutely certain that I made the right choice; I'm prone to overthink and analyze everything, and in both cases I never had the slightest doubt about my decisions. But they were my decisions to make, and the idea that anyone else should have had control over what happened is absolutely galling to me.


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  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 35,089
    Anyway: Although I'm at an age where this horseshit no longer directly affects me, it absolutely did affect me directly, with both of my pregnancies. While I doubt that I'll ever be "pro-abortion," I'll always be vigorously "pro-choice," because, twice, I had to make a choice, and it was my choice and mine alone, with all due respect to my supportive and awesome husband.  There's a long story behind all of this that I won't share here. Our children are awesome, and I've always been absolutely certain that I made the right choice; I'm prone to overthink and analyze everything, and in both cases I never had the slightest doubt about my decisions. But they were my decisions to make, and the idea that anyone else should have had control over what happened is absolutely galling to me.


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  • gimmesometruth27gimmesometruth27 St. Fuckin LouisPosts: 19,049
    mrussel1 said:
    questions for christian members of the gop.

    what did jesus say about abortion?

    since your entire party has based their politics on abortion the last 60 years, what did jesus specifically say about ending a pregnancy?
    Thou shall not kill.  It's that simple to them.  And if life begins at conception, then it is killing.  There's no Christian argument that supports abortion. 
    did jesus actually say that? i know it was in the old testament and one of the 10 commandments, but did jesus talk about it?
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  • gimmesometruth27gimmesometruth27 St. Fuckin LouisPosts: 19,049
    mrussel1 said:
    I saw a post on twitter saying that since there is no law against false or frivolous claims in Texas, anyone who knows how to fake their IP address can file a claim online against any republican they wish. 

    not that I'd endorse anyone to do that. Just an FYI. 
    I saw something circulating on twitter about this.  Instructions on how to use a fake IP address, fake TX address, and then file complaints to bog down their system
    File complaints?  If you mean legal complaints, you have to pay court costs when you file otherwise the case won't be docketed.  I don't think that's going to work. 
    I don't think it was a legal complaint...more of a tip hotline or something.  But in order to file the complaint you had to be a TX resident or something.
    i skimmed over an article that said texas has a law against frivolous lawsuits and for someone to file a suit they have to have legal standing. the author feels that a lot of the complaints the plaintiff will not have legal standing and these kinds of cases will get laughed out of court.

    the courts are going to get clogged with this kind of bullshit cases.
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  • gimmesometruth27gimmesometruth27 St. Fuckin LouisPosts: 19,049
    my thing is, how can someone that is not the actual woman that had the abortion get ratted out? Isn't it illegal to advertise someone's health and medical history/records? this has to be against hipaa.
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