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Old 09-21-2021, 05:48 AM
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Default Roe v Wade: Pretty cool while it lasted

so I have been reading stories about Gilead er Texas and I have wanted to share them here.

I don't think we have a dedicated reproductive rights thread, sadly, given the current assault on reproductive rights, I think we need one.

After the Texas law went into effect, Alan Braid performed a newly illegal abortion.

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Then, this month, everything changed. A new Texas law, known as S.B. 8, virtually banned any abortion beyond about the sixth week of pregnancy. It shut down about 80 percent of the abortion services we provide. Anyone who suspects I have violated the new law can sue me for at least $10,000. They could also sue anybody who helps a person obtain an abortion past the new limit, including, apparently, the driver who brings a patient to my clinic.

For me, it is 1972 all over again.

And that is why, on the morning of Sept. 6, I provided an abortion to a woman who, though still in her first trimester, was beyond the state’s new limit. I acted because I had a duty of care to this patient, as I do for all patients, and because she has a fundamental right to receive this care.
Dr Braid explains himself in this editorial


Now he is being sued as the texas law entails.

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Since the Texas ban took effect Sept. 1, advocates on both sides of the abortion debate have been anticipating such lawsuits, though perhaps not from a “disbarred and disgraced former Arkansas lawyer,” as Oscar Stilley described himself in his complaint.
funnily enough

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Texas Right to Life, an antiabortion group, quickly disavowed the lawsuits as “self-serving legal stunts.”

“We believe Braid published his op-ed intending to attract imprudent lawsuits, but none came from the Pro-Life movement,” John Seago, the organization’s legislative director, said in a statement. “Texas Right to Life is resolute in ensuring the Texas Heartbeat Act is fully enforced.”
that sounds odd, but

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Melissa Murray, a professor at New York University School of Law, said lawsuits like the one Stilley filed on Monday were “never the principal goal” of the Texas law. The main point, she said, was to avoid a preemptive legal challenge and to “absolutely bring reproductive care in Texas to a standstill. That was always the endgame.”
Braid being sued by a convicted felon attorney in Arkansas
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On a windy Tuesday morning, the parking lot outside a small brick building on the Southside of Oklahoma City was filling up fast. The first to arrive, a red truck shortly before 8 a.m., was from Texas. So was the second and the third.

The building houses one of Oklahoma’s four abortion clinics, and at least two-thirds of its scheduled patients now come from Texas. So many, in fact, that it is trying to hire more staff members and doctors to keep up. The increase is the result of a new law in Texas banning abortions after about six weeks, a very early stage of pregnancy. As soon as the measure took effect this month, Texans started traveling elsewhere, and Oklahoma, close to Dallas, has become a major destination.
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Marva Sadler, senior director of clinic services at Whole Woman’s Health, which operates four clinics in Texas, said she believed that many patients were not able to arrange child care or take time off work without losing their jobs to travel to other states.

“I think a majority of women are being sentenced to being parents,” she said.
Well yeah, those people streaming into Oklahoma are going to be richer than average because they can afford to drive out of state.

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As states pass more abortion restrictions, it increasingly is poor women who must grapple with their effects. Half of American women who got an abortion in 2014 lived in poverty, double the share from 1994, when about one-quarter of the women who had abortions were low-income, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights. Theories for why include demographic change, increased funding for abortions for low-income women, and higher-income women having more access to highly effective contraception.

The longer women have to wait, the more expensive their procedures become. Abortions at Trust Women range in cost from $650 for earlier stages to $2,350 for later stages. Financial assistance is also available.
Anyway, it's a pretty drepressing read overall

With abortion largely banned in Texas, an Oklahoma clinic is inundated – East Bay Times
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Old 10-03-2021, 06:37 PM
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On Wednesday, Texas defended its Heartbeat Act by arguing—wait for it—that forcing pregnant people to travel hundreds of miles out of state to obtain a medical procedure that it has effectively banned is a good thing because it is “stimulating” interstate commerce. In a court filing, Attorney General Ken Paxton—the one who sued other states last year to overturn the 2020 election—said that contrary to the Justice Department’s claim that the federal government has the authority to block the law over interstate-commerce concerns, he’s seen news reports of women driving to Oklahoma and Kansas to seek abortions. Which, like a sociopath, he paints as a positive development. The DOJ doesn’t “cite any actual evidence that the Texas Heartbeat Act burdens interstate commerce,” Paxton said in the filing in federal court in Austin. “What evidence that does exist in the record suggests that, if anything, the Act is stimulating rather than obstructing interstate travel.” In other words, according to this guy, Oklahoma and Kansas and whatever other states people are fleeing to to end their pregnancies because they can’t do so locally owe Texas a debt of gratitude.
Ken Paxton is still a piece of shit
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If it wasn’t all just bad faith claims under the assumption the judge is in their pocket and just needs a plausible excuse to rule their way, this would be a great way to ban gun sales. We’re not infringing on your rights, we’re increasing interstate commerce by boosting other state’s economy!
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For several hours on September 11th, 2021 — a little more than a week after the most restrictive abortion ban in the country went into effect — the Texas GOP’s website was plastered with an army of adorable, amphibious Pokémon. Scroll a little further down the home page and you would find a Rick Astley music video, a mission statement attributed to the “Republican Party of Fucking Over Women,” and a joke about U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz being the Zodiac Killer.

A button up top encouraging visitors to “Join Operation Jane” redirected to Twitter, where a splinter group of the hacktivist collective Anonymous were documenting guerilla efforts to push back against Texas’ six-week abortion ban. (Before targeting the Texas GOP, for instance, the group encouraged supporters to flood ProlifeWhistleblower.com — a site designed for users to anonymously inform on abortion providers violating S.B. 8 — with fake tips and Shrek porn.)
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In the first two leaks alone, hundreds of gigabytes of data were made public — including the identities of Oath Keepers and Proud Boys working in law enforcement. The latest cache includes a backup on the Texas GOP’s server on September 8th, as well as “private documents, database, draft articles,” according to an announcement distributed by Anonymous. Some individuals, like Micah Lee, director of information security at The Intercept, have already had success recreating the WordPress-based site. (Lee tweeted that the leak includes the emails of 66,000 people signed up for Texas GOP’s updates and the résumés of more than 1,000 people who applied for jobs with the party.)


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Operation Jane’s team, which she said is led by women, had been following the developments in Texas for months with a growing sense of dread. “We felt early on, with the confirmation of Kavanaugh, that the right to abortion was in jeopardy. Activists on the ground in Texas screamed about the danger of SB8 all summer long,” the hacker wrote. Now, as copycat laws take effect in other states, they are contemplating expanding their efforts. “We knew SB8-like bans would spread to other states … that this type of framework could be used to target and circumvent other federally protected rights with impunity.”
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She added: “With ProlifeWhistleblower, the Texas Right to Life set up shop in the wrong playground. Epik gave quarter to fascists. The Texas GOP can go fuck themselves. Think twice. The internet is ours and we are all Jane. Abortion on demand and without apology!
I quoted most of the good bits from the
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