The judge in question clearly doesn’t follow Kansas political news, if the following is true:
In his 19-page order, Brown said the ACLU had failed to back up its
claim that legislators who passed the law this year primarily intended
to create obstacles to obtaining abortions.
So, unilaterally changing health codes to force the closure of clinics (without the input and against the objections of physicians), the passage of a late-term abortion ban that bans abortion at 20 weeks despite AMA and RCOG studies concluding that fetuses cannot feel pain, and a judiciary that refuses to hold a woman accountable for death threats against an abortion doctor aren’t enough to demonstrate the wackiness of so-called ‘pro life’ politics in Kansas and their determination to control women’s choices? (With violence if necessary.)
Personally, I’m perfectly cool with insurance dollars funding abortion, as well as the 97% of the other services provided by the clinics that Kansas is trying to shut down: Including contraceptives (birth
control); emergency contraception; screening for breast, cervical and
testicular cancers; pregnancy testing and pregnancy options counseling;
testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases; comprehensive
sexuality education, menopause treatments; vasectomies, and tubal ligations.
I especially support vasectomies and tubal ligations for all of the Republican schmucks in the state legislature who are passing these laws.
Now, where are the jobs bills these Republicans promised?
A federal judge has refused to block enforcement of a new Kansas law restricting insurance coverage for abortions.
U.S. District Judge Wesley Brown on Thursday rejected a request from the American Civil Liberties Union for a temporary injunction while the group challenges its constitutionality. The ACLU filed a federal lawsuit in August.
“The state has no business depriving a woman of insurance for vital services that are already covered by most health plans,” said ACLU of Kansas and Western Missouri legal director Doug Bonney. “If a woman and her doctor reach the decision that ending a pregnancy is the right choice for her and her family, she should have the peace of mind of knowing that her insurance will cover all of her medical needs.”
The Kansas law took effect July 1. It prohibits insurance companies from offering abortion coverage as part of their general health plans, except when a woman’s life is at risk. Those who want abortion coverage would have to buy supplemental policies, known as riders, covering only abortion.
Sleazy, transparent lies… that sounds like typical anti-choice behavior. I mean, these are people whose views contradict the American Medical Association and the Royal College of Gynecologists and Obstetricians, but they want someone to give them proof that gayness is not a choice and that global warming is real.
Hopefully the people who got these calls hung up the phones and voted, and given the way the recalls are going, it’s likely they did.
Per Mother Jones:
Wisconsin held a special election on Tuesday, the first round of voting in the recall elections spurred by this spring’s union battle in the state. But some voters in Wisconsin received an automated “robocall” from Wisconsin Right to Life on Monday—the day before the election—informing them that they would be receiving an absentee ballot application for the upcoming recall elections in the “next few days” and urging them to use that form to vote by mail.
A source working on the special election provided Mother Jones with a recording of the voicemail, which the source believes was designed to confuse voters and keep them from the polls on Tuesday. Here’s the transcript of the message:
Hello, this is Barbara Lyons from Wisconsin Right to Life. I’m calling today to let you know that you will be receiving an absentee ballot application for the upcoming recall elections in the mail in the next few days. These recall elections are very important and voting absentee will ensure that your vote is counted and that we can maintain a pro-family, pro-life state senate. We hope that we can count on you to complete that application and send it back to us within 7 days. Thank you for your support. Wisconsin Right to Life can be reached by calling (877) 855-5007.
Lawrence Norden, the deputy director of the democracy program at New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice, stopped short of deeming the robocall an attempt at voter suppression. But it’s clear the call’s script had the potential to confuse and mislead voters, Norden said. “To me it reads confusing enough that it could lead people to believe that they didn’t have to vote on Tuesday and that they could be getting something in the mail to vote absentee,” he argued. “It’s troubling that a confusing message like this would go out the day before an election.”
The reason domestic Christian terrorists are not called such in this country is simple: Christian privilege. It cannot be disputed that if Muslims (or any other religious minority for that matter) behaved as these so-called pro life people do, they’d not only be called what they are, many of them would be in jail.
As it is, you can’t even get a restraining order when a Christian terrorist threatens death against an abortion doctor.
Then Troy Newman, of Operation Rescue, chimes in with this lovely little quote (emphasis mine):
Troy Newman, the president of Operation Rescue, based in Wichita, said that abortion opponents were committed to blocking another clinic here, and that the level of protest facing anyone who participated in such an efforts [sic] would be “beyond anything anyone could imagine.” He spoke with particular disdain for Dr. Means.
“We will ensure that this community remains abortion free,” he said.
That is downright chilling.
Troy Newman’s organization employs people who’ve been convicted of felony conspiracy to bomb abortion clinics, and one of these felons was connected to Scott Roeder.
I hope Dr. Means is wearing kevlar, with terrorists like Angel Dillard and Troy Newman in her community.
I’m unclear on why the word “terrorism” continues to be taboo in articles such as this one by A.G. Sulzberger in the New York Times. The article is a profile of Dr. Mila Means, a doctor who has—-somewhat incorrectly—-been identified as stepping up to fill the hole left by the assassination of Dr. George Tiller by abortion opponent Scott Roeder. ”Somewhat incorrectly” because Dr. Means is only going to provide abortions up to 15 weeks, and while that was a large chunk of what Dr. Tiller did, what made him so prominent a figure was that his clinic served women almost no one else could, women whose pregnancies had gone terribly wrong much later in the pregnancy and who needed to have therapeutic abortions. But while the loss of Dr. Tiller is still strongly felt in the world of gynecology, the larger concern with this article and articles like it is the unwillingness to describe domestic terrorism as terrorism.
Abortion-rights supporters worried Tuesday that regulations Kansas is trying to enact would give the state health department unfettered access to patient medical records and suggested it could endanger the privacy of women who have terminated pregnancies.
Supporters of the new rules called such concerns unfounded because state law contains protections against patient information becoming public. One anti-abortion leader said the abortion providers and their allies are trying to stir up privacy fears to avoid scrutiny of their operations.
A new Kansas law requiring abortion providers to obtain a special annual license — and the accompanying health department regulations — are part of a wave of new restrictions enacted across the country. Abortion opponents capitalized on the election of Republican governors or large GOP legislative majorities; Kansas has both. The state also previously drew national attention for a fierce debate over medical records and abortion patients’ privacy when an attorney general investigated clinics.
The new regulations took effect Friday, but a federal judge blocked their enforcement until a lawsuit involving two of the state’s three abortion providers is resolved. The rules specify what drugs and equipment they must stock and set standards for room sizes and temperatures, among other things. The judge also blocked the new licensing law.
One regulation says “all records shall be available at the facility for inspection” by the secretary of health and environment or his staff. Abortion-rights advocates said giving such access allows health department officials to review highly personal information, and they don’t trust Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration because he is a strong opponent of abortion.
Not only that, KYBOMU, it could endanger patient safety. We’ve seen dozens of instances over the last two years where the anti-choice community was aware of dangerous activists within their community and did absolutely nothing to stop them. (Case in point, Scott Roeder and Cheryl Sullenger.)
Furthermore, after the way Phil Kline tried to get at peoples medical records, their fears are more than justified.
Everyone is pro-life.
The question should be “Pro-choice or anti-choice?” because the issue isn’t if you are in favor of life or not (who the hell isn’t?) but if you are in favor of women being in charge of reproductive choices, or the state being in charge and making those choices for them.
I’m for women having the ability to make choices for themselves, and I trust women to make the choice that is right for them.
I don’t like abortion and I understand what a difficult choice it is for any woman to make, but I realize that the way to prevent abortions is not to outlaw them, as that only criminalizes and endangers women who obtain illegal abortions. The way to prevent abortions is to prevent unintended pregnancies through comprehensive sex education and the availability of low/no cost, hassle free birth control.
And that said, even though I don’t like abortion, I believe they should be easy to obtain, safe, legal, and free to those who can’t afford to pay. Likewise, women who wish to keep a pregnancy and become a mother should have access to resources as well. All women’s reproductive choices should be honored and supported, and unfortunately as it is now, we offer very little support to women no matter what choice they make. It is sad and angering that the self-described “pro-life” crowd puts so much energy into opposing abortions and the women who have them, and not enough energy into supporting pregnant women who choose to keep their pregnancy and ultimately become mothers, or those who make the extremely difficult choice to give their baby up for adoption. As it is, in my eyes they are not at all “pro-life”, at least not toward adult women or infants and children.
Reblogged because this is excellent commentary. As a pro-choice activist, I often forget to remember that just as we need safe, affordable, and available abortion providers… we also need better health care for women who choose to carry their pregnancies to term.
Full disclosure: I support physician-assisted suicide, a person’s right to end their own life if they so choose in a humane fashion, and abortion on demand. Further, I don’t consider any of these positions to be antithetical to support for life or the living. If your position is unquestionably opposed to these, you might as well read something else.
Life means more than being composed of animated tissue, the possession of a beating heart, or any other cliché’ that so-called conservatives cling to in an effort to produce emotional responses from their ignorant and uneducated flock. To be truly pro-life, one must care about the quality of life that people have and use their political power to end the suffering people endure. History suggests that we, on the whole, care little for the quality of life that people have.
Despite the incessant screeching of the right-wing machine, our culture has demonstrated by collective actions that life is not something to which we give high priority. The United States has been perpetually at war for fifty years. We lost an entire generation of LGBT people to an AIDS epidemic that grew largely on religious hatred, right-wing bigotry, and cold ambivalence of government. In just the last five years our military has caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands in the Middle East, either by our own hand or through those of allies that we supply with weapons of mass destruction at no cost to their own people. (And we’ve also displaced millions internationally with our wars.)
One of the world’s most popular brands of electronics, Apple, uses sweatshop labor in China to produce its products. Conditions in these factories are so bad, the management has forced workers to sign anti-suicide pledges as a condition of employment. More than forty people, several of them death row inmates, have seen their convictions dismissed based upon new evidence analysis techniques in the past fifteen years, and a handful have been denied compensation by the state for their wrongful imprisonment. One man was recently executed in Texas based upon insufficient evidence, a fact that the governor’s office attempted to cover up.
In the 90’s, the federal government interfered with a husband’s decision to let his permanently injured wife expire humanely, against the diagnosis of her doctors that she would never recover. We learned afterward that her brain had deteriorated by approximately 45%, and her doctors and husband were correct in their judgment. The media that crucified them failed to deliver an apology.
We imprisoned a man who had the audacity to provide terminally ill people with the means to end their own painful lives, of their own volition, in a humane and comfortable fashion. Additionally, our health care system is known worldwide to bankrupt people who suffer the misfortune of a terminal illness or permanent injury, that is, if they can obtain the care they need at all under their meager private insurance plans. Mitt Romney was recently made to apologize for the fact that his health care plan was emulated on a national scale, despite the fact that 98% of the people in his home state now have health care coverage because of this accomplishment.
However, people who support a ban on euthanasia and support the death penalty, international warfare, and the presumed right of the US Government to operate with impunity in the face of international law also, curiously, have the audacity to call themselves pro-life.
The injustices described above are not exhaustive by any means. It is more appropriate to describe them as the tip of an iceberg. My point remains, regardless of how many fetuses you save, you are not pro-life if you’re indifferent to peoples’ quality of life.
For background, see this link. The bill has been sent to the governor for his signature, and would do the following:
Except in the case of a medical emergency, no abortion of a viable unborn child shall be performed or induced unless the abortion is necessary to preserve the life of the pregnant woman whose life is endangered by a physical disorder, physical illness, or physical injury, including a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself, or when continuation of the pregnancy will create a serious risk of substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function or the pregnant woman.
It gets worse:
This act provides that, except in the case of a medical emergency, prior to performing or inducing an abortion upon any woman, the physician shall determine the gestational age of the unborn child. If the physician determines the unborn child is 20 weeks or more, the physician shall determine if the unborn child is viable.
There’s more, but this is the gist of it. You too can contact the governor about this outrage at this link.
I had the pleasure to meet you and shake your hand before the Kansas/Missouri football game late last year, and I’ve always supported your candidacy because your votes have demonstrated you to be a man of intelligence and integrity. Sadly, these qualities are in short supply in Jefferson City these days.
I write today to encourage you to use your veto power on SB65 - Modifies provisions relating to abortion with respect to viability. The state of Missouri has dozens of abortion restrictions on the books, restrictions designed to make abortion logistically impossible to obtain. (Similarly to the tactics that anti-choice activists have used in South Dakota.)
Recently, we’ve seen women in this country sent to jail for discussing the termination of a pregnancy as well as women with life threatening pregnancies nearly dead in hospitals where doctors refused to perform a life-saving abortion procedures. If you pass this law, you will be empowering them further to spread their dangerous policies throughout the Show-Me State.
I humbly ask that you make an unequivocal statement. Support the rights of women to decide these issues for themselves.