Abortion 2022

I really don’t want to fall into the conspiracy theorist bucket, but I was thinking. what exactly was the catalyst that drove the Supreme Court to overturn Roe vs. Wade? I tried researching the percentage of Americans that are pro-choice – what I found was quite interesting, NPR – indicated 39% of those surveyed were pro-choice; CNBC indicated 55% of folk surveyed were pro-choice and PewResearch reported 61% of those surveyed were pro-choice. If you listen to the news it sounds like the majority of folk in the US have participated in the survey and are pro-choice. Nonetheless, some folk find it appalling that the majority of decision-makers across various states regarding a woman’s body are men! With that said, I’m concerned about what is the primary motivating factor for men to make such a decision and reverse the decision.

What The Ruling Said

In his majority opinion, Justice Samuel Alito, a Republican appointee by George Bush, explained that this right simply never existed. “Abortion presents a profound moral question,” he wrote. “The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of each State from regulating or prohibiting abortion.” Roe, he wrote, wasn’t simply wrong — it was so wrong as to amount to an “abuse of judicial authority.”

Conspiracy Theories

(1) If laws are not changed based on the census of the majority – then perhaps they are changed or established by those with deep pockets, like the top twenty corporations in America.

(1a) Or, perhaps within one of those top twenty corporations there is a man (with deep pockets and a huge backing) that was emotionally destroyed by his wife/girlfriend or daughter who opted to terminate her pregnancy.

(1b) Or perhaps there is a woman within one of those organizations whose husband had an extramarital affair that resulted in an abortion being performed… naa that can’t be it.

JudgePosition
Samuel Alito (2006)Roe was egregiously wrong from the start
Clarence Thomas (1991)refused to state an opinion
Neil Gorsuch (2017)refused to take a position
Brett Kavanaugh (2018)Judges do not make decisions to reach a preferred result
Amy Coney Barrett (2020)declined to say outright
John Roberts (2005)declined to comment on Roe beyond saying he believed it was “settled as a precedent of the court.”
Note:Trump vowed during his presidential campaign to put “pro-life justices on the court” with the explicit goal of overturning Roe.

 

By State

Note: The list below automatically compiles all potential and certified ballot measures being tracked by Ballotpedia.

Alabama

  1. Alabama Amendment 2, State Abortion Policy Amendment (2018)

Alaska

  1. Alaska Measure 6, Prohibit Public Funds for Abortions Initiative (1982)
  2. Alaska Ballot Measure 2, Parental Notification of Abortion Initiative (August 2010)

Arizona

  1. Arizona Proposition 110, Abortion Ban and Prohibit Public Funds Initiative (1992)

Arkansas

  1. Arkansas Amendment 3, Prohibit Public Funds for Abortions and State Policy Initiative (1988)
  2. Arkansas Amendment 65, Prohibit Public Funds for Abortions and State Policy Initiative (1986)

California

  1. California Proposition 73, Parental Notification of Abortion Initiative (2005)
  2. California Proposition 85, Parental Notification of Abortion Initiative (2006)
  3. California Proposition 4, Parental Notification of Abortion Initiative (2008)
  4. California Proposition 1, Right to Reproductive Freedom Amendment (2022)

Colorado

  1. Colorado Initiative 7, Repeal Prohibition on Public Funds for Abortions Amendment (1988)
  2. Colorado Initiative 3, Prohibit Public Funds for Abortions Initiative (1984)
  3. Colorado Initiative 12, Parental Notification of Abortion Measure (1998)
  4. Colorado Initiative 11, “Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act” Initiative (1998)
  5. Colorado Initiative 25, Physicians to Communicate Certain Information on Abortion, Waiting Period, and Written Consent Measure (2000)
  6. Colorado Initiative 48, Definition of Person Amendment (2008)
  7. Colorado Initiative 62, Definition of Person Amendment (2010)
  8. Colorado Amendment 67, Definition of Person Initiative (2014)
  9. Colorado Proposition 115, 22-Week Abortion Ban Initiative (2020)

Florida

  1. Florida Amendment 1, Parental Notification of Abortion Measure (2004)
  2. Florida Amendment 6, State Constitution Interpretation and Prohibit Public Funds for Abortions Amendment (2012)
  3. Florida Right to Life of Preborn Individual Initiative (2024)

Iowa

  1. Iowa No Right to Abortion in Constitution Amendment (2024)

Kansas

  1. Kansas No State Constitutional Right to Abortion and Legislative Power to Regulate Abortion Amendment (August 2022)

Kentucky

  1. Kentucky Constitutional Amendment 2, No Right to Abortion in Constitution Amendment (2022)

Louisiana

  1. Louisiana Amendment 1, No Right to Abortion in Constitution Amendment (2020)

Maine

  1. Maine Question 1, “Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act” Initiative (1999)

Maryland

  1. Maryland Question 6, Changes to Abortion Law Referendum (1992)

Massachusetts

  1. Massachusetts Question 1, No State Constitutional Right to Abortion and Legislative Power to Regulate Abortion Amendment (1986)

Michigan

  1. Michigan Proposal B, Abortion Legalization to 20 Weeks Initiative (1972)
  2. Michigan Proposal A, Prohibit Public Funds for Abortions for Public Assistance Recipients Referendum (1988)
  3. Michigan Proposal 3, Right to Reproductive Freedom Initiative (2022)

Mississippi

  1. Mississippi Initiative 26, Definition of Person Amendment (2011)

Montana

  1. Montana LR-120, Parental Notification of Abortion Measure (2012)
  2. Montana LR-131, Medical Care Requirements for Born-Alive Infants Measure (2022)

Nevada

  1. Nevada Question 7, Abortion Legal to 24 Weeks Statute Referendum (1990)
  2. Nevada Parental Notification of Abortion Initiative (2024)
  3. Nevada Parental Consent for Child’s Healthcare Decisions and Medical Records Access Initiative (2024)

New York

  1. New York Equal Protection of Law Amendment (2023)

North Dakota

  1. North Dakota Measure 1, Abortion Legalization to 20 Weeks Initiative (1972)
  2. North Dakota Measure 1, Right to Life of Humans at Any Stage of Development Amendment (2014)

Oregon

  1. Oregon Measure 8, Abortion Ban Initiative (1990)
  2. Oregon Measure 43, Parental Notification of Abortion Initiative (2006)
  3. Oregon Measure 10, Parental Notification of Abortion Initiative (1990)
  4. Oregon Measure 7, Prohibit Public Funds for Abortions Initiative (1978)
  5. Oregon Measure 6, Prohibit Public Funds for Abortions Initiative (1986)
  6. Oregon Measure 106, Ban Public Funds for Abortions Initiative (2018)

Pennsylvania

  1. Pennsylvania No State Constitutional Right to Abortion Amendment (2023)

Rhode Island

  1. Rhode Island Question 14, Constitutional Right to Life and Abortion Prohibited Amendment (1986)

South Dakota

  1. South Dakota Initiative 11, Abortion Ban Measure (2008)
  2. South Dakota Referendum 6, Abortion Ban Measure (2006)
  3. South Dakota Right to Abortion Amendment (2024)

Tennessee

  1. Tennessee Amendment 1, No State Constitutional Right to Abortion and Legislative Power to Regulate Abortion Amendment (2014)

Vermont

  1. Vermont Right to Personal Reproductive Autonomy Amendment (2022)

Washington

  1. Washington Initiative 694, “Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act” Measure (1998)
  2. Washington Initiative 120, Abortion Legal to Fetal Viability Measure (1991)
  3. Washington Initiative 471, Prohibit Public Funds for Abortions Measure (1984)
  4. Washington Referendum 20, Abortion Legalization to Four Months Measure (1970)
  5. Washington 15-Week Abortion Ban Initiative (2023)
  6. Washington Age of Consent to Receive Certain Health Services and Abortion Initiative (2023)

West Virginia

  1. West Virginia Amendment 1, No Right to Abortion in Constitution Measure (2018)

Wyoming

  1. Wyoming Initiative 1, Abortion Ban Measure (1994)

Source: Abortion on the ballot. (n.d.). Ballotpedia. https://ballotpedia.org/Abortion_on_the_ballot

Gallup

Meanwhile back at the ranch

Meanwhile, as we fight for murder, fight to stop murder, politicians are breaking the law, Black folk getting killed for abiding by the law and white women are kneeling against the law, this is happening.

https://www.facebook.com/101488072350892/videos/3268889803349098

COVID-19 Puts Medication #Abortion in the Spotlight

COVID-19 Puts Medication Abortion in the Spotlight

Only patients in a limited number of states have access to “no-test” medication abortions. During the COVID-19 crisis, 12 states issued policies that attempted to limit abortion access during the outbreak, such as deeming abortion “non-essential.” Most of these state policies have been blocked by court order or lifted as states start to re-open. In Arkansas, patients must have at least one negative COVID-19 Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) test in the 48 hours prior to the procedure.

These new restrictions are in addition to existing barriers to abortion services. In 18 states, telemedicine abortion has been effectively prohibited; 5 states explicitly ban telemedicine for medication abortion, while 13 states require the prescribing clinician be physically present with the patient. The “no-test” model is also not an option in the 14 states requiring patients receive an ultrasound before an abortion, and in the 13 states with in-person counseling requirements. This leaves 23 states in which the “no-test” model could be used to provide medication abortion.

Medication abortion via telemedicine is a method that can be used to safely provide women with access to abortion care while social distancing, preserving personal protective equipment, and limiting risk of exposure to coronavirus.

A new telemedicine protocol –“no-test” medication abortions– has been developed in response to COVID-19. This approach, based on studies conducted outside the US demonstrating its safety, enables many patients to safely obtain abortions without needing in-person tests or exams. This approach, along with other telemedicine protocols, however, would not be available in many states because of state laws and policies that prohibit its use.  

Currently, in 23 states, providers could adopt this method to offer medication abortion because there are not laws or policies that prohibit its use. However, in other states, laws explicitly ban telemedicine abortions or make them impractical by requiring the prescribing clinician to be physically present with the patient, ultrasounds before abortions, or in-person counseling.

#FloridaShooting I’d Run #POTUS

Will Substitutes required to carry a weapon, if we can’t control the women and men who are having relationships with children how will we manage the emotions of adults with weapons in certain school districts?

Words spoken by your President – Donald Trump

“You don’t know until you test it, but I think, I really believe I would have run in there even if I didn’t have weapon.” stated Trump.  The same one who thinks:

1. “We’re not bombing. We’re not doing much. We have a president that thinks ISIS has been contained. We have a president that doesn’t know what’s happening. So when you say we’re bombing, we’re not bombing.”

2. The Generals have been reduced to rubble…They have been reduced to a point where it’s embarrassing to our country…

3. “The other thing with the terrorists is you have to take out their families, when you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families. They care about their lives, don’t kid yourself. When they say they don’t care about their lives, you have to take out their families.”

4. “Torture works. Ok, folks?” You know, I have these guys – ‘Torture doesn’t work!’ – believe me, it works. And waterboarding is your minor form. Some people say it’s not actually torture. Let’s assume it is. But they asked me the question, ‘What do you think of waterboarding?’ Absolutely fine. But we should go much stronger than waterboarding.

5. “It is always a great honor to be so nicely complimented by a man so highly respected within his own country and beyond.” (regarding Vladimir Putin

6. “Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”

7.  “…My primary consultant is myself, and I have a good instinct for this stuff”

8.  “These people are cowards. They’re not going to walk into a school if 20% of the teachers have guns — it may be 10% or may be 40%. And what I’d recommend doing is the people that do carry, we give them a bonus. We give them a little bit of a bonus,” Trump said. “They’ll frankly feel more comfortable having the gun anyway. But you give them a little bit of a bonus.”

9. “I’m very pro-choice,” Trump says. “I hate the concept of abortion. I hate it. I hate everything it stands for. I cringe when I listen to people debating the subject. But you still — I just believe in choice.” Later in an interview with Tapper –

TAPPER: Let me ask you about a few social issues because they haven’t been issues you have been talking about for several years. I know you’re opposed to abortion.

TRUMP: Right. I’m pro-choice.

TAPPER: You’re pro-choice or pro-life?

TRUMP: I’m pro-life. I’m sorry.

What am I #Concerned about:  I must  ask myself what would I do, I ponder what would have President Obama done.  Who are “these” people he is referring to, did you know more than one-third of the shootings—34 percent—involved a shooter who was prohibited from possessing firearms?

If teachers get bonuses for carrying a weapon what will substitutes get considering a teacher‘s salary average about 3 times as much?  Will Substitutes be required to carry a weapon, if we can’t control the women and men who are having relationships with children how will we manage the emotions of adults with weapons in certain school districts?

10. “Two Corinthians, 3:17, that’s the whole ballgame,” Trump said. (The relevant verse: “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”)

I do not believe the Spirit of the Lord resides (with Trump at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC) however I do believe that God is not foolish and would not leave us nor forsake us.  I remember another instance where all went awry for a man named Job and He stood on what he knew to be true, regardless of what his friends and family thought.  Job was victorious and I am 1000% sure we can and will be victorious through these difficult times as well.

Source:  Thirdway.com By Sanaa Khan
Source:  CNN
Source:  The Federalist
Source:  The Washington Post
Source:  Teacher Portal
Source Everytown Analysis

 

 

Abortion – Why Do We as Women Make “Not-so-good” Choices?

Purvi-PhotoThe Story…

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The Indiana Court of Appeals has overturned the feticide conviction of a woman found guilty of killing her premature infant by taking abortion-inducing drugs.

The ruling issued Friday comes in the case of Purvi Patel, who was convicted of neglect and feticide last year. However, the court upheld a lower-level felony neglect of a dependent conviction.

Purvi Patel was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2015, two years after her self-induced abortion at her family’s home. Women’s advocacy groups have been heavily involved in the case, saying it marks the first time a state feticide law was used against a woman because of an alleged self-induced abortion.

The appeals court ruled that the state Legislature didn’t intend for the feticide law “to be used to prosecute women for their own abortions.”

Patel was arrested when she sought treatment at a local hospital for profuse bleeding after delivering a 1½-pound boy in a bathroom and putting his body in a trash bin behind her family’s restaurant. Court records show she bought abortion-inducing drugs from an online pharmacy based in Hong Kong.

Patel, who was 32 at the time, used the drugs because she feared her family would discover she had been impregnated by a married man, according to documents. Patel lived with her parents and grandparents in Granger, a city just northeast of South Bend along the Michigan border.

Attorneys for Indiana argued that Patel was at least 25 weeks into her pregnancy. They said her infant was just beyond the threshold of viability and took at least one breath before dying.

The attorneys also argued that Indiana’s feticide law could apply to pregnant woman, not just “to third-party actors,” and that Patel hadn’t shown the feticide law constituted an undue burden on the right to an abortion.

 

Source: Indiana court tosses woman’s feticide conviction

  1. Feticide Definition – the act of causing the death of a fetus;
    1. The term clearly describes death.
  2. She performed a self-induced abortion at her family’s home;
    1. She took it upon herself to perform this procedure.
  3. She had profuse bleeding after delivering a 1½-pound boy in a bathroom;
    1. She delivered a defined gender baby.
  4. She put his body in a trash bin;
    1. She disposed of the baby in the trash no compassion – why not bury him?
  5. She purchased illegal drugs from an online pharmacy based in Hong Kong;
    1. Jail time should be administered for her and the drug dealer or at least therapy for her
  6. Patel, who was 32 at the time, used the drugs because she feared her family would discover she had been impregnated by a married man;
    1. Playing around with married men has far greater consequences than being left home alone during the holidays.

 

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