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Bad, but predictable, news from Texas: A federal appeals court has upheld the sweeping anti-abortion law the state passed last summer over fierce opposition. Given the nature of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals panel that heard the case, this is no surprise:
The three-judge panel includes former Chief Justice Edith Jones, who authored the 2012 opinion affirming Texas' abortion sonogram law. The other justices, Jennifer Elrod and Catharina Haynes, served on another three-judge panel that reversed a lower court's injunction on the law in October, which allowed the rules to take effect.
Because this decision goes against other appeals court decisions, the fight over such laws is likely to reach the Supreme Court. For that matter, this law and therefore this decision go against previous Supreme Court decisions, but as we know, that's no guarantee the Roberts Court won't side with Texas Republicans.

Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 02:27 PM PDT.

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  •  Ohboy. (11+ / 0-)

    I used to say that a SCOTUS ruling overturning Wade would so galvanize the pro-choice base that the GOP would never win a national election ever ever fucking ever again.

    These days? I'd really like to not find out.

    "Much of movement conservatism is a con and the base is the marks." -- Chris Hayes

    by raptavio on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 02:30:29 PM PDT

    •  Yeah, me too. (2+ / 0-)
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      raptavio, mjd in florida

      I'm old enough to remember when even the earliest abortions were illegal. Had many friends who traveled out of the country for the procedure.

      Also very worried about right-wing push against birth control.

      Skepticism of all the elite institutions, not trust, is what required for successful leadership in this era. Digby

      by coral on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 03:38:41 PM PDT

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      •  I'm not. (0+ / 0-)

        I was still in diapers when Roe came down. But I'd like to not have first-hand knowledge of a society without safe, legal abortion.

        "Much of movement conservatism is a con and the base is the marks." -- Chris Hayes

        by raptavio on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 04:45:33 PM PDT

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  •  So, this isn't an unreasonable hurdle (6+ / 0-)

    But the idea that some of Hobby Lobby's employees might opt for health insurance that covers abortion is an unconscionable imposition on Hobby Lobby's heretofore unrecognized religious beliefs?

    This is just plain beyond screwed up. I keep hearing from Kossacks how Texas is right on the verge of trending blue. Can we hurry that up a little, please?

    •  Texas would probably be ten years away (0+ / 0-)

      from that tipping point if it weren't for Battleground Texas, which is working on speeding that up by a few years. Nobody who is playing with the full deck of facts is predicting imminent conversion of the whole state.

      The country is moving our way at about 1% of the population annually. The two largest components of that shift are Latino demographics and the failure of young Evangelicals to replace the Angry White Guy demographic in full. Texas has both, in spades.

      However, Latinos and young people do not vote their numbers. So we have to do a massive multiyear GOTV with thousands of volunteers. You can help.

      Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

      by Mokurai on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 05:58:29 PM PDT

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  •  Get ready for Godwin moments: they are coming. (2+ / 0-)
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    mostly from the South West.

    Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

    by commonmass on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 02:32:42 PM PDT

  •  Terrible, BUT (8+ / 0-)

       A bit of good news:  Planned Parenthood is going to open a $5 Million Surgical Center in San Antonio, scheduled for this fall.

         The good news is that there are a whole bunch of folks here in SA who are more than willing and able to volunteer to help with all the Compliance Issues and help out as needed.

    •  Of course, there is nothing stopping them (0+ / 0-)

      from adding new regulations once the facility is built to render it useless.  They can always keep raising the bar by doing things like measuring the hallways and doors and just adding an inch to whatever they are using at the time.

      You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

      by Throw The Bums Out on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 07:05:23 PM PDT

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  •  No one wins with this decision, so I guess in (3+ / 0-)
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    bananapouch1, commonmass, Julia Grey

    that sense it works.  The rightwing is delivering children into often hellish situations that are usually made worse by the same rightwingers and considering that a victory.  They ignore history and lack foresight.

    Building a better America with activism, cooperation, ingenuity and snacks.

    by judyms9 on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 02:44:10 PM PDT

  •  These anti-abortion laws are futile (2+ / 0-)
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    bananapouch1, commonmass

    All this nonsense over abortion is futile. They can't stop abortion.

    The only thing the Texas legislature is doing is making it harder for women to have a board certified doctor do the procedure.

    They are getting between a pregnant woman and her doctor.

    She's a pregnant 16 year old high school student in rural Texas, who obviously doesn't follow the rules, and Texas just put a big ole' obstacle in her path.

    There's the fabric store, with knitting needles, and dad's got a shop vac, ...

    Where did you expect this to go?

    •  What will happen is that the Jane Collective (0+ / 0-)

      will be revived and go nationwide.  Specifically, a bunch of underground groups dedicated to training ordinary people how to do early term abortions with a reasonable amount of safety as long as there were no complications.  It would be a bit easier now as there are apparently designs for a simple vacuum aspiration device made out of a syringe and a few other components.  That being said, it would still be quite dangerous compared to a regular abortion clinic or even smuggled in Mifepristone.  I wonder, how hard is it to synthesize Mifepristone?

      You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

      by Throw The Bums Out on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 04:49:38 PM PDT

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      •  Instructables! (1+ / 0-)
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        Throw The Bums Out

        I'm sure there's an instructable or some blogger has a home remedy for pregnancy somewhere on the internet.

        Sure, a safer alternative would be clinics in every city, and board certified doctors performing the procedure, but the Texas Republican Legislature did away with that.

        Vote Democrat forever.

        May the Republican Crime Organization go the way of the Whigs.

        •  From what I understand that is something (0+ / 0-)

          that needs to be practiced several times under appropriate supervision before it is possible to do with any reasonable amount of safety.  Just posting an instructable (though someone did do just that for a D&C using vet supplies including how to use animal antibiotics) wouldn't do it.

          You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

          by Throw The Bums Out on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 05:38:01 PM PDT

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          •  Desperation forces women into danger (1+ / 0-)
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            That's the whole point of making abortion legal in the first place, so that women won't be forced into situations where they decide they only thing they can do is try some damn fool thing they saw on the internet.

    •  Every location with two buildings (0+ / 0-)

      next to each other has at least one alley. Abortions will be carried out and women will either survive or die.

  •  Ultraconservative 5th circuit. (1+ / 0-)
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    Will uphold every insane law, in addition to all of Perry's death sentences.

  •  i hope decisions (0+ / 0-)

    like this might get people to wake up and start voting in off year elections, if not their rights even including voting will be but a distant memory.

    save america defeat all republicans and conservatives

  •  And Kennedy is not a swing vote. (0+ / 0-)

    During his career, he only once voted to throw out an abortion restriction - a Pennsylvania law that would force married women to notify their husbands before having an abortion (how crazy can it get?!). The Roberts court could very well uphold this.

  •  On topic: Democracy Now is particularly (0+ / 0-)

    horrific today.

    "There's always room for cello." Yo Yo Ma

    by ceebee7 on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 03:22:59 PM PDT

  •  Pregnancy is not a Picnic in the Park (0+ / 0-)

    My daughter is in the 8th month of an unexpected but normal pregnancy. The baby is so big already and her pelvic arch is so narrow that they believe they will have to take him by Caesarian. She has already had the lovely experience of a sprained uterine ligament (very painful) and had to stop working as a result. No money coming in. She is not sleeping, she is awash in anxiety, peeing every 20 minutes....etc. etc. etc.

    This experience has just reinforced for me the feeling that no one should be FORCED to endure a pregnancy, no matter how benign the misogynists believe the experience/body changes to be. My daughter is just one example, and a pretty ordinary one at that. What if she was having far worse physical, mental and emotional problems and was being forced to carry the child of a guy who had skipped out on her the minute he heard?

    Why should ANY woman be FORCED into such a situation? It's not just 9 months of minor inconvenience, the way so many of them seem to think.

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