Monday, June 27, 2016

Supreme Court decision huge victory for women's rights and pro-choice groups in America.

Courtesy of the HuffPo:  

The Supreme Court struck as unconstitutional part of a restrictive Texas statute that threatened to shutter half of the state’s remaining abortion clinics and deny millions of women the right to a safe abortion. 

The ruling in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt represents the most significant victory for abortion rights at the high court since the turn of the century, as states have scrambled to pass and defend similar laws across the country, seeking to chip away at the landmark Roe v. Wade. 

Writing for a 5-3 majority, Justice Stephen Breyer said the two Texas laws at issue in the case are unconstitutional. 

“We conclude that neither of these provisions offers medical benefits sufficient to justify the burdens upon access that each imposes,” he wrote. “Each places a substantial obstacle in the path of women seeking a previability abortion, each constitutes an undue burden on abortion access, and each violates the Federal Constitution.”

Damn there is so much going on today I can barely keep up. 

And I imagine that these are the kinds of decisions we can continue to expect from our Supreme Court once President Hillary Clinton replaces the now deceased Antonin Scalia with somebody who actually respects the laws in this country.

Damn kids, things are really starting to look up.

39 comments:

  1. Anonymous8:44 AM

    dRumpfGirl$>
    https://twitter.com/hashtag/trumpgirlsbreaktheinternet?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Ehashtag

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  2. Anonymous8:56 AM

    Maybe Texas will really secede now!

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  3. Anonymous9:11 AM

    It was so cool hearing this court decision and then things shifted over to Hillary and EW rallying in Cincy together.

    I told my husband, though, that I don't know if more conservative white Dem males are going to be able to handle seeing those two out there together along with that "This is my fight song" song playing all the time. Could be too much in-your-face girl power for some. For me, the song's just irritatingly cute sounding.

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    1. Anonymous10:10 AM

      My father is 81. He's in for Clinton/Warren! So is my husband!

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    2. Anonymous10:49 AM

      Not sure who sings that terrible "fight song" but damn you are right, it's one of the worst ever!

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  4. Anonymous9:53 AM

    Supreme Court Ruling: Man Convicted of Domestic Violence Barred from Possessing a Gun.

    What will Track do now?

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  5. Anonymous10:08 AM

    How many more crazy Christian inspired laws must the SCOTUS strike down as unconstitutional? All of them!

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  6. "Come senators, congressmen
    Please heed the call
    Don't stand in the doorway
    Don't block up the hall
    For he that gets hurt
    Will be he who has stalled
    There's a battle outside
    And it is ragin'
    It'll soon shake your windows
    And rattle your walls
    For the times they are a-changin'."

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  7. Anonymous10:11 AM

    This is great great news!!! Hooray!!!!

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  8. Anonymous10:14 AM

    Women POWER:
    http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-koss-hillary-secret-facebook-groups-20160627-snap-story.html

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    1. Anonymous10:45 AM

      SExtortion:
      http://money.cnn.com/2016/06/23/technology/sextortion-thorn-study/index.html

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  9. Anonymous10:30 AM

    OT?
    "It ended, he said, with the entire room on their knees praying for revival for the country.""Yes, he actually said that God was speaking through Donald Trump.
    " Now, after years of lectures about morality and personal rectitude in public life, they’ve sunk so low that they’re actually trying to convince the truly devout weekly church goers that this depraved demagogue is someone they should support."
    http://www.salon.com/2016/06/27/not_keeping_the_faith_donald_trump_and_the_conning_of_evangelical_voters/

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  10. Anonymous10:34 AM

    O/T Anyone see the interview/debate between James Carville & $arah?

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    1. Anonymous10:44 AM

      I didn't watch but read part of what was said. Loved Carville's questioning!

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    2. Anonymous10:49 AM

      No, really, that was a thing? He must to have eaten her alive, that's for sure!

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    3. He took it pretty easy on her, like you would with someone who is obviously slow. There was a 10 year old who pointed out a glaring instance of conflict in her support of Trump however. The whole thing is here: https://youtu.be/KSVGidjJyt8

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    4. Anonymous10:56 AM

      Nobody eats Sarah anymore .. she is rancid.

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  11. Anonymous10:40 AM

    Wow, nothing from Trump, that I've seen, on the SCOTUS abortion ruling. I'd expect a presidential candidate to say something after....and it's been hours that he's had time to come up with something.

    Too, if he said anything about the abortion ruling he'd also have to make one on the gun ruling.

    Poor Trump just continues to have bad days, and now today he's mum--only thing he's tweeting about is how unfair CNN is to him, even though his surrogates get an insane amount of air time there and now Lewandowski's been hired.

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    1. Anonymous10:50 AM

      I don't think Trump wants to talk to much about abortion because fundamentally he's for it and he probably has had a few mistresses that he's paid to get scraped.

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  12. Anonymous10:41 AM

    What did I miss in yesterday's post? Are the Palins (and Meyers) suing Uncle Gryphen?

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    1. No, now back to the topic of this post.

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    2. Anonymous11:24 AM

      Thanks, it's hard to keep up.

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  13. Anonymous10:44 AM

    Just saw that Trump's silence has been mentioned:


    http://www.bustle.com/articles/169344-wheres-donald-trumps-response-to-the-scotus-abortion-case-the-loudmouth-is-suprisingly-silent

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  14. Anonymous10:47 AM

    And Obama admin wins again. ...stopping Supreme court judge apptmt...

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  15. Anonymous10:56 AM

    OT: Good Stuff:
    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/06/trump-files-watch-donald-sing-green-acres-theme-song-overalls
    another one
    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/06/the-trump-files-trump-cards
    plenty more coming....

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  16. Randall11:13 AM

    The decision was FIVE to three, meaning that even if Fat Tony were still alive the decision would have been the same.

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  17. Anonymous11:54 AM

    LOL.

    How's that refusing to confirm Obama's Supreme Court nominee working out for you now, senate Republicans?

    I have to wonder if they'll move to quickly confirm Garland once it becomes clear Trump will never win.

    I'd like Hillary to make a statement that once sworn in she will also nominate Garland. What are they going to do? Sit on every nomination for another four years?

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    1. Anonymous12:37 PM

      I think that is the plan.

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  18. Anonymous1:12 PM

    The ignorance of people who don't know the legal precedent of Roe v Wade is driving me crazy.

    The case was decided on a right to privacy. Meaning that the government can't interfere in the most personal of decisions, whether to continue a pregnancy or not.

    If Roe v Wade had gone the other way, we would become China. The Chinese government had a one child policy. The government was in charge of it's citizens reproductive decisions. So if the government could tell a woman that she MUST terminate a pregnancy (for example, the woman is pregnant with her second child) then the government could also tell a woman she CAN'T terminate a pregnancy. In both cases, the government made the decision NOT THE WOMAN!

    By legalizing abortion in the USA, the reproductive decision is in the hands of women, where it should be, not in the hands of the government. Why can't people understand this? If you don't want an abortion, don't get one. But we must protect that right to abortion and privacy no matter what.

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    1. fromthediagonal3:07 PM

      "Why can't people understand this?" you ask? Because they choose not to, because it does not fit into their belief system, because Woman, in their way of living, is nothing but an obedient vessel for their sperm, which will lead to the birth of a son, which will lead to the continuance of "the Line" of domination, and which, if she produces "only" daughters, becomes less and less valued. Research history and prove me wrong. It is disgusting...

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    2. I'm pro-choice. But let's not over simplify the multitude of situations in China. I know some Chinese and it seems like different rules for different people.

      2nd kid for the ones I knew meant a 2nd kid tax. They paid it. Never met anyone that didn't.

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    3. Anonymous4:40 PM

      For most of the USA's existence abortion was legal and not all that rare.

      BTW, if the supreme court would have stood up for this law there was a civil rights lawyer ready to make sure dental surgery could never be done outside of a hospital and only by dentsts that had rights to practice at that hospital. As even one man would have been inconvenienced the Texas law would have been repealed. BTW dental surgery is much more dangerous than having an abortion.

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  19. Anita Winecooler3:26 PM

    I'm so glad they voted the right way. Abortion should be safe, clean and rare. It's a private matter between a woman, her conscience, her doctor and partner.

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    1. Leland3:50 PM

      Anita, I have to alter your last sentence just a little bit. I think it should say "and SOMETIMES her partner" because otherwise that allows a rapist to be included in the decision.

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    2. No Leland it doesn't. In civilized countries the partner (whoever that is) has an opinion and that is all.

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    3. Anonymous4:36 PM

      No, the decision is between the woman and her Dr.

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  20. Anonymous4:44 PM

    So Hillary spoke out for this. Trump was silent. But what did that other man, Bernie Sanders, have to say about this historic ruling?

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  21. The SCOTUS decision reaches FAR beyond current anti-abortion laws in many states. Justice Ginsburg pointed out how the decision essentially strikes down all laws the GOP has carefully crafted to make abortions all but impossible to obtain.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/06/27/how-ruth-bader-ginsburg-just-won-the-next-abortion-fight/

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