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Texas Taliban Rule

by Oui Wed Sep 1st, 2021 at 07:15:00 PM EST

Extremist Republican Party politicians placing patriarchy law above human rights and body integrity of women, the majority stakeholder in the Lone Star state.

    The Bible has become an important feature of the legal system of Southern States with its attendant implications for reproductive health and human rights. Like other religious doctrines, Christianity has been used to legitimize conlicting positions on gender and reproductive choice. In some cases, women were being denied rights by those who claimed to be acting in the name of Jesus Christ, some of which are incompatible with internationally recognized human rights. This article identifies selected sexual and reproductive health issues at the intersection of reproductive rights and Natural Law e.g. adultery (zina), gender, marriage, polygny, and violence against women and considers how their shared concerns may prompt actions leading to the elimination of religious and cultural barriers imposed by Bible fundamentalists which impede the implementation of international legal frameworks and consensus documents on reproductive rights.

Intersection between Texas Law, the  Bible and Reproductive and/or Sexual Health and Human Rights

The most radical abortion law in the US has gone into effect, despite legal efforts to block it.

A near-total abortion ban in Texas empowers any private citizen to sue an abortion provider who violates the law, opening the floodgates to harassing and frivolous lawsuits from anti-abortion vigilantes that could eventually shutter most clinics in the state.

"Abortion access will be thrown into absolute chaos," says Amanda Williams, executive director of the abortion support group the Lilith Fund, a plaintiff in the suit that challenged the law. "Unfortunately, many people who need access the most will slip through the cracks, as we have seen over the years with the relentless attacks here in our state, unbelievable that Texas politicians have gotten away with this devastating and cruel law that will harm so many."

Senate Bill 8, ushered through the Republican-dominated Texas legislature and signed into law by the Republican governor, Greg Abbott, in May, bars abortion once embryonic cardiac activity is detected, which is around six weeks, and offers no exceptions for rape or incest. Texas is the first state to ban abortion this early in pregnancy since Roe v Wade, and last minute efforts to halt it through an appeal to the US supreme court by Tuesday did not succeed.

While a dozen other states have passed similar so-called "heartbeat" bills, they have all been blocked by the courts. The Texas version is novel in that it is intentionally designed to shield government officials from enforcement, and thus make legal challenges more difficult to secure. It instead incentivizes any private citizen in the US to bring civil suit against an abortion provider or anyone who "aids or abets" the procedure.

The law "immediately and catastrophically reduces abortion access in Texas", say state abortion providers, and will probably force many abortion clinics to ultimately close. It will prevent the majority of Texas women (85%) from accessing abortion care, as most aren't aware they are pregnant as early as six weeks.

'We See Pregnant Women Lose Their Right to Bodily Integrity'

Women's Autonomy, Equality and Reproductive Health in International Human Rights: Between Recognition, Backlash and Regressive Trends | UN OHCHR |

The UN Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice has expressed its concern, throughout its first 6 years of mandate, regarding the severe challenges to the universality of women's rights, in the global community. The challenges have resulted from economic crisis and austerity measures on one hand and from cultural and religious conservatism, on the other hand. This retrenchment has been evident in the passage of HRC resolutions on traditional values and protection of the family2, which have excluded mention of women's right to equality in the family and thus threatened to undermine the guarantees of this right rooted in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the human rights treaties.

And this undermines the whole concept of women's equal personhood as, when women are not viewed as equal to men within the family, their full personhood comes into question. The existence of a backlash against women ́s right to equality has in fact been acknowledged by the HRC 2017 Resolution on the elimination of discrimination against women. It is in this context of rising fundamentalisms and backlashes against women's human rights that the current discourse on the termination of pregnancy is taking place at the international level. This is the reason why our expert group feels the necessity to clarify our position with regards to termination of pregnancy.

Polls in 2013 ...

On the surface, at least, the polls don't look promising for a party that's basking in the national spotlight because of a fight over abortion rights. The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life found that 53 percent of Hispanic Catholics say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases. That's a lower percentage than white evangelical Protestants and Mormons, but it's higher than all other religious voting groups, including white Catholics, white mainline Protestants, black Protestants, and Jews.

Texas Election Integrity Bill to Be Signed

Drawing Fair Election Districts Instead of Manipulated Maps - Gerrymandering | CAP |

When elected officials are given exclusive, unfettered power to manipulate district lines, voters lose. Members of the U.S. House of Representatives are re-elected 97 percent of the time. And in the 2016 election, only 10 percent of the 435 House seats were considered competitive. In addition to creating an electoral process largely free of electoral choice and healthy competition, gerrymandering can insulate politicians from accountability and block communities from receiving meaningful and fair representation.

In 2012, Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives received 1.4 million more votes than Republicans, but Republicans won the majority of seats. That election marked the first time since 1972 that the party with the most votes did not get the most seats in Congress. Advances in technology have exacerbated the problem of gerrymandering by making it easier for map drawers to identify neighborhood demographics and voter preferences. Politicians are able to use this technology to slice and dice voters into districts along partisan and racial lines more precisely than ever before.

Masking Policy and COVID-19 Cases

5 Waco Schools Close After 2 Teachers Die of Covid

Central Texas School District Closes After 2 Teachers Die of COVID-19 | NPR |

The Trump Wall Keeping Texans Safe


Biden condemns Texas abortion law that `blatantly violates' constitution

by Oui on Wed Sep 1st, 2021 at 08:33:59 PM EST

It's time to brace ourselves for a world without Roe v Wade. Here's what we must do

We have to stop hoping the rightwing-controlled supreme court will have a change of heart. Instead we must prepare a worst-case-scenario battle plan

by Oui on Wed Sep 1st, 2021 at 08:34:52 PM EST
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by Oui on Thu Sep 2nd, 2021 at 10:06:46 PM EST
just one dot.
by Cat on Sat Sep 4th, 2021 at 09:33:55 PM EST
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by Oui on Thu Sep 2nd, 2021 at 10:08:21 PM EST
by Oui on Fri Sep 3rd, 2021 at 02:37:22 PM EST
by Oui on Fri Sep 3rd, 2021 at 02:38:28 PM EST
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[citation needed]
< wipes tears >
by Cat on Sat Sep 4th, 2021 at 01:18:47 PM EST
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Sat Aug 19th, 2017
in merica, contrary to legend and commonsensical appearances of a "crime" or "conspiracy" to commit a crime, unless U R a suspect trrst i.e. colored person, alleged intention i.e. pre-crime does, has not, and never will obtain standing to litigate. Enactment and application of every law is retrospective as it should be; that is plaintiff must have suffered an actual, factual, and material injury, or "loss", before any petition for remedy e.g. capital punishment may be addressed in a court. Rule of Atty #4. Amen.

Anomie is not well understood.

Neither is "representative democracy" d/b/a a legislature.

by Cat on Sat Sep 4th, 2021 at 01:27:04 PM EST
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well, they went and did it. After nearly 70 years of campaigning and whining against abortion they finally banned it. No more committees, no more "one last heave", no more "we'll really, really do it...next time....honest.

No more hiding. Voters can no longer pretend settled law so the GOP positioning is all huff and puff. They did it and SCOTUS stood by and let them.

Voters can't hide now, they can't pretend. This all ends in Gilead unless they say "NO".

The GOP culture war has now one a major battle. But it's up to the electorate if they've won the war, but the war is now to the death. Either democratic liberalism or confedaratism must perish. Not even smooth talkin' Joe can pretend this  one is negotiable.

I'd like to think this is a bridge too far, but it's America, it's Texas but neither the GOP nor the Dems have a hiding place, the sides have been chosen.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Sep 3rd, 2021 at 06:31:47 PM EST
Meh, it doesn't end. It never ends. The whole point of a culture war is that you don't care if you win or lose. Will this finally be the point where the Democrats use the power they have in defense of their putative principles? I'd say no. Will this be one unnecessary cruelty too far for the unnecessary cruelty faction? Haha, nah.
Having said that, honorable mention to these three jokers:

Last month of the Trump presidency with a raging pandemic.

by generic on Sat Sep 4th, 2021 at 09:26:03 AM EST
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by Oui on Sat Sep 4th, 2021 at 08:45:01 AM EST
All ya need is the filing fee and a dream,

possibly a story template which doesn't entail "slave catchers"

by Cat on Sat Sep 4th, 2021 at 01:31:40 PM EST
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"re-publishing it"
by Cat on Sat Sep 4th, 2021 at 01:32:55 PM EST
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by Oui on Sat Sep 4th, 2021 at 05:22:12 PM EST
by Oui on Sat Sep 4th, 2021 at 05:23:01 PM EST
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Jen Psaki is the BEST WH press correspondent ever. Better even that CJ

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Sep 4th, 2021 at 08:40:32 PM EST
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Alyssa Milano LASHES OUT Against 'Texas Taliban' Over New State Abortion Law
I don't want to lead a boycott that will get cashiers at a gas station laid off while the chief executive of the oil company takes another bonus," she explained.
"So what I plan on doing is to follow the lead of organisations[?] led by women and people of colour[?] on the ground in Texas. Today, barely 36 hours after the horrible Supreme Court decision that jeopardises[?] lives in Texas by denying abortion care to pregnant people[?], I don't know exactly what that action will look like."
well, alrighty then
Mental health TikTok is powerful. But is it therapy?
by Cat on Sat Sep 4th, 2021 at 07:00:08 PM EST
by Cat on Sun Sep 5th, 2021 at 12:53:59 AM EST
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by Oui on Thu Sep 9th, 2021 at 02:06:51 AM EST
by Oui on Wed Sep 15th, 2021 at 12:47:02 PM EST

by Oui on Wed Sep 15th, 2021 at 12:48:18 PM EST
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Ram it Elder, you're a Tom, just like Thomas "Tom" Sowell, Clarence "Tom" Thomas, and Burgess "Tom" Owens.
by rifek on Thu Sep 16th, 2021 at 07:17:35 PM EST
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by Oui on Wed Sep 15th, 2021 at 12:49:25 PM EST
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Not if all your tool followers keep believing Ivermectin and Betadine protect them from COVID.
by rifek on Thu Sep 16th, 2021 at 07:19:12 PM EST
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Key words: Fugitive Slave Act of 1793 - Slave bounty hunters - Pinkerton and Great Railroad Strike of 1877 - Southern Hangings - Endemic racism - Texas Border Patrol and Haitians - BlackLivesMatter

by Oui on Sat Sep 25th, 2021 at 05:32:20 PM EST
Alito hits out at 'intimidation' in defence of supreme court's Texas abortion ruling | The Guardian |

Alito's speech at the University of Notre Dame on Thursday echoed comments from Amy Coney Barrett and Clarence Thomas, fellow conservatives who insisted their decisions were not guided by political beliefs.

Barrett's record suggests she'd be open to overturning Roe

Justice Clarence Thomas Says The Supreme Court Is Flawed But Still Works

Justice Breyer Says Supreme Court Upholding Texas Abortion Ban Was 'Very, Very Wrong'

The former president clearly stated he would appoint judges to overthrow Roe v. Wade.

by Oui on Fri Oct 1st, 2021 at 05:04:21 PM EST

Judge in Texas abortion case is an Obama-appointee and 'country boy at heart' who sees both sides

by Oui on Fri Oct 1st, 2021 at 08:28:43 PM EST
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Justice Amy Coney Barrett says Supreme Court is 'not a bunch of partisan hacks'

Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett on Sunday rejected claims that decisions by the high court are driven by political views at a speech at the University of Louisville's McConnell Center.

"My goal today is to convince you that this court is not comprised of a bunch of partisan hacks," the conservative Barrett said, according to the Louisville Courier Journal. She said the high court is defined by "judicial philosophies" instead of personal political views.

"Judicial philosophies are not the same as political parties," Barrett said.

Geez ... somehow she failed to convince me ... a fundament of American democracy beyond repair with a flawed system of nomination led by political hacks in U.S. Congress and the White House.

by Oui on Sat Oct 2nd, 2021 at 02:24:55 AM EST
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Sounds like Nixon "I am not a crook".
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Oct 2nd, 2021 at 10:40:44 AM EST
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Amy Coney Barrett's Judicial Philosophy Doesn't Hold Up to Scrutiny | The Atlantic - Oct. 2020 |

Originalists and Christian ethics ...

    Barrett affirms the importance of stare decisis as means of maintaining doctrinal stability. She recognizes that the court's legitimacy hinges in part on its consistency. But even so, she acknowledges that the doctrine is only one means of promoting such stability. While she does recognize that certain rulings are secure as "superprecedents" (e.g., Marbury v. Madison; Brown v. Board of Education), she denies that such rulings are secured on the grounds of stare decisis. And notably, in a law review article Barrett specifically mentions that the decision in Roe has not achieved superprecedent status.
by Oui on Sat Oct 2nd, 2021 at 11:41:11 AM EST
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As Judge I would simply ask Mr. Donald Trump before the bench if he accepts he lost the election. Only than I would hear the case and arguments. If not I would tell him, you are President, use your executive power, you don't need the court. 😂

Donald Trump asks Florida judge to force Twitter to reinstate account

Americans and a life with lawsuits for damaged ego.

by Oui on Sat Oct 2nd, 2021 at 07:07:38 AM EST

NWSL Commissioner Lisa Baird Issues Statement Regarding Paul Riley Allegations

by Oui on Sat Oct 2nd, 2021 at 05:33:31 PM EST

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