Elections have consequences. You get politicians who deny women healthcare and drive families into bankruptcy.
Follow the struggles of a Texas family as it tries to get care for their pregnant thirteen year old daughter. The Republican Heartbeat Act is forcing families to journey to oversubscribed clinics in other states—offering a preview of life in post-Roe America. (Based on article from The New Yorker)
Republican wage WAR ON WOMEN
"A thirteen year old girl becomes pregnant shortly after a date at Six Flags in Dallas. Her family decides getting an abortion as the best option in order to better her future. This required scheduling an appointment with a doctor who could prescribe her one pill to block progesterone and stop the growth of the fetus.
Senate Bill 8 or the Texas Heartbeat Act makes it illegal for women to obtain an abortion past the sixth week of gestation, or even before the sixth week, should electrical activity in fetal cells be detected by ultrasound. No exceptions are made for pregnancies that result from rape or incest, or for those of very young teenagers. To beat the six-week cutoff they called local clinics to schedule an appointment with a doctor..." - The New Yorker
"Everything is booked out for a month’s time since the passage of Texas S.B.8. In the nine months since the law was implemented, the number of abortions performed in Texas has fallen by half." - Texas Policy Evaluation Project , at the University of Texas.
"House Republicans H.R. 3 was an assault on women's health care. It proposed to redefine rape as “forcible rape.” That provision was withdrawn amid public outcry, but the bill would still effectively eliminate private health insurance coverage for abortion. H.R. 358 would give hospitals a loophole to not refer women for abortion, even if their lives are in danger." - TruthOut
Treating miscarriages as murder
"Georgia state Rep. Bobbie Franklin (R) introduced a bill that would investigate unsupervised miscarriages as potential murders, Robin Marty reports. H.B.1: When a spontaneous fetal death required to be reported by this Code section occurs without medical attendance at or immediately after the delivery or when inquiry is required by Article 2 of Chapter 16 of Title 45, the 'Georgia Death Investigation Act,' the proper investigating official shall investigate the cause of fetal death and shall prepare and file the report within 30 days." - TruthOut
"An anti-Republican sign was removed from a woman’s yard in Hamilton, Texas. The poster was painted by Marion Stanford, and it featured an elephant with its trunk lifting up a girl’s skirt. “Help” is coming out of the female figure’s mouth, and “Your vote matters” is written in bold letters next to the drawing." - Washington Post.
“I thought the sign represented what is going on now, and we can’t just stand quiet. I wanted to tell people we could stop it with voting.”Texas agriculture commissioner Sid Miller shared a photo of Stanford’s lawn on Facebook complaining about the sign which had his opponent’s sign in the background. “Police told me to remove the sign or they would take it and would arrest me,” Stanford said. “So I let them take the sign.”
Legal experts said that if police took the sign, the city may have violated Stanford’s constitutional right to free speech. After reviewing the photo of the sign, Southern Methodist University law professor and First Amendment expert Dale Carpenter said it is fully protected under the First Amendment. “There is no basis I can see for removing the sign,” he said. “It’s not obscene, and no court would find it to be. You can say it’s offensive or distasteful, but that’s protected under the Constitution.”- Dallas News.
Republicans endorse Roy Moore despite accusations of sexual assaults of minors
"Trump strongly endorsed Roy S. Moore, the Republican nominee for Senate prompting the Republican National Committee to restore its support for a candidate accused of sexual misconduct against teenage girls. The party’s reversal hours later came a day after Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, had stepped back from his earlier criticism of Mr. Moore, saying Alabama voters should “make the call” on whether to send Mr. Moore to the Senate." - NY Times
- Guttmacher Institute - The Guttmacher Institute is a leading research and policy organization committed to advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) worldwide. It envisions a future in which all people can realize their rights and access the resources they need to achieve sexual and reproductive health. This vision is aligned with a progressive and evidence-based definition of SRHR, grounded in human rights, which holds that sexual and reproductive health is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity but a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in all aspects of sexuality and reproduction.
- Planned Parenthood Action Fund - The right to abortion nationwide hangs by a thread. The 2022 elections will be critical in deciding the fate of our ability to control our own bodies. The Planned Parenthood Action Fund is proud to endorse these candidates for the United States Senate and House of Representatives.
- Vote ProChoice - #VOTEPROCHOICE is a national political project that connects the nation’s prochoice majority voters with prochoice champion candidates.
- NARAL - We cannot have a real conversation about economic security that does not include the ability to decide if, when, and how to raise a family; that being able to plan a pregnancy has a powerful effect on educational attainment, career trajectory, and chance to define our own destinies. NARAL understands that policies that limit access to abortion and force medically unnecessary procedures are oppressive to women, especially low-income women and women of color.
TakeAway: Vote for affordable healthcare.
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