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Texas to force woman to give birth to a baby that will die

MAGA Republicans demand women carry doomed pregnancies to term.

Kate Cox had been told that her only options were to carry the pregnancy to term and have a C-section or, if the fetal heartbeat stopped, have labor induced. Both options could threaten her life and fertility: because she has had two previous C-sections. In granting the order, Justice Maya Gamble said: “The idea that Ms Cox wants desperately to be a parent and this law might actually cause her to lose that ability is shocking and would be a genuine miscarriage of justice.” - CNN

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has asked the state Supreme Court to intervene and stop a Dallas woman from having an abortion...Paxton also sent a letter to three hospitals, threatening legal action if they allowed the abortion to be performed at their facility. This is the first time an actively pregnant adult woman has gone to court to get an abortion since before Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973. - Texas Tribune

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Follow the GOP lawsuit in Texas to force a woman to deliver a baby that will die.

A mother's plea

“I do not want my baby to arrive in this world only to watch her suffer a heart attack or suffocation. I desperately want the chance to try for another baby and want to access the medical care now that gives me the best chance at another baby.”

Anti-abortion disinfo strategy

Jessica Valenti wrote “Calculated Cruelty” about anti-abortion strategies. She focused on disinformation about prenatal testing. Essentially, activists have begun claiming that prenatal tests aren’t accurate and that the prenatal testing “industry” itself is suspect. They’re also pushing dubious “science” that says women are so traumatized by devastating fetal diagnoses, that their brains are incapable of making a rational decision about the pregnancy for at least 72 hours. And when all else fails, shame: telling women that they might be ending a healthy pregnancy, or that they’re “discriminating” against disabled children.

Elections have consequences

Your vote determines the justices who will decide if a woman can be forced to deliver a baby that will die.

"While more than 20 states allow voters to elect judges to their highest court, Texas is one of only eight states to elect supreme court justices in partisan elections. Of those eight states, five are in the South. Besides Texas, they are Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina and West Virginia. Research suggests that judicial elections — and especially partisan contests — open justices to political influence. The Brennan Center for Justice finds that sitting judges in these states "may avoid making unpopular rulings in order to hold onto their jobs."

The Texas Supreme Court reconsidered its decision about same-sex benefits only after an amicus curiae brief was filed on behalf of a number of state legislators and conservative leaders from Texas... The brief also minced no words in spelling out the possible political consequences if the Texas justices refused to revisit their earlier decision. "Judicial candidates, especially those in a party primary, campaign on the issues," it said. "They give their opinions on the political concerns of the day and pledge allegiance to their party platform. As we will soon see on November 8th — elections have consequences." - Facing South

TakeAway: Vote for Democrats to protect women's freedom to control their own bodies.

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