A Country of "Walking Coffins"
Kate Cox is leaving Texas to get an abortion. But what if there was no place to go? - Jessica Valenti
What is a walking coffin? How are MAGA Republicans forcing women to become walking coffins? How appointed the Texas Supreme Court justices that ruled to force Kate Cox to carry a dying fetus to term? How do Republican apply pressure on politically appointed justices to get the rulings they want? Why did Kate Cox have to leave Texas to get treatment? Follow along with this interactive map. Click on any person for details.
Endangering women's lives for political points
"Cox, after being given a fatal fetal diagnosis, asked for an emergency order to get an abortion: it was her plea to the state to prevent her baby’s suffering and to stop her own. In a just world, it would be unthinkable for a woman to have to beg the courts for such a thing. But Cox doesn’t live in a just world, she lives in Texas. And in Texas, women are expected to carry doomed pregnancies to term.
Even after a judge granted Cox the emergency order, Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton went straight to the Texas Supreme Court. That’s how intent he is on ensuring women suffer through every single day of their nonviable pregnancies. So when the Court agreed to temporarily block Cox from getting an abortion—expecting her to once again plead for just a few scraps of humanity—she made the decision to leave." - Jessica Valenti
'You feel like a walking coffin': Conroe mom says Texas' strict abortion laws endangered her health. A Conroe woman who suffered a miscarriage says the state's restrictive abortion laws forced her into a dangerous health situation. "You feel like a walking coffin. You're just walking around knowing that you're carrying a loss," she explained. "It felt like I was jumping through so many hoops just to get care for something that had already happened. I already had lost the baby." - ABC 13
I chose these two images by Joep Bertrams and Ann Telnaes to illustrate Republican cruel abortion policies. I apologize if you're offended by them. But think about it, are these images even remotely close the cruelty that Republicans are inflicting upon women by forcing them to become walking coffins and carry a dead fetus to term?
Ann Telnaes creates editorial cartoons in various mediums — animation, visual essays, live sketches and traditional print — for The Washington Post. She won the Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for her print cartoons and the National Cartoonists Society’s Reuben for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year for 2016. Telnaes is a past president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists (AAEC) and is a member of the National Cartoonists Society (NCS).
Joep Bertrams is a Dutch political cartoonist whose work appears in the Amsterdam-based daily newspaper Het Parool and the TV program NOVA .
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Jessica Valenti has written about women and politics for nearly 20 years and published seven books. Founded one of the first feminist blogs; Been published in The Guardian and The Nation. Written for publications from The New York Times to The Toast. Since Roe was overturned she says she has been in a constant state of fury.
TakeAway: Elections have consequences. Vote out Republicans who are make Walking Coffins out of women.
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