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2 years ago
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Georgia senate panel approves ‘fetal pain’ anti-abortion bill



A Georgia state senate committee has voted in favor of a so-called “fetal pain” bill, a measure that would narrow the legal window during which women can legally obtain an abortion by six weeks.According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, House Bill 954 would “tighten medical exemptions for terminating pregnancies and require any abortion performed after 20 weeks of pregnancy be done in a way to bring the fetus out alive.”

The measure alleges that at 20 weeks a fetus is capable of feeling pain and therefore it must be protected by the state. Democrats, women’s groups and medical professionals have lobbied hard to defeat the measure. Democratic legislators requested that the committee recount the votes by hand, a motion that committee chair Renee Unterman (R-Buford) overruled.

Any attempts to determine fetal gestational age will require a transvaginal ultrasound, the invasive procedure that featured prominently in a controversial Virginia anti-abortion law. Also, under the new law, physicians performing abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy can be charged with a felony and face up to a decade in prison.

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This, just, this day, oh my god. Today is a travesty for women. I just don’t even know what to say anymore. The GOP is chipping away at our legally protected right to have an abortion. Bit by bit, they’re making it so a bunch of mostly old white men control when, where and how I have children. And then once the fucking kid is born, they’re rallying to take away my means to feed, clothe and house it. And keep it healthy. The GOP doesn’t give a shit about “preborn babies” once they’re born babies. And they really, really don’t give a shit about me or anyone else capable of carrying a pregnancy to term.


This isn’t even remotely scientifically accurate, to boot. Fetuses cannot feel pain until 35 weeks. Not that anti-choicers have ever particularly given a shit about scientific accuracy, mind you, but this is clearly not about fetal “pain” if the threshold is 15 weeks before the fetus can actually feel pain.

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3 years ago
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Where Does the Racialized Pro-Life Movement Stand on Troy Davis?

Barring a miracle of conscience, the state of Georgia is going to execute Troy Davis at 7 PM for a crime he did not commit.

I’d like to know where the racialized anti-abortion movement is now.

Where is Life Dynamics, the group behind Where do they stand on legal lynching?

Where is Radiance Foundation co-founder Ryan Bomberger? His group recently erected billboards across Sacramento that say “Fatherhood begins in the womb” and show a black man kissing the stomach of a black woman who appears to be about eight and a half months pregnant.  […]

Where is Martin Luther King Jr.’s niece Alveda? The Radiance Foundation board member could easily stand with her cousin Bernice, who asked the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles to grant Davis clemency late last week. Alveda could also borrow the words of her late, great aunt Coretta, the death penalty abolitionist who famously said, “Justice is never advanced in the taking of a human life. Morality is never upheld by a legalized murder.”

Where is Stephen Broden, the Texas pastor who dared link those infamous danger-womb billboards to Black History Month? He recently claimed that the “effect of abortion in the black community is clear as one examines the numbers.” […]

[…] I’ll conclude with the words of contributor Zerlina Maxwell:

Perhaps these not so pro-life groups could focus their energy [on] creating billboards of black men like Troy Davis who are on death row about to be executed for crimes they didn’t commit. … The fact that the not so pro-life movement remains silent on the state sponsored murder of an innocent man proves they don’t really care about LIFE. But we already knew that.


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3 years ago
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Eight different state legislatures have so-called personhood bills


Eight different state legislatures throughout the United States of America have bills before them which would change the definition of “person” to “the moment of conception and implantation in the womb.” These so-called personhood bills and ballot initiatives want to make abortion and contraceptive pills illegal. Republican lawmakers in Alabama (‘the term “persons” as used in the Code of Alabama 1975, shall include all humans from the moment of fertilization and implantation into the womb.’ (27:55 - The Rachel Maddow Show, June 8, 2011)), Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Virginia, Iowa, Georgia and Texas have all introduced similar measures in their State Houses, Texas’ Senate and Mississippi has Initiative Measure No. 26. Mississippi’s ballot initiative No. 26 has been organized by PersonhoodUSA - an anti-abortion group which wants to introduce measures in every state - just recently started a state-wide tour called “Conceived in Rape,” which touts the fact that they want to force rape victims to bear their rapists’ child. 

This is the state of abortion in the United States. 

This week is the 45th anniversary of the US Supreme Court’s Griswold v. Connecticut ruling (1965) which legalized birth control in the US. Estelle Griswold worked for Planned Parenthood and helped married couples plan their families and access birth control - which was, obviously, legally dicey at the time. Griswold was arrested in 1961 for breaking Connecticut’s 1879 law on preventing conception, fought all the way to the USSC and won.

Eight. Goddamn. States.