A federal judge blocked key elements of a Missouri law banning abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy Tuesday afternoon; likely sending the legislation to higher courts and potentially the Supreme Court of the United States.
“A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked a Missouri ban on abortions at or after eight weeks of pregnancy just hours before the law was slated to take effect,” reports Fox News. “The law was expected to be implemented on Wednesday, but U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs put a pause on the ban, citing pending court proceedings.”
“Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri claimed the ban was unconstitutional and filed a lawsuit in federal court. The groups argued that the ban goes against the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortions across the nation. Federal law currently allows states to ban abortions after fetuses can survive outside the womb, which can be from 24 to 28 weeks,” adds Fox.
Missouri is not alone in their effort to limit abortions; with Mississippi, Ohio, Arkansas, and Kentucky passing similar legislation.
At the same time, states like New York, Virginia, Massachusetts, and Vermont have enacted laws to expand abortion rights.
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ANOTHER EXCUSE: AOC Blames Twitter for Her OWN TWEET on Alabama Abortion Law
Embattled Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez bizarrely blamed Twitter’s character limitations for her controversial tweet regarding Alabama’s new anti-abortion law; saying the regulations were behind her post that “spread misinformation.”
“The New York Democrat used the social media platform to criticize the law, which was signed by the governor on Wednesday and outlaws nearly all abortions in the state. The same law also makes performing an abortion a felony, punishable by up to 99 years or life in prison unless the mother’s health is at risk, with no exceptions for women impregnated by rape or incest,” reports Fox News.
“Alabama lawmakers are making all abortions a felony punishable w jail time, including women victimized by rape+incest,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote in a tweet. “Of course, no added punishments for rapists. It’s going to [Governor Kay Ivey’s] desk. She will decide the future of women’s rights in Alabama.”
Alabama lawmakers are making all abortions a felony punishable w jailtime,incl women victimized by rape+incest.
Of course, no added punishments for rapists.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 15, 2019
The tweet immediately came under fire from users on social media; pointing out the law specifically states that women who undergo the procedure will not be subject to criminal or civil liability.
“Section 5. No woman upon whom an abortion is performed or attempted to be performed shall be criminally or civilly liable. Furthermore, no physician confirming the serious health risk to the child’s mother shall be criminally or civilly liable for those actions,” states the Alabama bill.
“It’s a felony punishable by jail, [including] cases of women pregnant by rape or incest. Twitter is 280 [characters] – read the context clues in grammar of the tweet,” she tweeted.
“But good to know you’re here to promote criminalizing medical providers aiding victims of rape and incest! good job.”
It’s a felony punishable by jail, incl cases of women pregnant by rape or incest. Twitter is 280 chars – read the context clues in grammar of the tweet.
But good to know you’re here to promote criminalizing medical providers aiding victims of rape and incest! 👍🏽 good job
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 15, 2019
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DE BLASIO’S NYC: New York to Become First City in the USA to Publicly Fund Abortions
New York City is poised to become the first city in the United States to directly finance abortions; allocating upwards of $250,000 to the New York Abortion Access Fund which provides abortions for low-income women across the five boroughs.
“Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, both Democrats, announced a budget agreement Friday, set to be voted on this week, that would allocate $250,000 to the New York Abortion Access Fund, which called it ‘extremely good news’ amid other states passing anti-abortion laws,” reports Fox News.
A third of the woman using the Access Fund come from outside the city.
“This initiative not only makes New York the first city in the nation to directly fund abortion services, but also lets any American who is facing increasing abortion restrictions in their home state know that they can come and get the services they need in the five boroughs,” Democratic Councilwoman Carlina Rivera of Manhattan said in a statement. “This fund is just another signal, another example of how New York State and New York City has to be that leader on this issue.”
“Now the abortion capital of the world NYC may actually use city taxpayer monies for an enticement fund to come terminate your children,” fired-back pro-life organization New York State Right to Life.
The issue of abortion has taken center stage in recent months.
The Governor of Illinois officially designated abortion a “fundamental right” throughout his state last Wednesday; removing nearly all restrictions on the practice after several conservative states passed so-called ‘Heartbeat’ legislation.
“The governor of the US state of Illinois on Wednesday enacted a law establishing a ‘fundamental right’ to abortion and removing old laws that criminalized the procedure,” reports France24. “The Illinois law was passed in response to a wave of bans and restrictions approved in other states, and Governor JB Pritzker hailed it as ‘a beacon of hope in the heart of this nation.’”
“Those opposed to women’s reproductive rights are emboldened,” the governor said, “And their hopeful eyes are on the highest court in the land.”
“We are building a firewall around Illinois to protect reproductive access for everyone,” said one state representative.