I will happily be a test case on this. I’ve reached out locally, but if anyone knows of a woman in Alabama who needs help getting out of state for an abortion, drop me a message.
Gawd, wouldn’t it be lovely if WaWa and Cumberland Farms and 7-eleven and all the other gas stations got into this fight and stood with us and said, “these laws are immoral and ridiculous and just STOP already.”
College prep includes birth control
For decades there was a consensus Serious view that Roe was both wrongly decided (or at least, decided with poor legal reasoning) and that there was some Grand Compromise to be had which fit precisely with the dipshit centrist’s view of what that compromise should be.
Basically: ban after 12 weeks with exceptions (and this would work GREAT), and somehow illegal abortions would be illegal without prosecuting anyone involved because that would be barbaric. Also it would just be left to the states so people could always travel.
That compromise was never on the table, of course, and has not taken very long at all to show that “exceptions” never are in practice, they’re going to prosecute everybody, and we now have restrictions on interstate travel for women.
That frustration is driving a new strategy in heavily conservative cities and counties across Texas. Designed by the architects of the state’s “heartbeat” ban that took effect months before Roe fell, ordinances like the one proposed in Llano — where some 80 percent of voters in the county backed President Donald Trump in 2020 — make it illegal to transport anyone to get an abortion on roads within the city or county limits. The laws allow any private citizen to sue a person or organization they suspect of violating the ordinance.
Antiabortion advocates behind the measure are targeting regions along interstates and in areas with airports, with the goal of blocking off the main arteries out of Texas and keeping pregnant women hemmed within the confines of their antiabortion state. These provisions have already passed in two counties and two cities, creating legal risk for those traveling on major highways including Interstate 20 and Route 84, which head toward New Mexico, where abortion remains legal and new clinics have opened to accommodate Texas women. Several more jurisdictions are expected to vote on the measure in the coming weeks.
This is the key characteristic that the zentrum and the “liberal” media can’t seem to grasp about the modern American right. Even in the increasingly rare case where a Republican politician is inclined toward compromise, his or her re-election prospects are always reliant on the uncompromising Know-Nothing 27%.
There was a similarly dipshit centrist view on marriage equality that went “instead of legalizing same-sex marriage we should just get the government out of the marriage business entirely.”
Like the “centrist” idea for abortion it was never really on the table and wouldn’t have satisfied anyone even if it had been, it was just an excuse for people who had no skin in the game to do nothing while their fellow citizens were denied basic human rights.
That was never going to happen anyhow, at least as framed that way by the centrists. In practical terms, the government “getting out of the marriage business” would mean a massive overhaul of the tax system and over 100-million household tax bills going up – including those of a lot of centrists.
The actual compromise of a terming it a civil union is fine as far as it goes. However, right-wingers want the state to recognise traditional marriage and want to deny others their rights and thus won’t ever accept this term or framing.
It was absolutely a non-starter. No one actually spent any real time or energy trying to make it happen, because the truth is that even people who oppose government-recognized marriage on principle aren’t really harmed by it in practice. All Americans already have the legal right to not get married.
“You activists should stop pushing for issue A and instead fight for issue B” doesn’t feel like an honest critique when it’s coming from someone who clearly doesn’t actually care about making issue B happen.
One of my kids started college in the fall of 2016, and 2 months later Trump ‘won’ the election. She immediately called me and said she needed to get an IUD before January, just to be sure. Smart kid.
That’s one expensive “big store” grift.
Crossposted from Fuck today thread…
And why would anyone develop such a test?
The real reason there was a state-funded study to try detect the use of abortion pills is probably because Poland has draconian abortion laws – a near-ban on legal abortion was implemented in 2020 – and the government wants to crack down on any woman who dares to exercise autonomy over her own body.