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Category: War on Women

Williston Telephone Company (TDS Telecom) publishes two anti-choice centers under “Women’s Health Services”

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On Thursday, residents of the towns of Williston, Windsor, Elko, Neeses, North, Norway, Wolfton and Woodford all got their telephone books, which was 15 days earlier than usual.

Usually, no one cares to look near the front, but I did (because I wanted to look at prefixes and area codes) and disgusted does not even begin to describe my reaction when I looked at the Human Services section, which is before you even get to the White Pages. Read the rest of this entry »

South Carolina Republicans vow to pass unconstitutional bill prohibiting residents from accessing online porn

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Columbia — The Republican Party officially hates the United States Constitution.

Out of the thousands of unconstitutional bills being floated around by the Republican Party both in Congress and in the States, a proposal in this state to outlaw the accessing of online pornography is among the worst of the proposals.

Bill Chumley, R-Spartanburg, is the chief sponsor of the so-called “Human Trafficking Prevention Act”. He wants to require all MacBooks and other computers, Windows 10 phones and other smartphones, and all smart televisions sold to residents of the state to have web filters like Barracuda installed before the sale of the computer, smart TV or smartphone to an S.C. resident is final.

The bill would fine manufacturers or sellers that sell a device without a digital blocking system installed. Buyers would be arrested if they receive a computer, phone or smart TV without the digital blocking system installed. Any manufacturer or seller that didn’t want to install the system could pay a $20 opt-out fee for each device sold.

Any buyers who want the filter lifted after purchasing a computer, smartphone or smart TV would have to pay a $20 fee, after verifying they are 18 or older.

“If an end user buys an apparatus, a computer, and they want access to that, they would have to pay to have that filter removed,” Chumley said.

The bill also would prohibit access to any online hub that facilities sex work and would require manufacturers, sellers and buyers to block any websites that engage in consensual sex work, Chumley said.

Web pages such as eBay, Amazon, Craigslist and Spencers would all be permanently blocked and inaccessible by South Carolina residents should this bill become law, regardless of what manufacturers, sellers or buyers do.

What that means is that this blatantly political “Human Trafficking Prevention Act” bill is undoubtedly unconstitutional and a violation of the First Amendment, no matter what cause Chumley or anyone else believes to be noble. I hope the American Civil Liberties Union, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Free Speech Coalition are paying attention to this action by the South Carolina Republican Party, a state political party that has a notorious history of violating our Constitution.

Contact the state House here, and state Senators here, and tell them to kill this bill!

Contact Chumley here and demand he drops the bill!

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UPDATE Tuesday @ 1:43: It gets worse. According to OnMSFT, any smartphone or smart television sold to a resident of the state must have the web filtering software installed as well before the purchase can proceed. This post has been updated to reflect this new information. You know what to do, readers.

We Recommend: No on Proposition 60

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Sacramento — Some people think sex workers need saving.

We do not.

What sex workers need is a safe place to do their job. Read the rest of this entry »

SCETV, run by conservative extremists, airing a sandwich show instead of Trapped

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Columbia — South Carolina hates women.

That’s the clear message being sent – not just from Nikki Haley and Lee Bright – but also from the state’s very own public broadcasting station that’s overrun with ultraconservative donors.

The most useless group of PBS affiliates in the history of the US will air Sandwiches That You Will Like instead of Trapped, the latter of which an outright majority of South Carolinians wanted to watch, at 22:00 Monday (photo of DirecTV guide above).

And not one person at SCETV is talking about their immoral decision.

Let them hear it from you.

Send them tweets at @SCETV and call their office at 737-3200 and demand that they air Trapped or else you will no longer donate to SCETV!

Update at 22:03: WCES-HD, one of the 46 low-band VHF stations nationwide and a Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) affiliate, is also refusing to air Trapped on Monday night. They instead will air The Queen’s Castle. Image of guide is via my Alcatel Fierce XL with Windows 10. Tweet to GPB and ask them why are they allowing local stations to preempt Trapped.

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UPDATE at 14:18: It’s come to our attention that Savannah’s WVAN, the local GPB affiliate for Allendale, Bulloch, Hampton, Jenkins and Screven counties, is also refusing to air Trapped. Like WCES, WVAN will air The Queen’s Castle at 22:00 Monday. Screenshot of guide via Zap2It:

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H/T @TrappedDoc

WAR ON SOUTH CAROLINA WOMEN: State passes unconstitutional ban on abortion that has no exceptions for the life of the mother

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Columbia — See you in court, legislature.

South Carolina representatives passed one of the most extreme – and unconstitutional – restrictions on abortion, the first nationally since neighboring North Carolina’s Senate Bill 353 in July 2013.

“This is a dangerous bill for South Carolina women …, made even more extreme by removing exceptions for victims of rape and incest,” said Alyssa Miller, South Carolina director of public affairs for Planned Parenthood South Atlantic, in a statement.

“The reality is that abortion later in pregnancy is extremely rare and often takes place in complex and difficult situations where a woman and her doctor need every medical option available,” she added.

These are the following representatives who voted for the bill, with local representatives in bold.

Allison, Merita A.

Anthony, Michael A. (DINO)

Atwater, Todd K.

Ballentine, Nathan

Bannister, Bruce W.

Bedingfield, Eric M.

Bingham, Kenneth A.

Bowers, William K. (DINO)

Bradley, Jeffrey A.

Brannon, Norman D.

Brown, Grady A. (DINO)

Burns, James Mikell

Chumley, William M.

Clary, Gary E.

Clemmons, Alan D.

Cole, J. Derham, Jr.

Collins, Neal A.

Crawford, Heather Ammons

Crosby, William E.

Daning, Joseph S.

Delleney, F. Gregory, Jr.

Duckworth, Gregory D.

Erickson, Shannon S.

Felder, Raye

Finlay, Kirkman, III

Forrester, P. Michael

Fry, Russell W.

Funderburk, Laurie Slade (DINO)

Gagnon, Craig A.

George, J. Wayne (DINO)

Goldfinch, Stephen L., Jr.

Hamilton, Daniel P.

Hardee, Kevin

Hayes, Coach Jackie E. (DINO)

Henderson, Phyllis J.

Herbkersman, William G.

Hicks, Donna C.

Hill, Jonathon D.

Hiott, David R.

Hixon, William M.

Horne, Jenny Anderson

Huggins, Chip

Johnson, Jeffrey E.

Jordan, Wallace H., Jr.

Kennedy, Ralph Shealy, Jr.

Loftis, Dwight A.

Long, Deborah A.

Lowe, Phillip D.

Lucas, James H.

McCoy, Peter M., Jr.

Merrill, James H.

Moss, Dennis C.

Moss, V. Stephen

Nanney, Wendy K.

Newton, Wm. Weston J.

Ott, Russell L. (DINO)

Pitts, Michael A.

Pope, Thomas E.

Putnam, Joshua A.

Quinn, Rick

Ridgeway, Robert L., III (DINO)

Riley, R. Shannon

Rivers, Samuel, Jr.

Ryhal, Mike

Sandifer, William E., III

Simrill, J. Gary

Smith, G. Murrell, Jr.

Smith, Garry R.

Sottile, F. Michael

Spires, L. Kit

Stringer, Tommy M.

Tallon, Edward R., Sr.

Taylor, Bill

Thayer, Anne J.

Toole, McLain R.

White, W. Brian

Whitmire, William R.

Willis, Mark N.

Yow, Richard L.

Bill Clyburn, who represents Aiken, and Jerry Govan, who represents Hampton County, were excused from the vote. Two other local representatives, Aiken County Republicans Chris Corley and Don Wells, did not vote.

And here’s Rep. Todd Rutherford with the tweet of the night:

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Your Silence Is Deafening: An Open Letter To the Target Boycotters

Where were your angry voices when a Presidential candidate suggested that women who don’t want to be raped shouldn’t go to parties?

Where were you when yet another woman was killed by her abusive husband? When a mother was beaten repeatedly. When the “system” that is supposed to protect her allows her violent husband to keep his gun, which he then uses to kill her and her children? Where has your concern been for the 3 women murdered every day by their intimate partner?

Where were your petitions? Where was your concern? WHY AREN’T YOU SHOUTING ABOUT THESE THINGS???

When a state legislator in Tennessee is ordered by the TN Attorney General to stay away from women at work because he is a danger to them?

When a court rules that oral sex is not rape if the victim is unconscious from drinking?

When actual real life Congressmen claimed that rape victims can’t get pregnant because their body “will shut that down.”

Where were you when a child was killed after walking home from buying Skittles? When his murderer was acquitted and went on to make assault two different girlfriends and threaten them with his gun. That he’s still allowed to own.

Where were you when these children were killed? Because I didn’t hear any of you then. I didn’t hear a whole lot of yelling and hand wringing for these children who were mowed down by white male outrage and misguided fear.

Read more: Your Silence Is Deafening: An Open Letter To the Target Boycotters

Practicing consensual sex, BDSM will land you on the sex offender registry under a proposed law under the false guise of combating sex trafficking

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Dominatrices are among a large group of people who would be classified as sex offenders under a new bill sponsored by Katrina Shealy (R-Lexington).

COLUMBIA — Are you a kinkster who practices safe BDSM?

That will land you on the state’s sex offender registry if the politicians in Columbia have their way on a bill sponsored by Senator Katrina Shealy (R-Lexington).

Under the false guise of battling sex trafficking, all consensual sex will be classified as a sex offense under a bill that got initial approval last week.  Sex with someone who is classified as “profoundly mentally disabled” – even if it is consensual – will carry enhanced penalties, regardless of whether money is involved or not.

Someone caught a second time having consensual sex of any kind, regardless of circumstance or situation, would have to pay between $500 and $3,000, or face up to six months in jail.  A judge also would have the authority to place the kinkster(s) on a sex offender registry for up to five years.

A third offense would carry a fine between $1,500 and $5,000, and mandate the offender be placed on the registry.  He or she would have to petition a judge to be removed from the list.  All of this, again, regardless of whether money is involved or not.

 Here’s a list of activities that would be criminalized as sex offenses under the Shealy proposal:

  • BDSM, even consensual
  • Cock-and-ball torture, even consensual
  • Female domination, even consensual
  • Sugar baby/Sugar Daddy (Sugar Mama)
  • Cuckold
  • All other fetishes, even consensual
  • All other kinds of sexual activity, even freebies, even consensual

Paying for dates could also classify as a sexual offense requiring registration in the state.

Sex trafficking is a major scourge on our society.  However, we should not be criminalizing payments for sex between consenting adults – let alone classify sex work as sex offenses.  There’s far more effective ways to combat sex trafficking, such as decriminalization of sex work.

Shealy’s plan, and those like them, have failed miserably.  The legislature needs to scrap this bill and try a new approach.

WAR ON WOMEN: S.C. Senate passes unconstitutional ban on abortion

COLUMBIA — It’s no longer a secret that conservatives just plain abhor the US Constitution.

And it’s no different in S.C.

On Tuesday, Lee Bright and his femicidial cronies in the Senate delivered the ultimate insult to pregnant people by passing a bill banning abortion after 133 days in one of the many backroom deals made in exchange for support on a highway bill.

Senator Brad Hutto (D-Orangeburg) was among those to vote against the unconstitutional bill.

“This conflict is still hanging around and hasn’t been resolved,” said Elizabeth Nash, of the Guttmacher Institute, an abortion rights group.

Now, the bill goes to the South Carolina House, who has never supported the Constitution.

Nikki Haley, an avowed enemy of the Constitution, is expected to sign the measure in to law if it lands on her desk.

Planned Parenthood preps class-action lawsuit against Arkansas

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — When arguments begin over an unconstitutional ban on Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood, residents of Arkansas will see their money wasted by the defendants.

That’s because the state decided to defend the illegal defunding of Planned Parenthood instead of doing right and restoring the funding with minimal loss of tax dollars.

US District Judge Kristine Baker granted Planned Parenthood class action status on Monday for its challenge to Arkansas’ ban on Medicaid funding to the health care provider over videos secretly recorded by the Center for Medical Progress, whose chairman is among two people indicted for criminal acts in their failed attempt to get rid of the premier women’s health organization. That move strengthens Planned Parenthood’s bid to reverse the state’s decision in August to halt funding after the videos surfaced in July 2015, claiming to show the nonprofit group’s officials negotiating the sale of fetal body parts for profit.

Planned Parenthood has denied the accusation.

Suzanna de Baca, president of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, said the group’s attorneys would proceed with the paperwork to formalize the class action in an expeditious manner.

In a decision last year, Judge Baker ruled that Arkansas violated federal law by banning Planned Parenthood from receiving Medicaid funds. She ordered the state to restore the funds as a result of a lawsuit by three women, all whom the judge ruled would face irreparable harm if Planned Parenthood is disqualified from the Medicaid program. As of this post, Arkansas has failed to do so.

“Plaintiffs and other class members will rely on the exact same legal theory in challenging (the state’s) actions,” Baker wrote.

The state attorney general’s office had asked Baker to deny class-action certification or, in the alternative, narrow the scope of the class to include only current patients of Planned Parenthood, arguing that the class should not include “people who have never set foot in a PPH facility” because including them would make it impossible to ascertain who the members of the class are. Baker disagreed.

“The Court finds that the class definition is drafted in a way such that class members are ascertainable by objective criteria and declines to narrow the scope of the class,” she said in the order.

Suzanna de Baca, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, said in a statement Monday, “We’re pleased that in granting the request for class certification today, the court has brought plaintiffs one step closer to being able to protect the rights of the thousands of Arkansans who are still affected by Governor Hutchinson’s illegal efforts to block Medicaid patients from accessing health care at Planned Parenthood.”

Planned Parenthood now will ask Baker to extend the preliminary injunction to include “all of the women and men who depend on Planned Parenthood for care,” de Baca said.

Here’s hoping that Planned Parenthood not only wins this case, but is also given the authority to seize all of Arkansas’s Medicaid funding in the process.

Arkansas News

Planned Parenthood finally sues criminal enterprise CMP

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NEW YORK CITY — Planned Parenthood, like every other patriotic American, has had more than enough of the professional liars in the violent anti-choice movement.

On Thursday afternoon, January 14, Planned Parenthood fought back, filing a lawsuit more than a decade in the making, charging the Center for Medical Progress for racketeering, and many, many other state and federal crimes – many of which are listed above in the infographic.

The lawsuit was filed on the six-month anniversary of the release of the first of the slanderous videos, which combined had 4,022 deceptive edits. Those edits propelled the terrorist attack against the Colorado Springs, Colo. Planned Parenthood affiliate on November 27, 2015, which killed two patients and a Colorado Springs Police Office deputy.

The RICO filing is especially important, as the CMP has already unsuccessfully challenged the National Abortion Federation in a lawsuit that’s not nearly as far-reaching as Planned Parenthood’s.

Under RICO, if defendants are found guilty, the winners – in this case, Planned Parenthood – can legally seize all of the CMP’s assets and that’s in addition to the monetary damages.

The CMP aren’t the only defendants here: BioMax, David Daleiden, Troy Newman and Sandra Merritt are also co-defendants. Their assets can also be seized if they lose.

The lawsuit is against known anti-abortion extremists, including Daleiden, Troy Newman, Albin Rhomberg, and Sandra Merritt, as well as the front organizations they created to commit their crimes: CMP and BioMax.

  • The lawsuit charges that CMP, its leaders, and other co-conspirators:
    • Violated the Racketeer Influence and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act;
    • Violated the federal eavesdropping statute;
    • Engaged in wire fraud, mail fraud, invasion of privacy, illegal secret recording, and trespassing; and
    • Used a complex criminal enterprise to defraud Planned Parenthood and prevent it from providing health care.
  • The lawsuit asks for restitution of compensatory and punitive damages and triple damages for violation of the RICO Act, as well as attorney’s fees.

 

Over the course of nearly three years, CMP operatives including Daleiden and Newman:

  • Created fake identities (and fake government IDs);
  • Obtained a credit card using a fake name;
  • Used their aliases to form another front organization: a fake tissue procurement company called BioMax;
  • Wormed their way into private medical conferences and trespassed onto private property (like health care centers); and
  • Illegally recorded private professional conversations of doctors and other medical providers without consent.

When CMP’s illegally recorded videos, trespassing, and other efforts didn’t turn up anything bad, they spliced together shards of lengthy conversations to create short, deceptive, and distorted videos. In the summer of 2015, CMP started releasing these videos, which claimed that Planned Parenthood health centers profited from fetal tissue donation. Since then, CMP’s smear campaign has continued to push more lies and outrageous accusations.

And with most of the footage coming from California, the violations of Statute 632 comes into play here and Kamala Harris, the Attorney General of the CMP’s home state, is still mulling over whether criminal charges can be filed.  The Golden State is also thinking about filing a lawsuit of their own against the CMP.

There is a very high likelihood – greater than a 95% chance – that Planned Parenthood will win this lawsuit.

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President Obama immediately vetoes bill defunding Planned Parenthood

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WASHINGTON, DC — Our president didn’t waste even three seconds reading over the bill sent to his desk because like every other patriotic American, he knew it was the same nonsense from the GOP that broke numerous promises to provide jobs, jobs, jobs five years ago.

That’s one of many reasons why he vetoed it so quickly.

Another reason he vetoed the bill is because supporters of the campaign to defund Planned Parenthood blatantly lied about finding alternatives to the nation’s premier women’s health care organization.

Instead of working on trying to improve the economy, the GOP decided to go down the path of waging War On Women, yet again.

In less time it takes to rebound a basketball and complete a successful transition, President Obama did the right thing.

In his veto message, President Obama said, “The Reconciliation Act would also effectively defund Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood uses both Federal and non-federal funds to provide a range of important preventive care and health services, including health screenings, vaccinations, and check-ups to millions of men and women who visit their health centers annually. Longstanding Federal policy already prohibits the use of Federal funds for abortions, except in cases of rape or incest or when the life of the woman would be endangered. By eliminating Federal Medicaid funding for a major provider of health care, H.R. 3762 would limit access to health care for men, women, and families across the Nation, and would disproportionately impact low-income individuals.”

Planned Parenthood wants us to share their link to let readers know to thank President Obama for doing what’s right, even if it is unpopular with the loudest voices in the lamestream media.

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These nine businesses are in collusion with Coalfire and the Center for Medical Progress to destroy and deny women reproductive health care in the US!

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LOS ANGELES — About one hour 15 minutes ago, one Disqus commenter on the Hill let slip a small list of businesses that have joined the Center for Medical Progress and Coalfire to promote the anti-abortion agenda of destroying and denying women basic reproductive health care in the US.

As you may well know from other sites, the videos the Center for Medical Progress recorded from 2012 to June of this year had no less than 4,022 deceptive edits total.

Now, anti-abortion radicals are trying desperately to promote a ‘forensics analysis’ from an anti-abortion propaganda arm called Coalfire to take the heat off David Daleiden and the CMP.

Ladies and gents, these are the nine companies that are supporting the anti-abortion agenda to deny women basic health care in the United States:









Pro-Choice activists, you know what to do. Tweet them relentlessly until they disassociate themselves from the Center for Medical Progress and Coalfire. If that fails, boycott every one of these businesses, including Amazon.

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