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Red Alert: US Supreme Court to take up Mississippi law banning abortion

Washington, DC — The US Supreme Court agreed today to take up Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health, a case that would likely overturn Roe vs. Wade, an already disfavored right by many activist judges appointed by radical conservatives on the federal courts ever since the 1980s.

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Frowning Faces, Ugly Places: Unconstitutional bill banning abortion signed into law – pro-freedom groups sue five seconds later

Columbia — It is no longer a great day in South Carolina.

Instead, it is an awful day in the state.

Henry McMaster, as promised, signed a totally unconstitutional bill banning abortion into law at about 13:25.

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Instead of pandemic relief, S.C. Senate set to debate six week abortion ban with no exceptions

Columbia — Instead of pushing plans to get South Carolina COVID-19 pandemic relief, the South Carolina Senate is laser focused on taking away pregnant people’s rights.

The six week abortion ban moved out of the Senate subcommittee on Thursday. Nearly everyone who testified on S. 1 opposed the bill.

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Justice Breyer and Chief Justice Roberts save freedom and liberty in striking down Louisiana’s anti-choice law

Washington, DC — The United States Supreme Court struck down the anti-choice law that would have denied pregnant people in 15 states (including Georgia and South Carolina) of their rights by shut down abortion clinics.

The ruling on June Medical Services vs. Russo was 5-4 and was authored by Associate Justice Stephen Breyer.

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Aiken Republican Senator: “we don’t have the votes” to pass total ban on abortion

Columbia — Here is some good news on the home front: it appears that all the shenanigans the Republicans pulled in committees last autumn will be for naught.

WLTX News 19 is reporting that Aiken Senator Shane Massey (who is also the chamber’s majority leader) said that it is unlikely that H. 3020 will make it through the Senate. Read the rest of this entry »

All Republicans (including the local delegation, but except Murkowski) and two DINOs sign brief calling on Supreme Court to overturn Roe vs. Wade

Washington, DC — Almost all of the Republicans in the House and Senate and two House Democrats signed a brief today calling on the US Supreme Court to take away basic civil rights to bodily autonomy.

The brief has 207 known members of the House and Senate, but is likely to include 15 of the 16 Senate Republicans who have not signed it. With the exception of Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), all of the Republicans are expected sign on to the brief.

These are the men and women who do not have one iota of respect for a pregnant person’s rights. Most of the signees are up for re-election on November 3. Remove them from power before they destroy America.

Feel free to rage at the brief.

Senator Mia McLeod wants the state to (rightfully) reimburse pregnant people for being forced (or coerced) to give birth

Columbia — A bill that’s been prefiled for the 2020 state legislative session aims to force anti-choice politicians walk the walk instead of just talking the talk.

S. 928, prefiled by state Senator Mia McLeod, would reimburse pregnant people who were forced or coerced into giving birth. Read the rest of this entry »

The South Carolina Senate is trying to push through an unconstitutional total ban on abortion with unprecedented out-of-session move

Columbia — If the GOP is in charge, chances are there’s always something sneaky going on.

Case in point: the South Carolina Senate. Read the rest of this entry »

Spartanburg quack wants to punish pregnant people with jail time for having abortions

Spartanburg — The genie is out of the bottle.

Robert Jackson, a quack who runs his own business in Spartanburg, wrote an op-ed for the Spartanburg Herald-Journal on Sunday calling for a total ban on all abortions and contraceptives and for prosecuting people who possess birth control and people who seek abortions. Read the rest of this entry »

Republicans call for special order to ban second trimester abortions

Columbia — The party of big intrusive government is at it again in the state legislature.

This time, the Republicans want to ban abortions in the second trimester.

According to Planned Parenthood South Atlantic South Carolina president Vicki Ringer, the GOP called for a special order on H. 3548, a bill that passed the House under regular rules in the winter because the GOP hates women.

Imagine if these arrogant politicians dictated to doctors how to perform open heart surgery or a colonoscopy, both of which are much more dangerous for women than abortion.

And conservatives ever wonder why no self-respecting woman will ever vote for them.

Let’s send H. 3548 to its graveyard. Call your state Senator or text 50409 to the Resistbot to find your state Senators and demand they vote no on H. 3548!

South Carolina House introduces bill to ban Medicaid patients from receiving health care

Columbia — The South Carolina House of Representatives have introduced another bill that would essentially ban Medicaid patients from receiving any kind of health care.

The bill is known as H. 4491, and it defunds the only health care provider in the state that accepts Medicaid patients, Planned Parenthood. If H. 4491 is passed into law, there will be absolutely no alternatives for Medicaid patients in South Carolina for health care.

Vicki Ringer, the director of Planned Parenthood South Atlantic South Carolina, writes:

Attention : major announcement for tomorrow morning March 7 th :
Friends, the House Judiciary Subcommittee is holding a hearing tomorrow morning at 9 am in Room 516 of the Blatt Building on the State House grounds (it’s between the Gressette Building and Pendleton Street). The bill is H. 4491 which prevents patients on Medicaid from coming to abortion clinics for pap smears, breast exams, birth control, STD testing and treatment, cancer screenings and other health care. This is the “defund Planned Parenthood” bill.

It has absolutely no impact on the number of abortions performed because state and federal law already prohibit funding for abortion. And though the bill says it affects abortion clinics, Planned Parenthood is the only one affected because we’re the only one which accepts Medicaid.

We really need people who will testify so we can fill the agenda and perhaps slow down a vote or prevent a vote tomorrow.

You don’t need any facts or statistics. Just talk about how politicians are interfering with women’s health care choices, taking away women’s option to go to an already trusted health care provider, making it more difficult for low income women to seek care, hurting women over and over again. It’s getting really tiring having to constantly defend our basic rights to care. Legislators have decided that they haven’t punished us enough this year.

Please come tomorrow and show your support AGAIN for our reproductive rights in SC.

Please forward this to all your networks and contacts. Share on social media. Post on Facebook. Let’s fill the room again!

Thank you so much!

Vicki

With the state being much worse off now than it was in 1986, waging a War on South Carolina Women is what this crooked conservative state does best.

November 6, where are you?

h/t Elaine Cooper

Good news, Illini women: House Bill 40 takes effect as planned

Springfield, Ill. — A state court judge on Friday upheld a state law known as House Bill 40, rejecting a challenge from a primary challenger to incumbent governor Bruce Rauner (R).

The ruling means that the law, which expands abortion rights in the Land of Lincoln, will take effect at midnight CDT on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

Illinois is, at least until 11:59 pm CDT on Monday, January 1, 2018, one of 24 states that have a state version of the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits public and even private funding of abortion and contraceptives. With Gov. Rauner signing HB 40 into law, it will be the first ever to repeal a Hyde Amendment-like measure. His signing of the bill into law has spawned a challenge from Jeanne Ives. Ives is the main plaintiff in the lawsuit, which was filed with the help of the Thomas More Society. They plan to appeal the ruling first thing Tuesday, hours after the law officially takes effect.

The Chicago Tribune

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