Boston LGBTQ Senior Housing Project Defaced + More News

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Some news items you might have missed:

Boston.com: LGBTQ Senior Housing Inc., a Massachusetts non-profit that works to create affordable housing for LGBTQ+ seniors, said in a Facebook post Sunday that signs at The Pryde — their current housing project in Hyde Park — had anti-LGBTQ+ hate speech spray-painted on them. Continue reading “Boston LGBTQ Senior Housing Project Defaced + More News”

Sen. Susan Collins: Gorsuch & Kavanaugh Told Me Otherwise Regarding Roe

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) said in a statement today the report that the Supreme Court is prepping to overturn Roe v. Wade concerns her because such a decision would be "completely inconsistent" with her interviews with Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh prior to their confirmation.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME)

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) said in a statement today the report that the Supreme Court is prepping to overturn Roe v. Wade concerns her because such a decision would be “completely inconsistent” with her interviews with Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh prior to their confirmation. Continue reading “Sen. Susan Collins: Gorsuch & Kavanaugh Told Me Otherwise Regarding Roe”

Texas Lawmakers Approved Tighter Restrictions On Abortion-Inducing Pill

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While many Americans are still aghast at the highly-restrictive abortion law that went into effect in Texas this week, it turns out there’s more bad news from the Lone Star state. Another bill passed by the GOP-controlled state Legislature, Senate Bill 4, will limit access to abortion-inducing pills. Continue reading “Texas Lawmakers Approved Tighter Restrictions On Abortion-Inducing Pill”

Supreme Court Will Hear Challenge To Abortion Rights

The U.S. Supreme Court (2021)
The U.S. Supreme Court (2021)
The U.S. Supreme Court (2021)

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case from Mississippi that directly challenges the 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade which established a constitutional right to abortion.

With the current 6-3 conservative majority on the high court, this very well could lead to a huge restriction in abortion rights.

From the New York Times:

The case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, No. 19- 1392, concerns a law enacted by the Republican-dominated Mississippi legislature that banned abortions if “the probable gestational age of the unborn human” was determined to be more than 15 weeks. The statute included narrow exceptions for medical emergencies or “a severe fetal abnormality.”

Lower courts said the law was plainly unconstitutional under Roe, which forbids states from banning abortions before fetal viability — the point at which fetuses can sustain life outside the womb, or around 23 or 24 weeks.

Mississippi’s sole abortion clinic sued, saying the law ran afoul of Roe and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the 1992 decision that affirmed Roe’s core holding.

Judge Carlton W. Reeves of Federal District Court in Jackson, Miss., blocked the law in 2018, saying the legal issue was straightforward and questioning the state lawmakers’ motives.

In his ruling, Reeves wrote that he believed the Mississippi lawmakers knew exactly what they were doing when they passed the law setting up an eventual appearance at SCOTUS.

A 3-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in New Orleans, agreed with Reeve’s ruling.

It should come as no surprise that the basis for the legislation was written by the hate group Alliance Defending Freedom.

Alabama Legislature Passes Total Abortion Ban

In case you were wondering why conservatives/Republicans continue to support Donald Trump.

Because he’s appointing judges that will uphold laws like Alabama’s new near-total-ban on abortion.

From The New York Times:

The Alabama Senate approved a measure on Tuesday that would outlaw almost all abortions in the state, setting up a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, the case that recognized a woman’s constitutional right to end a pregnancy.

The legislation bans abortions at every stage of pregnancy and criminalizes the procedure for doctors, who could be charged with felonies and face up to 99 years in prison. It includes an exception for cases when the mother’s life is at serious risk, but not for cases of rape or incest — a subject of fierce debate among lawmakers in recent days.

The House approved the measure — the most far-reaching effort in the nation this year to curb abortion rights — last month. It now moves to the desk of Gov. Kay Ivey, a Republican. Although the governor has not publicly committed to signing the legislation, many Republican lawmakers expect her support.

Democrats tried to add amendments to the bill like providing women forced to have children with prenatal and medical care until the child reached the age of 13. But, apparently, Alabama Republicans only care about life before the child is born.

The law will be struck down by a lower court. That ruling will be appealed all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court where Trump’s two justices will side against women’s rights, and overturn Roe v. Wade.

Republicans are getting what they want from Trump.

And, by the way, everyone has said, “Roe v Wade is settled law – it won’t be overturned.”

Now look.

So, for all those who say marriage equality can’t be reversed, I suggest you look around.

Poll: Vast Majority Of Americans Support Roe v. Wade

Judge Brett Kavanaugh

 A new poll by Axios/SurveyMonkey shows the vast majority of Americans want Roe v. Wade to be left alone.

The results of the new survey come as the U.S. Senate is weighing the nomination of conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court.

Legal eagles are concerned Kavanaugh could flip the high court to a solid conservative bent that might overturn the groundbreaking abortion ruling.

According to the survey, 71% of respondents say they would NOT like to see SCOTUS make abortions illegal, while 23% do support a change in the law.

Axios points out that even rural voters, who skew conservative, want Roe v. Wade to remain the law of the land.

Additionally, the poll found a plurality of Americans disapprove of the choice of Kavanaugh, 48% – 44%.