USA – When It Comes to Abortion Rights, Civil Disobedience Could Be the Only Option

When It Comes to Abortion Rights, Civil Disobedience Could Be the Only Option
Non-violent protest should be on the table ahead of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing.

Erin Matson
Aug 16, 2018

In this op-ed, Erin Matson, co-founder and co-director of Reproaction, explains why civil disobedience should be on the table when it comes to preserving abortion rights.

For abortion opponents, Brett Kavanaugh is — to borrow the parlance of baseball — somewhat of a closing pitcher. While there have been other justices who would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade and end the federal constitutional right to abortion, Kavanaugh’s decisions on reproductive rights have anti-abortion groups strongly supporting his nomination. For that reason, many have noted that he could be the one to shut it all down. Nominated to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who had been a swing vote in favor of protecting abortion, Kavanaugh would turn the court into an enduring five-vote majority — an all-male majority — opposed to abortion rights. Since the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 that made outright abortion bans unconstitutional, the threat to maintaining that decision in the United States has never been this pronounced. Congress can’t be counted on to save us, as we’ve seen legislators fail us before, letting laws critical to our health lapse. As the nomination hearings begin, we need to keep that in mind. That’s why strategic, non-violent civil disobedience needs to be on the table.

Continued: https://www.teenvogue.com/story/when-it-comes-to-abortion-rights-civil-disobedience-could-be-the-only-option

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USA – Memo to Chuck Schumer: Stop Dithering and Start Fighting. Now.

Memo to Chuck Schumer: Stop Dithering and Start Fighting. Now.

Jul 9, 2018
Jodi Jacobson

I have some questions for Chuck Schumer.

Senator Schumer: You seem to be treating the nomination of a second Supreme Court justice by Donald Trump as business as usual. But it is not. Nothing is usual. Nothing is normal. What don’t you understand about this?

What don’t you get about the fact that Trump is under federal investigation and possibly facing criminal charges? Or that he has actually suggested he can pardon himself?

Continued: https://rewire.news/article/2018/07/09/memo-chuck-schumer-stop-dithering-start-fighting-now/

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USA – Abortion foes play down possibility of immediately overturning Roe v. Wade

Abortion foes play down possibility of immediately overturning Roe v. Wade

June 29, 2018
by Amy Gardner June 28

Leaders of the antiabortion movement said Thursday that they are in no hurry to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion rights decision, saying they plan to stick with their long-standing strategy of pushing for incremental restrictions despite the tantalizing prospect of a more conservative Supreme Court.

Even with Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s announced retirement, these activists said they are not sure the time is ripe for a wholesale reconsideration of the 1973 ruling.

Continued: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/abortion-foes-play-down-possibility-of-immediately-overturning-roe-v-wade/2018/06/28/d37fb2d8-7adf-11e8-93cc-6d3beccdd7a3_story.html?utm_term=.a17edd3e0c0d&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

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With Kennedy Retiring, Senate Democrats Need to Fight for Our Lives. Do They Have the Guts?

With Kennedy Retiring, Senate Democrats Need to Fight for Our Lives. Do They Have the Guts?

Jun 28, 2018,
Jodi Jacobson

This is not a drill. This is not politics as usual. This is survival. The Democrats must treat it as such or, if we survive to write a history, be forever infamous for preemptive surrender.

At the end of a week in which the illegitimate U.S. Supreme Court pick of an illegitimate president now under criminal investigation provided the critical fifth vote on cases eviscerating labor rights, the rights of Muslims, and the rights of pregnant people to medically accurate information, Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement. As a result, Donald Trump (or more accurately Vice President Mike Pence and the Federalist Society) will make the most consequential Court pick for at least a generation. Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) has, not surprisingly, already vowed to confirm Trump’s nominee by the fall, without even knowing who that will be.

Continued: https://rewire.news/article/2018/06/28/kennedy-retiring-senate-democrats-need-fight-lives-guts/

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USA – Unconstitutional, Trump-Backed 20-Week Abortion Ban Goes Down in Senate

Unconstitutional, Trump-Backed 20-Week Abortion Ban Goes Down in Senate

Jan 29, 2018
Christine Grimaldi

An unconstitutional 20-week abortion ban notable for attempting to legitimize junk science and foist onerous reporting requirements on rape and incest survivors came to a halt on Monday in the U.S. Senate.

The perennial GOP-sponsored legislation (S 2311) failed, 51-46, to reach the Senate’s 60-vote threshold typically required to advance controversial legislation around a filibuster. GOP Sens. Susan Collins (ME) and Lisa Murkowski (AK), who have mixed voting records on abortion rights, voted against the 20-week ban. Three Democrats—Sens. Joe Manchin (WV), Joe Donnelly (IN), and Bob Casey (PA)—crossed party lines to vote for it. Manchin and Donnelly both serve on the federal advisory board of Democrats For Life of America, an anti-choice group that uses conservative talking points and medically unsupported falsehoods about reproductive health care.

Continued: https://rewire.news/article/2018/01/29/unconstitutional-trump-backed-20-week-abortion-ban-goes-senate

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