Repro Roundup: ’40 Days of Life’ Ends, But Crazy Anti-Choice Antics Continue
November 3 marked the end of 40 Days for Life, the twice yearly prayer and protest outside many of the abortion (and birth control) providers in the country. Galvanized by the recent end of abortion services in at least a dozen of the clinics in Texas, many abortion opponents celebrated at the very clinics that no longer were offering abortion care.
The San Antonio Express tells about one such clinic, where inside one doctor fumed that he couldn’t help a woman in the midst of a failed self-abortion because he was afraid the protesters on the street would have him arrested. “If it weren’t for those (protesters) out there, I’d help her in a heartbeat,” he told the paper.
While some Texas anti-choicers are protesting clinics, others are taking graphic, gruesome fetal remains posters and planting themselves outside of high schools, saying that is a better way to stop abortion from occurring. Meet Jered Ragon of Abolish Human Abortion (warning, graphic images at link), who, according to the Dallas Observer, says, “The abortion ‘clinic’ is the Final Line in the day to day battle but there are many other places where young souls can be reached with the truth, justice, and mercy of God long before they find themselves stumbling to the slaughter. Chief among these is the public High School.”
Ragon is now “right with God,” as opposed to a few years earlier, when he was in jail for attempting to firebomb a church, according to the Observer‘s blog.
AHA isn’t the only one forcing graphic images on the general public to make them repent for abortion being legal. Center for Bioethical Reform was doing the same at a university in Kentucky, and Created Equal is bringing its “mobile billboard” back to Albuquerque, N.M., to ride the streets between now and November 19, when the voters will decide if they want to have a 20 week ban on abortions in the city. Luckily, the fetus images inserted in trick or treat bags on Halloween weren’t so graphic.
South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham and 33 senators have sponsored a 22 week “fetal pain” abortion ban…again. I wonder how many of the sponsors are getting Koch money.
Rush Limbaugh has declared that Democrats are turning women into “abortion machines.” Also, presidential wannabe and former senator Rick Santorum is once again blaming legal abortion for all of society’s evils.
Philadelphia may have another rogue clinic on their hands, as an abortion provider long accused by colleagues of having unsafe practices appears to have tried to open a new clinic under a different name, after an old clinic was shuttered. Ohio is seeing yet another clinic shut down for lack of transfer agreements with a local hospital, and soon Cincinatti could be the largest metro area in the United States with no clinic. Kansas is still appealing their own transfer agreements dispute. The Supreme Court may end up hearing Texas’ case regarding agreements, but in the mean time they have no interest in allowing the clinics to operate without them.
An Iowa judge rightfully blocked the state board of medicines ban on the telemed abortion program. Now an anti-choice group is threatening to have the judge kicked out of her seat.
Wisconsin will review two new reproductive health restrictions: one that bans so called “sex-selection” abortions and one that allows employers to veto contraception and abortion coverage in insurance if they have a “moral” objection to it. Meanwhile, the state refused to expand Medicaid and has been decimating health care. A women was arrested after an alleged stillbirth and argued that she didn’t go to the hospital because she couldn’t afford the medical bills, which shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone.
One Minnesota GOP chapter posted a picture comparing abortion to slavery, then took it down and apologized after receiving complaints. Now anti-choice activists are calling them “cowards” for removing the image.
Arizona is trying to take its “sex and race” abortion ban back to the courts,
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