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Mike Pence predicts an end to legal abortions

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    Biden fought back yesterday.

    Here's a note from Heather:

    The Biden administration is pushing back, too, on Texas’s Senate Bill 8, which prohibits abortion after 6 weeks and thus outlaws 85% of abortions in the state. Today, the United States of America sued the state of Texas for acting “in open defiance of the Constitution” when it passed S. B. 8 and deprived “individuals of their constitutional rights.” The United States has a “profound sovereign interest” in making sure that individuals’ constitutional rights can be protected by the federal government, the lawsuit declares. "The act is clearly unconstitutional under longstanding Supreme Court precedent,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said.

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    Like they say in Dutch: "presenting ""mustard" after the meal" which implies it does not make sense. It is already more than an week ago without "real" action against it. But yeah as long as the "Fed's" allow the States to do these things, then I guess something is totally wrong in the "laws" here, that such is possible. Garland finally woke up a bit, but a bit late. Sorry people the States behave like an bunch of unruly "kid's" who are stuck in their "church syndrome"; just like little "kids" they want "attention" , so spank them please. Sorry but again it shows that the "system of governing here" is full of "holes" and the "Fed's" are lacking control over "unruly" States. Unless the "system" here is improved or adapted to the times and the holes in the laws are are "plugged" , then this "mess" will go on and on forever. It looks like that the "Central Government" is missing in action and the "baby diaper" States just run right over them.
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    The testimonials from providers about the impact of the nation’s most restrictive abortion law are included in the Biden administration’s emergency request to a federal judge in Austin filed late Tuesday night. It seeks to immediately block enforcement of the law, which bans abortion as early as six weeks into pregnancy and makes no exceptions for rape, sexual abuse or incest.

    The Justice Department sued the state of Texas last week try to block the abortion law, which allows private citizens to file civil lawsuits against anyone who helps a woman terminate her pregnancy — a novel design that contributed to a decision by the Supreme Court’s conservative majority not to stop the law from taking effect.

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    China has roughly the same land mass as the United States, but 4 times as many people. For decades, Chinese rulers worried about running out of food, so the "one child" rule was instituted in 1980. It was eventually loosened to allow two children, and even more recently to three children.

    In 2020, China's fertility rate dropped to 1.3 children per woman, which is below the replacement level of 2.1 needed for a stable population.

    As a result, China recently announced plans to reduce the number of abortions in the country. Currently, 9,000,000 abortions a year are performed in China.

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    Elisa Wells had a column about abortion in this week's "The Nation".

    Although our country is still heading the wrong direction on this issue, one big difference between 1972 (pre-Wade) and now is that there are more options for "self-managed" abortions. In more than 20 states, you can go online , get a consultation, mailed to your home for a convenient abortion.

    The cost of the pills ranges from $105 to $150.

    Online pharmacies can also provide the pills, and the price range is from $200 to $470.

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    Today, the Biden administration just reversed another one of Trump's bad ideas.

    The Biden administration on Monday revoked a Trump-era rule that became a flash point in the abortion wars by forbidding clinics that receive federal family planning aid from advising people about ending their pregnancies.

    The new rule for the half-century-old family planning program known as Title X will allow health centers to receive the federal funds even if they refer patients for abortions. It takes effect Nov. 8.

    The rule reverses a move initiated in 2018 by former president Donald Trump to appeal to the social conservatives crucial to his political base, siding with them in a long-running battle with the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and other family planning groups.

    Rather than heeding the restrictions, affiliates of Planned Parenthood, which serve about four in 10 of the program’s patients, as well as other health centers, forfeited the Title X funds that had been a main support of their work.

    An estimated 981 clinics — about one in four that received Title X money — dropped out in 2019, and a half-dozen states no longer had any health centers in the program, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive rights research and policy organization.

    Title X has been an ideological lightning rod since shortly after it was created in 1970 under former president Richard Nixon as part of federal public health law. It is intended mainly to help poor or uninsured women.

    Biden also said at the time his administration’s policies would “support women’s and girls’ sexual and reproductive health and rights in the United States as well as globally.” As part of the memo, the president lifted what is known as the “Mexico City Policy,” which has seesawed back and forth for nearly three decades, depending on whether Republicans or Democrats have been in the White House.

    Texas has been sued over their "heartbeat" bill. Although the Supreme Court did not act to prevent it, it's still possible that another strategy can be used to reverse it. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court is scheduled to review a bill a restrictive bill in Mississippi.

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    IMO, many Republican states will continue to pass more and more restrictive laws that criminalize abortion to the point where state laws are written to limit abortions to the very absurd: "Minors who are raped can not have abortions because they are minors; only adult women can legally decide to have an abortion if they can prove before a jury that they were raped and had filed a police report within 1 hour from the exact start time of the rape"

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    I'm still wondering what the purpose is of all this craziness. Do the churches get more "attendance" and "money" due to banning "abortions" , I guess not. Mostly people who get kids have less money to spent for the church, because "babies" do cost "money". If a person is "raped" etc. then the "kid" is going to be hated and likely won't attend an "church" at all. So I really don't see any "benefit" for the churches to ban "abortions". Actually it is none of their "business" at all. At least it does not say so in the "bible" as well "Jesus" did not even know where "kids" came from, because he arrived here via an "space ship" without GPS so he landed "by accident" in between the "sheep shit" in Palestine without an parachute (Was not invented yet by Leonardo da Vinci). Kind of weird that he did not "land" in the US, because the Indians would have taken better care of "him" than the "Jews". I guess the "book" writers of those days were still living on an "flat earth" and of course had never heard of an America or Inca's. So why is this country so fond of all the more than 2000 year old writings done by people with lots of fantasy in who ended up in "prison" in Rome (and not written by people from Mars) who also thought at that time that the "moon" was made of cheese. Wunderbar for sure.
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    Casey Stengel once said, "it ain't over 'till it's over" - and that applies to the Texas abortion law.

    SB8 went into effect on September 1.

    The Supreme Court did not act to reverse it, so it went into effect.

    Judge Robert Pittman, an appointee of Barack Obama, wrote in a 113 page ruling that the law was unconstitutional on October 6, and could not be enforced. He acted as a result of a lawsuit from the Biden administration.

    Two days later, the 5th U.S. Court of Appeals reversed Pittman's decision while the case if being reviewed.

    So ..

    It's being reviewed - by somebody.

    In the meantime, the two dozen clinics in the state can't perform abortions, but I'm not sure what else they will be allowed to do.

    Meanwhile, women are travelling in Oklahoma and Mexico to terminate their pregnancies.

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    49 % of the American Catholics are "pro-choice", and 48% are pro-life.

    I have two relatives who pray the rosary every day, and go to church every Sunday.

    They voted from Trump strictly because of the abortion.

    The hierarchy of the church is also split. Some of them don't think that Biden or Pelosi or Biden should receive communion. Others feel the church should not meddle in politics.

    In order to sway the group that is leaning towards "pro-choice : Nancy Pelosi met with Pope Francis at the Vatican this morning. In a couple of weeks, Biden is also slated to meet with the pope.

    Pelosi has met with the Pope before, both here and in Rome. In 2013, both she and Joe attended the Popes installation mass in Rome.

    Ideally, church should always be separate from state. The reality, though, is that millions of people make their decision on who to vote for strictly on their religious beliefs, so it's smart politics to recognize that fact.

    Biden just announce that he wants to appoint former Senator Joe Donnelly, a pro-life Democrat, as the new Vatican ambassador, replacing Newt Gingrich's wife.

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    What you describe is the "horrible" situation here, by these "brainless "herd" people. Having stupid Pelosi and dumb ass Biden kneel for the Pope, who also does not know nothing about what's up there in "space" or use any "common sense" and can't walk on water, let alone where "heaven" is or can communicate with an "ghost" somewhere in space and if he preaches so, then he's lying. This country is beyond saving, especially if you let it run by "ghosts " invented more than 2000 years ago. Their "dust" won't help you to run an country. Sorry the Vatican is an "human" "anomaly" and useless excuse for an "human" invented enterprise which certainly does not help anyone to run an country properly the "human" way. When is this country going to stand on its own feet and perform its "worldly task" properly without interference of anything in "outer space", unless we accept green little creatures with one eye to run it? An laughable country for sure. Sorry Pelosi and Biden, no one up there will save your ass. Neither the Anti- Abortionists. Sick indeed.

    No wonder that this government is in an huge mess, if our leaders believe an senile "old man" and "ghosts" chosen by "earthly "people and "written" on goat skin in Hebrew. Laughable for sure.