War on Women Report: Indiana AG Goes After Dr. Caitlin Bernard, ‘Paints Providers With Violent Lies’; Pro-Abortion House Democrats Arrested

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U.S. patriarchal authoritarianism is on the rise, and democracy is on the decline. However day after day, we keep vigilant in our targets to dismantle patriarchy at each flip. The battle is way from over. We’re watching, and we refuse to return. That is the War on Women Report.


Wednesday, July 13

+ Indiana Lawyer Basic Todd Rokita (R) announced he’s investigating Dr. Caitlin Bernard who handled a 10-year-old rape victim after being denied care in Ohio—due to the state’s six-week ban that features no exception for rape. In an interview with Fox Information, Rokita falsely accused Bernard of being an “abortion activist appearing as a health care provider” with a “historical past of failing to report.” The legal professional basic mentioned he’s gathering “proof,” together with taking a look at her license. 

“This lady was politicized, politicized for the achieve of killing extra infants, all proper? That was the objective,” Rokita mentioned. “And this abortion activist is on the market entrance and heart.”

Abortion suppliers aren’t any stranger to violence, misinformation and scapegoating. On July 15, president and CEO of Physicians for Reproductive Well being (PRH) Dr. Jamila Perritt issued a statement in response to the vicious assault on Bernard, a fellow with PRH:

“Dr. Caitlin Bernard did her job. Dr. Caitlin Bernard confirmed up for a affected person who wanted the healthcare she expertly gives when nobody else may or would. She did what each abortion supplier has finished: maintain house with and take care of a youngster as they navigate an surprising expertise of their life, one thing they by no means wished or wished for themselves. To look at anti-abortion extremists paint suppliers with violent lies makes it abundantly clear {that a} driving purpose for abortion restrictions are to make use of threats, intimidation and surveillance [which] make the healthcare abortion suppliers provide not possible to acquire. They’re attacking her for actually caring for a youngster. An assault in opposition to Dr. Bernard is an assault in opposition to us all.”

Thursday, July 14

+ Texas Lawyer Basic Ken Paxton (R) sued the Biden administration over guidance from the U.S. Division of Well being and Human Companies (HHS) that requires abortions be offered in medical emergencies to save lots of the mom’s life—even in states with near-total bans. This implies the nation’s docs are protected by federal legislation.

“The Biden administration seeks to rework each emergency room within the nation right into a walk-in abortion clinic,” said Paxton. “I’ll make sure that President Biden might be pressured to adjust to the Supreme Court docket’s vital determination regarding abortion and I can’t permit him to undermine and warp current legal guidelines to suit his administration’s illegal agenda.” 

Texas is one in all a number of states with abortion bans already in impact and can quickly ban all abortions from the second of fertilization. Paxton’s lawsuit advises that the HHS steerage will “coerce healthcare suppliers to produce abortions exterior the allowable scope beneath the Hyde Amendment”—which prevents federal spending to protecting an abortion besides in instances of rape or incest, and applies to anybody insured by the federal authorities together with individuals on Medicare/Medicaid and most Native Americans

HHS secretary Xavier Becerra defined the group’s place clearly:

“Underneath the legislation, regardless of the place you reside, ladies have the correct to emergency care—together with abortion care. … We’re reinforcing that we count on suppliers to proceed providing these companies and that federal legislation preempts state abortion bans when wanted for emergency care. Defending each sufferers and suppliers is a high precedence, notably on this second. Healthcare have to be between a affected person and their physician, not a politician.”

Abortion rights activists react after the announcement to the Dobbs v. Jackson Ladies’s Well being Group ruling in entrance of the U.S. Supreme Court docket on June 24, 2022 in Washington, D.C. (Anna Moneymaker / Getty Photographs)

Friday, July 15

+ The Biden administration must halt its enforcement of federal steerage searching for to guard transgender college students and staff in 20 states—due to a Tennessee federal decide who quickly blocked the Schooling Division’s Title IX steerage. 

Decide Charles Atchley, a Trump appointee, mentioned the company’s steerage “straight interferes with and threatens Plaintiff States’ capability to proceed imposing their state legal guidelines”—controversial laws that prohibit trans youth from enjoying on sports activities groups and utilizing loos that match their gender id.

Scenes exterior the Supreme Court docket as three instances involving LGBTQ employment rights have been argued on the Court docket in October 2019. (Victoria Pickering / Flickr)

At the moment, a coalition of 20 Republican legal professional generals—led by Tennessee Lawyer Basic Herbert Slatery—are arguing that their states face a “credible risk” of dropping federal funding and that forcing faculties to make use of transgender college students’ pronouns is illegitimate beneath the First Modification.

Interim president Joni Madison of the Human Rights Marketing campaign (HRC) responded to the ruling:

“We’re disenchanted and outraged by this ruling from the Japanese District of Tennessee the place, in one more instance of far-right judges legislating from the bench, the court docket blocked steerage affirming what the Supreme Court docket determined in Bostock v. Clayton County: that LGBTQ+ People are protected beneath current civil rights legislation. Nothing on this determination can cease faculties from treating college students in line with their gender id. And nothing on this determination eliminates faculties’ obligations beneath Title IX or college students’ or mother and father’ skills to convey lawsuits in federal court docket. HRC will proceed to battle these anti-transgender rulings with each instrument in our toolbox.”

Tuesday, July 19

The ultimate tally on the Respect for Marriage Act. (Screenshot from C-SPAN)

+ The U.S. Home of Representatives passed legislation that might grant federal recognition of each same-sex and interracial marriages, lower than a month after Supreme Court docket Justice Clarence Thomas mentioned the bench should reconsider the landmark case defending same-sex relationships and same-sex marriages.

The laws, the Respect for Marriage Act, handed in a 267 to 157 vote—with 47 Republicans in help. Along with defending marriage equality on the federal degree, the measure—sponsored by Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine)—would additionally repeal the Protection of Marriage Act (DOMA), a 1996 legislation that enables states to not acknowledge a same-sex marriage carried out in one other state. Because of the 2015 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, DOMA is technically unenforceable—however that ruling is clearly not secure.

The laws’s path in the Senate is unclear for the reason that help of 10 Republicans is required to cross it.

+ Over 30 demonstrators, together with more than a dozen Home Democrats, have been arrested at an abortion rights rally exterior the Supreme Court docket. Among the many lawmakers arrested have been members of the Democratic Ladies’s Caucus together with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), Cori Bush (D-Mo.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), who led the protest.

Reps. Carolyn Maloney (heart left) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (far left) are arrested by Capitol police. (Courtesy of Rep. Maloney’s workplace)

U.S. Capitol Police mentioned that it began arresting demonstrators after they continued blocking a road in Washington, D.C., close to the Court docket. Many ladies wore specifically made green bandanas with “Received’t Again Down” and marched from the Capitol to the Court docket. 

“There is no such thing as a democracy if ladies wouldn’t have management over their very own our bodies and choices about their very own well being, together with reproductive care,” Maloney said upon arrest. “The least I can do is put my physique on the road for the 33 million ladies vulnerable to dropping their rights. The Republican Occasion and the right-wing extremists behind this determination are usually not pro-life, however pro-controlling the our bodies of ladies, women and any one who can turn into pregnant. Their final objective is to institute a nationwide ban on abortion. We won’t allow them to win. We might be again.”

+ After his interview with the Jan. 6 Committee, Garrett Ziegler, a former Trump White Home aide, accused the committee of being “anti-white” and referred to feminine colleagues Cassidy Hutchinson and Alyssa Farrah Griffin, who testified about Trump’s makes an attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election, as “complete hoes and thots.”

This sexism adopted Ziegler’s earlier assertion, “I’ve no bigotry. I simply attempt to see the world for the place it’s.”

Wednesday, July 20

+ A federal appeals court docket ruled that Georgia’s 2019 abortion legislation can take impact—instantly lifting a block imposed by a decrease court docket. Georgia’s legislation—banning abortions as early as six weeks of being pregnant with exceptions for rape or incest if a police report is filed—has been held in court docket for greater than three years. 

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp (R) cheered the court docket’s determination:

“We’re overjoyed that the court docket has paved the way in which for the implementation of Georgia’s LIFE Act,” Kemp mentioned. “And as moms navigate being pregnant, beginning, parenthood or different choices to parenthood—like adoption—Georgia’s public, personal and nonprofit sectors stand prepared to supply the sources they must be secure, wholesome and knowledgeable.”

Georgia’s 2019 legislation, H.B. 481, contains controversial “fetal personhood” language comparable to redefining a “pure particular person” to imply “any human being together with an unborn youngster.” The legislation additionally defines “unborn youngster” as a “member of the species of Homo sapiens at any stage of growth who’s carried within the womb”—a change that may have devastating impacts in numerous areas of the state.

“Throughout the state, suppliers are actually being pressured to show away sufferers who thought they’d have the ability to entry abortion, instantly altering the course of their lives and futures. That is horrific,” mentioned the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Georgia, Middle for Reproductive Rights, Deliberate Parenthood Southeast and Deliberate Parenthood Federation of America in a joint statement.

This ruling units up a brand new battle between state and native officers who mentioned they won’t implement the legislation. A number of district attorneys in liberal-leaning areas have pledged to not use their sources to criminalize ladies searching for abortions and secure abortion suppliers.

Thursday July 21

+ The U.S. Home of Representatives passed legislation that might safeguard entry to contraceptives, lower than a month after Supreme Court docket Justice Clarence Thomas mentioned the bench should reconsider the landmark case defending types of contraception.

The ultimate ‘nay’ vote on the the Proper to Contraception Act was 195; C-SPAN lower away earlier than the top of the vote.

The invoice, the Right to Contraception Act, handed in a 228 to 195 vote. Eight Republicans— Reps. Liz Cheney (Wyo.), Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.), Anthony Gonzalez (Ohio), John Katko (N.Y.), Adam Kinzinger (Sick.), Nancy Mace (S.C.), Maria Salazar (Fla.) and Fred Upton (Mich.)—joined each Democrat in voting in favor. All 195 “no” votes got here from Republicans.

“It’s 2022. How are they against entry to contraception?” said President Biden.

The measure, sponsored by Rep. Kathy Manning (D-N.C.), seeks to codify access to contraceptives on the federal degree, permitting people to acquire and use contraception and safeguarding a healthcare supplier’s capability to produce such merchandise.

The invoice now goes to the Senate, the place it’s unlikely to draw the help of 10 Republicans wanted to cross it.

Ms. is holding observe of the altering panorama of abortion care and can proceed to replace this piece as state insurance policies proceed to morph and alter.

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