War on Women Report: Texas Teen Raises $2.2 Million for Abortion Funds; 43 Abortion Clinics Closed; WNBA’s Brittney Griner Sentenced to Nine Years

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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 struggle is much from over. We’re watching, and we refuse to return. That is the War on Women Report.


Since Our Final Report….

Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz (R) tried to humiliate a teenage girl throughout a speech he gave at Turning Level USA’s Pupil Motion Summit. “Why is it that the ladies with the least probability of getting pregnant are those most frightened about having abortions? No person needs to impregnate you in the event you appear like a thumb.” (Turning Level USA is a conservative and outwardly pro-Trump youth group recognized for spreading misinformation.)

Olivia Julianna, a 19-year-old abortion rights supporter, turned Gaetz’s fatphobic, misogynistic feedback into greater than $2.2 million in donations for abortion funds throughout the nation.

Tuesday, July 26

+ Indiana Legal professional Normal Todd Rokita (R) has launched an investigation into Dr. Caitlin Bernard, who helped a 10-year outdated Ohio rape sufferer get hold of an abortion. The ob-gyn said her and her household have confronted harassment since she shared the story. (Bernard isn’t any stranger to harassment: In 2020, she was compelled to cease providing companies at a clinic after being alerted of a kidnapping threat towards her daughter.)

Rokita has accused Bernard of utilizing “a 10-year-old lady, a baby rape sufferer’s private trauma, to push her political ideology.” In response, Bernard’s attorneys took step one in a possible defamation lawsuit towards Rokita for “false and deceptive statements.”

“Come spend a day in my clinic,” said Bernard. “Come see the care that we offer each single day. The conditions that individuals discover themselves in and in want of abortion care are among the most troublesome that you possibly can think about. And that’s why we, as physicians, want to have the ability to present that care unhindered, that medical selections should be made between a doctor and their sufferers.” 

“I’m not the one supplier who has taken care of younger youngsters needing abortion care,” she added.

Wednesday, July 27 

+ Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), chair of the Senate Committee on Well being, Training, Labor and Pensions (HELP), and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) sought unanimous consent to move the Right to Contraception Act to guard contraception entry—however Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) blocked the laws. The invoice had handed within the Home of Representatives the week earlier than, regardless of nearly all Home Republicans voting towards the invoice.

“It has been almost 60 years because the Supreme Court docket determined Griswold v. Connecticut—and affirmed Individuals’ proper to privateness and with it: their proper to contraception. So that you’d assume this could be a settled challenge. And for the overwhelming majority of Individuals—it’s,” stated Murray. “But, as we simply noticed, in some way—within the yr 2022—this isn’t a settled challenge for Republican politicians.”

Thursday, July 28

Not less than 43 abortion clinics throughout 11 states—all within the South and Midwest—have stopped providing abortion care within the first month post-Roe, a brand new Guttmacher Institute study reveals. Previous to the Supreme Court docket determination on June 24, these 11 states had a complete of 71 clinics that supplied abortion care. As of July 24, there have been solely 28 clinics nonetheless providing abortions, all situated within the 4 states with six-week bans—Georgia, Ohio, South Carolina and Tennessee. Beneath are among the key findings:

No Abortion Clinics

Seven states which have imposed complete abortion bans since June 24—containing solely very restricted or no exceptions—not had a single clinic offering abortion care as of July 24:

  • Alabama (beforehand 5 clinics)
  • Arkansas (beforehand 2 clinics)
  • Mississippi (beforehand 1 clinic)
  • Missouri (beforehand 1 clinic)
  • Oklahoma (beforehand 5 clinics)
  • South Dakota (beforehand 1 clinic)
  • Texas (beforehand 23 clinics)

In 2020, these seven states accounted for 80,500 abortions or a mean of about 6,700 abortions every month.

Fewer Clinics

4 states have been imposing a ban on abortion beginning at six weeks of being pregnant as of July 24 and two of them had fewer clinics offering abortions than earlier than the Supreme Court docket determination:

  • Georgia (13 clinics, beforehand 14)
  • Ohio (9 clinics, quantity unchanged)
  • South Carolina (3 clinics, quantity unchanged)
  • Tennessee (3 clinics, beforehand 7)

“Acquiring an abortion was already troublesome in lots of states even earlier than the Supreme Court docket overturned Roe,” stated Rachel Jones, Guttmacher’s principal analysis scientist. “These clinic closures ensuing from state-level bans will additional deepen inequities in entry to care based mostly on race, gender, earnings, age or immigration standing since lengthy journey distances to succeed in a clinic in one other state might be a barrier for many individuals.”

+ Sens. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) led 23 fellow senators to call on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to supply abortions and all abortion-related companies to veterans and eligible dependents. At the moment, greater than 800,000—or half of girls veterans on this nation—stay in states which are sure or prone to ban abortions.

Beneath present VA laws, the Veterans Well being Administration (VHA) is prohibited from offering abortions and abortion counseling as a part of the medical advantages bundle. 

In a letter despatched to VA Secretary Denis McDonough, the members argued the VA has “the statutory authority and discretion to offer abortions.” Due to this fact, they have to instantly start a rule-making course of to alter the present laws and replace the VHA’s medical profit bundle. McDonough recently admitted the VA has the statutory authority to offer abortions, the letter additionally notes.

+ Notre Dame Legislation Faculty publicized a video the place Justice Samuel Alito—showing for the primary time in public since writing the opinion that reversed Roemocked foreign leaders who criticized the choice throughout a speech he delivered in Rome. “I had the dignity this time period of writing, I feel, the one Supreme Court docket determination within the historical past of that establishment that has been lambasted by an entire string of international leaders, who felt completely nice commenting on American legislation,” stated Alito. 

Among the many international leaders whom Alito mocked have been President Emmanuel Macron of France, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada and former Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the UK.

Friday, July 29

+ A jury discovered doctor Ricardo Cruciani guilty on 12 counts of predatory sexual assault, sexual abuse, rape and different crimes, after about three days of deliberations. For greater than a decade, Cruciani constructed a status as a gifted doctor who may relieve power ache when different docs couldn’t. 

Then, dozens of sufferers accused him of sexually abusing them throughout exams, after he supplied generally dangerously excessive quantities of treatment to keep up management over them, prosecutors within the Manhattan district lawyer’s workplace stated throughout a trial this month. After they resisted, he would withhold their prescriptions.

Experiences of Cruciani’s actions date again greater than 15 years.

Monday, August 1

+ Kentucky Court docket of Appeals Choose Larry E. Thompson reinstituted the state’s near-total abortion ban, reversing a decrease court docket’s order two weeks in the past that quickly allowed abortion companies to proceed. Thompson’s decision means abortions are unlawful within the state once more, except a girl or pregnant particular person is vulnerable to demise or severe everlasting damage. There aren’t any exceptions for rape or incest. 

Healthcare staff who present abortion companies can resist five years in jail.

“Kentuckians deserve higher than extremist politicians who will threat your bodily autonomy to attain low-cost political factors. No Kentuckian ought to ever be compelled to stay pregnant towards their will,” said Samuel Crankshaw, a spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky. “Regardless of this setback, we’ll by no means cease combating to your proper to make the most effective selections for your self.”

Tuesday, August 2

+ Victory in Kansas! Kansas voters overwhelmingly rejected a proposed constitutional modification that will have allowed the Republican-led legislature to severely prohibit entry to abortion.

The proposed constitutional amendment would have amended the state Invoice of Rights to say there isn’t a proper to abortion or public funding for abortion, permitting the state to move legal guidelines limiting abortion. If the modification handed, greater than 20 legal guidelines limiting abortion could be allowed to remain in impact, together with necessary ultrasounds and biased counseling to discourage abortion, a 24-hour ready interval, parental consent for minors, a 20-week abortion ban, a ban on telemedicine abortion and limitations on public funding and insurance coverage protection for abortion. 

Individuals on the Ladies’s March in Topeka, Kan., on Jan. 21, 2017. (mmrogne / Flickr)

“The individuals of Kansas have spoken,” said Rachel Candy, marketing campaign supervisor for the Kansas For Constitutional Freedom, the primary abortion rights group opposing the modification. “They assume that abortion needs to be protected, authorized and accessible within the state of Kansas.”

Wednesday, August 3

+ Fb has earned tens of thousands in income from anti-abortion organizations working adverts with misinformation about treatment abortion procedures and so-called “abortion capsule reversal,” based on Media Matters. Fb claims to ban commercials that make “misleading, false, or deceptive” well being claims however these anti-abortion adverts have been surprisingly seen tens of millions of occasions up to now.

Thursday, August 4

+ A Russian decide sentenced WNBA star Brittney Griner to 9 years in a Russian jail, rejecting her plea for leniency and her apology for “an sincere mistake” in bringing hashish oil into the nation again in February. The athlete’s supporters and followers within the U.S. proceed to see her as a political pawn being held hostage by Russia however Griner selected to distance herself from such language in hopes that it wouldn’t have an effect on the court docket’s determination. 

“I by no means meant to harm anyone, to place in jeopardy the Russian inhabitants or violate any Russian legal guidelines,” stated Griner. Her destiny now rests with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who will make the ultimate determination on any prisoner swap. She additionally was fined 1 million rubles ($16,590). 

President Biden pledged that his administration would “proceed to work tirelessly and pursue each attainable avenue” to return Griner and former safety marketing consultant Paul Whelan to america. Whelan is serving a 16-year sentence of onerous labor after being convicted of spying in 2020. He argues he was framed.

+ Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended Andrew H. Warren, the highest prosecutor in Tampa, accusing him of incompetence and neglect of responsibility for vowing to not prosecute those that search or present abortions. In April, Florida imposed a 15-week abortion ban however in June, Warren, a Democrat, vowed to not prosecute those that search or present abortions after the Supreme Court docket overturned Roe

“At this time’s political stunt is an unlawful overreach that continues a harmful sample by Ron DeSantis of utilizing his workplace to additional his personal political ambition,” stated Warren. “The individuals have the appropriate to elect their very own leaders—not have them dictated by an aspiring presidential candidate who has proven again and again he feels accountable to nobody.”

Friday, August 5

+ Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb (R) signed a brand new abortion ban into legislation, making Indiana the first state to move new laws for an abortion ban because the Supreme Court docket struck down Roe. A number of states have banned abortion since June, however have accomplished so by way of current set off legal guidelines that have been set to take impact as soon as the Roe determination had been reached. Indiana’s new laws is about to take impact on Sept. 15.

Abortion rights activists within the Indiana Senate throughout a particular session to ban abortion rights within the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court docket ruling overturning Roe v. Wade. Gov. Holcomb signed the invoice into legislation. (Jeremy Hogan / SOPA Photographs / LightRocket through Getty Photographs)

The invoice was passed by the state Home 62 to 38 earlier than being permitted by the state Senate 28 to 19. No Democrats voted in favor of the invoice. 

The legislation, Senate Invoice 1, takes impact on Sep. 15. S.B. 1 makes Indiana the primary state to move an abortion restriction after Roe v. Wade‘s overturn and ninth state to ban abortion outright, alongside Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Texas.

Tuesday, August 9

+ A Nebraska girl has been charged with serving to her teenage daughter finish her being pregnant at about 24 weeks after investigators uncovered Fb messages during which the 2 mentioned utilizing treatment to induce an abortion and plans to burn and bury the fetus afterward. Nebraska prohibits abortions after 20 weeks. 

In one of many Fb messages, Jessica Burgess, 41, tells her then 17-year-old daughter that she obtained abortion drugs for her and provides her directions on the way to take them.

In June, the mom and daughter have been solely charged with a single felony for eradicating, concealing or abandoning a physique, and two misdemeanors: concealing the demise of one other individual and false reporting. However in July, investigators reviewed the personal Fb messages and added the felony abortion-related expenses towards the mom. 

The daughter, who’s now 18, is being charged as an grownup per the prosecutors’ request.

#DeleteFacebook traits on-line this week in response to this information—that Fb shared a Nebraska teen’s messages to her mother with cops investigating her for allegedly getting an abortion in violation of Nebraska state legislation. 


Ms. is protecting monitor 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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