LPJL Daily Takedown – July 25th, 2017

People Willing to Take Away Your Healthcare are Willing to Cheat To Do It (Feign Shock)

RULE OF DISORDER: Senate rules may prevent Republicans from including anti-abortion measures in their “healthcare” bill. But they have sophisticated methods for circumventing those rules—like blowing them off. In a nutshell—if a bill is strictly budget-related, it can be passed in the Senate with a simple majority of 51 votes. If it includes policy items, then 60 votes are required, and there’s no way Republicans have 60 votes. The Senate Parliamentarian ruled that defunding Planned Parenthood and other anti-abortion measures would require 60 votes. Oops. So what’s a Republican to do? FUCK THE RULES! They’re indicating they might try to ignore the ruling. We’ll soon see if they’re willing to if it’s the only way they can fuck the rest of us. 

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If it Ain’t Broke- Don’t Fix It! Buffer Zone Stays Till Saturday in KY

TEMPORARY REPRIEVE—emphasis on the temporary. People in KENTUCKY who want to exercise their Constitutional rights have until Saturday to do so! That’s when a court-ordered buffer zone outside Kentucky’s only remaining clinic gets YANKED and screeching hordes of anti-choice lunatics will once again be able to BLOCK access to the clinic. Look, we’re thankful that the court established the zealot-free zone for the week-long anti-abortion Intolerance-a-thon. But there are disruptive protesters blocking clinic access ALL THE TIME. These dickwads aren’t just attacking patients during their ugly festivals—every Saturday is a shit-show outside the clinic. We need a PERMANENT BUFFER!

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Texas Lawmakers Fighting to Get Even Further Into Your Uterus 

DATA LAND-MINING—TEXAS wants more dis-information on abortion! The Lone Star State is currently holding a special session of the legislature devoted to assaulting abortion rights in an ugly MISOGYN-A-PALOOZA. Two of the bills going forward try to TRAP clinics in a web of red-tape over-reporting. One requires that, if complications occur during a procedure, the doctors would have to report within 72 hours on everything from the patient’s race, marital status, previous births and abortions, to her last menstrual cycle! Or be fined $500 a day! Complications during abortion procedures are EXTREMELY RARE—in 2015, there were just 25 complications in 50,000 abortions— and that bothers abortion opponents! The Senator who introduced the bill said “The percentage is so small that we are doing something wrong.” GREAT! Texas is clamping down on abortions for being TOO SAFE! 

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“Bad Policy” and That Time You and a Republican in Missouri Agreed on Something

CONTINUING MISERY IN MISSOURI: Lawmakers in MISSOURI are so extreme in their anti-abortion tactics that they’re starting to scare themselves! They’re in another of those horror-show “special sessions” trying to hammer out an abortion bill to hammer Missourians with. It would enact a whole raft of restrictive measures on clinics… and override an anti-discrimination ordinance in St. Louis. That last part is complicated, because many conservatives don’t want to set a precedent of the state interfering in local laws—since they might be on the other side of that equation next time. One conservo said “I did not come down here to create bad policy just because it’s a good issue.” But less cool heads may still prevail—there is no law so bad that Missouri can’t find a way to enact it! 

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#ExposeFakeClinics

From the Anti’s: Medical Information Isn’t Advertising, You F*cking Idiots

HA-WHININ’ ISLANDERS: Crisis Pregnancy Center scamsters in Hawaii are whining about a STUPENDOUS law in the Aloha State that forces them to tell the truth about what they’re doing. As you are learning from our #ExposeFakeClinics campaign, CPC’s are set up to fool those seeking abortions into thinking they’re a clinic, when they’re really just there to browbeat people out of making their own choices. The law says CPC’s have to inform their “customers” that Hawaii provides free or low-cost family planning services, including contraception and information about abortion. It also warns against relying on ultrasounds given by puritan lunatics (we paraphrase). A CPC lawyer says “Hawaii is forcing pro-life centers and physicians to provide free advertising for the abortion industry against their conscience.” No. Just making it harder for them to hide the truth! Aloha, Motherfucker!

NPR Defending CPCs? Yea..This is Just the Beginning of Us Clapping Back

Speaking of CPC’s, NPR is running a bullshit story that cherry picks information about CPC’s and leaves out some of the glaring and horrifying tactics they use. Don’t worry, we’re not letting that shit slide. Stay tuned… 

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Vagical Update

Today we’re back on the open road and heading to LPJL headquarters. It’s been an amazing eight weeks, and we can’t even begin to comprehend everything we’ve experienced. Huge f*cking thank you to everyone that showed up to support local abortion clinics! We’ve grown our LPJL family, grown support for our family of clinics and solidified that fact that when we say we are coming, providers across the country understand that #weshowup

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More feels coming this week after we all have a good cry and sing-a-long to Dancing Queen in the car <3

 

 

LPJL Daily Takedown – July 24th, 2017

The Room Where it Happens (And What’s Happening is Harming Women)

UNDER PRESSURE: If you’re going to push an awful idea, you need some awful people behind it. So the Trumpists are lining up anti-abortion shit-show agitators like the Susan B.
Anthony List
to pressure Republican Senators to support the shit-show of a health care bill that Mitch McConnell is STILL trying to ram through Congress before it rams through your uterus. This healthcare atrocity is horrific in general, and worse in particular, especially when it comes to contraceptive care and reproductive care, with the defunding of Planned Parenthood and the overturning of the Obamacare contraceptive mandate. Reproductive rights are human rights—and both are threatened by this bill that won’t die! 

Gayle King Just Said “Abortion” More Times Before 9AM Than National News Has in a Year

GOOD MORNING! Want some endangered reproductive rights with your coffee? Kudos to CBS This Morning who served it hot with a morning news piece about the Festival of Intolerant Fanatics (our term, not theirs) being held in LOUISVILLE this week in an attempt to shut down Kentucky’s last remaining clinic. It’s nice to see some coverage of abortion issues! If the Pageant of Hate has accomplished one good thing, it’s in drawing attention to the hate. We at LPJL tried to do the same—and to lift the spirits of those battling the darkness with the final stop on our Vagical Mystery Tour in Louisville. Read all about it below & see how you can help! Let’s form a buffer zone of love and support around all independent clinics. 

 The Pre-existing Condition of Being a Woman: High Risk Pregnancy Edition

RISKY (AND DIRTY) BUSINESS: Oh, TEXAS Republicans, how many ways can you find to fuck women over? The NIGHTMARE that is Texas Senate Bill 8 keeps on happening! The bill bans PRIVATE insurance plans from covering abortion—with NO EXCEPTION for fetal anomaly! The situation would have to be a “life threatening physical condition” defined as “places the woman in danger of death.” And that means that many women with high risk pregnancies WOULD be put in the danger of death—and then and then only would their insurance cover what their doctor recommends! Women would be forced to delay getting treatment until their lives were in danger, or pay likely many thousands of dollars in medical bills. All SB8 does is to increase the risk in high risk pregnancies. 

It’s 2017 And This is an Article About FORCED STERILIZATION

GETTING SNIPPY: Choice means being able to choose when you don’t want or when you DO want to start a family. And it seems that conservatives don’t want to give you either choice… depending on who you are. When “pro-lifers” aren’t pushing middle-class white families to breed like captive Osmonds, they’re trying to find ways to reduce the number of black and brown babies—but of course without treading on their own self-righteous pro-life-ness. Here’s an old favorite back with a new twist—a TENNESSEE judge will knock 30 days of your sentence if you submit to sterilization by vasectomy or birth control implant. Of course, that’s the approach of the racist-inspired eugenics movement of a century ago—“undesirables” have to be kept from poisoning the gene pool! But it shows that conservative “family values” only count for certain families.

#ExposeFakeBitches and Call Out Local Politicians

There are 3 DAYS LEFT of our #ExposeFakeClinics Week of Action, and close to 4,000 CPCs to CALL OUT! You can make a difference FROM YOUR PHONE by calling fake clinics and leaving and accurate reviews online. Share this post with your friends to get the word out!

Dan Savage covered #ExposeFakeClinics in his latest podcast episode. Listen here!

Check out our partners taking action all over the country!

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Vagical Update

You know what they say, time flies when you are traveling across the country, putting on kick ass comedy shows, and celebrating independent clinic staff superstars. Thats right, The Vagical Mystery tour wrapped up this weekend, and we can’t believe it either!

We left our hearts in Louisville, where hundreds of anti abortion extremists have descended for their high school bully convention this week. The one clinic left in Kentucky will be the target of a solid week of rath and we helped them prepare by repainting the buffer zone lines at the clinic so the masses of proverbial goons (good band name) will be able to clearly see when they are literally crossing the line.

    

That night, Gina Yashere, Jill Sobule, Holly Miranda and Ambrosia Parsley joined us for a comedy and music/ pep rally to let the good folks of Louisville know how they can support the clinic during this week of attacks.

Today we head home- after 8 weeks, 16 cites, 4,000 miles and hundreds of new volunteers signed up to work with their local providers and activists! Now it’s time to regroup and harness the incredible power of communities we worked with this summer. Also maybe sleep. But probably not.

Also, you don’t end a tour without bomber jackets and tattoos. So we didn’t.

     

LPJL Daily Takedown – July 20th, 2017

Still wondering how to #ExposeFakeClinics? Bustle Gif-splains it for you!

TAKIN’ ON THE FAKES: A big shout out to Bustle for showing us a little love with a great story on our #ExposeFakeClinics Week of Action! If you haven’t heard then you haven’t been listening—NOW is the time to call out those fake “Crisis Pregnancy Centers” that masquerade as real clinics to shame women and pregnant people out of making their own choices. Bustle talks to our own Lizz Winstead about giving the manager of one of these phony clinics located in Pittsburgh, the same treatment they give abortion providers every. When you protest a fake clinic you don’t risk inflaming an already tense situation like you can when you counter-protest a real clinic. And it shouldn’t be hard to find a protest a fake clinic—there are five times the number of these imposter clinics than their are of real clinics! Follow the links in story and learn how to get involved. 

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Holy Sh*t We’re Basketball Fans Now!

SLAM DUNK! The WNBA’s Seattle Storm put on a full-court press for Planned Parenthood this Tuesday. Five dollars from every paid admission went to support Planned Parenthood, netting them over $41,000. This is the very first official partnership between a professional sports team and Planned Parenthood. Gee, maybe that’s because the ownership of the Seattle Storm is all-female—which is something else we need more of! More donations came from a raffle, an online auction, and contributions from Seattle-based app, Vermouth. Four Storm players took part in a PSA for PP, and the pre-game rally even featured a PP supporter who had an abortion that very day! And it included center Imani Boyette of the rival Chicago Sky. Let’’s make this a trend and expand to Indie clinics also!  Hey San Antonio Stars- how about supporting Whole Woman’s Health! When it comes to supporting reproductive health—we’re all on the same team.

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#ExposeFakeClinics Update

It’s day 4 of the #ExposeFakeClinics Week of Action, and the site has had over 10,000 visits! Online and in-person actions are happening all over the country, and we’re thrilled to be one of the 40 reproductive rights orgs on the ground and calling CPCs out. Are YOU taking action? Share your stories on the Expose Fake Clinics Facebook Event Page, tag @calloutfakeclinics on Instagram, and make sure to use the hashtag #ExposeFakeClinics. We can’t wait to see how you’re fighting back!

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Tex-asses Back At It- Now Trying to Jail Doctors

HYPOCRITICAL OAFS: This state ain’t big enough for OB-GYN’s! Texas, birthplace (and burying ground) of some of the vilest, most insidious anti-abortion scams, is at it again. Now a bill is being proposed that would revoke the licenses of physicians who perform virtually any abortion—never mind that ABORTION IS A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT. This piece of nutbaggery from State Rep Valoree Swanson is extreme enough that it hasn’t made the agenda even in the Texas legislature’s current special session especially devoted to extremist nutbaggery. But this being Texas, somebody could always throw it on the grill. 

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Stop (clap emoji) Comparing (clap emoji) The (Clap emoji) Holocaust (clap emoji) To (clap emoji) Abortion (clap emoji)

HOLOCAUST CONTAINMENT: Isn’t there a rule that you NEVER use a Holocaust comparison? It’s offensive AND ineffective—WRONG on so many levels. Which is why when a Holocaust reference does bubble to the surface of the sociopolitical sceptic tank, it usually comes from a “fetus fetishist.” Here’s just the latest to cause a furor—a new communications specialist for Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner named Brittany Carl has compared abortion rights to Nazi atrocities. Carl wrote “Certainly nothing matches the atrocity of the Holocaust, but it’s undeniable that abortion is being used to rid the world of disabled and other ‘unwanted’ persons” and followed up with “Attempting to rid the world of people with Down syndrome simply because they are different constitutes the dangerous and morally reprehensible practice of eugenics not entirely unlike what was practiced in . . . Nazi Germany.” OK, Brittany—family planning is not genocide. And a look through Hitler’s kit bag of favorite tricks would undoubtedly turn up plenty of parallels with the operations of “pro-life” types who shame, vilify, and even murder to advance their agendas. But we don’t mention that. Because there’s another reason that Holocaust comparisons are avoided—they show the moral bankruptcy of the people making them. Thanks for making that clear! 

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When repro right are under attack, what do we do? Bare minimum, give them a buffer zone.

SHARK WEEK: The single abortion oasis in Louisville Kentucky is in survival mode as the Summer of Justice invades their clinic this week and they are asking this hostile government to give both patients and providers some protection.  Louisville’s federal prosecutor has asked a judge to institute a buffer zone to give patients and caregivers at least a modicum of safety. A restraining order under the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act would result in stiffer penalties for violating the buffer zone. In the meantime, LPJL is going to be in Louisville on July 22 to provide a buffer between the good people of Louisville and the approaching sharks! Be there!

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Vagical Update

Vagic was in the air at last night’s packed show in Pittsburgh! Our hilarious comedians were joined by Jill Sobule who got the crowd singing and dancing-

Shout out to the badasses that joined Lizz Winstead for a talk back!

(Sue Frietsche, Senior Staff Attorney at the Women’s Law Project, Becca Susman, Co-Director of the Western PA Fund for Choice, Adrienne Jouver, Co-Director of the Western PA Fund for Choice, Libbi Cox, Allegheny Reproductive Health Center)

Despite PA’s own restrictive laws Pittsburgh serves patients from surrounding states that have limited access and long AF waiting periods. It was so amazing to hear about the supportive care being provided!

You have one last chance to get in on the fun this summer- come hang out in Louisville at Headliners Music Hall (Tickets here!) this Saturday!

 

LPJL Daily Takedown – July 19th, 2017

Professional Stalker David Daleiden #CantStopWontStop Spreading Lies

UTTER CONTEMPT: Slimeball propagandist David Daleiden has just been held in contempt of court for continuing to release illegally obtained and heavily tampered-with videos. Da-LIE-den is one of the vidiots from the so-called Center for Medical Progress who released tapes in 2015 that were doctored to indicate Planned Parenthood was selling fetal remains. The tapes were shown to be bullshit and PP was cleared of any wrongdoing. And now this virtual stalker is charged with 15 felonies for secretly recorded videos—videos that his lawyers CONTINUE to publicize in defiance of a court order. All of the illegal activity involving these tapes has been committed by Daleiden and the people who made them!  

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 Not Real Science 101- An Intro to “Abortion Reversal”

REVERSE ENGINEERING: Anti-abortion myth-makers have been busily concocting another lie to foist on the public—one that we at LPJL have been warning you about. It’s the pseudo-scientific turd pie of being able to “reverse” medication abortions by intervening in the 24 to 36 hours between the taking of the two pills that are used in the procedure. The “science” behind reversal is anecdotal quackery being pushed mostly by one obsessed doctor. But thanks to his fairy tales, now 10 states require abortion providers to LIE TO PATIENTS and tell them that medication abortions can be “reversed.” Anti-abortion scammers are hiding behind fake science the way they hide behind phony efforts to “help women” with TRAP laws that only harm patients. If anti-choice people had anything good to say, they could say it without hiding behind lies. 

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Helping #ExposeFakeClinics: A Tutorial

The More You Know, The More You #ExposeFakeClinics

DON’T GET FAKED OVER by fake clinics! And learn how to expose them to protect others! July 17 to 26 is Expose Fake Clinics Week, where we shine a light on the anti-choice maggots under the slimy rock of deception. Fake clinics are those “Crisis Pregnancy Centers” (CPC’s) that fool people seeking abortion services or information into thinking they’re an actual medical facility. Then the unwitting victims are deluged with lies and shaming designed to pressure them out of making their own decisions. And of course these shame-mills are generously funded by your tax dollars in many states. Texas alone has thrown millions to these scamsters. LPJL IS FIGHTING BACK AGAINST THESE HORRIBLE PLACES, in fact check out yesterday’s protest in Pittsburgh in our Vagical Mystery Tour update below to see what LPJL is doing to fight back! 

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Land of the Semi-Free, Home of the State by State Attack on Repro Rights

STATES OF EMERGENCY! While most of the media is transfixed by the shit-show going on in Washington, the real work of building an evil empire of theocratic hate and misogyny is going on at the state level. And reproductive rights are a prime target. In 2017 alone, 28 states have tried to put more restrictions on abortion, with many of them aiming to eliminate it entirely. Even Texas, which had their HB2 slapped down by the Supreme Court, went right back to more weasel-work to undermine abortion rights. There are efforts all over the country to ban the safest and most common 2nd trimester abortion procedure, force fetal tissue “burials,” and make it harder for minors to exercise choice. And taxpayer money continues to be wasted on fake clinics and abstinence programs. That’s why LPJL works tirelessly to inform you about what’s happening in YOUR state! 

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From the Antis: Can You Believe Planned Parenthood Thinks Even SEX WORKERS Deserve Healthcare?

TRAFFIC SCAM. Jeezus! Is there any depth anti-abortion hate-mongers won’t sink to? They try to smear abortion care providers as abetting sex trafficking when the providers offer possibly life-saving care to sex workers, including those who may be caught up in trafficking. These ghouls send undercover “journalists”/stalkers to clinics posing as pimps. When the clinics offer to help the victims, they’re portrayed as being involved in “underage sex trafficking.” I guess the “pro-life” approach would be to cast them out for their sins and let them rot with whatever medical problems their victimhood has caused them. Compassion means care, not judgment, dickwads! 

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VAGICAL UPDATE!

Our LPJL Pittsburgh stop has gone next level as we #ExposeFakeClinics

Spoiler Alert: Fake clinics hate when you come armed with facts – especially when those facts come from badasses in costumes

Check out the fun we had here and once you’re all riled up – come to Mr Smalls TONIGHT, doors 7pm!

    

LPJL Daily Takedown – July 5th, 2017

 The U.S. won’t denounce violence against women unless it bans abortion because freedom.

TRUMP’s WORLD OF HURT: The Trump administration has rejected a UN resolution on violence against women because it mentions abortion rights. The resolution denounces “the persistence and pervasiveness of all forms of violence against women and girls worldwide.” But if abortion rights are respected, well then the US is going to go with the violence against women and girls, thank you very much. This is in line with other shit the Trumpies have pulled internationally, like cutting off family planning funding around the world if there’s any mention of abortion. They’ve even yanked support for the UN Population Fund. All the world’s a stage—and Donald Trump is embarrassing us on that stage. 

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Chicago Fake abortion clinics can are pissed that Their fake doctors have to tell the truth to patients.

SCAM-ALOT: ILLINOIS is the latest place where the anti-abortion scamsters behind those Crisis Pregnancy Centers are moaning about their rights to lie to pregnant people. CPC’s are the Puritan dungeons where people seeking abortion services are lied to and deceived by holy-rollers posing as doctors. Now they’re suing to stop an Illinois law that requires that pregnant patients be notified of all their options, including abortion. A lawyer for the CPC’s says “A pro-life physician cannot in good conscience do that.” Hey Jethro, here’s a clue—if you have to lie to your patients, maybe shouldn’t be doing this “physician” stuff. 

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Yo, Judge! Hurry it up on bodily autonomy please!

RUSH TO JUDGMENT… PLEASE! Or at least act before it’s too late, Judge! Attorneys for abortion providers in ARKANSAS are asking a judge to expedite their challenge to a pig-shit law designed to shut them down—before the law takes effect on July 30. The law is an Ozark spin on TRAP laws that uses absurdly strict rules about surprise inspections to try and shut down clinics. NO other type of healthcare facilities in the state are subject to anything like these rules. Infractions in the recent past include failure to remedy a torn cover on a piece of furniture, and failure to remove a stain on a ceiling tile. The judge needs to issue a sane ruling to stop these insane rules.

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Eric Scheidler Wants You To See His Shitty Anti-Choice Google Image Search

GRUESOME IMAGE SEARCH: WTF is up with the anti-abortion ghouls and their obsession with using horrific photos to taint and traumatize? Shock-meister Eric Scheidler and the Pro-Life Action League are hauling out a new batch of gore posters for a new action this summer. It’s manipulative and misleading. Medical procedures ain’t pretty to look at, people! If you made posters of heart bypass or colon reconstruction surgery, you could gross out people just as effectively. Hey Scheider, if you want pics of “victims,” use your iPhone to snap a couple selfies with the patients you routinely harass! 

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Vagical Update!

Here at LPJL, we take our breaks in *style* so we spent our 4th of July long weekend with the badass LPJL Tennessee crew! Next stop: Indianapolis (Mike Pence’s old stomping grounds, so you KNOW it’s gonna be wild!) Check out this vagtastic piece in Nuvo. Tix & info: vagicalmysterytour.com

 

 

Daily Takedown 6/27/17 – SCOTUS Anniversary!

Happy 1st Anniversary, Whole Woman’s Health v Hellerstedt!

YAAASSS PLUS!

One year ago today, we led off our blog post with a big fat YAAASSS! for the brand new Supreme Court ruling in Whole Woman’s Health v Hellerstedt that reaffirmed abortion rights for a new generation! Many thanks & MUCH LOVE to Amy Hagstrom Miller and the Center for Reproductive Rights for taking this fight to the courts for all of us. Because you rule, SCOTUS RULED FOR JUSTICE! !

The 5-3 Whole Woman’s Health ruling said that bogus Texas TRAP laws placed an “undue burden” on abortion providers and those seeking an abortion. The law being challenged in this case was Texas’s notorious HB2. Under the obviously bullcrap guise of protecting women’s health and safety, the law was 129 pages of regulations about the width of hallways in clinics or the type of air conditioning used. And it forced providers to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles–all regulatory red tape meant to make running a clinic impossible.  

For 43 years since Roe v Wade in 1973, anti-abortion nuts had chipped away at reproductive rights. One year ago today, the Supreme Court told them to quit chipping.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote that it was “beyond rational belief” that the Texas restrictions could protect women’s health. It was a ringing endorsement of reproductive freedom.

And lot of good has happened since. Two of the 22 Texas abortion clinics that were forced to close down in the aftermath of the TRAP laws have reopened. It doesn’t seem like a lot, but it’s a step forward. In fact, since the ruling, new laws are being drafted to actually PROTECT abortion rights–133 bills in 33 states to be exact.   

But that said, the fight is often an uphill battle. The election results and the mini Scalia Trump appointed to the Supreme Court, have been emboldened the legislative shit-stirrers who fucked with abortion rights before. They are creating a slew of new TRAP laws that yet again have nothing to do with healthcare, and everything to do with closing down clinics. The Whole Woman’s Health ruling gave us a legal precedent to challenge these onerous abortion restrictions, but that doesn’t seem to stop the crazy fucknuts from churning them out.

Since January alone, Oklahoma legislators attempted to make abortion first degree murder. Arkansas passed legislation requiring that fetal tissue from abortions performed on minors be preserved for possible police investigations! Even Creepier? Laws requiring that aborted tissue be given burial or cremation have popped up in Texas, Louisiana, and Indiana. And the safest and most common method of performing a 2nd trimester abortion has been banned in Arkansas, West Virginia, Mississippi, and of course, Texas!

But the law most likely to end up back in front of the Supreme Court in the not so distant future is the ban on any abortion performed after 20 weeks as extremists continue to push non medical quackery that could sway a hostile court to determine the lives of women based on their junk science. This ban has reared its ugly head in numerous states including Tennessee, Kentucky, Iowa, and Ohio, and is the one pushed the hardest on the federal level. And if put before the Supreme Court could, it could undermine and overturn Roe V Wade.

And because no one knows who the fuck will be on the Supreme Court in 2018 and beyond, we should all be very concerned. The 5 justices who represent the majority in Whole Woman’s Health are still on the bench, but with the addition of Gorsuch the Terrible, (And any new Trump nominees) we could be facing a very grim fate for reproductive rights.

We have already seen some ominous signs from Trump and co. Trumpcare proposes to ban insurance coverage of abortion care and to defund Planned Parenthood. His Health and Human Services  department is now stocked with  ideologues who claim that abortion causes breast cancer, birth control is a hoax, and abstinence is the cure for everything.

So yeah, there are a lot of nasty fights ahead on both the state and national level.

But let’s not forget, one year ago today, we scored a great victory! So for the next 24 hours, let’s party like it’s 2016—forever the year of Whole Woman’s Health!

And then let’s WAKE UP TOMORROW and devote ourselves to beating back whatever new trap-crap the anti-abortion forces can throw at us. Let’s champion our courageous providers and the all people who need their services. Let this anniversary be a time to recommit our unwavering support for the full humanity and bodily autonomy of everyone. And then 2017 will be a year that we can celebrate too!

LPJL Daily Takedown – June 8th, 2017

What Happens If You Lose Your Insurance While You’re Pregnant?

Romper

EXPECTING TROUBLE: Here’s an EYE-OPENING article about what happens if you lose your health insurance while you’re pregnant! That is one VERY pre-existing condition! The answers aren’t all pretty, but they’re in this article. Even under Obamacare you face a lot of bureaucratic static getting from here to maternity. But the thought of being in that situation under TrumpCare is enough to make you have a cow! Take it as more motivation to FIGHT FOR PREGNANCY RIGHTS!

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Win! Win!

Rewire

Here’s a handy guide to winning on abortion from some sisters in the fight for reproductive justice. It’s all about acknowledging the contributions of Women of Color, their innovation, strategic insights, and general bad-assery! We can WIN IT if we’re ALL IN IT.

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KANSAS’ FONT OF IGNORANCE

Wichita Eagle

That giant sucking sound you hear is the sound of reproductive rights going down the drain in the middle of the country—the sewage drain that Sam Brownback and Republican lawmakers have made from the once-great state of KANSAS. Brownback just signed Kansas’ new PAPERWORK TRAP LAW that forces abortion providers to cough up absurdly detailed paperwork including specified types of paper, ink, and even font size. Kansas just gave abortion rights a major PRINT JOB.

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BUCKEYE FUCKERY

WOSU and ABC 6

OHIO is just a heartbeat away from considering YET ANOTHER anti-abortion bill so extreme that GOP Governor John Kasich vetoed a prior version and even Ohio Right to Life refused to back it because it’s clearly unconstitutional. The bill bans abortion any time after a fetal heartbeat is detected… usually about SIX WEEKS! A similar bill actually passed last time and was vetoed by Kasich. Who knows if he’ll have the heart to do it again?

#tbt

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CRISIS PREGNANCY CENTERS cause CRISES

KCRG

Phony CLINICS KNOWN AS  CPC’s and other “Pro-Life” facilities that routinely lie to pregnant women may at least be held accountable in certain circumstances. The IOWA Supreme Court has ruled that parents can sue because doctors failed to warn them that their child had abnormalities that would have made them consider having an abortion had they known. This wasn’t a case of a CPC, and there’s no evidence it was done intentionally, but CPC’s lie and deceive expectant mothers routinely. This ruling might make them think twice.

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VAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR UPDATE!

Arkansas Times Interview with Lizz!

ON THE RAZORBACKS’ EDGE! Last night, Vagical Mystery Tour Comics brought down the house at Jackson, MI! The team is traveling to Little Rock, Arkansas today where we’ll bring aid and comfort to Little Rock Family Planning services, and in just two days (Saturday JUNE 10!!), The VAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR will be going HOG WILD at Vino’s in Little Rock, ARKANSAS! Check out this great local interview with LPJL’s own LIZZ WINSTEAD about the fun to come. If you’re within a stone’s throw of Little Rock this weekend, DON’T MISS THIS SHOW!