Governor Rick Perry calls a special session to force through new abortion laws.

                    Governor Rick Perry called a special session to talk about redistricting. Most political observers predicted that the special session would soon turn into a huge fight over abortion. Guess what, they were right. Perry, on Tuesday, added legislation relating to the regulation of abortion procedures, providers and facilities to the special session call. They also added consideration of mandatory life sentences for 17 year old capital offenders.

In a Tuesday press release Perry was perfectly clear which of the issues he is most concerned with, writing in part; The horrors of the National Late Term Abortion industry are continuing to come to light, one atrocity at a time. Sadly, some of those atrocities happen in our own state. In Texas, we all value life and we worked to cultivate a culture that supports the birth of every child. We have an obligation to protect unborn children and to hold those who peddle those abortions to standards that would minimize the death, disease and pain they cause.

The anti-abortion bills on the table are extensive. One bill would require every clinic that provides abortions or even prescribes the abortion pill, to conform to the standards of an ambulatory surgical center. Another Bill would drastically limit access to medical abortions by forcing the woman to have a sonogram before hand. They would have to take both pills in front of a doctor and see their physician for a follow up in 2 weeks. They are medically unnecessary and designed to make medical abortions harder to get. Perry is bullush on the bill that bans abortions at 20 weeks.

The last session before the special session was marked largely by the fact that no one on either side wanted to fight about abortion. All of these bills were killed in committee or petered out on the House and Senate floors. By temporarily changing the legislative rules of procedure the bills have a much better chance of passing. The Lt. Governor plans to suspend Senate procedural rules that give Democrats a strong voice in legislative debates.

Sadly this is going on in all states governed by Republicans. Anywhere they have the majority they are pushing nullification and amping up the Anti-Abortion fight. Democrats seem powerless to stop them, even though they have the U.S. Constitution on their side. That is the one arguement that can end this insanity. According to the Constitution Federal law is the law of the land and nullification is illegal. President Obama is attempting to dissuade these lunatics, but they hate him and can’t see reason.

Representative Louie Gohmert believes women should carry a brain dead fetus to term.

              Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tx) believes thar females should carry all pregnancies to term even if doctors discover the fetus has brain damage. Rep Gohmert supports a 20 week ban on abortion, even in cases of rape, incest, when the mothers health is in danger or when the fetus has a debilitating or fatal disability. Gohmert is not the first politician to suggest that a women should carry a severely disabled fetus to term. Georgia State Rep. Terry England compared women to farm animals.

England said in response to carrying a fetus to term that was not expected to live “Life gives us many experiences. I’ve had the experience of delivering calves, dead and alive- delivering pigs, dead and alive. It breaks our hearts to see those animals not make it.” REALLY? This is the best comparison you can come up with. REALLY? A baby delivered, dead is comparable to an animal. I would hate to see how hev treats his kids. Does ge feed them in a trough? Let them take mud paths and wallow in their own sh*t? REALLY? Typical Republican ridiculousness.

Even though medical experts have warned Republican lawmakers that cutting off legal abortion access at 20 weeks will force more women to carry non viable fetuses to term, several states have passed “fetal pain” bans over the last several years. When Arizona passed this type of measure in 2012, the volunteer organizations that counsel women whose children die from fatal fetal defects braced for the influx of new families dealing with that grief. When the restrictive law ended up in court opponents pointed out that its cruel to require women to give birth to children just to watch them die, Arizona defended its abortion ban by claiming those fetal abnormalities are the women’s problem. But the state wants to take away the solution to the problem, by forcing them to have a disabled child and not giving them any assistance. Insane, is the first word that came to my mind.

Arizona’s abortion ban was struck down by a panel of judges. It thankfully spared women in that state from the potentially devastating effects of giving birth to a dead child. Obviously it hasn’t deterred Republicans and pro-life politicians. Arizona Rep Trent Franks (R), has reapeatedly pushed for a 20 week abortion ban for the District of Columbia, recently announced he intends to expand H.R. 1797 to apply to all states.

Why don’t Republicans realize they are stomping on the U.S. Constitution, this is law. Roe v. Wade was decided in the U.S. Supreme Court and is the law of the land. Maybe they should concern themselves with creating more jobs than dictating to women’s uteruses, then the Democrats wouldn’t have to govern our country alone. But then again it seems there are very few things that unite Republicans, no raising taxes, not helping the poor, giving money to the rich, banning abortion and their hatred of President Obama. Now if they would unite on fixing the economy and creating jobs we would be doing great.

Abortion, it is their choice to make, make your own choices.

                  Abortion was determined legal by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Roe v. Wade decision, regardless of how you feel about it, is a Federal Law, which makes it a Constitutional Law. Federal Law according to the Constitution is the law of the land, it supersedes all State Laws. Abortion is legal until the fetus reaches viability, which is typically 23-25 weeks, it then becomes illegal unless the mothers life is in danger. This is the law, pro-lifers and Republicans don’t like it so they try skirt it.

Who are we to make a choice for someone else. Republicans, conservatives and gun nuts fly off the handle when the government tries any form of Gun Control but are glad to tell a women what she can do with her uterus. We do not have the right to tell anyone what to do with their body. Republicans don’t like the Mayor of New York saying what size sodas people can buy, but they are fine telling a woman her right to choice does not exist.

I do not claim to be an expert on this, but why do Republicans get upset about being dictated to, but are fine doing it to others. I do not have a real stance on abortion, I believe in our laws and Constitution. Laws are put into place to keep the order, Republicans don’t like the abortion law so they break it trying to make their own. Would it be ok for a pot smoker to dislike pot being illegal so they decide to make a new law that applies to their property and home. Sounds silly, but it is a smaller scale of what Republicans are doing.

President Obama and Democrats realize that if abortion is made illegal, women will get illegal abortions. As a member of the U.S. Government your religious beliefs cannot be pushed on others. That is in the 1st Amendment, clear as can be. You cannot toss the Constitution out the window if it doesn’t work for you and bring it back when it does. Our founding fathers did not create it to be used when it is convenient.

Mississippi’s slippery anti-abortion slope.

                 On March 14,  2009, 31 weeks into her pregnancy, Nina Buckhalter gave birth to a stillborn baby girl. She named her Hayley Jade. 2 months later, a Grand Jury in Lamar County, Mississippi indicted Buckhalter for manslaughter. The D.A. argued that tge methamphetamine in Buckhalter’s system caused Hayley Jade’s death. The State Supreme Court heard arguements on April 2 and is expected to rule soon on whether the prosecution can move forward.

If prosecutors prevail in this case, the state sets a dangerous precedent. That unintentional pregnancy loss can be treated as a form of homocide. Mississippi’s manslaughter laws were not set up to apply to stillbirths or miscarriages. Four times between 1998-2002, Mississippi lawmakers rejected proposals that would set specific penalties for damaging a fetus by using illegal drugs.

Mississippi’s prosecutors claim that 2 other state laws allow them to charge Buckhalter. One defines manslaughter as the killing of a human being, by the act, procurement or culpable negligence of another. The other states that an unborn child at every stage of gestation, from conception to live birth is included in the state’s definition of human beings. Obviously the second reasob violates Roe v. Wade, a Supreme Court decision that is U.S. Constitional law. In the U.S. Federal Law is the law of the land, therefore it supersedes state laws.

The cause of any stillbirth or miscarriage is difficult to determine. Many experts believe there is no conclusive evidence that exposure to drugs in utero can cause a miscarriage or stillbirth. But this opens the door to charge women for drinking herbal tea, eating unpasteurized cheese and lunch meats, all of which Doctors recomend against. If a women had a miscarriage after drinking herbal tea, could she be charged with manslaughter?

Critics are also saying that Buckhalter is collateral damage in Mississippi’s abortion wars. In 2011 there was a State Ballot Initiative to grant full rights to fertilized eggs, which would make all abortions illegal all of the time. The measure failed, but Pro-Life supporters vow to try again in 2015 and lawmakers are attempting to close the State’s last abortion clinic. The unintended cause of this case could be more women seeking abortions, for fear of being prosecuted.

Republicans believe they can force religious beliefs on the American public. If the Constitution diesnt say what they want, it can be avoided by nullification, which is CONSTITUTIONALY ILLEGAL. Democrars work within the confines if the Constitution, as does President Obama, who many Republicans refer to as a dictator. Simply put, the Supreme Court said abortion was legal until the viability of the fetus, which us about 23-25 weeks. It is FEDERAL LAW, which I cannot say enough, supersedes state laws. We are not a loose coalition of countries, we are the United States if America.

That being said I think anyone the does drugs, drinks or smokes cigarettes while pregnant are selfish and irresponsible. Charging them for manslaughter when it cannot be conclusively proven is an abuse if the law. Try charging them with negligence and move on from there. I am not an expert, but on this my opinion of drug use certainly effects my opinions. But that being said, can you charge a wonen for not breast feeding, that is supposed to be the healthiest way to feed a child. There are studies that suggest that not breast feeding causes health problems later in life. So are you going to charge a woman for using formula. It is a slippery slope.

Religion and Politics a bad mix.

                 Any law maker who uses religion to make political decisions is letting the people down. It is a recipe for madness and zealotry. It will breed contempt between people not to mention different religions. The U.S. Constitution prohibits any type of state religion.

The fact that politicians are using religion to make decisions, is forcing religious beliefs on others. The 1st Amendment forbids us from setting up a state religion, to push religious beliefs on others violates our freedom of religion. The religious argument Republicans make against abortion are Unconstutional. When the Roe v. Wade decision was rendered it became Constitutional law, which in the U.S. overrides religion.

If we let religion become part of our government, we will be no better than the Middle Eastern countries. What would be that Catholic version of Sharia Law? Our Constitution was written to stop religion from becoming part of our government. Knowing what has happened in other countries that were ruled by religion should have educated our elected leaders. But apparently the Republicans didnt get the memo.

Democrats support our Constitution and believe in it. They believe in religious freedom and support women’s reproductive rights. Republicans call for smaller government but want to control all women’s uteruses. Democrats want immigration reform, they ended both wars and do not force the religious ideas down anyone’s throats. What is more important to government, Religious belief or the Constitution? YOU CHOOSE.

Lt. Governor nominee E.W. Jackson won’t apologize for hate speeches because he is a Christian.

                  The Republican nominee for Lt. Governor of Virginia says that he is a Christian and has no reason to apologize for his history of hate speech against the LGBT community, liberals and abortion providers. It was only after African-American minister E.W. Jackson won the nomination at the Va. Republican convention last week that anyone became aware of his hate speeches. He has a history of saying gay people were perverted and sick people psychologically.

Last year he said that homosexuality is a horrible sin, it poisons cultures, it destroys families, it destroys societies and it brings the judgement of God unlike very few things that we can think of. He compares Democrats to slave masters and compared Planned Parenthood to the KKK. “Liberalism and their ideas have done more to kill black folks, whom they claim so much to love than the KKK, lynching, slavery and Jim Crow ever did and that’s a fact”, Jackson said in a 2012 interview. This is a steady choice for any political office.

He says the things he says because he is a Christian, not because he hates anyone. His religious values really matter to him and he will not rephrase or apologize for anything he said. He also said that people should not paint him as one dimensional.

Jackson is a virtual unknown who has never held public office. He has grabbed headlines in recent days as Democrats rightly pointed out his past comments on abortion, race and homosexuality. The more that is learned about Jackson, the crazier it gets. He praised the Constitutions original clause to count blacks as 3/5s of a person as an anti-slavery amendment. The context of this statement was to attack President Obama after a pastor at a church service he attended referred to the 3/5s clause as a historical marker of racism.
Jackson misses the fact that the very existence of the 3/5s clause meant that slavery was written into the Constitution. In that sense, unlike the 13th Amendment which banned slavery altogether, the 3/5s clause was pretty much the opposite of an anti-slavery amendment. The fact that an elected law maker thinks like this, shows the depths the Republican party has sank to.

The Republicans and their constituents continue to go further into the nut house to grab these nominees. Their tenuous grasp on reality does not help their inabilty to truly grasp the Constitution. This is a major reason the Republican party has lost more than they have won recently. The inability of the party to recognize their extreme ideology is pushing normal people away and drawing crazies like bugs to a light, is quite alarming. If the Democrats begin acting like this I will become an Independent, I will not be beholden to a nut job.

The Republicans will keep trying to tear down President Obama.

             They are trying to get a President Obama by going after Attorney General Eric Holder. They were questioning him about everything that happened over the last 4 years. Mr. Holder answered all he could and got a little testy at least once.

             They are trying to get to the “bottom” of the IRS scandal, the Boston Marathon bombing and any other thing they can. One Republican was going after Holder for the abortion Dr. in Pa. who would kill live babies. My answer to that, do not force women to go to clowns like that. Every Republican law that moves forward against abortion, puts women into a position where they will go anywhere for that form of care. Attorney General Holder stood his ground, but it seems as if he is being left out to dry.

             Republicans are fixated on the IRS scandal, although there were several liberal groups who went through the dame process as the Tea Party Groups. In 2004 the IRS illegally targeted the NAACP, and at other points in Bush’s tenure the IRS went after Planned Parenthood. I am not saying it is right, because it is not, but it us not unprecedented.

            Republicans are trying to stop President Obama and Democrats from going forward with his second term agenda. This party willingly lied us onto war, browbeat Democrats into giving out TARP funds without any rules and deregulated the banking industry so much it directly led to the Great Recession. But they do not have an agenda in any of their empty attacks. They already started attacking Hillary Clinton for the 2016 Presidential election. They care not for the people, only for the scratch.

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Why do Republicans insist on controlling our lives?

                 Alabama followed Missouris lead in outlawing abortion clinics in their state. Abortion is a Constitutionally protected law, that has been upheld multiple times in the Supreme Court. Why are Republicans, Tea Party members and conservatives so infatuated with outlawing abortion?

                    By Federal law abortion is legal until the fetus becomes viable. Normally the average fetus becomes viable between 23 and 24 weeks. At no point is a state allowed to make it difficult for a women to abort a fetus. Republicans claim they want to protect our liberty, our freedom and our Constitutional rights. They call Democrats socialists, President Obama has been called a communist, yet they are protecting our rights.

              Republicans want to have a government small enough to drown in a tub. Yet they want to control a womens right to choice. If you close all of your legal clinics then people will get illegal abortions. So to use a Republican arguement against them, why make it illegal when they will find a way to get it illegally anyway. Now maybe they will see the error of their ways.

                For a religion to judge a women who decides to abort a fetus is plain wrong. Doesn’t religion preach tolerance? To forgive the sinner? You do not want them to abort a fetus, you don’t want to educate them on prevention and you don’t want to help the parent with the child. You don’t want to do any of these things yet you will force them to have a child.

            I don’t know if it is morally right or wrong, but I do know it is Constitutionally protected. It us not my choice, so I do not have the right to make it. There are more pressing issues. The Republicans have had the house for several years now and have not fixed the economy or created any jobs. Lets get real here, Republicans are a political problem. Their focus is on the wrong things, they need to focus on what matters and now.

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North Dakotas new abortion bills.

                North Dakotas legislature finalized passage of a personhood amendmemt that backers claim will lead to banning abortion in the state. Leading pro-life groups dispute this amendment believing the measure would only entrech legalized abortion further. The legislature approved SCR4009, which states the inalienable right to life of every human being at any stage of development must be recognized and protected. The chamber also aporoved SB2303 which ensures that the protection that our criminal laws afford victims, extends to all human beings born and unborn.

            State Senator Magerette Sitte (R), the sponsor of the personhood initiative said that they intend it being a direct challenge if Roe v. Wade. This is also the first persnhood amendment to pass any state legislature. It is said that both SCR4009 and SB2303 were written to ensure the mother and baby are both treated as medical patients, that care is not inhibited, and that fertility treatments are not banned.

              So far this year the North Dakota legislature has taken up 6 different bills to end safe and legal abortion. Some are broad and could possibly interfere with personal, private medical decisions ranging from abortion to fertility treatment. Others ban abortion at different stages of pregnancy. One would effectively ban abortion in the state with overregulation that local doctors have said is medically unnecessary. One abortion ban was even amended to include a ban on funneling for programs like sex education for at-risk teens in Fargo, a partnership between North Dakota State University and Pkanned Parenthood.

             Abortion Rights Activists have said that if it is signed into law they will fight them in court. The threat of costly litigation may be less of a deterrent in oil rich North Dakota than in other states. Booming oil production has helped the state avoid budget cuts seen elsewhere. Still any kind of lawsuit will eat into surplusses and hurt the states economy.

               There is no arguing the unconstitutionality of this law. A victory for Roe v. Wade will only make it more difficult for Republicans,Tea Party and Conservatives to overturn it in the future. That being said once again a Republican run state is using state law,to supercede U.S. Constitutional law, which of course is unconstitutional. Where are the Democrats on this? They should be involved in this, protecting peoples rights from the Republican attempts at a dictatorship.

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Anti-abortion laws 2013.

Since 2010 10 states have passed outright bans on abortions on pregnant women over 20 weeks. Nebraska started the trend of 20 week abortion bans April, 2010. In 2011, Alabama, Indiana, Kansas, Idaho and Oklahoma followed suit. In 2012 Arizona, Georgia, and Louisiana passed their own laws. Arkansas became the first to pass an abortion ban this year. Under the Arkansas Heart Beat Protection Act, which is scheduled to go into effect this summer, women seeking an abortion who are at least 12 weeks will be required to undergo an ultrasound. If a heart beat is detected the abortion will not be permitted. State Senator Jason Rapert, who authored the law, believes they have struck the right balance. He notes that the measure includes exceptions for rape, incest, to save the life of the mother and to prevent irreparable harm to the mothers health. It also gives an exception for fatal fetal anomalies. The law includes jail time for doctors who violate the law, but no penalties to women who seek or undergo an illegal abortion. Governor Mike Beebe attempted to veto the law, but he was overridden by other lawm makers. Rapert also plans to intriduce another measure. This measure is popular among Republicans and pro-lifers. He would like to ban from allowing officials from allowing any state or federal funds from flowing to organizations that perform abortions, namely Planned Parenthood. If successful Arkansas would join Colorado, North Carolina, Ohio ,Texas and Washington as states that have blocked funding to Planned Parenthood. Beebe vetoed the law because the controlling law is not the Arkansas legislatures declaration of when a womens choice ends and the states begins. The controlling law is the U.S. CONSTITUTION. That means that the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision is Constitutionsl Law. The Roe v. Wade decision says that women have a right under the U.S. Constitution to terminate their pregnancies. The court reaffirmed this in 1992, by recognizing a womans right to have an abortion before viability and to obtain it without undue interference from the state. Viability has nothing to do with a heart beat, it is the point a fetus can survive outside the womb. Today viability is 23 or 24 weeks. So as Republicans and the Tea Party say they are Constitutional protectors, it is actually Democrats that are protecting it. The Republican party attempts to forcefeed us their thoughts regardless of what the Constitution says. It is the womens right, end of arguement. You cannot argue 2nd Amendment but not protect the entire Constitution. I leave it up to the person, it is their decision, theirs to live with. Mind your own business and if you want to get involved protect the kids that are alive and in school.

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