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Federal judge strikes down Arkansas's 12-week abortion ban

fuckyeahnaturalstate:

Federal Judge Susan Webber Wright today completed the job she’d started with an earlier injunction: She struck down the 2013 law that prohibited most abortions beginning with the 12th week of pregnancy.

Judge Wright ruled, as she’d indicated she would, that federal law is guided by  viability of the fetus. The legislature, by a narrow margin, passed a law that required a fetal hearbeat test and banned most abortions at 12 weeks of pregnancy, several months before a fetus is capable of surviving outside the womb. Wright left intact the portion of the law that required a check for fetal heartbeat for women seeking an abortion and notice to the woman when a heartbeat is detected.

Click through for the full story and the full ruling from Judge Wright.

bookoisseur:

bebinn:

stfufauxminists:

Yeah fuck that person who thinks this isn’t intimidating for patients.
I do clinic escorting at a local clinic every weekend. We have a fence and the antis aren’t allowed on our property, luckily, but let me just tell you about my experience just today.
I had a woman ask me for my name multiple times. She knew I worked for the clinic because I wear an apron that says “clinic escort” on it. She kept telling me I didn’t “have” to work for an abortion clinic. This is part of a concerted effort on the part of anti-choicers to harass clinic workers into quitting their jobs. It’s actually called "And then there were none" and it’s pretty fucking disgusting.
When I walked up to a patient as she was getting out of her car (this is policy, we have to ask if the person has an appointment because the antis try to park on our property all the time), she got really scared at first because she thought I was one of the antis. She told me how relieved she was once she read my apron. This woman had an existing child that she mentioned to me as the antis were screaming over the fence about her “killing her baby”.
Another woman told me how she was worried I might be “with them” when I walked up, just because the knowledge of how anti-choicers harass people going into the clinic is so commonplace. She was also relieved to have me there. One of the anti-choicers yelled at her about killing her baby from over the fence. She burst into tears.
These people also yell at and harass the men that come into the clinics with either their partners or their family members. One woman kept yelling out to the men coming in to “protect [his] legacy”. 
This was all in one day. One day. I’ve had other experiences on other days when I’ve escorted that are just as bad or worse.
It’s not like these people stand there silently. They are actively yelling at folks and when they can, pursuing them. If an anti-choicer at my place of work can’t get to someone through the part of the fence that overlooks the parking lot, they will push their pamphlets through the parts of the fence that face the doors of the clinic. They are aggressive and totally insensitive to the feelings of any of the patients coming into the clinic.
I haven’t worked at this clinic long, but I have seen the emotional effects that these people have on patients coming into the clinic. So like yeah, in one picture it doesn’t appear that they’re harassing anyone, yelling, or threatening people. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. And either way, who wants people staring at them when they’re going in for a medical procedure? Or when you come out of one, and you’re still so groggy from anesthesia that you need one of the clinic nurses (or even myself or someone else in my kind of position!) to hold you up and put you in the car?
Anyone who thinks the people standing outside of clinics are not doing it with the intent to harass and bully is wrong, and patients deserve to be protected from this kind of bullshit. My clinic has a big fence and the patients that we serve still feel harassed and bullied. I can’t imagine what it must be like for people going into a clinic without that, like what is pictured.


Thank you for the work you do. Clinic escorts are so brave, and so needed.


The clinic escort who took me in for my annual exam looked like a Hell’s Angel and was easily 6’5. The anti who harassed me looked like Aunt May.#protectthezone

bookoisseur:

bebinn:

stfufauxminists:

Yeah fuck that person who thinks this isn’t intimidating for patients.

I do clinic escorting at a local clinic every weekend. We have a fence and the antis aren’t allowed on our property, luckily, but let me just tell you about my experience just today.

  • I had a woman ask me for my name multiple times. She knew I worked for the clinic because I wear an apron that says “clinic escort” on it. She kept telling me I didn’t “have” to work for an abortion clinic. This is part of a concerted effort on the part of anti-choicers to harass clinic workers into quitting their jobs. It’s actually called "And then there were none" and it’s pretty fucking disgusting.
  • When I walked up to a patient as she was getting out of her car (this is policy, we have to ask if the person has an appointment because the antis try to park on our property all the time), she got really scared at first because she thought I was one of the antis. She told me how relieved she was once she read my apron. This woman had an existing child that she mentioned to me as the antis were screaming over the fence about her “killing her baby”.
  • Another woman told me how she was worried I might be “with them” when I walked up, just because the knowledge of how anti-choicers harass people going into the clinic is so commonplace. She was also relieved to have me there. One of the anti-choicers yelled at her about killing her baby from over the fence. She burst into tears.
  • These people also yell at and harass the men that come into the clinics with either their partners or their family members. One woman kept yelling out to the men coming in to “protect [his] legacy”. 

This was all in one day. One day. I’ve had other experiences on other days when I’ve escorted that are just as bad or worse.

It’s not like these people stand there silently. They are actively yelling at folks and when they can, pursuing them. If an anti-choicer at my place of work can’t get to someone through the part of the fence that overlooks the parking lot, they will push their pamphlets through the parts of the fence that face the doors of the clinic. They are aggressive and totally insensitive to the feelings of any of the patients coming into the clinic.

I haven’t worked at this clinic long, but I have seen the emotional effects that these people have on patients coming into the clinic. So like yeah, in one picture it doesn’t appear that they’re harassing anyone, yelling, or threatening people. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. And either way, who wants people staring at them when they’re going in for a medical procedure? Or when you come out of one, and you’re still so groggy from anesthesia that you need one of the clinic nurses (or even myself or someone else in my kind of position!) to hold you up and put you in the car?

Anyone who thinks the people standing outside of clinics are not doing it with the intent to harass and bully is wrong, and patients deserve to be protected from this kind of bullshit. My clinic has a big fence and the patients that we serve still feel harassed and bullied. I can’t imagine what it must be like for people going into a clinic without that, like what is pictured.

Thank you for the work you do. Clinic escorts are so brave, and so needed.

The clinic escort who took me in for my annual exam looked like a Hell’s Angel and was easily 6’5.

The anti who harassed me looked like Aunt May.

#protectthezone

(via iamkissedbyfire)

fuckyeahnaturalstate:

I know people are up in arms about the situation in Texas, so I thought I’d remind y’all that the following restrictions on abortion are in effect in Arkansas (as of May 1, 2013):

  • A woman must receive state-directed counseling that includes information designed to discourage her from having an abortion and then wait until the next day before the procedure is provided.
  • The parent of a minor must consent before an abortion is provided.
  • Public funding is available for abortion only in cases of life endangerment, rape or incest.
  • An abortion may be performed at or after 20 weeks post-fertilization (22 weeks after the woman’s last menstrual period) only if the woman’s life is endangered, rape, incest or if her physical health is severely compromised, based on the spurious assertion that a fetus can feel pain at that point.

Don’t forget the battles over reproductive rights in other states so far this year.

(Source: guttmacher.org)

unfriendlyjewishhottie:

deamhan:

itsgrrrlgerm:

starscapes:

so in case you didn’t know, abortion is illegal in ireland. there’s this horrible pro-life group called Youth Defence whose ad campaigns are unbelievably insensitive (and cite incorrect facts) and this was their latest shock tactic.
they parked their van in front of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre.
let me say that again
THEY PARKED THEIR VAN IN FRONT OF THE DUBLIN RAPE CRISIS CENTRE.
when confronted about it, they tweeted this:

they also deleted their first tweet (“Our driver was stuck in traffic, we wern’t parked there, more lies from pro-aborts. #loveforall”)
I FEEL PHYSICALLY SICK. you evil fucking human beings.
outside a RAPE CRISIS CENTRE.
(image source: broadsheet.ie via bob coogan)

Can we please make people aware of this? Ireland and northern Ireland needs support from all you babes!!!

yes please
not just america having these problems

yeah, wow. there is so much traffic there.

unfriendlyjewishhottie:

deamhan:

itsgrrrlgerm:

starscapes:

so in case you didn’t know, abortion is illegal in ireland. there’s this horrible pro-life group called Youth Defence whose ad campaigns are unbelievably insensitive (and cite incorrect facts) and this was their latest shock tactic.

they parked their van in front of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre.

let me say that again

THEY PARKED THEIR VAN IN FRONT OF THE DUBLIN RAPE CRISIS CENTRE.

when confronted about it, they tweeted this:

they also deleted their first tweet (“Our driver was stuck in traffic, we wern’t parked there, more lies from pro-aborts. #loveforall”)

I FEEL PHYSICALLY SICK. you evil fucking human beings.

outside a RAPE CRISIS CENTRE.

(image source: broadsheet.ie via bob coogan)

Can we please make people aware of this? Ireland and northern Ireland needs support from all you babes!!!

yes please

not just america having these problems

yeah, wow. there is so much traffic there.

(via womanistgamergirl)

“I do not give up the floor.”

—   

Texas State Senator Wendy Davis 

Her response when asked if she would yield the floor to another Senator for a question about 3 hours in to her 11 hour filibuster of Texas’ anti-abortion bills. 

(via iamayoungfeminist)

(via thetwiceborn)

kat1712:

Senator Wendy Davis is a fucking badass.
There’s this bill that they are trying to pass in Texas that would make it illegal to get any abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, and would make it very difficult for abortion centers to continue doing what they do. Governor Rick Perry has already said that if the bill makes it to his desk, he will sign it. And Wendy Davis said fuck no that is not happening.
So she’s filibustering it. That means she asked to talk on the subject at 11:18 this morning, and if she can continue talking about abortion until 11:59 tonight, the bill won’t reach Governor Perry, and they would have to start all over with the bill next time they meet- 2 years from now.
But Wendy has to keep talking. She can’t pause for even a minute, not for food or a sip of water or to go to the bathroom or sit down. She can’t even lean up against anything, or she’s out. So she’s wearing motherfucking PINK NIKE TENNIS SHOES in the middle of the state senate.
She also has to continue talking about the topic. She sent out tweets an other messages last night asking for anyone and everyone’s abortion story, and received a shit load of answers. Her staff is still collecting them, and she’s reading them aloud to the senate. Not only is she making this bill impossible to pass, she may just change some minds while she’s at it.
This is history, guys. Wendy Davis is a motherfucking badass, and we are watching it happen.

kat1712:

Senator Wendy Davis is a fucking badass.

There’s this bill that they are trying to pass in Texas that would make it illegal to get any abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, and would make it very difficult for abortion centers to continue doing what they do. Governor Rick Perry has already said that if the bill makes it to his desk, he will sign it. And Wendy Davis said fuck no that is not happening.

So she’s filibustering it. That means she asked to talk on the subject at 11:18 this morning, and if she can continue talking about abortion until 11:59 tonight, the bill won’t reach Governor Perry, and they would have to start all over with the bill next time they meet- 2 years from now.

But Wendy has to keep talking. She can’t pause for even a minute, not for food or a sip of water or to go to the bathroom or sit down. She can’t even lean up against anything, or she’s out. So she’s wearing motherfucking PINK NIKE TENNIS SHOES in the middle of the state senate.

She also has to continue talking about the topic. She sent out tweets an other messages last night asking for anyone and everyone’s abortion story, and received a shit load of answers. Her staff is still collecting them, and she’s reading them aloud to the senate. Not only is she making this bill impossible to pass, she may just change some minds while she’s at it.

This is history, guys. Wendy Davis is a motherfucking badass, and we are watching it happen.

(Source: ood-on-a-lamp, via womanistgamergirl)

youaintmybabydoll:

kileyrae:

Senator Wendy Davis will be filibustering SB5, a bill that if passed could shut down almost all of the abortion clinics operating in Texas. The special session ends at midnight Tuesday which means Davis could kill the legislation by talking nonstop for thirteen hours.

We’re counting on you!

youaintmybabydoll:

kileyrae:

Senator Wendy Davis will be filibustering SB5, a bill that if passed could shut down almost all of the abortion clinics operating in Texas. The special session ends at midnight Tuesday which means Davis could kill the legislation by talking nonstop for thirteen hours.

We’re counting on you!

custodial-artist:

think-progress:

So, this happened today.

punch all men right in the groin

Guess what—this bill passed in the House, which is silly because it will not pass in the Senate and if it does President Obama will likely veto it. Why waste all the time and effort on this farce?

custodial-artist:

think-progress:

So, this happened today.

punch all men right in the groin

Guess what—this bill passed in the House, which is silly because it will not pass in the Senate and if it does President Obama will likely veto it. Why waste all the time and effort on this farce?

BREAKING: North Dakota becomes first state to ban all abortions

(Source: think-progress, via macaronithyme)

Jason Rapert's Abortion Bill is Now Law

fuckyeahnaturalstate:

The Arkansas House has completed a veto override that gives the state the toughest anti-abortion law in the country.

Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe had vetoed a banon most abortions beginning in the 12th week of pregnancy. The GOP-dominated House voted 56-33 on Wednesday to override.The Senate overrode it Tuesday.

Only a simple majority was needed in each chamber.

The 12-week ban won’t take effect until this summer. Last week, the Legislature overrode Beebe’s veto of a ban on most abortions starting in the 20th week of pregnancy. That law took effect immediately.

Abortion rights proponents have already said they’ll sue to block the 12-week ban from taking effect. Beebe says the courts are likely to overturn both bans and that the state will waste money defending them.

This is unconscionable, unconstitutional, and completely devastating. I had terrible suspicions it was going to happen, but I really hoped it wouldn’t. This is a dark day in Arkansas.

I am grieving.

I am grieving for the women who will be lost to self-induced abortions.

I am grieving for the women who will endure grueling questions about their last menstrual cycle in order to determine they are not more than 12 weeks along.

I am grieving for the women who will be forced to carry their rapists’ children because they were too terrified to report.

I am grieving for the resulting children who will never feel wanted.

I am grieving for the doctors who will have their medical licenses revoked if they continue performing abortions after 12 weeks.

I am grieving the money taxpayers will waste on litigation that could have been spent on improving education or any number of things.

I am grieving for the loss of any new progressive residents who were planning on moving to Arkansas, because who would ever willingly come into a state where you are stripped of your rights? 

I am grieving and appalled.