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Is Fabritzio a secret agent of the Resistance? Seems awfully short-sighted to encourage republicans to sleep on this issue.

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> We trusted Trump

Well there’s your problem

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Interesting that someone named Herrod would be interested in saving babies.

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This kind of thing happening in a swing state makes me happy. It should help Biden and down ballot Democrats.

"Everything that Trump touches dies" Rick Wilson

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sigh, the legislature chickened out again and decided they didn't want to discuss this.

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I had to re-read this three times to make sure it said what I thought it did: "A handful of Republican legislators in swing districts also called for the law to be repealed, including state Sen. Shawnna Bolick, whose husband, Arizona Supreme Court Justice Clint Bolick, voted to reinstate the pre-statehood abortion ban."

Talk about dysfunction!!! I can only imagine what kind of marriage that is.

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VP Harris said last Friday

"Trump did this"

That seems to be a good Lincoln Project.

There are plenty of bits that can be strung together with "Trumo did this".

For starters

Abortion

J6

Covid denial

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The Democrats would do better to campaign around the issue of "bodily autonomy" which would, I believe, attract a much broader spectrum of support than just abortion. Given the extreme positions of some pro-life Republicans, it doesn't take a lot of imagination to envision bans of vasectomies. Broaden the coalition and put the issue out of reach.

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They will never ban vasectomies. They will ban birth control pills. They only care about women not having bodily autonomy.

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Maybe not all at once, but the philosophy behind these bans is the same as the one articulated by the Alabama Supreme Court, i.e., your body belongs to God and is not yours to control--man or woman. Authoritarianism does not stop just because of limited victories. Folks need to remember that.

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I agree. Hammer home the "small government" and "government overreach" element of restricting women's healthcare choices, because that's in effect what this is all about.

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Yes, I've always thought this is one of the most extreme examples of GOP hypocrisy. They scream and cry about being told to wear masks to protect others, yet think it's just fine to tell women what they can do w/ their bodies.

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With these draconian abortion laws, when someone graduates from medical school, why would they select obstetrics and gynaecology as their speciality? Why would one select this area of medicine, if they face the possibility of prison. Could easily create a lack of doctors, affecting all women, not just those who need an abortion.

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Actually, this specialty will still be well-populated, especially among the 50% of young doctors who are women. But none of them will go to these red abortion battleground states for residency or to practice. they will cluster around urban and suburban medial centers is states that have not rushed to over-regulate health care and medical privacy rights.

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If the GOP get back in power they would likely pass a national abortion ban.

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Hell hath no fury like tens of millions of pissed off women.

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I think about this often.

The Republican Party: "We can't seem to win elections anywhere. What can we do to make ourselves more popular to the voters?"

Also the Republican Party: "Eureka! - let's piss off women in their most vulnerable condition as well as medical doctors!"

The Republican Party: "We are very stable genuises!!!!"

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Oh you know it. If they think we're going to "forget" any of this in November, they clearly don't know any women.

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This was a very interesting read. The AZ Republican party is in a pickle of their own making. Do they support this completely out of touch ban knowing a significant chunk of their own base is against it, or do they piss off the rabid prolifers? Either way they lose and Dems and women win.

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Having just re-read the Roe v Wade decision, now rejected by a right wing Catholic Supreme Court, it still seems to me to be the best reasoned treatment of defining a point at which the state acquires an interest protecting the life of the fetus. For the most part, over decades, Roe v Wade worked. Rather than arguing over some arbitrary cut off, such as 16 weeks, as though the moral continuum offers clear moral choices at every point, why not just argue that we should return to Roe v Wade?

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Roe v. Wade was a conservative ruling. Roe v. Wade got it right.

One day soon, the Republican Party writ large will BEG to have Roe back.

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Roe always was the middle ground balancing the choice of individual women and the rights of the fetus through gestation to birth. Under Roe states still had significant control over abortion as long as a reasonable showing could be made for state interests.

This whole mess is the result of conservative judicial activism trying to undo supposed liberal activism and throwing the whole issue into chaos.

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This is a very good piece. The Bulwark continues to impress.

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Agree. Will Saletan's expose of Lindsay Graham's cynical transformation to a fawning Trump sycophant is outstanding journalism.

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"or their career is going to wind up in the trunk of a car." Such an interesting turn of phrase. Mob imagery down to the state level. Yep, they know Trump alright.

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I will never fully understand how a medical issue became a political issue. I mean, I understand, I am not an idiot, but the fact that women's healthcare is debateable among a group of people that barely understand the female anatomy let alone the vast number of things that can go wrong in utero is proof of just how damn gullible the vast majority of the electorate is. Can we discuss erectile dysfunction? Can we put access to "the little blue pill" on the ballot? Can we start talking about the little spermatazoa that go by the wayside as "a tragedy"?

It has ALWAYS been about political power and controllingh women. Man I hope they get crushed in November!

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It’s not just controlling women. The original religious arguments against women’s health care included Church rulings on pain relief during childbirth — they were against, as women were to bear the curse of Eve, even unto death in or as a result of child birth. So it’s not just about controlling women. It’s about making us suffer.

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Thank you for this.

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I mean, seriously, right?

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Criminalize Onanism!

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"Every sperm is sacred..." [I hope the cultural reference isn't too obscure...]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUspLVStPbk

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Is there anything more impressive than the forced birth GQP making a stand on principle?

“The fact is these small-town lawmakers need to get with the program or their career is going to wind up in the trunk of a car.”

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