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New Orleans On Alert After Anti-choice Protests Surge - VIDEO

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As the courts bat the fee and subsidy strictures of the Affordable Care Act about, non-compassionate conservatives are busy taking away more female healthcare ad family planning options in New Orleans ... the Regressive Right are busy little bees.

Maddow covered the story well, highlighting the audacity of pulling off a cultural and legal Bait and Switch of this calibre, in such a major American city.

DuVergne Gaines, National Clinc Access Project Director for the Feminist Majority Foundation, joins the program to give Maddow the inside scoop on protests in Louisiana that reflect a growing frustration with the GOP War On Contraception. And women.

And buffer zones.

According to reporting at the local Uptown Messenger, the table has been set for this checkers match since long before Governor Boy Scout Bobby Jindal flubbed his first rebutt. The Lipton Brigade has deep roots in N'Orleans, don't forget.

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Mayor Mitch Landrieu has been encouraging Anti-abortion Activist Groups to swarm his fair cit for some time, in fact only Monday he formally recognized one of their ranking Anti-choice forces, by honoring them publicly.

Operation Save America were the enterprising Christians. Lauded for their: "service to the city".

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu issued an official welcome this week to Operation Save America, an anti-abortion organization that interrupted an Uptown church’s prayer service with its protests on Sunday and had plans to parade the alleged remains of a fetus around Jackson Square in the French Quarter.

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Oh, Mitch. Are the keys to the Quarters next? No? Just the homes of health providers? Should have known. The Uptown Messenger elaborated,

"In addition to protesting Planned Parenthood sites, Operation Save America is also holding demonstrations outside the homes of providers. A neighbor to one of those homes — who asked that his name be withheld out of concern that the group would target him — said his family has already endured two sessions of protests, with dozens of people holding signs on the sidewalk near his house featuring graphic images that he has done his best to hide from his young children.

“My kids are scared,” the resident said in an interview Monday afternoon. “It’s all these ugly pictures. They’re talking on the loudspeaker. I try to speak to them civilly, and it’s very difficult to do, because they’re looking for a confrontation.”

The pro-Lifers strike again. The pro-death penalty, gun fondling, woman-hating, borned child-fearing Regressive Right is now stirring up hate among various churches within communities who actually try to offer thinking women and families a type of Christianity they can still practice. Good luck with all that in Republican-led New Orleans.

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Breaking: Hobby Lobby and Corporate Contraceptive Power Upheld by SCROTUS *Updated*

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Supreme Court Rules for Companies in Hobby Lobby Case.

SCROTUS screwed us again. When Alito was rumored to be writing, we knew.

As feared, they ruled for the Green Family and Hobby Lobby and Born Again Wackadoos everywhere this disappointing Monday in late June. Poli-comedian John Fugelsang summed it up.

The women's movement just took a giant hit. From MSNBC news, the initial shock and awe. Craig Melvin had the anchor chair.

 

 

Absolutely catch Nicole Sandler's program now or later on Radio Or Not, as she superbly gives the Progressive view on Hobby Slobby and other SCROTUS rulings coming down the pike. And catch her post "Supremely Wrong", fresh this morning right here at the Carnival.

Some fine background from Think Progress should catch you up to where we are - still reeling from the decision and seeing how the ruling is explained to We the People.

From the day the justices agreed to decide whether employers with religious objections to birth control can refuse to follow a federal rule requiring employer-provided health plans to cover contraception, a broad array of Court watchers have treated the Hobby Lobby litigation as the single most important issue facing the justices this term,this site has probably given this impression as well.

Cartoon by Shan, Durango Telegraph.

Cartoon by Shan, Durango Telegraph.

Updates below on this absurd Hobby Lobby Ruling!

8:55 a.m. PST UPDATE From The Caucus Blogs at the New York Times:

Justice Samuel Alito, writing for the Court, declared that family-owned corporations like Hobby Lobby cannot be forced to pay for contraception for employees. The ruling means that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 applies to corporations, that the contraception requirement placed a substantial burden on companies like Hobby Lobby, and that the government has not chosen the least restrictive means to further a compelling governmental interest — the most demanding test in constitutional law.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, writing for the court’s four-member liberal wing, said the contraception coverage requirement was vital to women’s healthy and reproductive freedom. Justices Stephen G. Breyer and Elena Kagan joined almost all of the dissent, but they said there was no need to take a position on whether corporations may bring claims under the religious liberty law.

On that point, Justice Ginsburg, joined by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, said the court’s decision “is bound to have untoward effects” in other settings.

“The court’s expansive notion of corporate personhood,” Justice Ginsburg wrote, “invites for-profit entities to seek religion-based exemptions from regulations they deem offensive to their faiths.”

The Supreme Court’s ruling was greeted by cheers from anti-abortion groups that gathered at the court Monday morning. As soon as the decision was announced, chants arose of “Hobby Lobby wins! Hobby lobby wins!”

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Lori Windham, a lawyer representing Hobby Lobby, celebrated the decision but was cautious in interpreting it, noting that the ruling was “narrow and careful.”

10:30 PST Analysis continues to grow. Ronan Farrow Daily at MSNBC had a roundtable to discuss.
Akhil Amar, Terry O’Neill, Karen Finney and Robert Traynham have a look at the Supreme Court’s ruling that once again puts businesses before people.

10:40 a.m. PST Nicole Sandler posted Supremely Wrong -- a Progressive do not miss.

1:30 p.m. PST Alex Wagner had some fine analysis on her MSNBC program, Now, at the top of the hour.

If you want to make your voice heard, Daily Kos paved the way.

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Dep't. of WTF: #Christie, George Will, Obama urinal cakes (!), Planned Parenthood edition

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Every so often I read a cluster(f***) of stories that simultaneously has me shaking my head, mumbling "no words..." and screaming WTF!?  Today is one of those times. There were more stories than I could list in the headline, so you get a bonus link. Suffice it to say, I need a Valium. Or at the very least, some Pepto Bismol with a chaser of Pinot.

Welcome to today's Moments of WTF. Let's start the show off with everyone's favorite fallen GOP star, Chris Christie:

I have complete faith and confidence in Scott,” Christie said, according to The Bergen Record, adding: “I believe he has great integrity.” (via TPM)

Seriously, Gov. War on Drugs? You have "complete faith and confidence" in this Scott?

Then again, look who's talking. Moving on to George Will's horrible rape column. Via Think Progress:

...Washington Post columnist George Will wrote a column claiming that being a rape victim is now a “coveted status” that college women seek out. Will argued that complaints of rape and sexual assualt on college campus were overblown. He also suggested that women claiming to be raped were “delusional.”

Pot. Kettle. Delusional. Speaking of which...

A George Will column about sexual assault, which received lots of criticism and caused one newspaper to drop the longtime syndicated conservative columnist, had all male editors, the Washington Post's Erik Wemple reported on Friday. (via TPM)

Par for the Republican course.

Next up: Faith And Freedom Conference Features Obama Urinal Cakes. You read that right. Far, far right:

Classy, guys, real classy. Remind us to point this out again the next time someone complains that we called GW Bush a chimp.

So are you ready for the Planned Parenthood link yet? I'll wait while you get something sharp with which to poke your eye out.

All set? Here we go, a field trip to WalkerWorld. You remember Walker, right? He's the guy Chris Christie has "complete faith and confidence" in. Via the Green Bay Press Gazette:

MADISON — Planned Parenthood will close its family planning health center in Fond du Lac on Sept. 25 after 36 years of service to the community.

It is the fifth Wisconsin Planned Parenthood health center to close due to state cuts in the last budget cycle, according to a Planned Parenthood news release. [...]

The centers provided birth control, cervical and breast cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment, Well Woman Exams, pregnancy testing, and HIV testing. None of the health centers provided abortions, the release said. The centers provided 18,848 health care services to 3,104 patients each year... Gov. Walker ended state funding for women who receive health care at Planned Parenthood. This, coupled with the governor’s rejection of federal funds to expand health care coverage and the drastic rollback of BadgerCare coverage, has increased the need for affordable health care options. These politically motivated actions will have a significant impact on women seeking affordable health care.”

What "great integrity" Scotty has, right Chris Christie? When you're done gagging and pledging donations to Democratic candidates, I'll resume.

Okay, here we go, today's final WTF Department entry. There are plenty more where these came from, but there's only so much we can take in one sitting. This story involves the always-and-ever-vile and thankfully-former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL). Need a refresher course on this asshat? Here you go, scroll your hearts out. Via HuffPo:

Former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Illinois), the outspoken, tea party-backed congressman who was ousted in 2012 after just one term in Congress, went on a Twitter rampage Thursday evening after being kicked off his own radio program for using racial slurs on-air. [...]

Walsh, by his own account, used several epithets during a discussion on the Redskins' controversial name, including the n-word."

Please link over for the details. In fact, link over to all the stories, because a snippet does not the whole story tell.

And that concludes today's Department of WTF.

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WI judge: "I remain troubled… with the inflexibility" of restrictive abortion law

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Republican-run states have done everything they can to legally abolish women's reproductive rights, including reasonable access to abortions. One way to do this is to circumvent their constitutional right to the procedure by shutting down women's health clinics. Wisconsin is one of those states. Others include Alabama, Louisiana and Texas. A federal judge in Wisconsin has put a temporary stop such legislation that severely restricts abortion providers, legislation that GOP Gov. Scott Walker signed into law last July.

Milwaukee women would have to travel about 85 miles one-way to a clinic in Chicago in order to get the health services they need.

But a judge has raised his judicial eyebrows at the extreme demands placed on physicians. Via PostCrescent.com:

A federal judge said Friday he is worried that a Wisconsin law requiring abortion providers to get hospital admitting privileges is too rigid.

Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services sued the state last summer, arguing the requirement will force AMS’s Milwaukee clinic to close because its doctors can’t get admitting privileges. [...]

Conley noted that the law provided no grace period and gave abortion providers no recourse if they couldn’t get the privileges. He also said it could dampen clinics’ efforts to recruit new providers who would essentially have to come to the clinics with admitting privileges in-hand.

“I remain troubled … with the inflexibility of the law,” he said.

I remain troubled by the GOP and their hypocritical proclamations of outreach efforts to women and minorities.

I remain troubled by the GOP and their hypocritical cries for individual freedom and less government intrusion into our private lives.

I remain troubled by the GOP hypocritical stomping all over our constitutional rights as they bellow about Democrats (specifically President Obama) stomping all over their constitutional rights.

The judge's final ruling won't come for at least six weeks.

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Annnd, now … Republican Life Begins At Coitus.

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Written by guest contributor, "hardybear" of the wonderful Free Range Talk site:

Again. Wish we were kidding. Katie McDonough over at Salon has the sorry tale of the local loons in North Dakota who will next want to make flirting grounds for a POP GOP Trans-Vaginal Sound. Hang onto your knickers, sisters.  Pro Life may stop at the business end of the womb, but the GOP will regulate every instant before that baby draws a breath and has a need. Pick-Favorite-Republican

  Anti-choice pseudoscience hits a new low: North Dakota argues that viability begins at conception North Dakota is developing a legal strategy to strike at the very heart of Roe v. Wade. It's a terrifying prospect. In its defense of the ban, state attorneys submitted an affidavit from Dr. Jerry M. Obritsch, an OB-GYN based out of Bismark who believes that because embryos can survive in a test tube for a few days as part of the process of in vitro fertilization that “an unborn child is viable … from the time of conception.”

#Whiplash. Tweeted the Sci Fi Salon link immediately - wouldn't you?  To give the like-minded Oklahoma Regressives their due, it's not been long since they tried to make abortion illegal if a fetal heartbeat could be sensed detected ~ they are frothing at the mouth … and willing to go as low as they can lim-bo.

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And this was easily personal fave for a quick comeback on just how far the GOP has crawled down our unmentionables - never mind had at our bits:

This lady had it so right it was a Huzzah(!) moment! If I had had the guts in my D.C. days, that placard would have gone for a walk or two.

Of course, the next step WAS inevitable … Bravo to the Twitter comic, and you have to wonder if it's Georgia or Utah?

Strategy: Vote the sexist asshats out in November!!

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That Massive GOP Elephant in the Womb Lumbers Into Kansas. Agin'.

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Written by guest contributor, "hardybear" of the wonderful Free Range Talk site:

I don't know about the rest of you liberal dames and the gents who honorably defend us, but I've had ENOUGH of the GOP slash TeaNut asshattery standing their ground in our collective uterus.

Regressives have found a deep pocket of flat-lander Teabangelical cray cray in the great state of Kansas, and it spikes as high on the Boots On the Necks of Women Scale of Shame as tyrannical old white men can aspire to. [Hang onto your knickers ladies, they are about to get an Atomic Twist.]

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TJWomenVotingRepublicanIn this scarifying corner of the American heartland, the conservative attack on women, our lady parts and modernity in general has limboed to a new low. Meet House Bill 2613, which will force every woman who has just suffered the agony of a miscarriage to get the stillborn fetus an official Birth Certificate to provide to the nearest Sugar Daddy in Gub'Mint. [The ones the Regressives want out of their lives but into women's vaginas.]

Alternet does their level best to explain this latest insult to our intelligence. Excerpts below.

House Bill 2613 was an attempt to give grieving families the opportunity to obtain a “certificate of birth resulting in stillbirth” rather than a certificate of death. And that’s all it was supposed to do. GOP Rep. John Doll hoped that the bill wouldn’t become embroiled in his party’s fight over abortion. But one Senate Republican couldn’t let the legislation pass without turning it into a threat against women across the state.

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Frank Bleeping Baum wouldn't recognize Kansas. They don't leave it there, oh no -- time to persecute and prosecute women for miscarrying.

Breeding is their purpose for breathing, after all. [And if abortion is banned, you know those loose women and their crazy libidos are going to self-Abort- Abort-Abort.] 

In short, the bill would force doctors to report women who have a miscarriage to the state. They would have their names entered into a database that state officials could use as a tool to go on witch hunts. The privacy of these women would be violated. The nightmare scenario is that women would be investigated by the state and could be arrested and jailed for miscarriages. Such a law would undoubtedly cause many women to not seek medical attention.

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Every woman with an un-White-Washed brain is clicking her heels in increasing desperation. Listen hard, you can hear them ... and we cannot let down the dames in the sickest Red states, fellow libs. The midterms are vital.

Vote these tyrannical asses out of our vaginas. There's entirely too much unsolicited traffic in here already ladies, and we need to take back our own ports of authority and shut some tunnels down like Chris Christie was paying us overtime to.

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Women again asking partners to beat them, "much like pre-Roe." Laws don't prevent abortions.

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Unless you've been hibernating for the past few years, you are well aware of how the GOP has been successfully denying women their reproductive rights by retrofitting this country with pre-Roe v. Wade legislation. How's that power trip outreach thing workin' for ya?

Check out the image below from The Rachel Maddow Show that lists some of the restrictions set by mostly white, male Republicans, the same Republicans who insist that Big Government is a very bad, intrusive, commie pinko thing... unless it forces women to do whatever mostly white, male Republicans want them to do with their bodies. Powerful legislators are making choices for women, choices that women should and can make for themselves:

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Access to health care services has been severed with increasing and alarming frequency. Now women must seek help from those unqualified to provide safe, legal medical procedures. Even more disturbing: women are so desperate that they are trying to perform abortions themselves, without doctors, resulting in trauma, injury, and even death.

None of this is necessary. None of these new laws prevent women from terminating their pregnancies. Instead, it causes patients to resort to dangerous, even fatal methods. So to all you "pro-lifers" out there, lives aren't being saved, they're being lost, because you are forcing scores of clinics to close. Here's Maddow's exclusive reporting from Texas:

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Amy Hagstrom Miller, Whole Women's Health founder in McAllen, Texas:

"We're also seeing more and more women take matters into their own hands... People go over the border, they get medication to try to self-induce abortion, and so sometimes they'll come to us afterward for an ultrasound, to see if they're still pregnant. Sometimes they'll be actively bleeding... So we saw an increase in self-induction... With flea markets, with crossing the border...

The sad thing is, with the misuse of the medication, something that is actually pretty safe, women could really do harm to themselves not knowing what they're doing...

We have seen women putting things into their vagina trying to dilate their cervix, we've seen people ask their partner to beat them, just the same stories we heard pre-Roe. We've seen people doing douching with Coke or douching with Lysol... It's very much like pre-Roe...

This law didn't do anything to prevent the need for abortion... We just blocked their access to getting it safely... It's obvious we're gonna have a public health problem on our hands."

Lucy Carreon, patient advocate:

"It's unthinkable that a complete stranger, whether it's an individual or a group such as the Supreme Court, you know, they can make such a personal decision for someone that they don't even know. That's crazy."

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