Gee, I wonder why.
At Donald Trump’s rally in Ashburn, Virginia today, things happened that I would never imagine happening during a general election. He booted a baby, accepted someone’s purple heart, and then this happened: A little kid is yelling “Take the bitch down!” when Trump mentions Hillary Clinton. A little kid. No more than 10, I would say.… Continue Reading →
By Koria Stanton
Two weeks ago, the United States Supreme Court struck down a Texas law that sought to restrict abortion access under the auspices of health and safety. The 5-3 ruling in Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt not only affirmed women’s rights, but also sent a clear message about “clinic shutdown” laws. The ruling will likely spur action on both sides of the abortion question.
The Court decided two issues related to a Texas law that did not place restrictions on a woman’s right to obtain abortion services, but instead limited how abortion clinics and staff were licensed. By placing severe restrictions on clinics and doctors who perform abortions, Texas had essentially eliminated the availability of abortion services and thus, a woman’s right to pursue an abortion.
The majority opinion relied in part on a 1992 decision of the Court. In Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pa. v. Casey, the Court ruled that if the “purpose or effect” of a law “is to place a substantial obstacle in the path of a woman seeking an abortion,” then the law is unconstitutional. The provisions of the Texas law in question in Whole Women’s Health were found to violate the U.S. Constitution because they failed to offer any justifiable medical benefit. Both were deemed to place undue burdens on a woman’s access to abortion.
The ruling, however, is not likely to spark any changes to abortion practices in Washington, D.C.
The District has the least restrictive abortion laws in the United States. Unlike Texas, Washington, D.C. abortion clinics need not be licensed as a type of surgical center and an abortion does not need to be performed by a licensed physician – let alone one with admitting privileges at a hospital. Additionally, public funds are available for a woman seeking termination of a pregnancy due to rape or incest.
It has been nearly forty-five years since the Supreme Court legalized abortion in Roe v. Wade, but the ongoing controversy demonstrates that women’s rights are still being attacked in jurisdictions across the United States. Even as the Court affirmed women’s rights, there is some irony in an analogy used by Justice Breyer in the Court’s opinion.
Early in the majority opinion, while discussing claim preclusion, the Court justifies the suit against Hellerstedt, despite its appearance as successive litigation. Therein, a parallel is drawn to prisoners filing suit for prison conditions violations.
The Court’s use of prison conditions is a reminder of the larger battle for women’s rights in 2016. Despite over a century of progress, women are still imprisoned by legislation that presumes to dictate the choices they are allowed to make in regard to their bodies, medical care, and personal decisions that will ultimately affect their lives and futures.
While the pro-life movement may not condone or appreciate it, Washington, D.C. has an open door policy for women seeking assistance with an abortion. According to the Centers for Disease Control, over half of all abortions performed in the District are for out-of-state residents. Even without restrictive ordinances and statutes like those proposed in Texas, Washington, D.C. is able to offer a service to women, for women, without dire consequences.
The majority justices of the Court needed only to look out their office windows for guidance in their decision. The nation’s capital sets a strong example on a question that affects women across the country. Abortion rights are congruent with women’s rights and District abortion laws make that abundantly clear.
Attorney Koria Stanton, with the Maryland Criminal Defense Group, handles cases ranging from assault and disorderly conduct, to sex offenses and robbery.
This may be the best meme out there. #NeverHillary @realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/q1ovj80Skt – Scott Baio (@ScottBaio) July 11, 2016 As part of the Trump GOP D List Pageant in Cleveland, Donald Trump has been reduced to tapping Scott “Chachi” Baio as a speaker. Lunch with @antoniosabatojr . Great guy! pic.twitter.com/Uml4QIFdib – Scott Baio (@ScottBaio) July 11, 2016… Continue Reading →
In their first appearance together since the primaries ended, Elizabeth Warren was the opening act for Hillary Clinton at a Cincinnati rally this morning, and both of them breathed dragon fire on Trump like none we’ve seen since this season’s Game of Thrones. Thanks to Wonkette for transcribing some of it for us: “For millions of… Continue Reading →
Dr. Hern came in for a minute and my husband talked to him about political policies for a while.
That’s when my husband asked him, “Given the current political climate and what’s happening to reproductive rights, do you feel hopeful at all about the future?” Dr. Hern was like, “No, I really don’t.” It was pretty depressing, and again, that’s how he is: he’s very no-nonsense, very, very honest. He was like, “Look, the fact of the matter is, who wants to go through med school and all that work and all that debt to come out of it not making any money, having threats on their life? Having to deal with leaky roofs?” And of course, the answer is no one. No one wants to sign up for that. You would have to be as much of a zealot as he is.
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The bitch was asking for it!
A jury in Bexar County, Texas just acquitted Ezekiel Gilbert of charges that he murdered a 23-year-old Craigslist escort—agreeing that because he was attempting to retrieve the $150 he’d paid to Lenora Ivie Frago, who wouldn’t have sex with him, his actions were justified.Gilbert had admitted to shooting Frago in the neck on Christmas Eve 2009, when she accepted $150 from Gilbert and left his home without having sex with him. Frago, who was paralyzed by the shooting, died several months later.
Gilbert’s defense argued that the shooting wasn’t meant to kill, and that Gilbert’s actions were justified, because he believed that sex was included as part of the fee. Texas law allows people “to use deadly force to recover property during a nighttime theft.”
See, this is why prostitution is not a victimless crime. The man who pays thinks he owns you — yet we’ve outlawed dwarf-tossing in some places, even when the person is willing and well-paid! Isn’t the real problem that some women simply need good jobs that don’t involve being debased by someone who rented you for an hour?
Hillary Clinton spoke to a packed house at the Brooklyn Navy Yard tonight, as she clinched the Democratic nomination for President. Standing under a glass ceiling, she noted that they hadn’t shattered that one, but one had been shattered nevertheless. After commending Bernie Sanders on the race he won, she turned to Donald Trump. “We believe… Continue Reading →
If you are sad tonight because Bernie lost, I hope it helps at least a little to understand how much this historic win means to the women who voted for her. I didn’t start as an Obama fan, but when I saw just what he meant to those who supported him, it helped. A lot.
So much to unpack here: One of the biggest recent flubs from the Not Great Communicator was in Kentucky, when Clinton harkened back, as she often does with certain crowds, to the good old days of her husband’s administration. But this time she suggested, carelessly, that she was going to put Bill “in charge of revitalizing… Continue Reading →