In one of the morning threads, Kay brought up a great point: anti-choice religious zealots spend so much time with fellow fundamentalist loons that they don’t know how they sound to normal people. This could play to our advantage. She shared an example from an NPR piece about how draconian anti-abortion laws inhibit miscarriage care:
“It is a pro-life position to allow physicians to make those life-and-death decisions,” [TX Right to Life legislative director John] Seago said. “And that may mean in certain circumstances protecting the mother in this situation and the child passing away.”
The sheer effrontery and unmitigated fucking gall of that bible college clown thinking it’s up to him and his fellow fanatics to “allow” doctors to save their patients’ lives. Miscarriages are common — there are about a million a year in the U.S., which translates into many millions of women who have that personal experience. So it’s worth pointing out that anti-abortion kooks believe they have a say in miscarriage medical treatment.
Also, there’s been another SCOTUS leak, this time to Politico:
Justice Samuel Alito’s sweeping and blunt draft majority opinion from February overturning Roe remains the court’s only circulated draft in the pending Mississippi abortion case, POLITICO has learned, and none of the conservative justices who initially sided with Alito have to date switched their votes. No dissenting draft opinions have circulated from any justice, including the three liberals.
Also from Politico:
The latest: Joe Manchin opposes Democrats’ abortion rights bill the Senate is voting on Wednesday, ensuring that the legislation will not even receive a simple majority.
The West Virginia Democrat, who generally supports abortion restrictions, said he would back a “clean” bill codifying Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision enshrining abortion rights. But he says the bill before him goes too far, deeming it a “shame” that the party didn’t put something on the floor that could get his vote.
“They’re trying to make people believe that this is the same thing as codifying Roe v. Wade. And I want you to know, it’s not. This is not the same. It expands abortion,” Manchin said in an interview Wednesday.
I so look forward to the day when PawPaw Blacklung is no longer the reed upon which the entire party’s fortunes hang. It’s possible he’s not the most duplicitous, corrupt and self-regarding bag of shit who moors his yacht in the Potomac basin but only because the place is probably crawling with Republicans.