Some Democrats are pushing for a Hail Mary attempt to win over Manchin on a climate deal after September. The odds are stacked against them.
Democrats seem wary of going on another wild-goose chase to win over Senator Joe Manchin on climate after a year of negotiating chaos.Several Senate Democrats such as Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts are pressing for a Hail Mary shot to secure the support of Manchin on another spending package after September. Beginning with the new federal fiscal year in October, Democrats can craft another reconciliation bill separate from the one they aim to pass within weeks, also capable of skirting fierce GOP opposition and passing with only a simple majority vote. Democrats floated the maneuver last fall when final passage appeared achievable by the end of 2021.
A teenager who says she was body-shamed by Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., has raised more than $1.5 million for abortion funds in just three days.
"A sitting Republican congressmen, @mattgaetz, decided that body shaming a teenager was okay," Olivia Julianna, a 19-year-old activist and political strategist for the progressive non-profit Gen Z for Change, wrote on Twitter Thursday. "So to spite him I raised $1 million in donations to abortion funds in under 72 hours. Abortion is healthcare. Period."
At a Turning Point USA conference Saturday, Gaetz told a crowd of young people that women who support abortion rights are those with the "least likelihood of getting pregnant" because of their looks.
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Gaetz characterized abortion rights protestors as "5-foot-2 and 350 pounds" and said "nobody wants to impregnate you if you look like a thumb."And the president of a major anti-abortion group, Marjorie Dannenfelser, has had enough of it.
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"They're like 5'2, 350 pounds and they're like 'give me my abortions or I'll get up and march and protest' and I'm thinking: 'March? You look like you got ankles weaker than the legal reasoning behind Roe vs. Wade,'" Gaetz said.
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In response to his comments, Julianna tweeted Sunday that she's "actually 5’11. 6’4 in heels. I wear them so the small men like you are reminded of your place." Later that day, Gaetz tweeted a screenshot of Julianna's profile picture to his 1.4 million followers, suggesting that she was one of the abortion rights activists made angry by his comments.
Indiana abortion debate draws protest crowds, vice president
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Thousands of people arguing the abortion issue surrounded the Indiana Statehouse and filled its corridors Monday as state lawmakers began consideration of a Republican proposal to ban nearly all abortions in the state and Vice President Kamala Harris denounced the effort during a meeting with Democratic legislators. Harris said during a trip to Indianapolis that the abortion ban proposal reflects a health care crisis in the country. Despite the bill’s abortion ban language, anti-abortion activists lined up before a legislative committee to argue that the bill wasn’t strict enough and lacked enforcement teeth.
The interaction led Julianna and Gen Z for Change to post a fundraiser for which all donations will be "split evenly" between 50 local abortion funds nationwide, according to the fundraiser page.
Julianna told Teen Vogue in an interview that Gaetz' tweet led to hateful comments about her body over email, including one where the subject line was "MATT." But the Texas-based activist is making the most of it.
"I knew I would be able to make the best out of the situation because that’s what I do. It’s my job," she told Teen Vogue. "People hate me because I’m 19 and think I’m a doe-eyed kid but I’m a political strategist for one of the biggest youth organizations in the country. This was almost like a gift from Matt Gaetz."
Her efforts have been lauded by elected officials and activists alike, including former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and actress Busy Phillips.
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Joel Valdez, a spokesperson for Gaetz, told USA TODAY that with Roe's demise, America is a "pro-life nation" and that "no amount of solicitations will change that." He added that Gaetz did not mention Julianna's weight in his post, "leftist media did."
A young woman holds a sign demanding a woman's right to abortion at a demonstration to protest the closing of an abortion clinic at the Dade County building in Madison, Wis., on April 20, 1971. The Midwest Medical Center was closed after authorities said more than 900 abortions had been performed at the facility in violation of the state's abortion laws. On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court legalized abortion with a 7-2 vote.
Demonstrators demanding a woman's right to choose march to the U.S. Capitol for a rally seeking the repeal of all anti-abortion laws in Washington, D.C., Nov. 20, 1971. On the other side of the Capitol was a demonstration held by those who are against abortion.
Ti-Grace Atkinson, a leader in the feminist movement, is taken into custody outside President Richard Nixon’s campaign headquarters in N.Y. on Oct. 23, 1972, after police said she and other demonstrators were blocking sidewalks and traffic. She and other women’s rights advocates were protesting the president’s positions on child care and abortion when the incident occurred.
Members of the New York State Doctors and Nurses Against Abortion picket the east front of the Capitol in Albany, N.Y., April 26, 1972. The group is from St. Vincent's Hospital and New York Foundling Hospital in Manhattan, and are also members of the New York Archdiocesan Council of Nurses.
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American Party presidential candidate John G. Schmitz leads a protest in front of a clinic in New York City, speaking against abortion on Aug. 28, 1972.
Ellen McCormick of Long Island, N.Y., puts a sign on the funeral flowers delivered at the Capitol in Albany on May 5, 1972. The Right to Life organization sent flowers to the Long Island office of assembly speaker Perry Duryea Jr., as well as having these delivered to the Capitol.
A crowd of anti-abortion rights protesters gather in mild rain on the steps of the capitol buildng in Albany, N.Y., May 4, 1972.
20 Republicans, including Rep. Matt Gaetz, vote against anti-human trafficking bill
Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., is himself under federal investigation for sex trafficking allegations involving a minor. He has denied all wrongdoing.The bill, called the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2022, passed the House by a tally of 401-20. It first became law in 2000 and saw almost no opposition from either party at the time.
Opponents and proponents of abortion rights legislation due for a vote in state assembly argue their viewpoints on the steps of the state house in Trenton, N.J., April 30, 1973. George McShane, left, of Old Bridge, was against abortion rights, while Jean Ambrose, right, of Westfield was for abortion rights.
Opponents of abortion laws rally outside the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, Wis., April 25, 1973, before a hearing on several abortion bills by the assembly judiciary committee.
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Birth control advocate Bill Baird, center, and Carol Morreale, left, as they led a demonstration outside the Immaculate Conception Church, Aug. 18, 1974 in Marlboro, Mass., protesting the denial of the baptismal sacrament to 3-month-old Nathaniel Morreale. Carol Morreale, the child's mother, publicly advocated that women be given the right to choose whether they will have an abortion.
A fireman walks by a wall bearing a protest message against abortions as a special alarm fire gutted the Planned parenhood clinic in St. Paul, Minn., Feb. 23, 1977. The clinic was the site of a number of demonstrations staged against abortions.
Pro- and anti-abortion rights demonstrators picketed outside the Portland, Ore., on Oct. 23, 1977, while Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare Joseph Califano spoke at a Democratic party fundraising gathering.
Participants in an International Women's Day demonstration march along Broadway in New York City, March 12, 1977. The demonstration was called in support of the Equal Rights Amendment, no restrictions on abortion, full employment and affirmative action measures.
Norma McCorvey, 35, the Dallas mother whose desire to have an abortion was the basis for a landmark Supreme Court decision poses in Terrell, Texas, on, Jan. 21, 1983. To legal scholars, she is simply "Jane Roe," the fictitious name McCorvey used when her two attorneys filed her historic lawsuit.
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Kansas abortion amendment vote seen as a bellwether for post-Roe era .
Voters in Kansas will weigh in directly on the issue of abortion, deciding whether to amend the state constitution to allow greater restrictions on the procedure. Kansas primary election ballots include a proposal to amend the state constitution to explicitly disavow the right to access abortion. It will be the first popular vote on abortion rights in nearly 50 years. In reversing Roe in June, the Supreme Court ruled that abortion should be left to individual states.