Democrats Should Frame Abortion Rights as Health Care, Not ‘Choice’
In a striking demonstration of political backlash against the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Kansas voters on Tuesday resoundingly rejected–by a considerable 19-point margin–a constitutional amendment that would have given state lawmakers the power to ban abortions. The defeat of this referendum sends a clear message to national Democrats that the energy surrounding this issue is on their side, and with the right messaging, the party can successfully circumvent Republican-led efforts to ban abortion at the state-level in the upcoming midterm elections.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Supreme Court on Friday denied an appeal filed by plaintiffs in the ongoing legal battle over the state’s abortion ban, allowing the ban to stay in effect.
The ruling marked a major blow to abortion-rights advocates and providers, who had hoped the ban would be blocked for a third time, allowing Louisiana’s three abortion clinics to begin performing procedures again.
Chuck Schumer's summer winning streak boosts Democrats' midterm hopes as Republicans worry about a momentum shift
Schumer's wins are not just for his legacy but also for Biden, whose legislative agenda has largely hinged on Democratic congressional leaders managing their slim majorities. "We'll never be able to repay the debt we owe to those who have worn the uniform, but today, Congress delivered on a promise to our veterans and their families," Biden wrote on Twitter, adding, "The PACT Act will be the biggest expansion of VA health care in decades. We should all take pride in this moment.
“While it is disappointing that four of the seven justices, without any written explanation, issued a ruling that will effectively deny critical care to women throughout Louisiana, the litigation continues and we are confident we can affect meaningful change,” Joanna Wright, an attorney for the plaintiff, said Friday afternoon in addition to confirming the court's ruling.
Following news of the ruling, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry — a defendant in the case — tweeted that he was pleased with the court's decision and will “continue fighting to end this legal circus.”
Important takeaways from Kansas’ vote for a constitutional right to abortion
Including Kansas, 10 states have recognized the right to abortion under their own state constitutions. This is immensely important in our new post-Roe reality. Although the Supreme Court has issued its decision reversing a half-century of precedent that recognized that right, in time, the court should again acknowledge that abortion is also embedded in the federal constitution and is a fundamental federal constitutional right. Elyssa Spitzer is a senior policy analyst for the Women’s Initiative at the Center for American Progress. For the latest news, weather, sports, and streaming video, head to The Hill.
Video: Louisiana abortion ban again blocked by judge, clinics can operate (WDSU New Orleans)
Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to end constitutional protections for abortion in June, access to abortion has fluctuated as the state’s three clinics relied on rulings and temporary restraining orders that allowed them to continue operating.
Plaintiffs challenging the ban don’t deny the state can now prohibit abortions but argue that the law’s provisions are contradictory and unconstitutionally vague.
On July 21, state Judge Donald Johnson issued a preliminary injunction that allowed clinics to continue providing abortions while the lawsuit over the ban plays out in court. But, eight days later, procedures came to a halt when a state appeals court ruled in favor of Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, granting a “suspensive” appeal and ordering Johnson to reinstate enforcement of the ban.
The plaintiffs appealed the 1st Circuit Court’s decision to the Louisiana Supreme Court but were unsuccessful.
Abortion reversal pills: The latest front in the social media misinfo battle .
After Dobbs, platforms’ uneven moderation approaches let an unproven “treatment” to reverse a medication abortion spread.The dangerous and unproven treatment is being touted as a way for a pregnant person to halt a medication abortion before it can take effect. And while claims about these pills have existed on social media for years, they’re now skyrocketing — and getting a lot more traction with users.