Friday, July 26, 2013

Left Side of the Aisle #118 - Part 2

Good news: North Dakota anti-choice law blocked

A federal judge has temporarily blocked portions of a new North Dakota anti-choice law that has been described as the most restrictive in the nation.

He called the provision in question, one that bans abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected, "clearly invalid and unconstitutional" and "in direct contradiction to a litany of United States Supreme Court cases." Fetal heatbeats can be detected as soon as six weeks into pregnancy, a point at which some women are not yet aware they are even pregnant.

A separate suit is challenging another measure to require a doctor who performs abortions to be a physician with hospital admitting privileges and banned one of two drugs used in nonsurgical abortions.

Another new state law would outlaw abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, based on the thoroughly bogus claim that a fetus can feel pain by then. Sorry, folks, but the brain is one on the last things to develop in a pregnancy. No brain, no pain. It's just another lie, right along with "abortion causes cancer" and so on. However, the plaintiff in the case where the injunction has been issued, the state's sole remaining clinic that does abortions, is not challenging that provision because they don't do abortions after 20 weeks and so would have no standing in court as the law doesn't impact them.

But oh yeah, lies? It seems there is no end to how far the fanatics will go in them.

For example, Missouri state Senate Majority Whip Brian Nieves recently said that abortions to save the life of the mother are actually just "a matter of convenience."

Nieves asked one of the commenters in a Twitter exchange if he supports "partial-birth abortions" - a political term used by the anti-choice crowd to describe "dilation and extraction," a procedure that is used rarely in the third trimester and only in the case of complications threatening the life or health of the mother. When the commenter pointed that out, Nieves replied, "Really? Didn't you say you have an advanced degree? Your statement about 'Life of the Mother' is one of the most common yet kindergarten ways of proving that you don't even know what a partial birth abortion is!!"

When the commenter listed some medical conditions or complications that may develop late in the pregnancy, Nieves replied, "'Life of the Mother?' Your own argument proves it is a matter of convenience!"

Yes, that's it, to them, saving your life or protecting your health is just a "convenience." Except, of course, if it involves guns. Then, it's a sacred right.

Footnote: Let's not forget Texas state Rep. Jody Laubenberg, who in the course of the debate over the state's recently-passed attacks on choice, declared that rape kits, designed to collect evidence of rape, are actually a form of abortion.


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