The recent revelation that nearly one in 10 abortion clinics in the United States have closed during the past two years has received a lot less coverage than Todd Aiken’s asininities or proposals to force transvaginal ultrasounds on unwilling women. Nor has there been much chatter about the new round of assaults on RU-486, which have led to a case that’s been accepted before the Supreme Court, with potentially far-reaching conclusions. Partly, this is due to fatigue—these days, news of broad new abortion restrictions is barely news at all. Partly, it’s because there’s so much going on in the world—public attention is, understandably, focused on Syria. But it’s also because the anti-abortion movement has been making epochal advances using regulations that are as tedious to read about as they are to describe. In the abortion wars, boredom has become a powerful weapon.
A handful of states are creatively pushing for ways to expand abortion access even as the rest of the country looks to pass more restrictive measures on providers.
Front Page - July 19, 2013
1. Detroit Files for Bankruptcy: In the largest municipal bankruptcy filing in U.S. history, the emergency manager of Detroit asked a federal judge for permission to put the city into Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection on Thursday afternoon.
2. Texas Files ‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Bill: Three Republican lawmakers have filed a measure to criminalize abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected—it normally is heard around six weeks into a pregnancy.
3. Putin Critic Released: Russian dissident Alexei Navalny was released Friday when an appeals court ruled that his conviction for embezzlement denied him his right to participate in the Moscow mayoral campaign, for which he’s a candidate.
4. Florida Protests ‘Stand Your Ground’: “This bill encourages people to shoot their way out of situations, and that’s not how we live in a civilized society,” state Democratic leader Chris Smith said.
5. No Deal After Egypt Coup: Over two weeks after the Egyptian military’s overthrow of the government of President Mohamed Morsi, there is still no sign of a deal between the generals and leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, the movement Morsi led
Photo: An aerial view shows the Zaatari refugee camp near the Jordanian city of Mafraq, some 8 kilometers from the Jordanian-Syrian border. The camp is now home to 160,000 Syrians, equal in size to what would be Jordan’s fifth-largest city. Pool photo by Mandel Ngan
Front Page — June 26, 2013
- Texas Abortion Bill Did Not Pass: It might not have been easy to stand on the Texas House floor in those pink running shoes for over 10 hours, but it looks like Sen. Wendy Davis’s filibuster actually worked.
- SCOTUS Strikes Down DOMA: In a historic victory for same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 law that prevented the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage.
- Bodies Recovered in India Chopper Crash: The bodies of 20 people were recovered Wednesday, one day after a helicopter carrying survivors of major landslides and flooding crashed into a hillside in northern India. Over 1,000 people have died and thousands of homes have been destroyed in the floods, which have ravaged the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand since the middle of June.
- Patriots Star Aaron Hernandez Arrested: Aaron Hernandez was arrested at his Massachusetts home Wednesday morning, one day after his attorney unleashed an attack on the media for falsely reporting that the police had a warrant for the New England Patriot on an obstruction-of-justice charge.
- Markey Wins Mass. Senate Seat: Democratic Congressman Edward J. Markey is the new U.S. senator from Massachusetts, beating out Republican businessman Gabriel E. Gomez with 54 percent of the vote in a special election.
PHOTO: In Rawalpindi, Pakistan, a child sits on the window of a train, while he and others try to escape the heat trapped inside the cabin, as temperatures reached 109.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Rawalpindi railway station. (Photo by Muhammed Muheisen/AP)
Davis began her filibuster at 11:18 am CDT. To derail the bill, she’ll have to make it to midnight CDT. She is not allowed to lean against something for support, or take breaks for the restroom or meals, for 13 hours.
Above is a gif of a map of what the bill would do to abortion access for Texan women more than 20 weeks pregnant. Here is the full map.
Senator Wendy Davis will be filibustering SB5, a bill that if passed could shut down almost all of the abortion clinics operating in Texas. The special session ends at midnight Tuesday which means Davis could kill the legislation by talking nonstop for thirteen hours.
GET ‘EM, LADY.
Less than 8 hours to go!
She’s reading letters of support out loud and I’m crying.
Been watching it. Not planning on stopping.
The last time Davis was on The Daily Beast, it was because her office had been firebombed. She used the opportunity to to point out how little funding Texas dedicates to mental health care.
Front Page - June 19, 2013
1. Lisa Murkowski Backs Gay Marriage: “I support the right of all Americans to marry the person they love … It keeps politicians out of the most private and personal aspects of people’s lives—while also encouraging more families to form and more adults to make a lifetime commitment to one another.”
2. Obama Defends NSA Surveillance: During his first presidential trip to Berlin, on Wednesday Barack Obama took time to quell concerns from German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her country’s citizens about his administration’s intentions with the recently revealed NSA spying program.
3. FBI Uses Surveillance Drones in U.S.: FBI director Robert Mueller told the Senate judiciary committee that his agency uses surveillance drones in the U.S. Asked about the FBI’s use of drones, Mueller said that the agency does use them, but “in a very, very minimal way, very seldom.”
4. House Passes ‘Fetal Pain’ Bill: House Republicans on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly in favor of the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” a far-reaching bill that would limit abortions after 20 weeks of conception.
5. World Bank: Climate Change a Threat: It believes climate change poses short-term risks and has begun dedicating billions of dollars to water management, flood prevention, and other projects to help “hotspots” like Bangkok, Jakarta, and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where the threat of damage from climate change is exceptionally high.
Photo: Kabul, Afghanistan: NATO soldiers take cover from dust and debris from a UH-47 Chinook helicopter landing to pick them up after the security handover ceremony. By Omar Sobhani/Reuters, via Landov
Kermit Gosnell ran a criminal enterprise, not a health-care facility, write Dayle Steinberg and Eric Ferrero of Planned Parenthood.
Last month we published a package of stories marking the fortieth anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. It had a few moving parts but I’ll just go over some of them briefly here.
How it started
This summer you probably heard the story about the last abortion clinic in Mississippi that was threatened to close due to stricter state laws. Allison Yarrow, who sat across from me at the time, was covering the story and it got us thinking: the line “The Last Abortion Clinic in Mississippi” is attention grabbing, but it doesn’t tell the whole story. That is to say, what you really want to know is how far are people away from their nearest clinic, regardless of state boundaries. One state may have five clinics but if they’re all in the southwest corner of the state and you live in the northeast corner, and your adjoining states have multiple clinics but only at their borders farthest from you, then you’ll have a hard time getting to a clinic, even if you had many in your state. To see where this might be the case and where access to services was compounded by new restrictive provisions (over 150 nationally in the past two years) we made as close to a comprehensive database as possible of every abortion clinic. Our goal was to see what parts of the country were farthest from a clinic. From start to finish, this process took about six months…
In any case, a storm more perfect than Isaac (it seems impossible to discuss Republicans in non-biblical terms) has formed to the benefit of Democrats—and not just the metaphorical kind. That hallelujah chorus you hear is coming from David Axelrod’s Chicago office, where he and other campaign strategists were seen performing grand jetés in celebration of their good fortune. What more delicious manna than the opportunity to conjoin in the public’s mind the idiocy of Akin, who weirdly serves on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, and Romney’s sixth son, Ryan. Such a GOP twofer can only be a gift from You Know Who.
The whole business of fertilization with a woman’s body is a delicate mechanism. A lot of things contribute to it.
Kind of sounds like how they talk about the Internet.