Abortion, Issues, Politics

Waskom, Texas, Declares Itself “Sanctuary City” for the Unborn

The small city of Waskom, Texas, declared itself a “sanctuary city” for the unborn after it unanimously passed a resolution virtually outlawing abortion of any kind within its city limits. The ordinance specifically declares “Roe vs. Wade and other laws permitting abortion ‘to be unconstitutional usurpations of judicial power, which violate both the Tenth Amendment the Republican Form of Government Clause, and are null and void in the City of Waskom.” City leaders hope to be sued over the measure in order to take their case before the Supreme Court. If the Waskom move catches on, look for dozens more cities around the U.S.-largely in the South-to get in on the action.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

The local government in a small Texas city on the border with Louisiana has declared itself a “sanctuary city” for the unborn.

The city of Waskom, Texas passed a resolution Tuesday virtually outlawing abortion of any kind within the limits of the city of less than 3,000 people.

“Sanctuary city,” is the official term for American cities that have publicly said they will not cooperate with federal immigration officials looking to find and deport illegal migrants.

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Abortion, Big govt, Politics

Buttigieg: No Freedom Without Abortion

Democratic 2020 presidential contender Mayor Pete Buttigieg thinks America is not free without the right to abortion. His remarks were made in response to Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) signing new fetal heartbeat legislation banning abortions after six weeks’ gestation. “This is not an easy choice for anyone to face, and I would be loath to tell anybody facing that situation what the right thing to do is, but that’s exactly the point: I’m a government official. I don’t view myself as belonging in that conversation,” Buttigieg argued. Yet, Buttigieg also argues that it’s perfectly acceptable for government officials to tell religious organizations how they must respond to gender policies that violate their faith. Funny how that works.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

Mayor Pete Buttigieg criticized the new abortion restrictions passed in Alabama on Thursday, saying that America is not free without a right to abortion.

“I must say that I don’t think that you are free in this country if your reproductive health can be criminalized by government,” Buttigieg said.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed the law enacting new abortion restrictions on Wednesday.

“To the bill’s many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God,” she said.

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Abortion, News

Trump Defends Doctors’ Freedom of Religion

The Trump administration defended the rights of medical workers on Thursday with a new rule preventing a worker from being forced to provide (or refer patients to) abortion, sterilization, sex change surgery, or medically assisted suicide if doing so violates their faith. “The final rule fulfills President Trump’s promise to promote and protect the fundamental and unalienable rights of conscience and religious liberty,” explained HHS. In cases where healthcare providers, employers, and insurers encounter such situations, they are able to file with the Health and Human Services’ Conscience and Religious Freedom Division. Planned Parenthood isn’t taking the decision lightly, with its president Dr. Leana Wen saying, “No one should be denied the right to health care based on the personal beliefs of politicians.”

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

The Trump administration on Thursday added protections for medical workers so they won’t be forced to provide or refer to abortion, sterilization, or medically assisted suicide if doing so violates their faith.

“The final rule fulfills President Trump’s promise to promote and protect the fundamental and unalienable rights of conscience and religious liberty,” officials from the Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement.

The rule will let healthcare providers, employers, and insurers file with the agency’s Office for Civil Rights when they encounter situations in which they are compelled to provide, discuss, or refer for the services. The Trump administration added the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division to the agency last year to investigate such violations.

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Abortion, Big govt, Politics

GOP to Force House Vote on Born-Alive Act

House Republicans are moving to bypass Speaker Nancy Pelosi by launching a petition to force a floor vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. The legislation specifies that babies who survive abortions must be provided the same medical care as that given to wanted newborns. To force the vote, Republicans need to collect 218 signatures-a simple majority. Democrats contend that the bill is not necessary because infanticide is already illegal. However, the legislation comes in wake of new laws passed across America at the state level allowing abortion up to the moment of birth, if not protecting the murder of newborns through medical neglect. Democrats clearly don’t want to be on record in favor of babies and against their homicidal base.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

Republican House leaders on Tuesday launched a petition to bypass Democratic leaders and force a floor vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which clarifies that doctors must provide medical care to babies that have survived abortions or else face criminal charges.

“You can’t say you’re pro-life unless you sign the discharge petition to bring this bill up for debate and for a vote on the House floor,” said Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., in a press conference outside the Capitol.

Scalise hopes to collect at least 100 signatures on Tuesday but will need 218 signatures — a simple majority — to force a vote on the floor. The names of those who have signed onto the bill will be updated and posted online every day.

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Abortion, Politics

Texas Legislature Marches for Life

The Texas state legislature is rapidly advancing pro-life legislation in its chambers with just two months left in its 86th session. The Texas Tribune reports that several pro-life bills are making their way through the Texas senate simultaneously with three anti-abortion bills already prioritized by Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick (R) and approved by committee. Among these are SB 23 to protect infants who survive abortions with the same degree of medical care as a wanted baby, SB 22 to prohibit state and local governments from funding abortion providers, such as Planned Parenthood, and SB 24 to require that abortion providers give patients a list of abortion alternatives before performing an abortion.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

Iconic red state Texas is the most populous state in the country with unanimous Republican leadership across both the state legislature and the gubernatorial mansion. Its conservative legal leadership, in the state attorney general and solicitor general offices, is second to none across all the nation’s red states. As such, the Lone Star State is sometimes looked upon as a paragon of how a red state ought to govern when it comes to some of the bread-and-butter issues that undergird the American conservative movement.

Texas’s state legislature meets once every two years for 140 calendar days, as The Daily Wire noted earlier this month. The Texas 86th legislative session began on January 8, 2019 and runs through May 27, 2019. Now, The Texas Tribune reports — tendentious verbiage, such as “anti-abortion” in lieu of “pro-life,” notwithstanding — how multiple pro-life pieces of legislation are currently percolating through the Texas State Senate:

A Senate panel approved a controversial abortion bill Wednesday regarding the rare cases of infants who survive the procedure. It’s one of three anti-abortion bills that Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has listed among his priorities.

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Abortion, Big govt, Politics

Hollywood Threatens Boycott Over “Draconian” Pro-Life Law

The elitist Writers Guild of America (WGA) is threatening to pull all Hollywood production crews from the state of Georgia after the governor signed into law #HB481, a fetal heartbeat bill protecting innocent life. “This law would make Georgia an inhospitable place for those in the film and television industry to work, including our members.” Because, of course, hospitality includes the availability of abortion on demand for actors, writers, producers, and their gliterati ilk. Memo to the governor: threaten to yank, retroactively, any tax credits.

Here’s more form The Daily Wire…

It seems that anytime a state enacts a law Hollywood does not like, be it pertaining to religious freedom or transgender bathrooms, the industry threatens a boycott. Now, because Georgia wants to protect the unborn, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) has threatened to remove all Hollywood production crews from the state.

According to The Hill, the WGA East and West chapters announced on Tuesday in a joint statement that Georgia would become an “inhospitable place” for those in the film industry if the “draconian, anti-choice measure” became law.

“This law would make Georgia an inhospitable place for those in the film and television industry to work, including our members,” the WGA statement read. “If the Georgia Legislature and Governor Kemp make HB 481 law, it is entirely possible that many of those in our industry will either want to leave the state or decide not to bring productions there. Such is the potential cost of a blatant attack on every woman’s right to control her own body.”

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