Last week in Kentucky, by a vote of 14–11, the Louisville metro council passed a safety zone ordinance to create a buffer zone outside of health care clinics, including the EMW Women’s Surgical Center—which is one of only two abortion clinics in the state and has been the target of ongoing anti-abortion protests.
The defeat of Donald Trump, and Biden’s attempts to dismantle Trump’s white supremacist agenda, have inspired a fevered campaign by state-level Republican lawmakers of voter suppression and abortion restrictions. While at first glance these efforts might appear to be unrelated, they are deeply connected.
The National Abortion Federation won a major victory in a lawsuit against anti-abortion extremist David Daleiden for illegally infiltrating and recording NAF meetings.
Statehouses are on track to pass an unprecedented level of abortion restrictions this year, with 28 signed into law between in seven states between April 26 and April 29—marking the highest number of new restrictions signed in a single week in at least a decade.
Women clearly played an essential role in the passage of this legislation and were able to do so as a result of gender quotas that ensure more equitable political representation.
Enacting the Equal Access to Abortion in Health Care (EACH) Act would ensure no one ever suffers—as Rosie Jimenez and her family did—again.
Anti-abortion extremist Jeff White, who pleaded guilty in 2018 to defrauding health insurance companies through state Affordable Care Act exchanges and a multimillion-dollar kickback scheme involving drug rehabilitation centers, was finally sentenced in February to three years in prison and three years of supervised release.
The Whites sent more than 300 people to rehabilitation facilities that offered them kickbacks for every patient admitted, typically in the thousands of dollars.
Last week in Louisville, an armed police officer joined an anti-abortion protest outside of one of only two remaining abortion clinics in Kentucky.
The Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection spurred several investigations into how police cooperated with rioters. It seems on the local level, too, we are in need of such investigations.
When the thin blue line of the police becomes aligned against upholding the law, injustice prevails.
Anti-abortion groups are launching an assault on landmark voting rights legislation HR 1, saying it would ensure “pro-abortion Democrats” had permanent control over the federal government.
The pro-life presence in Washington on January 6 has been, with few exceptions, largely underreported.
But abortion opponents not only were part of the destructive melee at the Capitol—they also have modeled radicalization techniques used in building insurrectionary fever by successfully deploying incendiary lies and conspiracy theories.