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Supreme Court Punts on Constitutionally Dubious Texas Abortion Law

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Supreme Court declines to block Texas abortion ban. In a 5–4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to block enforcement of an extreme new abortion restriction in Texas. Notably, it did not rule on the law's constitutionality. If it had, we would likely not be seeing this ban take effect.

"This order is not based on any conclusion about the constitutionality of Texas's law, and in no way limits other procedurally proper challenges to the Texas law, including in Texas state courts," notes the majority opinion.

"The law's reach is so broad that it clearly violates the Court's abortion precedents," as Reason's Jacob Sullum noted yesterday. "In Roe v. Wade, it held that the Constitution protects a right to abortion, and it has repeatedly affirmed that basic conclusion since 1973. A case that the Court will hear next term, involving a Mississippi law that bans abortions after 15 weeks (vs. about six weeks under S.B. 8), will give the justices an opportunity to overturn or (more likely) scale back Roe and its progeny. But in the meantime, S.B. 8 is plainly inconsistent with what the Court has said about constitutional limits on abortion regulations."

The law—which took effect September 1—bans abortion around six weeks of pregnancy and deputizes any private citizen in the country who thinks an abortion has taken place in violation of this rule to sue abortion providers or anyone who has facilitated the procedure. If they're right, they get at least $10,000 per illegal abortion.

Whether the Texas law is constitutional is a question still winding its way through the federal court system. The matter is currently before the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. But abortion providers and the American Civil Liberties Union were hoping the Supreme Court would intervene to block the law from taking effect as this plays out.

The reason the Court declined to temporarily block the law is complicated—and suspect, some say.

What the Justices Said

Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito, Amy Coney Barrett, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Clarence Thomas voted not to block the law. Justices Roberts, Breyer, Kagan, and Sonia Sotomayor dissented.

"The applicants now before us have raised serious questions regarding the constitutionality of the Texas law at issue," noted the majority opinion. "But their application also presents complex and novel antecedent procedural questions on which they have not carried their burden. For example, federal courts enjoy the power to enjoin individuals tasked with enforcing laws, not the laws themselves. And it is unclear whether the named defendants in this lawsuit can or will seek to enforce the Texas law against the applicants in a manner that might permit our intervention."

In other words, the court won't yet intervene because it's not the state tasked with enforcing the law but private citizens in civil court suits.

"We stress that we do not purport to resolve definitively any jurisdictional or substantive claim in the applicants' lawsuit," the majority opinion concludes.

This is echoed by Chief Justice John Roberts in a dissent joined by Justices Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan. "Although the Court denies the applicants' request for emergency relief today, the Court's order is emphatic in making clear that it cannot be understood as sustaining the constitutionality of the law at issue," writes Roberts.

Still, he isn't buying the majority's logic. Texas' legislature "has imposed a prohibition on abortions after roughly six weeks, and then essentially delegated enforcement of that prohibition to the populace at large. The desired consequence appears to be to insulate the State from responsibility for implementing and enforcing the regulatory regime," he points out.

To Roberts, that doesn't fly:

I would grant preliminary relief to preserve the status quo ante—before the law went into effect—so that the courts may consider whether a state can avoid responsibility for its laws in such a manner. Defendants argue that existing doctrines preclude judicial intervention, and they may be correct. But the consequences of approving the state action, both in this particular case and as a model for action in other areas, counsel at least preliminary judicial consideration before the program devised by the State takes effect.

Breyer concurs. "I recognize that Texas's law delegates the State's power to prevent abortions not to one person (such as a district attorney) or to a few persons (such as a group of government officials or private citizens) but to any person. But I do not see why that fact should make a critical legal difference," he writes in a dissent joined by Sotomayor and Kagan. "That delegation still threatens to invade a constitutional right, and the coming into effect of that delegation still threatens imminent harm."

Sotomayor is more forceful in her dissent (which was joined by Breyer and Kagan):

The Court's order is stunning. Presented with an application to enjoin a flagrantly unconstitutional law engineered to prohibit women from exercising their constitutional rights and evade judicial scrutiny, a majority of Justices have opted to bury their heads in the sand. Last night, the Court silently acquiesced in a State's enactment of a law that flouts nearly 50 years of federal precedents. Today, the Court belatedly explains that it declined to grant relief because of procedural complexities of the State's own invention.

Effect Beyond Texas

The Court saying that it can't stay a likely unconstitutional law if it's to be enforced by private actors and civil lawsuits could pave the way for all sorts of nutty new legislation.

"The immediate direct impact of Texas' law and SCOTUS' punt will be abortion rights, of course, but more broadly there will be an unstoppable temptation to draft nutty bounty laws in many states on many topics, right and left, which is going to be very bad for the court system," tweeted lawyer Ken "Popehat" White.

"This Texas ruling is disturbing for reasons that don't even relate to reproductive choice," commented Cato Institute senior fellow Julian Sanchez. "SCOTUS is effectively saying 'if you build a Rube Goldberg enforcement mechanism for the express purpose of evading review of a facially unconstitutional law… very clever, that'll work!'"

This is just what the folks behind the Texas law wanted, suggests University of Texas law professor Stephen I. Vladeck. "The whole *point* of #SB8 was to create exactly the procedural doubt on which the majority expressly relies to allow it to go into effect," Vladeck tweeted, adding that the Roberts dissent "explains why that shouldn't suffice."

Effects in Texas

Abortion clinics are already having to turn away women seeking abortions.

Bhavik Kumar of Planned Parenthood in Houston told The Texas Tribune he normally performs two or three dozen abortions per day. On Wednesday, "Kumar saw only six patients. He had to deny abortions to half of them," the Tribune reports.

"Since mid-August, all 11 of the Planned Parenthood health centers in Texas that provide abortion services have stopped scheduling visits after Sept. 1 for abortions past six weeks of pregnancy," notes NBC News.

The new law could also create risks for women who miscarry and doctors who treat them.

What Happens Next?

"What happens now? Couple different tracks. First, this case is still pending before the 5th Cir., with unfinished business at the district court," notes attorney Gabriel Malor on Twitter. "Second, any time now we should be seeing the first round of state court litigation with private citizen suits seeking to enforce SB8."


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  1. Supreme Court declines to block Texas abortion ban.

    Haven’t you heard? My body my choice isn’t going to be a thing for much longer.

    1. This is ironically a great time for this to go to court, because with the vaccine debate being front and center it cuts off a lot of disingenuous arguements. You can’t argue that everyone is legally and morally required to get a medical procedure that might result in 1 in a 10,000 people not dying in the best case scenario where everyone is forced into compliance. While arguing that the state can’t prevent a medical procedure that will result in a death every single time it is performed.

      It forces both arguements to be boiled down to their cores. Is there a second completely innocent of any conscious violations person with rights involved in abortions, and how far do our rights to our own bodies go if exercising those rights could potentially harm someone else.

      1. I for one would hope a SCOTUS would recognize that every American has an absolute right to privacy including medical privacy under the 9th Amendment.

        Unfortunately for pro-abortion folks, this would likely give fetus’ at some age the same protected rights that all Americans enjoy.

        Plus, I really hope the SCOTUS makes sure federal funding cannot be used to fund abortions even if they say states can decide what they want to do. Let pro-abortion charities pay for abortions.

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          1. Agreed, and hasn’t this been the core of the abortion argument for a long time. We all agreed on the big 3 (rape, incest, health of the mother) a long time ago, so what’s left, discretionary/voluntary/lifestyle abortions. At which point one needs to ask when the life that is being ended begins to have rights equal to the mothers.
            There are many answers, this is one, each has strengths and weaknesses.
            And this law stands on a Constitutional footing that is no weaker than the one under Row v. Wade.

            1. Scott, For-cause abortion has a host of negative externalities.

              The main problem is encapsulated by this quote from an interview given by “Ms. Roe” herself. “One of my friends told me: say you were raped by a black man, and you’ll get your abortion”. This can go so far as false police reports. When people are desperate, they’ll say anything and do anything.

              On the other hand, you have the problem of women who really were raped but don’t want to file the report (often by an abusive partner) who now have to chose between the abortion they emotionally need and the rape that they don’t want to report.

      2. You’re on drugs if you think anybody is going to make a connection between the government having the power to mandate a medical procedure and the government having the power to prohibit a medical procedure. There isn’t one single person in this whole country who’s going to look at this situation and think “Hmmm, maybe I should re-think my position on how much power government should have.” This is why we’re in the mess we’re in – everybody’s agreed that it’s the government’s job to solve all the problems in the world and naturally they need unlimited power to address all the problems in the world, they’re just not agreed on the priorities the government should have for solving all the problems in the world. But it’s the dankest sort of heresy to even question whether or not the government is capable of solving all the problems in the world.

        1. I am fine with a law disallowing someone to inject someone else with covid with an intent to kill. Same way o am fine with regulations surrounding the intentional murder of someone with unique DNA.

          Now, walking around asymptomatic isn’t intent to kill. Soo….

          1. But identical twins can get fucked.

            1. Even identical twins have a slight variation post initial split of the egg as mutations occur.

          2. Pepperidge Farms remembers all the Lefties running around demanding all Americans wear face diapers and get the vaccine for the Flu.

            …oh wait.

      3. To be fair. This is like a 0.5% survival rate for abortions.

      4. You underestimate SCOTUS’ ability to be entirely disingenuous.

      5. Flaw in your legal strategy: there haven’t been any national vaccine mandates.

        1. Haven’t you heard? Private companies are basically the government now, so “conservatives” are suddenly against private property rights and at will employment.

          1. When it comes to Big Tech and the media they certainly are.

          2. Did you miss the two stories about a judge ordering a mother to take the vaccine to see her kid, and another judge making the vaccine a condition of someone’s probation?

            Or are you just ignoring them because they fuck up your narrative?

            1. the judge quickly reversed course on the custody case. the probation case is definitely problematic though.

          3. Oh, I’ve heard.

          4. I will find this more persuasive when deregulation makes it easier for competition to survive against big business.

    2. Yep. I notice only two ‘persons’ choosing not to wear a “cloth face covering”.

    3. Live by standing, die by standing.

  2. More evidence that millennials are fine and that viral declensionist charts are usually wrong.

    We’re denying their identity.

  3. Resistance fighters in Afghanistan say they’ve ’caused the Taliban heavy losses… but need help’

    Could this be why el presidente Biden left all that US military equipment? Our Allies, the Taliban, need military hardware to crush the Northern Alliance (Resistance II).

    …Or maybe it was the Us law passed by Congress that prevented funding for a US troop withdraw from Afghanistan.

    Trump tried to pull troops out of Afghanistan and the Commies at unreason were against anything Trump.

    1. Communism is the extremist GQP forcing businesses to serve anti-vaxxers, making women slaves to forced birth, insurrection and sore loser audits to overturn the 2020 election, attacking free speech by banning academic theories, Jim Crow voter suppression like criminalizing how voters get refreshments, and controlling how parents and teachers raise trans kids.

      Communism is Treason Trump saluting North Korea’s commie generals and writing love letters to Kim Jong, joining Fox News in trashing Capital police, paying $200,000 to the China Communist Party while evading US taxes, and destroying the agriculture free market with an anti-capitalist trade war then shoveling trillions in welfare to corporate farms, big banks, and rich megachurches.

      Trump’s radical right commieservatives offer only fear, hate, paranoia, anger, insurrection, and negativity. #VoteBlue

      1. Oh good. A new retarded sock. I was getting bored with our old retarded socks.

        1. I love the taste of bitter #MAGATears in the morning.

          Keep crying. #TrumpLost

          1. You just literally came here to cry about Trump *still* destroying the country – so who really lost?

          2. “I love the taste of bitter #MAGATears in the morning…”

            Fortunately, hardly anything matches the stench of TDS-addled assholes, TDS-addled asshole.
            Fuck off and die lefty shit.

          3. Yeah, you’re just as boring as the old retarded socks.

            You guys need to recruit some new talent.

          4. Biden abandoned Americans in Afghanistan while arming the Taliban. But no mean tweets.

          5. Defeated, biologically defective, woke misfits and other leftist degenerates are among my favorite culture war casualties. (Lol)

            Your weakness is there for everyone to see now, with the Biden-puppet’s approval plummeting fast (from an already low point). Understandably, you are getting cranky and are engaged in desperate attempts to patch your sore spots with whiny hashtags that reveal you live in the past. Again, understandable, with your present being rather dire.

            Get ready to be curb stomped in the culture war.

      2. OBL has some competition.

        1. I don’t think this is a parody. This level of retardation can’t be faked.

        2. OBL is at least funny. This new one makes shriek look intelligent.

      3. living in the present…is that what your name infers?

    2. What does this have to do with the article you’re replying to?

  4. “‘In just five years, the percentage of Republicans with at least some trust in national news organizations has been cut in half – dropping from 70% in 2016 to 35% this year,’ the Pew Research Center reports.”

    Apparently Republicans don’t like it when journalists tell the truth.

    #TrumpRussia

    1. Is Trump still calling for Russia to steal emails? Is the Trump crime family still meeting with Russian spies in Trump Tower to exchange election meddling for sanctions reduction? Is the Treason Trump scampaign still giving stolen data to the Kremlin?

      Actually, who cares. Trump lost lol

      1. And Biden’s doing great!

        1. He is. I mean the Endless War Caucus that hates record stock markets, restored job growth, vaccines, infrastructure investment, child tax credits, and stimulus checks doesn’t think so. But, hey, can’t please everybody.

          1. So you like it when progressives buy votes with your money?

            1. You think she pays taxes?

              Ha!

          2. Thanks for listing trumps achievements.

          3. Dependent, weak and desperate to take credit for a mixture of things that are either of questionable utility or simply not their doing. Nervous, defensive wailing.

            It’s almost cute how the coddled, hashtag-war-crying, stimulus-munching princess of the basement labels themselves the ‘defiant’ one. 😀 Carry on, little rebel lol

      2. Actually, who cares. Trump lost lol

        So did your mother…bitch could’ve aborted you, even in Texas…

  5. Remember when the SCOTUS created a federal taxpayer funded pro-abortion rule out of no Constitutional enumerated power?

    Commies at unreason dont either.

    1. Pepperidge Farm remembers.

    2. Yes, the “Constitutionally dubious” ruling is the one the SC made on Roe, and any subsequent ones that affirmed a right they had no power to create.
      So may parts of the document, they are supposed to uphold, being trashed that any “justice” who has voted that way should have been removed, immediately.
      Violating the Constitution is not “good behavior”.

  6. The Federal Trade Commission is investigating McDonald’s over the frequent breakdown of its McFlurry machines…

    This is like them getting Al Capone on tax evasion. Ronald should be dragged for his part in the 2016 Clown Epidemic that terrorized the nation.

    1. Lina Khan won’t stop until every business larger than a lemonade stand is brought to heel.

      1. And those lemonade stands had damn well better have the proper permits.

  7. Cops say criminal justice reform is so demoralizing to them that officers are resigning in massive numbers. But labor data say otherwise.

    Take away their overtime pay and then maybe you’ll see something.

  8. SCOTUS didn’t punt. They just declined a emergency session on the issue, preferring instead for the issue to work its way through the courts. That’s how the SCOTUS works.

    1. Are you implying that ENB isn’t being completely accurate while pushing her pro-abortion narrative? How dare you!

      1. No, the story is reasonable accurate. It’s the editor who came up with the headline.

        1. ELIZABETH NOLAN BROWN is a senior editor at Reason.

          Then her job title is inaccurate? Just sayin.

          1. At opinion mags all the writers are editors, since their job is to produce editorial content.

            The real editor is likely a copy editor or some such.

          2. I thought she was the senior Twitter reposter. Seriously, reason should pay nardz as much as they pay enb

            1. Nardz needs to do a couple pro-sex worker articles.

              1. Abortions, hookers, and weed: the libertarian trifecta.

            2. senior Twitter reposter

              Journalism these days is reposting tweets.

        2. It isnt accurate starting at the headline.

      2. ENB is being accurste. The “That’s how SCOTUS works” guy you’re replying to is being dishonest, as are you. Since SCOTUS had no problem not letting “the issue work it’s way through the courts” when it came to intervening early on stopping Biden from rescinding ‘Remain in Mexico,’ on letting the Muslim Ban take effect, on letting churches defy COVID mandates, and many other shadow docket issues in which early SCOTUS intervention before the issue worked its way through lower courts.

        The right has to push this phony just-calling-balls-and-strikes-innocently-letting-issues-work-through-courts bs. Otherwise, Americans might recognize this anti-American Apartheid Court for what it is: a illegitime scam populated by radical extremist right wing activist judges.

        1. Woof, the tankies are out in force after their guy got made the Taliban’s bitch the last two weeks.

          1. Anything to distract from the obvious incompetence of their guy.

        2. “anti-American Apartheid Court”

          A+

        3. EVERYTHING IS SO TERRIBLE AND UNFAIR!!!!(tm)

          Haha. What a whiny doosh.

        4. More crankiness from the twitchy rat in nervous overdrive, because they know that they are about to get stomped?

    2. Except that SCOTUS has had no problems staying laws and rulings via the shadow docket on many other issues that conservatives like. So this is a departure.

    3. What phony nonsense.

      “That’s how SCOTUS works” except when it’s radical extremist right wing activist judges intervened early to block Biden from halting Remain in Mexico, to provide an unprecedented religious exemptions to churches that wanted to defy COVID rules, and to allow Trump’s Muslim Ban to go into effect.

      This illegitimate Apartheid Court let’s the issue work it away the courts when doing so benefits partisan Republican priorities. And it intervenes early when doing so benefits partisan Republican priorities. That’s how SCOTUS works.

      Democratic campaign managers everywhere are licking their chips.

      1. Is your armpit hair dyed blue? I feel like your armpit hair is probably dyed blue.

        1. WHAT PART OF APARTHEID COURT DON’T YOU GET!

          1. Maybe xi should post it again since I didn’t get it the first two times.

        2. Still wearing a raggedy pink pussy hat, and has an “I’m with Her” sticker on its Suburu.

  9. In just five years, the percentage of Republicans with at least some trust in national news organizations has been cut in half…

    Media bias rears its head in newly overt ways and Republicans pounce.

  10. Joe Biden keeps delivering for the billionaires who helped put him in office.

    In 2021 Democrats have raised the minimum wage by: $0.00 / hour

    In 2021 the 10 richest Americans have gained a combined: $261 billion

    #LibertariansForBiden

    1. Dems can’t raise min wage because Rs would filibuster. Put the blame where the blame belongs.

      1. No problem, the fault lies on the Dems for trying to raise the minimum wage, which hurts the young and inexperienced the most, while providing little to no benefit for those who do get the raise in wages.

      2. “…Put the blame where the blame belongs.”

        On the econ-ignoramuses who think M/W’s a good idea, and I’m sure a brain-dead piece of lefty shit like you is in that pile.

      3. Well then, it looks like poor voters will have to turn out in massive numbers in the 2022 midterm to give Democrats even larger Congressional majorities. Then, and only then, will the “drinking of billionaire tears” commence.

        (But just in case it doesn’t, the poor and working class will need to vote Democrat yet again in 2024.)

        #WinkWink
        #OBLsFirstLaw

      4. They did raise the minimum wage, you’re just either too dumb or too dishonest to see it.

        When you let anyone not working receive unemployment from the state plus $300 a week from the federal government you have, de facto, raised the minimum wage by making not working a more sound economic decision than working. And since we’re all good Keynesians, we all know wages are sticky and we’re now at a wage floor that far exceeds the federal minimum wage and is unlikely to be reduced substantially barring an actual economic crisis.

        1. Many small businesses around here that somehow survived the pandemic are now closing because they can’t hire workers. And get ready for a real food shortage.

          The globalist’s goal of turning the American middle class into serfs continues unabated.

          1. Dont worry, SNAP fixes everything.

            1. Don’t blame me, I voted for Thanos.

          2. When the food stops, the fun starts.

      5. Weird how wages went up under Trump without touching minimum wage federally.

        Really weird.

        Democrats are the party of the rich. It is the only group that they actually give a shit about.

      6. there should be NO minimum wage. this is a false economy. let the actual market determine people’s wage.

  11. A Connecticut judge has ordered blogger Kevin Brookman — a frequent critic of the Hartford Police Department — to turn over his laptop and cellphone…

    Connecticut.

    1. he should wipe it clean and claim he was following the Hillary rules of compliance

      1. And when asked if he wiped it respond with “What, like with a cloth?”

        Sadly, I think playing dumb only works if you’re a member of “The Club.”

    2. I would wonder what the actual reasoning for this is.

  12. The federal government is warning Afghan refugees not to move to California.

    They’ve suffered enough.

  13. Jenna Holm was incapacitated when one cop accidentally killed another. She’s now being charged with his death…

    They’re desperate for someone to be at fault other than themselves. That any DA would go along with it tells you the quality of Idaho prosecutors.

    1. Anything to exonerate a cop in Idaho. Idaho is still a GOP cop worshipping state. I see a “back the blue” or “thin blue line” slogan almost daily. Those elected DA’s see that shit as well.

  14. The Trustees now estimate that Social Security will be unable to pay the full amount of promised benefits by 2033, one year sooner than the same report estimated last year.

    Just print more money. Duh.

  15. Pro-Antifa California teacher to be fired by school district after leaked video emerges

    Go PROJECT VERITAS!

    Look at the guys wife beater. It says Antifaschistische Aktion started by the KPD in Weimar Germany. The Communists.

    I cant wait until Civil War 2.0 is resolved and we amend the Constitution to amend TREASON AGAINST the UNITED STATES as violating the rights of US citizens by attempting to overthrow the US Constitution as Supreme law of the Land.

    1. +1 Friedkorps

  16. Obesity is killing more kids under 18 than Kungflu.

    1. Fat chance that changes.

  17. > “In just five years, the percentage of Republicans with at least some trust in national news organizations has been cut in half”

    Because they would rather get their news from randos on Facebook.

    > “The Trustees now estimate that Social Security will be unable to pay the full amount of promised benefits by 2033, one year sooner than the same report estimated last year.”

    Insolvency in 2034 and no one cares, insolvency in 2033 and people lose their shit.

    1. Because they would rather get their news from randos on Facebook.

      No, dummy, it’s because it’s out in the open now that media orgs are basically just mouthpieces for the DNC. Time Magazine admitted it. Mainstream journalism schools such as the one at Arizona State train their students to be political advocates for leftist causes. They’ve openly stated that, after Trump was elected, they needed to drop the pretense of being objective and cover news in the interests of left-wing advocacy.

      It’s not an accident that news organizations are disguising their media trucks and trying to stay inconspicuous when they leave their deep blue urban havens.

      1. +10000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

      2. This institutional rot was made patently obvious by the Substack exodus of the past couple of years. It’s exceedingly difficult to be even a contrarian leftist or centrist liberal anymore. Unless you engage in outright activism on behalf of the cause then you’re no longer doing your job.

        The oldsters at the WSJ (Baker; Jenkins) bitch about this stuff pretty frequently. Journalism as a trade has been replaced by journalism as groupthink, not to its benefit.

        1. This institutional rot was made patently obvious by the Substack exodus of the past couple of years. It’s exceedingly difficult to be even a contrarian leftist or centrist liberal anymore. Unless you engage in outright activism on behalf of the cause then you’re no longer doing your job.

          Yeah, the mere fact that Greenwald was exiled from the very magazine that he founded, simply because the editorial board didn’t like that was actually consistent in his reporting that the intel and defense agencies were setting the news agenda, only this time against Trump, is elegant proof of this. Trotskyist outlets like Counterpunch end up looking downright reasonable in their criticism of Uniparty actions and policies. Matt Taibbi becomes a pariah because he continues to cleave to the economic class aspect of Marxism, and his rejection of Marcusian dialectics that place the decadent, liberal bourgeoisie as the leaders of leftism, and their adoption of corporatism in the interests of increasing political power at the expense of the working classes.

      3. If you didn’t like anything else Trump did, you have to acknowledge that he caused MSM to erase any doubt that they’re really Democrat propagandists.

        1. And they’ve definitely shown it the past week by sounding like Bush Republican warmongers.

            1. Not Biden and Obama, the expanded it to 7 countries, so more than 2

          1. You’re way behind the “You want to stay in Afghanistan!” false dichotomy discussion around here, sorry. All the other lefty idiots have overused it for a couple weeks now.

            1. Wondering if the new guy got assigned here because the usual trolls were so lame, or maybe just not meeting their quotas.

    2. Because they’d rather not get their news from people who hate them and lie to them and lie about them.

      1. Yep, people are rejecting the media because their product sucks.

        1. Let’s not forget that, not only do they suck, but they are so bad that even lefties won’t pay for the shit product – look at what just happened over at Vice.

  18. No reason to fear Larry Elder and other commentary

    HAHA. Commies at unreason will have their heads explode if Larry Elder wins.

    Democrats just cannot have Black Americans being all Republican and stuff and moving away from serfdom.

    1. Jesus you’re back apparently.

      1. Ive been here the whole time unreason Commies.

        I need to keep the Commies at unreason on their toes that their propaganda can be challenged at any time.

  19. “What happens now? Couple different tracks.”

    I know this statement was in reference to what happens in the courts, but the courts aren’t the only way to battle this. This law was passed by elected representatives and signed by an elected governor. People who care about abortion rights should make their voices clear in upcoming elections, and that means in the primaries, too. It doesn’t even need to be a Democrat vs. Republican issue. If the Republicans had been more moderate, this law wouldn’t have passed.

    Another way to proceed is to work on persuading people who support this law to change their minds. There are people out these who think both that elective abortion is unethical and that it should remain a legal option for more than six weeks. Make sure your argument is broad enough to appeal to people who think that abortion should be legal–despite being unethical–and you have a legitimate shot at changing people’s minds.

    Society isn’t likely to come to the conclusion that unwanted pregnancies are an indication of responsible behavior by responsible individuals anytime soon, so it’s probably better to broaden your pro-choice argument to appeal to people who think elective abortion is unethical and make room for them inside the pro-choice tent. Plenty of Americans think people should be free to do . . . um . . . distasteful things.

    Where does Texas rank in terms of strip clubs per capita?

    1. There’s not much room for reconciliation on abortion. The anti-abortion side believes that a fetus is literally a human being from the moment of conception, and thus all abortion is necessarily murder and should be treated as such. It’s not about convincing them that abortion is distasteful and distasteful things shouldn’t be banned just because they’re distasteful, it’s about convincing them that some murder is acceptable if it makes things easier for everyone else.

      These “heartbeat” laws are as far as one can compromise while still believing both that murder should be outlawed and that fetuses are human.

      1. “The anti-abortion side believes that a fetus is literally a human being from the moment of conception, and thus all abortion is necessarily murder and should be treated as such.”

        I don’t believe that’s true.

        Most Americans see abortion as a shameful failure of self-control. They wouldn’t brag about having one, and they wouldn’t brag about their daughter having an abortion either. Regardless of whether that’s the way it should be, I think that’s the way it is. Meanwhile, most Americans think that abortion should be legal.

        Yes, this means that plenty of Americans think this shameful practice should be legal, and if pro-choice advocates are pushing everyone who thinks abortion is unethical out of their tent, then they’re defeating themselves. Winning that war means engaging with voters where they really are in the real world.

        The limiting factor probably isn’t people who think abortion is shameful. If most Texans would support abortion rights for more than six weeks–in addition to many of them thinking that abortion is unethical–then the limiting factor is the unwillingness of pro-choice advocates to meet the people of Texas where they are.

        P.S. Progressive contempt for the opinions of average people has negative consequences in the real world.

        1. Honestly, Lefties dont really care about these actual issues. Y’all are discussing this like Lefties are arguing these issues in good faith.

          Unregulated abortion erodes family traditions and Cultural Marxists must destroy the family cohesion. Allowing 16 years old to get abortions without their parents permission is an example of this tactic.

          Lefties want the state to be your protector and savior. Not yourself or your family. Personal responsibility is to be replaced by what is good for the state. Sex has consequences and taxpayers paying for your mistakes takes the moral hazard out of your life decisions.

          Lefties use people to get what they want. Lefty ideology uses women so they can have as much sex as they want and just get an abortion. As Ken pointed out, people dont brag about getting abortions. It takes its toll on people. All hard decisions do.

          My last point on this topic is that white babies are in high demand for adoption. Its a lot harder to go through 9 months and give up an actual baby then have a doctor destroy and suck out a fetus that barely made your gut bulge.

          Americans taking the easy way out of life decisions has not done America any favors. Im not saying we need eternal damnation either.

          1. “Honestly, Lefties dont really care about these actual issues. Y’all are discussing this like Lefties are arguing these issues in good faith.”

            I’m also talking about what Republicans think. Why isn’t this clear?

            53% of Americans think abolition is morally unacceptable.

            https://news.gallup.com/poll/350756/record-high-think-abortion-morally-acceptable.aspx

            In a state like Texas, that number is probably higher, which just means that if the pro-choice side wants to win against a bill that limits abortion to six weeks, they need to win the support of people who think abortion is morally unacceptable.

            22% of Republicans identify as pro-choice.

            And, no, the people who think abortion is morally unacceptable are not homogenous, some of them are Democrats (especially in Texas), and plenty of Republicans think that abortion should be legal even if it’s morally unacceptable. This isn’t unusual or strange. Americans think cheating on your spouse is morally unacceptable but should be perfectly legal, as well. Thinking morally unacceptable things should be legal is common everywhere outside of the Twitterverse.

            The question is how the pro-choice people in Texas rally voters against this law, and the answer is not by insisting that abortion is morally acceptable. It is by persuading people who already think that abortion is morally unacceptable to support a time longer than six weeks anyway.

            1. 53% of Americans think abolition is morally unacceptable.

              Wow, how old is that poll? /sarc

              1. God damn autocorrect.

                Abortion! Abortion! Abortion!

          2. “Lefties want the state to be your protector and savior. Not yourself or your family. Personal responsibility is to be replaced by what is good for the state.”

            And yet it’s GQP Righties forcing businesses to serve anti-vaxxers, making women slaves to forced birth, pushing insurrection and sore loser audits to overturn the 2020 election, attacking free speech by banning academic theories, enacting Jim Crow voter suppression like criminalizing how voters get refreshments, and controlling how parents and teachers raise trans kids.

            Make it make sense.

            Of course, that’s why they’re now despised by educated, nonwhite, and youth voters to the point Arizona and Georgia are trending blue. Personality responsibility? This from the people that constantly scapegoats the media and immigrants for their loser lives, and that blame everybody but Trump for Trump being an unpopular, unlikeable, widely-hated one term failure? Please.

            1. Shush, tankie.

            2. “Of course, that’s why they’re now despised by educated, nonwhite, and youth voters to the point . . .

              Isn’t it interesting how when you ask a progressive why the white, blue collar, middle class thinks progressives hate them, that the progressive almost invariably starts talking about why the white, blue collar, middle class should be hated?

              Your contempt for people based on demographic criteria is irrational and disgusting.

              1. I think it’s pretty clear she’s a fifty center sent from Huffpo or something.

                Might even be Jdrom.

              2. The jew cries out in pain as he strikes you.

            3. DefiantOne seems to think this is Opposites Day!
              But then lefty shits are easily confused.

            4. Wow you are really bad at trolling. This would be lame in the WaPo, for God’s sake.

            5. Biden will probably turn out to be a biologically redundant, impotent quarter term failure and I think this very real possibility is the reason for your crankiness and inclination to live in the past now.

          3. Jews relish the blood of unborn Gentiles as a delicacy above all others. Hence their shrieks and wails over the Texas law. Blood libel is the life force of international jewry.

        2. America is surely winning the war against babies.

          1. Tell me one good thing about murdering babies
            Its easy

        3. Most Americans see abortion as…

          I wouldn’t be surprised if most Americans wouldn’t give two shits about abortion. But we’re not talking about most Americans, we’re talking about Republicans in the Texas Legislature and the Texas Republicans that voted for them in the primaries. The Republican legislators that voted for this bill gave their constituents what they wanted, and what their constituents wanted (those that cared, anyway) was to get tougher on abortion. Among that subset of Americans, you can’t argue about how practical it would be to allow for legalized abortion anymore than you can argue about how practical it would be to allow for legalized murder.

          I will say this, though. The push from the far left to legalize postpartum abortion and tie in taxpayer funding as part of the “right” to abortion makes the pro-abortion side look downright insane while the push from the right to move from no abortion whatsoever to defining the Supreme Courts ambiguous “viability” test and allowing for limited legalized abortion under those terms make the anti-abortion side look comparatively reasonable.

          1. I generally agree with your thoughts, Moon, but I think there is room for arguments to practicality and side-effects. There is a significant question about if this will encourage false-rape accusations or cause women who don’t want their attacker arrested to be forced to carry their rapist’s baby.

            The “life of the mother” exception also gets into a lot of edge cases of just how risky the pregnancy has to be. Everyone agrees on the certain death situation (because at that point, it’s almost always lose the baby and maybe save the mom or definitely lose both), but if it’s just going to be an incredibly rough and dangerous pregnancy, then you have to lay the question. There’s also doomed pregnancies, such as if the fetus has no lungs or is severely deformed. Where is the dividing line? How are you going to tell until it’s too late? This could cause a lot of additional suffering.

            The pro-life side is generally much more amenable to compromise than the media portrays.

        4. Ken wrote:
          “if pro-choice advocates are pushing everyone who thinks abortion is unethical out of their tent, then they’re defeating themselves.”

          I strongly agree.

          It appears that anti abortion extremists in the Texas GOP have gone to great lengths to snatch defeat (in next year’s elections) from the jaws of victory.

          If this new theocratic anti women and anti liberty Texas law is NOT overturned by the courts before next year’s elections, Democrats may keep control of the US House and Senate, gain some/many state legislature’s and governor’s mansions, and salvage Biden’s (er Sanders’, AOC’s and Pelosi’s) disastrous left wing socialist agenda (and further expand the number illegal immigrants crossing the Mexican border).

          I cannot understand why/how Texas Republicans have been so stupid to enact this law, as it could sabotage many GOP victories next year throughout the nation.

          Here in PA, Democrats are already hyping the Texas law to defeat the next GOP candidate for Governor.
          https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/supreme-courts-decision-on-a-texas-abortion-ban-raises-the-stakes-for-the-pa-governors-race/

          1. From the 1970’s until the turn of the century, I primarily voted for Democrats in State and Federal elections primarily because I opposed campaigns by the Christian GOP Taliban to
            – ban abortion,
            – ban/severely restrict birth control,
            – ban/severely restrict sex education in schools,
            – impose Creationism in public schools (which occurred in the school district adjacent to the one where I graduated),
            – oppose/prevent gay marriage (and demonize all gays), and
            – further transform America into a Christian Nation under their GOD.

            Most Americans (including most Independent voters) and many free market libertarians like me (who primarily vote for Republicans to preserve capitalism and individual freedoms, and to oppose counterproductive government regulations) strongly support maintaining women’s right to abortion (during the first 24 weeks and in cases of rape, incest, and the mother’s health).

            Anti abortion extremists are not much different than the Taliban in Afghanistan (other than their religious preference) in their campaigns to impose their religious beliefs on everyone else, which is also called a Theocracy.

            1. Can we get a new law, similar to Godwin’s Law, but governing ridiculous “JUST LIKE THE TALIBAN” comparisons?

            2. During the past 40 years, I’ve gone to great lengths to engage in rationale discussions with many anti abortion activists (and protesters) to seek some common ground (as I am also pro family, which is why I oppose left wing welfare state policies that have sharply increased the number/rate of fatherless children, who commit most crimes and create many other social problems).

              Whenever I asked anti abortion activists if they would support policies to “significantly reduce abortions” (via truthful sex education and improved access to birth control), none of them would agree (to support reducing the number of abortions).

              Instead, they insisted that all abortions were immoral and should be banned.

              Whenever I asked them if they wanted doctors (and/or mothers) to go to jail (or pay huge fines) for providing or obtaining an abortion, none of the anti abortion activists would answer the question, but instead revert back to “all abortions are immoral”.

              If nothing else, Republicans should realize that if not for legal abortions, the number/rate of fatherless children in America would be far greater than during the past five decades (when the number/rate of fatherless children has skyrocketed and caused most of the crime, economic and social strife in poor minority communities, as well as among poor whites).

              1. It gets really bad when you can’t even persuade people to do what’s in their own best political interests.

              2. I bet the leadership of the Taliban has the same problem right now.

                Leadership: “If we slaughter our enemies, it will create instability and we won’t be able to attract foreign investment in our mining industry.”

                Radical: “What’s the point of winning if we can’t slaughter our enemies?”

                Leadership: “What’s the point of winning control of the country if we can’t keep it?”

                Radical: “You’re selling us out to the devil!”

                1. P.S.

                  “Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) said Republican calls for removing President Biden from office over the Afghanistan withdrawal were impractical, urging GOP voters to focus instead on winning back the House and Senate in next year’s midterm elections.”

                  —-WSJ

                  https://www.wsj.com/articles/mcconnell-urges-gop-voters-to-focus-on-midterms-not-biden-impeachment-11630527117?

                  Wanna snatch defeat from the jaws of victory? That’s how you do it.

                  1. Except that McConnel’s statement is correct, as Republicans cannot impeach or remove Biden unless/until they control the House and Senate.

                    1. The larger point that the opposing party tends to rally around the president also deserves consideration.

                      Impeaching Clinton was a political mistake.

                      Impeaching Trump was a political mistake.

                      There may not be anything else in the world that could make Democrats rally around Joe Biden right now–except for the Republicans trying to impeach him.

              3. What would you say to someone who’s life has been saved by the recent law?

    2. And pro-choice folks should stop trying to have the government fund places like Planned Parenthood. Take the money they spend lobbying and fundraising for candidates and just use that to fund clinics. Creates a bit of animus by forcing people to pay for something they find distasteful.

      1. Having a lefty state pass a pro-abortion law right up to conception, then cheering like their team just won the Super Bowl didn’t help either.

        1. Hopefully you meant birth. Abortion up to conception isn’t something anyone would really object to.

      2. Yeah, I’m OK with legal abortion, but no one should be forced to subsidize it. My body, my choice (in all things) and my money my choice.

        1. It’s not about legality, it’s about “access.” And access means someone else pays for it.

          1. Yep, it’s the old adage: My Body! My Choice! Your Wallet!

  20. “The Federal Trade Commission is investigating McDonald’s over the frequent breakdown of its McFlurry machines”

    Somebody grabbed this from Onion, right?

    1. Dairy Queen suing McDonalds for ripping off the Blizzard.

      Lina Khan is now the chair of the FTC, and this doesn’t surprise me one bit.

      1. Dairy Queen suing McDonalds for ripping off the Blizzard . . . would make more sense.

    2. How dumb do you have to be not to immediately realize that it’s Joe Biden who is personally behind the push to punish people who fuck with the ice cream?

      1. I assumed it was because Trump likes McDonald’s.

        1. Trump was right about that. He is very picky about food and a germophobe. McDonalds is very consistent with good QC and safer than regular restaurant food.

          1. I wouldn’t know because I don’t eat that shit.

      2. I’m guessing he ordered a McFlurry and their machine was broken, at which point he went on a 2 hour rant about they were messing with wrong guy because he was the one “who once took down Corn Pop, and Corn was a bad dude who ran a bunch of bad boys…”

        1. “…speaking of corn pop, that sounds like a good ice cream flavor. Listen, let me be clear, my predecessor, he didn’t understand. That’s not who we are.”

    3. Sevo, this is a real thing. Someone posted a lengthy YT video on it. It has to do with the sole-source equipment supplier being in bed with the Mickey D’s board. They charge exorbitant rates for the sole-source repair services, which makes up a significant amount of their income.
      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=SrDEtSlqJC4

  21. “Texas’ legislature “has imposed a prohibition on abortions after roughly six weeks, and then essentially delegated enforcement of that prohibition to the populace at large.”

    Now do Biden having social media ban certain accounts.

    1. Or changes to election law:

      “Sorry just because the change is patently unconstitutional doesn’t mean you get to challenge it”

      On challenge post election: “Yes it’s unconstitutional but the result must stand because it’s to expensive to do a new election and besides, it’s too expensive. Oh well, better luck next time.”

      Slightly different but still about leveraging standing to advance leftist goals. With abortion no standing should get a say in court, for election law no dice.

  22. Notably, it did not rule on the law’s constitutionality. If it had, we would likely not be seeing this ban take effect.

    It’s not like Roe was decided based on constitutionality, either. If it had been, we likely would not have seen it used as the basis for subsequent abortion laws.

  23. https://mobile.twitter.com/RichardHanania/status/1433288552498929670

    “You can’t screen for Down syndrome before about 10 weeks, and something like 80% of Down syndrome fetuses are aborted. If red states ban abortion, we could see a world where they have five times as many children with Down syndrome, and similar numbers for other disabilities.”

    We have to have abortion on demand so we can kill all the retards.

    1. You can kill as many as you like while they’re still in the womb, just don’t call anyone retards.

      1. They need to be aborted to protect them from insensitive language.

    2. And yet the country is full of retards after 40+ years of baby-murder-on-demand.

      1. Prenatal testing isn’t 100% accurate. We missed a few.

    3. I don’t know who he’s trying to convince here. This is a feature.

    4. These people really think that a couple hour road trip is some kind of insurmountable barrier

      1. I might be for a poor women working 2-3 jobs and working 7 days a week. Especially given how damn big Texas is.

        1. This early in the pregnancy it seems like you don’t need a surgical procedure. Drug induced should work, right?

          1. I don’t even care about abortion either way, but if she’s working 2-3 jobs 7 days a week, when did she find time to have sex in the first place?

          2. Yes. 3-24 weeks. However the odds that she will know she is pregnant are very low. Most women suspect when they miss a period and she might think she is just a little late. Then they check.

            Most women who keep a test kit in the medicine cabinet are trying to get pregnant.

        2. there’s always the margins but lets not hyperventilate over what will be at most a minor inconvenience for the vast majority.

      2. Assuming a Texan in Brownsville didn’t want to go to Mexico for the abortion, she would have to drive about 7 hours to get out of Texas.

    5. We have to have abortion on demand so we can kill all the retards.

      It always starts with killing retards with these people and then they move on to other “undesirables.”

      1. I thought the same thing. This reads like the pamphlet of a 1930s eugenics movement, to put it mildly.

    6. I could see honour killing based on intelligence or school performance becoming a thing. We are only 2 or 3 ethical delusions away from justifying it. People are fking animals.

  24. In a 5–4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to block enforcement of an extreme new abortion restriction in Texas.

    Now they’ve done it, court packing in 5… 4… 3… 2… 1…

    1. I for one look forward to President Trump winning election 2024 by 1 trillion votes and adding 30 new justices to the SCOTUS.

  25. Lol. Fuck reason and their second take on “constitutionally dubious” when most legal scholars call roe one of the worst decided cases based on legal analysis. Just sad at this point.

    1. RBG is a right wing radical!

  26. Re: abortion restrictions

    Meh… libertarianism is about incremental changes in environmental laws, tax rates on people who have more money than us, and the whims of tech bros who monetized white supremacists at first, but then banned them once it became apparent that they didn’t have much money. Strapping a women down to a gurney for 9 months to make sure she has a kid she doesn’t want plays no role in my conception of what libertarianism means.

    1. Those are certainly words.

  27. God I am so sick of the abortion issue. At this point I could care less either way. Everyone is right about it on some level. Get the abortion, don’t get the abortion. Overturn Roe v Wade and let the states decide. Who gives a shit either way. There’s so many more important things to get riled up over instead of whether or not some 20 year old college kid has to go on a three hour drive to get her abortion or not.

    1. My feelings. If I were president that will be the one thing I didn’t ask of a judge before putting forth their nomination. Wickard v Filburn would be my litmus test.

    2. They have to keep people REEEEEEEING about abortion because most of the real, serious problems are beyond solving at this point. The Texas law won’t survive and everyone knows it. It’s just a means to distract people from serious issues, and a way to get one-issue voters to the polls in 2022.

    3. Yeah, like whether a billionaire pays a 38 vs a 41% marginal tax rate. The former is good capitalism. The latter is bad communism fostered by Democrats.

      1. Commie-shit:
        “Higher taxes for everybody but me!”

      2. You’re right on this one, the difference is marginal and not interesting.

        The correct answer of course is 0% tax rate for billionaires, and everyone else too.

    4. The nearest flight of stairs is likely closer than a 3 hour drive.

  28. even a temporary roadblock in the War on Life is just fine.

  29. “The law’s reach is so broad that it clearly violates the Court’s abortion precedents,” as Reason’s Jacob Sullum, who is not a lawyer and did not even attend law school noted yesterday.

    Reads better that way

  30. Cops say criminal justice reform is so demoralizing to them that officers are resigning in massive numbers.

    Some good news!

    But labor data say otherwise.

    Ah, shit

  31. Someone inside the intelligence or military world illegally leaked a transcript of Biden’s July 23 conversation with Ghani as punishment for his withdrawing from Afghanistan.

    They did the same to Trump constantly. If you think the US has no Deep State, you understand nothing.

    I give Greenwald credit for being consistent here. He’s likely correct, too, that this was some spiteful act from a DoD or spook agency supervisor who’s pissed about us pulling out of Afghanistan. Getting a copy of a diplomatic cable isn’t particularly difficult for the latter.

    1. My take is, it was less about being pissed for pulling out of Afghanistan, and more pissed about the DoD being thrown under the bus for the botch job of a withdrawal. Warning shots from the deep state: don’t fuck with us. We’ll sink you too.

    2. Either way, it’s definitely an impeachable phone call, right?

      1. A President pressuring a foreign leader to lie so the President doesn’t look bad seems to be a better basis for impeachment than another President trying to find out if a former VP did anything improper in leveraging foreign aid where the VP had a familial interest in the matter.

        1. Yeah, if you’re a fucking moron like you with a partisan axe to grind. Then, probably yes.

          1. Commie-shit seems to think it’s Opposite Day also. But assholes like him are easily confused.

          2. Very thoughtful rebuttal.

          3. At least I’m smart enough to pay mortgage. You’re too dumb to even manage that basic task.

        2. Asking someone to lie to avoid looking bad is like 89% of foreign policy for any country.

          1. ^This^

            You only get punished for it if the Deep State decides they don’t like you and the opposition party has enough votes to impeach after putting on a show trial.

          2. Except he also made US air support contingent on that lie. How’d that work out?

            1. Great! He went on TV and everything and explained how effective and efficient the withdrawal was. Don’t you watch the news?

              Sarc aside, just because he shot himself in the foot doesn’t make what he did illegal. “You do X and I’ll do Y” is how these engagements always work at some level.

              1. Did he threaten, then do, what was NOT in the best interests of the United States in exchange for lying to make him look better?

      2. Anything can be impeachable if the party controlling the impeachment process wants it to be. Those are the rules, right?

  32. “”Warning shots from the deep state: don’t fuck with us. We’ll sink you too.””

    A senior Senator did warn an incoming President how vindictive the deep state is.

  33. Damn this law is having such an awesome effect on the left. Their collectivist heads are just assploding, and the liberaltarians right along with them.

  34. If Democrats truly opposed the new Texas law banning virtually all abortions, they could/would have (and can still) enacted/enact a federal statute legalizing the right to an abortion before 24 weeks of pregnancy and in cases of incest, rape and the health of the mother.

    Had the Dems truly wanted to protect American women’s right to an abortion could have enacted a federal statute during the Clinton and Obama administrations (when Dems also controlled the House and Senate). Dems still have a window of opportunity now (until next year’s election) to enact a similar law (that would preempt all more restrictive state laws).

    But instead, the Democrat leadership has chosen to make abortion a Supreme Court issue (by exclusively relying upon Roe v Wade) and a political issue in every election (by accusing all Republican candidates of wanting/trying to ban abortion),

    Perhaps Pelosi and Schumer will use this threat/opportunity to enact a federal statute that preserves women’s right to an abortion before 24 weeks and in cases of incest, rape and the health of the mother.

    1. You think that would pass in the Senate where there are 45 members of the Taliban caucus ready to filibuster?

      1. “…where there are 45 members of the Taliban caucus ready to filibuster?…”

        Did droolin’ Joe fuck up so much that he managed to pack the senate with Taliban, or is commie-shit just being his normal, abysmally stupid self?

      2. I strongly suspect that 10 Senate GOP votes could be obtained to enact a federal statute that legalizes abortions before the 20th week of pregnancy, and in cases of incest, rape and the health of the mother.

        1. Wow! Dream on. Have you seen the modern GOP in action. They a’int your grandpappy’s Republican Party.

          1. Fortunately the Rs remain within a standard deviation of “sane”, whereas the Ds support a fucking demented POS like droolin’ Joe.

    2. lol go open a clinic, Kermit.

  35. Abortion advocates are, unfortunately, a particularly noxious breed of human. They advocate for women surrendering motherhood ostensibly in pursuit of careerist aspirations but which, in practice, result in women morphing into unhappy, drug addled, schoolmarm militants for whom the notion of bodily autonomy is nothing more than a rhetorical ploy embraced in order to destroy the integrity of the American family and replace it with dependency on government. They screech, they scream, they celebrate the murder of babies (as if aborting an eight month old is inherently virtuous) and decry the existence of white men as impediments to a neo-Marxist revolution.

    So long as the proponents of abortion continue to flare their insanity and celebrate abortion it as something eminently desirable, decent normal people will oppose abortion more and more.

    In other words, when you explicitly sell abortion as a political ideology embraced by people who actually despise freedom (while draping themselves in the false flag of bodily autonomy), the battle is no longer so much about abortion, but the politics of it.

    And, here I am, without a real dog in the fight rooting against abortion advocates not because of the abortion but because anything that serves as a wrench in the gears of the Marxist machine will win my support every time.

    Basically, fuck Marxists. If abortion bans piss them off, I’m all for it. Marxists belong in the ground and I am not going to cede any ground to them on any point, ever.

    1. An eloquent critique, though I wouldn’t call it strictly prolife (“Marxists belong in the ground”).

      1. Burying them alive works too.

  36. “In just five years, the percentage of Republicans with at least some trust in national news organizations has been cut in half – dropping from 70% in 2016 to 35% this year,” the Pew Research Center reports.

    That’s disappointing. It should be lower.

    1. How much of the remainder exclusively watch Fox news?

    2. Yeah I can’t believe there’s even 35%

  37. Bhavik Kumar of Planned Parenthood in Houston told The Texas Tribune he normally performs two or three dozen abortions per day.

    ?!!

    1. The thing is, the fact that he’s now forced to do *fewer* abortions is cited as a factor to elicit sympathy for the abortionist.

      Sick and twisted stuff.

      1. He won’t be doing any. At six weeks you do medical abortions, not surgical.

    2. Quite the butcher.

    3. He’s not cited as a doctor either, so just what does “performs abortions” mean?

  38. And if they’re mostly babies… er pregnancies of color, Margaret Sanger would be proud!

    1. “Clumps of cells of color”

      Or

      BICOCOC

  39. The Texas statute goes against the Supreme Court’s precedents on abortion, but to say that makes it unconstitutional is to enshrine Blackmun’s poorly reasoned, results oriented usurpation of State authority as the last word on the Constitution in this area, when it is viewed as wrongheaded a decision as Dred Scott.

    By trying to have the court set policy in a controversial clash of rights that should have been decided in the state legislatures, this is th he result. Roe has been a source of irritation in our body politic which has corrupted elections, the selection of judges because an ideologically motivated elites were impatient with the normal political process.

    1. Sounds like another lawsuit could be brought by citizens as plaintiff.

  40. “The Court saying that it can’t stay a likely unconstitutional law if it’s to be enforced by private actors and civil lawsuits could pave the way for all sorts of nutty new legislation.”

    If only some libertarians would be warning about this instead of saying “ehhhh its okay!”

    1. All of a sudden ENB cannot grasp the concept of standing in appellate court cases.

  41. https://www.axios.com/migrant-children-biden-administration-a597fd98-03a7-415c-9826-9d0b5aaba081.html

    “Roughly one-in-three calls made to released migrant kids or their sponsors between January and May went unanswered, raising questions about the government’s ability to protect minors after they’re released to family members or others in the U.S.”

    All we really know is, they’re not in cages anymore.

  42. I’ve been tellin’ y’all for a long time that Biden’s $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation deal was in serious trouble, and Joe Manchin just published a piece in the Wall Street Journal explaining why he has decided not to vote for it.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/manchin-pelosi-biden-3-5-trillion-reconciliation-government-spending-debt-deficit-inflation-11630605657?

    This deal is by no means dead yet, but I thought the major opposition was coming from the nine moderate Democrats in the House. Like I’ve been saying, I think Biden’s political capital reserves have sunk so low that he MAY no longer has enough left to get over the hump on the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill.

    It may be wishful thinking on my part that the $3.5 trillion reconciliation deal is dying, but what’s wrong with wishfully hoping that phase I of the Democrats’ Green New Deal and expansion of socialist entitlement programs will die?

  43. Shares in Lone Star Coathangers soar

    1. Like it’s impossible to get to New Mexico from Texas…

  44. So any citizen of the U.S. can get $10,000 by suing anyone aiding an abortion in Texas? I tell you, boys, this is gonna be a gold mine! Heck, I’m filing against Standard Oil for providing the gasoline in the tanks of the cars (another target) that took that harlot to the clinic to have her spawn murdered. I’ll be laughing all the way to the bank!

  45. The law—which took effect September 1—bans abortion around six weeks of pregnancy

    Fail. The civil right of action is triggered by the detection of a heartbeat, which may occur as early as six weeks. That is not a distinction without a difference. It is literally at the heart of the argument. ENB does not mention the heartbeat aspect even once despite it being in the title and the summary of the bill, referring to the law only as S.B. 8. Even NPR has referred to it as the Fetal Heartbeat bill.

    Real journalists research and present facts and let readers draw their own conclusions.

    1. The hearbeat aspect was enborted from her article.

  46. “The law’s reach is so broad that it clearly violates the Court’s abortion precedents,” as Reason’s Jacob Sullum noted yesterday.

    ENB – idiot studying to be a moron.

  47. Too bad.

    It’s about time that RvW decision based on politics and ignorance was overturned.

    We all have the inalienable right to life.

    RvW based its faulty conclusion in 1973 on the ignorant misinformation that the fetus is “the woman’s body”. Besides the fact that everyone knows a baby is another human being the court made that ruling to pander to feminist politics.

    Since 1989 we have DNA fingerprinting which is scientific proof of the reality that from conception another human, not the woman, resides in the woman’s body.

    Roe versus Wade could not reach the same conclusion today.

  48. There is zero chance the conservative justices would have allowed an identical law that banned all guns but left enforcement to an automatic win $10k civil case to an person in the state. This proves the right wing “justices’ no longer believe in law. They simply believe in right wing dictatorship.

    1. Any responses to this guy?

  49. The majority decision of the Court in the Texas matter was clearly correct under long-standing precedent. There’s nothing complicated about it. If you want a federal injunction in a case challenging an unconstitutional state law, you have to sue someone who is enforcing or threatening to enforce that law. The Court can’t just declare a state law invalid in the abstract in a case without a lower court record or any interpretation by the state courts. That is not their role. Even the dissenters agreed that the Court would need to create new precedent to address the evasive device of a “vigilante enforcement” statute.

    Doing that under the circumstances, however, would have been a blatant, imperial insult to the state courts and lower federal courts. The Texas statute has so many obvious defects that most state judges will probably refuse to allow its use, and if just one fails to do that in a specific case, there will be specific defendants who can be sued in federal court, if desired.

    I think the lawyers who took the case to the Supreme Court did so as a publicity stunt, capitalizing on the legal ignorance of most media. They succeeded in creating a storm of inaccurate publicity that stirs up their base supporters, gives a false impression of corroborating libelous attacks on the conservative justices, and makes many of their pro-life opponents look dangerous or foolish.

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