It seems that the majority of the members of the Senate must have all missed class on the same day. That was the day they were supposed to learn what the word UNCONSTITUTIONAL meant.

The Tennessee Senate just passed an upgraded shitty 20-week abortion ban with some additional crap nuggets inserted for the lucky handmaids of the ‘volunteer state.’ The people that are targeted in this bill are the worst sinners of them all: people with high risk pregnancies (GASP).  So it looks like we have to say this everyday: Abortions after 20 weeks are rare – they accounted for about 1.3 percent of all abortions in 2009. People who seek them usually do so because something has gone terribly wrong with the pregnancy. Well, these people are shit out of luck in Tennessee because there is NO EXCEPTION for fetal abnormalities (or incest, rape, or mental health). If passed, someone who finds out that they have a pregnancy with a FATAL fetal abnormality, they are forced to give birth anyway.

Oh and if you want that post 20-week abortion you reaaaally gotta show it, because this bill also makes you visit two separate doctors to confirm that your fetus is not viable before you can get one. You don’t just need a second opinion in Tennessee, you need an entire state government’s opinion too.

We have Sen. Joey Hensley, R-Hohenwald to thank for sponsoring this (let’s say it together Senators), UNCONSTITUTIONAL bill. Hensley’s claim to fame is for also sponsoring the “Don’t Say Gay” bill back in 2012, which would have banned public school teachers from mentioning that homosexuality exists. Or maybe his claim to fame is how he allegedly had an affair with his co-worker/nurse/second cousin and prescribed her opioids? With so many claims, will we ever know?

This new bill still has to pass through the House and lawmakers are still not in agreeance as to whether it would survive in a court battle. Janice Bowling, R-Tullahoma claims that “They are voting for the babies that cannot speak for themselves.” Well Janice, the vote SHOULD BE for the people of Tennessee seeking reproductive healthcare with their bodily autonomy intact.

Tennessee lawmakers, get it together and for your gods sake, go back to school.

Smoke em’ If You Got em’

Alabama lawmakers are trying to make YOUR womb the “safest place in the world.” Right now, two very dangerous anti-choice bills are being voted on and you NEED to know about them! Other states are starting to vote on similar bills and it could reach YOUR state before you can compose a tweet complaining that Julia Roberts was named People’s Most Beautiful Person (in the world).

Here’s what you need to know:

HB95 (Health Care Rights of Conscience Act) is a bill that would let pharmacists refuse to sell you birth control or Plan B (emergency contraception) because of their religious beliefs. It also allows doctors to refuse abortion care because it ‘violates their conscience.”

Alabama’s separation of church and state has us all “Here’s the church, here’s the steeple… look inside… Alabama’s run by crazy people.”

HB98 is a constitutional amendment that allows the citizens of Alabama to vote on “taking away your federally protected constitutional right to an abortion.” Basically, in the event that Roe v. Wade is overturned and abortion law decisions go back to the states, HB98 will make abortion completely illegal in the state of Alabama.

If this bill is passed, ‘The Heart of Dixie’ will turn into ‘The Heart of Darkness.’

You can thank Rep. Matt Fridy (R-Alabama), Rep. Arnold Mooney (R-Indian Springs) and Senator Paul L. Sanford (R-Huntsville) for their unwanted public service by sponsoring these bills. Rep. Fridy said, “When Roe goes abortion goes back to the states. We are going to be ready to do our job and outlaw abortion in Alabama. The womb for women in this state will be the safest place in the world. A lot of people don’t like what we are doing and they are throwing up roadblocks.”

Anti-choice “activist” Hannah Ford said, “These bills and the fact that we have a day set aside for them is amazing; we need to be as encouraging and supportive as possible for our representatives who face a barrage of opposition by way of phone calls and emails. Our presence Thursday will be a huge encouragement to them to keep pushing for the complete eradication of abortion and the protection of human life in the State of Alabama.”

If this doesn’t make you want to 4/20 hard, we don’t know what will!

WATCH the vote happening right now on the Alabama Senate floor!!!

And if you’re in Alabama, TAKE ACTION!

Arch Enemies

Don’t let the red seas swamp the blue islands!

Those inland seas of Trump red on electoral maps are dotted with placid blue islands. Even in the reddest states, cities and urban areas tend to be refuges of sanity. They pass progressive laws to reflect the wishes and values of their residents. And then the red seas rise up in the form of conservative state legislatures and try to wash those progressive laws away.

Nutcase in point–The state of Missouri is trying to overturn a law in St. Louis that enacts protection from workplace discrimination if they’ve had an abortion, take contraception, use artificial insemination, or (heavens to Betsy!) get pregnant out of wedlock.

Conservative Missouri lawmakers say that protecting people from these types of discrimination infringes on the rights of others… to discriminate, evidently. The City of St. Louis excluded religious organizations from the law, but that’s not enough for the Red Menace. They say the law infringes on the rights of “crisis pregnancy centers” to discriminate against those who believe in abortion rights (as though anyone who does would want to work for one of those FRAUD CENTERS!

LPJL told you earlier this week about the CPC’s and their phony come-ons to vulnerable women. They prey on people who are seeking information about abortion services to shame and berate them out of making their own choices. Missouri’s new law (to overturn the St. Louis anti-discrimination law) would prohibit local governments from restricting the “rights” of such places to mislead and mistreat those seeking abortion information.

In other words–even if you live in a sane city in a red state, the law says you have to be as crazy as everybody else in the state!

The Missouri bill is HB 174. It heads next to the Missouri Senate, and then on to the desk of Governor Eric Greitins, who has already told St. Louis that he won’t allow any “abortion sanctuary city” in Missouri. Join with LPJL in our fight to keep the Red Tide from swamping us all.

Heartland of Darkness

A lawmaker with a history of violence against women is behind what conservatives falsely call a “fetal heartbeat” bill passed by the Ohio legislature–a bill that is actually an underhanded method to ban abortions after six weeks. And that’s a virtual ban on all abortions.   

That’s one AWFUL bill, and one AWFUL human being. First, the bill…

The proposed new law would ban all abortions after what the authors of the bill call a “fetal heartbeat’ can be detected. What the authors of this bill consider a fetal heartbeat can be detected as early as six weeks, although it’s something that can also be detected in a petri dish. “Fetal heartbeat” is one of those fake emotional buzzwords that anti-choice types love to throw out, like “personhood” and “snowflake babies.”

More importantly, many women don’t know they’re even pregnant until after six weeks–meaning that this bill gives them no choice whatsoever except to carry the pregnancy to term.

Further, the only way to detect this so-called heartbeat that early in pregnancy is with a transvaginal ultrasound. So Ohio has effectively passed a mandatory transvaginal ultrasound bill as well. And of course, there are no exceptions for rape or incest. WHAT? You were expecting one tiny ray of compassion?

The bill is clearly unconstitutional… for now. The Supreme Court has ruled that states cannot ban abortion before fetal viability, which generally occurs around 24 to 28 weeks. But the big question is the viability of a rational Supreme Court. PRESIDENT TRUMP (and I CAPS YELLED that to motivate you!) will be reshaping the Court, and it’s going to be a twisted monstrosity.

Ohio Senate President Keith Faber put it this way: “A new president, new Supreme Court appointees change the dynamic.” We’ll put it this way–THIS IS FUCKED UP.   

Now the slimeball behind the bill… in 2011, the wife of Ohio State Senator Kris Jordan called 911 to report her husband was “pushing her around and throwing things.” The Senator told police “She got a little upset. Girls do that.” Although she declined to press charges, his wife told cops “This is not new. He’s done this numerous times” and mentioned that he keeps 10 to 15 unloaded guns around the house.

Well now Senator Kris Jordan has found a way to perpetrate violence against all the women of Ohio. His bill is waiting for Governor John Kasich to sign it–and it probably won’t have to wait long.