LPJL Daily Takedown – June 15th, 2017`

This Doctor Dropped Everything to Perform Abortions Full-Time

Marie Claire

WONDER-FUL WOMAN: FRIEND OF LPJL Dr. Sarah Imershein is today’s SHERO! She decided to spend her retirement helping women by performing abortions full-time. The Good Doctor closed her OB-GYN practice near upscale Dupont Circle to provide affordable abortion care in VIRGINIA—a TRAP law state with restrictive waiting period and ultrasound laws. And her decision to do it is based on her Reformed Jewish faith, which allows abortion and even mandates it if the mother’s life is in danger. THANK YOU, DR. SARAH!

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What I’m Doing to Keep Birth Control Free in the Face of Trump’s and the GOP’s Health Care Rollback

Teen Vogue

LAND OF THE (STILL) FREE: You don’t need to have uterus to act SHEROically. NEW YORK State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman talks about what he’s doing to keep birth control free in New York in the middle of the shit-fest that is the Trump administration. Reproductive rights are in danger in EVERY STATE and we have to work hard to keep officials everywhere focused on them. Don’t let TRUMP TAKE CONTROL of your birth control!

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State Council Balks at Barring Abortion Providers from Birth-Control Program

The Des Moines Register

The HEARTLAND SHOWS SOME HEART: The Council on Human Services in IOWA just did a refreshingly human thing! They refused to OK a ban on abortion providers from participating in state-funded family planning efforts. ABORTION CARE is part of any sensible family-planning program! And even a panel appointed by abortion opponent and former Governor Terry Branstad voted 4-1 to recognize that! The ban is part of a law that will take effect July 1, so the fight over this will continue!

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Local Pastor Tells Metro Council He Will Not Obey a Safety Zone Outside Abortion Clinic

WDRB

ZONED OUT: The Screeching Weasels who shriek outside the ONLY abortion clinic left in KENTUCKY are vowing to break any laws establishing a buffer zone outside a clinic. A local pastor told a public safety meeting “We will not obey buffer zone laws!” PEOPLE seeking ABORTION care at the clinic just want a FUCKING 8 FOOT wide space to access the clinic. That leaves all the rest of Kentucky for intolerant assholes to yell their hate speech. Hey Pastor—FLOCK YOU!

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Most N.J. voters support Planned Parenthood, coverage for birth control

NJ

JERSEY SURE: The people of NEW JERSEY have some very enlightened opinions—and don’t just mean Governor Chris Christie’s abysmal 15% approval! New polls show LARGE MAJORITIES like Planned Parenthood (65%), want Medicaid to cover contraception (84%), support the ACA birth control mandate on employers (75%), and don’t think women AND PEOPLE WITH UTERI should be charged more for health insurance just because they can get pregnant (94%)! New Jersey votes for a new governor and legislators THIS YEAR, so the more the people know, the better!

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Cambodian Schools Will Teach Gay Sex Ed, Abortion, & Respect for Trans People

LGBTQ Nation

THIS IS NOT YOUR FATHER’S CAMBODIA: Or the Cambodia most people would imagine. But there is a proposal there to teach Life Skills classes that include information on contraceptives, safe and legal abortion, gay sex ed, HIV prevention, non-discrimination, and respect for trans people. Meanwhile, fewer than half of US states mandate sex ed.  Three states actually require that lessons on sexual orientation contain only negative information toward the LGBTQ community! And under Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, you can expect Cambodia to leave us in the dust!

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Christian Group Protests Outside North Carolina Clinic, Calls Abortion ‘A Man’s Issue’

New York Times

THIS IS A CIS MAN’S WORLD: Which explains why crazy shit like this happens! There was a men-against-abortion rights rally in NORTH CAROLINA whose leader says “The truth is, this is more a man’s issue than a woman’s issue.” We told you about these nut-sacks and their plans last week. The rally outside A preferred Women’s Health Center in Charlotte drew male protesters with the slogan “We forget about the men so often in this story.” You KNOW it’s a men’s rally—because that shit takes balls!

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(Do Not Link) The Liberal Media is Pretending Abortion Doesn’t Cause Breast Cancer… Again

Lifesite News

From the DEPARTMENT-OF-DON’T-CLICK-ON-THIS, the latest HEADLINE FROM THE FRINGE says “The liberal media is pretending abortion doesn’t cause breast cancer.” Yep—if by “pretending” they mean “ignoring lies that it does.” And what exactly is the “liberal media”? Is that every news outlet that doesn’t have a fetus in its banner? More proof that the communications strategy of LYING YOUR FUCKING ASS OFF didn’t originate with Trump.

Civil Rights in the Toilet

That flushing sound you hear is the Trump administration trying to shove transgender rights down the tubes.

Elections have consequences. And it turns out that one of those consequences is where you can or can’t pee. Thanks to 46 percent of the American electorate, that decision is now being made for us by a TINY ORANGE-FINGERED TROLL.

On Monday, March 6, the Supreme Court announced that it would not hear a major case on transgender rights–about whether schools could prohibit transgender youths from using the bathroom for their gender identity. That case, brought by a transgender boy named Gavin Grimm in Virginia who was denied the right to use the boys room by the school district, was set to be a landmark case in LGBQT rights. An appeals court had already ruled in Gavin’s favor.

ENTER THE ORANGE TROLL-PEEN.

In a single sentence, the Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal of the case, and set aside the lower court’s decision for Gavin Grimm. Their hand had been forced by the Trump administration, whose tiny Cheeto-dust fingerprints were all over this.

Last month, Trump rescinded orders from Obama’s Department of Education (the DOE before it was taken over by Trump’s Balrog Betsy DeVos) that said schools “generally must treat transgender students consistent with their gender identity” and threatened to withhold federal funds from schools that discriminated against transgender kids. That change in stance forced SCOTUS to reject the case and vacate the lower court order.

So now that Trump has pulled the bathroom rug out from under the LGBQT community, Gavin’s case goes back to the lower court–without the support of the White House that he enjoyed with Obama.  
This is just the beginning of an attempt to rollback rights for LGBQT folks, women, minorities, and others under Trump. It’s only fitting that the restroom is where shit got real.

Honk If You Hate Women

Whether it’s the subtle condescension of stick figure families, the dudes who manage to sexualize breast cancer or threatening warnings that a driver may have a gun, we all know that the junk people choose to put on their cars is an easy way to determine whether they are The Literal Worst™. So, of course, the ubiquitous license plates that read “Choose Life” are a really quick way to ID garbage people, decide who you’re never gonna sleep with and pick which car you’re gonna drunkenly key (we’re kidding) (maybe).

But did you know that, in addition to contributing to a culture of stigma and intolerance toward abortion, these license plates contribute financially to shady institutions that discourage, shame and spread misinformation (AKA Crisis Pregnancy Centers) in several states?

That’s right, we’re talking about CPCs again. If you’re new around these parts, CPCs are institutions run by anti-abortion extremists that advertise themselves as resources for women dealing with unplanned pregnancies — while actually pushing shame-based, fear-mongering and medically inaccurate materials. They frequently keep their websites vague and try to game search engines in order to trick women seeking abortions into unknowingly making appointments at their facilities that, again, do not provide abortions, do not provide accurate information about abortions and do not present abortion as a realistic, beneficial option for women.

Now back to the license plates: Reports from Quartz found that these “Choose Life” license plates are 29 states (according to the Guttmacher institute) and that “in 15 of these states, a portion of the proceeds go to funding anti-choice or crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs).”  And it’s not just chump change, either, as Choose Life says they’ve raised over $24 million since Dec. 31, 2016 (with a total reported number of choose life license plates sales and renewals nationally is over 1.1 million.)

As Quartz notes, “legal efforts to stop the Choose Life plate programs have, to date, been unsuccessful” due to arguments that they are protected as “free speech.” However, reproductive rights activists have been working to try and even the playing field by introducing family planning license plates in their states — including Virginia, Pennsylvania and Montana. They just have a lot of catching up to do.
In addition to being the worst thing to happen to vehicles since Truck Nuts, these plates are literally contributing to organizations who lie to women and chip away at their reproductive options. While it’s easy to overlook this bumper bullshit as just another annoying example of passive, backseat activism, you might just find yourself playing the worst road trip game ever next time you go for a drive. Sorry in advance for adding to your road rage.

Class Warfare

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When are they going to learn? A man who literally punishes women for exercising their abortion rights was being considered for Secretary of Education in a Trump administration. While it was later announced that Michigan philanthropist and GOP/Crisis Pregnancy Center bank-roller Betsy DeVos was selected for the position, this is yet another example of the Trump camp floating the name of an absolute monster for a position before nominating a lesser-known, deep-cut deplorable.

Trump’s first rumored pick, Jerry Falwell Jr., is the president of Liberty University and one of the biggest proponents of pushing women’s rights back to the 19th century. Falwell met with Donald Trump to discuss education policy and a possible appointment as the head of the Department of Education–an agency that conservatives have long wanted to destroy. Putting Jerry Falwell Jr. or anyone of his ilk in charge of it would be a huge step in that direction.

The leaked “honor code” at Falwell’s Liberty University prohibits students from getting an abortion or helping anyone else access abortion services (specifically, “procuring/ financing/ facilitating/ obtaining an abortion.”) If they do they get “30 Points (+ $500.00 Fine, 30 Hours Disciplinary Community Service, & Possible Administrative Withdrawal).” Let’s assume the “Community Service” consists of standing outside a clinic screaming at other women trying to exercise their abortion rights.

After his audience with Der Trump, Falwell said he told Trump that he’s “be willing to serve in some capacity that sort of brings education back to some form of sanity.” Of course, what qualifies as “sanity” in Falwell’s universe looks pretty crazy in the real world.

In addition to punishing women for trying to control their own bodies, Falwell at Liberty has banned “sexual relations outside of a biblically ordained marriage between a natural-born man and a natural-born woman.” They also sued over the Affordable Care Act, falsely claiming that IUDs and other forms of contraception constitute abortions. Oh, and you can be sure that any “sex education” under a Secretary of Education Jerry Falwell Jr. would consist of nothing but abstinence, guilt, and lies.

As far as the safety of school kids goes, Falwell told students at Liberty to get concealed weapons permits, saying “I’ve always thought that if more good people had concealed carry permits, then we could end those Muslims before they walked in and killed them.”

Just because Falwell didn’t get the job doesn’t mean that his name being floated, his chummy meeting with Trump or his god-awful record will go unnoticed.

Class dismissed.