News! So much news. That story “Our President Is A Dumb Money Launderer” is great, but have you read “America Hates Pregnant People, Especially If They’re Black Or Brown”? Read along with us:
We already know about some egregious cases of ICE denying abortion access and other basic medical care to pregnant asylum seekers (and that Scott Lloyd, the director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, continues to be an evil creep). Now the ORR is directing shelter residents to crisis pregnancy centers and disseminating pamphlets claiming that abortion is linked to breast cancer (it’s not). The ACLU, bless them, is filing a Freedom of Information Act request to uncover all ICE documents related to their detention of pregnant people.
Pregnant people in Iowa can no longer get abortions once the fetal heartbeat is detected, which is usually around 6 weeks into the pregnancy, making Iowa the state with the most restrictive abortion laws in the country and teeing up a challenge to Roe v. Wade. FYI, there are 126 other countries with less restrictive abortion laws.
A black pregnant woman with a concealed carry permit is serving a two-year sentence for brandishing an unloaded gun, and she’s been receiving terrible medical care in prison. A prominent environmental activist, she has been shackled during a vaginal exam, a practice which is banned in federal (but not all state) prisons. Whence the NRA campaign in her defense??
Speaking of shackling inmates during childbirth: North Carolina ended this practice back in March, after activism by SisterSong and other reproductive rights groups.
Activists protested at Google’s annual developer conference to push them to remove crisis pregnancy centers (i.e., anti-abortion sham clinics) from Google Maps results for users seeking abortion care.
Abortion clinics across the country are facing more threats of violence and harassment from antis than they’ve seen in years: “Acts of trespassing increased from 247 in 2016 to 823 in 2017, instances of obstruction tripled to 1,704 and threats of death or other harm nearly doubled to 62.” A militia group called the White Rabbits—allegedly the same group that bombed a mosque in Minnesota—attempted to bomb a clinic in Illinois. The terrorism is coming from inside the house.
On having an abortion at 7 months pregnant: “I remember it was raining. It was a big storm. And I was really glad about that, actually — I thought that it would have been hateful if it were sunny. This way, it didn’t feel like God was mocking me. It also meant there weren’t protestors.”