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Breaking: Supreme Court Rules Texas Anti-Abortion Law Is Unconstitutional

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Supreme Court Reverses Fifth Circuit Ruling on Republican-Backed Law 

Whole Woman’s Health v. HellerstedtThe U.S. Supreme Court has just ruled that a 2013 Texas law designed to restrict and reduce women’s access to abortion services is unconstitutional, in a 5-3 ruling. This is the court’s first look at abortion in nearly a decade and some call it the most consequential abortion case in nearly 25 years. Justice Stephen Breyer wrote the majority opinion.

At issue was whether or not the Texas law, known as HB-2, placed an “undue burden” on women seeking abortions. The landmark 1973 law Roe v. Wade made abortion legal, but also stated states could regulate the practice as long as doing so did not place  an “undue burden” on women. Williams added there was no clear need for the rule. 

Justice Clarence Thomas wrote he would have upheld the law as written.

The law mandated extreme requirements of facilities that conduct abortions, from requiring all physicians at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges to hospitals to the width of hallways. Before it was halted, the law forced more than half of all Texas abortion clinics to close, reducing the number to 20 cross the nation’s second-largest state in both geography and population. If the law were allowed to continue half of those 20 clinics would close.

During oral arguments, Justice Elena Kagan noted, “Liposuction is 30 times more dangerous, yet doesn’t have the same kinds of requirements.”

Proponents of the law claimed it made women safer, which was false. 

Pete Williams on MSNBC noted at least 12 states have similar laws, which now should be in jeopardy. He called the decision in the case, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, a “decisive victory” for women and pro-choice advocates.

TWC News in Austin, Texas notes today’s “outcome will affect the fate of similar abortion restrictions in other states,” including Louisiana and Mississippi. During oral arguments Justice Kennedy “floated the idea of sending the case to a lower court to get more evidence. He also seemed concerned that the Texas restrictions might be forcing women to get abortions later in their pregnancies, which are riskier.”

A tied vote would have left the law in place, meaning “women would enjoy their fundamental rights differently based on the state in which they live and this is not how our Constitution works,” Elizabeth Wydra, president of the Constitutional Accountability Center, told Fox News.

UPDATE I: 10:20 AM EDT –
Hillary Clinton weighs in:

Donald Trump had said women should be “punished” for having abortions if it were to become illegal. 

Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have not yet responded to the ruling.

UPDATE II: 10:26 AM EDT –
It should be noted Democrat Wendy Davis, a Texas state senator in 2013 when this law was debated, gained national attention when she held an 11-hour filibuster to prevent the bill from passing. The bill passed regardless, and Davis, who earned the support of millions around the country, ran for governor, but lost to Republican Greg Abbott.

UPDATE III 10:43 AM EDT –
The ruling is here.

UPDATE IV: 10:50 AM EDT –

Outside the Supreme Court right now:

UPDATE: 12:23 PM EDT –

 

 

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates. 

Image: Outside the Supreme Court before this morning’s decision, photo by  via Twitter

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BREAKING NEWS

Pelosi Officially Notifies US Attorney of Bannon’s Refusal to Comply With Subpoena After Calling for Him to Go to Jail

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi Monday evening officially notified the Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Channing Phillips, that Trump strategist Steve Bannon has refused to comply with a lawful subpoena.

The rare move comes after a bipartisan vote of the full House, including all Democrats and nine Republicans, to refer Bannon for contempt of Congress.

“The Chair will inform the House that pursuant to H.Res. 730, the Speaker has certified to the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia the refusal of Stephen K. Bannon to produce documents in compliance with a subpoena to the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol,” is the statement read on the Floor at exactly 6:01:40 p.m.

On Sunday, calling Bannon one of Trump’s “toadies,” Speaker Pelosi called for Bannon to go to jail.

Bannon potentially could be facing a fine and up to 12 months in jail, according to CNN.

 

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RIGHT WING EXTREMISM

Marjorie Taylor Greene Continues Wild AOC Obsession With Crazed Conspiracy Theory: You ‘Participated in Civil War’

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U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), the most prominent lawmaker named in the bombshell Rolling Stone article, unleashed a wild a conspiracy theory-fueled attack against Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Monday.

Her tweetstorm, 12 posts long (although she did label one #6 twice) included the demand, usually made by right wing Twitter trolls, to “debate me,” along with false claims AOC is “tear[ing] our country apart because you are a communist,” and “participated in [a] civil war.”

Greene started by retweeting Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet calling for any “member of Congress who helped plot a terrorist attack on our nation’s capitol” to be “expelled.”

Rep. Greene complains “ALL of the thousands of Antifa/BLM foot soldiers of the Democrat Communist Party that attacked innocent Americans, looted & burned private businesses, & more crimes have not been properly charged yet & many were let off.”

She claims AOC and other Democratic lawmakers engaged in a “civil war that was waged in the streets of America during the communist revolution of 2020,” which is a flat-out lie.

Greene also falsely calls U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) a “terrorist sympathizer,” and claims the BLM protests caused over $1 trillion in damage, which is wildly false.

In her provably false screed Greene uses variations of the word “communist” five times, “Socialist” and “Fascist” once each, “civil war” and “vaccine” three times, “Democrat” seven times, “America” or “American” nine times.

 

 

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COMMENTARY

‘Folks Knew Crimes Were About to Be Committed’: Dem Lawmakers Furious Over Republicans’ Involvement in Jan. 6

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Americans are expressing outrage after a bombshell Rolling Stone report that claims several GOP Members of Congress and their staffs were involved in planning and organizing Donald Trump’s January 6 rally that led to the violent and deadly insurrection, along with “Trump’s efforts to overturn his election loss.”

Some of those who are among the most outraged are Democratic Members of Congress, who were in the Capitol on January 6 and feared for their lives. Learning that some of their GOP colleagues were involved in the planning of the rally that precipitated the insurrection has been “triggering,” as one House Democrat revealed, adding that it makes her “blood boil.”

The Rolling Stone article cites two “planners of the pro-Trump rallies that took place in Washington, D.C.,” who allege Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) were deeply involved, along with these members of Congress or their aides: Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO), Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC), Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX).

Legal experts have called for those members of Congress and staffers to be expelled if the allegations are true, while one has urged people to “chill,” and let the DOJ do what it needs to.

Related –
‘Just Three Words: Call Your Lawyer’: Legal Experts Weigh in on Bombshell Report Naming Republicans Involved in Jan. 6

But the outrage is palpable.

U.S. Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA) calls the Rolling Stone article “highly disturbing.”

“No one should be above the law,” he says, “including Members of Congress and former White House Staff. And if pardons were indeed discussed in advance, why would that be? Because folks knew crimes were about to be committed.”

U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) says she is “joining the calls for those who helped plan the deadly January 6th insurrection to be immediately expelled.”

“Every Member of Congress that helped to plan the attempted coup of our government shouldn’t be allowed to serve in Congress.”

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng, the first Asian-American elected to Congress from New York, says she has “angry tears right now,” citing the Rolling Stone report.

“During 1/6, I, like many, texted loved ones goodbye. Countless people have asked if I’ve been ok since & I’ve always answered truthfully that i was fine. But this article was triggering. How could colleagues be traitors? This makes my blood boil.”

She adds:

U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) says the Rolling Stone report is “Further reinforcement of why the work of the” House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack “is so important. If any current members of Congress worked with the insurrectionists who threatened the very government they are a part of, they should be removed from office.”

House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) says reports like the Rolling Stone article “underscore why the work of the Jan. 6th Committee is so important. We must follow all the facts, no matter where they lead.”

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