U.S. Senator Ted Cruz is under fire for claiming that pregnancy is not life threatening. The Texas hard-core conservative Republican is promoting his attempt, along with 20 other GOP senators (far less than half of his caucus), to get the FDA to label a widely-accepted pill safely prescribed by doctors for decades to assist in inducing an abortion, as “dangerous.” The World Health Organization (WHO) includes Mifeprex, also known as RU-486, on its list of Essential Medicines.
“Pregnancy is not a life-threatening illness, and the abortion pill does not cure or prevent any disease,” Cruz tweeted. “Make no mistake, Mifeprex is a dangerous pill. That’s why 20 of my Republican colleagues and I are urging @US_FDA to classify it as such.”
The CDC says “about 700 women die each year in the United States as a result of pregnancy or delivery complications.”
Many responded, including many women. Some shared their experiences with pregnancy, some shared statistics showing just how dangerous pregnancy can be, some noted that Black women die from pregnancy at exponentially higher rates than white women, and some noted that Viagra is more deadly than RU-486.
Take a look:
I once did the math that I injected myself 1,064 times to manage life-threatening complications while pregnant with my two kids. The doctor told us my husband should decide in advance whether he would stay in room with me or go with the baby “if things go south” post-delivery. https://t.co/x3R3JELYN5
— Susan Hennessey (@Susan_Hennessey) September 3, 2020
I had to inject myself 2x a day in the abdomen with blood thinners to prevent fatal blood clots. 560 shots of Fragmin. I was induced and after 20 hrs of labor, couldn’t have a C-section due to my ovely thin blood. I almost bled out after my placenta came out, tearing my insides. https://t.co/j3xBy6vy8B
— Red (@Redpainter1) September 3, 2020
Black women are 3 to 4 times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes. https://t.co/0QQsJCYGK3
— Sabrina Singh (@sabrinasingh24) September 3, 2020
I had a miscarriage that lasted for almost two months. When the heartbeat stopped my body began miscarrying but then stalled. Mifeprex/misoprostol was a vital pill that I took to help the process. Shame shame shame on you for speaking such ignorance. https://t.co/8FtInnVeex
— Krista N. Dalton (@KristaNDalton) September 3, 2020
Lies. Mifeprex is a safe medicine, safer than many commonly used medicines such as penicillin. https://t.co/3xBRG8h28G
— Dr. Seema Yasmin (@DoctorYasmin) September 3, 2020
On behalf of the *many* women for whom pregnancy has been life-threatening, fuck you https://t.co/0MikSnza6j
— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) September 3, 2020
No one should hold elected office unless they pass a test on how pregnancy actually works and the risks involved. Women’s lives should not be political football, and men who don’t care about enough women’s lives to learn about reproduction have no business holding elected office. https://t.co/HE23JlhZRQ
— Melissa Ryan (@MelissaRyan) September 3, 2020
Per the CDC, sometimes pregnancy can cause life threatening illnesses. The link below explains just a small number of complications of pregnancy that can lead to the death of the mother or the fetus: https://t.co/qzZnZ7mqPT https://t.co/7iVkuauR6h pic.twitter.com/kmd3P5Il8z
— Brandi Buchman (@BBuchman_CNS) September 3, 2020
1. Mifeprex blocks the hormone needed for a pregnancy to continue
2. Abortion is legal
3. Women die every day giving birth
4. Many women have medical conditions that pregnancy would exacerbate to prove fatal
5. This is much less invasive than abortion
6. Mind your own uterus https://t.co/JCxhH1mY6f
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) September 3, 2020
This is a dangerous, misogynistic lie.
Pregnancy can, and often is, a life-threatening or even life-ending medical condition, especially among black mothers and women of color.
Why are you politicizing and lying about women’s lives to control and kill us? Have you no morality? https://t.co/0IIxLLcLa6
— Shannon4OH (@ShannonFreshour) September 3, 2020
Death from Mifeprex 2000-2018: 24
Deaths from Viagra 1998-2007: 1,824
Shut the fuck up, Ted.
— Holly Figueroa O’Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) September 3, 2020
GOP men love demonstrating their total ignorance of the female reproductive system in public. (I’d feel sorry for their wives, but they voluntarily married these dopes.) Pregnancy is very much a life threatening condition for a lot of women. Ask anyone who’s had HELLP syndrome. https://t.co/73qGSFqtXR
— Elizabeth Spiers (@espiers) September 3, 2020
Ted Cruz has never been pregnant and clearly knows nothing about maternal mortality rates in the US or in Texas. People die in childbirth at an unconscionable rate, especially women of color. Not from medication abortion. Sadly, knowledge is not a prerequisite for power. https://t.co/EjER9RGfXC
— ilyseh (@ilyseh) September 3, 2020
“Pregnancy is not a life-threatening illness”
Please tell that to my OBGYN who had to have me rushed to the operating room due to an ectopic pregnancy that ruptured in my tube in which I almost died.”
You are not a doctor or a woman, so you should seriously shut the fuck up. https://t.co/BWviOQe2Ye
— 💛🐝 Äиαstαsíα 🥁⚖️ (@bruntofitall) September 3, 2020
— Laura Chapin (@LauraChapin) September 3, 2020
This is why pregnancy is trending on Twitter today.
Here’s the risk of death for both abortion vs pregnancy:
–> Abortion: less than 0.6 per 100,000
–> Pregnancy: 7.1 for per 100,000
Of course pregnancy isn’t a disease, but for some it’s a life threatening condition. https://t.co/8SlsPh9U91
— Kate Smith (@byKateSmith) September 3, 2020
Ectopic pregnancies can kill.
Being forced to carry a product of rape, and have a lifelong relationship with your rapist, can lead to severe mental health issues, including suicide.
Anyone who says pregnancy is a safe and necessary requirement for all is garbage. https://t.co/elioRXVjtj
— Lisa 🏳️🌈🇨🇦 (@xLiserx) September 3, 2020
This right here is why you should have voted for Hillary Clinton. This man never heard of deaths during pregnancy, never heard of pre-eclampsia, never heard of the crisis in Black maternal health EVEN THOUGH three of his female colleagues have addressed it IN THE SENATE. https://t.co/qD0Mqkci04
— Victoria Brownworth (@VABVOX) September 3, 2020
Women die during pregnancy all the time. In fact, three of your female colleagues, Gillibrand, Harris and Warren, have been proposing legislation to address the explosion in Black maternal deaths for several years. Unplanned pregnancy is a health threat to all women and girls. https://t.co/qD0Mqkci04
— Victoria Brownworth (@VABVOX) September 3, 2020
“Pregnancy is not a life-threatening illness”
HOLY SHIT, what a thing to say. Hundreds of thousands die every year in childbirth and the US has the highest maternal mortality rate in the developed world, with a massive racial disparity in who dies.
Shut the fuck up, Ted. https://t.co/q9DvQOvTbY
— Elizabeth May (@_ElizabethMay) September 3, 2020
I’m pretty over people who have never had the possibility of being pregnant having bullshit opinions that can become law on medical treatments related to pregnancy. https://t.co/G1ZmjXgx60
— Tiffany Bond (I) for US Senate🎱🦞🇺🇸 (@TiffanyBond) September 3, 2020
Dude, I LITERALLY nearly died due to being pregnant you fucking ignoramus https://t.co/KYEs8BSrrP
— Alisa Krasnostein (@Krasnostein) September 3, 2020
Women’s rights are on the ballot, per the usual. https://t.co/VwUgzSBs5C
— Jennifer Hayden (@Scout_Finch) September 3, 2020
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Anti-LGBTQ Religious-Right Christian Nationalist Home-School Activist and Anti-Masker Launches Congressional Bid
Christian nationalist home-schooling advocate, author, and podcaster Heidi St. John launched a run for U.S. Congress Sunday in Washington state’s 3rd Congressional District, where incumbent Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler became a target of supporters of former President Donald Trump after voting for his impeachment in January and revealing damning details about a phone call between Trump and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy that took place during the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection.
A week prior to the launch of her congressional bid, St. John took to Facebook to post, “Trump now knows who his enemies are in the REPUBLICAN party. And so do we. Silver lining of the shampeachment. The RINOS need to GO!! #acquitted.”
St. John calls herself “The Busy Mom” on Facebook, hosts a daily “Off the Bench” podcast, publishes a blog, and runs a ministry for mothers that promotes her book “Becoming Mom Strong.” She is an ally of Alliance Defending Freedom President Michael Farris and has spoken at the church of religious-right activist pastor Jack Hibbs in California. Rick Green, host of the “WallBuilders Live!” radio program, was a recent guest on her podcast, which she said gets about a million downloads per month.
St. John urges parents to pull their children out of public schools, which she refers to as “government indoctrination centers” that promote “garbage sexual ideologies” and a “weird era of transgenderism.” She said on a recent podcast that gender confirmation surgery should be illegal and that doctors who perform it are “criminals.”
St. John charges that the COVID-19 coronavirus was “weaponized” to create fear by the media and Democrats who saw the virus as an opportunity to hurt Trump’s reelection chances. She urges people not to be mask-wearing “sheep” and to take off their masks. In a Jan. 18 video, she said that Christians’ job is to proclaim truth, adding, “That’s why I don’t do the mask. It’s B.S. of the highest order.”
In a Jan. 9 Facebook video, she declared, “This nation is a Christian nation” while denouncing people who criticized Trump’s religious-right supporters as Christian nationalists or as being part of a Trump-worshiping cult. She said the idea that Trump incited the Jan. 6 violence at the Capitol was “a lie that the left is pushing.” She also said that “social justice is a lie from the pit of hell.”
Before Inauguration Day, St. John appeared to be hoping for a miracle that would keep Trump in power. A Jan. 12 Facebook post read, “’It’s all over’? Then along came David with his sling shot. God decides when it’s over.”
In an Inauguration Day blog post she wrote, “My heart is breaking for our Republic today. I know many of you are grieving with me. I am still in disbelief that the left pulled off the greatest vote heist in American history.”
St. John appeared on Wisconsin pastor David Fiorazo’s “Stand Up for the Truth” podcast on Feb. 4, where she said, “I’m hoping that in 2022 there’s a red wave in this country like we’ve never seen, and not just a red wave—a Christian red wave.”
‘Russian Ron’ Johnson Blasted as ‘Domestic Terrorist Apologist’ for Blaming Insurrection on ‘Fake Trump Protesters’
U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) used his time during Tuesday’s first joint Senate hearing on the January 6 insurrection to publicly suggest “provocateurs” from Antifa, and “fake Trump supporters” were responsible for the attack on the U.S. Capitol that left five Americans dead, and led to the deaths of several other law enforcement officers. In reality, the thousands who protested and stormed the Capitol were almost exclusively Trump supporters.
Johnson read aloud a column from the far right wing website The Federalist, which is known for its disinformation and conspiracy theories.
That column claims that among those ho participated were “Fake Trump protesters. A few young men wearing Trump or MAGA hats backwards and who did not fit in with the rest of the crowd in terms of their actions and demeanor, whom I presumed to be Antifa or other leftist agitators.”
Johnson, who is running for re-election next year, is all too well-known as one of the eight Republicans who spent the Fourth of July in Moscow in 2018, and came back minimizing te extent of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Here are Johnson’s remarks from Tuesday’s hearings.
Ron Johnson is using his questioning time during the Capitol security hearing to promote a conspiracy theory that the January 6 insurrectionists weren’t actually Trump supporters, but were “provocateurs” and “fake Trump protesters” pic.twitter.com/t72QkHDbaG
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 23, 2021
The response to Johnson’s disinformation was immediate and palpable. Many are extremely angry.
It appears that Ron Johnson really is going all-in with “Antifa Did It”
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) February 23, 2021
Ron Johnson is reading out some post about “agents provocateurs, fake Trump supporters” in the January 6 insurrection, the whole It Was Really Antifa Or Whatever narrative.
— Spencer Ackerman (@attackerman) February 23, 2021
Senator #RonJohnson is a national embarrassment and a domestic terrorist apologist. He is the January 6th equivalent of a Holocaust denier.
— Kurt Bardella (@kurtbardella) February 23, 2021
Republican Ron Johnson just finished reading excerpts from a column that blamed the insurrection on antifa, saying that it was staged by “provocateurs.” That is a lie. A senator is spreading disinformation in a Senate hearing.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 23, 2021
Nope, you did not just imagine Sen. Ron Johnson blaming January 6th on Capitol Police and antifa provocateurs.
That just happened.
2022 will be happening too.
— ReallyAmerican.com 🇺🇸 (@ReallyAmerican1) February 23, 2021
Ron Johnson is out of his mind and trying hard to push garbage.
— Michelangelo Signorile (@MSignorile) February 23, 2021
NEWS: Senator Ron Johnson is spending his time at the Capitol hearing reading aloud from an un-sourced blog post that blames antifa for January 6th.
Can’t wait til the next GOP senator flips the page and tells us the details of the love child Elvis had with those aliens.
— Steve Hofstetter (@SteveHofstetter) February 23, 2021
This is domestic terrorist misinformation and it’s unclear to me why Democratic senators at this hearing are not speaking up and calling for Ron Johnson’s immediate expulsion from the Senate https://t.co/egl04gaugE
— Matt Negrin, HOST OF HARDBALL AT 7PM ON MSNBC (@MattNegrin) February 23, 2021
Republican Ron Johnson just finished lying to the Senate, saying the insurrection was lead by Antifa.
That is a lie!
Ron Johnson likes to lie and spread Dis-information!#RonJohnsonLies
— Agolf Twitler Slayer (@bblock29) February 23, 2021
I have been monitoring Russian social media and media. These talking points that @SenRonJohnson spewed are identical to the disinformation they started pushing immediately. One Russian propagandist actually said “antifa” was going to be at the riots on his drive to DC.
— Olga Lautman (@OlgaNYC1211) February 23, 2021
Russian Ron Johnson is a propaganda tool.
— Slygrammy5 💝😎😳 😷🎉 (@SharonCoryell3) February 23, 2021
Russian Ron must have received his monthly stipend of rubles.
— Boomer Bob was BobA1959 I’m Pissed Off and Angry (@Bob2A1959NYC) February 23, 2021
Ron Johnson was likely in on it. https://t.co/uok1i5Y5D4
— Pam Keith, Esq. (@PamKeithFL) February 23, 2021
QAnon Congresswoman Lauren Boebert Mocked for Appearing to Not Know About Amendments to the Constitution
U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, who has supported the anti-Semitic and dangerous QAnon cult and has ties to extremist groups like the Three Percenters, is being called out after appearing to not know about amendments to the Constitution. Some say Boebert helped incite the January 6 insurrection.
On Thursday the Colorado Republican pro-gun activist appeared in a virtual hearing of the House Natural Resources Committee, and had redecorated her office with a slew of guns as her backdrop.
As the Robinhood hearing starts, the real action — apparently — is at the Natural Resources organizing meeting, where Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) is roasting Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) for the gun shrine she’s constructed as a Zoom background. pic.twitter.com/I5GdIVsM1B
— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) February 18, 2021
The American Independent’s Oliver Willis noted it was a cry for attention:
in case you wondered, boebert’s gun shelf display was for show. this is the same bookshelf. pic.twitter.com/ENmXfCwpWb
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) February 19, 2021
She also went on a rant, as Willis reported, demanding “my own security detail” if the Committee enacted a rule banning firearms from hearings.
On Friday, apparently in response to the proposed ban on guns in Congress, Rep. Boebert declared that the Constitution is not amendable, which is false, as many pointed out.
Protecting and defending the Constitution doesn’t mean trying to rewrite the parts you don’t like.
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) February 19, 2021
It turns out, you can rewrite parts of the Constitution, through constitutional amendments.
your whole stunt yesterday was about an *amendment* to the constitution https://t.co/KMbBtKLOsL
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) February 19, 2021
— I Just Can’t Even … (@Gotherrific) February 19, 2021
How about the part in the Constitution where African Americans had 3/5ths personhood. That part was rewritten– do you disagree with that? https://t.co/gTTGA6gvrk
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) February 19, 2021
— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) February 19, 2021
You are extremely dumb. I don’t say that lightly. I don’t think there is a dumber human being than you. Maybe there is, but if so I do think you could beat them in the dumbest human competition.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) February 19, 2021
So you’re stepping down then? I mean all the votes that put you in that seat are null given the fact that women weren’t allowed to vote, much less RUN FOR OFFICE before we changed the parts we did not like.
Please resign before you embarrass yourself, your fam, state and country
— #unityrequiresjustice (@gdtrble) February 19, 2021
who’s gonna tell her? https://t.co/5In2kg8lsc
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) February 19, 2021
probably worth noting that there’s a whole clause of the Constitution that says people have to be treated equally under the law and conservatives have been trying to rewrite that shit for 150 years https://t.co/mF3CiU26qc
— Law Boy, Esq. (@The_Law_Boy) February 19, 2021
Congresswoman, Amendments I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, XIV, XV, XVI, XVII, XVIII*, XIX, XX, XXI*, XXII, XXIII, XXIV, XXV, XXVI, and XXVII would like a word.
XIII-XIV-XV: super duper
XIX: def read that one!!https://t.co/mIpWVKT6jT
— Sam Wang (@SamWangPhD) February 19, 2021
Like telling your base that the VP has the Constitutional authority to override an election(that he doesn’t have), and then trying to have him lynched when he disagrees?
— Cyndi Borowski💙🇺🇲 (@BorowskiCyndi) February 19, 2021
So you’re against amending the Constitution? You’re absolutely clear on that?
Heard it here first, @laurenboebert is against the second amendment.
— Landes Land (@landes_land) February 19, 2021
It literally has 27 amendments. https://t.co/wBguknyLWP
— Geraldine (@everywhereist) February 19, 2021
If the original constitution had never been rewritten – “amended,” if you will – you wouldn’t be a voter, let alone a congresswoman. It would also still be legal to enslave people. These rewrites (we’ll call them “amendments”) are usually pretty good stuff.
— Libby (@libbyjones715) February 19, 2021
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