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The systematic dismantling of abortion rights is one of the biggest ongoing humani rights crises in this country, and I’m just wondering how long it’s going to be before any of the Dem candidates says the word abortion.

Not just “women’s health.” But the word abortion.
Once they finish dismantling abortion rights. They’re coming for contraception.

Yesterday, I read about a new ✌🏾study✌🏾 from the Charlotte Lozier Institute—the junk science research arm of the Susan B. Anthony List— which concludes that contraception causes abortion.
So yeah. Everything is just going to get worse.
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There’s a Bush appointee in the 6th Circuit who thinks that coerced sterilization of incarcerated people in exchange for a reduced sentence is just “free contraceptive service.” #TeamLegal
And given this country’s history of forced sterilization in communities of color and for people with disabilities, I think it’s time we all start freaking out.

Or continue freaking out, if you’ve been freaking out this whole time like me
Someone recently was asking me whether I thought these abortion restrictions are about increasing white birthrates. They said, but it would increase black and brown birth rates too, right? So how does that make sense?

And I said…
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These are despicable lies that you are making up in order to fearmonger about abortion.

Legal abortion care does not involve infanticide. Let me repeat: No legal abortion provider is committing infanticide. Not a single one. You should be ashamed of yourself.
INFANTICIDE IS ALREADY ILLEGAL.

MURDER IS ALREADY ILLEGAL.

THAT'S WHY KERMIT GOSNELL--WHO OFFERED ILLEGAL ABORTION CARE TO DESPERATE PREGNANT PEOPLE WHO COULDN'T AFFORD LEGAL CARE--IS IN JAIL. HE IS A MURDERER.
Listen to @Hegemommy and my latest podcast so you can rebut the claims of people like @MeghanMcCain who peddle lies about abortion providers killing newborns and who are fomenting violence against legal abortion providers.

SHAME ON YOU. #TeamLegal
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Republicans in Texas introduced a bill that would allow a court to appoint a lawyer for a fetus or embryo if a minor wants to bypass parental consent requirements for abortion.

The fetus’s lawyer can cross-examine the minor. #TeamLegal rewire.news/legislative-tr…
I wrote about a similar ridiculous law in Alabama back in 2015. | The Absurdity of Alabama’s ‘Lawyers for Fetuses’ Law rewire.news/ablc/2015/01/1…
Also, @Hegemommy wrote about the Alabama lawyers for fetuses law and how it is a sign of creeping fetal personhood. | Alabama ‘Lawyers for Fetuses’ Law Latest Sign of Creeping Fetal ‘Personhood’ Rights rewirenews.link/2LkO5bY
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I literally just shouted “oh fuck you” 🤦🏾‍♀️
Remember, Alabama also had that ridiculous Lawyers for Fetuses law.

It allowed fetuses to “retain” lawyers to cross-examine pregnant minors asking courts to approve their abortions. I wrote about it 4 years ago. #TeamLegal rewire.news/ablc/2015/01/1…
.@Hegemommy and me in Slack trying to figure out the legal implications of the clusterfuck an Alabama probate judge has created by opening an estate for an aborted fetus:
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Yo! @Hegemommy and I are hosting an AUA (Ask Us Anything) in our #BoomLawyered Facebook group.

Join us at 5 EST/2 PST. I don’t understand central or mountain time, so y’all will have to do that math yourselves.

Please join us. (We cannot give out legal advice!)

#TeamLegal
Do you have questions about cases, legislation, SCOTUS, or anything RJ-related?

Any burning personal questions you want to ask us?

Join our FB group and join us at 5 EST! #BoomLawyered #TeamLegal
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Jim Jordan yields his time back and then changes his mind and Cummings says, nah and I LIKE THIS NEW COMMITTEE
Cohen sworn in and begins his opening statements which were submitted in advance

cnn.com/2019/02/27/pol…
So I appear to be live-tweeting today! Quick programming note. I have to bow out for a radio spot on how tenuous abortion rights are right now [ON BRAND!] otherwise I GOTCHU ALL

#TeamLegal
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I made the mistake of finding out that all 24 thousand seasons of Survivor are on Hulu.

I gave up all reality TV about a decade ago—once I realized I was spending 23 hours a week watching Big Brother—and yet... 😬
I’m already 3 episodes deep. It’s over. Nice seeing you all.

I’m not saying which season because someone will spoil it for me. But I remember why I used to love this show. 😂😂
The ability to binge this without commercials is kind of a game changer not gonna lie
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The government is planning to allow faith-based adoption agencies take federal funding and then turn away LGBTQ people and non-Christians, *including Jews*.

The means Mike Pence and all these rightwing numpties who have been complaining about anti-Semitism are full of shit.
The nerve of these people to slam Rep Omar’s purported anti-semitism while supporting a policy that would prohibit Jewish people from adopting or fostering children is the very definition of fucked up.
🗣🗣HYPOCRITES
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Those of you who have been fellow law nerds from the beginning may recall we did an episode on this public nudity case.

Bakers and Bare Breasts Will Determine the Limits of Free Speech
rewire.news/multimedia/pod… #TeamLegal #BoomLawyered
It is utter nonsense that men can go topless and women can’t lest they be charged with public indecency, especially when women go topless as protest speech.

Fortunately the 10th Cir ruled the right way.
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My latest on the Christian crusade to allow businesses and other public accommodations to discriminate against LGBTQ people. #TeamLegal | It Didn’t End With Cakes: Artists in Arizona Want to Deny Wedding Invitations to Gay Couples rewirenews.link/2GBu4yK
Evangelicals across the country are filing lawsuits to enshrine “We don’t serve your kind here” discrimination against LGBTQ people into law.
Courts have rejected attempts to use religion to justify race-based discrimination.

Courts must reject attempts to use religion to justify discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It’s a no brainer.

rewire.news/ablc/2019/02/0…
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Our fellow law nerds know that we aren’t out of the woods yet. This is just a stay.

But considering how pessimistic I was, I am going to enjoy my evening and focus on being a buzzkill tomorrow. ✌🏾🌸
We will have a pod for you tomorrow on what the stay means, what’s up with Brad McBeer’s dissent, and what to expect next. #BoomLawyered
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Oh hi, the Supreme Court may underhandedly gut Roe today without outright gutting Roe.

For more, you should listen to @Hegemommy and me explain what is at stake here: rewire.news/multimedia/pod…

And here: rewire.news/multimedia/pod…

Then scream with us. #TeamLegal #BoomLawyered
Also, here is a written explanation of how the 5th Circuit ignored proper appellate procedure and Supreme Court precedent to rule that shuttering *every clinic in Louisiana but one* isn’t an undue burden for pregnant people. #TeamLegal rewire.news/ablc/2019/01/2…
But basically,
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Nothing on the merits. It’s a short order. #TeamLegal
We can do this again in a week! So that’s fun.

- said no one
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Utah just introduced anti-trans legislation to prevent people from changing the gender on their birth certificate.

But here’s the kicker—and I guarantee a lot of you will yell “what the fuck?!” When you read it.

#TeamLegal
The bill defines female as:

“an individual with ovaries who is confirmed before or at birth to
have external anatomical characteristics that appear to have the purpose of performing the natural reproductive function of providing eggs and receiving sperm from a male donor.“
I wish I was kidding.

rewire.news/legislative-tr…

It is going to get so. much. worse.
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Good morning fellow law nerds! I'm a little late to the live tweeting this morning because the Senate site wasn't working but HERE I AM #TeamLegal
Today is a lot of witnesses talking about why Barr should or should not be confirmed.

Right now Marc Morial President and CEO of Urban League is up now
A few thoughts from yesterday:

Barr is basically guaranteed confirmation unless something wild happens because there's not the votes to block him. Knowing that Barr's job was to reasonable and non-confrontational yesterday. He had to come off as an adult in the administration.
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I'll be taking over from here. I will try to live up to the live-tweet standards that @Hegemommy has set. #TeamLegal
Cornyn asks if China is going to kill us all with their intellectual property thievery. (sort of.)

Barr says China is the paramount economic and military rival in the world and that they're stealing all of our technology. oh noes!
Senator Leahy is up.

Someone hand this man a cough drop.
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REMINDER: BILL BARR HAS SAID THAT ROE V. WADE HAS NO CONSTITUTIONAL UNDERPINNINGS AND THAT THE RIGHT TO PRIVACY DOES NOT EXTEND TO ABORTION.
So all this nonsense about precedent is just a dodge.
From Barr’s 1991 confirmation hearing:

Barr Opposed to Roe vs. Wade Decision : Justice Dept.: The attorney general-designate tells Senate panel right to privacy does not extend to obtaining an abortion. #TeamLegal

articles.latimes.com/1991-11-14/new…
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Good morning fellow law nerds and welcome to Day One of the Bill Barr confirmation hearings! I live here now.

#TeamLegal
If you are able to and watch to listen/watch here is a Judiciary Committee link

judiciary.senate.gov/meetings/nomin…

Also, here's Barr's letter saying he's totally chill about the Mueller investigation #TeamLegal

judiciary.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/…
Senators are starting to fill the hearing room. Lindsey Graham wishes everyone a happy new year and introduces Chuck Grassley who no longer is the chair but still has a lot to say, apparently
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2018 was a helluva year but it did end on a few high notes, like this decision from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that says using drugs while pregnant is not child abuse. @AngryBlackLady has the background here #TeamLegal

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Here's a copy of the decision since TeamLegal likes to keep it servicey too

pacourts.us/assets/opinion…
A few things to note from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision.

First-- two justices dissented so 😐

Second, the state had argued that one reason it should charge pregnant people with child abuse is because of the possibility they become pregnant again
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Today an Oklahoma court allowed the state's 72-hour mandatory delay before getting an abortion take effect

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The ruling came in a case also challenging the state's D&E ban. That measure remains blocked #TeamLegal

Here's more background:

rewire.news/legislative-tr…
In June the Iowa Supreme Court blocked a similar measure from taking effect

rewire.news/article/2018/0…
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My latest on Alabama voters passing a personhood amendment last night. #TeamLegal | In Alabama, Fertilized Eggs Are Now People rewirenews.link/2RFktcB
Alabama will jail pregnant people. They’re already doing it under their child endangerment law—jailing drug addicted pregnant people—even though the law is not for that purpose.

It’s for meth dealers who bring their kids to their meth lab.

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This is the slippery slope towards Gilead that we all need to pay attention to.

Several states’ voters have rejected these personhood amendments. Mississippi did in 2011. Colorado did several times over the last several years.

Here’s an explainer:

rewire.news/legislative-tr…
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I know people don’t find value in voting—especially given the two party system and rampant injustice in this country—but honest to god, the lurching rightward of the courts has concerned me for years.

And now it’s happening. And it really makes me feel sick.
And voting is the only way to stop it. It just is.

Part of the reason @Hegemommy and I started this #TeamLegal business is to explain how the law impacts people.

I think a lot of people are put off by all the jargon and so they don’t pay much attention to the courts.
I’m begging everyone to pay more attention to the courts. Not just the Supreme Court. But lower courts, too.
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Gather round, friends as we settle into Day Two of Kavanaugh confirmation hearings!

Senators are milling about judiciary and things should be starting soon
Grassley gavels the room to order and wishes everyone a good morning.

Reminder: no good mornings for Grassley
Grassley says Democratic Senators interrupted proceedings 63 times and protesters were escorted out about 70 times.

Protesters start speaking over Grassley now. Sounds like a disability rights activist
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