Monday, October 7, 2013

This Just In: Judges Gone Wild, Buffer Zones and other news

A Nebraska Supreme court ruled that a 16 year old in foster care was too immature to decide on her own not to have an abortion, and that she needed the permission of her "evangelical christian family" who were "morally opposed to abortion." As my co-author Jessica Mason Pieklo writes in some must read analysis, the decision essentially cuts off abortion to girls who are wards of the state, who both officially have no parents to consent to an abortion but because of the ruling no longer have the autonomy to make the decision on their own, no matter how much counseling they receive.

But that's exactly what the trial judge wanted. A man who once defended "Rescue" activists on the necessity defense -- a plea that claims that illegal action is justifiable if you truly believe you are doing it to save a person's life -- as well as an anti-choice stalker harassing an abortion provider, he had the audacity repeatedly tell the pregnant teen she was "killing" the "baby" inside of her. Commenters on his court bio state repeatedly that he has a "God complex" and that he often dismisses the concerns or desires of female plaintiffs in the court, even in instances of violence to themselves or their children.  Cutting off the options of teens in foster care seems like the logical next step of a judge who would defend "the unborn" but force children to continue to have contact with the parents accused of physically and mentally abusing them.

This man wants to cut off access to contraception because his mother gave birth to him despite doctors telling her it was a bad idea.  This man thinks that adoptions should be "faster, cheaper and easier.This man thinks that buying an extra rider on your insurance in case you might want an abortion should be like getting flood insurance or fire insurance for your house.

This man says that Republicans are dumb for not supporting birth control, even looking at it as a straight fiscal issue. I'd rather listen to this man talk.

Albuquerque may stop letting abortion protesters picket private residences. Portland might make a buffer zone outside their clinic. Both may learn that they can't depending on how the Supreme Court decides on a Massachusetts bubble zone case on the docket this session. The Supreme Court starts meeting today.

Btw, according to abortion opponents, if you feel like you are being harassed, that just means you really don't want an abortion. “If (pregnant women) feel like (an abortion) is something they don’t want to do, it’s going to feel like harassment when someone tells them the truth – that they are going to murder their baby..The harassment is coming from within the person."

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