Antiabortion lawmakers want to block patients from crossing state lines

Several national antiabortion groups and their allies in Republican-led state legislatures are advancing plans to stop people in states where abortion is banned from seeking the procedure elsewhere, according to people involved in the discussions.

Source: Antiabortion lawmakers want to block patients from crossing state lines

As I’ve said before, this issue seems perfectly and legally suited to invoking the Commerce Clause to regulate it nation-wide. Congress just needs to sack up and do it, despite the re-election impact, whatever it may be. Take a chance, guys. Lead. Legislate. Make policy. Give it a go. Try it on for size. Just see how it feels.

SHOCKING: Pro-abortion protesters hold ‘Fetus = Good Snack’ sign, chant vulgar slogans

Another protester with hairy armpits proudly held a sign while chanting its slogan, “keep your laws out of my p*ssy.”

Source: SHOCKING: Pro-abortion protesters hold ‘Fetus = Good Snack’ sign, chant vulgar slogans

Sidebar news headline: “People more interested in Depp/Heard trial than abortion.” Well… Duh! Everyone in America already knows what they think about abortion, and how it should be treated, legally. With basically one look or comment, they know what everyone else thinks about it too. There’s no conversation happening between the polar ends of the spectrum that is changing anyone’s mind on the issue, so what’s the point of writing more opinion pieces about it?
I maintain that abortion is the central issue in American politics that determines if you’re “right” or “left.” There is no other issue that can so immediately and accurately place you on the political spectrum. (Interestingly, despite the American notion that Europe is a godless, barren land of communism, I’ve read that most European countries’ laws are more stringent on the issue than Roe, or most of our state laws.)
Those of us on the correct side of the issue are reaaaaally tired of people holding signs like this telling us that we are the barbarians. The current talking point for these people is that they want zero restrictions on killing a baby, right up to the second before it comes out of its mother’s body. This position is viewed unfavorably by 80% of Americans.

Analysis | Can Congress resurrect Roe if it’s overturned? Well, it could try.

To that end, Democrats in Congress are calling on their colleagues to “codify Roe” in federal law. The Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA) introduced by Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) in June 2021 would do just that. Here’s what you need to know.

By framing the right to abortion as a matter of access to abortion services, the WHPA is taking a page from another major civil rights bill, the Civil Rights Act of 1964. When Congress sought to enforce anti-discrimination requirements in public accommodations such as hotels, public transit and restaurants, it grounded its authority to do so in the Commerce Clause.

Source: Analysis | Can Congress resurrect Roe if it’s overturned? Well, it could try.

I’ve been barking at the moon on Twitter about the leaked decision on Roe v. Wade, trying to point out that it is the job of Congress to pass policy law on the issue of abortion. If delivered as leaked, this decision doesn’t require an Amendment to restore the status quo, nor does the issue have to be relegated to 50 different State legislatures, which all have wildly-varying interpretations on what the policies should be.

Elizabeth Warren made some news by being candid, passionate, and coherent — an unfortunately all-too-rare combination for a sitting Senator — and basically said what I’ve been trying to say: “Congress can keep Roe v. Wade the law of the land; they just need to do it.” And then everyone ignored that, and we got Kamala Harris jumping up in front of a microphone, and delivering a charted symphony of dog whistles.

The article I’ve linked makes the point I’ve been thinking: Congress has gotten a lot of milage from the “interstate commerce” clause of the Constitution. Especially given the varied nature of State statutes governing abortion, it would seem to me that Congress is perfectly positioned to invoked the clause again in order to regulate abortion across the country. In fact, I would argue that the leak should be seen as a blessing, giving time to Congress to lead and be prepared to pass just such a law if and when the time comes.

There’s an open floor for actual leadership in this country. But, no. No one is stepping up. No one is being an adult here. So, instead, we’re letting all the crybabies have the mic. It’s disgraceful. This whole thing is just disgraceful. And I really just can’t wrap my head around how it seems our entire government of elected lawyers can’t figure this one out. I realize everyone wants to capitalize on the political persuasion that’s up for grabs here, given the coming midterms, but the party that takes control of the narrative, makes the case for Congress doing their job, and drafts a bill reflecting a compromise would score huge points in the next election.