A roundup of news and commentary from around the interwebs.
The Netherlands, which is home to one of the most rapidly-expanding cultures of death in the world, is poised to pass legislation that will make abortion pills available through family doctors.
Joe Biden won a temporary victory for the American abortion regime:
Federally funded family planning clinics can continue to make abortion referrals for now, a federal court ruled Tuesday, in a setback for a dozen Republican attorneys general who have sued to restore a Trump-era ban on the practice.
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati denied a request by the 12 states to pause rules for the federal government’s family planning program while their case is heard. The states were eager to stop implementation before the next round of federal grants starts rolling out in March.
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Blue states are preparing for the possible overturn of Roe v. Wade. From Vermont:
Vermont lawmakers approved an amendment to the state Constitution Tuesday that would guarantee the right to an abortion—though it still has to be approved by voters—the strongest state measure taken yet to preserve abortion rights as the Supreme Court prepares to potentially overturn Roe v. Wade.
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Other states are preparing for this eventuality, too. From Reuters:
Abortion providers in liberal states are expanding clinics, training more staff and boosting travel assistance to prepare for an influx of patients from conservative states if the U.S. Supreme Court ends the constitutional right to the procedure.
Planned Parenthood is enlarging several clinics in California and has purchased land to build a bigger clinic in Reno, Nevada. In Illinois, abortion providers have set up a logistics center to help make medical care arrangements for women from states where abortion is expected to be restricted.
Clinic operators said they were also increasing services in Minnesota, New York and Virginia ahead of a Supreme Court decision expected by early summer. Many court watchers believe the six-justice conservative majority will weaken or overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that made abortion legal nationwide.
A decision to overturn Roe would trigger laws ending the right to an abortion in 26 states, mostly in the Midwest, South and parts of the West. It would also embolden abortion opponents to seek restrictions in states where it remains legal.
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Meanwhile, a Heartbeat Ban similar to the Texan law has been put forward in Wisconsin and Tennessee passed a resolution that January 22, the day that Roe came down, will be known as the “Day of Tears.”