Potentially complicating his 2016 bid, the Wisconsin governor has said he will sign a 20-week abortion bill that includes no exemption for rape or incest.
When it comes to abortion, Scott Walker aims to keep his promises.
But doing so could make his life—and his almost presidential campaign—tricky.
That’s because Republicans in the Wisconsin state legislature have introduced legislation banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
The bill is expected to get a vote in the next few weeks, before the state’s biennial budget passes. But unlike a federal bill on the issue, this legislation doesn’t include an exception allowing abortions for victims of rape or incest.
The governor plans to sign the legislation, Laurel Patrick, a spokeswoman for Walker’s office, emailed.
On the morning of September 11, 2011, Krystal Moore thought she was dying. Sharp pain stabbed at her stomach, so much so that she curled up into a fetal position on her bed. She didn’t know what was happening. Though she was pregnant, she was only six months along, not nearly ready to give birth.
She couldn’t simply call the family doctor. She was an inmate, serving time at the Jerome Combs Detention Center in Kankakee, Illinois, for smoking marijuana while on probation. But in the early hours of that Sunday morning, her pain was escalating quickly.
“I woke up hurting,” she told RH Reality Check. “I tried to get in the shower, and I couldn’t.”
The Federal Bureau of Justice Statistics estimates that in 2007, the most recent year for which data are available, 1.7 million children had a parent in state or federal prison.
But since women inmates are more likely than males to have been their children’s primary caregivers, those children are often displaced — either sent to live with family members outside the home or placed in state care.
In addition, the comparatively limited number of women’s facilities — there are 28 federal women’s prisons, versus at least 83 for men — means that women often end up farther from their homes and families, compounding the strain of maintaining healthy relationships while they’re serving time.
PRINCETON, N.J. — Half of Americans consider themselves “pro-choice” on abortion, surpassing the 44% who identify as “pro-life.” This is the first time since 2008 that that the pro-choice position has had a statistically significant lead in Americans’ abortion views
For most of the past five years, Americans have been fairly evenly divided in their association with the two abortion labels. The only exception between 2010 and 2014 was in May 2012, when the pro-life position led by 50% to 41%.
Prior to 2009, the pro-choice side almost always predominated, including in the mid-1990s by a substantial margin. While support for the pro-choice position has yet to return to the 53% to 56% level seen at the time, the trend has been moving in that direction since the 2012 reading.
GOP Presidential candidate Rick Santorum is not the first person to do so, but during his first official even in Iowa he compared scientists convinced that the climate is changing to people who once believed the world was flat:
One man stood up during the event’s Q&A portion, expressing concern about climate change. Addressing it, the audience member said, should be an imperative to Christians commanded by the Bible to be stewards of the Earth.
“I always have problems when people come up and say the science is settled,” said Santorum, winner of the 2012 Iowa caucuses. “That’s what they said about the world being flat. When someone says the science is settled you’re not a scientist, because scientists never say the science is settled.”
Some might say that those who once denied the spherical shape, or scientifically proven fact, that the Earth is round are much more like those who deny the scientifically proven fact that man is the cause of climate change….but that may take some thought and introspection I suppose
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It is incredible. On the campaign trail, Republican presidential candidates endlessly slam Obama’s lack of a strategy against ISIS. And yet given the opportunity to help craft such a strategy, and back it up with an authorization for war, Republican leaders in Congress refuse. It’s a perfect illustration of the absurdity of GOP foreign policy today.
Voting on a specific war resolution—or resolutions—would make that evasion harder because it would force Republicans to define the parameters of the war they want to fight. And, just as importantly, it would force Hillary Clinton to do the same.
Two St. John’s County, FL, sherriff’s deputies invoked a little-known provision of the Florida “Baker Act”—-which allows for involuntary incarceration of persons with suicidal ideation—-to allow for “capital incarceration.” That is, they shot a reported suicide risk several times with assault rifles until he was dead. This is believed to be a more cost-effective way of dealing with the mentally ill, especially since the governor’s own chain of hospitals got caught emptying the cookie jar of tens of millions via medicare fraud and then the governor* himself refused to accept any federal money for Florida that might be contaminated by that nasty “Obamacare.”
Way’s live-in girlfriend, Kaitlyn Christine Lyons, said she’d caught Justin drinking a bottle of vodka, which she took away from him to pour out. She said he was drunk, lying in their bed with a large knife, saying he would hurt himself with it. She called a non-emergency number in an attempt to get her boyfriend to a local St. Augustine, Florida, hospital for help—and told them she did not feel threatened.
“My brother has been Baker Acted three times because he was threatening to hurt himself so I figured that would happen with Justin,” said Lyons. Florida’s Baker Act allows the involuntary institutionalization of an individual, and it can be initiated by law enforcement officials.
“The only person Justin threatened was himself and I honestly don’t think he wanted to die.”
Minutes later, two St. Johns County Sheriff’s deputies, 26-year-old Jonas Carballosa and 32-year-old Kyle Braig, arrived at the home, armed with assault rifles, and told Kaitlyn to wait outside.
“I thought they were going into war,” she remembered thinking when she first saw the large guns. Within moments, Justin was shot dead.
Denise Way, Justin’s mom, said the detective relayed to her that “they told Justin to drop the knife and he didn’t—so they shot him because ‘That’s what we do.’”
*I will use any excuse to make fun of Rick Scott.
Days after anti-Muslim activist Pam Geller submitted an ad depicting the Prophet Muhammad to DC’s transit authority, its board opted to ban all “issue” advertisements on metro transit for the rest of the year. The motion to ban political, religious and other issue ads was put forward by Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Chairman Mort Downey, according to The Hill, and the Metro board approved it Thursday.
Geller announced Tuesday that her group American Freedom Defense Initiative was launching an ad campaign on DC buses and in train stations bearing the winning cartoon from the group’s Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas that became the target of an attempted shooting earlier this month.
In a statement posted on Breitbart.com, Geller said she was launching the ad campaign because “the media and the cultural and political elites continue to self-enforce the Sharia without the consent of the American people by refusing to show any depictions of Muhammad or showing what it was in Texas that had jihadists opening fire.”
Previously, her anti-Muslim ads had been displayed in the transit systems in cities including San Francisco and New York, where a federal judge reaffirmed her right to run them. A judge in Boston rejected her group’s motion to force the transit authority to run her ads there.
WMATA’s move to nix all issue-based advertisement appears to be an attempt to thwart the legal problems faced by other cities’ transit authorities when they resisted running controversial ads by Geller’s group. The American Freedom Defense Initiative did not come up in Thursday’s meeting, a spokesperson for WMATA told The Hill.
Texas Sen. and Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz — who voted against aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy — called for federal relief Wednesday in the wake of devastating floods and storms that have ravaged his home state.
The Tea Party darling said he supports “the federal government fulfilling its statutory obligations, and stepping in to respond to this natural disaster,” in regards to the barrage of storms that have left at least 21 people dead and 11 others missing.
Cruz, 44, voted against a federal disaster relief bill after Sandy ravaged the East Coast in October 2012 calling the measure “symptomatic of a larger problem in Washington - an addiction to spending money we do not have.”
He called the damage in Texas “unimaginable” in the video, which must have made it difficult to describe but he made the attempt anyway, and his displayed degree of concern for the problems of Texans might justify his complete 180-turn on federal spending.
So far no fiscal conservatives from the right wing of the party have announced a primary challenge.