Your Guide to the Supreme Court Abortion Case That Could Change Everything

It happened quietly, flying under the radar in the face of crisis-driven federal governance and partisan squabbling. Over the course of a decade, conservatives have, for the most part, expanded their hold on state government in traditionally red states while making substantial gains in traditionally blue and purple states. The results have been dismal on a number of issues (see: misguided welfare policies, the utter gutting of school resources, etc.), but things have been especially terrifying in the realm of women’s reproductive healthcare.

Recent announcements from the Supreme Court, however, may offer some hope to those appalled by state legislatures hell bent on setting us back a century. In the coming session, they’ll be hearing two specific cases relevant to reproductive rights. One, as we previously covered, is utterly asinine. Another, however, could have repercussions that impact generations to come. Welcome to Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole.

You have questions. That’s understandable — this case and all of its variables and possible outcomes and potential implications is incredibly complex. Luckily, we have answers. Let’s break it down.

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Republican Efforts to Bar Syrian Muslim Refugees Present a National Security Risk

The brutal ISIS attacks in Paris last week paired with another gruesome suicide bombing in Beirut shook the global community to its core, and with good reason. Images and accounts from the ground were the stuff of nightmares — nightmares that people in countries where ISIS strikes like this on the regular live out everyday.

But for others, it was a stark reminder that this kind of violence often seen in the Middle East is not confined to the region, and that there is always the potential for such attacks to take place, no matter how safe or comfortable we think we are.

For some, this was motivation for their own form of extremism. Many of the GOP presidential contenders began banging the war drum early and loud. Donald Trump, in particular, proclaimed that he would “bomb the shit out of” countries where ISIS is active… innocents be damned.



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John Kerry Suggests Charlie Hebdo Massacre was “Legitimate,” Then Walks Back That Word

Secretary of State John Kerry, as the United States top diplomat, should have a tongue of silver. Unfortunately, it turned to ash in his mouth yesterday when he bumbled his way through an impromptu statement about the two terrorist massacres Paris has suffered this year — the shootings and bombings of last Friday evening, and the January bloodbath that decimated the Charlie Hebdo staff.



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Gov. John Kasich Wants to Create a Government Agency to Promote “Judeo-Christian Values”

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, the Republican Presidential candidate who has tried to present himself as the sane alternative to his far right competitors, offered a proposal yesterday that you’d expect from someone like Mike Huckabee. He suggested creating a government program to spreading “Judeo-Christian values” around the world:



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Anti-Choice Laws Spurring Spike in Dangerous Self-Induced Abortions

People opposed to abortion have long made their objective apparent: they want to set us back by more than 40 years by making the medical procedure illegal. Many activists have seen that as an unlikely scenario in the courts, so they have resorted to getting legislators to regulate the practice out of existence. For some reason, they have this weird idea that making access to legal abortions impossible will mean no more abortions in America.

But new studies show just how wrong these ideologues are. Groundbreaking research from the Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) took an in-depth look at the rate of self-induced abortions in Texas in the wake of the implementation of some of the most restrictive abortion regulations in the nation, and the results were stunning.



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