Inasmuch as American politics has become a dysfunctional dialectic, progressive Kansas City voters rarely consider their circumstances in the middle of the conservative right-wing heartland.
To wit . . .
Activist and Jackson County political contender Justice Horn shares a stark warning with local voters about the upcoming Missouri crackdown against abortion.
Here's the most relevant and accurate assessment of the political situation . . .
"Republicans in the Missouri Legislature are planning to introduce legislation that would ban abortions after six weeks, modeled on the Texas law that would take effect this week. If this bill is filed, passed, and signed into law here in Missouri, it would change the lives of over half of the 500,000 Kansas Citians who call Kansas City home. It’s important that we show up, call, and email our state representatives to prevent this bill from going into effect here in Missouri. Moreover, it’s important that we also realize that as cisgender men, we could never undertand what cisgender woman, transgender indivduals, and non-binary people with uteruses are going through right now. It’s our duty though to show up, center those voices, and stand in solidarity with those targeted by this law. "
And then . . . Justice Horn offers a guide to being an equitable progressive ally . . .
"We can start is by understanding that cisgender women are not the only ones who are effected by abortion bans. One thing I have noticed is that for those who may not have the privilege of “passing” and those who don’t quite “fit the mold,” they often don’t make it into discussions around reproductive justice. This can be quite harmful to our transgender and non-binary community members who are also effected by these abortion bans. It’s important that we understand as cisgender men that cisgender women, transgender individuals, and our non-binary community members deserve to have visibility. We can ensure that by keeping our language and spaces inclusive for all."
Just a bit more perspective here . . .
"The second place we can start is by understanding that we are not supposed to have an opinion on this issue and that we have no space in this discussion. With great privilege comes even greater responsibility, and we must accept that we could never understand. Our privilege would be better used by showing up, listening, and amplifying the voices of those on the frontline of this. It’s important that we also step aside and give the stage to the many people who are touched by these abortion bills being implemented across our country."
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As I write this, the Republicans in the Missouri Legislature are planning to introduce legislation that would ban abortions after six weeks, modeled on the Texas law that would take effect this week. If this bill is filed, passed, and signed into law here in Missouri, it would change the lives of over half of the 500,000 Kansas Citians who call Kansas City home.
Further reading from both sides of the debate . . .
An abortion clinic in Texas reportedly rushed to beat the clock on the state's new restrictions, performing 67 abortions with one doctor over the course of 17 hours. Texas' law took effect the following day, Sept. 1, effectively imposing a six-week limit on abortions. According to "The 19th," Whole Woman's Health Ft.
Mexico's Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that penalizing abortion is unconstitutional, a major victory for advocates of women's health and human rights in the majority Roman Catholic nation.
ASHINGTON - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott defended the state's restrictive new abortion law Tuesday, saying it doesn't force victims of rape to give birth and vowing to "eliminate all rapists." Abbott, a Republican, took questions from reporters Tuesday morning after an event at which he signed a sweeping election bill into law.
John Gibson, CEO of Tripwire Interactive - the studio known for making horror games like Killing Floor and - was made to step down a blisteringly quick 53 hours after he tweeted in favor of the controversial Texas abortion law. In the tweet, Gibson says, "Proud of #USSupremeCourt affirming the Texas law banning abortion for babies with a heartbeat.
Media Repeat Junk Science Behind Abortion Ban Laws: Check the Science-There is No Heartbeat at Six Weeks - Ms. Magazine
The inaccuracies of the Texas law, repeated by media across the country, are part of a larger anti-abortion movement strategy to spread misinformation about abortion.When media uncritically repeat the factually inaccurate and politically charged language of the anti-abortion movement, they create confusion, spread misleading information about abortion, and perpetuate stigma and bias against abortion, endangering women's health and lives.
The Satanic Temple (TST) is challenging a Texas law that bans most abortions after a heartbeat can be detected in the unborn child. The Satanists argue that the law restricts their right to free religious practice, referring to abortions as a "religious abortion ritual" and "a ceremony rooted in our deeply-held beliefs" on the TST website.
Texas' abortion law adds to the growing number of issues Biden is being pushed to prioritize, including reforming police departments, rewriting immigration laws and raising the federal minimum wage. They're all issues he promised to tackle with speed.
You decide . . .