Kylo: “And did Master Skywalker tell you the whole story? How he tried to murder me in my sleep? It was self-defense!”
Rey, a fleshed-out character who isn’t Super-Emotional Because She’s a Woman: “And then you blew up the temple? Killed the other students? Were they your friends? Did they have families? Was killing Han Solo self-defense?”
Intimidating women is a conservative cornerstone. Oppressing women, denying equality, it’s all in their ideology.
But to intimidate a potential gun purchase? The threat of violence and retribution is inherent in [male] gun culture. The “make my day” narrative is too risky to chance with the modern gun owner.
A federal appeals court has allowed the Trump administration to continue to prevent an undocumented teen from obtaining an abortion, potentially prolonging an unwanted pregnancy for 11 days or more.
A split decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ordered the government to secure a sponsor for the teen by 5 p.m. on Oct. 31 and said the teen, referred to as Jane Doe, would be able to get an abortion when in the sponsor’s custody. The court said the process would not “unduly burden the minor’s right under Supreme Court precedent to an abortion” provided that “the process of securing a sponsor to whom the minor is released occurs expeditiously.”
If a sponsor isn’t secured by that date, a lower court could issue a temporary restraining order or preliminary injunction, the appeals court said. The ruling noted that the government had “assumed, for purposes of this case, that [Jane Doe] ― an unlawful immigrant who apparently was detained shortly after unlawfully crossing the border into the United States ― possesses a constitutional right to obtain an abortion in the United States.”
The Justice Department appears to be laying the groundwork for an investigation into the transfer of fetal tissue by abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, picking up where several Republican-led inquiries in Congress had dropped off last year…
On Friday, anti-abortion groups welcomed the news that the Justice Department may have picked up the cause, and they urged Congress to cut off federal funding to Planned Parenthood, a favorite target, in light of the investigation…
[But] Dana Singiser, Planned Parenthood’s vice president for government relations, said the group had done nothing wrong and pointed to investigations into its handling of fetal tissue by other congressional committees and more than a dozen states, which concluded the same thing.
“These accusations are baseless, and a part of a widely discredited attempt to end access to reproductive health care at Planned Parenthood,” she said in a statement. “Planned Parenthood has never, and would never, profit while facilitating its patients’ choice to donate fetal tissue for use in important medical research.”
Democrats on Capitol Hill castigated the department for the “flagrant politicization of its mission,” as Representative Jerrold Nadler of New York, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, put it.
Paula Rego, Untitled,1998, from a series on unsafe abortion in response to a Portuguese referendum on hugely restrictive abortion laws. The artworks influenced public opinion, helping a change in the law to protect women’s rights #womensart