The Supreme Court may have struck down abortion regulations that would have shut down all but five clinics providing termination of pregnancy services in Texas, but there’s always going to be new abortion regulations in Texas. The latest requires the fetal tissue to be buried or cremated, regardless of the period of gestation, the AP reports.
This election cycle, Donald Trump is a conservative, which means he’s against abortion. But Trump today took the conversation in a new direction: Punishing the women who have them.
Notoriously hypocritical anti-abortion Congressman Scott DesJarlais, Republican from Tennessee (which is a Super Tuesday state), has endorsed Donald Trump, the Guardian reports. DesJarlais’s ex-wife and his mistress have undergone abortions either at his behest or as the result of a “mutual decision.”
The CDC is “now certain” that sexual transmission of the Zika virus is possible. Since the outbreak, there have been 500 microcephaly cases in Brazil, with 3,900 more suspected cases being investigated. Hey, seems like a good time for the Brazilian government to increase jail time for women who get abortions!
The battle over abortion rights continues in North Carolina, where state law now requires doctors to send the ultrasounds of women seeking abortions to state officials. Depending on whom you talk to, this is either a gross intimidation tactic by the state or a necessary practice to verify that clinics are complying with a previously enacted state law that bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
After last nights’s 187th Republican presidential debate, SBNation’s PFT Commenter asked Ben Carson—who thinks abortion should be outlawed even in cases of rape and incest—a very important question. “You are perhaps the most anti-Hitler but also the most anti-abortion candidate,” he said. “Would you be in favor of aborting baby Hitler?”
After canceling all Medicaid contracts with Planned Parenthood affiliates this past Monday, Texas authorities have now raided Planned Parenthood locations in San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas. Investigators are apparently looking for any documents or records related to patients who have donated fetal tissue at any point in the past five years.
A Missouri investigation that began after a heavily edited, misleading video of a Planned Parenthood director discussing fetal tissue donation surfaced in July has finally reached its conclusion. And the verdict is: No, Planned Parenthood is not, in fact, selling or mishandling aborted fetal body parts in any way.
After weeks of GOP candidates pandering to the anti-Planned Parenthood masses, it looks like the one man who should know better re:fetal tissue donations—famed ex-neurosurgeon Ben Carson—actually does know better. Or at least, he did back in 1992 when he did his own research on 17-week fetal tissue. But, according to Carson, that was different.