Trying to predict the U.S. Supreme Court has become very difficult. Today, six justices re-opened several women’s health clinics in Texas by suspending a ruling from the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Texas law had closed over 80 percent of the health clinics, including all those west and south of the one in San Antonio.
The Court let part of the state law to stand but blocked the provision requiring clinics to have the same construction and nursing-staff standards as ambulatory surgical centers and exempted abortion providers in McAllen and El Paso, in the southeast and southwest corners, from needing admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. The justices who wanted to allow the complete law to remain are Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito. Texas won’t regulate fertilizer plants which have a record of blowing up, killing people, and destroying homes and businesses; but conservatives in the state maintain that the hospital-level upgrades mandated for the clinics were for women’s safety.
The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals also ruled today that fewer progressives would be able to vote in Texas’ upcoming election when it reinstated the state’s photo ID law. A lower court ruling determined that the law was unconstitutional, but the three-judge panel of the higher court said that it was too late to change the rules for this election. The NAACP Legal Defense Fund has appealed the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court because 600,000 voters, mostly minorities, may lack the necessary ID. College IDs are not acceptable, but concealed handgun licenses can be used at the polls.
Conservatives, partly elected because of voter suppression, have enacted restrictive laws against women with the rationale of helping the weaker sex. Just last week, Reince Priebus, RNC chairman, told Chuck Todd on Meet the Press that the GOP is closing women’s health clinics out of compassion for women. When Texas’ new law closed all except eight clinics in the state, forcing women to sometimes travel 200 miles to get critical health care, conservatives purported that it was to make women safe. Conservatives seem to care only about women because they refuse to regulate fertilizer plants that blow up, kill people, and destroy homes and businesses.
Todd questioned the idea of compassion after women lost 80 percent of the health clinics, but Priebus segued to a question of whether taxpayer money should fund abortion and swiftly moved on to say:
“The fact of the matter is what this election is going to come down to is whether or not people feel better off today than they did four or five years ago. Whether these Democrat Senators follow this president lockstep in spite of the fact that things aren’t going in the right direction whether it be Obamacare, jobs, the economy, Keystone pipeline or all the above. So you can try to steer — talk about abortion again, but the fact of the matter is, if you’re in Skagway, Alaska, you’re thinking about the fact of why my life isn’t better off today than it was when this senator was elected six years ago.”
Priebus moved from compassion to Skagway in four easy sentences while ignoring the fact that the Hyde Amendment and a provision to the Affordable Care Act prevents taxpayer dollars to be used for abortion except when a woman’s life is in danger or the pregnancy resulted from rape or incest. Skagway was an interesting choice because GOP compassion results in women having to spend six hours to travel the 100 miles to the nearest Planned Parenthood clinic in Juneau.
Courts are also concerned about protecting women by removing their rights. After Justice Sandra Day O’Connor was replaced by Chief Justice John Roberts, the majority opinion of the Supreme Court in Gonzales v. Carhart (2007) implied that hormones make women unable to make such serious decisions as abortion. The state and the courts must save women from the wrong decision. Justice Anthony Kennedy asserted that the so-called “partial-abortion” ban may be justified because of the government’s interest in protecting women from the regret and emotional consequences they may suffer from their abortion decision. At that point, women lost the constitutional right of equal protection, and government no longer expressed concern about preserving women’s health and safety.
http://www.alternet.org/gender/if-only-men-endured-what-women-experience-purity-control-and-science-free-sex-education?akid=12333.266883.93Pb9w&rd=1&src=newsletter1022149&t=11 Men should also be protected, and Jessica Valenti has ideas about how laws can help and protect the strong, silent sex.
Abstinence-only education has always been focused on girls, and boys have been left out of learning about the horrors of male sexuality. As young women are taught that abortion leads to sterility and cancer, their male counterpart should be told, using the same quality of scientific data, that the penis shrinks every time it’s put into a different woman. The lesson is to abstain from sex until marriage.
Another necessary lesson for young men is not to tease women with their appearance. Boys shouldn’t wear shirts to show off biceps or jeans to hug the bottom or the “package,” lest girls think that they are “that kind.” Schools need to help and protect these boys by enforcing dress codes limiting any clothing that show the male shape.
Many women find that oral birth control lessen their enjoyment of sex. Men should be the sole party responsible for birth control, maybe with a gel injection into the scrotum. That way they can be sure that the woman can really enjoy sex without fear of pregnancy. Of course, this would happen only after marriage because no self-respecting man would ever have sex before the sacraments.
Even after marriage, however, men need to be sure that they really want to have sex. Therefore all men should wait 72 hours after they get the urge. In that way, they can be sure that they want to follow through with this serious decision because they lack the capacity to think things through while they’re aroused. During that 72 hours they will be required to have invasive medical procedures to check for sexually-transmitted diseases, maybe something like a pipe-cleaner into the penis. And they need to do this every time before they have sex.
After the 72 hours have expired, men need to go to the nearest men’s health center, maybe six hours away but not far enough for any real burden. Once there, men need education on child support and information about psychological damage from having sex and how it will probably cause penis cancer. Lessons could include watching a video about how women are disgusted by men who have premarital sex.
States should legally require doctors to read “facts” from “studies” that aren’t really facts. The information in these lessons can come from explaining the shame of male sexuality that has nothing to do with the medical community’s knowledge. These caring rules are “Men’s Right to Know.”
Men who want their wives to get pregnant must stop drinking because alcohol in the sperm can cause miscarriage, birth defects, or illness in the resulting baby. Males also can’t smoke because it causes all these problems plus lower birth rate and certainly cannot use illegal drugs or have a job that would expose them to dangerous chemicals. (This information is for real.)
Boys who are minors should be required to have parental written permission before any sexual activity. An alternative is to go to court for a judicial waiver from this consent. It’s a simple process: cross-examination from a district attorney, submission of evidence about understanding about sex, and an attorney for all the sperm because men themselves are not responsible enough to care for it. In the new world of personhood, fetuses are assigned attorneys although the pregnant women are not. Sperm also deserves attorneys.
Some men will fail, even with all this government help and protection. They have to take the blame for pregnancies because women can’t get pregnant all by themselves. Also men are better equipped to care for children because they are bigger and can reach things like baby formula on high shelves at stores.
Men shouldn’t even think about trying to help women get abortions. In Pennsylvania, Jennifer Ann Whalen was sentenced to prison because she got an abortifacient by mail for her 16-year-old daughter. The nearest clinic was 74 miles away, and they had no insurance. In Indiana, Purvi Patel is facing between six and 20 years in prison because she ordered an abortion-causing drug from Hong Kong.
Successful men will receive a contract to show understanding of all the dangers—emotional, physical, and psychological. They’re ready to have sex. After signing, men are ready to go out into the world, a psychologically damaged slut.
That’s the life of a man if he gets the same protection that a woman does.