The Supreme Court Now Has Roe in Its Sights

The Supreme Court is setting up a blockbuster series of rulings on the future of abortion rights in America. On Friday, the justices turned down a second request to temporarily block Texas’s de facto ban on most abortions, allowing the controversial S.B. 8 to stay in force while litigation unfolds. At the same time, the court used a rare procedural maneuver to fast-track two legal challenges to S.B. 8 for consideration on November 1—one month before it will also hear oral arguments on a pre-viability abortion ban in Mississippi.

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The Supreme Court’s very unusual new abortion orders, explained

The Supreme Court handed down a pair of very closely related orders on Friday concerning SB 8, a Texas law that effectively bans all abortions after the sixth week of pregnancy. The punchline is that the ban on nearly all abortions in Texas remains in effect, but the justices appear very eager to resolve the very unusual legal questions presented by this law.
The two orders arise out of two separate cases. Whole Woman’s Health v. Jackson is a suit brought by abortion providers hoping to block SB 8. United States v.

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The Supreme Court’s very unusual new abortion orders, explained

The Supreme Court handed down a pair of very closely related orders on Friday concerning SB 8, a Texas law that effectively bans all abortions after the sixth week of pregnancy. The punchline is that the ban on nearly all abortions in Texas remains in effect, but the justices appear very eager to resolve the very unusual legal questions presented by this law.
The two orders arise out of two separate cases. Whole Woman’s Health v. Jackson is a suit brought by abortion providers hoping to block SB 8. United States v.

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California’s unstoppable authoritarianism

Sure, California has great beaches, wine country, and Hollywood stars. But Gov. Gavin Newsom has lately signed some bills into law that make the Golden State look like an authoritarian vampire that sucks the life out of its residents by chilling free speech and making unusual demands about everything from gender quotas to law enforcement attire.
Let’s start with the most recent: A group called Right to Life of Central California, a pro-life organization dedicated to helping women, filed a lawsuit in federal court last week challenging a state law that Newsom signed Oct. 8.
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Neither side should expect dramatic shifts — even if Supremes scrap Roe v. Wade

Texas Right to Life says SB8, the state law that prohibits abortion after fetal cardiac activity can be detected, has “saved at least 100 lives PER DAY” since it took effect on Sept. 1. Another calculation suggests the number “could be as high as 132.”
One reason for the uncertainty is that Texas women who have crossed SB8’s legal threshold, which typically happens around six weeks into a pregnancy, can still obtain abortions in other states with less restrictive policies.

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Neither side should expect dramatic shifts — even if Supremes scrap Roe v. Wade

Texas Right to Life says SB8, the state law that prohibits abortion after fetal cardiac activity can be detected, has “saved at least 100 lives PER DAY” since it took effect on Sept. 1. Another calculation suggests the number “could be as high as 132.”
One reason for the uncertainty is that Texas women who have crossed SB8’s legal threshold, which typically happens around six weeks into a pregnancy, can still obtain abortions in other states with less restrictive policies.

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Why Aren’t Texas Abortion Providers Actively Resisting S.B. 8?

Critics of S.B. 8 is that this private enforcement regime would allow blue states to prohibit firearm ownership. I’ve asked a gun rights activists what would happen if California banned the sale and possession of handguns through a private cause of action. Their response: “Come and take it.” They would engage in active civil disobedience, and resist the law. They would be happy to get sued, and would win in court every time. Of course, gun rights activists know that Heller is secure.

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New Court Evidence Confirms Kamala Harris Abused Power To Help Campaign Donors

New court documents confirm that a former attorney general worked on behalf of a major campaign donor to seize the videos and computer equipment of an undercover journalist reporting on the crimes of that campaign donor. In a sane, non-corrupt media environment, this story would be a major concern of every journalist who cares about First Amendment protections.
Instead, you won’t hear corporate media journalists speak out against it at all.

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New Court Evidence Confirms Kamala Harris Abused Power To Help Campaign Donors

New court documents confirm that a former attorney general worked on behalf of a major campaign donor to seize the videos and computer equipment of an undercover journalist reporting on the crimes of that campaign donor. In a sane, non-corrupt media environment, this story would be a major concern of every journalist who cares about First Amendment protections.
Instead, you won’t hear corporate media journalists speak out against it at all.

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Kamala Harris’s AG Office Colluded With Abortion Giants To Take Down Pro-Life Journalist David Daleiden, Attorneys Say

Kamala Harris’s office colluded with Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation during her time as California attorney general to pursue criminal charges against citizen journalist and pro-life activist David Daleiden, his attorneys allege.
“Planned Parenthood, NAF, and the California Attorney General beginning with Kamala Harris colluded to silence my reporting on illegal fetus trafficking and to obstruct justice in ongoing investigations of their practices,” Daleiden told Fox News of the now-vice president.

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