Done crying? Tired of yelling? Starting to sober up? Good. Whatever you had to do to get through last week, you did it, because you’re here. When shit hits the fan, the first thing you have to do is turn off the fan. Now we have time to collect ourselves and focus on dealing with the splatter.
The ugly individual moments that make up this last week are frozen in time like frames from some horrific repro rights version of the Zapruder film. The BIG difference is that now we have the time and the opportunity to prevent this tragedy from actually happening.
When the Becerra decision hit like a ton of stoopid, we broke it down for you—exposing the lies and hypocrisy of the arguments that were used to support, well, lies and hypocrisy. If the First Amendment does NOT give you the right to yell “FIRE” in a crowded theater, it certainly shouldn’t allow you to make people seeking medical care think that you’re a doctor when you’re not.
We explained what a pile of shit it is to discuss abortion as though it was any different than any other medical procedure. And we reassured you that—despite the setback—abortion is STILL SAFE AND LEGAL. And despite the further setbacks, IT STILL IS!
The very day of the Becerra decision, we put our own First Amendment rights to far better use than misinforming people who need medical care. We informed the world about the bullshit of the FAKE clinics by putting on our Washington Square Fake Clinic Protest. If the frauds at the phony clinics can’t be made to tell the truth about what they’re doing, we’ll tell it for them. And you can too! Go to www.exposefakeclinics.com to find out how.
And really, it was “poetic Lady Parts Justice” that the news of the Kennedy retirement hit during a week that we were on the road. As we told you in our tour-spiels on the “State of Repro Rights” in OHIO and TENNESSEE, the fights that are going on at the state level are a grim reminder of what we could face on a nation-wide scale if we don’t get together and get busy.
The fetal freaks in the states have been VERY busy planning for this day. Ohio’s HB 565 would ban ALL abortions, even for rape and incest. It’s flagrantly unconstitutional in a way that deliberately invites a reconstituted Supreme Court to smack down Roe v. Wade. And the haters in Tennessee actually changed their state’s constitution to explicitly say that “Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to an abortion.” West Virginia, where we were last week, has a measure on the ballot in November that would do the same thing.
Our unworthy adversaries are nothing if not industrious when it comes to undermining other people’s rights. The events of this last week have shown us that we need fight even harder to keep those rights.
LPJL wasn’t founded to congratulate ourselves for 40-plus years of Roe v. Wade. It was meant to strengthen reproductive rights and to defend them when they’re threatened. Well, we just got the Bat Signal, bitches!
This has been the kind of week we hope would never happen. But this kind of week is the reason we’re here. So let’s be here for each other!