CBS News reported on a federal judge blocking Alabama’s pro-life law on Tuesday, October 29, 2019.
The law, the “Human Life Protection Act,” was originally set to go into effect on November 15.
A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction against the law on Tuesday morning, slamming the brakes on this law’s implementation as the continues.
Alabama’s attorney general, Steve Marshall, said that decision “was not unexpected.” He pointed out that the purpose of the law was to potentially overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in America.
“As we have stated before, the State’s objective is to advance our case to the U.S. Supreme Court where we intend to submit evidence that supports our argument that Roe and Casey were wrongly decided and that the Constitution does not prohibit states from protecting unborn children from abortion,” Marshall declared in a statement to CBS News Tuesday afternoon.
Planned Parenthood praised the judge for the ruling. “This is not only a victory for the people of Alabama — it’s a victory for the entire nation,” Staci Fox, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Southeast, asserted in a statement emailed to CBS News. “We said it from the start: this ban is blatantly unconstitutional and we will fight it every step of the way.”
Myron H. Thompson, a federal judge for the Middle District of Alabama, North Division, wrote a 17-page opinion stating that the law’s enforcement would cause “serious and irreparable harm.”
“A near-total ban imposes substantial costs on women, including those who are unable to obtain an abortion and those who ‘desperately seek to exercise their ability to decide whether to have a child’ and thus ‘would take unsafe measures to end their pregnancies,'” Thompson wrote, citing another lawsuit that took place in Alabama in 2014, Planned Parenthood Southeast v. Strange.
This law was passed in May and would prohibit abortions taking place in Alabama except when “abortion is necessary in order to prevent a serious health risk” to the woman, based on the bill’s language. There is no exception for instances of rape or incest. It criminalizes this practice and reclassifies abortion as a Class A felony, which is punishable by up to 99 years in prison for abortion doctors.
Ohio Republican Rob Portman Announces that He Won’t Be Seeking Re-Election
America first nationalists must capitalize on this opening in the senate.
On January 25, 2021, Ohio Senator Rob Portman announced that he will not be seeking re-election in 2022. The 2022 election cycle will be a critical mid-term cycle which will determine what course the Republican Party will take in the wake of Trump’s defeat.
According to a report at The Epoch Times, Portman cited “partisan gridlock in Congress and political polarization” as his main reasons for leaving the Senate.
“I feel fortunate to have been entrusted by the people of Ohio to represent them in the U.S. Senate. Today, I am announcing that I have made a decision not to run again in 2022,” Portman said in a statement.
The Republican senator continued, “I don’t think any Senate office has been more successful in getting things done, but honestly, it has gotten harder and harder to break through the partisan gridlock and make progress on substantive policy, and that has contributed to my decision.”
In Portman’s view, the United States has become “increasingly polarized where members of both parties are being pushed further to the right and further to the left, and that means too few people who are actively looking to find common ground.” Portman also contended that “This is not a new phenomenon, of course, but a problem that has gotten worse over the past few decades.” He concluded by stating that “This is a tough time to be in public service.”
Portman accompanies his colleagues Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey and North Carolina Senator Richard Burr in retiring from office. Portman’s presence won’t be missed. He voted for the Iraq War and even betrayed President Trump by voting against his national emergency declaration at the border. To add insult to injury, Portman has routinely talked smack about President Trump behind his back.
2022 is shaping up to be an interesting year for Republicans with numerous seats in play. With regards to open seats, there will be unique opportunities for America First nationalists to shine in. Ohio is ground zero for the emerging populist realignment taking place in America. Once a state that could go either way during a given election cycle, Ohio is now a safe Republican state.
America First nationalists should milk this opening for what it’s worth and place a staunch nationalist to run for the open GOP seat in 2022. This will be the first midterm where populists can begin purging the party of neocons and other establishment types.
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