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Judge Strikes Down Mississippi's Awful Abortion Ban, Calls It 'Pure Gaslighting'

From New York Magazine's The Cut:

“The record is clear: States may not ban abortions prior to viability,” said U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves in his ruling striking down the ban. The rest of his opinion was blistering, laying bare the hypocrisies at the heart of abortion restrictions that claim to be concerned with women’s health.

The state of Mississippi insists that the 15-week ban “was passed in furtherance of the State’s legitimate interest in protecting the health of women,” Judge Reeves wrote. But, given the sobering reality of maternal care in the state, “the Court concludes that the Mississippi Legislature’s professed interest in ‘women’s health’ is pure gaslighting.”

“The State ‘ranks as the state with the most [medical] challenges for women, infants, and children’ but is silent on expanding Medicaid,” he continued, citing a Newsweek article from earlier this year. “Its leaders are proud to challenge Roe but choose not to lift a finger to address the tragedies lurking on the other side of the delivery room: our alarming infant and maternal mortality rates.”


“The real reason we are here is simple,” he wrote. “The State chose to pass a law it knew was unconstitutional to endorse a decades-long campaign, fueled by national interest groups, to ask the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade.” He concluded the opinion by writing that men deciding the fate of women’s right to reproductive health is a “sad irony.”

Read the full take down and the ruling here:



Sinema remains in the lead.


Why is there so much concern about 538?

Those are real time projections that update as results come in. As per Nate:


Donna Shalala wins FL 27.

Jeff Toobin to Kobach: You've Devoted A Career to Stopping Black People & Poor People from Voting

Via Mediaite:

During a discussion on voting laws on Wednesday, CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin did not hold back on his thoughts about Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

In fact, he said Kobach has made it a career of “stopping black people and poor people from voting.”

And he said it right to his face.


Morning Joe had Vermont gubernatorial challenger Democrat Christine Hallquist on today.

The Republican panelist went after her (both guns blazing) concerning the costs of Hallquist's agenda: a single payer health care system as part of a multi-state coalition, universal broadband connectivity, and increased education spending.

The incumbent Republican, who has vetoed both the creation of a paid family leave program and an increase in the minimum wage, declined an invitation to appear.

Since her August 14th primary victory, Hallquist has garnered the endorsements of national figures including Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Kennedy, Corey Booker, Howard Dean, and Barack Obama.

The Vermont Progressive Party (which is not running its own candidate) has thus far declined to endorse Hallquist, citing differences with her on the details of the establishment of a state single payer health care system, as well as on tax policy and the possibility of increased taxes to pay for her proposals.

Hallquist and other local candidates will be appearing with BS (who endorsed Hallquist in September) at several GOTV events in VT this weekend.



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