HHS Announces Actions in Response to Texas Law Banning Abortions After 6 Weeks

WASHINGTON — The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced several actions Friday aimed at protecting reproductive rights in Texas following passage of a bill that outlaws all abortions in the state after 6 weeks’ gestation. “Every American deserves access to health care no matter where they live – including access to safe and…

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Texas Abortion Ban Goes Too Far For Even Some Republicans: ‘A Little Bit Extreme’

Topline Several Republicans including Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) criticized Texas’ near-total ban on abortion Sunday because of its provision empowering private citizens to sue those who aid and abet abortions—potentially signaling the legal tactic could face resistance from within the GOP as more states plan to copy Texas’ law. Maryland…

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GoDaddy Is Booting A Site That Sought Anonymous Tips About Texas Abortions

A screen capture of the website established by Texas Right to Life encouraging members of the public to submit “anonymous tips” about violators of the state’s new restrictive abortion law. prolifewhistleblower.com hide caption toggle caption prolifewhistleblower.com A screen capture of the website established by Texas Right to Life encouraging members of the public to submit…

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New Mexico braces for influx after Supreme Court allows Texas abortion restrictions

Italia Aranda, who works as an abortion care counselor at the Mariposa Fund in New Mexico, expects to be putting in even longer hours now that a restrictive anti-abortion law has gone into effect in neighboring Texas.She’ll be far from the only one.Across New Mexico — where there are few restrictions on abortion — providers,…

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Texas Republican leader dies of COVID-19 five days after anti-vaccination post

A Texas Republican leader who was hospitalized with COVID-19 died Wednesday, just days after he shared a post on social media questioning the effectiveness of the coronavirus vaccine.The Galveston County Republican Party said in a Facebook post Wednesday morning that Scott Apley, a member of the State Republican Executive Committee and Dickinson City Council, had died.While the…

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Texas Senate passes bill that removes requirement to teach Ku Klux Klan as ‘morally wrong’

The Texas Senate has voted to pass a bill that would remove a requirement for public school teachers to teach that the Ku Klux Klan is “morally wrong.”The agenda item was included in some two dozen curriculum requirements that were dropped in Senate Bill 3, which the Republican-dominated Senate passed 18-4 last Friday.The bill addresses…

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Texas Senate votes to nix teaching requirement calling white supremacy ‘morally wrong’

The Texas state Senate has passed legislation that would repeal requirements to teach the history of white supremacy and the ways “in which it is morally wrong,” among other lessons pertaining to prominent people of color and women.The Republican-led upper chamber passed the measure, known as Senate Bill 3, in a 18-4 vote on Friday.The legislation…

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Texas governor says state will provide $250 million ‘downpayment’ for border wall

Top Texas officials penned a letter on Wednesday authorizing the transfer of $250 million as a “down payment” for the state’s border wall with Mexico.Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott last week announced plans to build a wall on the southern border to help stem the influx of migrants entering the U.S., declaring “While securing the border…

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Texas Democrats stage walkout to block passage of sweeping election overhaul package

Texas Democrats walked off the state House floor late Sunday night to prevent the passage of a massive overhaul of state elections procedures that would add new impediments to voting in future elections and limit the availability of certain types of voting predominantly used by low income and handicapped people. The late-night drama came after hours of debate and procedural…

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