1. Teens crossing state lines to get an abortion are the target of a new bill introduced today. The Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (CIANA) looks fairly comprehensive and serious so far, though full text of the bill (S.1241) has not yet been released. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), however, did provide a joint press release that outlined the bill’s main points. To summarize, the bill would:

    "prohibit… knowingly taking a minor across state lines with the intent of obtaining an abortion if this action evades the parental notification law in her home state." This could significantly increase the cost of travel for teens seeking an abortion. If a girl lived near a state border, she would be forced to seek an abortion in her state, even if there was a major city just on the other side of the river. In some states without much abortion access, this could be a real hardship.

    "would require abortion providers to notify a parent of an out-of-state minor before performing an abortion." Again, this could cause hardship on the girl getting an abortion because of the time involved for the provider to find and contact her parent. Also, what if the teen had a judicial bypass in her home state? Would it be honored?

    "CIANA allows for punishment, in the form of fines or imprisonment, of physicians who knowingly perform an abortion on a minor who has traveled across state lines…" As RH Reality Check points out, this bill could make providers more leery of performing abortions on girls at all. And it makes it in the best interests of the girl to lie about her residency or about the circumstances of her pregnancy.

    Because more teen mothers is exactly what this country needs. Thanks, Senators Hatch and Rubio!

     
  2. motherjones:

    What other problems have you heard or read about where undocumented immigrants were blamed?

    Hmmm…I have been feeling rather tired lately. Maybe this is why.

     
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    Look at this chart and tell me with a straight face that welfare queens and illegal immigrants are what’s keeping the average taxpaying American down.

    Look at this chart and tell me with a straight face that welfare queens and illegal immigrants are what’s keeping the average taxpaying American down.

     
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    Everyone knows the ’50s were a time of economic stagnation and high unemployment. Damn those high tax rates for the wealthy!

    Everyone knows the ’50s were a time of economic stagnation and high unemployment. Damn those high tax rates for the wealthy!

     
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    A reminder of just how wide the wealth gap in the U.S. has become.

    A reminder of just how wide the wealth gap in the U.S. has become.

     
  6. The minimum wage hasn’t kept pace with the cost of living.

    The minimum wage hasn’t kept pace with the cost of living.

     
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    Productivity has increased, but real wages haven’t.
I’m struck by the thought of the average household income being over $90,000/year…can you guys even imagine that?

    Productivity has increased, but real wages haven’t.

    I’m struck by the thought of the average household income being over $90,000/year…can you guys even imagine that?

     
  8. MotherJones reblogged my post!

    Fuck yeah. Though I guess I should turn off my dashboard notifications for a few days.