First the bad news:
Librarians in Oklahoma received the above email memo in their inboxes. It warned them of the risk termination, jail time, and a $10,000 fine if they help library visitors find information about abortion. Oklahoma’s Metropolitan Library System advised staff that, with abortion now illegal statewide, they should avoid even speaking the word “abortion,” especially since patrons might try to trick them into using it so as to report them.
Library staff should avoid speaking the word “abortion”? So much for free speech in America… or at least in Oklahoma.
Now for the good news:
The question presented to Kansas voters yesterday was whether abortion protections should be stripped from the state constitution. A “yes” vote would have allow the state’s Republican-led legislature to pass future limits on abortion — or to ban it altogether — in its coming session in January. A “no” vote would leave those protections in place.
Kansas voters in the traditionally conservative state overwhelming voted to support abortion rights. More than 60% wanted to maintain those abortion protections.
The vote sent a decisive message to Republican lawmakers about the issue’s popularity in the first political test since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June. Subsequent to the Supreme Court’s ruling, more than a dozen Republican-led states have moved to ban or further restrict abortion.
Let’s hope this message will give pause to GOP lawmakers, letting them know, loud and clear, that their constituents want women to maintain their reproductive rights granted in Roe v. Wade.
Oh, who am I kidding? Republican lawmakers don’t give two shits about what their constituents want. Unless those constituents are mega donors who are willing to buy politicians to do their bidding. I’m just saying.