6/27/22 - Missouri Mondays - Roe v Wade overturned! Abortion now illegal in Missouri–no exceptions!
Roe v. Wade overturned! Abortion now illegal in Missouri–no exceptions for rape or incest! We won’t go back! Turn anger into ACTION NOW!
“With sorrow—for this Court, but more, for the many millions of American women who have today lost a fundamental constitutional protection—we dissent.”
These are the final words in the dissent written by Justice Steven Breyer for Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan in the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the constitutional right to abortion after 50 years of established law and protection under Roe v. Wade.
More from the dissent: “Withdrawing a woman’s right to choose whether to continue a pregnancy does not mean that no choice is being made. It means that a majority of today’s Court has wrenched this choice from women and given it to the States. To allow a State to exert control over one of “the most intimate and personal choices” a woman may make is not only to affect the course of her life, monumental as those effects might be. It is to alter her “views of [herself]” and her understanding of her “place in society” as some- one with the recognized dignity and authority to make these choices. Women have relied on Roe and Casey in this way for 50 years. Many have never known anything else. When Roe and Casey disappear, the loss of power, control, and dignity will be immense.”
“The new status of abortion access on a state-by-state basis, says that from the very moment of fertilization, a woman has no rights to speak of. A State can force her to bring a pregnancy to term, even at the steepest personal and familial costs.” Breyer later added, “Whatever the exact scope of the coming laws, one result of today’s decision is certain: the curtailment of women’s rights, and of their status as free and equal citizens.”
“Joining the Alito majority opinion were Justice Clarence Thomas, appointed by the first President Bush, and the three Trump appointees — Justices Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett. Chief Justice John Roberts, appointed by President George W. Bush, concurred in the judgment only, and would have limited the decision to upholding the Mississippi law at issue in the case, which banned abortions after 15 weeks. Calling the decision "a serious jolt to the legal system," he said that both the majority and dissent displayed "a relentless freedom from doubt on the legal issue that I cannot share." NPR June 24
Read more here:
https://missouriindependent.com/2022/06/24/u-s-supreme-court-overturns-right-to-abortion-in-landmark-decision/ Missouri Independent June 24
The Supreme Court’s decision: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/21pdf/19-1392_6j37.pdf
ABORTION IS NOW ILLEGAL IN MISSOURI WITH NO EXCEPTIONS FOR RAPE OR INCEST
Under Missouri’s trigger law, abortions will only be permitted in cases of a medical emergency. There are no exceptions for rape or incest”
“Mere minutes after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision was released, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt issued an opinion to kick off Missouri’s trigger ban — making Missouri one of the first states to outlaw nearly all abortions. Gov. Mike Parson soon followed with a proclamation declaring the law as in effect.”
Full story: https://missouriindependent.com/2022/06/24/abortion-is-now-illegal-in-missouri-in-wake-of-u-s-supreme-court-ruling/ Missouri Independent June 24
WHAT TO DO NOW TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
SUPPORT THE WORK OF ABORTION CARE PROVIDERS / SPREAD THE WORD
Planned Parenthood - All gifts made by June 30 will be matched $1‑for‑$1 up to a total of $250,000 https://www.weareplannedparenthood.org/onlineactions/2U7UN1iNhESWUfDs4gDPNg2
Whole Women’s Health https://www.wholewomanshealth.com/take-action/
National Network of Abortion Funds https://donate.abortionfunds.org/give/323375/#!/donation/checkout
National Women’s Health Network https://nwhn.org/syaabortionaccess/
Planned Parenthood https://www.plannedparenthood.org/get-involved
Bans Off Our Bodies Campaign https://www.plannedparenthoodaction.org/rightfully-ours/bans-off-our-bodies
Repro Legal Helpline https://www.reprolegalhelpline.org/
Plan C - An information resource for self-managed, at-home abortion with pills https://www.plancpills.org/
HELP ELECT MORE DEMOCRATS FOR MISSOURI LEGISLATURE
Democratic candidates for the Missouri legislature need your help NOW! We must break the GOP super-majority to stop extremist legislation from being passed!
DONATE HERE: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/electionomnibus
SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER HERE: https://secure.ngpvan.com/oZqeiPSF7kqrBstdpQLk9w2
VOLUNTEER WITH JACKSON COUNTY DEMOCRATS: https://www.jacksoncodems.org/volunteer/
VOTER SUPPRESSION BILL HB 1878 MUST BE VETOED! SIGN THE MOVPC PETITION AND LIGHT UP GOV. PARSON’S PHONE LINE (573) 751-3222!
Take action NOW and HELP SPREAD THE WORD! The elections omnibus bill HB 1878 is still sitting on Gov. Parson’s desk! HB 1878 will disenfranchise voters with strict photo ID provisions, give the Secretary of State the power to purge voter rolls, place severe restrictions on voter registration, open the door to sham election audits, and many more provisions that will make it harder to vote.
The Governor needs to hear from all of us! NO VOTER SUPPRESSION IN MISSOURI! VETO HB 1878!
SIGN THE PETITION HERE: bit.ly/veto1878
CALL GOV. PARSON (573) 751-3222
Read HB 1878:
Biden Signs Bipartisan Safer Communities Act Into Law!
“President Biden on Saturday signed into law the first major gun safety legislation passed by Congress in nearly 30 years. The signing comes just over a month after the mass shooting at a Texas elementary school killed 19 children and two adults. That attack came 10 days after a racist mass shooting at a Buffalo, N.Y., supermarket killed 10 Black people. "While this bill doesn't do everything I want, it does include actions I've long called for that are going to save lives," Biden said just before signing the measure. "Today, we say more than enough. We say more than enough," he added. "At a time when it seems impossible to get anything done in Washington, we are doing something consequential." The legislation, which passed the House 234-193 Friday night following Senate approval Thursday, includes incentives for states to pass so-called red flag laws that allow groups to petition courts to remove weapons from people deemed a threat to themselves or others.”
Full story here:
Statement from Moms Demand Action:
“Congress just passed its first major gun safety bill in 26 years with bipartisan support! The passing of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act is a monumental moment for the gun violence prevention movement. This victory is proof of what we can accomplish when we refuse to give up.”
Join Moms Demand Action and become part of the solution to end gun violence https://momsdemandaction.org/act/
Find gun violence prevention information and resources here: https://momsdemandaction.org/resources/
JANUARY 6 COMMITTEE HEARINGS
Recap of Last Week’s Hearings
Jan 6 Hearings Day 4 June 21
“The fourth hearing held by the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol focused on the elaborate efforts by President DJT and his allies to hijack one of the foundations of democracy: the process behind the peaceful transfer of power. The committee laid out evidence showing how DT led a campaign that played out in two related ways: applying direct pressure on Republican officials in swing states to reverse his loss, and pursuing a plan to name “alternate” slates of electors intended to tilt the Electoral College result in DT’s favor. The hearing demonstrated the human costs of the waves of threats and intimidation set off by DT and his supporters as they pressured state officials and election workers to find a way to deprive Joseph R. Biden Jr. of his victory.”
“Shaye Moss, an elections worker in Fulton County, Ga., who, along with her mother, had been falsely accused by Mr. Giuliani of committing election fraud, provided a dramatic portrait of the harassment that Mr. Giuliani’s false claims had spawned. She described the racist messages she received on Facebook. “A lot of threats, wishing death upon me, telling me that, you know, I’ll be in jail with my mother and saying things like, ‘Be glad it’s 2020 and not 1920,’” Ms. Moss said. She said that the entire episode, and the attention that came with it, had “turned my life upside down.” “I don’t want anyone knowing my name,” she said. “I don’t want to go anywhere with my mom because she might yell my name out over the grocery aisle or something. I don’t go to the grocery store at all. I haven’t been anywhere at all. I’ve gained about 60 pounds. I just don’t do nothing anymore. I don’t want to go anywhere.” She said she loved her job as an election worker but ultimately quit.”
Jan 6 Hearings Day 5 June 23
“The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol painted a vivid picture on Thursday of how former President DT directed a wide-ranging bid to strong-arm the Justice Department into overturning the 2020 election, the most brazen attempt by a sitting president since Watergate to manipulate the nation’s law enforcement apparatus to keep himself in power.”
Full story: https://www.nytimes.com/live/2022/06/23/us/jan-6-hearing-today-trump NYT June 23
Read more on Jan 6 Hearings:
MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THESE UPCOMING ACTIONS AND EVENTS
TAKE ACTION WITH THE MISSOURI VOTER PROTECTION COALITION (MOVPC)
TO PROTECT THE RIGHT TO VOTE
Using false claims of voter fraud, the MO GOP majority spent the 2022 legislative session attacking voting rights and ultimately passed a restrictive photo ID bill sitting on the Governor’s desk that contains many provisions suppressing our vote and our voice!
Join the MOVPC meeting
TODAY MONDAY June 27 at 10 AM
Text “MOVPC” to 66866 or register HERE: https://wustl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYoceyuqTsqGN1NlXOMKb88rSExyr-kWjbt
MOVPC is a nonpartisan statewide network promoting access to the ballot
and working to remove barriers to voting in Missouri!
NEXT SCHEDULED ELECTION - August 2, 2022 Primary Election
Election Day: August 2, 2022
LAST DAY TO REGISTER: JULY 6
IN PERSON ABSENTEE VOTING UNDERWAY AS OF JUNE 21, 2022
Military & Overseas Portal opens: June 14, 2022
Applications mailed to permanently disabled: May 24, 2022
MORE UPCOMING ACTIONS AND EVENTS
Find more upcoming actions and events here:
CRISIS IN UKRAINE - HOW YOU CAN HELP
WORLD CENTRAL KITCHEN - Help us provide fresh meals to communities in need. Donate to WCK here: https://donate.wck.org/give/393234#!/donation/checkout
UNICEF - UNICEF is currently on the ground in Ukraine, helping children with water, health and education services. Donate here: https://www.unicefusa.org/stories/unicef-children-are-bearing-brunt-intensifying-crisis-ukraine/39481
RED CROSS - The International Committee of the Red Cross is supporting the Ukrainian Red Cross supporting food-producing initiatives, repairing infrastructure, and helping hospitals, schools, mental health facilities and community centers. Donate here: https://www.icrc.org/en/donate
DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS - American-based nonprofits as well as international organizations are collecting donations for supplies such as first aid backpacks, clothes, diapers, food, cots and other necessities. Donate here: https://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/what-we-do/countries/ukraine
SUNFLOWER OF PEACE - Sunflower of Peace Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to helping Ukrainians affected by the Russian military invasion. Donate here: https://www.sunflowerofpeace.com/
COVID-19 vaccines approved for children younger than 5 years old
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone ages 6 months and older get vaccinated against COVID-19 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/vaccines-children-teens.html Updated June 24
Where can the youngest U.S. children get vaccinated for COVID-19 https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/24/us/covid-vaccine-children-access.html NYTimes June 24
Missourians Vaccinated vs U.S. as of June 26 - The New York Times
67% of Missourians have received at least one dose - (78% have received at least one dose in the U.S.)
57% of Missourians are fully vaccinated - (67% are fully vaccinated in the U.S.)
Latest COVID Trends in Missouri as of June 26 - The New York Times
An average of 1,681 cases per day were reported in Missouri in the last week. Cases have increased by 8 percent from the average two weeks ago.
Deaths have increased by 205 percent.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, at least 1 in 4 residents have been infected, a total of 1,512,582 reported cases. At least 1 in 294 residents have died from the coronavirus, a total of 20,879 deaths.
January 2022 was the month with the highest average cases, while November 2021 was the month with the highest average deaths in Missouri.
MORE COVID-19 VACCINE, TESTING RESOURCES AND INFORMATION HERE: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1i1vCikZiGfMulA8tFCDSJbEKV5N37S1JU_TSlgs699A/edit?usp=sharing
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